Bible Study for Progressives with Rich Procida
White People Discuss Being a White Ally

White People Discuss Being a White Ally

July 5, 2020

White people want to know how to be white allies for people of color. We are confused by the mixed messages about whether we should speak up or sit down and what it means to participate in the movement for black and brown lives. These mixed messages originate from within the movement itself.  

In this episode, white people talk about what it means to be a white ally. This is a recording of the June 2020 meeting of Our Revolution Southern California and Progressive Democrats of America South Orange County Chapter. We begin with Spencer Kelly and then Dr. David Donovan raises his “old pitch” that white people shouldn’t speak up for others but should lift up others to speak for themselves. Jennifer Beck, the leader of the group, follows, and then I, Rich Procida, suggest that my recent show on “Trump and Systemic Racism” is an example of lifting up the voice of those most affected without nixing one’s own contribution to the movement. Then Dr. Bill Honigman responds followed by Dannett Abbott and Jessica Lund. 

On August 8, 2020, at 11:a.m., I will be hosting a Zoom meeting of local activists from Los Angeles and Orange County to organize a chapter of Progressive Democrats of America here in the East Los Angeles County-North Orange County area. We will have time to talk and to organize. The site to register is  https://tinyurl.com/pdaelacnoc. Remember, that stands for Progressive Democrats of America East LA County North OC. It’s also in the show description. 

With that, welcome to Bible Study for Progressives. 

Jesus Begins an International Campaign of Healing, Matthew 4:23-25

Jesus Begins an International Campaign of Healing, Matthew 4:23-25

June 28, 2020

Jesus' campaign of healing provides an alternative to more conventional military campaigns (parody?) and signals the dawning of a new society.

Trump and Systemic Racism

Trump and Systemic Racism

June 21, 2020

Systemic racism is complex and multifaceted. Ira Dotson, Director of the ReJOYce in Jesus Campus Fellowship at the University of Southern California, will tell us about his feelings and experience as a black man in America. Rich Procida will describe how propaganda stokes racial animus and increases institutional violence. In conversation with Ira Dotson is Varun Soni, Vice Provost for Campus Wellness and Crisis Intervention and the Dean of Religious Life at the University of Southern California. Dean Soni received his Masters in Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School and went on to receive his Juris Doctor from the UCLA School of Law where he also completed the Critical Race Studies Program. He earned his Ph.D. through the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Cape Town.

Racism, Propaganda, Politics, and the Protests

Racism, Propaganda, Politics, and the Protests

June 14, 2020

Rich Procida and Andy Miller discuss the current political situation. Andy and I discuss Trump's racist propaganda, the importance of resisting nonviolently, and voting to remove from power those who abuse it. We also cover socialism, third parties, authoritarianism, and the fight for democracy. All of these issues are circulating around the protests of police violence and the actions of a President who wants dictatorial power. When Trump threatens to use military force against protesters, one wonders who is really calling the shots: Trump or Putin? 

The Calling of the First Disciples, Matthew 4:12-22

The Calling of the First Disciples, Matthew 4:12-22

June 7, 2020

Jesus takes up John's work of leading a movement for The New Society (Kingdom of Heaven). Matthew's imagery reminds the reader of the setting of this story in the Roman Empire. Jesus liberates his disciples from bondage to the empire, setting them free to join the movement.

Propaganda! What it is, Where it Comes From, and What to Expect this Election

Propaganda! What it is, Where it Comes From, and What to Expect this Election

May 31, 2020

Why are we so divided? Why is the Left so often fractured and ineffective? Why are we in this political situation in the United States and around the world? One answer would be "propaganda!"

Author and attorney Rich Procida, along with Media Psychology Specialist Lisa Snow, will present an online multi-media Zoom webinar on "Propaganda! What it is, Where it Comes From, and What to Expect this Election." Rich Procida studied Communications and Social Sciences at the University of Southern California Annenberg School of Communications. He earned his Juris Doctor at American University in Washington DC. He is the co-author of a short textbook on foreign comparative law and social attitudes toward explicit media. He currently writes news analysis and opinion articles for LAProgressive.com. Lisa Snow is the author of 'Mind, Media, and Madness: Alt Facts, Fake News, Russian Hacking, and What's Next." She was also a Media Psychology Consultant for the documentary "The Brainwashing of My Dad."

With the election coming, we can expect to be hit with propaganda on both the Left and the Right. Propaganda influences our opinions, attitudes, and behaviors in ways that serve the propagandist rather than our interests. The goal of this presentation is to make us more skeptical and critical consumers of news and information.

We can protect ourselves by understanding the basics of propaganda and advertising. Procida and Snow will describe the history, effects, and types of propaganda and how propagandists spread disinformation and cause division. They will also talk about the propaganda we are seeing and expect to see this election. While the presentation is nonpartisan, the discussion will focus on propaganda disseminated to the Left to divide and demoralize Liberals and Leftists.

The Temptations, Matthew 4:1-11

The Temptations, Matthew 4:1-11

May 24, 2020

In this episode, we follow Jesus through his "vision quest," as he retraces his people's journey in the wilderness through a time of testing and temptation. Jesus has to prove what sort of Messiah or "Son of God" he will be.

Why Sociopaths Rule the World

Why Sociopaths Rule the World

May 16, 2020

Many of the world's leaders are sociopaths. Murderous dictators rule with iron fists and kill and torture people with impunity, and this is not to mention the sociopaths who run democratically ruled nations. Why does the system foster and nurture narcissism and sociopathy, especially in those who seek and hold positions of power? Rich Procida will examine sociopathy, narcissism, cults, and propaganda to explain how we continually elevate sociopaths to positions of power and what we need to do to stop encouraging and expressing our collective sociopathology through our elections and politics.

Here's the link to the free webinar "Propaganda! What it is, Where it Comes From, and What to Expect this Election"  

https://tinyurl.com/yaawlsxr

 

Should We Believe Tara Reade?

Should We Believe Tara Reade?

May 10, 2020

Media Psychology Specialist Lisa Snow and Rich Procida discuss the Tara Reade Allegations.  Lisa Snow is the author of 'Mind, Media, and Madness: Alt Facts, Fake News, Russain Hacking, and What's Next." She was also a Media Psychology Consultant for the movie "The Brainwashing of My Father." Rich Procida studied Communications and Social Sciences at the University of Southern California Annenberg School of Communications. He earned his Juris Doctor at American University in Washington DC. He is the co-author of a short textbook on foreign comparative law and social attitudes toward explicit media. He currently writes news analysis and opinion articles for LAProgressive.com.

Here is a link to register for the free webinar "Propaganda! What it is, Where it Comes From, and What to Expect This Election." 

 https://tinyurl.com/yaawlsxr

 

A Short Note on Where We are Going

A Short Note on Where We are Going

May 2, 2020

This is just a short note to explain where we are going with this series and where we are headed in the world. In this short episode, Bert talks about the structure of his series, the coronavirus lockdown protests, and the impact this virus is having on the world and what impact it should have on all of us.