BTS 11/7/2005: Bush's Embarassment in Argentina; California's Special Election

Listen: Fernando Guerra / Lori Wallach - Warren Beatty - Peter Laarman / Akili - Lenny Goldberg - Louis Vandenburg / Meleiza Figueroa

Special in-studio Guest: Fernando Guerra

Bush’s woes keep getting worse. The summit of hemispheric leaders he attended in Argentina was a total embarrassment, with thousands demonstrating against him and talks going nowhere. Undeterred by the setback at the Summit of the Americas, President Bush has renewed his drive for hemispheric free trade, declaring that open markets would energize economies and foster social justice at a time when some in Latin America sought to "roll back the democratic progress of the past two decades. To look beneath the surface on the trade issues Lori Wallach of Public Citizen’s Global Free Trade Watch joins us.

We then turn to California’s special election, which begins in just 14 hours. Governor Schwarzenegger’s initiatives are failing in the polls, leaving many to wonder if the era of government by initiative might be in its last throes? We’ll cover the propositions and the larger questions they raise, with Peter Laarman, Executive Director of Progressive Christians Uniting; and Akili, South LA Coordinator for Alliance for a Better California; with a surprise call-in by actor and activist Warren Beatty!

Also, Lenny Goldberg, spokesperson for the Utility Reform Network, talks to us about Prop 80, and Louis Vandenburg, former candidate for the U S Congress from Riverside County, producer for Ian Master’s “Background Briefing,” tells us what is important in the Inland Empire – Riverside and San Bernardino Counties in the special election tomorrow.

Finally, Robert Greenwald's new film "Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price" is playing this week at the Laemmle Fairfax Theatres. See it this week in the theatre, or click on the image below to order the film on DVD and show it to all of your family and friends:

Read More for info on tonight's guests:

1. Trade lawyer and author Lori Wallach is the director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch, an organization founded in 1995 (as a division of Ralph Nader's consumer advocacy group Public Citizen) to promote government and corporate accountability in issues involving trade and globalization. Wallach herself was an early entrant into the anti-globalization arena, founding the Citizens Trade Campaign in 1993.

2. Peter Laarman - Progressive Christians Uniting (formerly Mobilization for the Human Family) began in 1996 as a southern California ecumenical organization of progressive Christians in mainline Protestant churches who were committed to a renewal of the social witness of the Christian church, especially along the lines of building an inclusive church, calling for economic justice in a prophetic voice, and working for dignity for all of God’s children. PCU has aimed to reflect on and advocate theological positions and public policies conducive to the common good as an expression of the basic Christian gospel of love of all the children of God.

3. Akili - The Alliance for a Better California is a coalition of nearly 2.5 million workers and every day people who have joined together to defeat the measures Governor Schwarzenegger and his allies have placed on the ballot November 8th Special Election.

4. Lenny Goldberg - Prop 80 is the Electric consumer Protection Initiative that proposes to re-regulate the energy industry – so the state will never again suffer rolling blackouts, market manipulation and the rising electricity bills that came after California de-regulated electricity. Prop 80 promises to bring stability and reliability to the electric grid. The prop is supported by the Alliance for a better CA and is the fruit of the efforts of TURN, the Utility Reform Network.

5. Louis Vandenburg, former candidate for the U.S. Congress from Riverside County, producer for Ian Master’s “Background Briefing.”