Thursday, August 17, 2000

  • Joseph Lieberman Speaks at the Democratic Convention

    Last night Al Gore’s vice presidential candidate Joseph Lieberman took center stage at the Democratic Convention. Throughout his speech, he attempted to portray himself as a civil rights activist, saying he walked with Martin Luther King in the march on Washington for jobs and freedom. Later he said he had worked in the South registering African Americans to vote. He made multiple references to his family’s religion—Orthodox Jewish, as well as his family’s having fled communism.

  • Resistance Strategies

    Beginning with the major demonstrations in Seattle, a group of masked young men and women dressed in black, have taken part in the anti-globalization protests that have taken place in Seattle, Philadelphia and now in Los Angeles. They have been called the "black block" by the media and they have claimed responsibility for smashing "corporate property" such as the windows of multinational corporations like McDonalds and Starbucks. These actions have been condemned widely by the police, the media and even in the activist community as disruptive and provocative. Many of them claim to be anarchists but there are other activists who say that they have misinterpreted the ideals of nonhierarchical, consensus-based organizing.

  • Ramparts Rally

    The ongoing scandal at the LAPD Rampart station brought thousands into the streets of LA yesterday to protest police brutality here in Los Angeles. The Police were extremely aggressive as the march moved through the Rampart neighborhood. About 30 people were arrested after committing civil disobedience at the station. The neighborhood around the Rampart station is made up largely of Latino immigrants and is known around the country for the incredible cases of police corruption and brutality as story after story have come out about police misconduct. Yesterday’s march moved from the Rampart Division to Police Headquarters and finished at the Staples center where the police moved in with guns drawn and batons swinging. We were there when police fire a round of rubber bullets at demonstrators. We go now to some of the action from these protests.

  • Playa Vista Development

    Environmental activists from all over the country have been protesting throughout the week here in Los Angeles and today a local struggle will take center stage. The Ballona Wetlands, which lie along the west Los Angeles coastline are home to two vital water bodies which are also an estuary created by the once untamed Los Angeles River. The development is by the Playa Vista corporation whose main funding comes from Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley Dean Witter.

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