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Peace activist Martha Swan
Peace activist Martha Swan

North Country Protesters Reject War In Iraq

Peace protesters gathered over the weekend at the site of an abandoned nuclear missile silo in Willsboro. The gathering was held to mark the one-year anniversary of the war in Iraq. Tony Award-winning actor George Hearn, who lives in Essex, opened the rally by singing America the Beautiful. Protestors were harshly critical of the Bush Administration, but they offered prayers and words of support for soldiers serving overseas. Organizer Martha Swan, who heads a group called John Brown Lives, spoke with Brian Mann about the rally.  Go to full article

War Rallies Pro & Con: In Glens Falls, Hard Words Between Neighbors

Media attention over the weekend focused on the war in Iraq - and on massive protests in New York City. But the war has also come home to small towns here in the North Country. Rallies and vigils and prayer services have been held across the region. In Glens Falls, peace protesters and those who support the war squared off Saturday in a tense confrontation. Both sides say they want American troops home safely. But as Brian Mann reports, the two rallies demonstrated a deep divisions in the way people see this war.  Go to full article

Their Children Soldiers, Two Moms Wait For News

Dozens of families in the North Country have loved ones serving in Iraq. With the first reports of deaths and injuries, these are difficult days. State Senator Betty Little and home-maker Sandra Babson - both from Glens Falls - spend long hours watching CNN and checking their email for messages. Babson's daughter Laura is a Lieutenant in the Army stationed in Kuwait. Senator Little's son, David, is a navy pilot flying missions from the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln. The women spoke over the weekend with Brian Mann.  Go to full article

Independent Living Protest Closes Capitol Office Building

Hundreds of disabled people temporarily shut down the state capitol's tallest building as they accused Governor Pataki's administration of not obeying a court order that would help more people with disabilities to live independently from nursing homes.  Go to full article

Parents Protest State Standardized Testing

A group of parents is threatening to organize boycotts of the state's new standardized tests. They protested on the steps of the state Education building in Albany yesterday. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Brian Mann Speaks with "Street Medics" Protesting Free Trade

In the years since the first free trade protests exploded in Seattle, the movement has grown dramatically. It's also more organized. They have trained legal advisors and media liaisons on the scene. They also have their medical crews. North Country Public Radio's Brian Mann met with a team of "street medics" on their way to the Summit of the Americas in Quebec City.  Go to full article

Activists Prepare for FTAA Protests

Political and social activists from across North America are preparing for the unknown as they ready for protests this week at the Summit of the Americas in Quebec City. Groups from St. Lawrence County hope to practice non-violent protest against the FTAA, or Free Trade Area of the Americas, but they're not sure if they'll even make it into Canada. So as a symbolic gesture, many groups plan to stage a demonstration at the Cornwall border crossing near Massena. Jodi Tosti reports.  Go to full article

President George Bush's Inauguration: Another North Country View "Hail To The Thief"

Brian Mann speaks with Assistant Professor Mark MacWilliams, on the faculty of St. Lawrence University. He traveled to Washington, DC, to protest the inauguration of President George W. Bush.  Go to full article

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