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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s last speech, delivered in support of striking sanitation workers, the day before he was assassinated

Olga Vives, Action Vice President of the National Organization for Women, on the threats to individual rights (and much more) posed by the Alito Supreme Court nomination

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00:00 Introduction
  • Canary Conn answer
10:08 Gender News
  • Next week: GenderTalk on location at First Event
  • Maryland legislature stands up to WalMart (check out "The High Cost of Low Prices"
  • Fox: "Bad move for our country"
  • NGLTF receives $3 million grant
  • Over 80,000 homeless in Los Angeles county
  • San Antonio peace activists protest military flyover at MLK march
  • Short excerpt from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speech
  • How would MLK respond? Katrina victims losing homes
  • NGLTF recognizes 7 African-American LGBT leaders
  • Nepal: Human Rights Watch decries campaign against sex/gender minorities
  • Florida: Republican Party donates $150,000 to anti-gay constitutional amendment ballot question
33:05 Question of the Week

"Last October 15th (#532), there was a question from Pedro who said that he felt he was born the wrong race along with the associated confusion and shame. In your answer, you talked about being in the dominant group or having certain perceived social advantages. My therapists have always made it clear to me that if you only want the social advantages of being in the other gender, you are NOT transsexual. There should be a long-term cross-gender identification expressed in the behavior in some form along with the persistent discomfort with one's perceived gender. There is also evidence that transsexuality is based in structural and neurochemical similarities between the brain of transsexuals and brains typical of their gender identity. This is independent of any desire for social advantages of any kind. Isn't this a significant difference? "
(From: Jennifer)

46:00 Special Announcement: Local Vagina monologue production needs trans women: email
47:55 Matrix creator Wachowski: transgender?
49:05 "I Have a Dream"
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speech excerpt
53:21 Pride (In the Name of Love)
by U2, in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
49:05 Book recommendation: Parting the Waters: America in the King Years 1954-63
60:44 Upcoming events of special interest, abbreviated this week.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speaking at Mason Temple, Memphis, TN on 4/3/68
64:31 In honor of Martin Luther King Day, we present, in its' entirety, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s last speech. Titled "I've Been to the Mountaintop", it was delivered in support of the striking sanitation workers at Mason Temple in Memphis, TN on April 3, 1968 - the day before Dr. King was assassinated. We precede his speech with some comments about Dr. King's largely unreported activist shifts in later years.
  • Read the full text of this speech here
94:23 The nomination of Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court threatens to plunge our nation into a decades-long slide of social regression. Joining us to discuss the dangers of his views is Olga Vives, action Vice President of the National Organization for Women (NOW). She talks about potential erosion of our rights to privacy and choice that would particluarly threaten GLBTs and women, as well as the grave danger to all of an unchecked presidency.
118:02 End
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