One Struggle KC – Remembering Micheal Brown And So Many Others and The MO Sheriffs Association – Crime Victims Unit

One Struggle KC – Remembering Micheal Brown And So Many Others

One year ago, in Ferguson, MO, young Black people, took to the streets, to call attention to the loss of life of Mike Brown. It started a wave of resistance against police violence, that has spread throughout the world. A year later police violence is still an everyday occurrence. One Struggle KC is A coalition of community activists seeking to harness the energy of Ferguson, MO to connect the struggles of many communities, locally & globally.

Host Rebecca Hamilton will talk with Tiffany and Brittany, Core Organizers for One Struggle KC. They will ask that the people of Kansas City and surrounding areas, join with them, Sunday, August 9th, 4:00pm in the Median at 85th Terrace and Ward Parkway (Ward Parkway Mall), as they stand in solidarity with Ferguson, MO, while also calling attention to injustices done in KC. Kansas City cannot be silent and One Struggle KC will teach you how to protest peacefully and stay safe on the line. Findout more at –

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MO Sheriff’s Association, Crime Victims Unit

The Missouri Sheriffs’ Association (MSA) believes that law enforcement should be a defender of victims’ rights. The MSA Crime Victims Unit (CVU) exists to be an advocate for victims as they process through the criminal justice system. It is important to CVU that yvictims are treated kindly and with respect in every contact they have during this process. CVU is there to assist victims with all their needs by aiding law enforcement to connect them with caring resources in their community. From their first encounter with law enforcement, and through every stage of the criminal justice process, the experience should be as positive as possible.

Host Allie Catherine Bush talks with Kim Case, an Advocate Case Manager for the Missouri Sheriffs’ Association, Crime Victims Unit about helping victims navigate the system, as well as the training provided to law enforcement by the CVU.

Contact: Kim Case – Advocate Case Manager
Phone: 573-635-5925, ext 113 cell: 573-645-8680
Email: [email protected]

Iran & Congress, Ralph Nader, Amistad Catholic Worker

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Will Congressional Rejection of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Lead to War?

MP3 Interview with Paul Kawika Martin, political and communications director with Peace Action, conducted by Scott Harris

iranThe battle in Congress over the future of the nuclear accord signed by Iran, the U.S., France, Britain, Russia, China and Germany on July 1 is heating up. The agreement, designed to limit Iran’s nuclear capabilities to peaceful, civilian purposes, in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions, has drawn sharp criticism from Republican members of Congress, GOP presidential candidates, Israel and Saudi Arabia among others. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has labeled the Iran nuclear deal as a “historic mistake,” has stated his intention to lobby Congress to reject the deal. Several powerful pro-Israel groups in the U.S. have announced the launch of a public relations ad campaign to persuade lawmakers to oppose the agreement. The American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC, has created a stand-alone group, Citizens for a Nuclear Free Iran, that will spend $20 million to 40 million to convince legislators to support a resolution of disapproval in sufficient numbers to override a promised presidential veto.  Story continues

Ralph Nader Assesses Opportunities for Building Progressive Movement in 2016 Presidential Campaign

MP3 Interview with Ralph Nader, citizen activist, democracy advocate, author and four-time independent presidential candidate, conducted by Scott Harris

bernieEstablishment political consultants and corporate media pundits have seen their conventional wisdom analysis of the 2016 presidential campaign upended by the surprise appeal of Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders and real estate billionaire Donald Trump. Sanders, a self-described Democratic socialist who passionately rails against growing economic inequality and challenges corporate power, has drawn unexpected enthusiasm to his campaign. Thus far, Sanders has drawn the largest crowds to his rallies of any candidate, Democrat or Republican. Reflecting his growing grassroots popularity, the independent Vermont senator has raised more than $15 million, made up mostly of contributions of $200 or less.  Story continues

New Haven’s Amistad Catholic Worker House Celebrates 20 Years of Social Justice Activism

MP3 nterview with Luz Catarineau Colville and Mark Colville, co-founders of the Amistad Catholic Worker, New Haven, CT, conducted by Melinda Tuhus

socialjusticeThe Catholic Worker movement, founded by Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin in 1933, believes in responding to the material and spiritual needs of the poor by offering food, shelter, and prayer gatherings, but also by confronting the structural economic and political injustices in America that make poverty and violence possible. There are more than 200 Catholic Worker communities that provide social services in cities across the U.S.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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  • Human Rights Watch reports the South Sudan Army and affiliated militias carried out war crimes and sexual assaults on villagers during a recent offensive in rebel held territory that forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes. (“South Sudan: Widespread atrocities in government offensive,” Human Rights Watch, July 21, 2015; “South Sudan Army accused of war crimes,”Wall Street Journal, “South Sudan Army accused of war crimes,” July 22, 2015)
  • The Black Lives Matter movement confronting police violence has gained a foothold in Europe. (“Black lives Matter…in Europe too,” In These Times, June 29, 2015)
  • A group called “Neighbors for Overnight Oversight” has recently been publicizing “horror stories” about Airbnb, the short-term rental web portal for travelers that has taken business away from traditional hotels and inns. Yet, the group is not a grassroots effort, but a creation of the American Hotel & Lodging Association, the trade organization for hotel chains like Hilton and Marriott. (“Hotel industry targets upstate Airbnb in state house battles,” Center for Public Integrity, July 15, 2015)

Lessons from Iraq for Iran and Sandra Bland

What can the experience of the Iraq war teach us about the Iranian nuclear program? We talk with former Iraqi nuclear scientist Imad Khadduri

National news is increasingly covering the deaths of people, many/most of them minorities, while in police custody. The case of Sandra Bland in Texas is only one such case. Increasingly, these cases are gaining exposure because of citizen video documentation. We talk with Miami multimedia journalist Carlos Miller, the founder of Photography is Not a Crime

More about this week s guests

Imad Khadduri has an MSc in Physics from the University of Michigan (United States) and a PhD in Nuclear Reactor Technology from the University of Birmingham (United Kingdom). Khadduri worked with the Iraqi Atomic Energy Commission from 1968 until 1998. He was able to leave Iraq in late 1998 with his family. He now teaches and works as a network administrator in Toronto, Canada. He has been interviewed by the International Atomic Energy Agency, CBC, FOX, ABC, MSNBC, BBC, CTV, the Toronto Star, Reuters, Democracy Now, Dubai Business TV Channel, al-Jazeera satellite channel and various other news agencies in regards to his knowledge of the Iraqi nuclear program. Khadduri is author of the books Iraq s Nuclear Mirage: Memoirs and Delusions and Unrevealed Milestones in the Iraqi National Nuclear Program 1981-1991. He now runs the Free Iraq blog.

Prior to the invasion of Iraq, Khadduri argued that, contrary to what the Bush administration was claiming, the Iraqi nuclear weapons program had been dismantled since the 1991 attack on Iraq. In a November 21, 2002 article, a few months before the occupation, Iraq s nuclear non-capability, he wrote: Bush and Blair are pulling their public by the nose, covering their hollow patriotic egging on with once again shoddy intelligence. But the two parading emperors have no clothes.

Max Fisher claimed in Vox recently that if Iran tried to block inspectors that would blow up the deal. This was something that so infuriated the world when Iraq s Saddam Hussein tried it in 1998 that it ended with his country getting bombed shortly thereafter. Khadduri s response: This doesn t reflect what actually happened. The U.S. used inspectors as a method of espionage, not for legitimate arms inspections purposes. Scott Ritter notes in a recent article titled We ain t found shit why the Iranians shouldn t accept no notice inspections of its nuclear sites. The no notice inspection on Iraq didn t help with the disarmament process, but they were a gold mine for illegitimate espionage. The Iranians learned from our mistakes and they were much better negotiators. The New York Times earlier this year published a piece by John Bolton, former U.S. ambassador to the UN from 2005 to 2006 and now with the American Enterprise Institute. In the piece, To Stop Iran s Bomb, Bomb Iran, he claims: The inconvenient truth is that only military action like Israel s 1981 attack on Saddam Hussein s Osirak reactor in Iraq. It s a claim that s long been made by war hawks, for example, Jeffrey Goldberg in the Atlantic has claimed: In 1981, Israeli warplanes bombed the Iraqi reactor at Osirak, halting ” forever, as it turned out ” Saddam Hussein s nuclear ambitions. Again Khadduri responds: This is nonsense. I worked on the pre-1981 nuclear program and I was certain it would not be used for military purposes. But after the 1981 bombing, we were so angry that we were ready to work on a military program. The Israeli attack didn t end the nuclear weapons program, it began it. Khadduri added: The Iranian nuclear program is peaceful. Their nuclear program started in the 1950s under the U.S. government s Atoms for Peace project, which sent Iraq, Iran and other counties nuclear plans. In the case of Iraq, it was a gift from the U.S. for joining the Baghdad Pact. After the revolution in Iraq ended the monarchy, the U.S. built for Iran the plant they were going to build for us. The Iranian nuclear program really took off in the 1970s after the U.S. convinced the Shah that he could be a regional power only if he embraced the atom. But the U.S. was trying to gouge the Shah, so he had the Germans build his reactors. A main component of the Iranian program is a research reactor used for medical purposes ” even Iranian Americans frequently go back to Tehran for chemo because it s provided for free. When Ayatollah Khomeini came to power, he stopped work on Iranian nuclear facilities. He had already come to the position that having nuclear weapons was religiously prohibited and the financial costs were enormous. But he eventually allowed it to be restarted for peaceful purposes since the costs of cancelling the contracts were high. During the war with Iran, Iraq attacked the Iranian nuclear facilities more than 12 times, but they were minor attacks. But after the Iranians bombed Iraqi oil refineries, Saddam ordered the destruction of two Iranian reactors in 1987, killing 14 people including one German and the Germans withdrew. Since then, the Iranians have been struggling to have a serious nuclear program for civilian purposes, and the U.S. has continuously put up road blocks. The recent deal compromises Iran s notion of nuclear sovereignty, but gets the Iranians what they really wanted.

Carlos Miller was arrested for taking photos of Miami police during a journalistic assignment in order to document his trial in 2007. Shortly afterwards he founded Photography is Not a Crime. He quickly learned that citizens from all over the country were being harassed, threatened and arrested for recording in public, so he began documenting these incidents on his blog as he waited for his trial to begin.

By the time he went to trial more than a year later, the blog had developed a significant following who not only began learning about their rights, but also exercising those rights, many of them equipped with newly introduced smartphones which allowed them to record and upload videos instantly, something that had never been possible before.

Photography is Not a Crime, which became known as PINAC, inspired many new blogs, Youtube channels and Facebook pages that became dedicated to documenting police abuses throughout the country, sparking the movement that continues to grow today that is holding police accountable better than the mainstream media, politicians or the police themselves.

Today, PINAC is an evolving multi-staffed news site of writers, researchers and correspondents in almost every state.

For more background on the growth of PINAC, click on this story by the Columbia Journalism Review. Also, check out the above video by We Are Change where Miller talks about the birth of the blog. And here is a nice piece from the Florida Times-Union that provides good background.

Rally in Ferguson, Missouri

The Green Party took time out from their annual meeting in St. Louis to hold a rally in Ferguson across from the police station on Saturday, July 25th.  KKFI was on hand to record this rally which featured Green Party presidential candidates, Jill Stein and Darryl Cherney.

More Fare Thee Well, More Spectrum ’83

Part 1 30:05
Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, et al. 7/5/15 Soldier Field, Chicago

Part 2 25:40
Grateful Dead 4/26/83 Spectrum, Philadelphia PA

Truman Thanksgiving

Truman re-enactor Raymond Starzmann returns to the future with Dwight Frizzell and Francis Ford Coppola, who introduces Truman’s 1957 speech at the ground-breaking ceremony for Truman Corners Shopping Center. Richard Nixon is resurrected in song and documents from his 1969 visit to the Truman Library in Independence, Missouri. Revealed–a secret Bess Truman hid from Harry until now!

Inaudible Postscript

A coda on radio’s disembodied voices and the subsequent unwriting of history. Official Listening Selection at Hear Now Festival 2015!