Wednesday, February 18, 2009

18 Feb 2009: Today's Democracy Now!

Arizona Sheriff Faces Civil Rights Probe, Allegations of Undermining Law Enforcement with Controversial Focus on Immigration
Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona’s Maricopa County has forced prisoners to march through the streets of Phoenix dressed in just pink underwear, housed prisoners in tents in the searing heat, and appears on a Fox reality-TV show. Now he could be facing a federal investigation for civil rights abuses and a trial on charges of racially profiling Latinos. He’s also been accused of focusing on immigration enforcement at the expense of other law enforcement duties. [includes rush transcript–partial]

As Obama Unveils Foreclosure Plan, Activists Place Homeless in Vacant Homes
As President Obama is scheduled to announce his $50 billion foreclosure prevention plan today, we go to Minneapolis to speak with Cheri Honkala of the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign. The group is taking matters into its own hands and finding housing for homeless people in foreclosed and vacant homes. We also speak to Dwayne Cunningham, a homeless man who recently moved into a vacant home.

RNC Protesters Tried on Terrorism Charges Despite Acknowledgment They Didn't Commit Alleged Acts
Last September in St. Paul, Ramsey County prosecutors formally charged eight members of the group RNC Welcoming Committee with conspiracy to riot in furtherance of terrorism. The criminal complaints reportedly do not allege that any of the defendants personally engaged in any act of violence or damage to property. Instead, authorities are seeking to hold them responsible for acts committed by other individuals during the RNC’s opening days. We speak to one of the defendants, Luce Guillen-Givins, and RNC 8 Attorney Jordan Kushner.

Obama Orders 17,000 Troops to Afghanistan
Obama Signs Stimulus Bill, Preps Foreclosure Plan
Auto Giants Request Additional $21.6B; GM to Cut 47,000 Jobs
Treasury: Banks Reduced Lending After Bailout
Texas Billionaire Accused of $8B Fraud
Federal Judge Refuses to Dismiss Blackwater Charges in Iraqi Deaths
EPA Mulls Regulating Coal-Fired Plants
FARC Rebels Kill 8 Indigenous Colombians
Guatemala Apologizes to Cuba for Bay of Pigs
Hundreds Protest Mexican Army Raids Near US Border
Clinton Arrives in Indonesia on First Trip Abroad
Burris Probed for Senate Appointment Claims

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