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On today's show: Pittsburghers march demanding justice for Jordan Miles, The trial of the officer accused of murdering Oscar Grant begins in Los Angeles, California, An interview with prison activist Vikki Law, New Orleans bicyclists work to end oil addiction, and discuss the impact of oil extraction on Louisiana and more in our local and global headlines
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Rustbelt Radio for June 21, 2010
Welcome to this week's edition of Rustbelt Radio, the Pittsburgh Independent Media Center's bi-weekly review of the news from the grassroots, news overlooked by the corporate media.
On today's show...
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We turn now to local stories.
On Saturday June 12th, over 100 people rallied at Freedom Corner in the lower Hill District, and marched to the city courthouse in downtown Pittsburgh. They demanded that charges should be brought against the Pittsburgh Police officers who beat teenager and CAPA honor student Jordan Miles in January. Miles was walking to his grandmother's house in Homewood, when three plainclothes police officers called for him to stop. Unaware the three men were officers, Miles ran and was ultimately beaten by the police, who ripped out his hair and left him with severe facial swelling and bruising. Miles was unarmed. He was charged with assaulting a police officer, but those charges were later dropped. Jordan Miles' mother, Terez Miles, spoke at the rally: (quote) People should not have to worry about the police jumping out on them, attacking them just for walking down the street (endquote) The three police officers who beat Miles are now on paid leave. The Pittsburgh Police have said they will take no action until an ongoing federal investigation is completed.
You are listening to Rustbelt Radio, the Pittsburgh Independent Media Center's bi-weekly review of news overlooked by the corporate media.
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We turn now to news from other independent media sources around the world.
On New Year's Day 2009, BART Police shot and killed Oscar Grant, a 21 year old unarmed black man in Oakland, California. This attack sparked riots, ongoing protests and organizing to demand justice for Oscar Grant. On Thursday June 10th, the trial of officer Johannes Mehserle, began in Los Angeles. Today we bring you this excerpt from KPFA's The Morning Show in California in which Brian Edwards-Tiekert interviews Thandisizwe Chimurenga [than - de- sees - way chim ur REN ga]. It originally aired June 10th.
That was Rebel Diaz with "way to long"
Now we'll hear about New Orleans activists' efforts to reduce our culture's dependence on oil, in the wake of the BP oil spill and the ongoing impacts of oil extraction on Louisiana. This is an excerpt of the May 25th episode of Community Gumbo, a locally produced news hour on New Orleans station WTUL. Host Hunter King interviews activist Scott Eustis (PRONOUCE: YOO- stiss).
Oil extraction causes wetland subsidence because the removal of buried oil deposits causes the surface land to slump lower in elevation.
That was Hunter King interviewing activist Scott Eustice on WTUL New Orleans' program Community Gumbo. To listen to the whole interview, you can visit the New Orleans Indymedia website, neworleans dot indymedia dot org.
You're listening to Rustbelt Radio, the Pittsburgh Independent Media Center's bi-weekly review of news from the grassroots.
For this week's 2.3 Million and Rising, we bring you the second part of Rustbelt Radio's Lizzie Anderson and Erika Harrison's interview with author and anti-prison activist, Victoria Law.
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