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Writer Paul Ortiz on Free Radio Sunday 12-18

Paul Ortiz, author and UCSC professor, will discuss civil rights issues current, local, and historical, on 101.1 FM (www.freakradio) Sunday December 18th at 9:30 a.m.
Folks can call in at 831-427-3772 with questions and comments.

The show will be archived at www.huffsantacruz.org for later listening.

Author Charles Payne, (I've Got the Light of Freedom) praises Ortiz's recent book, Emancipation Betrayed:

"Emancipation Betrayed is a remarkable piece of work, a tightly argued, meticulously researched examination of the first statewide movement by African Americans for civil rights, a movement which since has been effectively erased from our collective memory.

"The book poses a profound challenge to our understanding of the limits and possibilities of African American resistance in the early twentieth century.

"This analysis of how a politically and economically marginalized community nurtures the capacity for struggle speaks as much to our time as to 1919."

UC Press describes Emancipation Betrayed:

In this penetrating examination of African American politics and culture, Paul Ortiz throws a powerful light on the struggle of black Floridians to create the first statewide civil rights movement against Jim Crow.

Concentrating on the period between the end of slavery and the election of 1920, Emancipation Betrayed vividly demonstrates that the decades leading up to the historic voter registration drive of 1919-20 were marked by intense battles during which African Americans struck for higher wages, took up arms to prevent lynching, forged independent political alliances, boycotted segregated streetcars, and created a democratic historical memory of the Civil War and Reconstruction.

Contrary to previous claims that African Americans made few strides toward building an effective civil rights movement during this period, Ortiz documents how black Floridians formed mutual aid organizations--secret societies, women's clubs, labor unions, and churches--to bolster dignity and survival in the harsh climate of Florida, which had the highest lynching rate of any state in the union.

African Americans called on these institutions to build a statewide movement to regain the right to vote after World War I. African American women played a decisive role in the campaign as they mobilized in the months leading up to the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment.

The 1920 contest culminated in the bloodiest Election Day in modern American history, when white supremacists and the Ku Klux Klan violently, and with state sanction, prevented African Americans from voting.

Ortiz's eloquent interpretation of the many ways that black Floridians fought to expand the meaning of freedom beyond formal equality and his broader consideration of how people resist oppression and create new social movements illuminate a strategic era of United States history and reveal how the legacy of legal segregation continues to play itself out to this day.

Host Robert Norse ran into Paul Ortiz at the Human Rights Day demo downtown. He'll ask Paul to comment on civil rights issues at home such as the Sleeping Ban, tasering deaths in Santa Cruz County jail, and other colorful local customs and mishaps.
 
 


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Ortiz Interview is Archived and will be Replayed

The Ortiz interview runs about two hours and will probably be repeated sometime in January 2006 on one of the Sunday shows.

Keep an eye on indymedia to find out when.

To go directly to the archived show without going through the HUFF website go to:
www.santacruzcopwatch.org/robert/brb051218.mp3

There's music for about the first 5-10 minutes, then the interview begins.

Any comments or questions can be left at 831-423-4833 and will be forwarded to Ortiz for his response.
 

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