Friends, I’m privileged to have a former general manager of KPFK with us, Jim Lafftery. He’s the executive director emeritus of the National Lawyer’s Guild in Los Angeles. That’s the organization that protects protestors from interference by the police during their protests, helps groups secure march and rally permits, defends those arrested in protest. Jim Lafferty is also the longtime host of the Lawyers Guild Show on KPFK, now heard at its new time: Wednesday at 2pm. I also happen to know that James Lafferty is president of the board of the Office of the Americas, and a great friend for many many decades. Welcome, Jim Lafferty.
Jim: Good morning, Blase. So nice to be with you.
Blase: Well, it’s really our pleasure because this is such a critical moment, Jim. I know you’re very much aware of that. Today in the Los Angeles Times, we see the California section saying “Guerilla tactics in the Bay Area and beyond…” and they’re speaking about a radical group bringing violence and vandalism to anti-Trump movement events. I thought we might talk about this history and our experience of say 50 years with provocateur actions of various types and under various names. Do you have some thoughts on that?
Jim: Yes, I do. It’s truly sad. In the 50 years that I’ve been doing this kind of work – through Vietnam, the civil rights movement, the woman’s movement, gay rights movement, you name it – there’s never been as consistent and as powerful and large an outpouring of the American people into the streets in protest of what the new Trump administration has been doing in just its short three weeks in office. (Read More)