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Catalyst Radio: Tom Burke is finding out if his speech is free

Local writer says he's targeted by FBI, federal grand jury for his political activity.
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About Catalyst Radio

Catalyst Radio is the weekly public affairs radio program of Community Media Center, with producer and host Linda Gellasch. The program is a feature of WYCE and The Rapidian and includes interviews with organizations and people working on social change and community support, examines media and free speach issues, and takes a look at the behind-the-scenes of Rapidian reporting. You can catch it on air at noon every Friday on WYCE 88.1 FM or streaming on the Grand Rapids Community Media Center Website.

Past Catalyst Radio episodes are archived on The Rapidian.

Tom Burke, appearing at the Committee to Stop FBI Repression meeting in New York City Nov. 6, 2010.

Tom Burke, appearing at the Committee to Stop FBI Repression meeting in New York City Nov. 6, 2010. /Jed Brandt

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Grand Rapids resident Tom Burke has been writing and publishing in various forums, primarily expressing solidarity with anti-apartheid and anti-war efforts.

Now Burke says he’s part of a group that’s the target of FBI raids in three states and an ongoing grand jury investigation, because of these writings and solidarity activities.

Burke joins us on Catalyst Radio this week to talk why he believes he has come under investigation, and what he sees as implications for free speech.



Music featured this week on Catalyst Radio is from Janis Ian, “God and the FBI.”  The title cut from her 2000 release is reportedly about her father being the target of the FBI, and how that affected her family.

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