Friday, November 22, 1996

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  • EARTH FIRST PRE-TRIAL HEARING TODAY

    In 1990, a bomb ripped through the car of two Earth First activists who were on their way to an event to save the Redwood Forests. Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney were rushed to the hospital with serious injuries. Instead of conducting a thorough investigation of the attack, the FBI and Oakland police branded Bari and Cherney as terrorists and arrested the two environmentalists for allegedly transporting illegal explosives. Judi Bari is suing the FBI for false arrest, illegal search and seizure and denial of equal protection of the law. Today in a federal court room in California, the FBI will attempt to strip away at her case by asking the judge to dismiss some of the charges.

  • AMERICAN PUBLIC HEALTH ASSOCIATION Elects New President

    This week in New York City, the American Public Health Association elected a new president. His name is Dr. Quentin Young and he’s one of the nation’s strongest advocates for a Canadian-style single payer health care system for this country, a system in which all Americans would have the basic right to decent health care regardless of their economic situation.

  • THE ALLIANCE FOUNDING CONVENTION

    It all started in August, 1995 when Texas Observer founding editor Ronnie Dugger wrote a piece for the Nation magazine called "Real Populists Please Stand Up." The column called for citizens to rekindle a progressive populist movement in this country to challenge corporate power and reclaim democracy. Thousands of people responded to Dugger’s call and so began the Alliance, a network of grassroots discussion, strategy and action groups around the U.S. This weekend, hundreds of Alliance members are gathering on a ranch outside San Antonio Texas for their founding convention. Pacifica National Affairs Correspondent Larry Bensky is there and he joins us now by telephone, along with Ronnie Dugger.