Justice or Just Us?
Social justice 101.
Social justice 101.
"Rights" and Reggae: Breaking Through Homophobia in Dancehall
In 1992, Jamaican dancehall artist Buju Banton recorded the song “Boom Bye-Bye,” an anthem that advocated violence against the LGBT community and that capitalized on the island nation’s widespread homophobia. The formula proved a success in a nation that criminalizes homosexuality, and it turned Banton into a reggae superstar. Since then, penning homophobic lyrics has become all but a required rite of passage for aspiring Jamaican dancehall artists, with top dancehall artists from Capleton...
Fully-Informed Juries & Jury Nullification
A funny thing happened on the way to a Salt Lake City courthouse recently. As prospective jurors entered the courtroom to be selected to hear a case of an environmental activist, activists handed them fliers published by the Fully Informed Jury Association. They said that jurors had the right to come to a decision based on the evidence and their conscience. But according to an article published on Truthdig.com, the presiding judge in the case was so outraged by the flier that he brought...
Against Equality: Queer Critiques of Gay Marriage
When it comes to gay marriage, the times, they are a-confusing. Indeed. Consider that while gays in California and the rest of the nation are working tirelessly to secure marriage equality, not all members of the LGBTQ community believe that marriage equality is an appropriate goal. Against Equaltiy is a collective of writers, artists and agitators focused on critiquing mainstream gay and lesbian politics. For example, should gay and lesbian politics really demand inclusion in the U.S....
Coalition to Preserve Reggae Music
The music of Kingston isn't what it used to be. Sound systems that used to send messages of peace,love, social living and redemption now blast lyric preaching misogyny, violence and homopobia. Many lovers of reggae music fear that this artform which has passed down Jamaican history from generation to generation is giving way to new sub-genres, making reggae less culturally and historically relevant. The Coalition to Preserve Reggae Music works to preserve this precious cultural artform....
Ziggy Marley calls into the Dread Zone (Mon. 6-8pm)and talks about his music, his charity work, and what it's like to have his last name!
Meat is for Pussies!
Tired of the 'wimpy vegetarian' stereotype? Let's face it: The same marketing gurus who convince us that the Marlboro Man is a stud are the same folks who propagate the myth that meat is "mans" food. But there's nothing manly about erectile dysfunction, colon cancer, heart disease, waning libidos, and a host of other ailments that come from a meat-based diet! In his new book Meat Is For Pussies, punk icon John Joseph of the band the Cro-Mags provides men with an in-your-face reality check...
Undercover Investigations Exposing Animal Abuse
Chilling undercover footage recorded during a new Mercy For Animals investigation exposes dairy farm workers sadistically abusing cows and young calves. During a four-week investigation of Conklin Dairy Farms in Plain City, Ohio between April and May, MFA's investigator documented farm workers: Violently punching young calves in the face; body slamming them to the ground, using pitchforks to stab cows in the face, legs and stomach; beating restrained cows in the face with crowbars -- some...
CommUnity Harvest & the Grain Project
Got produce? Need produce? Then find out about a CommUnity Harvest. That's right! If you have extra home-grown produce and are interested in sharing it with families in need, or if you are low income and can benefit from fresh, free produce, then a CommUnity Harvest is a perfect way to build community while providing healthy food for those in need! The idea is simple: create an outreach program, collect locally grown produce, distribute it to those in need, and build community in the...
Underground Undergrads: The Plight of Undocumented Students
The immigrant rights debate has a profound impact on millions of undocumented people living throughout the country and now especially in Arizona. But there is one group of undocumented immigrants who face a particularly daunting challenge, and that is students. The majority of these young people came to the United States as children, brought from their native lands by parents or relatives. Many of our nations colleges and universities - including UCI - have a sizable undocumented student...
On April 6, 2010, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed a resolution encouraging city residents to eat vegetarian on Mondays. Just in time for Earth Day, The VegDay Resolution, introduced by In Defense of Animals and the San Francisco Vegetarian Society, enjoyed unanimous support. The resolution encourages residents of San Francisco to adopt a plant-based diet, and restaurants, schools and other institutions to offer veggie options on Mondays. Numerous San Francisco restaurants are...
Stop Human Trafficking: A Report Back From Haiti
Think slavery is a remnant of the past? Think again. Human trafficking is a modern form of slavery involving the abuse and maltreatment of the most defenseless and feeble members of the world community. Mostly women and children, these victims are trafficked for exploitation and abuse usually across international borders. This heinous criminal activity involves the recruitment, hiding, shipping, acquiring or providing any vulnerable individual for services or labor engaging in forced...
Saving the Wild Horse
Greed and corruption take center stage in a new documentary exposing how the United States’ failed energy policy and the pillage of western public lands by oil, gas, mining and corporate cattle grazing, is leading to the extinction of America’s wild horses and burros. In Disappointment Valley, A Modern Western director James Kleinert documents the struggle of the wild horse – an animal that has long symbolized freedom and individualism in America. Once protected by the Free Roaming Wild...
Howard Zinn (1922-2010): Why Civil Disobedience Matters
Professor Zinn's appearance on KUCI 88.9FM's Justice, or Just Us? marked the 35 year anniversary of the publication of his book: Disobedience and Democracy: Nine Fallacies on Law and Order recently re-issued by South End Press (www.southendpress.org). The book was written in part as a response to a 7-1 Supreme Court decision that upheld the criminal conviction of David O'Brien for burning his draft card. When Justice Abe Fortas wrote a booklet on civil disobedience justifying such...
Grow Where You Are! Urban Gardening
Grow where you are! That's right. You don't need a farm to cultivate a garden and produce delicious vegetables and beautiful flowers. The art of urban gardening is in the use of tires, cardboard, old fencing and many other discarded items that fill the urban landscape. For example, old tires are good for raised flower beds and excellent for root crops like potatoes. Of course, besides being aesthetic and fun, there are environmental and economic benefits to urban gardening. And it's a great...
Anthropology & the Counter-Counterinsurgency Manual
When the U.S. military decided it needed cultural expertise as much as smart bombs to prevail in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Pentagon’s Counterinsurgency Field Manual offered a blueprint for mobilizing anthropologists for war. As a response, the “Network of Concerned Anthropologists” issued their own Counter-Counterinsurgency Manual which not only critiques that strategy but also offers a blueprint for resistance. In particular, the Counter-Counterinsurgency Manual explores the ethical and...
So much has been written about the Rastafari, yet we know so little about why and how people join the Rastafari movement. Although popular understandings evoke images of dreadlocks, reggae, and marijuana, Rastafarians were persecuted in their country, becoming a people seeking social justice. Yet new adherents continued to convert to Rastafari despite facing adverse reactions from their fellow citizens and from their British rulers. Our guest, Professor of Anthropology Charles Price author...
World March for Peace
What will it take to communicate to world leaders the people's opposition to war and nuclear conflict? Will it take a mass rally? A nationwide mobilization? How about a world march for peace? Indeed, having begun on October 2, 2009 — the International Day of Nonviolence — in Wellington, New Zealand, and culminating on January 2, 2010 at the foot of Mount Aconcagua in Argentina, the World March for Peace and Nonviolence is an unprecedented social mobilization which aims to create...
Policing Dissent: A 10 year anniversary of the Battle for Seattle
In November 1999, thousands of protesters converged on Seattle to shut down the World Trade Organization's Ministerial Meeting. Using innovative and network-based strategies, the protesters left police flummoxed, desperately searching for ways to control the crowds in Seattle and the emerging anti-corporate globalization movement. Faced with these network-based tactics, law enforcement agencies transformed their policing and social control mechanisms to manage this new threat. In Policing...