Sanctuary TV: Chris Hedges on Fascism in the Age of Trump

Journalist, author and war correspondent Chris Hedges spoke in at The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy NY on November 10, 2017 on fascism and empire in the age of Trump.

Chris Hedges is the best-selling author of War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning (2003), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction. A quote from the book was used as the opening title quotation in the critically-acclaimed and Academy Award-winning 2009 film, The Hurt Locker. The quote reads: “The rush of battle is often a potent and lethal addiction, for war is a drug.”

Hedges, whose column is published Mondays on Truthdig, has written twelve books, including the New York Times bestseller Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt (2012), which he co-authored with the cartoonist Joe Sacco. Some of his other books include Unspeakable (2016), Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative to Revolt (2015), Death of the Liberal Class (2010), Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle (2009), I Don’t Believe in Atheists (2008) and the best selling American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America (2008).

In 2011, Nation Books published a collection of Hedges’ Truthdig columns called The World As It Is: Dispatches on the Myth of Human Progress. Hedges previously spent nearly two decades as a foreign correspondent in Central America, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans. He has reported from more than 50 countries and has worked for The Christian Science Monitor, National Public Radio, The Dallas Morning News and The New York Times, for which he was a foreign correspondent for 15 years.

Hedges was part of the team of reporters at The New York Times awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 2002 for the paper’s coverage of global terrorism. He also received the Amnesty International Global Award for Human Rights Journalism in 2002. The Los Angeles Press Club honored Hedges’ original columns in Truthdig by naming the author the Online Journalist of the Year in 2009 and again in 2011. The LAPC also granted him the Best Online Column award in 2010 for his Truthdig essay “One Day We’ll All Be Terrorists.”

Hedges is a senior fellow at The Nation Institute in New York City. He has taught at Columbia University, New York University, Princeton University and The University of Toronto. He currently teaches prisoners at a maximum-security prison in New Jersey.

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Connecting with the Land Through the Senses: Youth Media Sanctuary School 2

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Neighborhood Chef – Episode 4: Collard Greens with Sheila Rouse (video)

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Neighborhood Chef – Episode 3: Purlsane Pesto with Mary Vickerman (video)

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DIY Snackshop: Raw Pasta and Sauce (video)

Our team has finished editing the first DIY Snackshop video. Check it out below:


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Neighborhood Chef – Episode 3: Purlsane Pesto with Mary Vickerman (video)

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Neighborhood Chef #3 Recipe: "Purslane Pesto"


Mary Vikerman of the Capital District Community Gardens stopped by to share her purslane pesto recipe for the third installment of our Neighborhood Chef series. Check out the recipe below:

Makes about 6 servings with Rice!
2 ripe avocados
4c. purslane
1 small bunch of basil
1 small bunch of parsley
5 garlic cloves
juice of 1 lemon
salt and pepper to taste.
                Cut the avocado in half and discard the pits and peels. Puree the avocado, purslane, basil, parsley, garlic, miso and vegetable broth in a food processor until creamy. If you like the pesto a little thinner, carefully add small amounts of water or more lemon juice to taste until it reaches the desired consistency. Stir the pesto into warm brown rice and serve.

Purslane Frittata:
Bell pepper
Salt and Pepper

Set the oven to Broil. Sautee all vegetables until they are slightly caramelized. Whip up the eggs and pour on top. Add the fresh herbs and season with salt and pepper. Place on the top shelf of the oven. Check every 5 minutes until the frittata looks golden brown. Let sit for about 5 minutes and serve warm.

For the Tomato, Cucumber, and Purslane Salad:

Cucumber, chopped
Tomatoes, chopped
Bunch Purslane, thick stems removed, leaves chopped, resulting in about 1/2 cup
1 minced jalapeno chile pepper
Lemon juice squeeze
Salt to taste

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Neighborhood Chef Episode 2: Kale Salad with Christine Earhart (video)

Our second video is complete! Check out what our summer youth worked on during post-production on Thursday:

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DIY Snack #3 Recipe: Watermelon Gazpacho

Ellie’s DIY Snack Shop #3 featured her homemade watermelon gazpacho recipe. Check it out below:

One large seeded watermelon
Half watermelon (8 to 10 cups chopped) seeded and blended with the other half watermelon (8 to 10 cups of mashed)
2 cups peeled, seeded cucumbers, diced
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar    1 seeded melon, diced
1/2 teaspoon salt
Juice of 2 lemons
2-4 tablespoons fresh mint, minced

In a blender, puree half of the watermelon until smooth and freeze it. In a large bowl, combine the frozen watermelon puree, the other half of the watermelon mashed or chopped, diced cucumber, melon, salt, lemon juice. Serve with fresh mint.

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Neighborhood Chef Episode 1: Energy Bombs with Dawn Graham (video)

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4 PSAs in 1 Day

Last weekend we had an AWESOME youth media workshop and film festival, as part of the N.Y. Shout Out Youth Media celebration. Huge thanks to everyone who came from near and far, to help make media, share ideas, brainstorm, act, write, edit, volunteer, cook food, and even just to watch and discuss the youth pieces.

We (fittingly) produced a ton of media during the day — and the first finished pieces, which were completely produced between 2 and 4pm on Saturday, were four different short video public service announcements (PSAs). Each group got up on stage to screen and discuss their PSA, while other youth crew volunteers did a live video shoot of the discussion.

Here’s what you made!

PSA 1: Youth Voices

Created by Andrew Vu, Darian Henry, Andrew Cullen, and Halle Prentice, with Branda Miller and Deyva Arthur.


PSA 2: High Fructose Corn Syrup

Created by Aden Suchak, Ben Maloney, Mike Mejia, Mike Irizarry, and Mohamed Gardner, with Gaetano Vaccaro, Amy Halloran, Jason Corwin, and Joe Lopez.


PSA 3: How Do You See the World?

Created by Kierra Winston, Dallas Carr, Jon Irizarry, Majestic Tillman, Monique Flynn, and Maggie Zhang, with Leslie Jones, Bhawin Suchak, and Ed Coolidge.


PSA 4: Speak Out for Education

Created by Julian Foye, Aaron McPherson, Chris Murphy, Gabe Pontes, and Corey Doughty, with Nicole Belanger, Lori Cullen, Ellie Markovitch, and Yatir Oberlander.



Please share far and wide! You can leave your comments below. We’ll also try to organize some distribution online and to public access TV stations.

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A New Day, A New Video!

Do you like the title to my blog post? It’s funny because it implies that I post a new video here every day, and the precedent I’m setting today is that I actually only post one every nine weeks. But now I’m back! From Niskayuna! And I drove here today, as is my custom! That’s correct, I have passed my driver’s exam and can now pilot a vehicle all the way to the Sanctuary and back: I have the technology.

The first week or so of having your driver’s license is a fantastic time. Everybody makes sure to compliment you and acts very impressed the first time you drive by them. But eventually, people get used to it and just act pissed because you weren’t on time when you gave them a ride. I really wish people never got used to the fact that I can drive, that my whole life was filled with people saying to me, “Wow! Chris! Look at you, driving!” or “What a parallel park! And he’s only been driving twelve years!” or “Thanks so much for the ride, Dad! You’re a really great driver!” I feel the same way about my comprehension of basic algebra, my ability to tie my own shoes, and the fact that I can make my own PB&Js.

Look at me, going on and on about myself. You don’t want to read this. You want to WATCH this, in my newest Santuary video! I spent Friday, April 10th, interviewing all the different Sanctuary drones about their projects for the day. If you love interviews with interesting people but are sick of interviewers who can articulate their thoughts without mumbling and don’t wave the camera around like they’re having a seizure, this is the video for you. Check it:

Anyway, my internship at the Sanctuary is going awesome, not that you asked. Or maybe you did and I just didn’t hear you. I’m sorry. It’s not that I wasn’t listening, it’s just that I was probably really really far away when you asked, and I just didn’t know. I’ll listen harder next time.

Have a good one!