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Nostalgia Trap - Episode 177: This Land is Your Land w/ Rick Paulas

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Release Date: 02/06/2020

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Rick Paulas is a journalist covering issues of housing and homelessness; his recent piece on Moms 4 Housing details what happened when a group of Black mothers occupied a vacant house in Oakland, California. In this conversation, we talk about America’s housing crisis in the context of neoliberal capitalism, and explore the revolutionary political, social, and cultural implications of a more activist homeless population.