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On April 18, 2013, Rochester Indymedia interviewed Debra Sweet, an anti-war organizer and director of The World Can't Wait. She will be going to Syracuse, NY on April 26-28th for the “Resisting Drones, Global War and Empire" convergence. (See the FaceBook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/540569232649914/?ref=22.)
In this interview, Debra talks about her entry into the peace movement, the problems with drones and the PTSD that pilots experience, the detainees in Guantanamo, who are on a hunger strike, and Bradley Manning, among other topics.
"The Invisible Wounds of Exile": Stones in the Sun Haitian director Patricia Benoît: Interview
Liza Béar: I assume you have lived in Haiti at one point.
Patricia Benoît: I left as a child in the sixties.
LB: How old were you when you left?
LB: Did you go back a lot?
PB: I’ve been back, yeah. My family was exiled, but then about…13 years after leaving I went back for a first visit and [since then] I’ve been back a lot. I’ve done a lot of work in Haiti. I’ve done documentation work with grassroots groups. I’ve done theater in a school with kids in a sort of very disadvantaged neighborhood, and kids who were not in school.
The story that I’m telling had been brewing in my mind for a very long time. And it’s a story that I felt I could only tell through fiction, because I wanted to talk about something that was…very intimate. And I don’t think I could have done that in a documentary.
One of the things that I wanted to talk about was the invisible wounds of exile. And that’s something that I’ve lived with ever since I was little. There’s that initial trauma that sends people out of their countries of origin. And I wanted to look at how that trauma, the pain of that trauma sort of radiates, in small and large ways. And how it affects people in their intimate lives.
LB: Pain is something that everyone wants to forget. They don’t want to keep it in the social and civil society.
An interview with radical troubadour David Rovics from August 27, 2012, at the March for Our Lives in Tampa, FL during the Republican National Convention.
Everything is a Remix, So Steal Like An Artist SXSW Austin, TX 3/10/12 - While many have described the new world of remix culture where “nothing is original,” few have provided practical advice for those of us who find ourselves living and making things in it. Join filmmaker Kirby Ferguson (creator of the video series EVERYTHING IS A REMIX) and artist Austin Kleon (author of NEWSPAPER BLACKOUT and STEAL LIKE AN ARTIST) as they show clips from Kirby's work and discuss how one best goes about being a creator in the digital age. Questions Answered: 1. What are the basic elements of creativity? 2. What is the line between inspiration and outright plagiarism? 3. How can creators best share their work on the web without getting ripped off? 4. Is it really true that nothing is original? 5. Why is “make what you like” better advice than “make what you know”? Supporting Material: EVERYTHING IS A REMIX: http://www.everythingisaremix.info/ STEAL LIKE AN ARTIST: http://www.austinkleon.com/steal Category: Convergence / Film / Music Austin Kleon - austinleon.com Kirby Ferguson - http://www.everythingisaremix.info/
program: Evening News Book content: 0 program date: Tue, 01/31/2012 Short Description: University Of Oregon Unionizing Interview Visibility Site category: News & Public Affairs KBOO Station News Featured content: Display this node in featured content lists on home & landing pages. The effort to unionize the University of Oregon’s faculty is gaining momentum. Proponents have begun passing out cards for supporters to sign as they seek endorsements from faculty members not yet involved in the push for unionization. The faculty need to collect at minimum fifty percent approval from within the proposed bargaining unit, which means they need around one thousand signatures. 6:09 minutes (1.76 MB)
Activists and NGOs are stressing out at the United Nations Climate Change Talks in Durban, South Africa as negotiations continue on whether there will be a second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol, the only legally binding international agreement on curbing greenhouse gas emissions. WMNF’s Kelly Benjamin is at the Climate talks and files this report…
Cow Farts: The connection between Climate Change and a meat eating diet- an interview with Maneka Ghandi
INTERVIEW: Maneka Ghandi on the connection between Climate Change and a meat eating diet by Kombatrock
UN negotiators are in Durban, South Africa this week debating the complex issue of reducing the world’s CO2 emissions in order to slow down global climate change. Yet there is little discussion inside the UN talks of reducing another leading greenhouse gas: methane. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, Methane is over 20 times more effective in trapping heat in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide over a 100-year period. Much of the world’s livestock including sheep and cattle generate methane as a by-product of digestion. On average, each dairy cow belches and farts out 500 litres of methane daily accounting for 16% of the world’s annual methane emissions. The 60 million methane tons that cattle generate annually is almost one fifth of all global methane emissions. Maneka Ghandi, former Indian Minister of Environment and Forests and a current member of the Parliament of India is in Durban asking UN officials why they are not considering switching to a vegan diet as a legitimate way to combat global warming.
An interview with Mailes Zulu Make, representative of Zambia Rural Women at the People’s Climate Summit, COP 17, Durban, South Africa.
program: Evening News program date: Tue, 11/08/2011 Short Description: Several interviews from Occupy Portland Several interviews from Occupy Portland . 62:09 minutes (56.9 MB)
Portland enters its third day of occupation with over 1000 people actively holding space at the Chapman Park Camp in downtown.
As preparations for the Portland Marathon continue, many are nervous about being fenced in and locked down from 4am till 4pm tomorrow.
Despite fears and lively debate and consensus making in the People's General Assembly, at times comprised of over 500 participants, the occupation is becoming more organized and spirits are high.
Occupy Portland is by far one of the largest and most vibrant occupations in the country-- would be occupiers take note!
Bachmann denies day therapy at family clinic, staff squelches access retaliate
After trying to get answers on anti-gay "reparative therapy" she profits from, Bachmann's staff threatened to cutoff this satellite feed (which they did at the end anyway) and now the station can't talk to Bachmann. www.wqad.com Rae Chelle Davis, Mark Angotti, Chuck McClurg WQAD Staff 7:08 pm CDT, July 25, 2011 Davenport, Iowa— Michele Bachmann made a visit to the Quad Cities last night to speak with supporters and give interviews to the local television media, that is, with one exception. Despite promises to WQAD for a one-on-one interview the Congresswoman's managers openly, and aggressively denied News 8 access to the Iowa Republican front-runner. At the end of last night's event the Bachmann campaign said the snubbing was based on interview questions News 8's Rae Chelle Davis asked the Congresswoman during a satellite interview two weeks ago. Undercover cameras had captured a counselor at the clinic owned by Michele Bachmann and her husband, Marcus, conducting reparative therapy. Reparative therapy is the attempt to change a person from gay to straight or from one sexual orientation to another. Voters wanted to know if the story was true and to hear what Michele Bachmann had to say about it. Due to a pre-planned satellite interview, we were in the unique position to ask her about the controversy first. During the satellite interview, behind the scenes, it got ugly. In the News 8 control room, campaign staffers threatened WQAD producers that they would cut off the feed ... From: HongPong Views: 155 4 ratings Time: 06:29 More in News & Politics
On Saturday, thousands of people converged at the White House for the March 20 March on Washington—the largest anti-war demonstration since the announcement of the escalation of the Afghanistan war. By the time the march started at 2 p.m., the crowd had swelled up to 10,000 protesters. Transportation to Washington, D.C., was organized from over 50 cities in 20 states. Demonstrators rallied and marched shoulder to shoulder to demand “U.S. Out of Iraq and Afghanistan Now,” “Free Palestine,” “Reparations for Haiti” and“No sanctions against Iran” as well as “Money for jobs, education and health care!” Speakers at the Washington rally represented a broad cross section of the anti-war movement, including veterans and military families, labor, youth and students, immigrant right groups, and the Muslim and Arab American community. Following the rally, a militant march led by veterans, active-duty service members and military families made its way through the streets of D.C. carrying coffins draped in Afghan, Iraqi, Pakistani, Somali, Yemeni, Haitian and U.S. flags, among those of other countries, as a symbol of the human cost of war and occupation. Coffins were dropped off along the way at Halliburton, the Washington Post, the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs and other institutions connected to the war profiteering, propaganda, and human suffering. The final coffin drop-off was at the White House—the decision-making center of U.S. imperialism. The A.N.S.W.E.R Coalition Organized this event; Visit the A.N.S.W.E.R Coalition Website for More Information: AnswerCoalition.com