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The Best of Rustbelt Radio for Winter and Spring 2008 (June 2, 2008)
by Pittsburgh IMC: Rustbelt Radio collective Tuesday, Jun. 03, 2008 at 6:22 PM (email address validated) 412-923-3000 WRCT 88.3 FM

Welcome to this week's edition of Rustbelt Radio, the Pittsburgh Independent Media Center's weekly review of the news from the grassroots, news overlooked by the corporate media. This week, we will be presenting highlights of Rustbelt Radio stories from the Winter and Spring of 2008 including... * Word on the Street segments on teens & sex and anti-war protestors * Police Officers are found guilty in the Michael Ellerbee civil trial * Community Residents Defeat a Proposed Jail in the South Bronx * Affordable birth control for college students is under attack * Burger King spies on Student/Farmworker Alliance * The Revolution will Not Be funded- critiques of the non-profit model * and more highlights from the past season

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The Best of Rustbelt Radio: Winter & Spring 2008 (June 2, 2008)

[1:00] Intro

Welcome to this week's edition of Rustbelt Radio, the Pittsburgh Independent Media Center's weekly review of the news from the grassroots, news overlooked by the corporate media. This week, we will be presenting highlights of Rustbelt Radio stories from the Winter and Spring of 2008 including...

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We turn now to highlights from the past season.


Local News

[3:00] Affordable Birth Control

In March, Rustbelt Radio highlighted the rising cost of birth control being faced by college students across the country. The price increase was a result of a congressional budgeting change in the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 in which university health centers were excluded from purchasing hormonal birth control at discounted prices. This resulted in the cost of birth control to double or even triple in some cases for students.

Planned Parenthood is working to restore affordability and local Pittsburgh activists organized to help in the campaign.

Rustbelt Radio correspondent Jessica McPherson spoke with Planned Parenthood’s western Pennsylvania organizer Nikki Kemp about campus activism and the push for legislators to support the Prevention Through Affordable Access Act:

Rustbelt also spoke with Planned Parenthood intern and Pitt student, Adrienne, who organized a rally in March to collect signatures of support:

The Prevention through Affordable Access Act will reinstate the ability for clinics to purchase low-cost birth control but it still faces approval in the House of Representatives. To read more about the act and learn about its progress, visit

[4:15] Prison Re-Entry Study

On our March 10th show, we brought you a story about a community collaborative implemented by the Allegheny County Jail in Pittsburgh. Through the collaboration, Allegheny County Jail has partnered with community organizations that will provide services, such as GED training, drug and alcohol treatment, and other social services, as a way to help individuals succeed post incarceration. A study by the University of Pittsburgh showed that recidivism rates for the collaborative were fifty percent lower than those not exposed to community human services.

Rustbelt Radio spoke with Dr. Hide Yamatani, a researcher with the Center on Race and Social Problems at the University of Pittsburgh, who conducted an evaluation of this collaborative and talked about the rarity of similar programs in the United States prison system.

More from Yamatani on the US prison system:

Rustbelt Radio also spoke with Johann, a former inmate at Albion State Correctional Facility, who expressed concerns about the lack of social services within prison.

You can hear more about the community collaborative and thoughts from former inmates on our March 10th show.

[3:15] Word on the Street- Teens and Sex

Teens from The Andy Warhol Museum's Youth Publications Program took to the streets of Pittsburgh to create Word on the Street segments for Rustbelt Radio. On our February 25th show, we heard from Addie Johnson on where and how teens are learning about sex.

That was local teen, Addie Johnson with a word on the street segment from our February 25th show.

[4:00] Black and White Reunion

In January, the 10th Annual Black and White Reunion was held in East Liberty. On our February 11th show, we shared some highlights of the day's events.

For the full story, you can listen to our February 11th show.

[4:00] Federal Jury finds troopers intentionally killed Michael Ellerbe

In March of this year, a jury in federal court unanimously ruled that two Pennsylvania state police troopers used excessive force and intentionally shot 12-year-old Michael Ellerbe in Uniontown in December 2002. The jury awarded Ellerbe's family more than $28 million dollars in punitive and compensatory damages.

In the shooting, which took place over five years ago, State troopers Samuel Nassan and Juan Curry killed Michael Ellerbe, as he allegedly ran from a stolen vehicle. He was 12 years old and was not armed. While his family and community decried his death as excessive force, no formal investigation was launched into Ellerbe's case. Corporal Curry has been promoted since the killing.

On our March 31st program, Andalusia Knoll had this report.

That was excerpts from our March 31st show. For more on the Michael Ellerbe case and lawsuit, listen to that show on our website, or read more at

[2:30] 2.3 million and rising

The following 2.3 million and rising segment originally aired on our February 11th, 2008 show.

[5:00] Anti-War Word on the Street

March 2008 marked the 5th year of the US invasion into Iraq. People around the country, including Pittsburgh observed this tragic milestone with demonstrations, marches, and acts of civil disobedience. The Thomas Merton Center's Anti-war committee organized a march and demonstration in Oakland and Rustbelt Radio was there to get the word on the street.

You were listening to Word on the Street from our March 31st show.


For more local news, you can listen to archive episodes of Rustbelt Radio at

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Global News


You are listening to the best of Rustbelt Radio, the Pittsburgh Independent Media Center's weekly review of news overlooked by the corporate media. Today we are sharing some news highlights from the past few months' programs.

[2:00] CIW/SFA Burger King

On April 21st, Rustbelt Radio aired this story about the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and Student/Farmworker Alliance:

After this story gained national media attention, Burger King fired two high-level employees and severed ties with Diplomatic Tactical Services. On Friday, May 23rd, 2008, the CIW and Burger King announced a landmark agreement to work together to improve the wages and working conditions of Florida tomato pickers. Burger King has now joined McDonald's and Taco Bell in supporting the Coalition's struggle. The campaign for Fair Food will now turn its attention to other major tomato buyers and growers' associations.

[7:30] The Longest Walk II

2008 marks the 30th anniversary of the original Longest Walk, which resulted in historic changes for American Indians. That walk was conducted in response to proposed legislation in Congress that would have abrogated treaties protecting Native American sovereignty.

The Longest Walk Two is now being held to bring national attention to the environmental disharmony of Mother Earth and sacred site issues. This five-month journey began at Alcatraz Island in San Francisco, California on February 11th and will end in Washington DC on July 11th. The Northern Route walkers have made their way to Ohio, and will be arriving in Pittsburgh on June 17th. On April 14th, Rustbelt Radio aired a story about the walk.

You were listening to a segment on the Longest Walk II. To hear the full story, you can listen to our April 14th show.

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[8:15] Bronx Jail Defeated

When a new jail was slated to be built in the South Bronx, community residents and activists united to create a campaign to stop the construction of the prison-- and after 2 years, they won. On our April 28th show, Andalusia Knoll brought us interviews with those involved in the successful campaign.

* brnxjl.ogg: bronx jail 8:05

To hear to the full report on the defeat of the proposed Bronx Jail, listen to our April 28th show.

[8:30] Revolution will Not be Funded

Grassroots organizations have always struggled with having enough money to fund their work. In recent years, many grassroots organizations have transitioned into federally recognized 501 c 3 -- or non-profit -- organizations, thus opening themselves up to government and foundation funding. Discussions in activist communities across the country have now been held in regards to the effect this transition is having on social justice movements.

One organization who has written about and organized around this topic is the radical women of color group INCITE. The co-founder of INCITE is longtime anti-violence and Native American activist and scholar Andrea Smith. In April of 2007, INCITE released the book "The Revolution will not be Funded", which features scholars and activists discussing what they call the 'non-profit industrial complex.' -- a system of relationships between the state, the owning classes, foundations, and social service & social justice organizations that results in the surveillance, control, derailment, and everyday management of political movements.

At the National Conference on Organized Resistance held this past March, Smith addressed the audience to share her own experiences working in grassroots movements that had to struggle with issues of government and foundation funding. Andrea first began talking about how the receipt of federal dollars came at a price, as the government could now dictate who the organization should form partnerships with. On our March 31st show, we shared a portion of Andrea's speech, where she began by mimicking the requests of the federal government to her organization:

Andrea Smith also describes how working in the non-profit industrial complex does little to dismantle the capitalist system or create long lasting change.

You've been listening to Andrea Smith of INCITE women of color against violence speak on the Revolution will not be funded. To hear the full story, listen to our March 31st show.


[1:00] Outro

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Thanks for tuning in to the Best of Rustbelt Radio, Winter& Spring 2008 here on WRCT Pittsburgh, WPTS Pittsburgh, WNJR Washington, WVJW Benwood, WIUP Indiana and WKCO Gambier.

Our hosts this week are Carlin Christy and Lizzie Anderson. This show featured the work of:

You can get involved with Rustbelt Radio! To contact us, or to send us your comments, email RADIO at I-N-D-Y-P-G-H dot ORG. All of our shows are available for download or podcast on our website at RADIO dot INDY-P-G-H dot ORG and this show can be heard again Tuesday morning on WRCT at 9 AM after Democracy Now!

Tune in next week at this time for another edition of Rustbelt Radio, the Pittsburgh Independent Media Center's weekly review of news from the grassroots.

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by Pittsburgh IMC: Rustbelt Radio collective Tuesday, Jun. 03, 2008 at 6:22 PM 412-923-3000 WRCT 88.3 FM

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