Archive for August, 2010

Black August – The Documentary (Trailer)

Posted: August 29, 2010 by trggradio in Uncategorized

Just got back from the international debut of the BLACK AUGUST documentary directed by dream hampton, which was screened on Thursday, 8/26 at the Walter Reade Theater in NYC. Enjoy the trailer. DVD is scheduled to hit stores this November. If you’ve attended any of the past benefit concerts, you already know what time it is. “What’s the call?!” “Free ’em all!”

TRGGR Radio, Aug. 20, 2010 Feat. Cliff Thornton

Posted: August 29, 2010 by trggradio in Uncategorized

Peace, Cliff Thornton of Hartford, Connecticut-based EFFICACY joined us again to discuss recent international developments in the so-called War on Drugs. In particular, Cliff highlights the Drug War in Mexico as an example of how criminalization of drugs worsens conditions.
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More from the U.S. Social Forum

Posted: August 26, 2010 by trggradio in Uncategorized

We located more footage from the U.S. Social Forum, which convened in Detroit this past June. Here’s a conversation facilitated by Herb Boyd, a longtime media activist and journalist for Free Speech TV, featuring Bill Fletcher, Jared Ball of Voxunion and Chris Tinson of TRGGR Media. Click Here to Listen

TRGGR Radio feat. Kali Akuno – Aug. 6, 2010

Posted: August 9, 2010 by trggradio in Uncategorized

On this segment we speak with Bro. Kali Akuno of the US Human Rights Network and the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement. We discuss the 5th year commemoration of Hurricane Katrina, the USSF and Black August. Click HERE To Listen

Black August – August 13th NYC

Posted: August 6, 2010 by trggradio in Uncategorized

Puerto Rican nationalist Lolita Lebron dies at 90

Posted: August 3, 2010 by trggradio in Uncategorized

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Lolita Lebron, a Puerto Rican independence activist who spent 25 years in prison for participating in a gun attack on the U.S. Congress a half-century ago, died Sunday. She was 90.

Lebron died at a hospital in San Juan of complications from respiratory disease, said Francisco Torres, president of the Nationalist Party of Puerto Rico. She had been hospitalized repeatedly in recent months for her ailments.

Lebron was a leading figure in the small but passionate nationalist movement in this U.S. territory.

“Lolita was the mother of the independence movement. This is an insurmountable loss,” said Maria de Lourdes Santiago, a member of the Caribbean island’s Senate from the Puerto Rican Independence Party.

Lebron was born Nov. 19, 1919, in Lares, in southwestern Puerto Rico, and moved as a young adult to New York, part of a mass migration from the island to the United States during the 1940s. There she developed her nationalist views and became a follower of movement leader Pedro Albizu Campos.

In 1954, she and three other nationalists entered the U.S. Capitol with automatic pistols and opened fire from an upstairs spectators’ gallery onto the crowded floor of the House, firing nearly 30 shots. They unfurled a Puerto Rican flag and Lebron shouted “Viva Puerto Rico libre!”

No one died in the attack but five U.S. representatives were wounded, including one congressman who was shot in the chest.

Lebron later said that she never intended to kill anyone and that all four nationalists expected to be killed in the assault. She and the others — Rafael Cancel Miranda, Irving Flores and Andres Figueroa Cordero — received lengthy prison sentences.

President Jimmy Carter granted them clemency in 1979 and they were released.

“We didn’t do anything that we should regret,” Lebron said upon her release. “Everyone has the right to defend their right to freedom that God gave them.”

Back in Puerto Rico, Lebron continued to attend political rallies on the island, where the independence movement holds little sway with voters. The vast majority of people in Puerto Rico favor either becoming a U.S. state or maintaining the semiautonomous status they have now.

Lebron was arrested in 2001 at age 81 when she and five other people cut through a fence on the neighboring island of Vieques to protest the 1999 death of a civilian security guard killed by an errant bomb dropped during a U.S. Navy training exercise. The U.S. has since closed the Vieques bombing range. She was sentenced to 60 days in jail for trespassing.

In recent years, Lebron tempered her support for violent struggle.

“I think times have changed, and there is no need now to kill for freedom,” she told El Mundo newspaper in 1998. “I would not take up arms nowadays, but I acknowledge that the people have a right to use any means available to free themselves.”

source: Lolita audio

TRGGR Radio – July 30, 2010 Feat. Rosa Clemente

Posted: August 1, 2010 by trggradio in Uncategorized

On this episode of TRGGR RADIO we speak with long-time international Hip Hop activist, organizer, and former Green Party candidate for Vice President, ROSA CLEMENTE. We discuss the potential of the U.S. Social Forum as a space to advance political struggle, and the efforts to build alliances against imperialism among organizers and activists of color.
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