Wednesday, October 2, 1996 FULL SHOW | HEADLINES | NEXT: Mumia Abu Jamal in Court
1996-10-02

The explosion of crack-cocaine in Los Angeles and the CIA-backed Nicaraguan contras.

download:   Audio Get CD/DVD More Formats
DONATE →
This is viewer supported news

In August, the San Jose Mercury News published a series of investigations called "the Dark Alliance," which traced the explosion of crack-cocaine in Los Angeles to the CIA-backed Nicaraguan contras. Today we’ll hear from Gary Webb, the investigative journalist who wrote the San Jose Mercury News series, speaking at a recent community meeting in Los Angeles.

Representative Maxine Waters has taken the lead in Congress to push for a thorough investigation of the charges raised in the San Jose Mercury News series. She’s been holding community meetings throughout Los Angeles to organize her constituents. She also recently addressed over two thousand activists in Washington DC at the Congressional Black Caucus legislative weekend.

The story of how the CIA helped bring crack-cocaine into the black community of Los Angeles has sent an electric current through the African American community. In Los Angeles, many have joined Congress member Maxine Waters in her campaign to demand truth and justice in the drug war. At a recent community meeting in Los Angeles, Waters introduced former gang members and drug dealers who are now motivated to work to demand justice.

Recent Shows More

Full News Hour

Stories

    Davis_mcbath_dunn_rally_protest_black-lives-matter
    Black Lives Matter: New Film on Jordan Davis Captures Family’s Struggle to Convict White Vigilante
    We are broadcasting from the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, where a new film takes on the subject of the growing nationwide protests over the killing of unarmed African Americans by examining one of the cases to make national headlines in recent years: the killing of 17-year-old Jordan Davis. The film, "3 1/2 Minutes," tells the story of what happened on Nov. 23, 2012, when four teenagers pulled into a Florida gas station to buy gum and cigarettes. They were soon confronted by Michael Dunn, a middle-aged white man who pulled...

Creative Commons License The original content of this program is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. Please attribute legal copies of this work to democracynow.org. Some of the work(s) that this program incorporates, however, may be separately licensed. For further information or additional permissions, contact us.