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Interview with Dennis Kucinich

The Indy (indy.pabn.org) interviewed Democratic president candidate Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) on March 14, 2004, as he campaigned in Normal, Illinois before the Illinois primary:
 

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Democracy and Media Contradictions

The contradiction between the continuous adulation given by the corporate media to supposed US efforts to establish democracy in Iraq with the recent US crushing of democracy in Haiti.
 

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Dissecting the Electable Mr. Kerry

Will we forge a powerful, lasting, rising political force together that really opposes the ugly crusade and climate of modern America--and that refuses to be shut up and shut down by the deadening imperialist arguments about "electability"?
 

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John Kerry is a hypocrite. John Kerry is unelectable.

open note to DNC- we will not accept John KErry. WE WILL NOT unite behind John Kerry. If you insist on shoving him down our throats, you are throwing the election to bush as we will be forced to vote green.
 

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1000 foot tall civil rights monument planned

Yes, you heard it right. I hear that there is a 1000 foot tall, by 500 foot wide, by 500 foot long civil rights memorial planned. It will be constructed from the finest materials on earth, by the finest people who ever built a monument. Its location has not been disclosed, but at least two dozen cities in America and another three dozen cities worldwide have their eyes on it and have been heavily vying fot it.
 

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BTL:Christian Peacemaker Team Criticizes Military Detention of Thousands of...

... Men in Iraq * Interview with Kara Speltz, member of the Christian Peacemaker Team, conducted by Between the Lines' Melinda Tuhus
 

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Anti-Social Security group defrauds the elderly with 'ARP' designation

The Alliance for Retirement Prosperity was founded by Republicans like Grover Norquist (president of Americans for Tax Reform) and Steve Moore (president of the Club for Growth), who view the elderly as dangerously selfish welfare-addicts.
 

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Globalization and the Sex Trade:Trafficking and the Commodification of Women and Children

In this important article, Richard Poulin, professor of sociology at the University of Ottawa (Canada), argues that the sex industry, previously considered marginal, has come to occupy a strategic and central position in the development of international capitalism.

 

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National Anti-Nuke Days of Action: March 22-28

Richmond Groups Are Invited to Plan Actions for that week in order to increase awareness about the dangers of nuclear power -- and as a way of spreading the word about Dominion's plans for adding two new nuclear reactors only 30 miles from Richmond.

Some groups are holding film festivals; others are having a Speak-Out in the center of the university campus.
 

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The Success of Richmond’s Winchester Greens Community

“Suburbia Doesn’t Have To Be Emotionally, Culturally and Aesthetically Bankrupt; The Success of Richmond’s Winchester Greens Community? - When one envisions a modern American suburb frightful images of gated communities with guard shacks and winding, meandering roads spilling into cul-de-sacs comes to mind. The homes are all designed and suited to fit into a nice, neat homogenous package. They are grotesquely out of scale with the human habitat. They are cookie cutter homes with vast acreage of well-manicured lawns that are never walked upon or used in any recreational manner. The neighborhoods are incoherent, jumbled messes of fifty feet wide roadways that lead to nowhere without a sidewalk to be found. Once you do manage to maneuver through the rat maze that these spaghetti arteries can be, you spill out onto the thoroughfare via the only acceptable or safe mode of transportation, the automobile.

The thoroughfare has destroyed traditional Main Street America almost completely in the last half century. Once one could walk to the five and dime, pharmacy, bank, post office, to the grocery or corner market over the course of an hour or so and never leave a half-mile radius of their home. Kids could walk to school and extracurricular events and adults to their workplace and social gatherings. Perhaps on the weekends friends and families would utilize an efficient and pleasurable public transit system to get to further away destinations such as movie theatres, town squares, public parks or larger family gatherings. Now it is inconceivable that a suburbanite would choose to walk anywhere. The suburban cartoon landscape is designed only for healthy, wealthy adults. Kids, seniors and people with disabilities all pay dearly for our decadent, wasteful, Me First attitude. Is there any hope at reversing this destructive pattern of mindless sprawl and fear of any semblance of real community in our lifetime?

A movement of architects, town planners, urban studies enthusiasts and their allies came together starting in the late 1980’s under a general movement they called the “new urbanism? to try and begin to offer some humane, hands on approaches at reversing the most negative aspects of suburbia run amok. Some of their principles were things that humans practiced in the design of their habitat for the past ten thousand years, but have been nearly wiped from existence post WWII. Compact, walkable neighborhoods with clearly defined edges and a town square centerpiece for important civic buildings and amenities. Homes, shops, schools, workplaces and parks should coexist in neighborhoods with a mixture of incomes, family types, ethnicities and ages living amongst each other. Public transportation should connect neighborhoods, regions and states and be easily accessible to all.

With their blueprint in tow the new urbanists set out to create some of their first attempts at their town village, traditional neighborhood model. Early on these developments largely catered to the wealthy and the very wealthy. In the case of the new town of Seaside, Florida, the development wasn’t a town or even a real neighborhood at all; in fact it was resort town for migrating snowbirds that was abandoned large portions of the year. Still, however Seaside was a landmark, an icon that quickly spawned countless imitators and architecturally and geographically speaking was one-hundred times over what existed around it along the gulf shore of Florida.

Today, new urbanists have branched out to work on projects as varied as new developments, urban infill, town and even regional planning. They’re leaving their footprint in all corners of the country and abroad. They are in high demand for town or neighborhood charrettes where townspeople, civic leaders and planners come together to draft up visions for the long-term dreams of their communities. They have grown beyond the hang-ups of a Seaside and have constructed multi-income, multi-racial, varied age communities that people love and have pride in. And what do you know; a local non-profit, affordable housing group right here in Richmond has gotten in on the mix.
 

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