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Fight Back: Filmmaker Joan Sekler “Locked Out” Labor In California

Bob Fitrakis on “Fight Back” this week:
Guest Joan Sekler on the state of the labor movement
Bob interviews filmmaker Joan Sekler who recently produced “Locked Out” on a labor effort in California.
Listen and call in this Wednesday August 31
7 – 8 PM
Call 877-932-9766

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Here’s how to call in to the LIVE INTERNET radio show:
(on your computer – not on your broadcast radio dial)
On Wednesday nights at 7:00 pm
Go to: http://talktainmentradio.com
Click on “Listen Live
Call 877-932-9766

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Fight Back: Libya, Stand Up for Ohio, Banned Books week, West Memphis Three

Bob and Connie discuss the situation in Libya, the Stand Up for Ohio festival, Banned Books week, and the West Memphis Three being set free.

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Fight Back Don Debar Libya Visit

Bob Fitrakis on “Fight Back” this week:
Guest Don DeBar on volatile situation in Libya
Bob interviews anti-war activist Don DeBar about NATO and the U.S. involvement in Libya. Bob and Don visited Tripoli, Libya in 2009.
Listen and call in this Wednesday August 24
7 – 8 PM
Call 877-932-9766

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Free Press Free Movie Tuesday, August 23 “The Battle of Chernobyl”

Free Press Free Movie
Tuesday, August 23
“The Battle of Chernobyl”
7:30PM followed by discussion
This poignant film shows the human side of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. It showcases video clips of the original explosion, original clips of the immediate and ongoing mitigation attempts, interviews with Gorbechev and workers at the plant, both at the time and recently, and interviews with the “liquidators”—those people who experienced deadly risk to prevent much greater contamination. The World Health Organization estimates that 800,000 (yes, that figure is correct) people were commandeered for cleanup. Many felt they needed to risk their lives and act to save humanity.
Dr. Bernhard Debatin, Ohio University professor of journalism, was living in Berlin at the time of the accident and was exposed. He screened this 92-minute film at Ohio University on April 26, 2011, the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl explosion. The well-informed and articulate professor has agreed to lead a discussion about Chernobyl, Fukushima and other nuclear matters following the screening. The film is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the Sierra Club, the Columbus International Film and Video Festival, the Drexel Theater and the Free Press.
Drexel Theater 2254 E. Main Street, Bexley
253-2571, truth@freepress.org

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FightBack: Green Candidates For Toledo, Ohio Voters

Dr. Bob talks to the candidates Anita Rios (ran as Green lieutenant governor with Dr. Bob 2006) and Sean Nester both running for City Council there.

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Two upcoming events – festival and movie

Come to the
Stand Up for Ohio Festival:
Rebuild the American Dream of Good Jobs and Strong Communities
Saturday, August 20 from 12noon-8pm

Political groups, speakers, children’s activities, refreshments
It’s all free!
Nikki Giovanni
Music: Grand Funk Railroad, Ohio Players, Happy Chichester and more!

Ohio State Fairgrounds (near the giant slide)
If driving come into the 17th Avenue gate and you’ll be directed to a lot ($8)
If biking, you can bike near the festival
standupforohio.org/
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Free Press Free Movie
Tuesday, August 23
“The Battle of Chernobyl”
7:30PM followed by discussion

This poignant film shows the human side of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. It showcases video clips of the original explosion, original clips of the immediate and ongoing mitigation attempts, interviews with Gorbechev and workers at the plant, both at the time and recently, and interviews with the “liquidators”—those people who experienced deadly risk to prevent much greater contamination. The World Health Organization estimates that 800,000 (yes, that figure is correct) people were commandeered for cleanup. Many felt they needed to risk their lives and act to save humanity.
Dr. Bernhard Debatin, Ohio University professor of journalism, was living in Berlin at the time of the accident and was exposed. He screened this 92-minute film at Ohio University on April 26, 2011, the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl explosion. The well-informed and articulate professor has agreed to lead a discussion about Chernobyl, Fukushima and other nuclear matters following the screening. The film is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the Sierra Club, the Columbus International Film and Video Festival, the Drexel Theater and the Free Press.

Drexel Theater 2254 E. Main Street, Bexley
253-2571, truth@freepress.org

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Via WCRSFM: Fight Back Aug 16 2011 Stand Up for Ohio


See podcast at the bottom.
Bob and Connie interview Kris Harsh from Stand up for Ohio Progressive coalition in response to the last election right wing swing about the Aug. 20 festival.

Saturday, Aug 20 Free Parking for Bike Riders
Expo Center Fairgrounds 17th ave. Parking Pedestrians, 11th ave.
Free MUsic, Grand Funk Railroad. Ohio Players, Cincinnati’s Over the Rhine

Come to the
Stand Up for Ohio Festival:
Rebuild the American Dream of Good Jobs and Strong Communities
Saturday, August 20 from 12noon-8pm
Political groups, speakers, children’s activities, refreshments
It’s all free!
Nikki Giovanni
Music: Grand Funk Railroad, Ohio Players, Happy Chichester and more!

Ohio State Fairgrounds (near the giant slide)
If driving come into the 17th Avenue gate and you’ll be directed to a lot ($8)
If biking, you can bike near the festival
standupforohio.org/
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Audio/Podcast Info
29:48 minutes (38.72 MB)

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Fight Back Former Ohio Secretary of State Brunner Heading Campaign To Repeal Voter Suppression Bill HB 194

Bob talks to former Ohio Secretary of State Brunner Heading Campaign To Repeal Voter Suppression Bill HB 194

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Republicans Ban Minor Parties In Ohio: Battle On To Repeal Law

By Bob Fitrakis

August 10, 2011

Ohio Secretary of State John Husted has banned all minor political parties in Ohio from the ballot. In an August 5, 2011 letter written to the Libertarian Party of Ohio, Husted made it clear that his interpretation of the draconian Ohio House Bill 194, passed by the Republican-dominated legislature, means that all minor parties have lost their official statewide party status effective September 30, 2011.

In a bizarre twist, Husted wrote that the bill “…included laws related to the requirements minor parties will have to satisfy in order to gain ballot access.”

In Husted’s reading of HB 194, the Libertarian, Green, Socialist and Constitution Parties that have been on the ballot since the 2008 election will have to start over to gain ballot access that they already held under a federal court ruling. In a similar situation, then-Secretary of State Ted Brown left minor parties on the ballot in 1970 and 1972 rather than revoking their ballot access due to a new election law.

In 2006, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals found the qualifications for minor parties two restrictive and the Ohio election law was declared unconstitutional. One provision in the bill struck down by the 6th Circuit held that minor parties had to file in November of the year before the election. HB 194 moved this petition filing deadline to early February of the election year for minor parties.

But the U.S. Supreme Court in Williams vs. Rhodes, a 1968 Ohio case, ruled that a February deadline is “unreasonably early.”

The law gives the minor parties three and a half months to collect 40,000 valid signatures to place their Party back on the ballot.

The Libertarian Party of Ohio filed a lawsuit on August 9 for “First Amendment rights and voting freedom,” seeking to overturn the short turnaround for the ballot access signatures portion of HB 194.

Former Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner spoke on Talktainment radio August 10 and was critical of Husted’s letter, arguing that it was a waste of taxpayers’ money to force the minor parties to sue to gain ballot access. “It’s an unfortunate waste of taxpayer dollars. The minor parties should prevail. But the Secretary of State’s office will have to pay the bills out of their budget,” she said.

Brunner and her CouragePAC are part of a broad coalition of forces that include Rev. Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH and ProgressOhio. They will be gathering signatures to repeal HB 194 because it restricts the right to vote for many Ohio voters, including the elderly, students, urban and poor people. The law forbids pollworkers from directing voters to the correct precinct among other anti-democratic measures.

On August 6 at the Mt. Hermon Baptist Church in Columbus, the anniversary of the historic Selma to Montgomery civil rights march, Rev. Jackson told Ohio activists seeking to repeal HB 194 that “Fundamental to protecting all the rights is voting rights.”

Jackson accused the Ohio Republican Party of embracing a “state’s rights ideology” left over from the Civil War. He stressed that it was no accident that the Republican Party is now engaging in the largest disenfranchising of voters since the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and it is happening in 34 states across the country.

If Brunner and Jackson’s coalition is successful in gathering the signatures to place the repeal of HB 194 on Ohio’s ballot in 2012, the law will not go into effect on September 30. Rather, it will decided by voters in the 2012 November election.

Where this leaves Ohio’s minor parties may ultimately decided by the courts. Part of HB 194 retrospectively “declared void the 2009 and 2011 Secretary of State directives providing ballot access to certain minor parties,” Husted wrote to the Libertarian Party of Ohio. Those directives came as part of a consent agreement between the Secretary of State’s office and minor parties, enforced by Ohio’s federal court in the Southern District.

Husted’s letter makes it clear that he intends to enforce the partisan Republican law even if it is placed on hold by a repeal process.

It was the Libertarian and Green Parties in 2004 that demanded the recount of Ohio’s suspect presidential vote, and it was the Green Party that conducted statewide election protection operations in 2008.

If the Republicans have their way, they will not only remove the minor parties from the ballot, but also the vehicle by which election protection activists observed and reported on Ohio’s presidential elections.

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Bob Fitrakis is Co-Chair of the Ohio Green Party and was the attorney who filed to secure the Green Party of Ohio’s ballot access in 2008. He was also an independent candidate for governor in Ohio endorsed by the Greens in 2006.

WCRSFM Fight Back Aug. 8, 2011 Current Events

Bob and Connie discuss the Weinland Park shooting, London riots, Rev. Jackson’s visit to Columbus and repeal efforts for SB 5 and HB 194. The anniversaries of the Selma to Montgomery march, Katrina, and the death of Bill Moss.