Dear Democracy Now! Visitor: We are an independent, ad-free daily news program that serves millions of viewers and listeners each month. Our show is special because we make it our priority to go where the silence is. We put a spotlight on corporate and government abuses of power and lift up the stories of ordinary people working to make change in extraordinary times. We do all of this with just a fraction of the budget and staff of a commercial news show. We do it without ads, corporate sponsorship or government funding. How is this possible? Only with your support. If every visitor to this site in December gave just $10 we could cover our basic operating costs for 2015. Pretty exciting, right? Please do your part today. It takes just a couple of minutes to make sure that Democracy Now! is there for you and everybody else in 2015.

Your Donation: $

Thursday, April 4, 1996

download:   Audio Get CD/DVD More Formats
  • Citizen Action Update

    Our weekly segment on citizen action is an interview with Lois Gibbs, author of Dying from Dioxin: A citizen’s guide to Reclaiming Our Health and Rebuilding Democracy. Dioxins are a by-product of industrial production and burning of hazardous wastes; there’s scientific evidence that they are affecting hormone levels and human reproduction. The chemical industry is fighting back against these allegations saying they are based on fear, not science.

  • Commerce Secretary Ron Brown

    Secretary Ron Brown’s plane went down today over Croatia. Brown was escorting a group of corporate leaders on a commerce mission to Bosnia and Croatia to get U.S. businesses interested in trade in the region and efforts to rebuild that war-torn country. In this segment we’ll examine the role of the Commerce Department in doing the bidding for American corporations abroad. Some Republicans have called for the elimination of the Commerce Department.

  • National Action Day Against Violence

    Today is National Action Day Against Violence, a day set to remember the assassination of Martin Luther King. In 38 cities across the U.S. young African Americans are spending the day focused on voter registration drives and working on programs to fight "black on black" violence.