Monday, October 09, 2017

Today on The Michelangelo Signorile Show on SiriusXM PROGRESS ch.127

Since we last spoke with John Nichols of The Nation a lot has happened from President Trump and Sen. Bob Corker going at each other to the White House making hard-line demands for any ‘Dreamers’ Deal. John returns to the show today to talk all about these issues and whole lot more, John is The Nation’s national-affairs correspondent, a contributing writer for The Progressive and In These Times and the associate editor of The Capital Times, the daily newspaper in Madison, Wisconsin.

In the new film BPM (Beat Per Minute) filmmaker Robin Campillo tells the story of ACT UP Paris, and how a passionate group of French activists came together to battle for those stricken with HIV/AIDS in the early 90’s.  Just as their American counterparts did, the activist of ACT UP Paris took on their own sluggish government agencies and major pharmaceutical companies with bold actions and protests and the film tells the story of that fight from the inside-out, amid the rallies, fierce debates and dance parties.  Joining me today to talk all about the film and the history of ACT Up Paris is BPM’s director Robin Campillo and two of the film’s stars Arnaud Valois who plays the role of Nathan and Nahuel Perez Biscayart who plays the role of Sean in the film.

Last week, U.S.Congressman David Cicilline (RI-01) and nearly 100 co-sponsors introduced legislation to ban the manufacture, possession, transfer, sale, or importation of bump stocks like the one used to murder 59 innocent men and women in Las Vegas. The legislation would close the dangerous loophole that allows this device to be sold and would ensure that civilians cannot modify their guns to fire nine bullets per second.  Rep. Cicilline joins me on the show today to talk all about the proposed bill and the need to reform our nation’s gun laws.  

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