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On this week's show... * "The Revolution Will Not Be Funded"-- an in depth interview with social justice activists about organizing work in non-profits * updates on the political climates in Guatemala and Haiti * Pittsburghers march against war this past weekend * plus more in our local and global headlines.
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North Braddock resident Shawn Hicks recently submitted a statement to the ACLU claiming that two North Braddock police officers entered his home and shot him with a Taser gun as he slept on his couch. The incident, which occurred on July 28th, took place after Hicks returned home early that morning and fell asleep on his couch without deactivating the silent alarm on the security system. Police arrived shortly after, believing a break-in was in progress.
Officers Gerard Kraly and Lukas Laeuricia arrived at the house in response to the silent alarm. Hicks stated that one of the officers tased him as he slept on the couch, believing that he was the intruder. Kraly and Lauricia ignored several attempts by both Hicks and his mother, Arlene, to identify him as a resident of the home. Hicks states that the police ignored these efforts and shot him with the Taser again. Hicks, who weighs 150 pounds, fell to the ground from the shocks of the gun but the officers continued to tase him one more time before placing him under arrest.
The officers then took Hicks to the North Braddock Police department for approximately two hours before releasing him without filing any charges. He was repeatedly denied a trip to the hospital in order to receive treatment for injuries to his back.
Hicks plans to take legal action and hopes to receive compensation for the hospital treatment that he had to seek on his own after being released from police custody.
Last Wednesday September 19th Marlene Parrish, food writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and co-leader of the group Slow Food Pittsburgh, spoke at the Carnegie Library in Oakland. Parrish defines slow food:
She describes the work of Slow Food Pittsburgh:
The movement towards slow food is growing in Pittsburgh, through local farms, community gardens, and increasing connections between city consumers and local producers. Stay tuned to Rustbelt Radio for more about Slow Food next week.
This week, congressional debate escalates around funding for the war in Iraq. Saturday September 15th marked a day of nationwide protest against the war. The Pittsburgh Organizing Group also marked this day as the eleventh of its End War Fast. In Oakland on Saturday, over 100 people gathered to rally and march. Rustbelt Radio brings you voices from the afternoon:
A marching band kept the crowd warm in the face of brisk autumn chill:
After the march, Jack Arow spoke about his reasons for starting the fast on September 11th:
Laney of Pittsburgh Organizing Group offered suggestions for supporting the fast:
In early August, Pittsburgh Organizing Group applied for a city permit to allow fasters to remain in front of Oakland's military recruitment center unharassed by police. Their application process proved to be a struggle. More from Laney:
Mike Butler of POG on his experiences with fasting thus far:
And upcoming events:
In the latest news, at 5am this morning three more people, including the two fasters, were issued citations for (quote) "obstructing a public passageway". One of the fasters was handcuffed and held for 45 minutes inside a police van. Eight citations have now been issued since the fast began. All of the citations incorrectly cite ordinance number 5507, which refers to obstruction of public highways and other passageways. Meanwhile, the ACLU plans to file a suit on POG's behalf, in order to get an injunction against the police.
For more on local news, you can visit pittsburgh dot I-N-D-Y-M-E-D-I-A dot org.
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You are listening to Rustbelt Radio, the Pittsburgh Independent Media Center's weekly review of news overlooked by the corporate media. We turn now to news from other independent media sources around the world.
And now, Radio Rootz from New York City brings us this Radical Day in History for September 17th
Thanks to Radio Rootz for that story.
A judge in Omaha, Nebraska this week rejected former Black Panther Ed Poindexter’s request for a new trial. Poindexter is serving a life sentence for the murder of Omaha police officer Larry Minard. Officer Minard was killed when a bomb exploded as he responded to a call on August 17, 1970. Poindexter and Wopashitwe Mondo Eyen we Langa, formerly known as David Rice, have maintained their innocence for more than three decades.
Douglas County District Judge Russell Bowie denied Poindexter's request for a new trial Tuesday. Poindexter claimed that during his original trial he received ineffective assistance from the Public Defender. He also claimed that the prosecution committed misconduct by withholding evidence, and the State failed to disclose promises or threats made by the prosecution to Duane Peak, the main witness in the case.
Poindexter's attorney, Robert Bartle, plans to make an appeal to the Nebraska Supreme Court.
News from Haiti has been scarce since the elections in February of 2006. Little is reported in the mainstream media about the current political and social conditions in the country. In order to get a first-hand account of the situation in Haiti, eight Canadian activists took part in a humanitarian delegation for two weeks in August. They are members of the Toronto Haiti Action Committee, which is committed to raising awareness about Canada's role in the 2004 overthrow of Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. One of the delegation members, Roger Annis, speaks on Red Eye from Vancouver's Cooperative Radio about their trip to Northern Haiti and Port-au-Prince.
First he described the general conditions:
Because of the lack of infrastructure and order in the country, certain towns have not recovered from a hurricane that swept through the country 3 years ago.
The Canadian delegation learned that the Haitian judicial system is completely broken. One of the most glaring examples of this are the Haitian prisons, where thousands of men and women are locked in overcrowded cells.
The Canadian delegation was not immune to the violence and lawlessness that plagues Haiti today. The local companion to the delegation, Lovinsky Pierre Antoine, was kidnapped during the group's 2 week stay. More from Roger Annis:
Human rights activist Lovinsky Pierre Antoine remains missing. For more information on the findings of this delegation trip you can visit the Toronto Haiti Action Committee at www dot thac dot ca
On Friday, September 14th, the Shell to Sea campaign in County Mayo, Ireland held a sit-in to block the entrance to the construction site of a natural gas refinery being built by Shell Oil Company. Construction on the refinery was halted for a year after mass protests against the project, but then re-started last fall. A large police presence has been maintained in the area during the past year, and is frequently called upon to restrain demonstrations.
This most recent sit-in drew a crowd of 170 protestors, resulting in three arrests and one injury. The road was cleared by police after approximately one hour. Footage of this week’s demonstration and several documentaries about the Shell to Sea campaign and Corrib Gas project controversy are available on YouTube.
Guatemalans went to the polls on September 9th to vote for President, Vice President, Congress and municipal council members. No Presidential candidate received more than fifty percent of the vote. The top two contenders were Alvaro Colom, with twenty-eight percent and Otto Perez Molina, with twenty four percent. They will compete in a run-off election on November 4th.
Fifty party leaders, candidates and activists were killed during the election season, from May until September. Authorities have made no arrests in these cases and have even denied that these killings were politically motivated. The party represented by Presidential front-runner Alvaro Colom, the National Unity of Hope, was hardest hit by the killings. The runner-up in last week’s elections, Otto Perez Molina of the Patriot Party, is a former general and a 1987 graduate of the School of the Americas- the US based paramilitary training camp for Latin America.
Other candidates included Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberta Menchu Tum (toom) and former dictator General Efrain (ef RYE een) Rios Montt. Menchu was the first indigenous woman to run for President in Guatemala. She received three percent of the national vote. Rios Montt secured a seat in Congress, despite major overall losses by his party, the Guatemalan Republican Front. In returning to Congress, Rios Montt expects to enjoy immunity for the next four years. But according to lawyer Benito Morales of the Menchu Foundation, Rios Montt's diplomatic immunity does not apply to crimes of the past.
For more election results and analysis in English, visit the Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala online, at www (dot) n-i-s-g-u-a- (dot) org
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The US non-profit sector is the world’s seventh largest economy. It is a massive and largely unregulated industry. From art museums and university hospitals to think tanks and church charities, over 1.5 million different organizations are designated 501(c)(3) tax exempt status. Many grassroots social justice organizations are now formalizing their work under the non-profit status. However, some activists are learning that this switch may come at a price.
In April 2004, INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence and the UC Santa Barbara Women’s Studies Department hosted a conference entitled: The Revolution Will Not Be Funded: Beyond The Non-Profit Industrial Complex. Featuring dynamic speakers with a broad range of experience in grassroots organizing, this gathering addressed the impact of the non-profit sector on revolutionary movement building. Out of this conference has come a new book with the namesake of the conference.
The Revolution Will Not Be Funded- Beyond the NonProfit Industrial Complex was released this year, and is edited by the radical group Incite! Women of Color Against Violence. It features original essays by activists who are critically re-examining the long-term consequences of working under the 501c3 model.
Circle A Radio in Portland Oregon brings us an interview with two of the book's contributors:
You were just listening to a report from Circle A Radio, on KBOO in Portland. For more information about the book The Revolution Will Not be Funded, you can go to http://www.southendpress.org and for more about Incite! Women of Color Against Violence, go to www (dot) incite (dash) national (dot) org
And now we present the Indymedia Calendar of Events:
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