Wednesday, May 24, 2000

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  • SOA Protest

    By only a ten vote margin on May 18, 2000, Congress voted down the Moakley (MA), Scarborough (FL), Campbell (CA), McGovern (MA) amendment to the Defense Authorization Bill (HR 4205). If passed, the measure would have closed the U.S. Army School of the Americas and set up a Congressional Task Force to assess the impact of U.S. military training on Latin American soldiers in the area of human rights. [includes rush transcript]

  • The FBI’s Dirty War Against Puerto Rico

    For over 40 years, the FBI waged a campaign against Puerto Rico’s independence movement. Last month, FBI Director Louis Freeh admitted at a congressional budget hearing that his department had been involved in "egregious illegal action, maybe criminal action" by violating the civil rights of Puerto Ricans. Recently, Freeh notified Congressman Jose Serrano that virtually all files on the FBI campaign would be declassified and made public. Newspaper columnist and Democracy Now! co-host Juan Gonzalez wrote on the story in yesterday’s New York Daily News. [includes rush transcript]

  • 10th Anniversary of the Bombing of Environmental Activist Judi Bari

    Ten years ago today, on May 24, 1990, a bomb went off under the driver’s seat of Earth First! activist Judi Bari’s car in Oakland, California. Bari was nearly killed by the bomb — her pelvis literally exploded. The passenger in her car, Earth First!er Darryl Cherney was shell-shocked, but less seriously wounded. Bari and Cherney were on their way to a Redwood Summer organizing event. For months before the bombing, Judi Bari had been uniting loggers and activists in a campaign against the Timber giants of northern California, whose so called cut and run logging practices, Bari said, were destroying not only the forest but the livelihood of whole communities. This bombing was preceded by an aggressive campaign of death threats and harassment against Judi Bari. Nearly killed by the blast, Judy Bari lived permanently disabled and in constant pain until she died in 1997 of breast cancer. [includes rush transcript]