Leaked: The Internet must go!

Hey! Are you on the internet right now? Of course you are! Then you should definitely check out this amazing video about what the internet companies are planning. This move could hurt both consumers and content creators--but of course would be a huge windfall for internet providers.

How weathly are Americans?

The disparity in wealth between the richest one percent of Americans and the bottom 80 percent has grown exponentially over the last thirty years — but the video, posted by user politizane and relying on data from a popular Mother Jones post, focuses on the difference between the ideal disparity that Americans would like to see and the reality.

Tax the Rich

So long! It's been fun.

Dear listeners,

In July 2011 I started a new job teaching Italian at Kansas State University. In some ways this was a return to my roots, as I taught English as a Foreign Language for 17 years in Italy. Now I am teaching English speakers Italian. I've come full circle.

This coming full circle also means the end of an attempt on my part to start a new career in my 50s. Sadly, as much as I tried to bring community radio to Manhattan, I was not successful. So I have decided to dedicate my energy and time to my first love, being an educator.

The archive of my shows will remain active - there's a lot of great content in the shows. So I hope you continue to listen and enjoy them.

Once again thank you for your support and encouragement over the five years the show was on the air. I know many feel that my program needs to be on the air and I agree with you that a diversity of voices is sorely lacking in the local media. But alas, it is not I who will bring that diversity. It will have to be someone else.

Christopher E. Renner

05 October 2008

Freedom is not Free: How the police stomped on everyone's consitutional rights in St. Paul

We are filing these articles to our archive. They have previously been posted on our homepage.

The Republicans showed their true colors both inside their convention and outside on the streets. Using the "Patriot Act" and similar state laws, an all out attack was waged by the Minneapolis/St Paul police on the right to peaceful assembly, freedom of speech and freedom of the press. With the use of force against assembled citizens unparalleled and more akin to totalitarian regimes than a nation founded on the principles of peaceful assembly, freedom of speech and freedom of the press. The police actions against the press have been especially appalling. It has also been reported that the City of St. Paul has a TEN MILLION DOLLAR insurance policy provided by the Republican Host Committee to protect the city for lawsuits arising from the use of force against our constitutional rights.

The Real News Network provided this documentary of their journalists being arrested.

CounterSpin for September 5th.

Most of the coverage of the political conventions focused on what was going on inside the arenas; so what about what was happening outside? Crackdowns on protests, arrests of journalists, and pre-emptive house raids could provide a very different measure of the state of American democracy. Heidi Boghosian of the National Lawyers Guild will joins the CounterSpin staff to tell what she saw. To listen to the podcast using Quick Time, click here.

Background Information:

I strong urge that people listen to the following Democracy Now broadcasts from September 1 "Police Conduct Massive Preemptive Raids", September 2 and September 4, as well as the broadcasts from Free Speech Radio News for Tuesday Sept. 2, Wednesday Sept. 3, and Thursday Sept. 4.

Thousands of protesters gathered in St. Paul, Minn., the site of the Republican National Convention. As tensions mounted between those gathered and police, AP photojournalist Evan Vucci was in the middle of the crowd. The following video shows what happened.

Why We Were Falsely Arrested

Amy Goodman writes for Truthdig.com reporting that the government crackdowns on journalists are a true threat to democracy. Behind all the patriotic hyperbole that accompanies the conventions, and the thousands of journalists and media workers who arrive to cover the staged events, there are serious violations of the basic right of freedom of the press.

I-Witness Video Collective Forced Out of Living Space After Second Raid by St. Paul Police in Five Days

Police in St. Paul are being accused of continuing to intimidate a group of video makers that traveled to the Twin Cities to document police misconduct during the Republican National Convention. I-Witness Video's work four years ago lead to acquittal of more than 300 people who had been charged in similar raids by police at the Republican Convention in New York.

Drop the Charges Against Independent Journalists

Craig Aaron write in The Hill's Congress Blog: "You won’t hear much about it in the tightly scripted primetime broadcasts from St. Paul, but local law enforcement is rounding up reporters in an aggressive -- and sometimes violent -- sweep outside the Republican National Convention. Their crime: committing journalism.

SPJ Concerned over RNC and DNC Arrests

Leaders of the Society of Professional Journalists are expressing outrage over recent arrests of journalists at both the Republican and Democratic National Conventions.

RNC Arrests Slammed as Goodman Arrest Video Is Seen 500,000-Plus Times

Dave Astor writes for Editor and Publisher that as more groups denounce the arrest of four journalists at the Republican National Convention, a YouTube video showing Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman's arrest has been viewed more than 508,000 times.

An Open Letter on Behalf of Amy Goodman

Katrina vanden Heuvel writes for The Nation: Not only is arresting and detaining journalists for doing their work a violation of free speech and freedom of the press, but it's a travesty that our tax dollars are being used to suppress dissent and arrest journalists at conventions that should be celebrations of our small "d" democracy.

Angry Amateurs

Joe Klein writes for TIME Magazine: "The story of the day out here in Minneapolis is the McCain campaign's war against the press. This has been building for some time. Those of us who have criticized the candidate - and especially those of us who enjoyed good relations with McCain in the past - have been subject to off-the-record browbeating and attempted bullying all year. But things have gotten much worse in recent days."

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