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Rustbelt TV for December 2006
by Rustbelt TV - Pittsburgh Indymedia Sunday, Jan. 28, 2007 at 6:18 PM (email address validated) 412-923-3000

On this show... * anti-nuclear activists denounce military contractor Bechtel's local operations * participants in the wheels of justice tour speak in Pittsburgh about their recent trips to Iraq and Palestine * the student-farmworker alliance protests McDonald's in Oakland * Tazers and Lies * the struggle to rebuild New Orleans East * taking back the media in Oaxaca * and a preview of the upcoming film Slingshot Hip Hop also, see downloadable MPEG versions from:

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We turn now to local stories:


Bechtel Protest & related events

On August 6, 2006 the anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima, about 120 activists marched on the Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory in West Mifflin leading to the facility being shut down for the day. The first-ever march to Bettis was part of three days of education and action to expose U.S. nuclear hypocrisy and confront Bechtel Corporation, the region's largest war profiteer, which has a $4.2 billion dollar contract to operate Bettis. Sunday's events were preceded by a well-attended discussion and book signing on Friday night with author Antonia Juhasz.

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According to a local resident who attended the festival, Bechtel had warned employees that "5,000 violent protesters were planning on storming the gates." DoE police had also posted yellow "do not cross" tape along huge portions of the facility. Organizers did not seek a permit for the march but just before it got underway West Mifflin police agreed to shut down a lane on Bettis Rd.

a simultaneous protest was held at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California. In addition to Bettis and Livermore, protests took place at other DoE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) sites where Bechtel has received contracts, including the Nevada Test Site, the Pantex Plant, the Y-12 National Security Complex and the Los Alamos National Laboratory, where the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima was developed. Activists note that Bechtel's profit often comes at the expense of indigenous peoples and local residents near these facilities.

Local organizers say that they plan to continue organizing against Bechtel, which also has Navy contracts to build submarine components in a plant in Wilkins Township. Organizers at other facilities express similar sentiments.

Edgewood/Swissvale Police Violence Protest

Angered by racial profiling from the Swissvale and Edgewood Police Departments, several teenagers in the community organized a group, called Let's Stand Up. On August 26th, around 50 people participated in the group's first public protest.

Wheels of Justice Tour

INTRO: Over the past three years, the Wheels of Justice Tour has sent people who have spent time in Iraq and Palestine to thousands of venues in hundreds of cities across the United States. Traveling in a biodiesel powered tour bus, participants share their firsthand experiences living with war and occupation in those countries. In early October, the Tour stopped at several locations in Pittsburgh, where speakers Twyla Miller and Joe Mueller talked about their recent trips in the Middle East.

Twyla Miller traveled from Detroit to the West Bank in 2003, 2004, and 2005 to work with the International Solidarity Movement. She visited Nablus, Tulkarem, Bilin�, Hebron, and other villages and cities to participate in checkpoint watches and nonviolent vigils and rallies. Joe Mueller lives in Cleveland, Ohio as a member of the Cleveland Catholic Worker Community. Joe was a member of the Christian Peacemaker Teams� September 2005 delegation to Iraq, where he met with Iraqis living and working in Baghdad, Kerbala, and Najaf.

The two spoke at Carnegie Mellon University on October Fourth.

mcdonalds protest video

On Friday, October 27th, about 20 supporters of the Student/ Farmworker Alliance turned out to protest at McDonalds near the University of Pittsburgh in Oakland. The protest was part of the Days of Action involving the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and the Alliance for Fair Food. Protesters seek to improve the living and working conditions of Florida farmworkers who are responsible for the bulk of McDonald's tomato supply.


The campaign against McDonalds follow on the heels of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers's successful boycott against Taco Bell, who eventually acceded to all of campaign's demands. For more information about the Student/Farmworker Alliance visit

Global stories

Tazers and Lies

INTRO: As the number of people who have been killed or wounded in Iraq continues to rise, people in cities across the United States have begun to confront military recruiters in their communities. Many of these people have friends and family serving in the military or have been in the military themselves. The following video, submitted by Mental-Rev Productions, shows footage and interviews from counter recruitment events that were held in several different cities, including one in Pittsburgh, where police used dogs and tasers to disperse protesters in front of the recruiting station.

New Orleans East

from Mary Beth Black

Coming Attraction: Slingshot Hip-Hop

And finally, we present a preview of an upcoming feature film: Slingshot Hiphop: the Palestinian Lyrical Front. SlingShot Hip Hop is a documentary film that focuses on the daily life of Palestinian rappers living in Gaza, the West Bank and inside Israel. It aims to spotlight alternative voices of resistance within the Palestinian struggle and explore the role their music plays within their social, political and personal lives. Directed by Jackie Salloum, the film is coming later in 2006.


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