Civil Liberties

Civil rights, etc.

Flashpoints

Program: 
Flashpoints
Air date: 
Tue, 02/17/2009 - 11:15am - 12:00pm

Interviews with friends and family of police murder victims on a special "Stolen Lives" edition of Flashpoints.

Circle A Radio

Air date: 
Wed, 02/18/2009 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
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We spend the hour with Dlycia Pagan, Puerto Rican Activist, Filmmaker, and Artist

Dlycia Pagan, Puerto Rican Activist, Filmmaker, and Artist talks about her life as an Activist/Organizer, the nearly 20 years she spent in prison on charges of seditious conspiracy, her presidential pardon, and her advice to the younger generation.

Political Prisoners

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Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Sun, 02/15/2009

The Mumia Strugglebration event on Friday 13 featured Pam Africa and Ramona Africa. This brought the subject of Political Prisoners to our attention. We gave an overview of the more than 100 political prisoners in the U.S.

We also announced the good news that Mumia’s book “Jailhouse Lawyer” will soon be available. Also a recently released film about Lynne Stewart will premiere in New York this month. More about these two items will be available on future Prison Pipeline programs.

28:10 minutes (25.79 MB)

The Abe and Joe Talk Radio Show on 02/17/09

Air date: 
Tue, 02/17/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
Clarifying last week's remarks on our new president

 Several listeners have let us know that they thought we were too hard on President Obama last week. Give him a break, they said. He's only been on the job a little while.

This week we aim to clear the air. Let's start by saying unequivocally that we're still in the president's camp, emphatically so. But we're still going to do what we said we would during the campaign -- call for Obama to do the right thing.

Radiozine on 02/13/09

Program: 
Radiozine
Air date: 
Fri, 02/13/2009 - 9:00am - 9:30am

A special program for Black History Month - "Texts of Resistance." How did slaves resist their oppression ? We hear a discussion of three literary works that explore what it means to resist and to survive.

Radiozine on 02/12/09

Program: 
Radiozine
Air date: 
Thu, 02/12/2009 - 9:30am - 10:30am

Madness Radio: Depression And Oppression Alisha Ali

Pilot program

Is depression a result of poverty? How can community development and economic empowerment affect mental health? Psychology professor Alisha Ali discusses the dangers of turning social problems into medical disorders, including bias in diagnosis, limits of "cultural competency" and "anti-stigma" initiatives, and the experiences of immigrant women.

Punk'd?

Hmm. So after a resounding electoral victory, an inauguration the likes of which we've never seen, and an odd new empathic burst of shared purpose, President Obama did what now?

He followed Bush's lead on civil liberties.

 

Obama Administration Maintains Bush Position on 'Extraordinary Rendition' Lawsuit

The Obama Administration today announced that it would keep the same position as the Bush Administration in the lawsuit Mohamed et al v Jeppesen Dataplan, Inc.

A source inside of the Ninth U.S. District Court tells ABC News that a representative of the Justice Department stood up to say that its position hasn't changed, that new administration stands behind arguments that previous administration made, with no ambiguity at all. The DOJ lawyer said the entire subject matter remains a state secret.

It's because of that last item I listed above -- that sense of shared purpose, of belief that all of us are going to get pointed in the right direction -- that this stings so much. "Extraordinary rendition" was one of the most galling of the Bush junta's excesses. Ashcroft, Gonzales & Co. had relied upon "state secrets" privilege to prevent courts from ruling on cases like Mohamed, in which five plaintiffs had been forcibly deported to other countries (we still don't know where) and tortured.

On one of its first chances to turn away from the dark side, the Obama administration has stepped right in the footprints set down by Bush. "State secrets" still prevent the tortured from having their day in court. It's a disgrace.

The only hope I hold out -- and it's a thin one -- is that the situation around rendition is as convoluted as that surrounding the prosecutorial cases for the Guantanamo detainees. Perhaps on this issue, too, the Bushies left such a scorched landscape in their wake that the Obama Justice Dept. is having trouble making head or tail of what went on in the course of "extraordinary rendition." Perhaps they will do the right thing and revisit Mohamed again down the road.

I hope so. I hope Obama is not the Manchurian candidate I feared he might be.

H/T Glenn Greenwald

Strugglebration for Mumia

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Sun, 02/08/2009

Friday, Feb. 13, is a very special event! The Portland Friends for the Freedom of MOVE & Mumia Abu-Jamal present: Strugglebration for Mumia Abu-Jamal.
    Portland State University – Smith Memorial Student Union Bldg. (SMU 238)
    6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    For more information: 503/515-9540


To get us in the mood we heard Mumia speak, a cheer by Jenka, a song by David Strechert and comments by Ruth and Rebecca about the entertainers and speakers who will take part in the night of celebration and struggle.

See you there!
 

27:32 minutes (25.21 MB)

The Depression is Now: How to Hang onto Your Home!

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Presswatch
program date: 
Wed, 02/04/2009

On the Feb 5 Presswatch, host Theresa Mitchell with the "news you're not supposed to know," takes a look at the latest  unemployment figures,  and explores some useful strategies  to ward off foreclosure and hang onto our homes.   Also, social unrest is afoot throughout the world--when will U.S. citizens join the fray?

25:56 minutes (11.88 MB)

Life During Wartime playlist for 02/04/2009

Program name: 
Life During Wartime
Air date: 
02/04/2009

Diskords – LDW

The Fall – City Hobgoblins
Fellini – Rock Europeu
Animals and Men – We are Machines
The mekons – 32 Weeks
The Jam – London Traffic

Sam & Joe
The Feederz- Taking the Night
Inepsy- Street City Kids
Rikk Agnew- Falling Out
The Wipers- Image of Man

Mass Hysteri – Istiden
Vast Majority – Poor Sid
Hans a Plast – Starfighter
Psycho – Gun Out of Control
Walter Wolff – Placebo World
Ultimo Resorte – Una Guerra Sin Fondo

In loving memory…Lux Interior
The Cramps- The most exaulted potentate of love
The Cramps- Her love rubbed off

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