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Opposition to hydraulic fracking has been growing across the country, as more communities grow concerned over contaminated water, pollution, earthquakes and potential health effects. In New York state, the Governor is still considering whether to move forward with fracking and activists hope to sway his decision. Earlier this week, about 1500 rallied in Albany, the state capital. FSRN’s James Krivo spoke to participants for this edition of Street Beat.
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Today India elects its 13th President in a vote by members of parliament and state legislative assemblies. The contest is between former Indian Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and the former Speaker of the Lower House of Indian Parliament P.A. Sangama. Mukherjee has been nominated by the ruling Congress party while the main opposition party BJP is supporting Sangama. But some in India are calling for a more direct public role in electing the candidate and questioning the presidential post itself in a country where the prime minister wields most of the power.
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World leaders in the west and in Asia often point to India’s economic growth as a success story, but many residents still struggle with access to basic services such as clean water, housing and sanitation. A recent survey from the Ministry of Home Affairs has found that in some parts of the country, especially among the nation’s rural communities, a majority of residents are being left behind. That has brought criticism to the government and the country’s youth, a rapidly rising demographic, are calling for more resources for basic rights.
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In New York, thousands marked international human rights day Saturday by marching in protest of a wave of restrictive voter ID laws passed in more than a dozen states. Proponents argue these new laws are necessary to prevent voter fraud. But critics say the measures will prevent up to 5 million voters -- mostly students, the elderly and people of color -- from voting in the upcoming 2012 presidential election. The march began at the headquarters of the billionaire right wing financiers David and Charles Koch who have been accused of supporting the push for the Voter ID laws.
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National Bank Transfer Day took place on Saturday with activists calling on people to move their money from corporate and commercial banks, to local banks and credit unions. The campaign has attracted national attention and in October alone more than 650,000 people became new credit union members, according to the Credit Union National Association. Sue Hilderbrand spoke with people coming out of the main post office in Chico, California, to see if they support the strategy.
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On Saturday’s 9th Anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, thousands took part in competing rallies in downtown Manhattan for and against the proposed Park 51 Islamic community center and mosque. Right wing blogger Pamela Geller and right-wing Dutch politician Geert Wilders spoke and Former UN Ambassador John Bolton delivered a video message at a demonstration in opposition to Park 51. Several blocks away, supporters of religious tolerance gathered in a “Unity and Solidarity” rally. FSRN’s Jaisal Noor was there and put together our latest installment of Street Beat.
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On Saturday, thousands of people from 37 countries and all 50 states gathered to say no to offshore oil drilling and yes to clean energy. From WMNF Community Radio in Tampa, Seán Kinane brings us these voices from a Hands Across The Sand event on a beach in St. Petersburg, Florida.