Haiti reporting on the radio this week

An audio version of my report from Grand Goave aired Monday on Free Speech Radio News. On Thursday I called into the weekly program, “Haiti: The Struggle Continues,” which airs on New York City’s Pacifica station WBAI, to talk in more detail about the report and the student demonstrations I witnessed this week. A recording of the program is here; I come on at about the 25 minute mark.

Haitian Prime Minister Michele Pierre-Louis fired by the Senate

pierre louisMichele Pierre-Louis, seen at right, is no longer the Prime Minister of Haiti. A crowd of journalists, including myself, amassed in the Senate chamber yesterday awaiting her arrival for questioning by lawmakers, but she decided not to appear and distributed a letter in her stead. The Senators argued late into the night, eventually holding a vote. Here’s my short headline story for today’s FSRN newscast.

MP3. I’ll also post below an exchange I had with the Prime Minister on September 30, at a press conference during an gathering of investors at Hotel Karibe, about her government’s handling of a effort by Haitian lawmakers to increase the minimum wage. Continue reading “Haitian Prime Minister Michele Pierre-Louis fired by the Senate”

Podcast: Another Fort Hood Afghanistan War Resister Sentenced and Jailed

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Travis Bishop is led away from Fort Hood in shackles. Image from video shot by Bishop’s lawyer.

This started out as a story for Free Speech Radio News but didn’t make it into today’s newscast. I’ve heard of the Flash player not working for a few folks. Listen to the MP3 if that’s the case for you. Cross-posted to Houston Indymedia, now featured on Indymedia.us.

A Fort Hood soldier faced a military trial today for refusing to deploy to Afghanistan, one week after another member of his unit was sentenced to 30 days in jail for refusing to go to war. Sergeant Travis Bishop was convicted on all charges and sentenced to one year in prison, loss of pay, and reduction in rank. Continue reading “Podcast: Another Fort Hood Afghanistan War Resister Sentenced and Jailed”

Immigrant detainee leading hunger strike beaten and transferred after meeting with Amnesty Intl.

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Image from Houston Indymedia

Update: The Southwest Workers Union is calling for a phone blast directed at Amnesty International and the Haitian Consulate in Haiti to stop Rama Carty’s deportation (info). Also, here (MP3) are excerpts of my interview with Sarnata Reynolds, Refugee Program Director at Amnesty.

From my story in today’s Free Speech Radio News headlines (listen here):

An update to a story FSRN has been following about a hunger strike at a Texas Immigration detention center… Human rights groups say they are concerned about an immigrant detainee who was suddenly moved to Louisiana for deportation yesterday. His tranfer comes after he spoke with representatives of Amnesty International at the Texas detention center where he was leading the hunger strike… Continue reading “Immigrant detainee leading hunger strike beaten and transferred after meeting with Amnesty Intl.”

“Chubbing” jams up the Texas legislature

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My first second-ever feature story for Free Speech Radio News looks back at the 81st Texas legislative session, which ends today. What’s “chubbing?” You can Google it if you want, or you can listen here.

On the night of November 2, 2004, I was standing outside a polling station with Mark Strama, handing flyers to citizens rushing in to vote before the election ended. Continue reading ““Chubbing” jams up the Texas legislature”

Podcast: Haitian spiritual and political leader Father Gerard Jean-Juste dies

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I have a short story on Father Jean-Juste’s passing in yesterday’s Free Speech Radio News headlines.

Listen to a longer version of that piece below. Includes comments from Brian Concannon Jr., Director of the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti, and Ira Kurzban, a Miami-based attorney – both friends of Father Jean-Juste who worked closely with him on several legal cases – as well as audio from an older interview with Father Jean-Juste himself.

Rest In Power, Father Jean-Juste. MP3 here. Transcript and full-length interviews below. Continue reading “Podcast: Haitian spiritual and political leader Father Gerard Jean-Juste dies”

Podcast: Walnut Creek Apt. residents speak out after officer fatally shoots youth

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Broken glass from shattered police car windows

Early this morning 18-year-old Nathaniel Sanders was fatally shot by Austin Police officer Leonardo Quintana at the Walnut Creek Apartment Complex in East Austin. I arrived at the scene at about noon and spoke to residents who were gathered outside. These voices are not being heard enough right now. This podcast just aired on KVRX minutes ago.

Download the MP3 here and feel free to re-broadcast. Transcript below. Continue reading “Podcast: Walnut Creek Apt. residents speak out after officer fatally shoots youth”

Activists hold vigil for immigrant detainees on hunger strike

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Image from Houston Indymedia.

I contributed a short story on this for today’s Free Speech Radio News headlines. Here’s a less edited version of the story, and my original script below that:

Activists held a vigil on the International Bridge in Brownsville, Texas today in solidarity with detainees at the nearby Port Isabel Detention Center. Up to 200 detainees have been on hunger strike for nearly two weeks in protest of the conditions at the facility. Anayanse Garza of the Southwest Workers Union says the detainees are now taking turns on hunger strike in order to maintain their health. Continue reading “Activists hold vigil for immigrant detainees on hunger strike”

Judge authorizes DHS to begin building border wall on indigenous land in South Texas

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My short story on this for FSRN is here. Image from the Associated Press.

I spoke earlier today by phone to Dr. Eloisa Tamez, who owns a tract of property on the Texas-Mexico border and has been fighting the government’s attempt to construct a wall on it for over a year. She is a member of the Lipan Apache tribe and her family has owned the land for several centuries. Federal judge Andrew Hanen ruled in March that the Department of Homeland Security must negotiate with landowners before property can be seized, but yesterday he ordered Tamez to allow DHS to start construction on her land.

Dr. Tamez told me that she is disappointed with the ruling and will continue speaking out. She said she has seen nothing to indicate President Obama will change the border wall policy – especially since wall construction is providing jobs in the area. Tamez believes she can still appeal the ruling, but says Homeland Security contractors have already been trespassing on areas of her land.

Here’s a complete transcript of my interview with her (I’ve added emphasis in certain places). Continue reading “Judge authorizes DHS to begin building border wall on indigenous land in South Texas”