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32: This is an interview with Lisa Zimmerman and Robert Conners,
recorded on March 1, 2016. In this interview, Lisa and Robert, who are
both board members of "Stop NY Fracked Gas Pipeline", discuss their
opposition to Kinder Morgan's Northeast Direct Energy (NED) pipeline
project. Bob and Lisa also discuss the many
risks of the pipeline and the activities that "Stop NY Fracked Gas" has
initiated to educate
members of the impacted communities about their rights. They describe
the impact of the pipeline on air and water quality, public safety, and
climate. They also discuss safer alternative options to fracking,
alternative energy options, with long-term benefits for local workers,
and energy consumers. More information: http://stopnypipeline.org/
33: This is an interview with Pepe Rossy, recorded on April 20, 2016.
In this interview, Pepe talked about the Cuban embargo, and the effects
that the embargo has had on
Cuba. Pepe discussed his recent trip to Cuba and his work with the
Cuba Solidarity Committee. He also discusses life in Cuba today and his
hopes for Cuba's future.
34: This is an interview with Mark Klein, recorded on May 10, 2016.
Mark Klein is a local activist and member of Solarize Schenectady
County. Mark talked about why we should be looking for energy
alternatives, to burning fossil fuels. Mark also discussed the costs
and benefits for the home owner in purchasing solar panels. He
described the options available for purchasing solar energy, and even
an option for people who rent.
35: This is an interview with Grace Nichols, recorded on June 7, 2016.
Grace Nichols is a very active and committed local environmental
activist. In this interview, Grace talked about her work as an activist
and the issues that she is most concerned about now. She recently
founded Ecodefense, a new local activist group,focusing on the Town of
Bethlehem. She is working to inform the public about the effects that
gas and oil pipelines have on the local environment. Grace has been
circulating petitions and organizing local actions on this issue.
Several pipeline projects are planned in the Capital Region of NYS.
Also in this interview, Grace also sings a couple of songs about
36: This is an interview with Tom Ellis, recorded on August 3, 2016.
Tom Ellis has been a committed environmental and peace activist in the
Capital Region, for decades. In this interview, Tom discussed the
issues that he has worked on including his work as a 30-year member of
a group of activists concerned about National Lead Industries. Tom
discussed his long term committment to working for peace with Upper
Hudson Peace Action, and the Palestinian Rights Committee. He also
talked about his opposition to nuclear power.
Episode 37: This is an interview with Joe Lombardo, recorded on
2016. Joe Lombardo is the Co-Coordinator of United National Antiwar
(UNAC), and a founding member of Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace. In this
interview he talked about his history of activism, the Vietnam War, and
recent wars, including Syria. He discussed the formation of NATO and
how it has
become counter productive to peace. Joe also discussed Black Lives
how activism has changed through the use of social media and the
38: This is an interview with Susan DuBois and Susan Weber, recorded on
, 2016. Trade is in the news, but most people know little about the
Trans-Pacific Partnership, a multi-national agreement that, if Congress
enacts it, will supersede federal, state and local laws and regulations
that conflict with its provisions. The TPP is an anti-democratic
corporate takeover that undercuts our nation’s ability to make policy
at the federal, state and local levels. While trade is essential to our
economy, only a few of the TPP’s provisions concern typical trade
issues. Most give multi-national corporations undreamed-of powers over
40 percent of the world’s economy. The TPP lets international
corporations sue our governments at every level for anticipated lost
profits caused by our laws, and to have those cases heard, not in U.S.
constitutional courts, but by unaccountable trade tribunals, whose
decisions cannot be appealed. This undermines U.S. sovereignty and
democracy. Outrage over the TPP is growing as people learn that it sets
corporate profit-making over American’s health and safety. Although
Donald Trump has said that he will not sign the TPP, he has changed his
mind about many other issues, so we will need to be vigilant and
informed on this issue.
39: This is an interview with Gertrud Kauderer, recorded on December 7,
2016. Gertrud Kauderer is a long time peace and justice activist,
visiting the U.S. from Germany. In this interview she discusses how she
grew up and what motivated her to become an activist. Her activism
career began in 1983 as part of a human chain formed by 100,000 people
protesting the deployment of nuclear weapons in several places near my
hometown. The chain started in Stuttgart at the European Command Center
for the NATO troops and ended in Ulm at one of the designated
deployment sites for Pershing ll and cruise missiles. The chain covered
the distance of 100 km. Gertrud is a founding member of One by One, an
organization bringing together children of holocaust survivors and
children of Nazis, exploring their legacies in dialogue groups. For
more than 20 years, she has been a participating member of the Berlin
branch of Interhelp, following the teachings of Joanna Macy who taught
how to transform despair into personal power. In this interview,
Gertrud also shared her reaction to the election of Donald Trump as
president of the U.S., and described how a similar populist right move
is occurring in Europe. She also talked about her appreciation of all
efforts of people who are working for a world in which peace and
justice is possible.
40: This is an interview with Fazana Saleem-Ismail, recorded on January
10, 2017. Fazana Saleem-Ismail is a mother of two who works as a
research scientist. She is the founder of Jazzy Sun Birthdays, a
volunteer project that hosts personalized birthday parties for homeless
children. As a practicing Muslim with a diverse group of friends,
Fazana strongly believes that to reduce barriers and build bridges
between people of different backgrounds, they must have opportunities
to interact with each other. Over the past year, she has participated
in a number of activities designed to educate individuals about Islam
and dispel misconceptions about the religion. In this interview, Fazana
talks about her experiences as a Muslim and discusses ways we can work
to support our Muslim friends and neighbors in the current political
41: This is an interview with Jamaica Miles and Joe Lombardo, recorded
on March 8, 2017. Jamaica is an activist and organizer for Citizen
Action and other Capital Region organizations. Joe Lombardo is the
co-coordinator of the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) and a
founding member of Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace. Joe and Jamaica
discuss their activism, focusing on how activism has changed since the
Trump inauguration. Jamaica played a key role in the organization of
the Albany Inaugurate Resistance protest in Albany on January 21, 2017,
that drew more than 7,000 participants. Joe was an organizer of the
march that took place in Washington on the same day. The march in
Washington, was attended by about 1 million people, and may have been
the biggest march ever in Washington DC. In this interview, they
discuss many of the issues that have been the focus of their activism.
42: This is an interview with Alice Brody, recorded on April 10, 2017.
Alice is a long time activist who has traveled to over 50 countries. In
this interview, she discusses the issues that she is most concerned
about today, including war, labor unions, health care and environmental
concerns. She discusses the future of the planet, Trump in the White
House, and talks about how her perspective has changed since becoming a
Episode 43: This is
an interview with John Amidon, recorded on May 2, 2017. John Amidon is veteran
of the Marine Corp and a long time peace activist. In this interview, John
Amidon talks about his recent civil resistance at the Hancock Airfield in
Syracuse, NY on Good Friday, where he and several other activists were arrested.
John also talked about why he opposes the use of military drones, and what he
thinks we need to do to make Americans aware of the true cost of war. John also
discussed the annual Kateri Peace Conference, held every August at the Kateri
Shrine in Fonda, NY for the past 18 years.