Silver Threads

Still walking, still waking

Power Animated - Eugene Puryear

Show Description:

“We need to think about how we speak to people who have lost all agency, lost all hope and are living in a nihilistic existence – that’s the sleeping giant that’s gonna change things.”

Eugene Puryear is a longtime journalist and community organizer who joins the show to offer up new and animated viewpoints on root issues and radical solutions, highlighting the power of imagination, collectivity, personal growth and more!

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Black and white photo of Eugene looking directly at the camera. Eugene is wearing glasses and a collared shirt. The image is cut off just below his shoulders. Across the bottom there is a transparent grey box that holds white text that reads "Eugene Puryear" and the silverthreads logo is in the bottom right corner


Eugene Puryear is a longtime journalist and community organizer currently-based in New York City. As a high school student in Charlottesville, Va, Eugene organized a walkout when the war in Iraq began in 2003, and helped to organize a number of the large-scale demonstrations that took place against the continuing U.S. war and occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan. He was a key leader In the struggle to free the Jena Six in 2007, was a founder of the anti-gentrification group Justice First as well as the Jobs Not Jails coalition, DC Ferguson Movement and Stop Police Terror Project-D.C. Puryear is the author of the book Shackled and Chained: Mass Incarceration in Capitalist America, and worked for the past four years as the lead host of “By Any Means Necessary” a public affairs radio program in Washington D.C. Currently he is the lead host of the News on BreakThrough, a social justice media project.”


About Silver Threads: still walking, still waking

carla bergman and Eleanor Goldfield interview long term organizers about their watershed moments, what they have learned along the way, and how they maintain their hope on this path; dreaming and building emergent worlds for a present and future that is anchored in justice and freedom for all.

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