Seems the hits are coming one a minute in the Home of the Brave. Following months of protests over the police killings of unarmed men of colour, last week revealed another inexplicable use of deadly force by a policeman in North Charlston, who shot dead a fifty year old man fleeing a traffic stop.
As with the Eric Garner case – remember the “I Can’t Breathe” demonstrations? – a bystander captured Walter Scott’s violent death on a cell phone. Different this time though was the murder charge leveled against the officer who shot Scott five times.
These too numerous tragedies, and the reaching critical point of the country’s mass incarceration prison system, is prompting many in the US to question the state of American Justice.
Dave Lindorff is a long-time, muckraking journalist, author, broadcaster, and founder of ThisCantBeHappening.net, a website that has, since 2004 taken on the task of filling some of the vast investigative vacuum in what passes sadly today for journalism.
As Dave says, he realized, “[I]t would take more than one journalist to cause any significant degree of affliction” so he approached, and has now been joined by three “long-time friends, political comrades and colleagues” John Grant, Linn Washington and Charles M. Young.
Dave’s book titles include: ‘This Can’t Be Happening! Resisting the Disintegration of American Democracy,’ ‘Marketplace Medicine: The Rise of the For Profit Hospital Chains,’ ‘Killing Time: An Investigation into the Death Row Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal,’ and co-authored with Barbara Olshansky ‘The Case for Impeachment: Legal Arguments for Removing President George W. Bush’.
Dave Lindorff in the first half.
And; for years disparate voices on Canada’s west coast have warned of the dangers of increasing oil tanker traffic here. But it wasn’t the feared Exxon Valdez II mega-spill that struck last week, just the banal refueling of a brand new freighter by an inexperienced crew that fouled Vancouver’s crown jewel, English Bay with thousands of litres of bunker oil.
The Keystone Kops-like response to the spill by the agencies presumably responsible, and the turgid media performance by the federal government in its dismal aftermath have reinforced fears of what is truly at stake for the environment, as petro-state Canada ramps up industrialization here in the Salish Sea.
Ramona de Graaf is a marine biologist specializing in forage fish. She earned her Bachelors of Science degree right here at UVic, and her Masters at UBC. She now serves as Executive Director and Coordinator of the Sea Watch Society, adjunct to the BC Shore Spawners Alliance, and is the Principal of Emerald Sea Biological. She’s focused her studies these last years on the population genetics of bay pipefish, their eelgrass habitat, and is Primary researcher for other marine intertidal spawning forage fish, like the surf smelt and Pacific sand lance.
Queen of the Smelts, Ramona de Graaf and the effects of introduced petroleum products on marine life in the second segment.
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 goings-on from our city’s streets and beyond for the coming week. But first, Dave Lindorff and American Justice’s burgeoning crisis of confidence.
Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Wednesday, 1-2pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.uvic.ca. And now heard at Simon Fraser University’s http://www.cjsf.ca . He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, http://www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: http://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/