Monday, December 2, 1996

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  • The Campaign for a New Tomorrow

    In Philadelphia a progressive political conference "The Campaign for a New Tomorrow" was held. The Campaign for a New Tomorrow is a national independent social change movement led by people of color. In a keynote speech African American Academic and Activist Cornell West (Harvard University) call for politicians to focus on the issues of race and its link to economic injustice. West describes how in the recent presidential election there has been no discussion from either candidate on urban policy or the wealth gap. West blames this silence on the lack of political leadership; he claims this can be countered by building institutions such as The Campaign for a New Tomorrow. West says institutions like The Campaign for a New Tomorrow help provide a voice for black people and others who want to focus on the legacy of racial segregation. West also speaks of the increasing momentum of grassroots movements such as The Campaign for a New Tomorrow.

  • Karen Palmer: Rape Survivors Story Misrepresented by Corporate Media

    Karen Palmer, an anti-death penalty activist, describes the events one year ago on the night she was kidnapped and raped. Palmer talks about her ordeal and how she tried to humanize herself in the eyes of her attacker to help save her life. Palmer goes on to describe the police forces mishandling of her case and her subsequent complaints to the chief of police, in particular Palmer tells of how the police produced inaccurate, generic, racially cued composite drawings of her black attacker. Palmer also claims she was labeled a troublemaker and mistreated by the police. Dateline NBC reported on Karen Palmer’s story and produced a segment titled "screams in the night" after following Palmer for months. Palmer says that Dateline claimed to be interested in her story because she was a death penalty activist who was also a crime victim, however Dateline’s real motive was the fact that her rape occurred on the night of the O.J. Simpson Trail verdict. Palmer Tells of how Dateline focused on the racial aspect of the crime and O.J. Simpson and not on the problems of the police department in dealing with rape survivors.

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