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24: Christmas Eve
The studio was closed this evening, so we chose to air a tape
from one of our favorite shows from the previous two dozen:
the one from April 17 with Anna
Nunez and Imran B. Mirza on Immigrants and War.
December 10: Elections
GUEST -- Grant Martin, political
NOTES: Grant and our
host, Brian Harrison, had a wide-ranging discussion. Topics
included newly elected officials in Houston (Mayor-elect Bill
White, City Controller-elect Annise Parker, and others), and
the near win by a Green (Matt Gonzalez) in the San Francisco
run-off for Mayor, and Instant Run-off voting
.November 26: Overconsumption/Simplicity
(on the eve of Thanksgiving Day)
2. Lisa Lipscomb
NOTES: Both Lisa and
Nan enjoy spending time with Houston Simplicity Network.
You may get in touch by calling 713-864-7105, or by attending
the 2nd annual barter fair and potluck (see calendar). We
aired three of the Adbuster ads (see www.adbusters.org)
in honor of Buy Nothing Day the day after Thanksgiving. Another
website worth visiting along these lines is www.affluenza.com
November 12: Iraq Quagmire
LIVE GUESTS, two Houstonians
Mark Waller (Army Veteran and Peace Activist)
2. Nebeil Al-Oboudi (Iraqi-American)
AND Special Material taped live and edited through the past
3. Maj. Doug Rokke, retired (former Army medical scientist,
expert about depleted uranium)
Anne Bayerkohler (Military Families Speak Out; co-chair, Montgomery
County Green Party)
NOTES: There are several web sites that you can visit
to follow up on the many issues addressed in this show. For
starters, see www.hpjc.org
October 29: Candidates for
City Council (Nov. 4 elections)
Lovell for Houston City Council, At-Large Position
Sims for Houston City Council, District C
Jones for Houston City Council, At-Large Position 3
for Houston City Council, District A
TO WORK FOR ANY OF THESE WORTHY CANDIDATES, VOLUNTEER!
NOTES: All four candidates presented themselves well.
We also aired footage from the press
conference held on the steps of CIty Hall two days earlier
in which candidates endorsed by Harris County Green Party
spoke about their campaigns.
HISTORY Review -- Bob Buzzanco's
taped segment dealt with the Constitutional Conventions of
our country over two centuries ago.
October 15: Candidates for
City Government (Nov. 4 elections)
Edwards for Houston City Council, District D
Parker for Houston City Controller
NOTES: Annise and Ada fielded several phone calls, discussed
drainage fees and several other issues that allowed them to
show the depth of their experience and their caring about
real people and how decisions made at budgetary levels impact
real people. Vote for Annise Parker for City Controller! Ada
Edwards is indeed the anointed candidate for City Council,
District D! What must we do when term limits come to bear???
HISTORY Review -- We actually
wanted to air Buzz telling history, but Nixonian Gaps appeared
on our tape and... foo. GO here
and learn about Fanny Lou Hamer.
October 1: Candidates for
HISD Board of Education seats (Nov. 4 elections)
1. Alice Pradia, HISD Board
of Education, District 4 (www.votepradia.com,
2. Doctor G. San Miguel, HISD Board of Education, District
call 713.553.3731; email)
3. Joseph Rodriguez, HISD Board of Education, District 8 (Call
TO WORK FOR ANY OF THESE WORTHY CANDIDATES, VOLUNTEER!
NOTES: Alice and Doctor G gave everyone who listened insight
to the front lines of education. They both have immense experience
with how our children learn about the world. If your missed
this show, you missed a lot. And Joseph knows what it is like
to come up in the world as it is. Furthermore, if you weren't
watching, you missed
HISTORY Review -- We aired some history from Bob about
how America almost got it right? Maybe sorta kinda? Suez Canal
in 1956; it's not yet on line yet. Still, to stay 'current'
we suppose you can go here
and read about how the US invaded Cuba in 1906. Gee; could
that be Teddy R reincarnated as George W? Blow up a warship!
Why don't we DO that... Naw, TR was a real rough rider, more's
the pity... oh, wait. Fifty years later, Nasser sank vessels
too? Hmm... kind of a Rainbow Warrior thing, but not really...
Sorry, it's just art here, making ethereal connections. VOTE
GREEN! if you vote at all.
September 17: Candidates
for 3 Houston elected positions (Nov. 4 elections)
1. Iris Williams, HISD, District
2 (E-Mail email@example.com
or call 713.676.2651)
2. Michael Gomez, HISD, District 3 (E-Mail firstname.lastname@example.org,
call 713.649.7589, or visit www.gomezforhisd.com)
3. Jolanda Jones, for Houston City Council, At-Large Position
3 (Call 713.661.9884 to volunteer)
NOTES: If you watched this show you heard intelligent
people speak about real issues (with one exception; see PS).
Our lively guests had us so riveted that we could not bear
to cut to the taped history segment. Sorry, Buzz. Viewers,
see this, for what it would have been:
HISTORY Review -- Allende
Overthrown, Sept 11, 1973.
PS: Some of us GreenWatchers feel like apologizing for the
behavior of one despicable caller on this show. Though most
would say that the fault is not ours, we hope to be able to
prevent such puny crap from being spewed out on our show in
the future; it was worse than Rush's oral diarrhea. The lesson
to be learned is that IT happens, and our show is live; but
more importantly, we must all always keep in mind that racists
not only still exist, they act out. Be alert, and call them
out whenever you can.
September 3: Globalization
(on the eve of WTO meetings in Cancun)
1. Bob Buzzanco (History
Professor, University of Houston)
2. Scott Parkin (Community Organizer, Houston Global Awareness
Fair Trade Coalition; see Houston
Indymedia to stay up to date.
HISTORY Review -- The
Death of Ho Chi Minh (Buzz)
August 20: Local Hispanic
Politics, y mas
1. Adriana Cadena (Community
Political Organizer, SEIU - Service Employees International
2. Maria Jimenez (Houston Coordinator, Immigrant Workers Freedom
3. Martha Olvera and Andrea Delgado (Freedom Riders)
NOTE: Our guests discussed not only local issues important
to many people living in the Houston area, but also talked
about universal problems such as voter registration, human
rights, INS abuses, and much more. See Latinos por la Paz
sites. Also contact the local Houston AFL-CIO coordinator,
Richard Shaw 713.923.9473
HISTORY Review -- Police Riots at the Democratic
National Convention (Chicago) in 1968; what a year. (Buzz)
August 6: Gay Rights in Houston
and the Supreme Court decision about Lone Star sodomy
Ray Hill, Houston GLBT rights
activist, and host of The Prison Show (KPFT 90.1 FM)
NOTE: This show had quite a few technical problems during
the first third. We apologise; the main control board intermittently
lost power, resulting in blank screens throughout the viewer
population. However, most of the discussion with our primary
guest did air. What you missed, we hope you heard by voice:
a discussion with Chris Jarzombek, former co-chair, Harris
County Green Party, about campaign issues.
HISTORY Review -- The dawn of the atomic age at Hiroshima,
this day in 1945. (Buzz)
July 23: Tree-Sitting in
Memorial Park against Maxxam deforestation
Raya Green (SACRED), with
phone-in guests Remedy and Peter (Houston Earth F!rst). See
these sites: Sacred
NOTE: This show included video taped extractions of tree-sitters
in the Pacific coast redwood forests. Several of us GreenWatchers
appear wandering around in the woods at the end during the
HISTORY Review -- American involvement with Iraq
and Saddam Hussein. (Buzz)
July 9: Cuba Revisited
1. Ernest McMillan (Pastors
2. Gloria Rubac (National
Committee to Free the Five)
NOTE: This show included taped interviews from the previous
weekend with supporters of Pastors for Peace: Joaquina Rodriguez,
Dr. Hazel Cebrun, Jermaine Carroll, and Baba Ifalade.
HISTORY Review -- 3 June 1926, Allen Ginsberg born in
Newark, NJ. Reading of "America" - which stands
with Howl as his most powerful critiques of life in the USA.
25: Medical Issues -- Health Cooperatives and Insurance
1. Dr. Paulo Borem (Co-Director, Unimed,
Belo Horizonte, Brazil; vascular surgeon: email@example.com
2. Dr. Ana Malinow (co-founder, Health
Care for All Texas), and
3. a taped interview of Dr. Atul Sherma and Dr. Vinod (University
Clinic, New Delhi, India)
NOTE: This show revealed how health care works in other
countries. In Brazil and India, all people have access to
health care without having their illnesses break their budgets.
Why not here?
HISTORY Review -- 8 June
1967, Israeli aircraft & boats attack USS Liberty during
"Six Day War" against Arabs. (Buzz)
11: FCC -- the great media giveaway (The Gold Rush begins)
Garth Jowett (Director, School of Communication, Univ. of
and Duane Bradley (Station Manager, KPFT 90.1 FM) KPFT
NOTE: Garth, Duane, and Brian talked about how the recent
decision by the FCC to remove many restrictions on ownership
of the public airwaves may affect what we hear and see in
HISTORY Review -- 26 May 1637, Puritan Capts.
Mason and Underhill massacre 600 people, starting Pequot War.
May 28: Flooding and Development in Houston
Jim Blackburn (Houston Environmental Lawyer), Houston
Voters Against Flooding and George Reiter (University
of Houston Physics Professor and Green Party Activist)
NOTE: Jim and George talked about City Council, Harris
County Flood Control District, and fielded several live phone
HISTORY Review -- 24 May 1941, Robert Zimmernan born
in Hibbing, MN (Buzz)
14: Women and War
Janice Harper (Professor, Dept. of Anthropology, Univ. of
Anthropology Faculty and Athea Davis.
NOTE: Janice, Athea, and Brian discussed how environmental
legacies of warfare affect women as economic producers and
biological reproducers, the structure of gender relations
during war, international law, rape and rape as a war crime,
the Japanese experience with comfort women and what we can
learn from it, and much more.
(Also, this -- our first Wednesday show -- was preempted by
the studio; we taped it anyway and they aired it the following
Wednesday, May 21.)
1: International Labor Day
Larry Wagoner (Adjunct Professor, College of Technology, University
of Houston), http://www.uh.edu/~wagon/home.htm
NOTE: Larry and our host, Brian Harrison, discussed the
history of the labor movement in the the US and the world.
We have set standards that have and should always benefit
all workers; Now, increasing worship of profit as the ultimate
bottom line erodes those rights globally.
17: War and Immigrants: Deportation? Disappearance? Dehumanization.
We chose to rebroadcast this on Christmas Eve,
when the studio was closed and we could not have a live show.
Anna Núñez (Host of Latino Voices on Fridays
at 10:00 AM on KPFT 90.1 FM Houston Radio Pacifica), http://www.kpft.org/studio/latinovoices.htm
Imran B. Mirza (Immigration Attorney with Quan, Burdette and
-- See also Catholic Charities (http://www.catholicrelief.org)
-- and Alliance for Multicultural Community Services (http://www.alliance-houston.org)
NOTES: This show went into some detail about the rumored
Patriot Act 2, which could allow nullification of constitutional
rights of people born in the United States. (Not that such
status makes anyone more of a human than anyone else.) Wake
3: The Death Penalty is a Hate Crime
Linda White (Murder Victims’ Families for Reconciliation,
Dave Atwood (Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty,
See also Texas Criminal Justice Reform Coalition story on
Ross Byrd http://www.ProTex.org/criminaljustice
NOTE: Human institutions are inherently fallible. Ask
yourself: Do you trust the government with your money? Could
you ever be the victim of mistaken identity? Or a frame up?
What part of Thou Shalt Not Kill do we not understand?
20: Progressive Media and Reporting in Houston
Jackson Allers and Renee Feltz (co-directors, KPFT 90.1FM
News Dept) 713-526-5738, http://www.kpft.org/news
see also Houston Independent Media http://houston.indymedia.org/
6: Universal Living Wage
Richard Troxell (Coordinator, ULW), http://www.UniversalLivingWage.org
February 20: Bringing the Peace Movement to Houston
1. Selina Pishori (Campus Greens at St Thomas U)
2. Silvia Stewart (Houston Coalition for Justice Not War),
3. Gloria Rubac (Houston ANSWER) http://www.internationalanswer.org
6: Black History Month: The Souls of Black Folk
1. Dr. Sanders Anderson (Political Science Professor, TSU),
2. Dr. Franklin Jones (History Professor, TSU),
23: The Death Penalty in Texas and the World
1. Irene Aguilar (Anti-DP coordinator AI Group 23), http://www.amnestyhouston.org
2. Danalynn Recer (Director, Gulf Region Advocacy Center),
also Board Member, Houston ACLU http://www.aclu-houston.org
9: Re-airing of Police
Accountability show from Nov. 14, 2002
(scheduled guest fell ill
at the last minute)
Includes: Civil Rights in Perilous Times (Robert Jensen, Danalyn
Recer), Police Accountability (Civilians Down, Corpus Justice,
Copwatch), Rahul Mahajan for Governor, Texans for Gun Safety,
The New Katy Freeway, Labor Day Special, HIV at home and in
the world, Plan Colombia, Pacifica Radio, Health Care for
All, Palestine, Latino Labor, Congo Conflict, African American
History, Enron and Deregulation, Cuba, statewide Green Party
candidates for office, and more.
Includes: School of the Americas Watch, Peace, Middle East
Policy, LGBT Politics in Houston, Alternative Media, Marijuana
Law Reform, Immigration Issues, Death Row, Prisons and Criminal
Justice (Ray Hill), Corporate Misbehavior (Ralph Nader taped),
Third World Debt (Jere Locke), Environmental Issues, Green
Party supported local candidates, and more.
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