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Rustbelt Radio for October 26, 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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Fed up, Pittsburgh's chapter of the Human Rights Coalition, brings us this week's report on the Prison Industrial Complex
While there are far fewer women in prison, they are the fastest growing incarcerated population in the US - increasing 832 percent between 1997 and 2007. With about 5% of the 40,000 women who enter prison yearly being pregnant, about 2,000 babies are born in prison each year. Lack of support, improper medical attention and prejudice from staff are just some of the obstacles faced by pregnant women and women who give birth during their stay in prison.
To explore this issue more, Fed Up spoke with Abigail Blue, a doula with the Birth Attendants - a group that works to provide support and resources to pregnant women behind bars. A doula is someone who provides physical, emotional and psychological support to pregnant women before, during and after the birth of the baby.
First, Abigail explains who the Birth Attendants are, their mission and beliefs:
There are many barriers to receiving service and difficulties to giving birth in prison. Abigail elaborates:
Now, Abigail talks about abortion in prison and how they serve women wishing to terminate their pregnancies:
Working with incarcerated women brings up deeper societal issues. Abigail explains how incarceration is wrongly used to solve social problems and how the prison industrial complex effects pregnant women:
Abigail speaks about post release support and a current project they are working on to expand services
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For more information on the Birth Attendants, please visit birthattendants.com
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A University located in a illegal Israeli settlement has been excluded from a prestigious university competition about sustainable architecture in Spain, A French Company, Veolia, has pulled out of a light rail construction project that would have connected an Israeli settlement to Jerusalem, and the Brazilian Parliament has put a freeze on an Israel-Mercosur Free Trade Agreement. These are only a handful of actions recently taken to put pressure on the state of Israel to adhere to international law.
This past weekend the University of Pittsburgh hosted a Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Conference against Israel to bring attention to the United States complicity in Israeli war crimes. The current campaign against Israel has been modeled after the anti-apartheid campaign that eventually put economic pressure South Africa to end its racist policy towards black South Africans. Katherine Fuchs from D.C. based, U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, makes comparisons between the two states and points out a number of companies involved with Israel today that have been targets of the Boycott and Divestment aspect of the campaign.
This past February, Hampshire College located in Western Massachusetts, divested from a mutual fund that had investments with a number of companies with Israeli military contracts. This decision was a result of years of pressure from student groups campaigning to raise awareness of unequal treatment toward non-Jewish citizens of the state of Israel. Aidan Kriese of Students for Justice in Palestine explains how they were able to mobilize students and faculty to put pressure on Hampshire Colleges Board of Trustees to divest from Israel.
Sanctions are another demand that the BDS movement is making to influence Israeli policy. Katherine Fuchs speaks.
In recent developments, A UN fact finding mission released a report earlier this month, known as the Goldstone Report that documents human rights abuses, violations of international law, and war crimes committed by both sides during Israel’s bombardment of the Gaza Strip over December 08 and January 09. Over 1400 Palestinians were reported dead after the 22 day bombing campaign known as Cast Lead. The US has just voted against a UN Human Rights Council resolution endorsing the report’s recommendations that both sides of the Gaza conflict probe war crimes allegations. Katherine Fuchs talks about the role that the BDS Campaign against Israel plays in the “Peace Process”.
We now end with a performance at the BDS Conference of Palestinian-American poet, Remi Kanazi.
We'll be back after this musical break.
That was Invincible with the song "The Emperor's Clothes"
And now we present the Indymedia Calendar of Events:
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