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Wednesday, April 30, 1997

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  • Bio-Piracy

    Amy is joined by Dr. Vandana Shiva to discuss biological diversity and the patenting of biological entities. Dr. Shiva speaks about bio-prosecuting as well as biopiracy. She believes that diversity can only be protected by non-centralized economies. Biopiracy refers to the practice of primarily Western pharmaceutical and research organizations patenting naturally found and traditional used natural materials.

  • Supreme court deal serious blow to third parties.

    In a 6 to 3 vote on Monday the supreme court upheld a Minnesota law that prohibits candidates from appearing on more than one party’s ballot line. Amy is joined by Dan Kanner to discuss this decision. The decision is a blow the fusion strategy, in which third parties nominate candidates from major parties to bolster their political power. New York is the only state where fusion is both legal and widely practiced. The argument for fusion is to bring third parties into the process and to proved third parties with the right to nominate who they wish. The argument against fusion is to
    preserve the two party system and prevent voter confusion.

  • Labor Movement conference seeking to put labor as well as movement back into the Labor Movement

    Dan Kanner and Tami Johnson, both from the New Party, discuss their party’s similarities and
    differences from the Labor Party. The new party stands for "a fair economy and a real democracy". They both speak about the injustices in their region of Milwalkee and their victories in
    raising the minimum wage in Milwalkee. Kanner and Johnson believe that neither the democrats or the republicans represent represent the communities that they want to work for. They believe firmly in improving education and children’s services and believe that their New Party is capable of
    doing so.