Tuesday, March 12, 1996

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  • African American School Teacher, Geraldine Sam, runs for Congress in Texas’ 9th congressional district.

    Larry Bensky in Huston, Texas (KPFT) interviews Geraldine Sam who is a candidate for congress.
    Geraldine Sam, working class mother of four, challenges the political climate of 9th district. If nominated her opponent will be one of the most conservative republicans in congress, Steven Stockmen. The 9th District is riddled with poverty, inequality and illiteracy but heavily unionized. Sam is ignored by local press and is not the anointed candidate of the Democratic Party but claims to have the popular support of district. Sam’s campaign is being outspent by a least 10 to 1 by other democratic candidates. Sam claims Democrats not campaigning effectively against Steven Stockman.

  • Daughter of former Texas Governor Ann Richards tracks right
    wing activity in Texas and organizes opposition to Christian Coalition.

    Amy Goodman interviews Cecile Richards of the Texas Freedom Network. Richards, head of The Texas Freedom Network, opposes the Christian Coalition as it targets public school systems and pushes its political agenda into local school boards. The Christian Coalition is known to use stealth candidates. Large right wing organizations with very large annual budgets such as The Eagle Forum, The American Family Association and The Concerned Women of America have also become very focused on electoral politics. These groups actively field candidates with right wing views on
    abortion, gays and education. AFA tried unsuccessfully to put gay newspaper, Texas Triangle, out of business.

  • Clinton to sign Helms Burton Bill

    Amy Goodman talks to Frank Manitzas (formerly of ABC news), Jane Franklin (contributing editor of "Cuba Update") and Charles
    Wrangle (NY Congressman). Clinton passing bill largely in response to Cuba’s downing of two civilian planes a month earlier. Clinton seen as taking away spotlight from republican primaries to gain new appreciation from Cuban exiles that normally vote republican. Legislation not supported by either party prior to downing of planes. Kissinger, Eagleburger, Aronson and other U.S. diplomats claim that embargo, in its present form, is against U.S. national interests. Bill will dictate Cuban trade relations to Canada and Mexico and supposedly
    allow Cuban Nationals in U.S. to sue for property lost to Castro Regime. Cuban American Foundation is very well funded and able to strongly influence congressional elections in New York City.

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