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Phil talks with Phil Conlon about Kevin Boyle's new book: "Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights and Murder in the Jazz Age". Boyle's book is about the incredible story of Dr. Ossian Sweet, an African-American doctor who faced a mob protesting his moving into a white neighborhood of Detroit in 1925. When the mob attacked the house with stones, the Sweets and their friends inside fired in self-defense and a mob member was killed. The police arrested everyone inside the house and charged them with first degree murder. Sweet's trial and his defence by Clarence Darrow was a defining moment in the fight against racism in the US
Phil interviews Camilo Mejia. On May 21, 2004, 28-year-old Sgt. Camilo Mejia was sentenced to one year in prison for refusing to return to fight in Iraq. Camilo spent six months in combat in Iraq, then returned for a 2-week furlough to the US. There he reflected on what he had seen, including the abuse of prisoners and the killing of civilians. He concluded that the war was illegal and immoral, and decided that he would not return. In March 2004 he turned himself in to the US military and filed an application for conscientious objector status. Mejia notes that a year ago the US military acknowledged 500 awols, and today there are 6000. "It shows how many people are saying we don't want to be part of this war".
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Joel Reodica talks to Phil about the police killing of his brother Jeffrey a year ago. A controversial investigation by the Special Investigations Unit exonerated the police, but the Filipino community and others continue to press for the truth to come out.
Phil interviews Isaac Saney about recent developments in the case of Luis Posada Carilles. Posada Carilles is notorious for carrying out terrorist acts against Cuba, including the bombing of a Cubana airliner in 1976 that killed 73 people and bombings of Cuban hotels in the 1990's. Posada Carilles, who worked for the CIA, recently was able to enter the US and apply for asylum. Saney, the author of "Cuba, A Revolution in Motion" draws the parallels with numerous other terrorists who have been pardoned by US Presidents including both Bushes.
Phil and Phil Conlon also cover such topics as the battle against extradition of Gary Freeman; the mayoralty election in Los Angeles; the new National Library in Quebec; and the reinstatement of William Mandel by Berkely radio station KPFA.
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Phil talks with Jean-Claude Parrot about his new book, "My Union, My Life". Parrot was President of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers for 15 years. His book covers the formation of the CUPW, the battle to win the right to strike, and Parrot's time in jail as a result of defending that right against the Trudeau government. Parrot talks about the importance of recognizing Quebec's right to self-determination, which the labour movement in Canada has defended, and points out the negative consequences of Trudeau not respecting that right. Parrot and another important union activist, Madeleine Parent, will be celebrating the publication of their books Friday May 13 at 7pm at 427 Bloor St. W. in Toronto.
Robin Philpot discusses the Canadian government's attempt to chart a course as a more important power by advancing Western military intervention in the Darfur region of Sudan. Philpot draws the analogy with Mussolini's invasion of Ethiopia. Part of the nasty strategy is the appointment of Romeo Dallaire to the Canadian Senate and dealing with independent MP David Kilgour, a particularly rabid voice for intervention.
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