Reporting on activism in the DC area

Reporting on activism in the DC area


Dumfries, VA


Reporting on activism in the DC area




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The Taxi Link: Will smart meters end up in court, again?

Listen to The Taxi Link:
Download mp3 The D.C. Taxicab Commission is moving full steam ahead with implementing a so-called “Modern Taxi System” (MTS). Yet in several areas MTS resembles the commission’s push last year to install one company’s credit card … Continue reading →


Pacifica’s leadership crisis: Summer Reese shouldn’t hold both of the found

Download mp3 The Pacifica Foundation is in trouble and the problem starts at the top. The listener-sponsored, progressive, anti-war radio network – which operates five stations in as many major markets and has more than 100 affiliates – is experiencing … Continue reading →


The Taxi Link returns to the air

Listen to The Taxi Link here: The Taxi Link – which is sponsored by The Small Business Association of DC Taxicab Drivers (SBA) and hosted by TheFightBack’s Pete Tucker and D.C. advisory neighborhood commission member Tony Norman – returned to … Continue reading →


WPFW needs a home, not scare tactics about a corporate takeover

“Clear Channel is not going to interfere with this station.”- Tony Norman Pacifica Radio’s WPFW 89.3 FM has called D.C.’s Adams Morgan neighborhood home for the past 15years, but it’s not likely to much longer.The City Paper building, which houses … Continue reading →


Voices of the 99% Radio examines local D.C. politics and news coverage

Listen to Bullet Points with Navid Nasr on Voices of 99%:Download audio file ( TheFightBack’s Pete Tucker joined Bullet Points with Navid Nasr on Voices of the 99%for a discussion on the Washington Post’sselective scrutinizing of politicians, as well as … Continue reading →


Local pastor teams up with Occupy DC activists to save his home

Listen to Rev. Vanzant at Bank of America protest Download audio file (Rev-Vanzant-2012-09-29.mp3) Download mp3 “This is the next phase of the Occupy movement,” said Mike Haack, an activist with Occupy Our Homes, an off-shoot of Occupy DC which works … Continue reading →


Uber right-wing

Download audio file (2012-09-29-TheTaxiLink.mp3) Download mp3 Testifying last week before the D.C. Council, 35-year-old Uber CEO Travis Kalanick routinely interrupted councilmembers and espoused a right-wing ideology. Uber is not so much a luxury sedan service as a phone app that … Continue reading →


Uber showdown Monday at the Council

Listen to Sept. 22 edition of The Taxi Link on WUST 1120 AM Download audio file (2012-09-22-TheTaxiLink.mp3) Download mp3 “Uber is having it both ways: they’re operating as a taxi, they’re operating as a limousine service, and they’re not regulated.” … Continue reading →


Taken for a ride: press coverage of D.C.’s taxi industry is unfair to publi

The Taxi Link airs on WUST 1120 AM. Listen to Sept. 15 show here: Download audio file (2012-09-15-TheTaxiLink.mp3) Download mp3 “You have one media person interviewing another media person who shares the same biased opinion.” – Tony Norman, co-host of … Continue reading →


Remembering Brian Anders through action

Listen to TheFightBack‘s 2010 interview with Brian Anders Download audio file (Brian+Anders+2010-10-04.mp3) Download mp3 Brian Anders, a tireless D.C. activist and homeless advocate, passed away August 28. He asked that he be remembered not with tears but action. When the … Continue reading →


VeriFone contract suspended

The Taxi Link airs on WUST 1120 AM. Listen to the Sept. 1 show here: Download audio file (2012-09-01-TheTaxiLink.mp3) Download mp3 “The District is hereby ordered to… suspend any further contract work,” Judge Monica Parchment of the Contract Appeals Board … Continue reading →


D.C.’s very funny VeriFone contract

The Taxi Link airs on WUST 1120 AM. Listen to the Aug. 25th show here: Download audio file (2012-08-25-TheTaxiLink.mp3) Download mp3 “We’re not doing anything that is not legal,” D.C.Taxicab Commission chairmanRon Linton told TheFightBack at a press conference last … Continue reading →


WPFW and NAACP-Alexandria Hold Town Hall

Listen to The Latino Media Collective on Pacifica Radio WPFW 89.3 FM: Download audio file (2012-08-22-Latino-Media-Collective-LSBtownhall.mp3) Download mp3 “We know affordable housing is dwindling in Alexandria,” activist and Alexandria resident Nisaa Harper told the standing-room only crowd at the Charles … Continue reading →


Questionable Firings at Howard University’s WHUT-TV

Listen to three of the “Howard Four” here: Download audio file (HowardFour-2012-08-16.mp3) Download mp3 “The behavior of the television station under this administration, this is the reason that people would want to start a union,” said Tony Hawkins, a 30-year … Continue reading →


Taxi chair’s condescension

The Taxi Link airs on WUST 1120 AM. Listen to the Aug. 18 show here: Download audio file (2012-08-18-TheTaxiLink.mp3) Download mp3 “The regulators and the people that control this city, they have no respect for the taxicab drivers,” said Tony … Continue reading →


WPFW To Hold Town Hall Amidst Alexandria’s Gentrification

Listen to WPFW’s Latino Media Collective: Download audio file (WPFW-Tony-Pete-LatinoMC-2012-08-15.mp3) Download mp3 “I hope this Monday the 20th we can make our voices heard [and] somebody can listen to us,” activist Hector Pineda Martinez told Oscar Fernandez, host of the … Continue reading →


DC’s Taxi “Kangaroo Court”

Listen to The Taxi Link, Aug. 11: Download audio file (2012-08-11-TheTaxiLink-Will-hosts.mp3) Download mp3 “[I question] whether this is racial or not,” D.C. Taxicab Commission (DCTC)member Stanley Tapscott saidafter the commission’s meetinglast weekat whichit approved increased fines for drivers andother changes … Continue reading →


The Taxi Link, Aug. 4: The Lawsuit, the Media and the Mayor

Download audio file (2012-08-04-TheTaxiLink.mp3) download mp3 “They have waged a number of media campaigns against us,” D.C. cabbie Mechal Chame said of the local press corps. “We are not against the public interest.” Chame appeared on WUST 1120 AM’sThe Taxi … Continue reading →


The Taxi Link, July 28: Uber, Verifone and More

Listen to The Taxi Link: Download audio file (2012-07-28-TheTaxiLink.mp3) Download mp3 “Uber is the talk of the town these days,” taxi leader Haimanot Bizuayehu said of the luxury sedan service that’s in 14 cities and operates in D.C. largely without … Continue reading →


The Taxi Link, July 22

Listen to The Taxi Link Download audio file (2012-07-21-TheTaxiLink.mp3) Download MP3 “If we don’t [organize], I think sooner or later they’re going to do exactly what they want to do, which is take over, and we’re not going to have … Continue reading →