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Friday July 16, 2010 0

Posted on July 16, 2010 by Flashpoints
 

Living with State-Sponsored, Paramilitary Violence on Both Sides of the US Mexico Border :Co-host Francisco Herrera talks about the Kidnapping, and torture of his brother-in-law last week in Chihuahua Mexico, as well as the shoot-in-the-back murder of his cousin six years ago by LA Sheriffs. He was convicted of involuntary manslaughter, same as Oscar Grant’s killer, Johannes Mehserle.

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Francisco Herrera

Jose Artiga: The SHARE Foundation

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Searching for Justice as Oakland Streets Turn Lawless 0

Posted on July 09, 2010 by Flashpoints

By Jesse Strauss

As the Oakland community begins to understand the meaning of Johannes Mehserle’s involuntary manslaughter verdict, the streets exploded angrily last night.

Mehserle is the former BART cop who killed Oscar Grant on New Year’s morning, 2009. As Grant was lying face down on a BART platform, Mehserle stood up, grabbed his firearm, aimed down, and shot Grant. Mehserle’s next action was to handcuff the wounded 22 year old father before calling for any kind of medical assistance. Oscar Grant was killed that morning, but the Oakland community will never forget his name. Read the rest of this entry →

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Wednesday, June 9th, 2010 1

Posted on June 09, 2010 by Flashpoints
 

Sergio Adrian Hernandez Huereka, the Victim of US Border Patrol Agents in El Paso, Texas

Border patrol agents execute a 15 year old unarmed Mexican at the US-Mexico border in El Paso; we’ll speak with organizers of a vigil in El Paso for 15 year old Sergio Hernandez, and we’ll be joined by Nativo Lopez, President of the Mexican-American Political Association; we’ll also have a report from the murder trial of Johannes Mehserle who killed Oscar Grant it was revealed today right after the young man photographed the violent cop holding a taser; we’ll also have a report about migrant domestic workers fighting for workers rights and legal protection.

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Nativo Lopez

Mikey Velarde

Andrea Mercado

Linda Cruz

JR & The Block Report

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Wednesday, May 19th, 2010 0

Posted on May 19, 2010 by Flashpoints

Aiyanna Jones

Aiyanna Jones

Judi Bari

Judi Bari

We honor the spirit of Earth First founder and radical union organizer Judi Bari, on the 20th anniversary of the car bombing that ultimately cost her her life; we’ll hear a Flashpoints interview with Judi, done right after she left the hospital from the bombing, and we’ll hear the voices of some of those who worked closely with her; and we’ll devote the show to the memory of Aiyanna Jones, the 7 year old girl who was bombed and then shot in the head by Detroit police on Sunday.

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Guests:

Amanda Bellerby, producer

Dennis Cunningham, lead attorney

Ben Rosenfeld, attorney

Karen Pickett, Earth First! And Coalition for Headwaters

Alicia Littletree – paralegal and friend of Judi Bari

Ramona Africa – MOVE

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Thursday, May 13th, 2010 0

Posted on May 13, 2010 by Flashpoints

This is what Negev Development funded by the JNF looks like in Khashm Zanna, an unrecognized Bedouin village in the Negev. (International Jewish Anti-zionist Network)

This is what "Negev Development" funded by the JNF looks like in Khashm Zanna, an unrecognized Bedouin village in the Negev. (International Jewish Anti-zionist Network)

We speak to UC Berkeley student activists after the hunger strike officially ended last night as the administration agreed to negotiate towards their demands, we’ll talk to them about what happens next and why one of the students remains on a hunger strike on his way to Arizona; plus, JR and the Block Report speak with Ramona Africa, the lone adult survivor of the MOVE headquarters bombing by police 25 years ago in Philadelphia; and Bedouin Palestinian attorney Rawia Abu Rabia of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel discusses the entrenched institutionalized racism and discrimination inside the state against its indigenous citizens, as home demolitions and attacks on civil rights leaders continue apace.

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Guests:

Alejandro Lara Briseño and Ricardo Gomez, UC Berkeley student hunger strikers

Ramona Africa, MOVE

Rawia Abu Rabia,  social justice activist and attorney,  Association for Civil Rights in Israel

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Thursday, May 6th, 2010 0

Posted on May 06, 2010 by Flashpoints

Olympia-Rafah Mural Project

Olympia-Rafah Mural Project

The Rachel Corrie foundation joins dozens of other activist organizations fighting against Israeli apartheid through the arts and self-expression, Cindy Corrie joins Susan Greene of the Break the Silence Mural Project and Barbara Lubin of the Middle East Children’s Alliance in the Flashpoints studio to talk about a massive mural in downtown Olympia, Washington; also, we’ll have special coverage of the Poor People’s March to Fulfill the Dream, the march that started in Louisiana is heading for New Orleans, we pick up the story in Memphis, Tennessee; JR and the Block Report speak to Holly Works, a protester still facing trumped-up felony charges around the Oscar Grant rebellions in Oakland last year; and a new commentary on Arizona’s racist anti-immigrant legislation by political prisoner Mumia Abu Jamal.

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Susan Greene, Breaking the Silence and Olympia-Rafah Mural Project

Cindy Corrie, Rachel Corrie Foundation

Barbara Lubin, Middle East Children’s Alliance

Cheri Honkala, National Organizer for Poor People’s Economic and Human Rights Campaign

Abel Francisco, marcher

JR with Holly Works

Mumia Abu Jamal, Prison Radio

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Wednesday, May 5th, 2010 1

Posted on May 05, 2010 by Flashpoints

Blackhawk helicopters at Wounded Knee

Blackhawk helicopters at Wounded Knee

Blackhawk helicopters descend on Wounded Knee for May Day, we’ll talk to American Indian Movement founder Bill Means about the helicopters, the racist Arizona law, the Gulf spill and the arrest in New York; also, we’ll have our regular weekly visit with Catherine Austin Fitts on Community Business; and Olympia, Washington activists win a lawsuit against law enforcement for illegally spying on their anti-war activities.

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Guests:

Bill Means, American Indian Movement

Catherine Austin Fitts, Solari Network

Philip Chin and Brendan Maslauskas Dunn, activists in Olympia

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Tuesday, April 27th, 2010 0

Posted on April 27, 2010 by Flashpoints

Dr. Michael Parenti

Dr. Michael Parenti

Renowned author and social critic Michael Parenti debates military historian Victor Hansen about the state of US imperialism and globalization; also, JR and the Block Report talk about Imam Luqman Abdullah, killed by Detroit police and the FBI in 2008; and political prisoner and journalist Mumia Abu Jamal talks about the Tea Party movement in this country.

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Debate between Michael Parenti and Victor Hansen

(thanks to KFCF for this recording)

JR and the Block Report

Mumia Abu Jamal, political prisoner and journalist

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Wednesday, April 21st, 2010 0

Posted on April 21, 2010 by Flashpoints

Jordan Flaherty: Floodlines

Jordan Flaherty: Floodlines

New Orleans police officers harass, discriminate and sexually assault members of the Black gay and transgender community, we’ll speak to Jordan Flaherty who peels back the layers of state violence against people in New Orleans, we’ll also speak with a member of the trans community who is labeled as a sex offender and has been forced into sex by a police officer because of her transgender identity; also, Palestinians face rampant attacks by ultra-right wing Jewish settlers, we’ll speak with Jamal Jumaa of the Stop the Wall Campaign about the critical situation in occupied Palestine; and Ed Rosenthal stops by to talk about the prospects for legalization of marijuana in California.

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Guests:

Ed Rosenthal, author and marijuana advocate

Jamal Juma’, Stop the Wall Campaign

Jordan Flaherty, editor of Left Turn Magazine, journalist, and author, Floodlines

READ: New Complaints of Police Violence in New Orleans

Wendi Cooper, health worker, transgender activist and advocate

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Monday, April 19th, 2010 0

Posted on April 19, 2010 by Flashpoints

Susan Abulhawa

Susan Abulhawa

Palestinian-American novelist Susan Abulhawa focuses on the ongoing refugee struggle in her new novel, Mornings in Jenin; also, Evelina Molina speaks with Arnoldo Garcia of the National Network of Immigrant and Refugee Rights about new, racist crackdowns on migrant workers in Arizona; and JR and the Block Report talk about how the state and local governments avoid the root causes of violence through the implementation of racial profiling and gang injunctions.

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Guests:

Susan Abulhawa, author, Mornings in Jenin

Arnoldo Garcia, National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights

JR and the Block Report

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    We're searching for great new music produced by independent musicians and members of our global audience, so that we can be as non-corporate and copyright-free as possible. All genres -- from blues to electronica to world beats -- welcome!

    We like smart, political and well-produced music -- and are especially in search of possible new theme instrumentals. Please send it to Flashpoints, c/o KPFA, 1929 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley, CA 94704, or email your Mp3s at flashpointsproducer@gmail.com with full descriptions and credits.



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