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On today's show... * A look into local activist Nate Smith's legacy in black labor rights * Legislation introduced in Harrisburg will severely curtail women's health care rights * Commentary of a political cartoonist on our feeble democracy * And more in our local and global headlines
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Rustbelt Radio for April 11, 2011
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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On April 4th, demonstrators converged for labor rallies nationwide in solidarity with the workers of Wisconsin. Rustbelt Radio spoke with political cartoonist, Gary Huck, of the United Electrical, Machine, and Radio workers of America, about the problems facing the United States' democracy at large.
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While federal legislation aimed at limiting funding for family planning is pending in Washington, Pittsburghers are turning their attention to several bills introduced in Pennsylvania that would curtail women's reproductive rights as well.
On Sunday April 10th, dozens of people gathered at the First Unitarian Church in Shadyside to listen to speakers at a reproductive rights forum entitled " What do you mean my insurance won't cover that?"
A diverse group of speakers, including representatives from New Voices Pittsburgh, Planned Parenthood of Western PA, The Women's Law Project, and Representative Dan Frankel, expressed their concerns and outrage at the scale of the assault on women's health services.
Here is Kim Evert, the President of Planned Parenthood of Western PA, speaking on the recent legislation aimed to curtail reproductive rights in Pittsburgh.
We now hear from the senior attorney of the Womens Law Project, Sue Friesche, explain the grave consequences for women's healthcare if several bills currently pending in the state legislature are passed.
That was Sue Friesche, senior attorney for the Women's Law Project. Today the House Health Committee passed House Bill 574 by a vote of 18 to 4 with no discussion.
We now turn to a doctor who provides abortions for women. She explains that abortion is a fundamental part of women's healthcare and stresses the importance for it to remain safe and affordable.
She continues with a personal story of a woman whose experience illustrates the consequences of making abortion procedures difficult to access.
While proposed legislation will make it hard for many women to access health care, the director of New Voices Pittsburgh, Kofo Anifalaje, explains that women of color will be those most negatively affected by the assault on women's reproductive rights.
We leave you with some words from a doctor that provides abortions for women.
For more information on current Reproductive Health Services Legislation, visit http://www.womenshealthpa.org
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And now we present the Indymedia Calendar of Events. To get your event on this calendar, email email@example.com
* The Youth Art Self-empowerment Project created a 30 minute documentary about Juvenile Lifers without Parole called ‘Stolen Dreams’ and will show the film and do a panel discussion following the viewing at two different dates and locations on the University of Pittsburgh's campus: Monday, April 11th from 7 -9 pm at Frick Fine Arts Building and Tuesday, April 12th at noon on the 20th floor of the Cathedral of Learning.
* The local chapter of Amnesty International will host "Star Trek and Human Rights", a free four-part series at the Shadow Lounge in East Liberty. Come watch a provocative episode of the Star Trek television series, discuss the real-world issues raised in the episode, and take a small action on an Amnesty International case related to the topic. The series will be held at 7pm on Tuesday April 12th, Tuesday April 19th, May 3rd and May 10th. For more information, visit www.amnestypgh.org
* Concerned about High Quality Universal Public Education for Pennsylvania’s children? Come to a public hearing organized by the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus on Friday, April 15th. For further information and to sign on with testimony, contact Executive Director of the PLBC, David Love, at firstname.lastname@example.org
* Liberation magic, anti-capitalist robots, Medusa-themed puppet theatre, riot grrl dance parties, and the story of stardust accompany the journey of six queer femme artists and activists touring from Brooklyn through the Midwestern U.S. this April. You’re invited to enjoy the spectacle as these dazzling troublemakers create a world of radical extravagance and thought-provoking glamour: Heels on Wheels Roadshow is a queer performance art cabaret that will be coming to Pittsburgh Friday, April 15th to the Irma Freeman Center for Imagination at 5006 Penn Avenue. Doors open at 10, show at 10:30
* The Progressive Action Video Contest Screening and Awards takes place on April 16th at 7pm at Schenley Park Ice Rink Lodge. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. For more information, visit www.pgh14widc.org/2011/
* The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy is hosting a Panther Hollow Extravaganza on Saturday, April 16th, starting at 9 AM. Celebrate Earth Day by showing some love to Panther Hollow Watershed, part of Schenley Park! This community event will take care of several tasks, including planting trees, removing invasive species, stenciling storm drains and more. Come to this great spring time event! Sign up at www.pittsburghparks.org/extravaganza
* The annual informational tax day rally on the last day to pay taxes, will be held on Monday April 18, from 12 noon till 3 pm at the corner of Murray Avenue and Darlington Street. There will be posters and flyer hand-outs with information about how our taxes are distributed, to create awareness and make the connections between war spending and lack of funding for education, health care and other human needs. There also will be opportunity for people to show by penny poll, how they would like to allocate their tax dollars. The Raging Grannies will sing. For more information call 412-661-7149 or write to email@example.com
* The Thomas Merton Center will be having their annual New Person Awards, honoring the Marcellus Protest Group, on Tuesday, April 26, at the East Liberty Presbyterian Church on 116 S. Highland Avenue, starting at 7 PM. Tickets are $15. For more information, see www.thomasmertoncenter.org and www.marcellusprotest.org.
* On Thursday, April 28, from 3-6, the Senate Democratic Policy Committee and Senator Ferlo's office will host a Town Hall Meeting on the deep well drilling of Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania. The event will be held at the Holiday Inn at Pittsburgh University Center on 100 Lytton Ave in Oakland. To register, contact Senator Ferlo's office at 412-621-3006. For more information and the full agenda, visit www.senatorferlo.com.
*The Persad Center is an AIDS Service Organization providing a variety of services to the HIV/AIDS community. Come to our signature "Celebrate Life, Celebrate Art" event at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture, on Monday, May 9th. The centerpiece of the event is an auction featuring over 200 pieces of art from local, national and international artists including photography, painting, sculpture and jewelry.
* Explore the personal rewards and benefits of tutoring! AmeriCorps and the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council are looking for tutors to help refugees and immigrants learn skills that they need to be in this country, such as English courses, computer courses, General equivalency Degrees, and more. On Friday May 20th at 6pm come to the Ava Lounge in East Liberty or, for more information, visit www.gplc.org/AmeriCorps
* Join Pittsburgh's Chapter of the Human Rights Coalition every Wednesday for Write-On Letters for Prisoner's Rights. They need help answering the 60 letters a month they receive from people in prison dealing with abuse and neglect. Come and meet new people, learn about people in prison while advocating for their rights from the outside! From 7-10 pm at Thomas Merton Center at 5129 Penn Avenue in Garfield. Please bring food to share!
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