Sat, 9 June 2012
Radio Against Apartheid on West Philadelphia's Community Radio Station, WPEB 88.1 FM. Amplifying voices for justice and equality in the Middle East.
On this week's podcast, DJ Ev Daddy and Matt Graber discuss Tuesday's election in Wisconsin, where a recall of Governor Scott Walker was on the ballot.
Then we relate Governor Walker's budget cuts and attacks on the public sector in Wisconsin to Governor Tom Corbett's drastic cuts here in Pennsylvania, and how this effects Philadelphians in particular. The proposed 2012 budget for Pennsylvania includes cuts to Medicaid and Medicare, food stamps, mental health programs, and education. The cuts have already lead to all 2700 members of the school serviceworkers union in Philadelphia - SEIU 32BJ - losing their jobs. And there have been cuts to nursing jobs, teacher jobs, and 64 Philadelphia schools are planned to be closed in the next 5 years.
With rising spending on military and police, and cuts to public services, where is America headed? Do we live in a Democracy? Is this fascism?
Also on the program, we mark the hunger strikes of Palestinian prisoners, in particular Mahmoud Sarsak and Akram Rikhawi. Mahmoud Sarsak, a player on the Palestinian national soccer team, is at risk of immediate death, and desperately needs help.
And we talk about the rising American drone program, authorized by the desk of Barak Obama, which violates so many international and American laws of war and sovereignty in Yemen, Pakistan, and elsewhere.
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