Audio and commentary from the recent Open House encounter at the headquarters of the Wayne National Forest. Forest managers are hoping to lease parts of the forest for Fracking even before an environmental impact study (EIS) is done. Around 50 people attended to ask questions and voice concerns.
An examination of the Steubenville case, with mention of several similar cases. Narrated articles by sports columnist Dave Zirin, former punk rocker Henry Rollins, and feminist author Mia McKenzie witn a music clip from Peggy Seeger, and closing remarks by feminist sex blogger Laci Green
Carla Hale was fired from her teaching position at Bishop Watterson catholic high school after 19 years when an anonymous letter, allegedly from a parent of a student there outed her as a lesbian. Alumni and others have organized in solidarity and are demanding her reinstatement and a change in the Catholic Dioces employment policies.
Two separate rallies focused on labor rights took place in downtown Columbus this week as the state legislature takes up a bill that may lead to union-busting in public schools, and another that would seriously undermine collective bargaining rights throughout the state. In this program we feature highlights from both rallies, plus a song from Pete Seeger, who turned 94 this week.
Update on Carla Hale's case against the Catholic Diocese, a message from youth environmentalist group Earth Guardians, and reflections on the 2001 riots in Cincinnati from a program produced at WSLR in Gainesville, Florida
update on Carla Hale case with audio from the latest rally, a clip from Jeremy Scahill, and and interview with Jennie Scheinbach, founder of Pattycake Bakery, which has now become a worker-owned cooperative, plus music from Pete Seeger and Sweet Honey in the Rock
Last week as many as 1,000 people marched in downtown Columbus to protest against the biotech company Monsanto. We have audio from the rally and we take a look at monsanto's history dating back to Agent Orange and up to this week's banning of GMO crops by Peru. We hear from Canadian farmer Percy Scmeiser who lost a lawsuit against Monsanto and we look at the impact of neonicotenoid insecticides on the world's bee population.
Speeches from the two rallies commemorating the March for Jobs and Justice in Washington ( Al Sharpton and Bernice King, rally in Columbus by SEIU local 1 calling for fair wages for janitors, Phyllis Bennis on why the U.S. should not strike against Syria.
The Coalition of Imokalee Workers is pressuring Columbus-based Wendy's to sign on to their 1-cent-per-pound contract which guarantees better wages and conditions for tomato pickers in Southern Florida. We spewak with several of the organizers. Also; the weekly Coal Report and a new weekly feature, an audio column from Sonali Kolhatkar
1,000 + columbus janitors win a new 3-year contract after a year-long battle with downtown cleaning service agencies. Imokalee workers and allies draw 120 to a protest at the grand opening of Wendy's newest burger joint - meet, briefly with a Wendy's exec.
the Coalition for Responsive Government filed petitions to place a campaign finance reform initiative on the ballot, and last week a formal objection was filed against the proposal, questioning both its legality, on procedural grounds, and its potential effectiveness. Its opponents claim there may be loopholes in the proposal that would render it less meaningful than its drafter intend. In this edition we speak with Jonathan Beard, principle architect of the proposal, and with Brian Rothenberg, who filed the objection.
Since the chemical spill weeks ago that poisoned the water supply for some 300,000 West Virginians the national media attention has subsided, but, in the 9 affected counties, a warning is still in effect advising pregnant women not to drink the water. There are also new revelations about the type and amount of chemicals that were spilled, and about the company that spilled them.
8 people were arrested at a protest near Athens for blocking an access road to a fracking waste injection well. Audio from a video report including actualities from the protest plus part of a Pacifica Archives tribute to Pete Seeger
More Coal ash spills - BIG ones! in West Virginia and North Carolina, and a huge demonstration in Raleigh, North Carolina (80,000+!) on a host of issues stemming from the ALEC agenda - and the commercial and "public" media largely ignored it. No coverage, nationally on NPR at all. We've got it here.
This week documents uncovered by the Sierra Club implicate the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the Ohio EPA, and top officials in the Kasich administration of conspiring to discredit grass roots organizations and certain state legislators opposed to fracking in our state parks.
Arizona governor vetoes a bill that would have allowed businesses to refuse service to customers based on a variety of criteria, New Mexico's weapons-grade radioactive waste storage facility leaks, and a look at what's happening now in Venezuela.
House Bill 203 is still moving through the legislature, despite having little public support, and being opposed by city councils, police organizations, and citizens. In this edition we have interviews with Ohio ACLU director Gerry Daniels,and Ohio Student Organizing Committee activists James Hayes and Erica Turner, and we have audio, gathered by WCRS volunteer Robb Ebright at a press conference held in Columbus featuring a woman whose son was gunned down in Florida by an assailant who received no penalty for the murder, thanks to Florida's Stand Your Ground law.
Jane Goodall gave a presentation recently at the All Saints Presbyterian church in Pasadena California one of the most powerful, well- delivered, urgent, yet optimistic speeches about environmental justice you are likely to hear.