Monday, September 9, 1996

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  • Defense of Marriage Act

    This week, the Senate will debate and vote on the Defense of Marriage Act, a bill that would federally define marriage as only between a man and woman and would allow states to refuse to recognize same sex marriages performed in other states. The Congressional move to ban gay and lesbian marriage is a response to a case that is to be heard in Hawaii beginning this week.

  • Black Church Burnings

    Since 1990, more than 100 Black churches have been torched or vandalized throughout the south. President Clinton has called for a thorough investigation, but the victims of the church burnings say the investigation has gone awry. They say the people leading the investigation have traditionally been on the wrong side of the civil rights movement. Pacifica’s Dennis Bernstein traveled to the South, to Mississippi, to investigate the investigators and examine the ties that bind these latest church fires to a long history of racial assaults.

  • Nomination for Unabomber for President

    In 1968, as the whole world was watching the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, anti-war Yippies captured media attention by nominating a pig for President. This piece of guerilla theater made a serious statement about the corruption of politicians, the power of the police, and the irrelevance of national elections. In 1996, a couple of activists are taking a similar tactic by promoting a far more controversial candidate for the White House. Lydia Eccles and Chris Korda, are waging a write-in campaign for the Unabomber for President. Eccles and Korda were able to get into the Democratic National Convention in Chicago as members of the press: they invented a network called TV-TV and a program called News-News, and so they had credentials to be on the inside. That’s where Pacifica’s Julie Drizin met Lydia Eccles and Chris Korda as they campaigned on behalf of the Unabomber.

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