| WASHINGTON, DC is the belly of the beast of international military and corporate power, is also a place of activism. It is where we come to speak truth to power in the streets and in the halls and assemblies of power. But you wouldn’t know about this activism based on what is covered in the corporate media. Even so-called progressive cable news outlets tend to focus instead on the jockeying of electoral politics. "On the Ground: Voices of Resistance" is dedicated to breaking the mold and broadcasting voices of people in the streets and in the suites working for social justice.
"On The Ground" is produced and hosted by Esther Iverem, an award-winning author, artist and activist. The show premiered on May Day, May 1, 2014 on WPFW Pacifica Radio, 89.3 FM in Washington, DC. While the debut was on Thursdays at 11 am EST, the show now airs on Fridays at 10 am EST and streams live at www.wpfwfm.org. The dedicated online home and permanent archive is www.onthegroundshow.org. The Facebook and Twitter pages are /@OntheGroundShow.
Esther Iverem is an award-winning author, artist and activist. Her most recent creative project is the radio show “On The Ground,” which is dedicated to social justice activism and activists and is broadcast on WPFW (wpfwfm.org) Pacifica Radio in Washington, DC. Iverem’s most recent book is We Gotta Have It: Twenty Years of Seeing Black at the Movies, 1986-2006 (De Capo Press) and she is the author of two books of poems, The Time: Portrait of a Journey Home and Living in Babylon, (Africa Word Press). A former staff writer for several publications, including The Washington Post, New York Newsday and BET.com, she is founder of SeeingBlack.com, a pioneering website for Black critical voices on arts, media and politics that is currently under redevelopment. She is also the recipient of numerous honors, including a National Arts Journalism Fellowship funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts and an artist’s fellowship from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities.