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A special program (first aired 20 November 2007) on animal rights and factory farming. Listen to the editors of this celebrated radio show on New York’s WBAI describe with their customary eloquence the unspeakable suffering of mind-boggling numbers of fully sentient creatures as they are reared and killed—every day— for our palate pleasure. Of equal importance, Shoenman and Shone remind the Left that animal rights is not some irrelevant peripheral issue reserved for middle-class dilettantes, as the caricature would have it, but an issue of enormous social, economic, environmental and moral weight deserving top priority attention.—P. Greanville
Mya Shone is an economist and has a long history as an activist involved in political, community and labor issues. Among her activities over the years, she worked closely with both Casa Nicaragua and Casa El Salvador during the struggles taking place in Central America, was the coordinator of the Tri-County (Santa Barbara, Ventura, San Luis Obispo) Labor Party chapter, a member of an international steering committee organizing campaigns against exploitation and in defense of workers’ rights, and was a co-coordinator of the International Conference for Trade Union Independence and Democratic Rights that took place in San Francisco in 2000. Mya Shone also has been involved in media production. She was a documentary film maker who, in the pioneering video collective “Optic Nerve,” produced and directed prize winning social-issue documentaries.
Ralph Schoenman was Secretary General of the International Tribunal on U.S. War Crimes in Indochina. He spent seven months in Bolivia in 1967 and was imprisoned there after the death of Che Guevara. He worked with Malcolm X with respect to the battle for the Congo and in the anti-imperialist struggle in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa. He negotiated the release of political prisoners in many countries.
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