Monday, March 30, 2009

30 Mar 2009: Today's Democracy Now!

A 21st Century Hooverville: Seattle's Homeless Population Builds "Nickelsville", A Tent City Named After the City's Mayor
As the nation’s economic and housing crisis worsens, homelessness is also on the rise and an increasing number of people are setting up roving encampments or shanty towns that are popularly known as tent cities. Seattle’s newest tent city is called Nickelsville. The encampment is made of up over a 100 fuchsia tents and is named to protest the mayor Greg Nickels’ policies toward the homeless.

Sustainable Seattle: City Launches New Compost Pickup Program As Part of Zero Waste Strategy
We speak with Richard Conlin, one of the leading voices in the movement to build sustainable cities and reduce waste. Conlin is President of the Seattle City Council and a co-founder of the organization Sustainable Seattle.

Citing Failed War on Drugs, Former Seattle Police Chief Calls For Legalization of Marijuana and All Drugs
Norm Stamper is a 34-year police officer who retired as Seattle’s chief of police in 2000. He now supports the legalization of marijuana and an advisory board member of The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) and a speaker for the 10,000 member Law Enforcement Against Prohibition.

"I Made Major Mistakes" - Ex-Seattle Police Chief Admits Response to 1999 WTO Protests Was Too Heavy-Handed
We speak with Norm Stamper, the police chief of Seattle during the 1999 WTO protests when police responded to protests by firing teargas and rubber bullets into the mostly peaceful crowd. The protests resulted in 600 arrests and in the eventual failure of the WTO talks. Stamper resigned soon afterward. “I made major mistakes,” Stampers says of his handling of the situation.

Inequality Is Unhealthy: Dr. Stephen Bezruchka On How Economic Inequality is Dangerous To Our Health
As lawmakers continue to debate health care proposals we take a look at how the economic crisis can impact the health of people in this country. We speak with Dr. Stephen Bezruchka who teaches at the University of Washington’s School of Public Health. He’s written extensively on the impact of societal and economic inequalities on the health of a population and argues that combating inequality might be the best way to ensure improved health.

Spanish Court Launches Probe of Bush Administration Officials
Waterboarding, Torture of Abu Zubaydah Produced False Leads
Dozens Killed in Pakistan as Militants Seize Police Academy
President Obama Outlines Plan for Afghanistan and Pakistan
White House Forces Out GM CEO Wagoner
Unemployment Rate Over 10% in Seven States
35,000 Protest in London Ahead of G20 Summit
Gates: US Has No Plans to Shoot Down N. Korean Missile Test
Vast Electronic Spy Network Unveiled; Targeted Dalai Lama
Israeli Troops Shoot at West Bank Protesters
Campaign to Boycott Motorola Launched in New York
Eight Die In NC Nursing Home Shooting
Union Activist & Folklorist Archie Green, 91, Dies

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