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The WAVE award winning Newsroom on Access SF is back with our 56th show!

We bring you news from near and far as we discuss local, national, and international news stories that affect everyone. We’ll fill you in on local hiring practices, a threat to public access television, war crimes, indictments, border battles, peace protests and an interview with a civil and social rights legend. And more!!!

Our anchors Noelle Hanrahan and Sunny Angulo welcome you to the show and then get right down to business with the show’s opening headline.

March is International Women’s Month. How it began and why it’s necessary are some the things we’ll fill you in on.

There is a war going on in Sri Lanka, and as always in this horrible situation, civilians are caught in the middle. The United Nations has called for an end to the conflict, but neither side seems to want to cease hostilities.

The New Year’s Day killing of Oscar Grant III at the Fruitvale BART station has ignited many communities to demand charges and changes at BART. There was a recent action at the Fruitvale station where the call for justice went out by the organization No Justice, No BART. To find out more about them and how to get involved, go to

We then begin our segments
Public Access as we know it is in real danger. There is a possibility we may lose funding and the absolutely invaluable, crucial, grassroots reporting, performing, variety and information you get nowhere else is in jeopardy of being lost. This obviously will directly impact Newsroom and all of our sister and brother shows on the station. Raymond Donald Hong of Outlook Video ( brings us an in-depth report on this issue. To find out more go to

We all have rights, but sometimes they are not respected, and even in the 21st century; old atrocities still exist in this modern era. We all know about slavery, but is it over? Out of the mouths of babes, Youth for Human Rights ( asks and answers this question.

On the Women’s Desk, we have a person who has often joined her voice with others and put herself on the line in order to change the world. Angela Y. Davis is Professor Emerita, author, activist, and so much more, we could take up the entire show just listing her accomplishments. Today she speaks with us about Mumia Abu Jamal’s new book: Jailhouse Lawyers: Prisoners Defending Prisoners vs. the USA as well as discussing various social theories.

In the spirit of International Women’s Month, we present another video from Arts Engine and the Media That Matters film festival (, Grace is a tribute to the female spirit and its ability to triumph over violation, betrayal and disrespect. The story follows the lives of three women: a young aspiring ballerina, a twenty-something career woman and an elderly grandmother as they all become victims of rape. The composition conveys the power and pain of the film without the need for dialogue.

Recently the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for the Sudanese president Omar Al-Bashir. Many are seeing this as a double standard as people call out for the same treatment for former U.S. president George Bush, but none seems forthcoming. From Link TV’s Mosaic Intelligence Report ( Jamal Dajani the Senior Director of Middle East programming for Link TV discusses these issues and shows how this is being received around the world.

We return with the Mid-show headlines:
We all know how tough things are in this economy; with foreclosures, layoffs, and evictions, any relief from any of this is welcome. Some San Franciscans got such relief recently as supervisor Chris Daly introduced 3 new laws to help renters keep a roof over their heads.

Young people from all over the U.S. and various other countries descended on the nation’s capitol earlier this month to let Congress and the world know that the climate and clean energy are major issues that just won’t wait and they demanded action now. They used varying tactics to get across to the legislators and in the process set some records. To find out more about Power Shift 2009 go to

Financier Bernard Madoff recently pleaded guilty of masterminding a ponzi scheme. But why did he plead guilty, did he have help, and just how deeply has this affected his investors? We’ll fill you in.

We return to our segments:
In the aftermath of September 11th, immigration again became a hot button issue. The inhumane treatment of U.S.-Mexico border crossers has led to human rights violations and death. From Arts Engine and the Media That Matters film festival (, Rights on the Line: Vigilantes at the Border brings attention to the expanding powers of border law enforcement and increased activity by vigilante groups like the Minuteman Project, seeking to recast the current immigrants’ rights debate in the U.S. within a broader human rights framework.

Work is getting tougher to find for a lot of people; so when an opportunity comes along, especially one close to home, even in your neighborhood where residents are supposed to get priority for the jobs, it becomes a travesty when these jobs go to people from other cities. On today’s Newsroom Forum, we speak with Jim Salinas Sr. Executive Officer of the Carpenters Union Local 22 and Vincent Pan Executive Director of Chinese for Affirmative Action ( about Residency Hiring Provisions, what they are, and how they work.

Landmines are a major problem all over the world. It’s a weapon that keeps on killing and maiming. Even when it isn’t doing any of those things, it still prevents people from living off of their land or even travelling on it. From the United Nations Mine Action Service ( Afghanistan citizen Haji Mohammad Qozen tells us what this devastating horror has meant to him and his country.

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

Such a group of the thoughtfully committed raised their voices in San Francisco recently. With the constant bombing, invasion and human suffering of Palestinians by the Israeli government that has caused wide spread death in the land, people the world over are rising up to stand in solidarity with the victims and say no to violence and killing. Many of the loudest outcries to stop the violence and call for peace are coming from various Jewish organizations who are saying “Not in my Name”. Access producer Gypsy Taub ( brings us this report from a January protest by Jewish Voice for Peace ( as they protest in front of the Israeli Consulate in San Francisco holding vigil and telling us why they do not support the Israeli Defense Forces actions.

We wrap our show as always with a commentary by our correspondent Mumia Abu Jamal. If you think human trafficking is against the law, think again! In some instances, it’s being perpetrated by the law. More Lessons From Luzerne County tells the story of two judges in Pennsylvania who colluded with private prisons to send youths to jail for the most minor of offenses. While those that are sworn to uphold the law and our rights received financial kickbacks for their illegal schemes, young people, their families and friends were made to suffer a loss of freedom and contact with the world as they know it because of greed and illegality.
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 our lead anchor, 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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