Friday, April 2, 2010

02 Apr 2010: Today's Democracy Now!

As Demolitions Begin, Community Activists See Detroit Urban Renewal Plan as Land-Grab
Democracy Now! broadcasts from Detroit, where demolition crews have begun tearing town 3,000 buildings that the city has deemed dangerous as part of an estimated 10,000 buildings set to be demolished over the next four years. City officials claim the demolitions are taking place in abandoned neighborhoods and that they will be replaced with farmland. While the Mayor’s urban renewal plan has high-level backing, many have condemned it as a form of land-grabbing. [includes rush transcript]

Mass Closures of Public Schools, Promotion of Charters Raise Fears of Privatized Detroit Education System
Detroit plans to close more than a quarter of its public schools at a time when private foundations are pledging hundreds of millions of dollars to reshape the Detroit public school system. The foundations are pushing for mayoral control of the school and the opening of dozens of new schools including charter schools. The plan is seen by critics as a move to privatize the city’s school system. [includes rush transcript]

Detroit Activist, Philosopher Grace Lee Boggs: “The Only Way to Survive is By Taking Care of One Another”
The legendary Detroit activist and community organizer Grace Lee Boggs has been involved with the civil rights, Black Power, labor, environmental justice, and feminist movements over the past seven decades. She was born to Chinese immigrant parents in 1915. In 1992, she co-founded the Detroit Summer youth program to rebuild and renew her city. Her 95th birthday is June 27th, the day after the close of the U.S. Social Forum in Detroit. [includes rush transcript]

U.S. Social Forum to Be Held in Detroit Under Banner of “Another World is Possible, Another US is Necessary”
Over 10,000 grassroots activists are expected in Detroit this June for the second ever U.S. Social Forum. The theme of the gathering is “Another World is Possible. Another US is Necessary!” Detroit will also host the Allied Media Conference from June 18 to 20. We speak to Adrienne Maree Brown, a National Coordinator of the U.S. Social Forum and a board member of Allied Media.

Calls Grow for Expanded Justice Dept. Probe of FBI Killing of Detroit Imam
The Justice Department is probing the killing of Detroit-area Islamic cleric Imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah, who was shot dead during an FBI raid shortly after being indicted on charges of conspiracy to commit federal crimes. The FBI said Abdullah was shot after he opened fire, but critics say he may have been targeted for assassination. We speak to Dawud Walid, Executive Director of the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.


EPA Places New Limits on Mountaintop Removal
U.S. Limits Greenhouse Emissions in Cars
Murderer of Abortion Provider Dr. George Tiller Sentenced to Life Term
Israel Threatens New Assault on Gaza Strip
Karzai Accuses Ex-UN Official of Steering Electoral Fraud
Amazonian Land Activist Killed in Brazil
Report: Africa Lost $1.8T to Illegal Outflows
U.S. Alters Airport Screening Rules
Justice Dept. Sues KBR For Security Billing
Army Secretary: No Easing of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
U.S. Bankruptcies at 4-Year High
California Probe Clears ACORN of Unlawful Activity
Haitian Earthquake Survivors Freed from Immigration Jails

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