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On today's show: A special 2.3 Million and Rising about mental illness inside of prison, Indigenous Lakota activist Canupa Gluha Mani visits the University of Pittsburgh, A look at the proposed anti-homosexuality legislation in Uganda.
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Rustbelt Radio for January 4, 2010
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Uganda's proposed anti-homosexuality bill has drawn world attention, as individuals identified as homosexual could face death or life imprisonment. The bill's proposals attack a wide array of actions, including the (quote) "promotion of homosexuality," which in effect bans organizations working to educate the public and prevent the spread of HIV and AIDS. Ugandans who know of an individual's sexual orientation as gay or lesbian, but do not report it to officials can also face up to 3 years in prison. To take a look at the history of this bill and the climate of homophobia in Uganda, Rustbelt Radio spoke with Peter Otika. Mr. Otika is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, Americorps, and he is a human rights activist and advocate. A native Ugandan, Peter is also the Director of Africa Policy Advocates.
You've been listening to Peter Otika, a native Ugandan and former Pittsburgh resident speaking about the proposed anti-homosexuality bill. For the full interview, go to indypgh.org
You're listening to Rustbelt Radio, the Pittsburgh Independent Media Center's weekly review of news from the grassroots.
Fed up, Pittsburgh's chapter of the Human Rights Coalition, brings us this feature long report on the Prison Industrial Complex. This week, Fedup spoke with psychiatrist Terry Kupers about mental illness in prison.
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