From The Trenches Radio for July: Block Party against Rahm's Policies, Low Power FM Radio Victory
From The Trenches is the monthly radio program of the Chicago Independent Media Center.
ON THE SHOW IN JULY 2013:
* INDEPENDENCE DAY BLOCK PARTY AGAINST RAHM'S POLICIES
On July 4, 2013, activists and citizens from across the city on a wide range of issues converged upon the home of Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel. We'll hear portions of the press conference from participants detailing their grievances.
* LOW-POWER FM RADIO COMING SOON TO CHICAGO
The FCC has announced a window in October for new applications of low-power FM stations. We'll learn more from Shawn Campbell, founder of the Chicago Independent Radio Project.
* Plus, headlines from the worldwide Indymedia network.
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RECENT HEADLINES FROM THE WORLDWIDE INDYMEDIA NETWORK
2013 G8 in Northern Ireland Draws Activism, Draconian Police Response
Indymedia UK and Indymedia Ireland posted features on protests and events connected with the 2013 G8 conference held in mid June at a golf resort in Ennskillen, Northern Ireland. Indymedia Ireland noted that "the local police have been taking great pride in telling international media reporters about the hundreds of prison cells they have available for G8 protestors – and that, as an added precaution, they are going to re-open closed British Army bases for the occasion, to make sure they have even more prison space…the G8 has been moved from Great Britain to Ireland to avoid a repeat of widespread summer riots in England in 2011." Indymedia UK noted a variety of protest actions in London, convened by the StopG8 Committee, including a Carnival Against Capitalism in both Oxford Circus and Piccadilly Circus, a rally entitled "They Owe Us -- Shift the Debt" in Canary Wharf, and a Solidarity Benefit Night featuring international music.
Occupy Oakland Activists Win $1.17 Million Settlement, Police Policy Shift
Indybay reported on a settlement between Occupy Oakland activists and the Oakland (California) Police Department. Quoting from the feature, dated July 6th: "Twelve people injured by the Oakland police department during Occupy Oakland demonstrations have settled a federal civil rights lawsuit with the city of Oakland for a total of $1.17 million. The physical injuries came as a result of OPD's violent response to Occupy Oakland on October 25 and November 2, 2011. Plaintiffs to receive compensation for injuries include David Morse, a long-time member of the San Francisco Bay Area Independent Media Center (Indybay). The settlement in the…case comes on the [heels] of another $1 million settlement still pending final approval…As a result of both cases, OPD has agreed to allow the federal court to enforce OPD's compliance with its own crowd control policy and to negotiate with the National Lawyers Guild and the American Civil Liberties Union before making any changes to the policy. The control policy prohibits police from shooting 'less lethal' impact munitions or tossing explosive teargas grenades into crowds, and prohibits mass arrests without warning or opportunity to disperse."
DC Police Harass Protest Against NSA PRISM Spying, Protesters Respond Back
DC Indymedia featured a protest and an unusually-aggressive police response over the revelations of electronic domestic surveillance. Quoting from the feature: "On the 14th of June, area activists staged a protest near Upper Senate Park against the NSA's "PRISM" spy program against the general public and in solidarity with NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. Capitol Police were unusually aggressive about trying to intimidate the protesters into silence…First, [police] harassed videographers from the international media for using tripods…Next, they issued two warnings that the protesters on the street corner were "protesting without a permit." They did this even though actual arrests would expose them to a judgement from the same Federal courts that forced [payouts to] the Becker and Pershing Park settlements. In response to the treats, protesters moved to the center of Upper Senate Park, only to be told the second warning was still valid! Fed up, organizers called the police on their bluff, continuing the rally. After a Texas state representative spoke out against drones and Federal surveillance and terror at home and abroad, the police threats vanished."
Pittsburgh Indymedia Suspends Rustbelt Radio
Pittsburgh Indymedia has announced the suspension of new episodes of its regular radio program after a nine-year run. Quoting from a statement published on July 15: "In May of 2004, Rustbelt Radio was initiated as a new project of the Pittsburgh IMC. Inspired by programs such as Democracy Now! and Free Speech Radio News, Rustbelt Radio was created as a one hour bi-weekly show of “news from the grassroots, news overlooked by the corporate media"…At this point of low volunteer capacity, we have decided to take a break from creating new shows in order to reflect on the future of the project, its role in the community, and the independent/alternative media landscape in the Pittsburgh area…We are seeking community input and feedback as we have always envisioned this project as a community-led participatory project that builds and supports movements for social justice in Pittsburgh and beyond. Please note that we will not be creating any new episodes of Rustbelt Radio until further notice. Past episodes are available on radio.indypgh.org."