Oakland’s spy hub, poachers poison elephants with cyanide & push method breaks the stage
On this episode of Breaking the Set, Abby Martin talks about the new Domain Awareness Center being built in Oakland, citing concerns from activists that it’s nothing more than a surveillance hub for Oakland police that could be a blueprint for the rest of the nation. Abby then speaks with Eli Weiss, founder and president of WildiZe about the tragic extinction of the Western Black Rhino and the despicable ivory trade that is leading poachers to kill exotic animals is such extreme ways as poisoning elephant watering holes with cyanide. Abby’s show also features a performance by Push Method, a band fronted by Dusty Youree and Tavis Eaton, which infuses sociopolitical lyrics with hip-hop. The band performs an acoustic version of their hit song “Scars and Stripes,” and they are interviewed about their inspiration and activist causes. BTS wraps up the show with a tribute to JFK on the 50th anniversary of his assassination, looking at his accomplishments, failures and the inconsistencies surrounding the shooting in Dallas and the subsequent investigation.