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Fred Phelps (Source:  WBC)
Fred Phelps (Source: WBC)

Radical Anti-Gay Group Targets Plattsburgh Mayor and Local Churches

A radical anti-gay group from Kansas plans to picket churches in Plattsburgh this weekend. The Reverend Fred Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church have targeted Plattsburgh because the city's popular Republican Mayor, Dan Stewart, is an openly gay man. Stewart will host the Mayor's Cup celebration this 4th of July weekend. Phelps is an extremely controversial figure. His organization has begun picketing the funerals of soldiers who die in Iraq. A press release issued by his church says, "Thank God for improvised explosive devices killing Americans in strange lands." According to Phelps, the bloodshed in Iraq and Afghanistan are God's retribution for America's tolerance of gays. Brian Mann will be covering the story this weekend. He spoke with Martha Foley.  Go to full article
The car driven by slain civil rights activists the night they<br />died.
The car driven by slain civil rights activists the night they
died.

Civil Rights Martyr Honored in Tupper Lake

In the days before their deaths in Mississippi, in 1964, two civil rights activists from New York State visited the Adirondacks. Michael Schwerner, who was 24-years-old, vacationed with friends on Great Sacandaga Lake. Andrew Goodman, who was twenty, visited his family's retreat, Shelter Cove Camp, on Tupper Lake. Goodman grew up spending his summers at the lake. People there have worked to make sure that the Goodman name is remembered in the community. In 2002, they petitioned the Federal government to name a mountain in Andrew Goodman's honor. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article

Civil Rights Murders Brought Racial Struggle Home

In the summer of 1964, the civil rights struggle in the South seemed remote and unreal to many North Country residents. African Americans were rare in this part of New York State. Andrew Goodman's murder brought the conflict home for many people. On June 25, 1964, the Tupper Lake Free Press ran a local story about the case. Bill Frenette reads the entire article that ran that day.  Go to full article

Lawyers Join NY Critics of Patriot Act

St. Lawrence County lawyers have joined lawmakers in Potsdam and Albany in voicing opposition to parts of the USA Patriot Act. They say the law violates some civil liberties. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Burlington Resolves Against USA Patriot Act

Last month the city of Burlington, Vermont joined two dozen cities across the country to pass resolutions against parts of the USA Patriot Act, saying it violates civil liberties. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Gay Rights Advocates Hopeful for NYS Senate Anti-discrimination Bill

Gay rights advocates say 2002 presents the best chance ever for passage of a non-discrimination act in the Republican led New York State Senate. Now that Governor Pataki has made that legislation a top priority in is state of the state message. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Seeking Civil Union Legislation in New York

Could New York follow Vermont's lead in allowing same-sex civil unions? We'll find out during a chat with Jennifer Middleton, a lawyer for LAMBDA Legal Defense Fund. She's spent this week in the North Country interviewing gay and lesbian couples... part of a statewide effort to push for same-sex unions in New York. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

Heuvelton Central School Fights Anti-Gay Behavior

Heuvelton Central School added sexual orientation to its discrimination policies this month. It's one of a handful of districts in the region sending a clear message that anti-gay behavior won't be tolerated. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

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