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Kevin Caron on Drone Research
May 09, 2014 04:52 AM PDT
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On Monday March 5 on WRFG's  Just Peace, Kevin Caron of the Georgia Peace and Justice Coalition discussed drone research at Georgia Tech University in Atlanta and the consequences of this research. Among other issues, he discussed the difference between the "Reaper" and "Predator" drones.

The interview with Caron followed an April 26 to May 3 march from Fort Benning in Columbus, Georgia  to Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Georgia. The purpose was to draw the link between the research at Georgia Tech and the drone tests at Fort Benning - a deadly alliance. Activists from the Georgia Peace and Justice Coalition, School of America's Watch, the International Action Center WAND and others rallied outside Georgia Tech on Saturday, May 3 as the university's graduation ceremonies were taking place. Chants of "end drone wars" and "end the drone research" at Georgia Tech at the behest of the U.S. military resonated as people walked into the stadium for the graduation. To see the slide show of the demonstration go to http://youtu.be/jpZjQBsLii4.

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

Part One: Interview with Rashid Nuri - 2-hour special, September 30
October 03, 2013 03:21 AM PDT
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Part One of a 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. Rashid discusses the importance of the seasonality of production, how to start a garden, about the impact and challenges of GMO seeds and many other topics. The interviews with Rashid take place once a month on Just Peace. For more information about Truly Living Well please go to www.trulylivingwell.com

Podcast (Part 1) of the Voting Rights Act on WRFG-Atlanta 89.3FM
June 09, 2013 12:52 PM PDT
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SECTION 5 OF THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT (Part 1)

THE HEART OF IT ALL AND THE MOST IMPORTANT 
CIVIL RIGHTS LEGISLATION IN U.S. HISTORY 

 

On June 3, 2013, WRFG-Atlanta (89.3FM) held a 2-hour special program on the Voting Rights Act. The Voting Rights Act is presently being challeneged in the Supreme Court by Shelby County, Alabama.

PART 1: Faya Rose Toure and Hank Sanders of the National Voting Rights Museum and Institute in Selma, Alabama; Laughlin McDonald of the ACLU's National Voting Rights Office; David Gespass of the National Lawyers Guild;

PART 2: ACLU'S Laughlin McDonald along with Ryan Haygood of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund; activist Shirley Sherrod; and journalist Greg Palast.  


One of the major challenges we've faced in the United States regarding racist and discriminatory government and individual behavior has been the lack of federal resolve. Some examples are that when Abraham Lincoln was assassinated and Andrew Johnson became president Johnson essentially forgave the southern secessionists and gave then back their land and other rights; in 1877 the federal government removed it's troops from the South which ended the reconstruction period and opened up the wholesale economic and civil rights exploitation of the Black community in the South with the creation and implementation of the draconian Jim Crow laws.

Finally in the 1960's with the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and especially the 1965 Voting Rights Act we witnessed the end of Jim Crow.

Regarding the federal government and it's resolve to address discriminatory behavior with the implementation of laws and regulations, Section 5 of the 1965 Voting Rights has to be one of the most important civil rights provisions ever passed by Congress. Without doubt, It is in Section 5 that we finally witness "resolve" on the part of the federal government to ensure the democratic rights of all its citizens along with the understanding that many areas of the country, particularly the former slave states, continue to orchestrate ways to deny citizens their rights. Given all the testimony in Congress for years about the on-going voting violations by states and counties, Section 5 remains the stalwart Congressional provision that protects voters.

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