I hope you tuned-in at some point over the New Year’s weekend to witness the “year-in-review”… a compilation of “Amy Goodman – Democracy Now!” programming for 2011 (see below for topics covered and date of original broadcast).

2011 was definitely filled with significant events, both destructive and uplifting. The year had just begun when an assassin in Arizona struck down Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and other innocents waiting in line to say hello to their elected representative. January continued with the first of many uprisings in the Mid-East. A Tunisian man martyred himself and triggered people’s uprisings in Tunisia, then Egypt, and finally the overthrow of a 40 year despot in Lybia. Thousands in Japan suffered from a devastating earthquake, followed by Tsunami flooding, and continues to struggle with nuclear poisoning from damaged atomic power plants.

But in 2011, we also witnessed the indomitable human spirit of recovery, reconstruction and renewal. “Gabby” Giffords is talking, telling her astronaut husband “I love you”. The world joined the Royal Family in celebration of a wedding with amazing pomp and humanity on display. Haiti is slowly recovering one year removed from their devastating earthquake. Japan is making an incredible recovery, honoring their dead and rebuilding their infrastructure. And perhaps no series of incidents better depict abrupt ends and new beginnings more vividly than the death of terrorist Osama Bin Laden, quickly followed by the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, and the continuing story of regime change in the Mid-East.

To each of you in the Access Sacramento “family”, we wish you all the best in the new year, 2012. Judging from the year past, we will suffer, we will celebrate, and we will persevere. We will elect a president. We will make decisions about local leadership, growth, and the economy. We will succeed and we will fail.

Stagnation is not an option. Life moves forward with our direction or in spite of us. Choosing to not participate is a choice of little consequence. Resolve to make a difference in your life and here at Access Sacramento – one voice, YOUR VOICE, making a difference, each and every time. Welcome to the New Year. Let’s make a difference!

“Best of Democracy Now!” Program Line-up

Saturday December 31, 2011
01-10-11: Gabrielle Giffords Assassination Attempt
01-11-11: Focus on Jared Loughner
01-12-11: Haiti Earthquake One Year Later Lead
01-13-11: Haiti Earthquake One Year Anniversary
01-18-11: Arab Spring – Tunisia
01-26-11: Egyptian Uprising
02-14-11: Mubarak Ousted
03-11-11: Japan Earthquake & Tsunami
03-14-11: Japan Earthquake & Tsunami (cont)
04-29-11: The Royal Wedding
05-02-11: Osama Bin Laden Killed
Sunday January 1, 2012
05-26-11: Bad Weather
06-09-11: Area 51
06-14-11: First GOP Debate Review
08-08-11: ‘Nickle & Dimed’ Author Barbara Ehrenreich
09-19-11: Occupy Wall Street
09-26-11: Hikers Released From Iran Press Conference
09-29-11: Michael Moore; Wangari Maathai
10-24-11: Cornel West & Michael Moore
11-21-11: UC Davis Pepper Spray
11-24-11: UC Davis Pepper Spray (cont)