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Newsroom on Access SF is back with our 55th show, the first one of 2009, and we’re certainly glad to return, we’ve missed doing the show. As usual, we go near and far to bring you the relevant stories of today digging deep with great guests and in-depth reporting to let you know what’s really going on. We’ll have updates and reports about and from Gaza (with actual footage and pictures from an on-the-ground correspondent), issues of Immigration, what workers can look forward to in this economic climate, election aftermath, and much, much, more! Our anchors Noelle Hanrahan and Sunny Angulo welcome you to the show, and then start taking care of business with the opening headlines:

Gaza came under siege from Israel on December 27th, and mass destruction and killings ensued. There were protests around the world about this, including here in SF. What were the people calling for and what were some of the reactions from around the world as well as here at home? We bring you up-to-date on the situation.

There is a little known fact about some in the immigrant community, and that is they or someone in their family also serve in the U.S. armed forces. Sometimes the decisions and hassles regarding this situation not only threatens to tear families apart, but presents hard decisions that must be made in order to keep career or family together. One woman is facing this as she is deployed and her husband is under threat of deportation.

The 2009 World Social Forum is being held in Brazil this year. NGO’s and other civil society groups are gathering to discuss, formulate and share ideas and experiences on society issues, human rights, and development. You can find out more at their web site:

We then begin our segments:
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

Election 2008 was cause for much celebrating in many quarters around the country and around the world. But not everyone fared so well. Proposition 8, the anti-gay marriage initiative that overturned a court decision allowing same-sex marriages, passed in California. But this isn’t the final word on the subject, Raymond Donald Hong of Outlook Video ( shows how those committed to equal rights are rallying and fighting back!

The economic outlook in the U.S. is pretty bleak for most people these days. But how much worse is it, or can it get for those in low wage jobs, immigrant laborers, and the undocumented? On today’s Women’s Desk, Janice Fine Assistant Professor of Labor Studies and Employment Relations at Rutgers University and author of the book, Worker Centers: Organizing Communities at the Edge of the Dream discusses these issues with us.

Do you believe Human Rights are for everyone or just for some? In a sea of young faces, could you pick out who does or does not deserve them? Youth for Human Rights ( asks this very question of all of us.

A little bit of local history is up next as Vicki Wooden of the Isabella Show returns with another installment of her wildly popular series Hard to Believe. This one centers on the Russian Hill neighborhood of SF as she is first joined by a special guest to give a little background on the past bohemian nature of those who gathered there, and then she fills us in on two very famous women who lived there at different times, and in houses right next door to each other. Who were they? Tune in to find out!

Our Mid-Show headlines are up next:
The greatest mass genocide on the planet is one of the most underreported stories in the media. That’s what’s taking place in the Democratic Republic of Congo and it’s been going on since 1998 with approximately 45,000 being killed each month. There are many complex, and some not so complex reasons for this; politics and mineral wealth among them, but in all the myriad of complexities, those that are benefitting are part of the problem.

The CIA is being sued by former military personnel who claim they were drugged in experiments that were carried out on them without their consent. It was all part of the CIA’s MKULTRA program and the plaintiffs are saying they have experienced many medical problems because of it, and the government is not doing anything to help them or others who were subjected to this.

A common saying among guys from Illinois who ascend to the White House (Lincoln, Obama) is “A union divided cannot stand.” That’s why leaders of 12 unions met in Washington recently to discuss their differences, and come together to join as a force to work for the betterment of workers, and improve their situation under the new administration.

We continue with our segments:
The attacks on Gaza by Israel continued when a U.N. cease fire proposal was rejected by Israel and Hamas. Around the world protests erupted and anger flared in many parts of the world. But just what do those on the ground, on both sides feel about this? Jamal Dajani, the Senior Director of Middle East Programming of Link TV ( went there to find out first hand and brings us this update on the Mosaic Intelligence Report.

San Francisco has proclaimed itself a sanctuary city for immigrants. But is it really? What’s the situation for immigrants, especially youth in our fair city? On today’s Newsroom Forum, Angela Chan, a staff attorney at the Asian Law Caucus ( and Felix Fuentes the Vice Chair of the SF Immigrant Rights Commission ( discuss city policies, and just what their organizations are doing not just in outreach, but as liaisons for governmental and legal help.

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 the U.S. it’s often seen as a problem “over there” but what if it was a problem that was embedded in our soil? Kickoff, a video produced but the United Nations Mine Action Service ( shows just what could happen if the problem was brought home to us!

Gaza – Home and Abroad is a compendium of sights and sounds juxtaposing the January 10 demonstration and march in San Francisco and actual footage from our Gaza correspondent who has experienced the bombs, shells, and destruction first hand. Complete with pictures, video of the attacks, and people here at home rising up to say no to war, it is a stark reminder of the horrors of death and destruction with all sides having their adherents. A word of caution, this segment includes pictures of the actual carnage, and as you may well know, children have been victims.

We end our show with a commentary by our correspondent Mumia Abu Jamal, this one entitled “Inheriting an Empire” discussing the election of Barack Obama and will the new president change Washington, or will Washington change him? Mumia traces it back to the rise and dominance of empire throughout history, and how the US has inherited that empire with help of military, money, and media.

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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