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The Man Who Never Died: The Life, Times, and Legacy of Joe Hill

Joe Hill — labor organizer, musician, song writer, revolutionary — was executed in 1915 by the state of Utah for a crime that many believe he did not commit. Now there's proof.

July 5, 2011

Review, The Man Who Never Died:  The Life, Times, and Legacy of Joe Hill, American Labor Icon, by William M. Adler

Review by Richard Myers

Big Bill Haywood used to call revolutionary industrial unionism, the organizing philosophy of the Industrial Workers of the World, “socialism with its working clothes on.” Writing for the International Socialist Review from his prison cell, Joe Hill offered an example of such hands-on belief. Hill had recently arrived in Utah from the docks of California where many of the jobs were temporary. Therefore it was “to the interest of the workers ‘to make the job last’ as long as possible,” Hill wrote in his article, “How to Make Work for the Unemployed.” Joe continued,

"The writer and three others got orders to load up five box cars with shingles. When we commenced the work we found, to our surprise, that every shingle bundle had been cut open. That is, the little strip of sheet iron that holds the shingles tightly together in a bundle, had been cut with a knife or a pair of shears, on every bundle in the pile—about three thousand bundles in all.

"When the boss came around we notified him about the accident and, after exhausting his supply of profanity, he ordered us to get the shingle press and re-bundle the whole batch. It took the four of us ten whole days to put that shingle pile into shape again. And our wages for that time, at the rate of 32c per hour, amounted to $134.00. By adding the loss on account of delay in shipment, the “holding money” for the five box cars, etc., we found that the company’s profit for that day had been reduced about $300.

"So there you are. In less than half an hour time somebody had created ten days’ work for four men who would have been otherwise unemployed, and at the same time cut a big chunk off the boss’s profit. No lives were lost, no property was destroyed, there were no law suits, nothing that would drain the resources of the organized workers. But there WERE results. That’s all."

Joe Hill didn’t mention how the “accident” occurred, nor who the “somebody” was that created all of this extra work. He simply observed that it was a practical means of redistributing capitalist profit among workers, and thereby recommended such circumstances to others. It is little wonder that capitalist interests in Utah saw merit in executing Hill when they had the opportunity.

BTL:Investigation Reveals Dangers at Aging U.S. Nuclear Power Plants

 

Republicans Push State-by-State Anti-Abortion Agenda Across U.S.

 Republicans Push State-by-State Anti-Abortion Agenda Across U.S.

Interview with Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL-Pro Choice America, conducted by Melinda Tuhus
 
Almost all of the nation’s state legislatures this year were forced to focus on large budget deficits and figuring out ways to deal with them, including deep cuts to government services and programs. But, just like in the U.S. House of Representatives, many legislatures controlled by Republicans made time to debate bills that restrict women's access to abortion. Hundreds of measures were introduced around the country, and a significant number were passed. Some require mandatory ultra-sounds; others ban abortions after 20 weeks with no exceptions for the health of the mother or rape or incest; others place restrictions on abortion coverage in the federal government's new health insurance exchanges. 

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Obama: Nation's Longest War in Afghanistan Will Continue 3 More Years

 Obama: Nation's Longest War in Afghanistan Will Continue 3 More Years

Interview with Anna Berlinrut, organizer with Military Families Speak Out, conducted by Scott Harris
 
In a nationally televised address on June 22, President Obama announced he would withdraw 10,000 U.S. troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2011. That represents one-third of the 33,000 additional soldiers he ordered deployed to Afghanistan in December 2009. Obama also told the nation that the remaining 23,000 surge-troops would return to the U.S. by September 2012, with the remaining 70,000 to be withdrawn in 2014. 

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The Shortwave Report 07/01/11 Listen Globally

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            The latest Shortwave Report (July 1) is up at the website http://www.outfarpress.com/shortwave.shtml  in 3 forms- (new) HIGHEST QUALITY (128kb)(27MB), broadcast quality (16MB), and quickdownload or streaming form (6MB) (28:59) Links at page bottom
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     This week's show features stories from China Radio International, NHK Japan, Radio Deutsche-Welle, Radio Havana Cuba, and the Voice of Russia.
    From CHINA- The Greek government voted for severe austerity measures and the worst street violence yet erupted in Athens. 1000 Egyptians have been injured in protests against the new government. Brown University issued a "Costs of War" report that American citizens have spent over 4 trillion dollars on wars over the past decade. Israel has erected the first solar power field in the Middle East.
    From JAPAN- Thousands of French, German, and Swiss citizens held a protest at a French nuclear power plant, calling for its immediate closure. An expert on radiation describes the health check ups beginning on 2 million residents near the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
   From GERMANY-  The high courts in the Netherlands overturned a ruling that had banned foreigners from using cannabis at some coffeehouses in the South of the country. More details on the protests in Greece following the Parliament vote to take on more debt and impose more austerity measures.
   From CUBA- Students in Chile protesting educational fees have been forced off campus by riot police. Bolivian President Morales wants to reestablish diplomatic relations with the US. The Pentagon is planning to send weapons to Uganda and Burundi to battle Islamic militants in Somalia. Libya has rejected the warrant issued by the International Criminal Court for the arrest of Gaddafi. Amnesty International doubts some of the claims of atrocities by forces loyal to Gaddafi.
   From RUSSIA- As the warrant for Gaddafi was being rejected, the Libyan government proposed a nationwide referendum to decide whether he should stay or go.
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--"“The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.”

 

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Call for Participants: Anti-Racist Performance Project

 

Call for Participant Co-creators! Experiments in Autoethnography: Anti-racist Performance/Acts [Working Title]

During the fall 2011 semester, I will be facilitating an autoethnographic performance lab as part of my M.F.A. thesis. I seek to create a multi-racial ensemble of women to engage in a generative autoethnographic performance practice that explores the ways that hegemonic whiteness impacts our lives and identities. Ultimately, my goal is for our work to expose the insidiousness and constructedness of hegemonic whiteness as a way to destabilize it.

For the first eight weeks, we will meet weekly for three-hour sessions in which we engage in creative community building activities, share autoethnographic performances, discuss selected texts and reflect on our process. Snacks will always be provided. In the final four weeks we will meet twice weekly in preparation for our public performance in late November, just before Thanksgiving. Exact dates and times will be determined once the ensemble has been created.

In addition to being a mixed race group, I seek to create an ensemble that is diverse in terms of nationality/region, sexual orientation, gender expression, and class background. Participant Co-creators must be able to attend all sessions and must be willing to create and share autoethnographic performances, first with the group and then in a performance for an invited audience.

Who am I?

Nicole Gurgel, a community-engaged, justice-minded artist-activist-scholar. Currently I am working on my M.F.A. in the Performance as Public Practice program at the University of Texas at Austin. This thesis project springs out of seven years of grassroots performance-making that focused on issues of justice.

What is this project?

This thesis project explores autoethnographic performance as a practice particularly well-suited to exposing hegemonic whiteness. According to Tami Spry, autoethnography is, “a self-narrative that critiques the situatedness of self with others in social contexts”[1]

More than autobiography or memoir, autoethnography acknowledges and examines the socio-historical “situatedness” of its author – taking into account factors such as race, gender, sexuality and class. And while the self is at the center of inquiry, the autoethnographer examines herself with critical distance; to quote Spry, “in autoethnographic performance self is other”. This inward gaze is the exact quality that makes autoethnographic performance such a useful tool by which to rhetorically and performatively destabilize hegemonic whiteness.

Interested? Curious? Please contact me:
ngurgel@mail.utexas.edu
(651) 895-9206

 

 

But It Doesn't Have To Be That Way

The desire for change is not easily swept aside.  Cheap sparkly stuff cannot permanently assuage a deep down hunger for a freer life and a more liberated path.  When a nation selects a new way forward those that opted for change are not easily dissuaded if at all.  The idea to sell empty shells coated with a glittery sprayed on finish instead of true substance is always a temporary fix doomed to backfire eventually.

BTL:U.S. Boat to Join International Flotilla Challenging Israeli Gaza Blockade

 U.S. Boat to Join International Flotilla Challenging Israeli Gaza Blockade

Interview with Robert Naiman, policy director of Just Foreign Policy, conducted by Scott Harris
 
Last May, the Israeli military assaulted a flotilla of civilian ships in international waters carrying thousands of tons of humanitarian aid to the Palestinian population of Gaza. The attack on one of the largest ships, the Turkish-flagged, "Mavi Marmara," resulted in nine dead, dozens injured and international protests against Israel’s use of deadly force against unarmed activists. Gaza has been subject to an Israeli blockade since the militant Palestinian party Hamas took control of the territory in June 2007 and rocket attacks were launched against nearby Israeli settlements. After the violence against the aid flotilla in 2010, Israel announced it would "liberalize" the blockade and allow a larger number of civilian goods and supplies to enter the territory. 

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Free Gary Johnson! Homelessness in California is now punishable by a year in jail.

 

[Photo by Steven Argue. Daily protests at the Santa Cruz Courthouse from 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM demanding freedom for protesters convicted of sleeping.]
 
Free Gary Johnson! Overturn the Convictions of Ed Frey, Arthur Bishoff, and Collette Connolly! Hands off Christopher Doyon!
 
By Steven Argue
 
For protesting on the county steps against Santa Cruz laws that make it illegal for the homeless to sleep at night, homeless activists Gary Johnson (no relation to Becky Johnson) and Attorney Ed Frey were sentenced to 6 months in jail on June 10th. Bail was set for Ed Frey, pending appeal, at $50,000. Their only act of civil disobedience was sleeping. This occurred at their three month protest called “Peace Camp 2010”. Revealing the political nature of the draconian sentences, Judge Gallagher told homeless activist Gary Johnson that he “could get some sleep in jail” before they were dragged away in chains for their 6 month sentences. The law they were protesting makes it illegal for the homeless to sleep at night, outside or in a vehicle.
 
On Friday, June 24, after two weeks in jail, Ed Frey was released on bail pending appeal with his bail of $50,000 dollars reduced to $110. Supporters quickly passed the hat and Ed Frey was released from jail on bail. Gary Johnson still sits in jail. 
 
Also convicted for sleeping at the protest were Arthur Bishoff and Collette Connolly. A fifth protester, Christopher Doyon didn’t show up for the kangaroo court trial and bench warrant was issued. A sixth protester, Eliot Anderson was freed by a hung jury that failed to convict him. A juror said of the case, Anderson should not have to gas his dog to try to get into a shelter to legally sleep. 
 
Many potential jurors were upset by the fact that they were to sit through a two week trial for the “crime” of sleep. One example was an elementary school teacher who said, "When I first came to Santa Cruz, I lived in my van for three years. During that time, I was hassled, arrested, and jailed. There is no way I could be impartial in this case considering the pain these people are suffering." A number of potential jurors said such things, but of course they never made it on to the jury. People who are aware of what is going on generally don’t make it onto juries in the United States. Those less aware people who made it onto the jury were told, in a typical manner, that they weren’t allowed to have their own opinions. In the oft repeated mantra of blind stupidity and injustice in America’s capitalist courts, Judge Gallagher told the jury, "Even if you disagree with the law, you must follow the law."  
 
The four protesters were convicted of state anti-lodging law 647(E) for sleeping at the protest. Arthur Bishoff and Collette Connolly did not show up for the absurdity of sentencing and warrants were issued. Ed Frey and Gary Johnson were offered 400 hours of Community Service and 3 years probation for sleeping. In response, Gary Johnson, homeless, asked, "How can I take probation to obey all laws, when you've defined "sleeping" as lodging to the jury, making it a misdemeanor crime? How can I not sleep for six months during probation?" On basic principle and inability to comply, both Gary Johnson and Attorney Ed Frey turned down probation. 
 
This was reminiscent of an earlier Santa Cruz case where Sandy Loranger did time in jail for feeding the homeless soup. When the judge offered her counseling instead of jail Sandy Loranger replied, "If feeding my fellow people is a crime, I am beyond rehabilitation."
 
The protest Gary Johnson, Ed Frey, Arthur Bishoff, and Collette Connolly were prosecuted for was peaceful in nature with the only act of civil disobedience being the illegal act of sleep outside. Basic protest facilities were included with Attorney Ed Frey providing the protesters with a needed port-a-potty. This helped provide the homeless with a safe place to sleep for months, despite the city government’s failure to provide such needed relief for its citizens.
 
The protest also shamed the city government into modifying the city’s law that makes it illegal for the homeless to sleep at night by providing a dismissal of the charges in court if the homeless being charged with sleep can show that they were on the waiting list for the insufficient shelter provided at the Homeless Service Center at the time they were ticketed. Other protests in the 1990s shamed the Santa Cruz City government into reducing the fine for sleeping at night outside or in a vehicle, but the Santa Cruz City Council continued to keep sleep at night for the homeless illegal at that time as well. 
 
During those protests in the 1990s activists were arrested and brutalized by the infamously repressive Santa Cruz Police. Activist B.D. was tackled off his soap box and pepper sprayed by the Santa Cruz Police for giving a speech in favor of the homeless in front of numerous eyewitnesses and a video camera. In 1998 this author was beaten and arrested, spending four days in jail, for exercising my First Amendment right to distribute literature. It was literature in favor of rights for the homeless and opposed to police brutality.
 
The law for which Gary Johnson and Ed Frey were arrested, prosecuted, convicted, and sentenced was Penal Code Section 647(E), for “unlawful lodging”. This is a California state law. It was also recently used in August 2010 by the Santa Barbara Police to ticket Courtney Caswell-Peyton, a Santa Barbara disabled woman who fell asleep in her wheel chair. She showed-up for court worried about the possibility of getting her first conviction for any crime. Facing strong protest in that case, the Santa Barbara DA dismissed the charge in the “interests of justice”. While happy about not being convicted, she left court saying she was still homeless and questioning why she had no place to sleep.
 
Unlike the Santa Barbara dismissal, Gary Johnson, Ed Frey, Arthur Bishoff, and Collette Connolly were convicted in the notoriously bad Santa Cruz courts. Judge Gallagher is making an example of them for standing-up against the anti-homeless laws of Santa Cruz. The suspected reason cops charged the four with the state law rather than the Santa Cruz anti-sleeping law was a loophole where city laws didn’t apply because the protest was on county property. But, as a cop once told this author, “this is Santa Cruz; we can find a law for anything”. And find a law they did. 
 
In 1983 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that an earlier version of Penal Code Section 647(E) was unconstitutional in the case of Kolender v. Lawson. It was an anti-vagrancy law that was brought to the supreme court after it was used by San Diego Police to repeatedly harass a Black man with dread locks who was committing no real crime. As a result of that Supreme Court ruling that version of Penal Code Section 647(E) was repealed by the state legislature in 2008.
 
Since the overturning of the original 647(E) a new version was passed by the State Legislature which states, “Who lodges in any building, structure, vehicle, or place, whether public or private, without the permission of the owner or person entitled to the possession or in control of it” “are guilty of disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor". Lodging is being used as a euphemism for sleeping here. This is the law the four protesters were convicted under.
 
In May 2011, this anti-homeless law 647 (E) was made even worse with the State Legislature making a second violation punishable of up to a year in jail and $2,000 fine. So now homelessness in the state of California is punishable by up to a year in jail if one is caught doing it twice.
 
Voting for this worsened anti-homeless law were Democrats and Republicans alike, including local Santa Cruz Democrat and darling of many reformist liberals, Bill Monning. Monning voted for that increased penalty at the same time that the people who actually stand-up for human rights were fighting the constitutionality of the law in court with their freedom on the line. 
 
Here is a full list of those who voted for the worsened anti-homeless law: Achadjian, Allen, Ammiano, Atkins, Beall, Beth Gaines, Bill Berryhill, Block, Blumenfield, Bonilla, Bradford, Brownley, Buchanan, Butler, Campos, Carter, Charles Calderon, Chesbro, Cook, Davis, Dickinson, Donnelly, Eng, Feuer, Fletcher, Fong, Fuentes, Furutani, Galgiani, Gatto, Gordon, Grove, Hagman, Halderman, Hall, Harkey, Hayashi, Hill, Huber, Hueso, Huffman, Jeffries, John A. Pérez, Jones, Knight, Lara, Logue, Ma, Mansoor, Mendoza, Miller, Monning, Morrell, Nestande, Nielsen, Norby, Olsen, Pan, Perea, Silva, Skinner, Smyth, Solorio, Swanson, V. Manuel Pérez, Valadao, Wagner, Wieckowski, Williams, and Yamada. 
 
None voted against.
 
As the California state government, dominated by Democrats, passes anti-working class austerity and extremely harsh anti-homeless legislation, the Democrat holding power in Washington, Obama, wages wars in an increasing number of the world’s countries for the profit of arms manufacturers, oil corporations, and other imperialist capitalists and locks-up suspected whistle blower on U.S. crimes against humanity, Bradley Manning, under intolerable conditions. Bradley Manning is accused of releasing the helicopter footage that shows U.S. troops nonchalantly gunning down civilians including journalists, first aid respondents, and children in cold blood. Instead of charges of murder for those who committed it, it is Bradley Manning who goes to prison under Obama. Likewise, billions that could be used in a saner society for housing, healthcare, and education are squandered on war. 
 
Meanwhile, the local Democrats in power in Santa Cruz send out their county and city cops to silence protests for human rights for the homeless, support legislation against immigrants like the “Secure Communities” program, and threaten to cut the already meager wages of In Home Support Workers, wages needed to provide the care that helps keep the disabled, elderly, and dying in their homes. While Santa Cruz Mayor Ryan Coonerty supports the city’s anti-homeless laws, police repression, and has signed on with the anti-immigrant “Secure Communities” program, he opposes measures that would help fight homelessness like an increase in the minimum wage and has been part of carrying out austerity that includes the lay-off of workers and cuts in homeless services while at the same time hiring more cops.
 
As the current crisis of capitalism threatens the break-down all that is left that is civil in our society, the Democrats charge ahead with the Republicans in making sure it is the poor and working class who pay for the crisis of capitalism, not capitalist profits. All reformist dreams of the Democrat Party in any way being a source of any sort of “hope” should be abandoned in favor of recognizing reality. Labor unions must abandon their illusions in the Democrats and stop giving them our money and instead prepare to fight by putting union dues in strike funds. The true power of labor will never be found groveling at the feet of hostile Democrat politicians. Instead, labor has the potential to win demands by shutting down the profits of the capitalists.
 
As opposed to the Democrat’s program of more war, more cops, criminalization of poverty, political repression, and austerity labor should move forward with our own demands. Those could include a massive jobs program to house the homeless, the seizure of housing foreclosed by the banks to be used by those who need it, and an end to capitalist medicine in the United States, a major cause of debt, homelessness, and death. Without an independent fight-back of the working class, using the power of the strike for political demands, the situation will just continue to grow bleaker. 
 
A revolutionary worker’s party should be built to advocate and lead on just such a class struggle program. To remain a tool of the working class in the long run such a party also needs to have an anti-capitalist program for the building of socialism. Political parties without a clear anti-capitalist program, once in power, just become mere rulers over the inherent injustices of the capitalist system. Instead of capitalism, an egalitarian socialist economy in the United States with production based on human need rather than capitalist profit could provide everyone with a job, housing, health care, and free education. Such a society needs to be built on principles of workers’ democracy rather than Stalinist dictatorship or American style dictatorship of the wealthy. 
 
The alternative to socialist revolution becomes increasingly clear as capitalist society becomes less and less able to take care of its people; climate change caused by capitalist greed becomes an increasing threat to the future of human civilization; the capitalist state becomes increasingly repressive; and the leading capitalist countries plunge the world into war after war of imperialist domination and conquest. As the great German revolutionary Rosa Luxemburg said in 1918, the alternatives are socialism or barbarism.
 
Free Gary Johnson! Overturn the Convictions of Ed Frey, Arthur Bishoff, and Collette Connolly! Hands Off Christopher Doyon!
 
End Laws making it Illegal for the Homeless to Sleep at Night!
 
Seize Housing From the Banks for those Who Need Housing! For a Nation Wide Jobs Program Building Housing for All!
 
 
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After Court Reinstates Wisconsin Anti-Union Law, Activists Organize for Summer State Senate Recall Elections

 After Court Reinstates Wisconsin Anti-Union Law, Activists Organize for Summer State Senate Recall Elections

Interview with Matthew Rothschild, editor of The Progressive magazine, conducted by Scott Harris
 
Enormous pro-labor protests were organized over a succession of weeks earlier this year, challenging Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s legislative agenda to strip public sector unions of most of their collective bargaining rights. Even though Wisconsin unions had agreed to all of Gov. Walker’s proposed salary, health insurance and pension cuts to address the state’s $137 million budget gap, Walker refused to back down. When all 14 Wisconsin Senate Democrats left the state in order to deny the GOP majority a quorum, the Republicans voted and passed the anti-union bill, in what critics charged was a violation of the state’s open meeting law. In May, Judge Maryann Sumi agreed, and ruled that GOP lawmakers had violated the state statute on open meetings in their haste to pass the bill. 

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BTL:Wal-Mart Wins, Workers Lose in U.S. Supreme Court Decision Rejecting Class Action Discrimination Lawsuit

 Wal-Mart Wins, Workers Lose in U.S. Supreme Court Decision Rejecting Class Action Discrimination Lawsuit

Interview with Chris Owens, attorney and executive director of the National Employment Law Project, conducted by Scott Harris
 
In a 5 to 4 decision on June 20, the U.S. Supreme Court threw out an 11-year-old class action lawsuit filed against giant retailer Wal-Mart. The lawsuit represented several women plaintiffs claiming gender discrimination and potentially represented 1.5 million female Wal-Mart workers nationwide. The major issue in the case was whether the lawsuit satisfied a requirement of the class-action rules that “there are questions of law or fact common to the class” filing the suit. The conservative majority on the court ruled it did not. 

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Juneteenth Parade 2011

 Juneteenth Parade 2011 on June 18, 2011

The Shortwave Report 06/24/11 Listen Globally

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            The latest Shortwave Report (June 24) is up at the website http://www.outfarpress.com/shortwave.shtml  in 3 forms- (new) HIGHEST QUALITY (128kb)(27MB), broadcast quality (16MB), and quickdownload or streaming form (6MB) (28:59) Links at page bottom
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     This week's show features stories from China Radio International, Spanish National Radio, Radio Deutsche-Welle,, and the Voice of Russia.
    From CHINA- In Australia, there is an annual event called Vinnie's CEO Sleepout- it is a fundraiser where CEOs spend a night sleeping out with the homeless on the streets of Sydney to raise awareness of social responsibility.
    From SPAIN- As a continuation of the May 15th demonstrations in Spain, huge protests against austerity measures were held over the weekend- and people from around the country are heading to Madrid for the 23rd of July. The IMF has urged the Spanish government to be more daring with its labor reforms. Libya continues to report civilians killed by NATO forces and Italy worries about losing the "propaganda war." The US Supreme Court rejected a global warming lawsuit against 5 large power companies, in an attempt to reduce emissions from coal-burning power plants.
   From GERMANY-  11 Greenpeace activists face trial in Copenhagen for crashing a Royal banquet at a United Nations Climate Conference. Cyber warfare is escalating around the world and industrial nations are developing new defensive and offensive teams and strategies. Riots have broken out between Protestants and Catholics in Belfast, N Ireland, the worst violence in the region in a decade.
   From RUSSIA- As the US moves to reduce troop size in the nearly decade old war on Afghanistan, most experts believe the coalition has failed to achieve its goals- the Taliban has not been defeated, heroin production has vastly increased, Karzai has limited power, unknown numbers of troops and civilians have been killed, and hundreds of billions of dollars have been spent. US involvement in the airstrikes in Libya continues, with bipartisan groups in Congress calling the actions illegal.
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--"What we have found in this country, and maybe we're more aware of it now, is one problem that we've had, even in the best of times, and that is the people who are sleeping on the grates, the homeless, you might say, by choice."

 

Ban Circumcision and Female genital mutilation

 

BTL: Connecticut's New Paid Sick Days Law Could Be National Model

 Connecticut's New Paid Sick Days Law Could Be National Model

Interview with Jon Green, executive director of the Working Families Party of Connecticut , conducted by Scott Harris
 
The 2010 congressional ballot was tagged as a “change” election across the country - with big wins for Republicans and Tea Party activists. The conservatives’ most visible victory was their take over of the House of Representatives while making gains in the U.S. Senate. But the GOP also dramatically increased their control of state legislatures from 14 to 26 – while winning total control of 21 states’ governors' seats and legislatures. In contrast, Democrats now control both the legislature and the executive branch in 11 states, down from 16. 

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BTL:Unions and Environmentalists March to Protect Historic Blair Mountain from Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining

 Unions and Environmentalists March to Protect Historic Blair Mountain from Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining

Interview with Kenny King, board member of Friends of Blair Mountain, conducted by Melinda Tuhus

 
The fight to save an historic mountaintop battlefield site in West Virginia's coal country inspired hundreds of local residents and out-of-state supporters to undertake a 50-mile march in early June that followed in the footsteps of thousands of coal miners who marched the same route in 1921. The miners were demanding the right to join a union -- in this case, the United Mine Workers of America -- and engage in collective bargaining -- demands that resonate today as those rights are under attack in states where conservative Republicans hold power. 

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BTL:Hedge Fund-Financed Land Grab in Africa Triggers Global Food Price Spike, Rise in Hunger

 Hedge Fund-Financed Land Grab in Africa Triggers Global Food Price Spike, Rise in Hunger

Interview with Anuradha Mittal, executive director of The Oakland Institute, conducted by Scott Harris
 
A spike in staple food crop prices around the world has forced an estimated 44 million people into poverty over the past year. The international aid and development group Oxfam recently predicted that without substantial reforms to the global agricultural system, food prices could double within the next 20 years – causing millions more to sink into poverty. Oxfam and other groups say that global climate change, speculation in agricultural commodities and the diversion of corn into the production of biofuels are the primary causes of food price increases and the resulting rise in hunger. 

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