2016 marks incarceration year 35 for jail yard journalist, Mumia Abu-Jamal, and regardless of what anyone may think about his guilt or innocence, or the spurious nature of the State’s case, or despicable way in which American Justice is generally conducted, the fact remains: Jailers are responsible for the health and well-being of those jailed.
This tenet holds as true for the most clearly, undeniably guilty as for the most blatantly obvious political prisoner; as true in Nuremberg, Germany as it is in Guantanamo Bay’s Camp X-Ray.
In this, the State of Pennsylvania has failed Abu-Jamal, as it fails untold others imprisoned within a diseased environment that can only be described as an enforced epidemic.
Dave Lindorff is an award-winning print journalist, broadcaster, and founder of the web news site, This Can’t Be Happening.net, (a website that has, since 2004 taken on the task of filling some of the vast investigative journalism vacuum in American media today). He is too an author, whose titles include: ‘This Can’t Be Happening! Resisting the Disintegration of American Democracy,’ ‘Marketplace Medicine: The Rise of the For Profit Hospital Chains,’ and ‘Killing Time: An Investigation into the Death Row Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal.’
Dave Lindorff in the first half.
And; the local fight against the Site-C dam project precedes even Mumia Abu-Jamal’s long struggle. Generations have opposed the imposition of a plan the entity called British Columbia has proposed for the area it calls the Peace River Valley. That plan would see the lives of thousands submerged by the ambitions of a few; it would see a People’s history erased, and a way of life for its descendants destroyed. It is a plan that would, in effect, continue an unacceptable, unviable, and unconscionable way of thinking and acting and being on this land whose time is done. It is a dam too far, and is now more than a site, but a symbol where a line, The Line, has been drawn.
Ken Boon is a farmer in the Peace, and President of the Peace Valley Landowner Association. He is currently at Rocky Mountain Fort Camp as part of the blockade to stop the crews sent there to clear a path for the Site-C dam.
Ken Boon standing against the dam 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 goings on planned for the streets of our city, and beyond, in the coming week. But first; Dave Lindorff and Pennsylvania’s penal system failing the humanity test.