Chuck Kaufman is a brilliant, warm-hearted and long-time Latin America Solidarity activist who spoke at 106.5 KOWA and Media Island International on March 8th, 2013. He was introduced by Bruce Wilkinson. Chuck has been to Honduras six times since the coup d’etat ousted democratically elected president Manuel Zelaya. Below this video o the talk he gave in Olympia is his bio from the website of the Alliance For Global Justice, followed by the mission statement of the organization.
“Chuck Kaufman is National Co-Coordinator of the Alliance for Global Justice. He has been a leader of the Central and Latin America solidarity movements since joining the staff of the Nicaragua Network in 1987. He gave up his successful advertising business out of disgust at Congress’ cowardice during the Iran-Contra scandal. He went on his first coffee picking brigade to Nicaragua that same year. Chuck has been in the front ranks of the movements to support the right of people in Latin America and the Caribbean to dignity, sovereignty, and self-determination. He has led delegations to Nicaragua, Venezuela, Haiti and Honduras.
Chuck has written and spoken often about US democracy manipulation programs through the National Endowment for Democracy and US Agency for International Development as well as what he calls the need to look to the Abolition Movement as our inspiration to change the culture of US militarism. He is a board member of the Latin America Solidarity Coalition and a leader of the LASC’s effort to build a stronger movement to oppose US militarism and the militarization of relations with Latin America. He was a founder of the Act Now to Stop War and End Racism (ANSWER) Coalition and has spoken at most of the major Washington, DC anti-war demonstrations. He is a board member of the Honduras Solidarity Network and a founder of the Venezuela Solidarity Network. He has a B.A. in Government and Politics from George Mason University. His first political activism was as a high school student in 1969 when he organized student walk-out in four county high schools in his native Indiana.
It is the mission of the Alliance for Global Justice to achieve social change and economic justice by helping to build a stronger more unified grassroots movement. We recognize that the concentration of wealth and power is the root cause of oppression requiring us to work together across ideologies, issues and communities. The Alliance nurtures organizations seeking fundamental change in international and national conditions that disempower people, create disparities in access to wealth and power, poison the earth, and plunder its resources.
We support locally-based grassroots organizing by sharing political analysis, mobilizing for direct action, monitoring the centers of corporate and government power, expanding channels of communication, and sharing skills and infrastructure. Our commitment to solidarity and to non-hierarchical democratic process enables us to respectfully listen and respond to each other within the movement.
Media Activists, Journalism Wonks & Concerned Citizens alike! Take note that if you were unable to get on down to Denver this weekend for one of the most important conferences regarding the corporate takeover of our public airwaves and what the framers of our constitution regarded as “The 4th Estate,” you can take part and tune in via the live stream that is being provided. Head on over to http://www.freepress.net for the stream and a whole bunch of other resources for Media Justice activists from the conference.
As most folks around these beautiful parts understand, the issue of the proposed coal trains and coal ports here in the Pacific Northwest is of grave and immediate environmental importance. We will be amassing some resources for local folks to stay engaged, including a weekly radio show highlighting the issue and a page here on our website, and we wanted to inquire to you in the community as to how YOU are staying informed, energized and actively engaged on this issue? Please let us know as soon as you can by emailing email@example.com Two sites that have been extremely helpful to us are below and below you can find an INSPIRING set of comments from the Seattle Environmental Impact Statement Scoping Meeting last December.
Last month Rick stopped by to fix the toilet and we got to talking about regional resources for thought-provoking and evocative coverage of LOCAL news and public affairs. He brought up the long-standing “Talking Stick TV” and their extensive history and library of talks, interviews and news footage. The production outfit currently seems to find it’s domain on Seattle Community Media (channel 77/29 Seattle/King County), where it airs every Wednesday night at 8pm but SO MUCH of their back catalogue can be found online. They currently have a great collection of videos regarding the Hanford Nuclear Reservation that we have linked below, but I also wanted to point out this amazing talk given by the brilliant and brave journalist Chris Hedges, who was touring this time around for his new book with Joe Sacco, “Days Of Destruction, Days Of Revolt.” He is a prescient researcher and commentator and I urge anyone still looking to “connect the dots” on the global upheaval and tumult of the last 100 years to read and listen to as much from Mr. Hedges as possible. He has been an embedded corespondent for many of the worlds rapid revolts the last 30 years and is one of the few intellectual minds (Noam Chomsky is another) who fully understood the spirit and the REAL power behind the Occupy Wall Street movement and could articulate it clearly.
As many know, especially here in Olympia, today marks 10 years since Rachel was killed by an Israeli bulldozer while trying to protect the home of the family of Palestinian pharmacist Samir Nasralla. The weekend and March remembrances have been beautiful and fortifying, including the daylong events of today at Sylvester Park & The Olympia Ballroom. (106.5 KOWA will be bringing you recordings of the events in the coming days). Below is an excerpt of “Where Should The Birds Fly?” (which showed yesterday at OFS). I would consider it a must-see documentary film on life in Gaza and the brutal “Operation Cast Lead” offensive that killed 1400 Palestinians. The film is heart-breaking and a powerfully close look at life inside of the Occupied Territories and includes the resilient words, wisdom and spirit of the brave 11 year-old Mona, who lost over 20 family members during the incursion. The struggle continues as we all stay engaged with and aware of the Rachel Corrie Foundations on-going work (see below).
Today is a big day – see below for information on how to participate. Pete captured this event at the Washington State Capitol on November 29th. In it are speakers represent(ing) families of murder victims who are in favor of abolishing the death penalty in the State of Washington, one of which is a former Washington State legislator.
Please participate in Death Penalty Lobby day at the Washington State Legislature
Tuesday, February 12th, 2013. For more information, go on the web to- http://www.sjawa.org/
There’s not too much glamour in the wikipedia entry introduction to pioneer Dee Dee Halleck but all the proper nouns here pack a significant punch for those with an eye on media justice & taking back the public waves. “DeeDee Halleck (born January 5, 1940) is a media activist, founder of Paper Tiger Television and co-founder of the Deep Dish Satellite Network, the first grass roots community television network. She is Professor Emerita in the Department of Communication at the University of California, San Diego.”
Here is good talk with her from just a few short years ago:
Pirate Radio USA came out in 2006 and was made by a couple amazing media justice activists with northwest roots. A must see for those interested in the inner workings of the constraints of the current US media landscape and some of the vibrant activist working to loosen and liberate our public airwaves.