Monday, August 16, 1999

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  • Puerto Rican Political Prisoners Consider Presidential Pardon

    Two members of Congress are pressing the White House for the unconditional pardons of Puerto Rican freedom fighters, saying that President Clinton’s offer of conditional clemency is not enough. Chicago’s Luis Gutierrez and Nydia Vazquez of New York said they have asked to meet with the president this week to press for the unconditional release from prison of pro-independence activists.

  • Rev. Jesse Jackson and Puerto Rican Religious Leaders Call for End of US Military Exercises in Vieques

    The Rev. Jesse Jackson and top Puerto Rican religious leaders this weekend joined dozens of protesters who have occupied a bombing range on the Puerto Rican island of Vieques, and who are demanding that the US Navy halt its live-fire exercises there.

  • New Judge Appointed in Attica Lawsuit

    A new judge has been appointed to deal with settling cases stemming from the 1971 Attica prison uprising, which resulted in the torture and beatings of prisoners when the State Police took over the institution. Western District Judge Michael Telesca has pledged to bring an end to the long-running litigation, saying: "You can’t recall the history of this event without raising a tear in anybody’s eye."

  • Bush Set to Execute 100th Prisoner

    Presidential hopeful George W. Bush beat fellow Republican contenders this weekend at the Republican straw poll in Des Moines, Iowa–this after spending close to $1 million on a nine-week campaign. And as the Texas governor travels around the country seeking the Republican nomination, in Texas he is about to preside over his 100th execution since he became governor.

  • Condition of Native Americans in the United States

    We now go to a speech given by Suzan Harjo. She is president of the Morning Star Institute, an Indian-rights advocacy group. She is also a founding member of the UNITY Braintrust, and a member of the Cheyenne and Muskogee nations. Harjo participated in a panel discussion on human rights at the Unity 99 journalists of color conference last month in Seattle, where she spoke about the plight of Native Americans in the United States.

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