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Interview with Nuruddin Farah - Somali writer
November 10, 2014 06:59 PM PST
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On November 10, 2014 Heather Gray interviewed Nuruddin Farah about his new book "Hiding in Plain Sight: A Novel". This is his 12th fiction novel. Here is what NPR had to say about Farah:

(Alan Chuese -11/4/14) "When Nuruddin Farah was a young writer, he published a satirical novel about Somalia, his native country. On his way home from a trip he called his brother, to ask for a ride from the airport. His brother told him not to come home: His novel had caused a stir, and authorities were looking for him.

For the next 22 years Farah lived in exile all over the world, chronicling the lives of Somalis from abroad. Even now, he resides mainly in Cape Town when he isn't teaching at a small college outside New York City. His latest book is called Hiding in Plain Sight, and it's well worth your looking for it. This novel — Farah's 12th — takes us deep into the domestic life of a sophisticated African family, with great emotional effect."

Grassroot Radio Conference with Ursula Ruedenberg
October 02, 2014 08:23 PM PDT
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In August 2014 the Grassroot Radio Conference (GRC) took place in Ames, Iowa. It was hosted by KHOI in Ames. Ursula Ruedenberg, Pacifica Network Affiliate Coordinator, who is located at KHOI, reported on the GRC event in the interview with Heather Gray on WRFG's "Just Peace". The interview took place on September 8, 2014.

Rwanda's Paul Kagame: Rape of Rwanda and the Congo
September 25, 2014 07:47 AM PDT
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On Monday, September 22, 2014, Ann Garrison of Pacifica radio and Bruce Dixon of the Black Agenda Report were on WRFG's Just Peace to discuss Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda's, which they stress is his on-going oppression of the Rwandan people and his violent "rape" of the Congo, while serving the interests of the corporate west and himself.

Summer Reese, Executive Director of Pacifica Radio
April 09, 2014 07:16 PM PDT
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On April 7, 2014 Pacifica Radio's Executive Director Summer Reese was interviewed by Heather Gray of WRFG-89.3FM in Atlanta which is an Affiliate of Pacifica Radio. Ms Reese discussed her accomplishments, the challenges of community radio and her ideas for future development of community radio overall in America and specifically about the Pacifica Radio network. (The photo of Summer Reese is during a recent visit to Pacifica's WBAI station in New York and was taken by Paul Derienzo.)

1992 Caravan - Hearing from Farmers
January 07, 2014 07:52 AM PST
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In 1992, the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund formed a coalition of organizations to Caravan to Washington and demand that Congress appropriate monies for the Minority Farmers Rights Act to offer technical assistance and outreach to minority farmers.

Jerry Pennick moderated the gathering of farmers while in DC. Farmers spoke of their demands and struggles.

Farmers came from throughout the South and other parts of the country for this event that included a gathering on the steps of the Capitol. Speakers included Ralph Paige, Jesse Jackson, John Lewis and Senator Paul Wellstone.

1992 Caravan - Black farmers demanding their rights
January 07, 2014 07:38 AM PST
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In 1992, the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund formed a coalition of organizations to Caravan to Washington and demand that Congress appropriate monies for the Minority Farmers Rights Act to offer technical assistance and outreach to minority farmers.

Farmers came from throughout the South and other parts of the country for this event that included a gathering on the steps of the Capitol. Speakers included Ralph Paige, Jesse Jackson, John Lewis and Senator Paul Wellstone.

Jerry Pennick moderated the gathering of farmers.

Coca Cola Representative on Mandela at Morehouse event 12/11/13
December 12, 2013 07:22 AM PST
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Speaker:

Angela D. Harrell
Director and Coca Cola Ambassador
Public Affairs and Communications
The Coca Cola Company

Ms. Harrell speaks about the role of Coca Cola during the anti-apartheid movement stating that Coca Cola divested from South Africa in 1986 and that it returned in 1994 after the election of Mandela. Not surprisingly, there was no mention of the significant boycott against Coca Cola launched by the Anti-Apartheid movement in Atlanta led by Tandi Gcabashe.

Andrew Young's Comments on Mandela at Morehouse
December 11, 2013 09:22 PM PST
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Andrew Young speaking at Nelson Mandela at the King Chapel on the Morehouse campus on Wednesday, December 11. The event was to honor Nelson Mandela who spoke at the same chapel shortly after he was released from prison.

Rashid Nuri on Urban Farming and "12 Years a Slave"
October 29, 2013 03:03 AM PDT
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On October 28, 2013 Heather Gray on WRFG-Atlanta's Just Peace program interviewed Rashid Nuri of the Truly Living Well Center for Natural Urban Agriculture. The program begins with a discussion of the seasonality of crops.

In addition, Rashid reviewed the new film "12 Years a Slave" saying that 'it took his breath away!' The film depicts the true story of Solomon Northup, a free Black in New York, who is sold into slavery in the 1800's, prior to the Civil War.

More than any other he'd seen, Rashid said this film portrayed a realistic rendering of the violence and dehumanization of slavery in America.

"12 Years a Slave", Rashid said further, should help America to finally begin an earnest discussion of the impact of slavery and the need for reparations. The discussion would need to include the on-going effects of slavery in American life in the prisons, in education, in voting rights, in the economy, to name but a few, that adversely effect Blacks and are the direct result of the slave culture. When people make grievous mistakes they should atone for them, Rashid said, and that America should finally atone for slavery - the sad and tragic chapter in American life.

For information about the Truly Living Well Center for Natural Urban Agriculture go to www.trulylivingwell.com.

To donate to WRFG go to www.wrfg.org.

Part Two: Interview with Rashid Nuri - 2 hour special, September 30
October 03, 2013 03:23 AM PDT
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Part Two of a 2-hour special  interview with urban farmer Rashid Nuri of the Truly Living Well Center for Natural Urban Agriculture by Heather Gray, producer of "Just Peace" on WRFG-Atlanta 89.3PM. The interview took place on September 30, 2013. In Part Two of the interview Rashid conitnues to talk about the transformative aspects of gardening and caller call in with much the same sentiment. Growing food for oneself is often remarkably therapeutic physically and mentally. For more information about Truly Living Well please go to www.trulylivingwell.com

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