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On today's show... * The Pastors for Peace Caravan to Cuba rolls through Pittsburgh * Jorge Mujica on immigrant rights and the current state of immigration in the U.S. * War Resistor and Iraq veteran Camilo Mejia speaks in Pittsburgh * And more in our local and global headlines
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Rustbelt Radio for July 13, 2009
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.
On today's show...
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The year 2009 holds several important milestones for Cuba. It marks the 50th year of the Cuban Revolution in which the Batista regime was overthrown by Fidel Castro, Che Guevara, and a rebel army. It also marks the 49th year of the beginning of the US economic blockade against Cuba. This is currently the longest running embargo in modern history. In order to speak out against the trade embargo and restrictions placed on travel to Cuba, this summer over 100 volunteers from across the United States, Canada, and Latin American will bring much needed humanitarian aid to the island. The month long Caravan to Cuba is organized by Pastors for Peace--an ecumenical agency whose mission is to help forward the struggles of oppressed peoples for justice and self-determination. On their way down to the US-Mexico border, the Caravan stopped at Monumental Baptist Church in the Hill District. There, church members had gathered medical supplies and dozens of gallons of paint, which will aid in hurricane reconstruction efforts. Alison Bodine of Pastors for Peace spoke about the significance of the Caravan to Cuba which is making its 20th journey this summer.
You've been listening to Alison Bodine of Pastors for Peace. The group is organizing a month long Caravan to Cuba to deliver humanitarian aid to the island. For more information you can go to www.ifconews.org and stay tuned to Rustbelt Radio in the next few weeks to hear Rustbelt Radio reporter Carlin Christy as she travels along with the Caravan this July and August.
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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In the past several years there has been a mass mobilization of Latino citizens, documented and undocumented alike, demanding justice and fair treatment for immigrants and their families living in the U.S.
A member of the National Council for the Institute of Mexicans Abroad and an immigrants rights organizer, Jorge Mujica, speaks about the current state of immigration in the U.S and the Obama Administration's policy towards recent calls for amnesty for undocumented workers.
Member of Trinity College Stop The Raids, Jason McGahan speaks briefly on the need to maintain the momentum of recent achievements.
The National Assembly to end the Iraq & Afghanistan Wars & Occupations recently hosted an anti-war conference and strategic organizing session in Pittsburgh. The 3 day event featured panels, workshops, and discussions with former soldiers and their family members, Iraqi citizens, activists from universities, peace groups, and other organizations.
Michael Zweig is an economics professor and Director of the Center for Study of Working Class Life at SUNY Stony Brook, in addition to being a member of the National Steering Committee for U.S. Labor Against the War. At the National Assembly conference on July 11, Zweig addressed the war from the perspective of the faltering US economy.
Earlier this year, the group Pittsburgh Youth and Students Against the War hosted war resister Camilo Mejia, the first veteran to publicly refuse to redeploy to Iraq. During his six months of combat in Iraq, Mejia witnessed the torture of detainees and killing of citizens. Here he speaks about his experience and the development of his opposition to the war:
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After Mejia returned to the United States in 2003, he refused to redeploy to Iraq. Five months later, Mejia surrendered to the military at Ft. Stewart, Georgia and submitted a formal application for discharge as a conscientious objector. His application was denied and in May 2004, a military jury convicted him of desertion. Following this, he served nine months in jail and was released in early 2005. Since this time, Mejia has joined the group Iraq Veterans Against the War and continues to speak out against the invasion and occupation of Iraq.
And now we present the Indymedia Calendar of Events:
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