John Helmiere is a United Methodist pastor (also known as "convenor") with the Valley and Mountain spiritual community in the hillman City neighborhood in southeast Seattle. Helmiere believes strongly in uniting inner spiritual growth with outer social engagement and action. He was severely beaten by Seattle police during a 2011 Occupy protest at the Port of Seattle in solidarity with the dockworkers. He has recently filed a federal civil rights lawsuit over the incident. He was also arrested last month along with Seattle Councilmember Kshama Sawant and two air0port workers at the headquarters of Alaska Airlines over their lawsuit attempting to block the $15 an hour minimum wage passed by the City of SeaTac. 56:56 minutes (52.12 MB)
Tom Becker hosts this show dealing with several struggles for freedom and respect against forces of repression and exploitation.
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With the recent Senate report on the use of torture by the CIA and today'sNew York Times editorialcalling for the prosecution of "anyone responsible for the torture of terrorism suspects," there is no longer any way to believe that the US uses torture only to protect Americans. Here our Left and the Law crew, Jan Haaken and Mike Snedeker, discuss the case for pursing criminal charges against the Bush administration under international human rights laws.
In commemoration of Nelson Mandela, one year after his death, Alan Wieder presents his comments on a televised town meeting from his first trip to the United States after he was released from prison in 1990. In the meeting, he responded to reactionary comments from politicians and newsmen.
6:51 minutes (4.7 MB)
Early in December, residents of Arivaca, Arizona marked the one-year anniversary of their campaign calling for the removal of the inland Border Patrol immigration checkpoints that have come to circle their small rural community. Residents held a 24-hour candlelit vigil at the checkpoint to protest the thousands of deaths of migrants resulting from border security policy in the desert corridor. Sophie Smith talks with Jan Haaken about the vigil, and the results of the community-based checkpoint monitoring effort.
Smith works with People Helping People, formed in 2012 by a core group of Arivaca residents involved in providing humanitarian aid on the US/Mexico border.
12:07 minutes (8.32 MB)
Since 2003, Martha Sellers has worked at the Walmart store in Paramount, a working class suburb east of Los Angeles. She the lead Our Walmart organizer in her store, has been twice arrested in protests. Here she talks with Bill Resnick about Walmart’s responses to the protests and the company’s practice of hiring temps with false promises to make them full time.
18:03 minutes (12.39 MB)