Thursday, September 14, 2006

  • African-American Minnesota Legislator Keith Ellison Slated to Become First Muslim Elected to Congress

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    We speak with Keith Ellison, the African-American state legislator in Minnesota who is slated to become the first Muslim elected to Congress. Ellison won Tuesday’s primary defeating three rivals to become the Democratic nominee. He is favored to win election in November in the heavily Democratic fifth district. [includes rush transcript]

  • Former Texas Governor Ann Richards Dies at 73

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    Former Texas Governor Ann Richards died Wednesday night after a six-month battle with cancer. She was 73 years old. Under the banner of promoting a "New Texas," Richards appointed more women and more minorities to state posts than any of her predecessors. We play an address by Richards speaking in 2004 and speak about her life with veteran Texas lawyer Sissy Farenthold. [includes rush transcript]

  • One Year On, Katrina Evacuees in Houston Face Unemployment, Lack of Health Care and Dwindling FEMA Assistance

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    Over one hundred twenty thousand Katrina evacuees still live in Houston, Texas. A recent study shows ninety-eight percent are African American, three quarters earn less than $15,000 per year, almost half have no health insurance, and less than twenty percent are employed. Many could soon lose assistance from FEMA. Two organizers tell us how the community is responding. [includes rush transcript]

  • Singapore Bars Activists From Entering Country During IMF-World Bank Meetings

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    Singapore has barred twenty-eight activists from entering the country during the annual International Monetary Fund–World Bank meetings which began on Wednesday. In addition Singapore has cracked down on all protests this week–demonstrations have been banned throughout the country except for one area measuring twenty-six by twenty-six feet. We speak to Focus on the Global South’s Walden Bello — one of the 28 activists banned from Singapore–and Jubilee South’s Lidy Nacpil. [includes rush transcript]