Feb. 15, 2010
Olympic Resistance: Indigenous Groups, Anti-Poverty Activists, and Civil Liberties Advocates Protest 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver
Our Olympic coverage begins today in the streets of Vancouver, where some say a historic convergence is taking place. Indigenous groups, anti-poverty activists and civil liberties advocates are some of the voices being heard in protests against the Olympic presence. Franklin Lopez of the Vancouver’s Media Co-op has been following the Olympic protests. He filed this report. [includes rush transcript]
Video Report From Vancouver, produced by Franklin Lopez with assistance from a coalition of over forty independent media activists including members of The Dominion Paper, Victoria Indymedia, B Channel News, Rochester Indymedia, Friendly Fire Collective, Pittsburgh Indymedia, Upheaval Productions, SolidarityResponse.net, Pepperspray Productions and subMedia.tv
or if it’s not working: http://media.libsyn.com/media/democracynow/dn2010-0215-1.mp3
(starts at 13:01)
Vancouver Community Activist Am Johal Condemns Use of Public Money to Subsidize International Olympic Committee at Expense of Basic City Services
The Olympic Games last only two weeks, but their legacy will be felt in Vancouver for years to come. The price tag for taxpayers is estimated at around $6 billion, including around $1 billion in “security” costs. Last week, International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge praised Vancouver organizers, calling the Vancouver model “a blueprint for future games.” To talk about what that blueprint could mean for Vancouver, as well as future host cities, we go now to Vancouver, where we are joined by Am Johal, chair of the Impact on Communities Coalition, a watchdog group around the Vancouver Olympics founded in 2001.
Am Johal, Chair of the Impact on Communities Coalition, an Olympic watchdog group. He also initiated Canada’s 2010 Homelessness Hunger Strike, a rolling, nationwide hunger strike calling for a national housing program in Canada.
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