Thursday, February 19, 2009

  • Critics Charge Executed Chimpanzee Cartoon is Veiled Racist Reference to Obama

    Postcartoonweb

    A series of protests are scheduled outside the New York Post today to condemn the publication of a cartoon that critics say depicts President Obama as an ape. We speak to New York State Senator Eric Adams and Institute for Policy Studies organizer and researcher, Dedrick Muhammad, the former national field director for Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network. [includes rush transcript]

  • State of the Dream 2009: Report Finds People of Color in US Endure Silent Economic Depression

    Muhamreportweb

    The unemployment rate remains highest among people of color. Black unemployment is now at over 12.6 percent, and the jobless rate for young black men is considerably higher. We speak to Dedrick Muhammad, co-author of the new report "State of the Dream 2009: The Silent Depression" published by United for a Fair Economy. [includes rush transcript]

  • Will $275B Homeowner Assistance Plan Stem the Foreclosure Crisis?

    Forecloseweb

    President Obama has unveiled his first concrete plan to address the country’s dire housing crisis, a $275 billion measure that could help as many as nine million homeowners avoid foreclosure and reduce mortgage payments. Will it help those who need it? We speak to Josh Zinner of the New York-based Neighborhood Economic Development Advocacy Project. [includes rush transcript]

  • Canadian Activists Urge Obama to Reject Environmentally Destructive Oil Extraction from Alberta’s Tar Sands

    Greenpeacefsweb

    President Barack Obama is heading to Canada today for his first foreign trip as president. A coalition of environmental groups are urging Obama to cut back on America’s dependence on oil from the tar sands in Alberta, Canada. Greenpeace says the tar sands generate three to five times as much greenhouse gas pollution as the production of conventional oil. [includes rush transcript]