From the Trenches for November: Kari Lydersen on "Mayor 1%: Rahm Emanuel and the Rise of Chicago's 99%"
From The Trenches is the monthly radio program of the Chicago Independent Media Center.
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* KARI LYDERSEN ON "MAYOR 1%: RAHM EMANUEL AND THE RISE OF CHICAGO'S 99%"
Chicago journalist Kari Lydersen has written a book about the career of Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel. The book also documents the upsurge in activism his term in office has galvanized. We'll devote the episode to an interview with Kari Lydersen about her new book "Mayor 1%: Rahm Emanuel and the Rise of Chicago's 99%".
* Plus headlines from the worldwide Indymedia network.
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Argentine LGBT community, allies protest inadequate sex education policy
Argentina Indymedia featured a protest over sex education -- or lack thereof -- at a national education ministry. On October 4, 2013, members of a teachers' guild, as well as members of the pride group Rosario and other pride march organizers held a protest outside the Argentine Ministry of Education in the Argentine province of Santa Fe. Protesters objected to a new policy translated as "Integral Sexual Education", which activists deemed woefully inadequate for the needs of LGBT students and the community; the feature described it as "far from a real proposal for training in service". A photo accompanying the feature showed a rainbow-colored banner outside the ministry with words translated as "Integral Sexual Education - No more!"
Sussex Village Tells energy developers to frack off
Indymedia UK reports on vigorous UK protests against the controversial oil extraction process known as fracking. Quoting from the feature: "[In August 2013], attempts by [oil developers at] Cuadrilla Resources to begin exploratory drilling for gas at Balcombe, West Sussex…have met with strong resistance by locals and environmental activists from around the country who have come together for [a protest called] The Great Gas Gala. The start of drilling…has been significantly delayed in spite of excessive and repressive policing." In the first week of protests, a blockade preventing trucks from delivering drilling equipment. In the second week, police violently pushed aside a pregnant woman taking part in the blockade. The proposed drill site was less than one mile from the village, close to a reservoir that provides drinking water for 85,000 people in Sussex. Surveys showed that more than 85% of the community opposed the fracking efforts.
Four arrested in anti-drone protest in U.S. Senate
DC Indymedia reported on arrests in the office of a noted Senator against the wartime use of remote controlled airplanes known as "drones". Quoting from the feature: "On the 18th of November, 26 activists against the US drone killing program packed into pro-drone [New York] Senator [Chuck] Schumer's office [in the Hart Senate Office Building] demanding he issue a statement denouncing the use of armed drones for assassinations. Senator Schumer's office was almost completely filled with anti-drone activists to the point that more had to remain in the hallway. A letter to the Senator was read out, followed by the names of those killed by US drones, focussing on children. Sen Schumer's Foreign Affairs/National Security staffer complained that the protesters were a "fire hazard," drawing a rebuke that the drones are a worse hazard…When Capitol Police arrived, they did not demand activists leave. Instead, they insisted on closing the doors. At this point most activists left, but three grandmothers and one man, all with considerable experience in antiwar activism stayed behind. [All four remaining activists were arrested.]"
Portland Copwatch Marks 20th Anniversary
Portland Indymedia featured the notable anniversary of a Portland police justice group. Quoting from the feature: "Portland Cop Watch has been for 20 years keeping an eye, cameras and their legal trained eye[s] on what the Portland police have been doing, and then sharing updates and reports in their quarterly newsletters. These "Peoples Police Report" newsletters just marked their twentieth anniversary." Besides the newsletter, Portland Cop Watch "is reporting, covering meetings, talking with officials, video documenting and lobbying for police accountability -- they hold trainings [and] teach "your rights classes". The first twenty years of Portland Cop Watch's newsletters are available online at portlandcopwatch.org