<i>Collateral Damage: Bad Medicine in Tennessee</i>, a new film by Julie Winokur, explores the single largest Medicaid cuts in history -- a failed "reform" attempt that left 170,000 people without care almost overnight.
In 1973, Stephen Donaldson was gang raped for two straight days while in prison where he was being held for participating in a Quaker anti-war protest. Today, as the executive director of Stop Prison Rape, the federal government is prepared to stick it to him again. The Stop Prison Rape (SPR) web page is one of many sites that would be outlawed by the new telecommunications bill signed by President Clinton. The law bans "indecent" or "patently offensive" language on the Internet, and it is already the object of a lawsuit filed by 20 non-profit organizations. With virtually no other outlets to help prisoners cope with the aftershock of rape, SPR provides an essential public service. But if Donaldson continues to produce his web site, he can might himself back in jail for as much as two years.
On the historically bloody and desperately poor Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, a hundred protesters have been occupying the tribal council headquarters for nearly two months. Despite the fact that a sovereign government is under siege, there's been a virtual news blackout. If the citizens of Connecticut decided to take over the state capitol, you can be sure that the media would be swarming in droves while the rest of the nation tuned in to watch. Has America become that hardened to the plight of our Native cultures?