With the U.S. having a military presence in nearly every African nation, Dr. Rose Brewer, a Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of African-American and African Studies at the University of Minnesota and member of the Black Alliance for Peace, makes the case for “U.S. out of Africa.” Brewer faults the Congressional Black Caucus for failing to challenge the military-industrial complex’s agendas either at home or abroad. Then, why do why African American women die in childbirth at a much higher rate than white women? In examining this question, Sam Sewell, a midwife and reproductive rights activist, points to many biases and failures in the American system of health care. Both of these human rights stories, and their broader themes, lack significant in-depth coverage by the corporate media in the U.S. Eleanor Goldfield hosts this week’s program and shines a light on these important underreported topics.
Dr. Rose Brewer is a Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of African-American and African Studies at the University of Minnesota, and a member of the Black Alliance for Peace. Sam Sewell is a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) practicing in the Washington DC area. She’s been a board member at NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia, and at the Arlington Commission on the Status of Women.