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Wednesday, May 14, 1997

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  • Cuba Friend Shipment Caravan

    A group of activists challenging the US trade embargo against Cuba is on the Canadian border. Pacifica’s Harriet Tanzman is there with the caravan.

  • San Jose Mercury News editor claims CIA-Crack Cocaine story lacked evidence.

    Jerry Ceppos, editor of the San Jose Mercury News has made statements that the integrity of his paper’s story connecting the CIA to crack cocaine distribution in South Central Los Angeles and the military contra in Nicaragua. Amy and Juan are joined by Gary Webb, the journalist that first broke the story. Webb defended his journalistic integrity as well as the information in his articles about the LA drug ring.

  • Advertising Industry has been Challenged by a group of Media Activists

    Media activists are asking when does advertising become too much? A recorded conversation between Amy and Larry Adelman discuss the role of advertising in our society as well as possible action that can taken to reduce advertising or create an advertising tax to fund art and education programs in public schools. Larry Adelman was a director of the counter-cleo awards ceremony to bring attention to how much advertising people are exposed to on a regular basis. Amy was later joined by Mecane Temba, the co-director of the praxis project based in Oakland California, a media and policy center, and Shelly Pasnik, the director of children’s policy at the center for media education based in Washington DC. They discuss problems with inappropriate advertising campaigns and tactics that often go unnoticed.

  • Haiti After the Caribbean Summit

    Haiti is facing famine that is threatening 300,000 people. Haiti has been the recipient of massive amounts of food aid since 1954, but the aid has reduced Haiti’s ability to produce its own food. Amy is joined by Tim Wise and Cami Shomers to discuss the situation in Haiti and possibilities to improve economic conditions there. The policies of USAID and the World Bank encourage Haitians to take sweatshop jobs in cities.