Colleagues of Code Pink’s Medea Benjamin
Previously Aired On: July 26, 2006 – Listen to this Show!
Medea Benjamin was our orignially scheduled guest. The afternoon before the show, Medea Benjamin was arrested at the Capitol in Washington, DC. She was kind enough to send two of her colleagues from Code Pink, Ann Wright and Raed Jarrar, and it turned out to be a great show! Medea will be joining us again in the future.
Medea Benjamin, a powerful and charismatic force in human rights activism, has struggled for social justice in Asia, Africa and the Americas for over 20 years. She is the Founding Director of the human rights organization Global Exchange. Benjamin is a leading activist in the peace movement in the United States and helped bring together the groups forming the coalition United for Peace and Justice.
She is also the co-founder of Code Pink: Women for Peace, a women’s group that has been organizing against the war in Iraq and pushing for a reorientation of budget priorities in the US to focus on heath care, education and housing, not war. In February 2003, Benjamin visited Iraq and met with weapon’s inspectors, women’s groups and ordinary Iraqi civilians.
American-Islamic Relations CAIR
Previously Aired On: July 25, 2006 – Listen to this Show!
The Council on American-Islamic Relations, CAIR is a nonprofit 501(c), grassroots civil rights and advocacy group. CAIR is America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, with regional offices nationwide and in Canada. The national headquarters is located on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C.
Since its establishment in 1994, CAIR has worked to promote a positive image of Islam and Muslims in America. Through media relations, lobbying, education and advocacy, CAIR puts forth an Islamic perspective to ensure the Muslim voice is represented. In offering this perspective, CAIR seeks to empower the American Muslim community and encourage their participation in political and social activism.
CAIR’s Civil Rights Department counsels, mediates and advocates on behalf of Muslims and others who have experienced religious discrimination, defamation or hate crimes. The department works to protect and defend the constitutional rights of American Muslims, thereby supporting the rights of all Americans.
Former Boyband Member LFO
Previously Aired On: July 19, 2006 – Archive Not Currently Available
Rich Cronin (born Richard Burton Cronin, on August 30, 1975) is a singer and song writer from Orlando, Florida. He was part of the pop trio LFO. He wrote the hit Summer Girls in 1999, which is also known as The Abercrombie & Fitch Song, the single hit No.3 on Billboard’s Hot 100, and No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Single Sales chart for six weeks, the single also went Platinum in the US for sales of over 1,000,000 units.
Native Actress, Dancing With Wolves
Previously Aired On: July 12, 2006 – Listen to this Show!
The tall, lanky, Tantoo Cardinal is a metis, the term in Canada applying to those of mixed Native American and European descent. Raised among the Cree, her acting career has included roles as the knowing wife of the Medicine Man in Dances With Wolves (1990), the poignant childless companion of Rip Torn in Where the Rivers Flow North (1993) and the mother of Brad Pitt’s wife in Legends of the Fall (1994). Cardinal has also worked extensively on TV, often in PBS dramas or films on historical First American figures and stories.
Author of Born on the Fourth of July
Previously Aired On: July 5, 2006 – Listen to this Show!
This edition of The People Speak celebrates the 4th of July through discussion with film director Frank Cavestani and peace activist Ron Kovic whose life was portrayed by Tom Cruise in the Oliver Stone’s film Born on the Fourth of July. Director Oliver Stone based the film on Ron’s autobiography of the same name and they used director Frank Cavestani’s documentary Operation Last Patrol as research material.
Ron Kovic was a U.S. Marine who served two tours of duty in the Vietnam War where he was awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. In combat on January 20 1968 he suffered a spinal cord injury which left him paralized from the chest down. He became one of the best known peace activists among the veterans of the war.