Media-memory being short, the name Michael Brown Jr. may elicit no more from most than a blank look; but, last month reaction to his untimely death threatened to burn the town of Ferguson, Missouri to the ground.
At least that’s the way the story was told by the corporate media, (and repeated by its state-sponsored Canadian correlative, the CBC). Brown was of course the black teenager shot dead in a hail of bullets fired by a policeman for the “crime” of jay walking, sparking angry community protests.
David Rovics is an inveterate American activist singer-songwriter in the tradition of Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger.
David has played at demos too numerous to count for myriad issues both universal and circumstantial.
From his start busking Boston’s subway to travelling across America and the broader world, he’s earned his sobriquet as “professional flat-picking rabble-rouser” honestly. Rovics was in Ferguson last month, checking out the neighbourhood where Michael was killed and attending his funeral.
David reported on the great societal divide his visit revealed in an essay titled, ‘Ferguson Reflections,’ published at his website, DavidRovics.com, where you can also find his catalogue of more than 200 tunes available for download.
David Rovics in the first half.
And; the tenuous Ukraine ceasefire is holding. This week, the two sides continued negotiations for a longer-lasting peace accord, while civilians displaced by the fighting returned home to pick up the pieces and mourn the dead. Roger Annis is a Vancouver-based peace and social justice activist and editor of the Canada Haiti Action Network website, CanadaHaitiAction.ca. His writing can also be found at Rabble.ca, and at his site, A Socialist in Canada. Roger is recently returned from Crimea, from where he filed reports on deteriorating living conditions for the people beneath the bombs of the Kiev-based coup regime.
Roger Annis and ending the war against the civilians of Eastern Ukraine in the second half.
And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with some of the good things going on in and around our city, and beyond there too.
But first, seeing ourselves reflected in Ferguson, Missouri.