The Racial Wealth Divide (Seg 1) 20 Years Since Pres. Clinton Shredded Welfare (Seg 2)
THIS WEEKS SHOW:
SEGMENT 1:A coalition for an “International Labor Offensive to Free
Mumia Abu-Jamal and All Political Prisoners” is gaining momentum.
Jacky Hortaut, union organizer, member of the CGT in France; an
American studies Professor in Tours and Clermont-Ferrand
Universities and author of a book about women in prison dedicated to
the “Move” sisters and chair of Collectif Libérons Mumia, and organizer
of a local chapter of Just Justice Tours Le Collectif, which represents
roughly 10 cities, unions, human rights associations, and political
parties in France.
Dr. Claude Gillaumaud Pujot, a professor in France who wrote the
2007 Abu-Jamal biography, “A Free Man on Death Row”, who says
“Mumia is an example to all of us because he remains an activist even
after spending 30-plus years in hell.”
A call for freedom for Mumia Abu-Jamal and all political prisoners is picking
up steam, with solidarity actions on his status hearing on in Philadelphia,
plus a court hearing on April 30, which could eventually lead to his freedom.
After years of global community meetings, protests, petitions and legal
challenges, the people’s movement succeeded in taking Mumia off death
row in 2011 and elevating Mumia to internationally recognized stature.
Mumia now has name recognition rivaling top-tier athletes and entertainers and
is considered a hero to all people seeking liberation – having inspired millions
around the world, from Berlin to Brazil, Georgia to Ghana, who rally regularly on
his behalf demanding he receive release or a new trial. In France Mumia is
considered a freedom fighter because of his advocacy for the oppressed
everywhere. Mumia is the “voice of the voiceless,” who chronicles the legacies
of people’s struggles worldwide and one of the greatest threats to U.S.
imperialism is the uprising of “young Mumias” from the streets of Philadelphia
to the streets of Paris. We’ll talk with French activists about their understanding
and concerns that our courts in rejecting all challenges to evidence of Mumia’s
guilt have fueled questions worldwide about the fundamental fairness about the
U.S. court system and demand that the freedom fighter Mumia, advocate for the
oppressed everywhere be released or receive a new trial.
Twenty-five French cities have made Mumia Abu-Jamal an honorary citizen
including Paris and two streets have been named after him in Saint Denis and
Bobigny. And, one-hundred and twenty European representatives have
mobilized for medical care for the now ailing Mumia, as he approaches his
64th birthday. Mumia has wrongly spent more than half his life in prison, most
of which time was on death row and in solitary confinement, before the Supreme
Court held that application of the death penalty to Mumia was unconstitutional
and instead shackled him with a life-sentence for a crime, the killing of a police
officer that he did not commit.
Credits: produced by Mimi Rosenberg and Ken Nash
Segment 2: The two-state solution did it ever mean more than an expanding colonial state, Israel ruling over a Palestinian Bantustan?
Jeff Halper Coordinator of the Israeli Committee against House Demolitions and author of War Against the People: Israel, the Palestinians and Global Pacification
Jeff Halper provides a powerful indictment of the Israeli states securocratic war in the Palestinian Occupied Territories, drawing on firsthand research to show the pernicious effects of the subliminal form of unending warfare conducted by Israel, an approach that relies on sustaining fear among the populace, fear that is stoked by suggestions that the enemy is inside the city limits, leaving no place truly safe and justifying the intensification of military action and militarization in everyday life. Halper shows, the integration of militarized systems”including databases tracking civilian activity, automated targeting systems, unmanned drones, and more”becomes seamless with everyday life. And the Occupied Territories, Halper argues, is a veritable laboratory for that approach. Halper goes on to show how this method of war is rapidly globalizing, as the major capitalist powers and corporations transform militaries, security agencies, and police forces into an effective instrument of global pacification.
Halper is a supporter of the Boycott Divestment and Sanction Movement and the academic boycott of Israel, and considers Israel to be guilty of apartheid and of a deliberate campaign to judaize the occupied Palestinian territories. He critiques the political and territorial viability of a two-state solution and raises the mainly nonviolent strategies to solve the Israeli-Palestinian within one state.