June 11, 2001
Renny McKay reports from Terre Haute, Indiana on the killing of Timothy McVeigh, the first Federal execution in 38 years.
SPANISH CITIZEN RELEASED FROM FLORIDA’S DEATH ROW
Rochelle Renford reports from Florida, where Joaquin Martinez, a Spanish citizen who has spent the last three years on the state’s death row, has been exonerated after a new trial ordered by the state Supreme Court. Death penalty opponents say the case demonstrates the likelihood of errors and false convictions in the present system.
PALESTINIANS MOURN IN GAZA
Raphael Krafft reports from the Gaza Strip on the funeral for three Bedouin women killed by Israeli Army shelling. The women, who were sitting in a tent near the Netzarim Jewish settlement in Gaza, were the first Palestinians killed since Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat declared a cease-fire on June 1st.
CENTRAL PARK ASSAULT VICTIMS SEEK JUSTICE
From Manhattan, Craig Hymson reports on case of 56 women who were sexually assaulted last summer in Central Park during and after New York City’s Puerto Rican Day parade. On Saturday, a group of activists marked the one-yea anniversary of the attacks with a rally in Central Park.
VIEQUES & PUERTO RICAN DAY IN NYC
Geoff Brady reports from New York on this year’s Puerto Rican Day parade, which focused on halting U.S. Navy exercises in the Puerto Rican island of Vieques. Organizers and government officials banned anti-bombing groups from joining the parade, but they were unsuccessful in suppressing the protesters.
DOCKWORKERS MARCH IN NORTH CAROLINA
Ken Nash reports from Columbia, South Carolina, where more than 4,000 union members protested criminal charges filed against 5 Charleston dockworkers. The mostly African-American dockers had been peacefully picketing a non-union vessel in the Charleston harbor in January of last year when the state’s Attorney General, Charles Conden, called in over 600 state militia in full riot gear who attacked the workers. Their trial is set to begin on June 25th.