The Daily GRRR! - October 17th, 2014 - Waves Through Walls: Prison Radio Edition

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Welcome, I am your host Dan Kellar and you are listening to The Daily GRRR! Waves Through Walls: Prison Radio, on 100.3fm, CKMS in Waterloo, Ontario. Soundfm.ca on the web, today is Friday October 17th, 2014.

We are broadcasting from the centre of the Haldimand Tract, the occupied Grand River Territory of the Haudenosaunee (Six Nations).

The Daily GRRR! is a project of the Grand River Media Collective; and is supported by the Community Radio Fund of Canada and CKMS.

The clip that kicked off the show is from Mumia Abu-Jamal with his piece entitled Ebola & The Real Health Crisis in America. Check prisonradio.org for more of Mumia’s podcasts.

Today’s feature is from the Redeye radio show/podcast on CFRO 100.5fm in Vancouver looking at the high costs involved with mandatory minimum sentencing policies, and the failure of such policies at reducing related crime.
http://rabble.ca/podcasts/shows/redeye/2014/10/mandatory-minimum-sentenc...

Now we will start with today’s headlines:

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HEADLINES for October 17th, 2014
1. 5th Annual Vigil for Victims of Police Killings in Montreal
2. Misogynist Douchebags Threaten Mass Shooting At Event With Critic of Sexism in Video Games
3. Kiwi Cops Ransack Indy Journalists Home in “Source” Raid
4. Another Anonymity App Actually Tracks Users
5. Indigenous Islanders Block Worlds Largest Coal Port
6. 150,000 Litre Toxic Release Near Redwater Alberta
7. Secwepemc Warriors Burn Mining Access Bridge

1. 5th Annual Vigil for Victims of Police Killings in Montreal
For the 5th year in a row, the Justice for the Victims of Police Killings Coalition will be holding a commemoration and vigil in Montreal on October 22nd, coinciding with a national day of protest in the US against police brutality, repression, and the criminalisation of a generation.

The family friendly event is hosted by some of the families of those killed by police in quebec with special attention this year being paid to the killer cops rampaging america this summer and fall including the murders of unarmed black men Eric Garner (July 17, 2014) in New York City, John Crawford (August 5 ,2014) in Beavercreek, Ohio, and Mike Brown(August 9, 2014) in Ferguson, Missouri.

The release for the event says:
“The Justice for the Victims of Police Killings Coalition remember Anas Bennis (December 1, 2005), Claudio Castagnetta (September 20, 2007), Ben Matson (May 12, 2002), Jean-François Nadreau (February 16, 2012), Quilem Registre (October 18, 2007), Gladys Tolley (October 5, 2001) & Fredy Villanueva (August 9, 2008) and we support their families.”

The Release then continues by noting that over 90 people have been:
“killed as a result of the actions of the Montreal police since the killing of 19 year-old black youth Anthony Griffin in NDG in 1987. This includes the more recent killings of Mario Hamel and Patrick Limoges (June 7, 2011), Farshad Mohammadi (January 6, 2012), Robert Hénault (August 8, 2013), Isidore Havis (August 17, 2013) and Alain Magloire (February 4, 2014). We also highlight the death of Guy Blouin in Quebec City on September 3, 2014, after he was hit by a police car while riding a bike, as well as the death of Daniel Satre on September 20, 2014 at Ballston Spa in upstate New York, who was tasered and beaten by police while in a state of crisis.”

The event, which is happening wednesday october 22nd at 6:30pm at 480 Gilford, métro Laurier (St-Joseph exit) in front of the Fraternité des policiers et policières de Montréal will also call for supporting those beaten by police.

For more info on the event check http://22octobre.net

2. Misogynist Douchebags Threaten Mass Shooting At Event With Critic of Sexism in Video Games
Feminist writer, critic, and host of “Feminist Frequency” Anita Sarkeesian has cancelled her upcoming event at Utah State University after several messages were received threatening "the deadliest school shooting in American history" because of feminism.

The misogynist rantings have become common place before Sarkessian speaking events, ever since she accurately critiqued the misogyny dominating video game culture in her “Tropes vs Women in Video Games” series.

The threat of a mass shooting over the appearance of a speaker who critiques video games which regularly allow you to sexually assault, beat, and kill women speaks to the levels of violent sexism faced by womyn today in north america.

Most recently Sarkessian has been threatened and trolled by the misogyny fanboys at #gamergate who she describes on twitter as "a sexist temper-tantrum targeting women, feminists, and allies working for change in the games industry."

3. Kiwi Cops Ransack Indy Journalists Home in “Source” Raid
Using the excuse of searching for the source of the story which brought down a senior member of the New Zealand government, the national police force ransacked the home of Nicky Hager, an author and journalist who has recently been working with The Intercept on NSA docs leaked by Edward Snowden.

The Intercept reports that the cops took or copied anything that could identify the source of the story which linked government ministers and employees with a trollish right wing blogger and drama fanboy. This included:
“ten hours sifting through Hager and his family’s personal effects, making copies of any USB storage devices they found and seizing Hager’s computer, personal documents, a camera, a dictaphone, CDs, and dozens of other items—not to mention his daughter’s laptop, cellphones, and iPod.”

The article printed on the Intercept notes that “Press freedoms are under increasing assault in the English-speaking world” linking to similar stories “in the other Five Eyes alliance nations of the U.S., the U.K., Australia, and Canada”. The artilce ends with a plea to support Hager in his legal battles noting that “ A successful campaign on Hager’s behalf would signal that people around the world are willing to defend basic press freedoms and stand against such assaults”

4.Another Anonymity App Actually Tracks Users
The need to not trust downloaded phone apps from any corporate non-open source developer became much clearer with the recent release of an article highlighting how the supposedly anonymous “Whisper” message posting app actually tracks user locations, and shares information with the US department of Defense.

The company behind Whisper denies any wrongdoing but has recently changed their Use-Agreement docs and also allowed a Guardian reporter into their offices where screenshots were taken of user tracking capabilities of the software, even for users who had turned off geolocation services.

The Whisper app’s claims to be the “Safest Place On The Internet” is an obvious sham with one executive saying of a targeted user “He’s a guy that we’ll track for the rest of his life and he’ll have no idea we’ll be watching him.”

5. Indigenous Islanders Block Worlds Largest Coal Port
Using a flotilla of traditional canoes, a coalition including Indigenous peoples from 12 Pacific islands took to the water over the past day at Australia's Newport coal terminal to block coal ships from docking.

The action supported by many environmental groups brought out hundreds of supporters and allies for a successful non-violent direct action which blocked coal ships at different times during the day, led to several arrests and saw the police capsize several kayaks.

Check #climatewarriors on twitter for coverage of the actions.

6. 150,000 Litre Toxic Release Near Redwater Alberta
Arc Resources had 2,000 litres of crude oil and 148,000 litres of toxic produced water pour from a wellhead near Redwater Alberta, running off of company property and impacting vegetation.

While the company claims no impacts to any waterbody or wildlife, I would suggest that is a matter of scale, and this is more proof of the inability of energy companies to safely bring carbon fuels out of the ground, the risks are simply to high.

7. Secwepemc Warriors Burn Mining Access Bridge
Secwepemc (She-whep-em) Tumtum Lake Warriors sent a release to Warrior Publications claiming to have ‘deactivated’ a road used by Imperial Metals to access their Ruddock Creek mine by setting fire to a bridge.

The statement reads:
“Imperial Metals Corporation never asked for or received free, prior and informed consent to operate in Secwepemc Territory. The Imperial Metals Mount Polley mine disaster... the absolute destruction and devastation of our Territory has never been answered for. No reparations have been made. Instead Imperial Metals continues to force through another mine in our Territory while criminalizing the Klabona Keepers of the Tahltan Nation also exerting their jurisdiction and withholding consent from the same company.”

The strong statement Concludes:
“Agreements made by elected chief and council do not have authority and do not represent us. This is a warning to Imperial Metals Corporation: Leave our Lands and do not come back. This is a warning to the provincial government: You do not have jurisdiction on this Land to issue permits to any corporation. This is a warning to investors (including the province), contractors, suppliers and subsidiaries: Divest from Imperial Metals Corporation. We the Secwepemc, united, will not allow Imperial Metals Corporation to continue. Secwepemc Law will prevail in our Territory.”

Thats all for the headlines, now for some
Midway Musichere is Rebel Spell with the tune The Tsilhqot’in War

And we are back, you just heard The Rebel Spell with The Tsilhqot’in War off of their new album Last Run. Check out http://therebelspell.com for info on their continental tour!

You are listening to Waves Through Walls edition of The Daily GRRR! Today is October 17th, 2014, my name is Dan Kellar and we are now moving into the feature portion of our broadcast.

Today’s feature is an interview from the RedEye radio show/podcast on CFRO 100.5fm in Vancouver looking at the high costs involved with mandatory minimum sentencing policies, and the failure of such policies at reducing related crime.

That was audio from the RedEye radio show/podcast on CFRO 100.5fm in Vancouver looking at the high costs involved with mandatory minimum sentencing policies, and the failure of such policies at reducing related crime.

This has been the The Daily GRRR! for October 17th, 2014. We are on weekdays from 9-10am on 100.3fm CKMS in Waterloo region, and http://soundfm.ca on the web. Check out all our past shows and other Grand River Media Collective work on our webpage http://grandrivermc.ca

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