From the Trenches for Dec/Jan: Fukushima Getting Worse?, Fracking in Illinois, Kochs and Media
From The Trenches is the monthly radio program of the Chicago Independent Media Center.
ON THE SHOW IN DECEMBER 2013 / JANUARY 2014:
* ANOTHER DISASTER IN THE MAKING AT FUKUSHIMA
A sensitive and potentially disastrous operation is underway at the infamous Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. We'll learn more about what's going on, as well as ramifications on Illinois' own nuclear industry, from activist Dave Kraft.
* FRACKING FOR OIL IN ILLINOIS
Environmental activist Beverley Walter spoke at a recent event in Oak Park, Illinois, about the controversial energy extraction process commonly known as "fracking", and its future in Illinois. We'll hear her presentation.
* KOCH BROTHERS AND THE MEDIA
We'll also hear another presentation about infamous Koch Brothers and their connections to America's media system.
* Plus headlines from the worldwide Indymedia network.
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Drone Protest Shuts Gate at CIA Headquarters
DC Indymedia posted a feature headlined "Drone Protest Shuts Gate at CIA Headquarters." Quoting from the feature and from a post on the website for DC Media Group: "On the 14th of December, antidrone protesters showed up once again at the Dolly Madison [Boulevard] entrance to CIA headquarters….The CIA's security guards closed and netted off the entire Dolly Madison [Boulvard] entrance in response to the protest." "The demonstrators [wore light blue scarves], prayed, sang songs, and read the names of children who had been killed by drone attacks in the Middle East….The drone program is under the jurisdiction of the CIA, which has used its powers of covert secrecy to keep the program officially classified, and its missions a secret." Chicago activist Kathy Kelly also participated in the protest. "[Thus far], the combined total of all the hours this entrance has been closed due to protests in in excess of 42 hours, more than a standard workweek for someone with union protection not getting time and a half for overtime"
TPP Protesters Greet President Obama in Beverly Hills
L.A. Indymedia featured a protest at a Beverly Hills event involving President Obama and a massive international corporate-rights treaty. Quoting from the feature: "On November 25th, Barack Obama came to Beverly Hills for a high dollar fundraiser for the Democratic Senatorial and Congressional Campaign Committees at the Beverly Park homes of former basketball star Magic Johnson and billionaire media mogul Haim Saban. 250 protesters were there to greet [President] Obama and tell him to flush the Trans-Pacific Partnership." "The Trans-Pacific Partnership, a global trade agreement being secretly negotiated by 600 multinational corporations and industry trade groups, will affect nearly every aspect of Americans’ lives. If passed, it will undermine state, local and federal laws, including those governing food safety, environmental protection, internet freedom, worker rights, democratic sovereignty, healthcare and drug prices, and banking and finance regulation." When asked why it was being negotiated in secret, Ron Kirk, the former US trade negotiator said, “Because if the people knew what was in it, it would never be passed.”" On November 13th, the website Wikileaks published the complete draft of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Hundreds Mark Annual Native American Day of Mourning at Plymouth, Mass.
Boston Indymedia post a feature commemorating an annual anniversary on a holiday many people consider to be festive. Quoting from the feature: "The 44th annual Native American Day Of Mourning took place on Thanksgiving Day [November 28, 2013], in Plymouth, Massachusetts. About 500 Native and non-Native activists attended, to protest the Pilgrims and European colonization of the Americas and their resultant genocide against Native peoples. Speakers at the event [spoke] about the history of the Day Of Mourning, the plight of Native Americans today, the connection to the US wars around the world and the social injustice which Native peoples endure. Native American political prisoner Leonard Peltier sent a message from prison, which was read at the protest. [Participants marched] through downtown Plymouth, ending the day with a potluck social and meal at a nearby church."
Is Facebook working with Chicago cops to block you from posting about protests?
Chicago Indymedia posted a feature headlined with the question: "Is Facebook working with Chicago cops to block you from posting about protests?" Quoting from the feature and a related newswire post: "[According to the website] Privacy SOS, Independent journalist Kenneth Lipp attended the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference [the week of October 24, 2013] in [Philadelphia]. Among the disturbing things he learned there is that Facebook is apparently teaming up with the Chicago Police Department to block people from posting to the social media website. More disturbing still is that this was disclosed in the context of a panel on law enforcement's response to "mass gatherings spurred by social media.""