Thursday, September 13, 2007

  • "Democracy While Black"–Rev. Lennox Yearwood Arrested, Charged with Assault While Entering Petraeus Hearing


    The Rev. Lennox Yearwood, president of the Hip Hop Caucus, was tackled by six Capitol police officers after he tried to enter the Petraeus hearing on Monday. Rev. Yearwood was injured in the incident taken to hospital. He was later charged him with felony assault of a police officer. [includes rush transcript]

  • From Freedom Watch to Petraeus, a Look at the Bush Administration’s Iraq War PR Campaign


    President Bush’s scheduled prime-time address tonight culminates a carefully orchestrated public relations campaign to win support for the continuation of the war in Iraq. The campaign began in August when a group called Freedom’s Watch headed by President Bush’s former spokesperson Ari Fleischer began airing pro-war television commercials. We speak with John Stauber of of the Center for Media & Democracy and PR Watch. [includes rush transcript]

  • The Race for 2008: A Look at the Presidential Playing Field


    Presidential hopefuls have participated in more than a dozen debates so far–and the primaries are still over four months away. What does the presidential playing field look like right now? Where do candidates from both sides of the aisle stand? And what is the current political landscape? We speak with John Nichols, political writer for The Nation. [includes rush transcript]

  • Immigrant Groups Launch Boycott of Western Union over Money Transfer Fees


    A network of over 150 immigrant organizations across the country have launched a boycott of money transfer giant Western Union. The organizations accuse Western Union of charging immigrants exorbitant fees and non-standard exchange rates when they try to send money home. We speak with a coordinator for the Transnational Institute for Grassroots Research and Action, the umbrella organization coordinating the Western Union boycott. [includes rush transcript]

  • Thousands Turn Out for Immigrant Rights Protest Against Social Security "No Match" Letters


    Immigration rights activists declared Wednesday a national day of action against new immigration measures announced by the Department of Homeland Security last month. One of the rules converts Social Security "no match" letters into a tool of immigration enforcement. The letters are sent to employers when a worker’s stated Social Security number does not match records in government databases. [includes rush transcript]

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