Democracy Now! June 12, 2003

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Democracy Now! June 12, 2003
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Myrlie Evers-Williams on the Murder of Her Husband Civil Rights Leader Medgar Evers Who Died 40 Years Ago Today It was 40 years ago today that a gunshot in the night took the life of Medgar Evers, the Civil Rights leader. His assassination concluded a seminal day in the Civil Rights movement; Should corporate criminals face jail time for white collar crime? As Martha Stewart might face jail time, former imprisoned insider trader Foster Winans debates Russell Mokhiber, editor of the Corporate Crime Reporter; The Red & The Blacklist A look at Hollywood during the McCarthy Era with Blacklisted Screenwriter Norma Barzman

9:00-9:01 Billboard 9:01-9:06 Headlines 9:06-9:07 One Minute Music Break 9:07-9:20: Earlier that day, Alabama Segregationist Governor George Wallace stood on the steps of the state s all white University and tried to block the admission of two black students. That night, President Kennedy delivered an impassioned speech defending the Federal Government s intervention on behalf of the students. He spoke of a moral crisis facing the nation. With Evers death, the movement lost one of its most inspired leaders. He became an NAACP leader in 1954 after the all-white University of Mississippi rejected his law school application. Through the NAACP, Evers fought to increase black voter registration, led business boycotts and brought attention to the murders and lynchings, like the slaying of black teenager Emmet Till Tape: Medgar Evers, speaking shortly before he was killed 40 years ago. * Myrlie Evers-Williams, widow of civil rights leader Medgar Evers who was killed 40 years ago today. He was shot dead by a white separatist in front of the family s home in Jackson Mississippi. From 1995 to 1998 she served as the chair of the NAACP. Prior to that she was the first African-American woman to be appointed to the Los Angeles Board of Public Works. She has written two books: "For Us, the Living," with William Peters, and an autobiography, "Watch Me Fly: What I Learned on the Way to Becoming the Woman I was Meant to Be." 9:20-9:21 One Minute Music Break 9:21-9:40: As the government pursues Martha Stewart for avoiding $50,000 in losses, the press has begun to question why it has yet to indict former Enron CEO Ken Lay and former WorldCom CEO Bernard Ebbers. Both men are alleged to have made millions in profits from fraudulent schemes and caused significant losses to millions of investors. On Tuesday, the founder of ImClone Systems, Sam Waksal, was sentenced to seven years in the stock-trading scandal that has ensnared his friend Martha Stewart. A federal judge handed down the sentence Tuesday. Waksal was also ordered to pay nearly $4.3 million in fines and back taxes. Stewart, a longtime friend of Waksal, is accused by federal prosecutors of unloading her ImClone stock when she heard the Waksals were quietly selling their stocks. Also Tuesday, Stewart appeared at the FBI's Manhattan headquarters for a quiet mug shot and fingerprinting session. * Foster Winans, former Wall Street Journal reporter convicted of insider trading for leaking advance word of his columns to broker, served 9 months in prison in 1988. Author of Trading Secrets: Seduction and Scandal at the Wall Street Journal. He is also a freelance author and ghost writer and President of a non-profit writers center in Pennsylvania. Link: * Russell Mokhiber, editor of the Washington, D.C.-based Corporate Crime Reporter. Contact: 9:40-9:41 One Minute Music Break 9:41-9:58: "Even a hint of the blacklist must never again be tolerated in this nation. " That was part of the text of a memo sent by the Screen Actors Guild to Hollywood filmmakers in March as the U.S. prepared to invade Iraq. By then some of Hollywood s biggest names were already coming intense criticism for their anti-war views. Some of those targeted were: Michael Moore. Susan Sarandon. Sean Penn. Martin Sheen. Tim Robbins. Well today we are going to go back 50 years to Hollywood during the McCarthy era to speak with blacklisted screenwriter Norma Barzman. She has just published a memoir of the era titled The Red and the Blacklist. In 1948 she and her husband screenwriter Ben Barzman were identified as communists. They were forced to flee Hollywood and the country. They went into exile in Europe. While blacklisted, she worked on numerous films and wrote numerous screenplays but her name often didn t appear in the credits. The Writers Guild of America just restored her credit for Never Say Goodbye, Luxury Girls. She is still battling for credit on the classic film The Locket. * Norma Barzman is a screenwriter and novelist who lives in Beverly Hills. She wrote the screenplay for Never Say Goodbye, Luxury Girls (for which the Writers Guild of America has recently restored her credit), and is battling for credit on the classic film The Locket. She also worked for the Los Angeles Examiner, the Los Angeles Herald Examiner and the Los Angeles Times Syndicate. She was the wife of blacklisted screenwriter Ben Barzman. 9:58-9:59 Outro and Credits Democracy Now! is produced by Kris Abrams, Mike Burke, Angie Karran, Sharif Abdel Kouddous, Ana Nogueira, Elizabeth Press, Noah Reibel and Vilka Tzouras. Mike Di Filippo is our music maestro and engineer. Thanks also to Uri Galed, Angela Alston, Emily Kunstler, Orlando Richards, Simba Rousseau, Rafael delaUz, Gabriel Weiss, Johnny Sender, Rich Kim, Karen Ranucci, Denis Moynihan and Jenny Filipazzo.

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June 12, 2003
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June 12, 2003
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59 min.
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