Monday, December 31, 2007

Remembering Community Historian Allan Berube

Irvine -- As 2007 comes to an end, we remember friends and activists who have passed on.

On Subversity's New Year's Eve show, we celebrate and honor the engaged life of Allan Berube, a community historian, who documented the lives of gays in the military, and who received a MacArthur Foundation award. His book, Coming Out Under Fire, was developed into a film by documentary filmmaker Arthur Dong. Berube, who helped found the GLBT Historical Society in San Francisco, died December 11, 2007.

We talk with several fellow travelers of Berube's, including fellow historian Gerard Koskovich and activist Amber Hollibaugh about Berube's role in the gay liberation movement and his impact on a whole new generation of queer scholarship and activism.

Gerard Koskovich is a San Francisco-based editor, writer, historian, and rare book dealer and collector. He is the staff liaison for the American Society on Aging's Lesbian and Gay Aging Issues Network. His entry on LGBT archives and libraries in the United States is forthcoming in the three-volume reference work LGBTQ America Today (Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2008). Recent publications include an extensive French-language portfolio on the GLBT Historical Society published in volume 6 of Triangulere (Paris: Editions Christophe Gendron, December 2006), an annual review of queer arts and culture, and "The 'Modest Collection' of Bud Flounders: How 5,400 Gay Novels Came to Green Library," published in the fall 2005 issue of Imprint, the journal of the Associates of the Stanford University Libraries. Amber Hollibaugh, senior strategist at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, formerly was the director of education, advocacy and community building at SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders). She was the first director of the Lesbian AIDS Project at Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) in New York. She is a well-known activist, artist, writer and community organizer. She is author of My Dangerous Desires: a Queer Girl Dreaming Her Way Home. She also co-produced and directed The Heart of the Matter, a documentary about women's sexuality and HIV risk, which won the 1994 Sundance Festival Freedom of Expression Award and ran on the PBS series, P.O.V.

Have a safe and productive new year!
See obituaries:
New York Times: obit.
Los Angeles Times: obit.
Bay Area Reporter: obit
Sullivan County Democrat: obit.

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Monday, December 24, 2007

Hoang Tan Bui Case Settlement

Irvine -- On this Christmas Eve edition of Subversity, we look back at the Hoang Tan Bui case, where a Westminster police officer, later fired, ran over Bui, causing massive injuries that killed him. This past week, his family settled the case against the City of Westminster for less than $1 million.

We look back at the case that we first covered over two years ago, when we interviewed Hoang Bui's wife, Phuong, who was then spending her first Thanksgiving with her two children without their father, a Caucasian-Vietnamese. The case sparked intense community protest with community meetings as well as a march against police headquarters. The case continues with the Bui family's lawsuit against the city over a ban on grieving their loss at the site of the incident. That case goes to court in March, 2008, where the family is represented by attorney Michael Avila.

See Deepa Bharath's article: "Court Oks Westminster Police Settlement," Orange County Register, 19 December 2007, as well as the reader comments.

See also Trinh Luu's article, "The Hoang Tan Bui case: What are they not telling us?" in the Fall 2005 edition of Jaded, a UCI alternative Asian Pacific American magazine, p.7. The piece was written right before two years before the settlement.

We dedicate the show to the memory of a fellow traveller, Alan Berube, a community activist cum historian, who won the MacArthur Foundation award after his work on gays in the military. He passed away 11 December 2007 at the age of 61.

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Monday, December 17, 2007

What Constitutes Torture?

Irvine -- As Congress and various agencies begin investigating the destruction of CIA interrogation tapes and as Congress moves to restrict certain types of interrogation techniques, Subversity talks with a Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) staff member about what constitutes torture. For example, does forcing someone to stand for hours constitute torture? Hint: Watch: Waiting for the Guards video from Amnesty International.

On our Monday, 17 December, 2007 show we chatted with Lynne Kates. She is the CCR's Organizer for the Guantanamo Global Justice Initiative. She is an active member of the National Lawyers Guild and co-chair of its Middle East subcommittee, and is a community activist with New Jersey Solidarity - Activists for the Liberation of Palestine and Al-Awda, the Palestine Right to Return Coalition. She received her JD in 2006 from Rutgers University School of Law, and her BA in 2002 from Rutgers University.

Kates cited the case of Maher Ara, the Canadian national who was "renditioned" and tortured by the CIA. See Ara Commission from Canada.

We also aired a segment from National Radio Project's Making Contact, on "The War on Torture: U.S. Policy Exposed," with analysis from Law and Philosophy Prof. David Luban of Georgetown University.
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Monday, December 10, 2007

Government Surveillance post-9/11: Student Activist Gets FBI Visit

Irvine -- US law (the Privacy Act) prohibits the federal government from collecting or retaining information about the First-Amendment-related activities of citizens and permanent residents but since 9/11, all bets are off it seems. A Washington Asian American student activist was visited 29 November (last month) by the FBI at his residence after he spoke out against "Islamo-Fascism" week.

On the 10 December 2007 edition of Subversity, we chat with Shemon Salam about what happened, what this portends for activists today and more generally about the state of activism today, especially among Asian Americans.
Salam is a University of Washington graduate student and an Asian American Muslim. He has been an anti-war and Palestine solidarity activist for the past six years. He has also been involved with anti-fascist organizing, and been active countering police brutality and immigrant deportation.

See his: "A Visit from the FBI: When Fear is Not an Option," CounterPunch, 1 December 2007.
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Monday, December 3, 2007

James Petras on CIA Destabilization in Venezuela

Irvine -- On our next show, to air Monday 3 December 2007, Subversity focuses on the situation in Venezuela, a day after a referendum to decide whether or not President Hugo Chavez can re-run for office indefinitely, but also to decide on various measures to improve conditions of the poor in Venezuela. We talk with Prof. James Petras, a long-time observer of Latin American social change, about the role of the CIA in stirring up opposition to Chavez, in the wake of the disclosure of a secret document alleged to be drafted by the CIA to destabilize the country.

James Petras is a Bartle Professor (Emeritus) of Sociology at Binghamton University, New York. He is the author of more than 62 books published in 29 languages, and over 600 articles in professional journals, including the American Sociological Review, British Journal of Sociology, Social Research, and Journal of Peasant Studies. He has published over 2000 articles in nonprofessional journals such as the New York Times, the Guardian, the Nation, Christian Science Monitor, Foreign Policy, New Left Review, Partisan Review, TempsModerne, Le Monde Diplomatique, and his commentary is widely carried on the internet.

His publishers have included Random House, John Wiley, Westview, Routledge, Macmillan, Verso, Zed Books and Pluto Books. He is winner of the Career of Distinguished Service Award from the American Sociological Association's Marxist Sociology Section, the Robert Kenny Award for Best Book, 2002, and the Best Dissertation, Western Political Science Association in 1968. His most recent titles include Unmasking Globalization: Imperialism of the Twenty-First Century (2001); co-author The Dynamics of Social Change in Latin America (2000), System in Crisis (2003), co-author Social Movements and State Power (2003), co-author Empire With Imperialism (2005), co-author)Multinationals on Trial (2006).

His website is:
James Petras, "CIA Venezuela Destabilization Memo Surfaces," CounterPunch, 28 November 2007.
James Petras, "Venezuela Between Ballots and Bullets," CounterPunch, 14 November 2007.
James Petras, "China Bashing and the Loss of U.S. Competitiveness," CounterPunch, 22/23 2005.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez, "The Enigma of Chavez," Le Monde Diplomatique, 4 October 2000.

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