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21 : Abolition of Capital Punishment
This show aired as a compilation of pre-taped events.
Features: Mecom Fountain vigil by Amnesty International
Group 23 members and supporters, December 7; several events
around the execution of Frances Newton, including words from
her mother Iva Jewel Nelms, and Nanon Williams' mother Lee
Bolton, and Gloria Rubac, Njeri Shakur, Jolanda Jones, and
Maria Jimenez. The largest amount of time in the show consists
of a talk by Sister Helen Prejean at her acceptance of the
annual award given by Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death
Penalty last year. The show closes with views of the annual
signing of greeting cards to death row prisoners done by Texas
Death Penalty Abolition Movement members and supporters at
the SHAPE center.
7 : Pre-Runoff Election Program
Voting took place three days later, December 10
Lovell, candidate for City Council, At-large
Maura for HISD Position IX.
(We taped political words from David Cobb made during
his visit to Houston in late November, and shall hold them
for later airing.)
23: was to have
been a Pre-Thanksgiving Roundtable; then we would have gotten
into Buy-Nothing Day
WE ENVISIONED A SHOW, A LIVE SHOW, BUT WHEN WE GOT TO THE
THE GATES WERE LOCKED, PUBLIC DENIED ACCESS.
We planned to air one or more of the short clips put out by
Is that all it takes to get them to throw up the barricades?
( Paranoia Runs Deep. It was simply a lack of communication,
not a nefarious plot to keep us off the air. Apologies all
around... HMS did air a taped show of ours near the usual
9: Amazon Rain
1) Dennis Carter, running for Houston City Council, Position
Civil Unions are Civil Rights - Vote against Proposion 2.
2) Sarah Berel-Harrop, Houston area faith coordinator, Unitarian-Universalists.
3) Jerry Simoneaux, a lawyer who supports civil rights.
are nine proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution to
vote upon. Texas Greens so far have consensus: Do not oppose
marriage: Vote no on Proposition 2. As for the rest, as for
this, ask yourself, "Why did anyone ask for this?"
There might be more than one answer.
By the way, quite a few more people want to represent you
on city council. Look at their records, then Vote, November
12: Living with
Guest -- Scotty McClymonds, host, Access This, 7:00-7:30 PM
Sunday evenings, KPFT
Notes: Think about being in a wheelchair on an overpass
in New Orleans. Or being hearing impaired while Rita bore
down on us. And what would it be like not to be able to see?
a Sustainable Society
1. Cath Conlon, Blackwood
Educational Land Institute (see site for more details
about Texas Bioneers)
2. Steve Scholl, Attorney at Law, Peacemaker (Solve
3. Mark Illing, Teacher and Electrical Engineer (Water
The Nationwide Fall, 2005 Bioneers
Conference this year: is at St. Thomas University Athletic
Building, October 14, 15 & 16.
14 : Topic: Birthing
-- resources available in Houston for more natural deliveries,
especially timed just before the BIRTH
Fair, October 1-2.
1. Pat Jones (email@example.com)
and Sarah Greene (B.I.R.T.H.)
2. Debbie Hall (Doula in Houston)
3. Phone guest Ina May Gaskin (author of Spiritual Midwifery;
see The Farm,
then click on Ina May.)
4. Other guests TBA.
of Nonviolence and Peace Week (September 17-24)
To celebrate the midpoint of the UN's Decade of Nonviolence
(DNV), the DNV-Houston Board conceived the idea of “Peace
Week” with a goal to bring together organizations
working for Peace in the Houston area, to highlight/expand
the efforts of the DNV movement and to help create a nonviolent
1. Carol Keene, Decade of Nonviolence Houston Board Member,
Co-chair of the Decade Peace Week conference and awards Dinner.
2. P.K. McCary, Writer, Storyteller, Host of the Peace Hour
monthly show on KPFT 90.1 FM (also Board Member and Co-chair
as Carol above)
2. Robert Barrientos, Local Artist, volunteer contributing
his time and talents to Peace Week
NOTES: See also Promoting
Newton, the impending execution of an innocent
black woman. Emphasized the many holes in the evidence and
the state's case.
1. Njeri Shakur, Texas Death Penalty Abolition Movement
2. Hitaji Aziz, Progammer on KPFT 90.1 FM (
2. Rabia Tahiri,
Outreach co-captain, Committee
to Free Frances Newton
Issues (especially around the funding of Houston
Media Source, brought up at City Council).
1. Sue Buske, President, The Buske Group (Cable Communications
- by phone from California
2. Robb Zipp, Independent Media Expert (Houston, Texas)
Heritages in Houston
1. Mark Lacy, of Houston Institute for Culture (HoustonCulture.org)
2. Alice Valdez, from M.E.C.A.
(Multicultural Education and Counseling through the Arts -
see also History
Peak Oil - End
1. Brian Herod (Houston
Sustainability Network, and many other activities including
Green Drinks, Japhet Creek Cleanup)
2. Robin Holzer (Co-chair, Citizens
Transportation Coalition) see also CCFCC
citation of CEC
3. Reginald Adams (Museum of Cultural Arts Houston - MOCAH;
Sierra Club Building Environmental Community campaign - BEC;
President of Houston Land Assemblage Redevelopment Authority
4. Phone interview with Tom Mast, author of Over
a Barrel: A Quick Guide to the Oil Shortage.
See also the related PEAK OIL local event JULY
9 which includes many links to technical and other web
-- Secure it, do not trash it!
Guest: Leo Gold, host of The New Capital radio show on KPFT
We should not allow anyone to talk us into destroying
Social Security in order to save it! Look into the history
of why it was created in the first place.
Local Food Co-ops,
Farmers Markets, and Sustainability
Guests: Pat Greer, Jim Bundscho, and Cath Conlon
One of the increasing number of Food Co-ops in Houston
City Co-op (Pat); here is an example Houston
Farmers' Markets link; sustainability via Blackwood
Educational Land Institute (and Bioneers).
PS: This summary is just a place holder; we
have much more information that will soon be posted! Great
show. See also the event
Saturday, June 18.
25: Mass Killing
Genocide. Our host and guest critically analyzed the situation,
going into historical roots, examining racial and religious
divides, and discussing geopolitics, attitudes and reacctions
around the world. So when will the world community act to
put a stop to the killing?
of "Stop the Killing in Darfur" Committee (email:
Notes: Yet another great show! Ask for a copy of the tape.
LINKS added since the show (random, not mentioned in the
entry (good); a blog http://www.passionofthepresent.com/;
some non-profits -- Human
Rights Watch (especially see What to Do), Save
Why do so many people have asthma these days? What chemicals
are being put into our air? By whom? Which has a greater effect
on air quality, chemical plants or vehicles? How do vehicles
differ in their pollution?
1. Jane Laping, Mothers for Clean Air (MfCA)
-- see the Newsletter!
2. John Wilson, Galveston-Houston Area Smog Prevention
3. Beth Hollingsworth, Bike-to-Work Day (May 20)
Notes: Yet another great show! Ask for a copy of the tape.
War on Drugs - Collateral Damage
How much longer must this modern prohibition go on before
the majority opinion rules?
1. Dean Becker, producer of Cultural Baggage, KPFT 90.1 FM
2. Jerry Epstein, Drug Policy Forum of Texas (http://www.dpft.org)
taped interview with Ed Rosenthal (former medical
marijuana grower from California)
Texas Legistature - in Session Jan 11 - May 30
Will they do more good than harm in Austin? What are the hot
1. Renee Feltz, News Director, KPFT 90.1 FM (live in the studio)
2. Patrick Hansen, Community Organizer with Campaigns for
People in Austin (phone interview)
Chuck Hurtt on prison reform (phone interview)
(See some links
for action items and a peek inside the lege.)
Department of Peace - Teaching Ourselves Peace and
Campaigning for a U.S. Dept of Peace.
Guests - Kathy Kidd and Paul Krim, Houston
Area Dept of Peace: http://www.dopcampaign.org/
NOTES: This movement gains momentum as the war in Iraq drags
on and as our citizens see more and more of our resources
going down the drain in destructive, backward-looking ways.
The Democrats of Texas put a plank in their platform in 2004;
Greens will in 2005. Vote your hopes, not your fears!
March 16: Veterans
1. Jeremy Simon, veteran recently returned from the war
2. Jackie Simon, Jeremy's wife.
3. Perry Jefferies, calling in from near Fort Hood. Jeremy,
a veteran as well, works with Operation Truth (http://www.optruth.org),
a support organization for veterans.
4. Quinn Allen, Legal Administrative Advisor with the Veterans
Administration (VA) Regional Office (http://www.va.gov).
NOTES: This show started with Mr and Mrs Simon talking about
what it was like to be away at war and at home waiting, both
wondering when the tour of duty would end. Mr Jefferies called
midway through and talked about lack of funds, the back door
draft, and inadequate funding for services; he stayed on the
line during the next segment. For the second half of the show,
Mr. Allen described the range of services that the VA seeks
to provide for returning vets, and expressed the thought that
they do all they can with what they have. Post-traumatic Stress
Disorder (PTSD) also came up, and deserves more attention.
[See also: GI
Out Now, The
Ground Truth; PTSD-Alliance,
Families Speak Out for a start.]
March 2: The
Death Penalty - Innocence, Juveniles, Houston Crime Lab
1. Jewel Nelms, mother of Frances Newton, and innocent
woman on death row in Texas. See www.freefrances.org
2. Njeri Shakur, community activist. (See www.texasmoratorium.org)
3. Gloria Rubac, likewise. Long-standing opponent to executions.
NOTES: This show included a taped segment with Lee Bolton
Williams' mother). Both Frances and Nanon, among others
face execution due in part to HPD Crime Lab and less than
adequate legal counsel. The tape also featured Jolanda Jones
speaking at a protest downtown.
February 16: Black
History in Galveston
Izola Collins, author of ISLAND OF COLOR
- Where Juneteenth Started. (for
reviews and source, see Guidry
News and Author
February 2: Fourth
Ward History - Slave Trade, Freedmen's Town
LIVE IN THE STUDIO with Brian:
Gretchen Hollingsworth, award winning producer (713.521.0883;
1) Dr. Fred McGhee
2) Thelma Scott Bryant, retired HISD schoolteacher from the
NOTES: Enlightening insights into what it was like to live
in a vibrant community during the days before the civil rights
movement, before World War II.
January 19: HISD
1) Kathleen A English, Architect
2) Lenwood Johnson, Community Organizer
NOTES: See Building
January 5: The
Need for Radical Change in Our Society
1) Heather Ajani, Anarchist
2) Travis Morales, Communist
3) George Reiter, Green
NOTES: George talked about how corporal punishment leads to
many of the ills of our society, and it springs from the way
we live, forming a vicious feedback loop. Travis brought along
a video of speeches by Bob Avakian, leader of the Revolutionary
Communist Party in the US. Heather spoke belief in the essential
goodness of human beings given freedom. (at last, some notes.
years (click on the year to see details)
Includes: Values and Politics, Radical Encuentro, Texas Water
Resources, Mr. Sharon Tear Down that Wall, Electronic Elections,
Proposition 1 (Spring 2004 in Houston), What is going ON in
Haiti, Immigrants and Homeland Security.
Includes: Local Elections (Dec 10; Oct 1, 15, 31;
Sep 17), Simplicity, Iraq
Hispanic Politics, Gay Rights, Tree Sitting, Cuba, Health
Care, FCC, Flooding, Women and War, Labor Day, War
and Immigrants, Death Penalty (Apr 3, Jan 23), Progressive
Media, Living Wage, Peace Movement, and the Souls
of Black Folk.
Includes: Civil Rights in Perilous Times (Robert Jensen, Danalyn
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
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.
played during the show (especially during in-tro and out-tro)
has been an evolving element. In the beginning back in late
1999/early 2000 or so, canned 'public domain' clips gave something...
Then we got a Free
Radicals CD and encouragement to use it on the air free
from Houston musician/activist Nick Cooper, so we used several
cuts from that pretty exclusively for a year or so. Then on
KPFT's Democracy Now! we heard "Is It For Freedom"
Thomsen, tracked her down and got permission to use that
song, so did and still do upon occasion. We also play songs
including Bruce Cockburn "Call It Democracy", Propaghandi
"Today's Empires, Tomorrow's Ashes", Michael Franti
"Oh My God", Rheostatics "Bad Time to be Poor"
-- Get this excellent double disk set! (GASCD: Governments
Accountable to Society and Citizens = Democracy; thanks, Susan
and Alan in Ontario, for turning us on to this.) And we're
looking to air tunes from Green Revolution when/if Sudden
Death responds. Listen up for David
Lippman, or you never know who might show up live
in the studio, Darryl
Cherney did once... Come on down! Our show ends at 10:00
PM and a short, topical song might fit in real nice to close
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