Monday, July 23, 2007

Prison Industrial Complex; Free Press and Anti-Communism

For our 23 July 2007 show, we focused on two timely issues, California's prison industrial complex, and a breaking story, the implications for free press as certain anti-communists in Little Saigon protest the courageous reporting of Viet Weekly.

We talked with UC Riverside ethnic studies assoc. prof. Dylan Rodriguez about his campaign to fight California's expansion of the prison industry, the biggest such expansion thus far. The activist cum professor will be making a presentation Monday evening at a public forum at the Ontario City Library, 215 East C. St., Ontario that begins at 6:30 pm.

In addition we bring you a report from this past weekend's anti-communist demonstration against a courageous magazine, Viet Weekly, currently under siege by anti-communist demonstrators in Garden Grove. We talk with the lone counter protester,at this past Saturday's protest, James Du, a Vietnamese immigrant for some 30 years, who speaks up for the importance of free speech. Unfortunately Viet Weekly no longer publishes its English section.

See my 1999 Los Angeles Times op ed on an earlier anti-communist protest, Little Saigon Slowly Kicking the Redbaiting Habit.

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