Patrick Ryan, one of the organizers of Friends of Mumia of Portland, gave Ruth an update of today’s (04/06/09) U.S. Supreme Court ruling to let Mumia Abu-Jamal’s conviction stand. Also discussed were plans for Portland action, Saturday April 11th, at 10:00 am at Pioneer Square to protest this devastating ruling. For more information call 503/515-9540. Come join us as we stand up to be counted for Justice. Mumia needs your support and Portland supporters need to know that we are not alone.
Host Joe Uris discusses the history of the relationship between Mexico and the U.S. in celebration of the birthday of the late leader Cesar Chavez. Joe will talk about the Mexican-American War, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, the "Zoot Suit" riots of 1943, the Pachucos, the farm-worker movement and more.
The Bush administration hid behind the state secrets privilege to spy on the American people. President Obama promised change but recent court battles suggest the threats to our civil liberties will continue. Will the Obama administration continue to use the privilege of the presidency to hide unconstitutional actions from the public? We The People talked to Portland attorney Tom Nelson earlier this week to discuss how a local case of illegal spying could shed some light on the future of government surveillance on Americans.
Host Linda Olson-Osterlund interviews London based Journalist, Author and Human Rights activist Andy Worthington. He has released the most comprehensive list of all of the men who have been locked in Guantanamo. How they were picked up, what they were accused of, if they have been released and what's happening to them now. They also discuss the treatment of Guantanamo prisoners under the Obama Administration.
A February, United States Supreme Court Ruling has sent rumbles through Indian Country. The ruling in Carcieri v. Salazar handed down by the Roberts court throws into dispute the sovereignty of land recovered by tribes not recognized before the 1934 enactment of The Indian Reorganization Act. The decision turns on its head over 70 years of legal interpretation by the courts and by the Department of the Interior. The Narrangasett Tribe inside Rhode Island are the immediate losers in the case but have vowed to fight what they see as the " latest attempt at Judicial Termination" referring to the illegal state dissolution of the tribe in 1810.