Subversity Press Release for February 18, 2000 Show Date: Fri, 18 Feb 2000 10:37:31 -0800 (PST)

Alternative news on KUCI

Irvine -- Here's your chance to listen to some alternative news not usually heard in Orange County!

Subversity today presents two alternative programs that are the best of its genre: Freespeech Radio News and Making Contact. Subversity airs from 5-6 p.m. on KUCI, 88.9 fm in Orange County, and is Web-cast live at


Freespeech Radio News

We bring you the Pacifica striking freelancers' newscast for today, Freespeech Radio News, as a follow-up to our interview with several Pacifica contributors two weeks ago. Freespeech Radio News is put together by striking Pacifica contributors, and today's broadcast features these reports:

Clinton Pushes Columbia Military Aid

President Clinton pressures Congress to pass a military aid package for Columbia to stem the drug trade, but critics say it could embroil the U.S. into that country's civil war. Chip Mitchell reports from Bogotá.

Mexican Authorities Accused of Mistreating Student Protesters

Human rights groups are accusing Mexican authorities of mistreating students arrested earlier this month for their involvement in a strike that shut down the National Autonomous University of Mexico for 9 months. 745 student and teachers were arrested in the crackdown, about 265 remain in jail facing charges from theft to terrorism. Last week, about 100,000 people marched in Mexico City, demonstrating for the release of the prisoners. Free Speech Radio News' David Bacon has just returned from Mexico City...He tells host Judy Campbell that residents there are showing overwhelming support for the students strike.

Upset in Zimbabwe

By a slim margin, Zimbabwean voters handed a defeat to their president, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. Voters turned down a sweeping constitutional revision giving President Robert Mugabe vast new powers. Patrick Bond reports from Johannesburg on the issues at stake.

Utah's Anti-Gay Adoption Policies

The state of Utah's Department of Child and Family Services issued a policy in November allowing state adoptions only to married couples. Advocacy groups filed suit, saying the rights of gays, lesbians and unmarried couples are being violated. Now, the battle has moved to the state legislature, which is considering bills to make the policy state law. Alan Naumann reports from Salt Lake City.

South Carolina: Dockworkers and the Republican Primary

South Carolina Republicans go to the polls tomorrow...and surprisingly, organized labor is one of the hot issues. Mimi Rosenberg reports on how the violent breakup of a dockworkers' strike is influencing this year's Presidential primary.

Nuclear Weapons Lab, run by Univ. of California, in Turmoil

More shakeups in the nation's nuclear weapons labs: Asian employees say they're the victims of a witch hunt; others say stepped up security measures are violating their privacy rights and personal dignity. And to make matters worse, one of Lawrence Livermore Lab's leading scientists resigns, saying increased weapons production will bring Armageddon. Krissy Clark reports from San Francisco.

Free Speech Radio News is a production of Pacifica Reporters Against Censorship. The newscast is produced by Aaron Glantz and David Sears. Technical assistance is provided by Leslie Holmes, Kéllia Ramares and Joshua Thayer. Judy Campbell anchored this broadcast. The reporters filing for the newscast are putting their livelihood on the line. Strike fund info. at:


Making Contact

In addition, Subversity also features this evening this week's edition of "Making Contact," from the Oakland-based National Radio Project. We will bring you a discussion on U.S. Military Policy: Humanitarian or Orwellian. Featured guests include:

Kathy Kelly, Voices in the Wilderness
Nguyen Thi My Hien, Xuan Ngoc Nguyen, Lula Bia
and Norma Banks, Vietnam war widows
Paul Duffy, Vietnam war veteran
Edward Herman, author

Our thanx to both Freespeech Radio News and the National Radio Project

Daniel C. Tsang 
Host, Subversity, now Fridays, 5-6 p.m. KUCI,
88.9 FM 
 selected shows available as RealAudio files
Subversity, KUCI, PO Box 4362, Irvine CA 92616