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Wednesday, August 16, 2000

  • Controversy Over Lieberman, But Jackson Stumps for the Dem’s

    There has been a lot of controversy here in LA surrounding Al Gore’s selection of Connecticut Sen. Joseph Lieberman as his running mate, particularly among African Americans and Latinos. They are concerned about Lieberman’s positions on a variety of issues. He is pro-school vouchers, anti-affirmative action and he supported the anti-immigrant Prop 187 in California. Democratic Congress member Maxine Waters was so concerned that earlier this week she said she was holding off on endorsing the Gore/Lieberman ticket. Today, I caught up with her and asked her views of Lieberman.

  • Green Party’s Medea Benjamin Vs. the Republican’s Tom Campbell

    We tried all day yesterday to reach California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein to ask her to join us for our next segment. Unfortunately she will not be joining us. But we are joined by two people who are challenging her for her Senate seat.

  • Reality Check: The World Remains Ugly As the Coronation Continues

    Though many lenses of the news media have been focused on the coronation ceremony here at the Democratic Convention in Los Angeles, there have been some very serious stories developing this week across the world. Iraq was bombed twice this week. Attacks on residential areas in the southern town of Samawa resulted in civilian deaths. Those raids also led to the destruction of a significant food depot. Today more than a thousand people rallied here in LA against the US-led UN sanctions on Iraq, as well as the ongoing bombing of Iraq. With the Democratic Convention in full swing, we turn now to a reality check with longtime LA activist Blase Bonpane. He was in the streets today at the Iraq demonstration.

  • Report Back On Police Violence in the Streets of LA

    The ACLU has announced that it will file a lawsuit on behalf of the journalists and legal observers who were injured Monday night at the rage against the machine concert. The police opened fire into the crowd on Monday injuring dozens with rubber pellets and pepper spray and trampling people as they attempted to flee the scene outside the Staples Center. The ACLU has said protest organizers, journalists and legal observers were targeted because of their strategic roles in documenting police violence at the scene.

  • Critical Mass: Bicyclists and Bus Riders Fight Back

    Around 70 bicycle activists were arrested last night while riding through downtown Los Angeles. The group, members of critical mass, were detained for over three hours on the corner of 18th and Flower, handcuffed packed into vans and taken to jail. Riot cops surrounded the activists, refusing to allow the press or the D2K legal team to speak to those detained. They pulled out their batons and even rubber pellet guns while police took pictures of the activists and the crowd. The Critical mass bike ride began at about 5:45 in the afternoon with nearly 250 riders. They were followed by police for 45 minutes before they were cornered and arrested. The police had no explanation as to what the cyclists were charged with. Bystanders and media were also taken into custody, including a journalist from the Independent Media Center. Bail for the cyclists has been set at $20,000 each.

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