[IMC-Boston-Radio] Commemorate May Day, by broadcasting the Radio Play, "Inquisitions"
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Commemorate May Day, by broadcasting "Inquisitions," a radio play dramatizing the struggle for workers rights and civil liberties.
May 1, May Day is the anniversary of the Haymarket bombing and the fight for the 8-hour workday.
Available in http://audioport.org: Look for "Inquisitions"
If you wish to air this program and do not have Audioport.org (Pacifica Radio Network access) please email Anna at globalfamilychild at yahoo.com or call (203) 268-8446.
Dear Radio Friends,
This note, from the producers of Between The Lines Radio Newsmagazine,
contains important information about a new radio play titled "Inquisitions (and Other Un-American Activities,)" written by our colleague Greg Guma, Pacifica Radio Network's executive director and former editor of Toward Freedom Magazine, based in Burlington, Vermont.
This 120-minute audio drama, perfect for your May Day broadcast schedule, recounts the history of the movement for an 8-hour workday, the Haymarket bombing and the Palmer Raids, relating the struggle for social justice and free speech of that era to today's post-September 11th Bush administration assault on civil liberties and dissent. This audio production is now available to non-commercial radio stations for broadcast.
For more details, read the press release below or visit our website at
An audio sample of this timely play can be heard by clicking these
links: RealAudio: http://www.squeakywheel.net/inquisitions.ram
We hope your radio station will consider scheduling a broadcast of "Inquisitions" a thought-provoking audio drama providing listeners with historical perspectives on the challenges to America's Bill of Rights and government tolerance of dissent.
In the spirit of audio revolution, Scott Harris & Anna Manzo
Squeaky Wheel Productions,
distributors of Between The Lines Radio Newsmagazine
betweenthelines at snet.net
A Brief History of May Day
The very first "May Day" occurred in Chicago on May 1, 1886. On that date, thousands marched peacefully in Chicago for the 8-hour workday. Later that day, in a strike at the McCormick Harvester plant, six workers fighting scabs on a picket line were killed. The next day, a protest was held at Chicago's Haymarket Square, where a bomb exploded, killing eight police officers.Eight anarchists were tried for the bombing and sentenced to death despite a lack of evidence or witnesses and a worldwide movement which rose up to oppose their conviction. Four were hung, one committed suicide and the remaining three were released.
Those events in history led to the observance of May Day as an international workers holiday outside the U.S. But here in the U.S., May Day has been marginalized by corporations and their political allies as a "foreign" holiday. "Labor Day" was placed on the calendar in September and May Day became "Law Day." -adapted from the writings of Richard Gibson and Eric Chase
"Inquisitions (and Other Un-American Activities"
Dissent and Its Enemies: Epic Drama Released for Radio.
A new play that dramatizes attacks on free speech and civil liberties is now available for radio broadcast and sale as a compact disk set.
With the interrogation of activist Lucy Parsons during the 1919 Palmer raids as its framework, Inquisitions (and Other Un-American Activities) is a dynamic new audio production that explores timely themes through a dramatic recreation of the movement for an eight-hour workday, the Haymarket bombing, and hanging of four activists.
It was recorded in May, 2003 at City Hall in Burlington, Vermont, on the 117th anniversary of the infamous 1886 bombing. "Inquisitions..." is the result of more than a decade of research, and includes characters like radical organizer Albert Parsons, business tycoons like Marshall Field and John D. Rockefeller, plus muckraker Henry Demarest Lloyd and J. Edgar Hoover at the start of his FBI
According to a review by David Warner in the Vermont weekly newspaper,
Seven Days, the new play is inarguably timely now, as the contradictory demands of national security and civil liberties are once more at odds." Illuminating the past, it raises thorny questions about the threats to freedom when dissent is considered a crime.
Inquisitions (and Other Un-American Activities) was co-produced by theCatalyst Theatre Company and Toward Freedom, a Vermont-based media education organization. Written by Greg Guma, now executive director of Pacifica Radio Network, directed by Bill Boardman, and performed by a 20-person cast, the production runs two hours with intermissions, but also can be broadcast in two or three installments.
To stage a local production, contact mavmedia at aol.com
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