August 23, 2018
by Brian Marks
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Bayou Bridge Pipeline direct action protests and felony arrests largely ignored by local media, but you can hear them on WHYR

On August 1st, Louisiana’s new industry-backed criminal trespassing law for ‘critical infrastructure’ came into effect. The law is intended to hyper-criminalize protests against the Bayou Bridge Pipeline, currently being constructed between Lake Charles and the Mississippi River. Earlier this summer, a state judge ruled Bayou Bridge Pipeline, LLC (BBP) and state government are violating state law by not providing an emergency evacuation route for residents living near the pipeline’s eastern terminus in St. James Parish.

In the past few days, opponents of the Bayou Bridge Pipeline in the Atchafalaya Basin have been arrested based on this law. Three activists and a journalist were charged with felonies for blocking construction across a private property owner’s land without their consent on August 19th. You won’t hear or read much about this in Louisiana, because most Louisiana media have chosen to ignore the story. But you will hear this, and much more, when you listen to Baton Rouge Community Radio at 96.9FM or streaming online.

The audio feature below ran on Between the Lines, a syndicated news program heard on WHYR every Thursday at 5:00pm.

Bayou Bridge Pipeline Opponents Employ Direct Action to Block Construction

Indian Country Today, August 20th: “Louisiana arrests water protectors, journalists at Bayou Bridge Pipeline”

https://newsmaven.io/indiancountrytoday/news/water-protectors-in-louisiana-have-been-crusading-against-the-tail-end-of-the-dakota-access-pipeline-u0v4nJjrxkGoH6OXIJLJGw 

August 2, 2018
by Brian Marks
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Locals Only brings you original Baton Rouge hip-hop and more, Thursdays @ 7:00pm

Baton Rouge Community Radio is proud to premiere another great new local show you’ll only hear on 96.9FM. Starting August 2nd, every Thursday from 7:00-7:30pm listen to Locals Only, hosted by Cindy Wonderful, for exclusively Baton Rouge music, by Baton Rouge artists, from a variety of musical genres including hip-hop and much more.

WHYR-LP is the only place where independent, underground music by Baton Rouge artists is on the radio. We’re the only place where you can hear the unique news and opinion of our local talk programs, the music shows hosted by our local volunteer show hosts, and all the syndicated news and music we broadcast weekly. If you want to keep hearing your Baton Rouge neighbors on the airwaves of our city, support Baton Rouge Community Radio today. We rely on your financial support and your volunteering to continue delivering great programming like Locals Only.

June 26, 2018
by Brian Marks
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Immigration coverage you won’t hear elsewhere? – It’s here on Baton Rouge Community Radio

Baton Rouge Community Radio’s variety of news, opinion, and talk programming is covering U.S. immigration and detention policies and popular protest, as we have since we went on the air in 2011. Here’s a sampling of recent broadcasts available on-demand:

Democracy Now!’s daily coverage, heard locally Monday-Friday at 7am and 4pm on 96.9FM:

https://www.democracynow.org/

State of Belief (every Sunday at 12pm), from Sunday 6/24:

June 23, 2018 – Zero Tolerance

Law and Disorder (Wednesdays @ 8am) for 6/27 on hypercriminalizing pipeline protests (as the Louisiana legislature seeks to do regarding the Bayou Bridge Pipeline)

http://lawanddisorder.org/

Women of faith protesting for immigrant children, from WINGS (Women’s International News-Gathering Service, heard on WHYR Tuesdays at 8am) this week:

http://previous.ncra.ca/dspProgramDetail.cfm?programID=205734

Last week’s Making Contact (every Tuesday at 5:00pm on WHYR) episode on the cost of deportations in one Guatemalan community:

The Seekers Part 2: The Cost of Deportations