Jennifer Friedenbach has worked about 18 years on homeless and poverty issues, including welfare rights, housing, homeless prevention, healthcare, disability, and human and civil rights.
Our first guest is Georgia Schreiber, Board Chair of California Prison Focus (CPF). CPF staff work with prisoners and their family members to expose human rights abuses with a larger vision of closing the SHU and ultimately abolishing California's racist, genocidal prison system.
Our guest, Attorney Dennis Cunningham, established the People's Law Office in Chicago from which he and young Attorney Jeffrey Haas conducted a landmark civil rights case ultimately winning a large settlement for the Panthers' families -- although Chicago's killer cops were never criminally charged.
Help us feed the poor and marginalized in our community. All we ask is that you watch this video and share with others. Be well my friends.
-The Creative Awareness Collective
By Nadezhda Kevorkova - May 31, 2010
Israel is now a lunatic state...We have to ask ourselves a simple, basic, fundamental question: can a lunatic state like Israel be trusted with two to three hundred nuclear devices when it is now threatening its neighbors Iran and Lebanon with an attack?
There are now huge masses of oil lurking within the Gulf of Mexico. As well, the entire gulf is now covered by the glinty sheen of oil and dispersant oil mix. Here are satellite pictures and new videos.
Friday, May 14 2010 - Infoshop News
We here at AK Press were both shocked and...thrilled when...Glenn Beck held up our new book on the Greek Insurrection of December 2008 on his FOX News program...saying that this book was the next “playbook” that radicals in this country would be taking a page from...But we were also kind of confused, because Beck seemed eager to interpret the book as yet another installment in the “communist” conspiracy … only, well, we’re anarchists...Beck tends to avoid directly confronting “anarchism” as a system of political actions and ideals. So we started thinking about why that might be, and the result of our deep deliberations follows in an open letter to Mr. Beck.
By Greg Grandin - May 15, 2010
At the heart of Tea Party history is the argument that "progressivism is fascism is communism." Conceptually, such a claim helps frame what many call "American exceptionalism," a belief that the exclusive role of government is to protect individual rights -- to speech, to assembly, to carry guns, and, of course, to own property -- and not to deliver social rights like health care, education, or welfare.
By Paul Canning - May 13, 2010
In Uzbekistan it seems that promoting condoms and sterile needles to stop the spread of HIV is "immoral" and deserving of imprisonment in its notorious jails. The country...has given one of its leading Aids workers a seven-year sentence...Maxim Popov is the founder of the now-closed non-governmental Aids organisation, Izis...Uzbekistan has one of the world's fastest-rising HIV infection rates.
The State has discovered a new method of execution. It is neat, efficient and random. The blogging public loves it as just deserts for getting caught at something – anything. It is called Solitary Confinement.
By Rick Wolff - May 5, 2010
The political conflicts and street battles in Greece today foretell what is coming to many countries...The struggles are basically over what the government spends on and who pays the taxes. Governments in such societies often turn to borrowing...as ways to defer and postpone the political problems of resolving class struggles...Problems arise when lenders...demand much higher interest payments or refuse to lend more. Then rising national debts can no longer postpone resolution of the underlying class struggles.
Our guest, Mike Wong, was born and raised in San Francisco, and became a soldier during the Vietnam War. He was very influenced by the anti-war movement. So when he received Vietnam orders, he went AWOL, then turned himself in to the Presidio stockade with his lawyer, pleaded guilty to AWOL, and attempted to press a limited conscientious objector case.
Kiilu's guest is Elizabeth Betita Martinez, legendary Chicana activist, historian, lecturer, and author of six books. She is currently the Director of the Institute for MultiRacial Justice in San Francisco.
Romaine "Chip" Fitzgerald, born and raised in Compton, California, joined the Southern California Chapter of the Black Panther Party in early 1969 as a teenager who had just been released from the California Youth Authority. In September of that year, as a dedicated member of the Party, Chip was arrested in connection with a police shoot-out and tried for assault on police and related charges, including the murder of a security guard. He was sentenced to death. Ultimately, his sentence was commuted to life with parole. He has been in prison for nearly 40 years now. Chip's dedication to the cause of the liberation of black and all oppressed people has not wavered through all the years of his brutal incarceration.
Between the glowing press reports on Burl Cain's work, there are hints that gaining access to prison programming — education programs, for example — may be conditional on whether a prisoner is willing to embrace evangelical Christianity.