Granger Watch Episode 4: Magical Headlines from Oakland to Gaza

 

Transcript below

Hey there, wizarding world.  My name is Joy and you’re listening to Granger Watch.  Granger Watch is the IRL real time version of the Potter Watch radio broadcasts.  Like Potter Watch, I aim to provide news and thoughts about our resistance movement.  Harry, Hermione and Ron were up against Voldemort and we’re fighting the President Pumpkin juice, He Who Must Be Named And Shamed, But Shouldn’t Be Tagged On Twitter Donald Trump.  And of course, Granger Watch is named in honor of the girl who saved everybody Hermione Granger and all of the other witches, cis, trans, and non-binary, who hold down all of our movements.

It’s Friday, May 18th 2018.  This week marks the 70th anniversary of what Palestinians call the Nakba.  That’s what I’m going to be talking about with you today, but first, here are some other news headlines and tales of resistance from your wizarding world.

Death Eater in Chief Donald Trump has announced that he considering plans to hold immigrant children on military bases after they are apprehended crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. The proposal is the latest signal the Trump administration plans to separate immigrant parents from their children if they are apprehended crossing the border without authorization.  We call on all witches, wizards, and non-binary magicians to provide children and their parents with safe passage.

The senate has voted to protect Net Neutrality.  We are asking wizard activists to send owls to their members of the house of representative urging them to do the same.  You can find a link the show transcript: https://action.aclu.org/send-message/save-net-neutrality?redirect=save-net-neutrality-fb&ms_aff=NAT&initms_aff=NAT&ms=180516_freespeech_netneutrality&initms=180516_freespeech_netneutrality&ms_chan=fb&initms_chan=fb&af=#sb_query_string_encrypted##

Gazillionaire Amazon founder Jeffrey Preston Bezos, well-known buddy of Lucius Malfoy, tried to prevent the city of Seattle from passing a tax that would benefit the homeless.  Despite his pressure, the city council did vote for a scaled back version of the tax measure.  Suck it, Jeff.

Thanks to the protests of Black women and their supports, the music of muggle rapper R. Kelly has been removed from the muggle music streaming service Spotify.  After decades of abusing Black girls, R. Kelly is the target of a movement called #MuteRKelly, which asks the music industry to finally take the mic away from him.  As you may remember, Dumbledore once called music one of the strongest magic known to muggles and wizards alike, but it seems the venerable professor forgot about one magic stronger: the protests movements of Black women.

In other news, a string on incidents in which death eaters called the police on Black people just trying to live their lives have finally been reported on widely.  Events like this, in which white people call the police prompted by nothing but their own racism, are common, but rarely reported.  In Oakland, after rumored death eater Michelle Snider harassed a Black family just trying to have a cookout, after least 100 people held a protest and dance party in response.

Finally, it has been confirmed that muggle musician DJ Khaled is under the dreaded curse patriarchy.  We wish his wife well in this time of affliction.

Now we come to our main news feature: the ongoing protests and human rights crisis in the occupied Palestinian territories.  The Israeli army has killed at least 60 Palestinian protestors in Gaza. In total, more than 2,700 Palestinians have been injured, about half from live ammunition. These Palestinians are participating in the Great March of Return – that is to say, they are attempting to return to homes from which they have been ethnically cleansed. That’s the story behind the news headlines that you aren’t being told: in 1948, 75,000 Palestinians were made refugees when the state of Israel was founded. Today is the anniversary of that event, a day Palestinians call the Nakba (Arabic for catastrophe). 70 years later, in Gaza, these refugees and many other Palestinians live without adequate food, water or electricity.

You can support their struggle:

First, learn more about the situation: https://electronicintifada.net/…/horrific-unprecedented-isr…

Second, contact your elected officials: https://www.afsc.org/…/hold-israel-accountable-killing-pale…#!

Third, join a local march commemorating the Nakba.

Forth, support the Palestinian-led boycott, divestment, and sanctions movement. https://bdsmovement.net/get-involved/action-alerts

Fifth, donate to medical relief: https://www.facebook.com/donate/252021992035461/969344096575638/

Thanks for joining me for Granger Watch.  You’ll never need a password to tune in.  I just ask you to share the link to this podcast with all your friends in the wizarding world.  Until next time, keep each other safe and keep the faith.

Granger Watch is intended as comedy and satire.  While it links to news outlets, Granger Watch is not a news source.

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