Ok, it was yesterday’s Democracy Now! show, but if you watch it, I think you will agree with my assessment. DN! is always good, but this one was particularly inspiring.
KCCU is a non-profit station run out of Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma, and is broadcast in/at:
Lawton-Ft. Sill 89.3 & 102.9
Wichita Falls 88.7
Weatherford-Clinton-Elk City 89.1
Oklahoma progressive activists have been seeking to have the program picked up by stations in the state, but have been rejected by stations who deem the show, which features news of events and interviews of people on the progressive end of the political spectrum. The show comes out of New York City and is hosted by Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez.
From the station’s announcement:
KCCU is excited to announce new programs for the new year!
“Democracy Now” and “Swingin’ Down the Lane” will join the lineup in the first week of January.
“Democracy Now” is an independent daily journalism program that airs on 750 radio and TV stations nationwide. KCCU is the first Oklahoma radio station to air the program.
Hosted by award-winning journalist Amy Goodwin [sic], “Democracy Now” does not accept corporate sponsorships, and is funded entirely by listener and viewer donations.
“Democracy Now” will air weekdays at noon, taking the place of NPR’s “Day to Day”. Due to budget cuts at the network, NPR is cancelling “Day to Day”. …
There are major violations of the Constitution and other laws going down in the Twin Cities this week, while the Republicans freak out over Sarah Palin and try to work around various hurricanes.
Law enforcement agencies include not just local police, but sheriffs, FBI, and Homeland Security. Many are decked out in full riot gear, patrolling the streets to intimidate citizens from using their right to assembly and speech.
Obviously, actual criminal behavior, including property damage, should be stopped and punished. Understandably, authorities want to also prevent any type of terrorist activity. But what’s happening is so over the top, that if we are still a democratic nation, it must be decried and prevented. This creeping police state is past the creeping stage and is in full out deployment mode. Wake up, people!
Preemptive raids and warrantless detentions for just planning a legal demonstration. Arrests of peaceful protesters, and of journalists trying to cover the events. Is this America?
Thanks to cell phones, cameras and the internet, a lot of this shit is being documented and posted on blogs and alternative news sites. Most is being ignored by the corporate media, too wrapped up in the Palin trainwreck and whether the levees in NOLA will hold this time.
Amy Goodman’s arrest today, recorded by several witnesses, actually got picked up by the Washington Post, which is heartening; we’ll see if further attention comes of it. At any rate, she’s been released, and tomorrow’s 2-hour Democracy Now! program should be pretty damn interesting.
Here are some sites that are providing good coverage of what’s going down:
- Glenn Greenwald
- Twin Cities Indymedia
- Firedoglake (especially bloggers Jane Hamsher and Lindsay Beyerstein)
- Election 411 (Pacifica Radio)
- The Uptake
- I-Witness Video
Finally, if you have the stomach, here is a video of a young woman standing on the sidewalk holding out a flower as a squad of riot police march by. She is willfully and cruelly peppersprayed from no more than five feet distance — and a second time for good measure as she turns away in pain –for simply standing there, making her childlike, innocent gesture.
Update: Amy Goodman interviewed by San Francisco Chronicle about the arrests of her DN! staff and herself: