From The Trenches Radio for June: Peoples Summit, Cornel West/Tavis Smiley on Poverty
From The Trenches is the monthly radio program of the Chicago Independent Media Center.
ON THE SHOW IN JUNE 2012:
* EXCERPT FROM THE PEOPLE'S SUMMIT
We'll hear an excerpt from the recent People's Summit convened by Occupy Chicago as a counterpoint to the recent NATO summit, from antiwar activist Ann Wright.
* CORNEL WEST AND TAVIS SMILEY DISCUSS POVERTY IN AMERICA
And we'll hear a presentation in Chicago by scholar Cornel West and broadcaster Tavis Smiley on the issue of poverty in America.
* Plus, headlines from the Indymedia network around the world
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RECENT HEADLINES FROM THE WORLDWIDE INDYMEDIA NETWORK:
Indigenous Argentine community evicted for resisting oil drilling
Argentina Indymedia featured the story of the eviction of a community of indigenous people who resisted oil drilling on their lands. On June 14, 2012, members of the Gelay Ko community of the indigenous Maphuche people, near the city of Zapala, Argentina, stood at a court to oppose oil drilling efforts of the American company Apache. The next day, June 15th, police arrived on the Gelay Ko lands to evict the residents with physical and verbal violence. One traditional authority, Christina Linkopan, was arrested and kicked to the ground; another person had a collarbone broken. Two more indigenous were arrested, and a third faced serious injury. A statement released by the Pan American Health Organization said that the order to evict was passed by a judge following a complaint by a representative from the Apache corporation, and that the territory has been the target of oil extraction efforts going back to the 1950s. The statement went on to recount that indigenous communities on the land are not consulted over the issue of oil extraction, nor are they compensated with any oil profits. A new degree of concern has now been raised over the use of the controversial hydraulic fracturing technique known as "fracking" to get at some of those hard-to-reach oil reserves.
Occupy efforts in the British isles, worldwide face repression
Indymedia Ireland featured the forcible eviction of Occupy Galway by Irish police in the early morning hours of May 16, 2012. At 1pm on that day, a public assembly was held with over 100 participants, vowing to continue their efforts despite the eviction. A statement released by Occupy Galway read in part: "Occupy Galway will only gain strength from this eviction. The Gardaí [Irish police] and their string-pullers in the City Council have only engendered further support and interest in the Occupy Movement. Today, we had our largest people’s assembly in many months on Eyre Square. The inequity of the bank bailouts has not gone away, so one of the main reasons for out protest still exists. It is interesting to note that other Occupy camps around the world were raided on the same night. Solidarity to our comrades in Frankfurt, Moscow and St Johns, Newfoundland."
Charges dismissed against California independent journalists
Indybay highlighted two recent features about independent journalists targeted by police who won dismissal of charges against them. In Santa Cruz, four of eleven targeted alternative media journalists and activists, comprising the so-called "Santa Cruz Eleven", won dismissal of charges on April 25, 2012 after only hearing from two prosecution witnesses. The Santa Cruz Eleven were covering the three-day-long occupation of a vacant Wells Fargo bank building on November 30, 2011, and faced multiple felonies and misdemeanors, apparently just for reporting on the protest. On May 17, two more members of the Santa Cruz Eleven, both members of the Indybay journalism collective, also saw their charges dropped.
Atlanta citizens hold town hall over released killer cop
Atlanta Indymedia feature on a town hall organized by Atlanta citizens in the wake of a police officer released without charge over a killing. Quoting from the feature: "The day after the grand jury decision not to indict "Machine Gun" Luther Lewis, the officer who fatally shot 19-year-old Arriston Waiters, a meeting was held at Sakofa Church. The crowd of 40-50 filled the pews and responded enthusiastically with shouts like "that's right" and "teach" to those who addressed the crowd...Reverend Derrick Rice questioned whether the DA had seriously wanted to indict the officer. He pointed out that information that had made Waiters look bad, such as a facial tattoo and questionable items in his pockets, must have been brought up by someone, suggesting it was the DA. He also criticized a law that makes Georgia he only state to allow a police officer to be in the room where the grand jury is deciding whether to indict him. Another Reverend, Derrick Boseman, said, 'Since Waiters was killed, 30 people have been killed by police in the US.' A collection was taken up for the Waiters family and the meeting concluded with a prayer. "
Ogoni activists at DC Nigerian Embassy demand cleanup of Shell's oil spills
DC Indymedia featured a protest at the Nigerian embassy in Washington DC over death and environmental destruction wrought by a major oil company. Quoting from the feature: "On June 13, members of Nigeria's Ogoni indigenous nation living in the DC area [protested] at the Nigerian Embassy to demand that the government of Nigeria and Shell clean up the oil that they have been spilling on Ogoni land since...1960. One of the protest organizers bluntly called Royal Dutch Shell a 'terrorist organization' due to the thousands of Ogoni people who have died from exposure to benzene and other pollutants. After [about 90 minutes], several representatives of the Nigerian Embassy emerged, making many promises about how the government would indeed start cleaning up the messes, 10 months after a UN report on the situation."
Philadelphia organizes to oppose school privatization scheme
Philadelphia Indymedia reported on efforts against a privatization scheme of Philadelphia's schools. The Philadelphia School Reform Commission is working to implement a plan that, critics charge, reduces educational budgets, oursources school management jobs to the private sectors, closes 64 schools without disclosing the names of those schools, pushes 40% of Philadelphia public students into charter schools, and turns all public schools to third-party operators. Philadlelphia schoolteachers, parents groups labor unions, and members of the Occupy movement staged a rally on June 1, 2012, at the school board to oppose the plan and have pointed out some of the plan's flaws, including secretive decision-making processes, the lack of insufficient numbers of personnel, and promoting dubious non-public options at the expense of public solutions.