This Week on Alternative News

Alternative News is no longer on the air. It had resumed broadcasting for Spring Quarter 2002 on April 2, 2002 at 4 p.m. on KUCI, 88.9fm in Orange County, Calif., and on the Web via The season ended June 11, 2002.

Our next show is June 4, 2002.

But check out KUCI's Subversity show, also hosted by Dan Tsang. Check out also: Free Speech Radio News, Making Contact.

On our May 14, 2002 edition, we pitched for the KUCI fund drive, while airing clips from that day's Palestinian rally at UC Irvine.

On our April 23, 2002 edition, we talked with John Earl, a dissident union member of Local 681 of HERE, the hotel and restaurant employees union. Among other things, we discussed that week's OC Weekly article: Check Out. We also chatted with Charlene about police abuse and immigrants' rights as her group plans Orange County's first May Day demo, outside Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez's Garden Grove office. The OC Weekly also previewed the demo: Demo. To hear the show on RealAudio, please click on . If you want to download it to your own PC, move your mouse over audiofile, right click on the mouse, and click on "save link as". You should be able to save it to your hard drive.

On our May 4, 2001 show, we chatted with Florida farmworkers who pick tomatoes etc. for Taco Bell, whose corporate HQ is in Irvine. Peter Stedman, Lucas Benitez and Antonio Martinez were in Irvine (where Taco Bell corp hq is located), drumming up support for a Taco Bell boycott. They're with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers in Florida. To hear the show on RealAudio, please click on . If you want to download it to your own PC, move your mouse over audiofile, right click on the mouse, and click on "save link as". You should be able to save it to your hard drive.

We were pre-empted on April 20 by returning KUCI alumni. Usually, we air dispatches from Free Speech Radio News from the striking Pacifica Network News reporters.

Show host Dan Tsang was the keynote speaker at the Second Annual USC Asian Pacific American Issues Conference: Uniting Our Tongues, Saturday April 14, 2001 at Taper Hall of Humanities, University of Southern California, at 10 a.m. See the Sing Tao coverage of his talk the following day.

On April 11, 2001 a Wednesday, there will be a teach-in at UC Irvine on the Free Trade Area of the Americas, sponsored by Academia & Action at UCI. See flyer.

On our March 9 2001 show, we broadcast a report on Commandante Marcos' march to Mexico City. See press release

Through March 2, we were, when we could, broadcasting each Friday Live Wire newscasts offered from National Radio Project. On March 2, 2001, we broadcast the Anaheim City Council proceedings that featured hotel and restaurant employees protesting a controversial city ID ordinance. See a print report on that session, Show Us Your Scars!

On our January 12, 2001 show, Edward Said was among those featured. See press release,

On our December 27, 2000 show, we looked at the history of Pacifica's alternative programming, in the wake of the latest coup, this time at WBAI. See press release. And have a nice holiday!

The show host's essay, Resistance is Fertile: Video & Audio Activism on the Net, was the featured article on the home page beginning December, 18, 2000 through mid-February, 2001.

On our December 20 show, we chatted with former KUCI public affairs host, John Earl, about the passing of Peggy McMartin, wrongly accused in the McMartin day care abuse case; he also talks about the Garden Grove City Council's lip service to hotel workers' rights.

On our November 29, 2000 show, we featured two programs from the National Radio Project's "Making Contact", one on the Acteal Massacre in Mexico, and the other on U.S. Military Pollution. See press release.

On our November 22, 2000 show, we focused on Clinton's trip to Vietnam and the latest in the election impasse.

On our November 15, 2000 show, we aired highlights from that previous Tuesday's teach-in at UC Irvine on the election stalemate. See press release.

Show host Dan Tsang reads from Legacy to Liberation: Politics and Culture of Revolutionary Asian Pacific America (AK Press), with other anthology contributors such as John Delloro, Cheryl Deptowicz, Diane Fujino, Mo Nishida, and Faith Santilla, on Sunday, November 12, 2000 from 2-4 p.m. at People's Core, 300 West Cesar Chavez Blvd., Los Angeles (@ Broadway in Chinatown). The event is sponsored by Red Phoenix, a Southern California Radical Asian American Group. See leaflet.

On our October 25 show, we featured Green Party Senatorial Canddiate Medea Benjamin's talk at Chapman, plus highlights from a police brutality protest and a media arts center's anniversary celebration. See press release. To hear show on RealAudio, please click on . If you want to download it to your own PC, move your mouse over audiofile, right click on the mouse, and click on "save link as". You should be able to save it to your hard drive. Ralph Nader's Chapman talk followed at 5 p.m. on Subversity.

On our October 18, 2000 show, we presented a Making Contact program from National Radio Project on militarization. And reviewed news from the alternative press.

On our October 11, 2000 show, we presented Green Party Senatorial candidate Medea Benjamin's October 4 talk at UC Irvine. See press release.

On our October 4, 2000 show, we brought you the latest in alternative news as well as a conversation with Michel Shehadeh, of the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. See press release.

On Sunday October 1, 2000, there's a Protest to Survive gathering at Koo's Cafe, 1505 N. Main in Santa Ana. Music, video, and panel discussions, plus CD release party for Resist and Exist. Subversity host Dan Tsang will be on a panel on the LA Protests. Starts at 1 pm, runs through 11 p.m.

Alternative News host Dan Tsang also guest hosts a new KUCI public affairs program, All Sides Now on Friday, September 29, at 5 p.m. For the first show this fall season, the topic is "Sobriety Checkpoints". The use of such police checkpoints has proliferated in Orange County, partly as a result of state funding to put up these roadblocks. Are they effective in cutting down DUIs? Or are they too intrusive on our constitutional rights?

For this first All Sides Now show, guest host Tsang will moderate a discussion between Robert Balachek, a lawyer from Laguna Beach opposed to such checkpoints, and Linda Oxenrider, chair of the California Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

Alternative News' host Dan Tsang is the 2000 winner of the Media Award from Orange County Cultural Pride, the group that sponsors the gay festival in Irvine in August.

On our September 15, 2000 show, we aired FreeSpeech Radio News, including material on the World Economic Forum protests in Melbourne; then we aired a feature story on Iraq Sanctions from Making Contact from the National Radio Project.

On our September 8 2000, we brought you hightlights of the Orange Unified's enactment of new no sex talk rules on campuses there. See press release. See also my article on the "fisting" talk at the same school board meeting.

On our August 25, 2000 show, we aired highlights from the previous Sunday's awards ceremony at OC gay and lesbian pride festival; show host Dan was honored with the media award, among other awardees. See press release.

On our August 18, 2000 show, we looked back on the Democratic Party Convention and Republican Party Convention protests. We aired a talk by Jessie Jackson at a Mumia rally; aired Mumia's lawyer Leonard Weinglass on how a former CIA director described the U.S. as a "fascist" state; played an Amy Goodman interview with Ralph Nader at the GOP convention, and the latest newscast from Free Speech Radio News. See the press release.

Read my LA Times Voices essay, Anarchistic Advice to LAPD.

On our August 11, 2000 show, during the first day of a national anarchists conference in L.A., we chatted with activist Kimi Lee and brought you the latest horrors since Philly. See press release.

On our August 4, 2000, we brought you reports about protests at the GOP Convention in Philly, and a commentary by the host on the massive violation of civil liberties there by law enforcement. See press release. Stay tuned!

For the latest on protests at the GOP convention etc., check out: Click on Philly IMC for the GOP convention. Also, check out Making Contact's Unconventional Coverage 2000:

The North American Anarchist Conference: A Festival of Communities in Resistance, takes place August 11-17 in Los Angeles. There will be panels on Police Abuse and Cop Watch. Alternative News supports any efforts at resisting the police state. Check out its Web-site: You can susbcribe to the updates on NAAC by e-mailing: Ask to be put on the mailing list. Other queries to: Or call 626-644-1973

On our July 21, 2000 show, we aired a feature on Cuba, and the latest news from Free Speech Radio News. See press release.

On our July 14, 2000 show, we brought you the latest newscast from striking Pacifica network freelanceres, and also a special on the U.S. entanglement in Colombia. See press release.

The show's host has won the 2000 Jackie Eubacks Memorial Award from the American Library Association for his work with alternative press acquisitions and service. See ALA news release and a nice mention in OC Weekly [scroll to end]. See also the posting on anarchist site.

There was an OC Weekly-sponsored Arthur Carmona Benefit Concert Sunday June 4, 2000 at Galaxy Theatre, 3503 S. Harbor Blvd., Santa Ana, Calif. Info.: (714) 957-0600. At 16 he was railroaded and now 18, in state prison, for "a crime he did not commit". See more on his case from the OC Weekly: Carmona stories.