Rábia Balkhi Hospital Project in Kabul, Afghanistan

Imagine being nine months pregnant and taken to a hospital. The doctor tells you they must do an emergency caesarean section. They must begin immediately, yet they have no sutures nor needles available to finish the operation. They start anyway. Your baby is born but she is not breathing. The hospital has no emergency equipment nor trained staff to deal with her.

Jane Sinense, founder of the Rábia Balkhi Hospital Project in Kabul, Afghanistan joined me in the studio of Free Radio Santa Cruz for this interview.

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Angela Davis and Others Advocate to Abolish the Death Penalty

In conjunction with the Statewide Day of Action Against the Execution of Kevin Cooper, there was a panel discussion featuring Angela Davis on Tuesday, February 3, 2004, at UCSC’s Merrill Dinning Hall. The room was packed with people that want to free Kevin Cooper, Abolish the Death Penalty, and Shut Down the Prison System.

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School of the Americas Protest in 2003

Immediately after the protest in Miami against the FTAA, many of us headed to the annual demonstration organized by School of the Americas Watch at the main gate of Fort Benning on the weekend of Nov. 21-23, 2003.

The U.S. Army School of the Americas (SOA), located in Fort Benning, Georgia, is a military training institution focused on training officers from Latin American countries. Since its creation in 1946, some 60,000 Latin American military officers have graduated from the school.

The mission of the SOA, known as the School of Assassins, is to train soldiers to protect the interests of multinational corporations, and maintain the economic status quo for the few rich and powerful in the U.S. and their cohorts in Latin America. Religions leaders union organizers, and indigenous communities have been the targets and victims of SOA violence.

In 2000, pressure on Congress to stop funding the SOA increased to the point where the Pentagon decided to rename the school the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, abbreviated as WHISC or WHINSEC.

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Demonstrations in Miami Against the FTAA

“In November, 2003, trade ministers from 34 countries met in Miami, Florida, to negotiate the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA). FTAA threatens to devastate workers, the environment, and public services like health care, education, and water, and to destroy indigenous rights and cultural diversity across North, Central, and South America.

“Thousands of union members, environmentalists, feminists, anarchists, students, farm workers, media activists, and human rights activists who gathered in Miami to struggle against the FTAA were brutally attacked with rubber bullets, pepper spray, electric guns and shock batons, embedded reporters and information warfare, all coordinated by the new United States Department of Homeland Security.

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Santa Cruz Night Out

Salsa in the Streets. August 12, 2003.

Text by Coalition for Community Commons
Photos by Bradley

Santa Cruz Night Out is a community based event downtown where families and visitors will enjoy a variety of events showcasing the diverse cultural talents of Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz Night Out is planned for three Tuesday nights in August from 5:00 – 8:00 pm. The purpose of Santa Cruz Night Out is to create an open-air street fair atmosphere on Pacific Avenue (between Cathcart and Lincoln Streets) for families to enjoy while invigorating downtown businesses on a weeknight.

Would you like to see the diverse talents of Santa Cruz displayed in your downtown? Would you like to experience downtown from a whole different perspective? Wonder what Pacific Avenue would be with less cars cruising the street and more space for the community to gather?

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