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We hear excerpts from speeches delivered by co-hosts Michael Ratner and Michael Smith at the Left Forum this year. The Law and Disorder panel was named Ten Minutes To Midnight, a reference Michael Smith later explains as he parallels the current legislative and judicial direction of the US to similar police state tactics employed by Nazi Germany. In the second speech co-host Michael Ratner and president of the Center for Constitutional Rights, lays out a similar framework and cites recent supreme court decisions, the Patriot Act expansion and a weak kneed Congress as key stepping stones to a police state build-up.
Elaine Jones, retired president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and Educational Fund
During Amnesty International’s General Meeting in Portland, Oregon, Co-host Dalia Hashad spoke with Elaine Jones, who worked with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Elaine Jones describes her early work on the Furman v. Georgia death penalty case in 1972 and lends inspiring words to young lawyers.
Suzanne Vega and Collective Soul at Amnesty’s Make Some Noise Concert
At the Amnesty International General Meeting in Oregon this year, co-host Dalia Hashad and producer Geoff Brady recorded a number of panels and interviews, among them were a number of musicians who volunteered for Amnesty’s Make Some Noise concert at the historic Roseland Theater. Dalia caught up with American songwriter and singer Suzanne Vega. Vega sat down for a Law and Disorder interview and spoke with Dalia about her music, human rights and expression these ideas through music.
We also hear a heart-felt interview with co-host Dalia Hashad as she talks with Ed Ryan and Joel Kosche from Collective Soul, the alternative post-grunge band from Stockbridge Georgia and one of the headliners at Amnesty’s Make Some Noise Concert at the Roseland Theater in Portland Oregon.