Thursday, March 6, 1997

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  • Mumia Abu-Jamal Commentary

    Another commentary from journalist and death row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal.

    TAPE: MUMIA ABU-JAMAL, a death row inmate in Pennsylvania.

  • Philip Berrigan and Ploughshrares Action

    From a prison in Pennsylvania, we now go to one in Maine where
    anti-war activist Father Philip Berrigan is presently incarcerated in the
    Cumberland County Jail.

    Philip Berrigan, and his brother Daniel, rose to prominence more
    than thirty years ago leading creative, non-violent resistance to the
    Vietnam War. Both brothers have continued the anti-war tradition until this day. Philip was a founding member of the Ploughshares group, which organizes non-violent direct actions against first strike weaponry. He has spent more than seven years of his life in jail because of his anti-war activities.


  • Food Stamps Cuts

    The Congressional attacks on welfare and immigration these past
    few years are beginning to see some results. Some of the first cutbacks will
    be felt with the food stamp program. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that in an average month one million poor unemployed individuals who are willing to work could be denied food stamps. Over 40 percent of those subject to the cutoff are women; 30 percent are over the age of 40.

    Also, next month, legal immigrants will also start losing food stamps.

    Here to update us on the food stamp cuts are Jim Wallis, the
    Convener for the Call to Renewal, a Washington DC-based Christian organization seeking to build a new political direction for the country. Also joining us is Josh Bernstein, a policy analyst at the National Immigration Law Center, a Washington DC-based public interest law firm protecting the rights of low income immigrants.


  • President of Guyana Cheddi Jagan Dies

    Guyana’s president, Dr. Cheddi Jagan, died yesterday in
    Washington. He was 78 years old. He was regarded as one of the great leaders of the post-colonial world, often mentioned in the same breath as Kenyatta, Nkrumah, and Nehru. He first came to political power in 1953, but was soon ousted and jailed by the British because of his radical politics. After Guyana won self-government from Britain in 1961, Jagan became the South American country’s first prime minister. Again, he was overthrown, but this time by a CIA-led destabilization campaign.

    Spectacularly, he returned to power in 1992, after the country’s
    first democratic elections in nearly 30 years. In a period of globalization and
    free trade pacts, Jagan always talked about the needs of working
    people and sought to place a priority on what he called "human development."

    GUEST: DR. RUPERT ROOPNORINE, a member of parliament in the
    opposition political party, the Working People’s Alliance.