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David Barsamian, the award-winning founder and director of Alternative Radio, http://www.alternativeradio.org/ will be the featured speaker at a benefit for KOOP Radio, 91.7 FM. http://www.koop.org/ Barsamian will be discussing his latest book, Occupy the Economy: Challenging Capitalism, based on interviews with economist Richard Wolff. http://www.alternativeradio.org/products/occupy-the-economy The book probes the root causes of the current economic crisis, its unjust social consequences and what can and should be done to turn things around.
Event was held at 5604 Manor on 6/16/12.
Video Produced for Austin Indymedia by Jeff Zavala.
Filmed by Jeff Zavala and Grace Alfar.
A ZGraphix Production.
The Citizens United Supreme Court decision gave corporations a green light to secretly funnel in as much money as they want to elect candidates. The justices in their supreme wisdom have once again privileged corporations over citizens. The results have been dramatic. Even with a weak economy a record amount of cash has flooded political campaigns. Although corporations are not mentioned anywhere in the Constitution or Bill of Rights a series of legal decisions have given them the rights of personhood and free speech. Focusing on limiting or even stopping corporate harms is an inadequate response to a fundamental problem. And that is corporations rule and not the people. Citizens are marginalized and are left with Coke and Pepsi choices. Paul Cienfuegos is a community organizer and activist. He co-founded Democracy Unlimited of Humboldt County in Northern California, an organization which works to dismantle corporate rule. He lectures and leads workshops on this topic.
David Barsamian's Alternative Radio presents: Martin Luther King Jr.'s Speech - "Beyond Vietnam" given in New York, NY on Apr. 4th 1967. Every year, almost like clockwork around his birthday, Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" gets airplay. The charismatic orator is frozen on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in August 1963. No doubt it was a great and historic presentation, profoundly moving and full of dazzling poetry and inspiring images. But he was to give another very significant speech that is often obscured. That was to come on April 4, 1967 in Riverside Church in New York. There King demonstrated his deep understanding of how the system works. He moved beyond a simple race analysis to include class and foreign policy issues. He forcefully denounced the war in Vietnam. He called the U.S. "the greatest purveyor of violence in the world" and he deplored the "giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism and militarism." Exactly one year later King was assassinated in Memphis where he had gone in solidarity with striking sanitation workers. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, Nobel Peace Prize winner, is one of the 20th century's most enduring figures. He advocated and practiced civil disobedience and non-violence. He said, "Christ gave us the goals and Mahatma Gandhi the tactics." He rose to national prominence during the epic Montgomery bus boycott and then went on to spearhead a movement which ended juridical apartheid in the U.S. Produced by Alternative Radiohttp://AlternativeRadio.org Compiled by http://ZGraphix.org