Friday, September 1, 2006

  • We Will Not Be Silent: Movement Grows to Challenge Racial Profiling at Airports


    A growing movement across the country is challenging what appears to be an increase in racial profiling at airports. More and more travelers are donning T-shirts that say "We Will Not Be Silent" in English and Arabic in solidarity with Iraqi blogger and activist Raed Jarrar who was forced to change the T-Shirt before boarding a JetBlue Airways flight at Kennedy airport.

    We called JetBlue, the company responded with a statement saying that according to the airline"s preliminary findings the request to remove Raed"s T-shirt was not made by a JetBlue crew member.

    We also called the Transportation Security Administration, they confirmed that a TSA employee was involved, along with two JetBlue employees, in talking with Raed. But they said it was not a TSA employee who bought him the T-Shirt to change into.

    Since our interview with Raed, major newspapers and corporate TV networks in the United States and around the world have picked up the story. Now, more and more people are putting on We Will Not Be Silent T-shirts in solidarity when they travel.

  • Jazz Legend Charlie Haden on His Life, His Music and His Politics


    We speak with legendary bass player and composer, Charlie Haden, one of the most politically outspoken jazz musicians of his time. During the middle of the Vietnam War, Haden formed the Liberation Music Orchestra that mixed songs from the Spanish Civil War, anti-war songs and a tribute to Che Guevera. He recently re-formed the group to respond to the Bush administration and the invasion of Iraq. He titled the new album "Not In Our Name." [includes rush transcript]