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On today's show: OccupyOakland holds a general strike, while OccupyPittsburgh marches in solidarity; The Thomas Merton Center honors Dr. Vandana Shiva, a hero in the fight against corporate piracy; October 22nd Day to Protest Police Brutality rallies in Market Square; Community group, Decarcerate Pa, organizes against new prison expansion in PA and more in our local and global headlines.
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Rustbelt Radio for November 7, 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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That was Regina Spektor with Prisoners.
Last week, The Thomas Merton Center sponsored talks and a dinner honoring Dr. Vandana Shiva, an internationally acclaimed physicist, environmentalist, philosopher, and activist from India. Dr. Shiva has won many peace awards and battles for rights of India's people and resourceful environment in the shadow of corporate america's technology, patents, and appropriation for profit. At a talk at Carnegie Mellon, she describes how Corporate America exploits and devastates other working systems and how she fights it.
this story was produced by Hannah Taleb
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Since 1996, October 22nd has become a national day of action to protest against police brutality. This past October 22nd, in market square of downtown Pittsburgh, the community engaged in the action, organized by the Black Political Empowerment Project, Black and White Reunion, The Alliance for Police Accountibility, the October 22 Coalition, and attended by many from the Occupation encampment.
One of the first speakers, Brittney McBride, called the rally's attention to their own experiences of police interaction before several speakers shared personal stories.
The following speakers of the rally included many victims of brutality and misconduct from the Pittsburgh Police department, whose stories demonstrated the myriad of people effected and in the many ways this corruption can infringe upon the human rights of every day life.
Ms. Adrian Young told her story to an audience of astounded listeners.
The next speaker, Jimmy Bluethunder, told his story - a sadly more expected and even accepted story; in fact, a common occurance among the homeless.
Police brutality is not always an issue or race and economic status. The g20 held in Pittsburgh 2 years ago, came with many arrests. While the community was boarded up, barricaded from, and held at bay, many activists were terrorized by the riot geared squads. Tracy Hicky was one of them.
Brandi Fisher, a leading organizer in the Justice for Jordan Miles campaign, facilitated the rally, calling for constant action from the community as corruption is a systemic problem of the force rather than just a few violent cops. Here she also outlines the Community ammended version of the Police Accountibility bill that was recently passed in Pittsburgh.
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Fisher demands for the accountibility of 3 Pittsburgh Police officers particularly. Officers Ewing, Sisak, and Saldutte, who have been on paid leave for over a year while investigation and court dates dragged on and those officers have been found of no wrong doing and were reinstated to the Police force, after all.
For more information on police brutality and accountibility, visit justiceforjordanmiles.org or october22.org
This story was produced by Emily Laychak with audio taken by Hannah Taleb.
And now we present the Indymedia Calendar of Events:
* Another group, "Stop Fracking: Occupy Dug East", are calling for an "occupation"-style protest of the Developing Unconventional Gas conference in Pittsburgh. For more information see their event page on marcellusprotest.org
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