Coming up tomorrow on Hitting Left
Brother Fred and i talk book/art banning and are joined by Julian Assange's father and brother John and Gabriel Shipton.
Fred Klonsky will join me on Hitting Left Friday, 11-noon CDT at WLPN 105.5 FM in Chicago and streaming live across the globe and beyond at lumpenradio.com. We’ll be talking about book and art banning in the schools as well as Tuesday’s mayoral election in Chicago.
Brother Fred got me into Twitter trouble this week when I reposted his Substack piece about the Florida principal who was forced to resign after three parents complained that an art teacher had shown Michelangelo’s statue of the biblical shepherd David to students. Problem was, David was pantless. Twitter felt obliged to attach a warning to my post.
Will this go on my permanent record?
Fred and I will be joined in the second half of the show by Julian Assange's father John Shipton & brother Gabriel Shipton who will be in Chicago next week promoting their film on the Assange case, ITHAKA, which tells the story of Shipton’s fight to save his son.
Assange is the Australian journalist and founder of WikiLeaks who has been held at London’s high-security Belmarsh Prison since he was removed from the Ecuadorian Embassy in 2019. Assange could face up to 175 years in an American maximum security prison if he is extradited to the US over the publication of classified material detailing war crimes committed by the U.S. government in Guantánamo Bay, Iraq, and Afghanistan. The materials also expose instances of the CIA engaging in torture and rendition.
Assange’s case stands in contrast with the case of the former US army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning, who was released in 2017 when Barack Obama commuted her 35-year military prison sentence for leaking the information.