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Sheriff Jack McDaniel of Alpine, Texas, On July 18, 1996 arrived to arrest Alvaro at his home on a trumped up charge of aggravated robbery When the unarmed Alvaro questioned the sheriff's action, the officer drew his weapon. Before he could shoot, Alvaro disarmed him and fled. (At the trial for robbery, Alvaro represented himself and had the charge dismissed.). No warrant for the arrest had been issued.
Later after the trial decision, without identifying themselves, police began shooting indiscriminately at the house, cars parked in front and at the public streetlights. At a new trial, witnesses explained, that the police shooting resembled a "war zone." Alvaro returned fire in self-defense and never shot or injured anyone. Alvaro dialed 911 (emergency) and notified other officials that police were firing at him and others would not allow them to surrender.
Alvaro was convicted of "threatening" the sheriff, but acquitted on the charge of shooting Sgt. Hines on June 29, 1997. He received a 50-year sentence. His case is currently on appeal.
On 10/04/2002 Patrice Lumumba Ford was arrested along with 3 other suspects of the Portland Seven in
On 12/02/2003 Patrice Lumumba Ford was sentenced, in a plea bargain, to 18 years imprisonment.
Mumia Abu-Jamal is a renowned journalist from Philadelphia who has been inprisoned since 1981.
Mumia has been on death row since 1983 tried and convicted for allegedly shooting Daniel Faulkner a Philadelphia police officer. Because of his his award - winning reporting on police brutality and other social and racial outbreaks that plague communities of color throughout the world and in Philadelphia
Mumia is known as the “Voice of the Voiceless.” As a rseult he has received international support over the years to assist in his efforts to reverse his unjust conviction.
From a PICA Press Release... Oaks is acclaimed ambient electronic experimentalist Ethan Rose’s third full-length, following on the 2006 release Ceiling Songs and the 2007 release, Spinning Pieces. Ethan’s music was also featured in Gus Van Sant’s latest film, Paranoid Park. Ethan explains Oaks as follows: “Over the past year I’ve been coming out to the Oaks Park Roller Rink to play and record the Wurlitzer Theater Organ that is located there. The organ dates from the 1920s and was originally housed in the Broadway Theater in downtown Portland where it was used to accompany silent films. It is currently played and maintained by Keith Fortune who has been involved with the organ and the rink for the past fifteen years. I’ve had the privilege of assisting Keith with organ repairs, which has deepened my appreciation of the instrument. Musically speaking, my primary interest with this organ has been to bring its antiquated sounds into a modern context, essentially treating it with the same sense of sonic reinterpretation that I have brought to my previous works.”
an interview with Ashanti Alston, co-chair of the Jericho movement, which works to free all political prisoners in the USA.
- Title: David Korten: Agenda for a New Economy--Phantom Wealth to Real Wealth
- Producer: Stephanie Potter
- Length: 42:23 minutes (38.8 MB)
- Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)
S.W. Conser asks Chicago political consultant Don Rose what listeners can expect from the new Obama administration. Chicago's rich mix of rough-and-tumble precinct politics, racial and ethnic ferment, and grassroots activism on urban and human rights issues has deeply influenced Obama's political career to date. A longtime champion of progressive causes and candidates, Rose mentored Obama's chief campaign strategist (now senior advisor) David Axelrod, and has butted heads with chief of staff Rahm Emanuel.