Today I took part in the taping of Conversations Across Time (https://www.conversationsacrosstime.net/) at PhillyCAM, the public access channel of Philadelphia. (https://www.conversationsacrosstime.net/) . We discussed immigration and the private prison industry how that industry profits from warehousing Central American immigrants fleeing poverty, gang violence, and repression in their homelands; I played Associate Justice Antonin Scalia.
Later on, I went to South Philadelphia High School, to attend a class for election board workers, people who supervise the process of recording people coming to exercise their right to vote, and have their votes counted. We learned of setting up the polling station on Primary Election Day (May 21 in Pennsylvania), setting up the machine for accurate voting, taking down the machine, and passing the results on to be recorded.
In both locations, we emphasized the importance of people going out to vote. If you reside in the City/County of Philadelphia, please look up the website of the City Commissioners, https://www.philadelphiavotes.com/ .
This Monday, I’ll take part in the taping for the show Conversations Across Time, http://www.conversationsacrosstime.com/, broadcast over PhillyCAM (Verizon channel 29, Comcast channel 66), where we discuss the scandals currently going on in Washington; I will play Warren G. Harding, 29th President of the United States, who was the front man for the Teapot Dome scandal, who put in place the crooks in his cabinet who carried out the sale of the nation’s natural resources and line their pockets in the process.
For research I borrowed from the Free Library of Philadelphia (http://freelibrary.org/) a book, The Teapot Dome Scandal: How Big Oil Bought The Harding White House And Tried To Steal The Country, by Laton McCartney. It’s a great history of how deep the connections have long been between the corporate world and the political elite in this country. Oil companies, and corporations in general, have bought and sold politicians in Washington for centuries, and we the people do not at all benefit from it, “free enterprise” myths and the ravings of Ayn Rand notwithstanding. After I get done with it, please look it up.
One of my many activities is acting in Conversations Across Time, broadcast over PhilyCAM, the public access channel of Philadelphia (Verizon channel 29, Comcast channel 66). The format is that we portray historical figures discussing contemporary issues, like immigration, nuclear arms, poverty, etc. In this show I have portrayed John Foster Dulles, Roy Cohn, J. Edgar Hoover, Henry Kissinger, George Wallace, Lyndon Johnson, and Horace Greeley, among others. I urge you to look at the show and think about the issues they discuss.