Resistance takes many forms, and in the fight against the criminality and impunity enjoyed by Canadian-flagged mining corporations around the world a diversity of tactics is required. With that in mind, the Victoria’s Mining Justice Action Committee or MJAC is hosting Communities in Resistance and the Art of Solidarity Project, a visual arts exhibition and spoken word performance event presented this Friday at the Fernwood Community Association Theatre.
Nedjo Rogers is a playwright and performer, coordinator for the BC-Peru partnership project, (focused on the environmental impacts of Canadian mining) and member of MJAC. His mock epic verse play, The Trois-Rivières Tales featured in this year’s Fringe Festival.
Nedjo Rogers in the first half.
And; the recent Hollywood release ‘Kill the Messenger’ has rekindled interest in investigative reporter, Gary Webb. Nearly twenty years ago, Webb’s expose on CIA involvement in creating the 1980’s crack cocaine epidemic in Los Angeles threatened a political firestorm. Instead, the story was effectively extinguished by major media outlets who rather than expand on Webb’s Dark Alliance series, chose to intimidate the publishers and challenge the reporter’s credibility.
Robert Parry is an investigative reporter, author, editor, and co-founder of Consortium News.com, the internet’s first news magazine website. Parry broke many stories from Latin America during the Dirty War years for Newsweek and the Associated Press, and followed those with revelations of the Iran-Contra scandal that contributed greatly to George H.W. Bush’s single term presidency. Parry, along with Brian Barger, first exposed the Contra-cocaine scandal for the Associated Press in 1985, and recently wrote a piece about the Washington Post’s attempts, in light no doubt of its unflattering portrayal in ‘Kill the Messenger,’ to smear again the late Gary Webb. The Post says Webb’s story made “extraordinary claims [and] require extraordinary proof” not provided.
Robert Parry’s book titles include: ‘Secrecy and Privilege: Rise of the Bush Dynasty from Watergate to Iraq,’ ‘Neck Deep: The Disastrous Presidency of George W. Bush,’ and his latest ‘America’s Stolen Narrative: From Washington and Madison, to Nixon, Reagan and the Bushes, to Barack Obama’.
Robert Parry and the press sliming again Gary Webb in the second half.
And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us news of good things and otherwise going on on our streets, and beyond there too, in the coming week.
But first, Nedjo Rogers and the Arts of Resistance.