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Newsroom on Access SF is back with our 57th show, with our usual
assortment of news, information, commentary and award winning videos from around the world. We’ll take you to the Middle East, Africa, Cambodia, Colombia and other far flung places as well as letting you know what’s happening here at home with the return of an annual venerable film festival and a confrontation at a local progressive radio station.

On a sad note, we’re dedicating this episode of Newsroom to one of the Access San Francisco producers who helped to organize, create and get the show off the ground and flying, playing a big part in what it has become. Len Harrison passed away last month. He was there right from the planning stages and nascent meetings, lending his support, time and talent, bringing us footage of relevant events, supplying us with guests, headlines, and even doing interviews for us since day one making sure we had valuable content for every type of segment on the show. Len was so into Newsroom he even gave us his son (Josh Wolf) to use on the show as a correspondent. Now THAT’S dedication!! !! We’re going to miss him but we’ll never forget how he was not only one of the early believers in Newsroom, but put his heart and soul into making it a reality.

Our anchors Rod Laughridge and Zara Zimbardo welcome you to the show, and then start taking care of business with the opening headlines:

There’ve been a lot of stories in the press lately about so-called
“Pirates” off the coast of Somalia, but what’s the real story? What would drive people to do something like this? It’s a complex situation about a country without a government and others trying to take advantage of the situation. We give you some background and context to the reality.

UNESCO ( has adopted a universal declaration on cultural diversity. This will open up intercultural dialogue as a path to world peace and aims to preserve cultural diversity and provide an opportunity to the understanding of differing values.

What’s really behind the current pandemic virus known as Swine Flu? It
isn’t just pig to human transmission as the name would imply. A byproduct of NAFTA imposed incentives and regulations that include among other things industrial farming, dismantling of health systems and lower environmental standards have combined to bring about conditions where a situation like this can not only thrive, but as we’ve seen, migrate.

We then begin our segments:
The 33rd annual Frameline LGBT film festival begins next month ( As usual, there is a wide assortment of films celebrating the diversity, talent and commitment of this vibrant community. Raymond Donald Hong of Outlook Video ( brings us a sneak peek at some of
the films in the festival with background into the depth and dimension of some of this year’s entries.

You know about the U.S. involvement in the Middle East, but what about in Latin America? Specifically, in Colombia? In today’s Newsroom
Interview, we speak with Susana Pimiento-Chamorro and John
Lindsay-Poland; directors of the Fellowship of Reconciliation ( and discuss some of the issues there including the so-called war on drugs, military support, involvement of U.S. corporations and the effects on the civilian population.

All people have rights, something you’re supposed to get just for being
human. But rights, like laws, are not self executing, sometimes, they
need help to be enforced. A brief PSA from Youth for Human Rights ( reminds us of this fact.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President
Mahmoud Abbas are both visiting Washington this month. But are they
coming with the same agenda or even to talk about the same thing? Jamal Dajani, the Senior Director of Middle East Programming of Link TV ( brings us the story behind the headlines and deciphers it all on the Mosaic Intelligence Report at .

Our Mid-Show headlines are up next:
The U.S. military has been using a strategy of using Sunni Militias in
Iraq to help with the fighting. But all is not going as planned. Attacks
have increased, people paid to not fight against U.S. forces are no
longer being paid, and promised government jobs haven’t materialized. We bring you up-to-date as to who’s who in this story, and why things have progressed as they have.

A Pulitzer Prize was given out recently for investigative reporting,
but you wouldn’t know it from looking at the corporate news. That’s
because it was given out for exposing the Pentagon’s propaganda campaign leading up to the Iraq invasion of military generals on broadcast news shows presenting themselves as objective analysts, but actually merely spreading Pentagon talking points to the masses in the buildup to the invasion and occupation. We’ll tell you the real story.

The Census is coming. Everyone in the U.S. is supposed to be counted,
just for being in the country. But will they? Immigrants and minorities
have reasons for concern and recently discussed this at an ethnic media forum. Though the apprehensions are real, standing up to be counted is also vital to these communities.

We continue with our segments:
The attacks of September 11 2001 evoked a lot of emotions worldwide
that still exist to this day. Just what that event wrought and its after
effects on various communities is recounted in the clever spoken word
piece The Countdown, winner of the Emerging Artist Award from the Media That Matters film festival ( On a rooftop in New York, a young woman recounts that fateful day and many of the lives affected during and afterward while combining it with a numerical narrative that is both entertaining and thought provoking. To find out more information on the latest Media That Matters film festival, you can check out their site announcing the latest in the series ( film_festival).

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can
change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
Margaret Mead

With a dearth of women’s programming in media today, some of the most thoughtfully committed are the women on the front lines of media
revolution and revitalization that fill this gaping void. But even on
progressive media outlets, they run up against some roadblocks. On
today’s Women’s Desk, we speak with Preeti Shakar a producer from the Women’s Magazine ( and the Women’s Radio Collective who talks about the decision at KPFA to take their show off the air and the struggle to continue it. Even though KPFA did agree to put the show back on the air at least temporarily after our taping, many of the issues discussed in the interview still remain.

Some weapons keep on killing even after the conflict is over. One such
device is landmines, still far too ubiquitous in too many places. In
Cambodia, Chroek Nuck cannot live off his land or feed his family because of the proliferation of landmines in his country. From the United Nations Mine Action Service ( this PSA tells the story of a family who only asks that they be able to support and feed themselves, but can’t.

We end our show with a commentary by our correspondent Mumia Abu Jamal, this one a little different than usual. Mumia recently added to his
résumé as an author with his latest book entitled Jailhouse Lawyers,
Prisoners Defending Prisoners vs. the U.S.A. from City Lights books. He
reads some of the preface of the book as to just what is a jailhouse
lawyer, and how they can be looked upon with suspicion, even by other inmates.

If you want to hear more of his commentaries, visit and you will find links to all of his commentaries that have been recorded by Noelle Hanrahan.

“If I can't dance I don't want to be in your revolution," said Emma
Goldman (1869-1940), feminist heroine, anarchist activist, editor,
writer, teacher, jailbird and general trouble-maker.

We on the Newsroom agree: "Give us the Boogie, or give us death" Our media revolution continues, and providing the soundtrack, whether you dance to it or not, as always is Melissa Rapp ( whose song The Way We Lived from her Sweet Revenge CD is our theme song and is heard throughout the show. A local favorite, you can catch her performances in the area by going to her site and checking out her schedule and sampling some of her other music.

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