June 11, 2020

The New American Dream Radio Show
June 11, 2020

I opened with Dites Moi in honor of my mom, who would have been 105 on this day. I then introduced Sheena Powell Szuri, who talked about the impact of music and art on today’s society. She was discussing the protests around the country, and how white people are taking up the cause of supporting black people… I pointed out that we’d done that in the ’60s, and then become complacent. We went on to have a great discussion.

Next as usual we had Philip Farruggio with It’s the Empire, Stupid. His column this week was “Niggas” — a hard look at race relations. We had an illuminating talk for the rest of the segment.

The third segment featured Richard Flamer from the Catholic Worker farm in Chiapas, Mexico. He talked about jail time, and how his jail experience on civil disobedience charges had led to his being better prepared for the isolation forced on us during the pandemic. He talked about it being easier to park in San Cristobal these days, and the changes due to this crisis. He discussed how the poor people live day to day, the crowded market being their only option due to limited means. Beggars are on the increase. It was wonderful as always. I then played the earlier recorded interview with Frank Cordaro at the Des Moines Catholic Worker, and he expounded on the white support for black protests.

We moved on to the final segment with Thomas Wertman of Ohio MUFON who talked about a recent event that triggered a huge number of calls for him to investigate. Someone had supposedly witnessed a UFO crash in Brazil, and the story was published on YouTube. He discussed the investigation of such events, and followup posts that were being taken down, and then … the weapons facility in the area that was testing explosives that was likely the true source of the event. It was illuminating.

Frank Cordaro

Frank is a weekly guest on our show. Frank Cordaro is a member of the Des Moines Catholic Worker. He is a former Catholic Priest. He has himself spent years and years in federal prison for crossing the line at Offutt, and more recently has been jailed for actions against the drone facility in Des […]

Philip Farruggio

Phil is a weekly guest on our show. Philip A Farruggio is son and grandson of Brooklyn, NYC longshoremen. He is a free lance columnist (found on WorldNewsTrust.com, TheSleuthJournal.com, Information Clearing house, Op Ed News, Dandelion Salad, Activist Post, Dissident Voice and many other sites worldwide). Philip works as an environmental products sales rep and […]

Richard Flamer

Richard is a monthly columnist, appearing in the second week of each month. Since 2001, Richard Flamer and his wife, Araceli, have run The Chiapas Project, a Catholic Worker center and farm serving the poor in San Cristobal las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico. Sponsorship is provided by the Des Moines (Iowa) Catholic Worker Home. Richard Flamer […]

Sheena Powell Szuri

Miami native Sheena Powell Szuri is a poet, activist, yoga teacher and scientist. As part of a thriving South Florida poetry community, Sheena is proudly affiliated with the Miami Poets, the Florida State Poets Association, and Famous Last Fridays poetry group at Books & Books. She serves on the Board of Directors of the South […]

Thomas Wertman

Thomas is filling in for Susan Lindauer as a monthly columnist in week 2 of each month. Thomas Wertman is the Director of Ohio MUFON Mutual UFO Network http://www.mufonohio.com/mufono/index.html

Chuck Gregory

Co-founder and co-host of the show, Chuck lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with his wife Lorraine and assorted exotic pets. He was fortunate to attend Friends Central School in the late ’60s to hone the already strong core beliefs instilled in him by his parents Wayne Lawrence and Marjorie Mock Gregory. His education continued at […]