I criticize journalists frequently at Northern Insights but, I do have heroes in the trade. One of the them, Amy Goodman, of Democracy Now! is coming to B.C. soon and you can be certain she will get a different reception than in 2010 when Olympic security goons panicked out of fear she might criticize the Games. Frankly, she had more important targets in mind than a group of sponging jock sniffers.
I plan to be there. This is the email notice I received April 14.
“On April 30, the Salt Spring Forum welcomes one of the world’s most courageous investigative journalists to Salt Spring Island. As the co-founder and host of DemocracyNow!, Amy Goodman’s broadcasts are carried on more than 900 television and radio stations across the United States and Canada.
Amy was the first journalist to receive the Right Livelihood Award, widely known as the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’ for “developing an innovative model of truly independent grassroots political journalism that brings to millions of people the alternative voices that are often excluded by the mainstream media.”
Her fearless investigative journalism has earned her many awards, and also some enemies. She was badly beaten by Indonesian troops in East Timor, arrested at the Republican National Convention, and detained by officials at the Canadian Border. She speaks truth to power – and does so with inspiring eloquence, passion, and intelligence.
On Saturday, April 30 at 12:00pm Amy will be speaking at GISS about the importance of independent media in a time of war. Her talk will be followed by a moderated discussion and book-signing. Tickets are $20, ($15 for Forum Members) and available from our partners – Salt Spring Books, Salt Spring Coffee, and Salt Spring Air.
If you would like to become a Member, you can do so at the event, and the Forum will retroactively apply the Member’s discount to your Membership fee. You can visit www.saltspringforum.ca for more details.
Before coming to Salt Spring, Amy will be speaking in Vancouver to an audience of 800. That event has already sold-out at $75 per person, so I expect tickets to see her on Salt Spring will go quickly. I am encouraging everyone to purchase theirs a soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
Here is one example of her work:
“As many as 5,000 children in Pennsylvania have been found guilty, and up to 2,000 of them jailed, by two corrupt judges who received kickbacks from the builders and owners of private prison facilities that benefited. The two judges pleaded guilty in a stunning case of greed and corruption that is still unfolding.
Judges Mark A. Ciavarella Jr. and Michael T. Conahan received $2.6 million in kickbacks while imprisoning children who often had no access to a lawyer. The case offers an extraordinary glimpse into the shameful private prison industry that is flourishing in the United States. . . “