This program, hosted by Tom Becker, deals with better ways to repair the economy, making Portland Sweat Free (no purchases of city uniforms produced by sweatshop labor), the Winter Soldier Project in Portland where Iraq veterans testify about the impact of the war on their lives, and what Columbus really did.
Tom also announced the Cross Trade Solidarity Report-back from the Labor Notes Conference, Saturday, October 18, starting at 6pm, at the Musicians Hall, 325 NE 20th Ave in Portland.
Thanks to everyone who joined or renewed their membership during the Old Mole Variety Hour!
The Portland City Council voted 4-0 on Wednesday to approve rules banning city from purchasing goods made with sweated labor by the city. Elizabeth Swaggart of SweatFree Northwest talks with Bill Resnick about their campaign.
Old Mole Jan Haaken talks with Mary Gedry, mother of an Iraq War veteran, who will be speaking at Winter Soldier NW: Eyewitness Accounts of War, in Portland on Saturday, October 18. She recounts the impact of war on her son, and on other soldiers. For more information, go here.
Bill Resnick talks with Chuck Collins from the Institute for Policy Studies about a real recovery plan that would revive the enconomy, support working people, and lead to new and green forms of production. Collins is the author of Robin Hood Was Right.
In Zimbabwe, in southern Africa, Robert may still be president, but his cabinet is in crisis. The cabinet seats for his party total fifteen. These cabinet seats control finance, foreign affairs, police, justice and government information. The main opposition party currently controls thirteen cabinet seats. According to U-S officials, an economic blockade on food and investment will be lifted if the government of Zimbabwe increases the number of cabinet seats of the opposition. That was Obi Egbuna of the Zimbabwean Herald, speaks on the roots of the current situation in Zimbabwe.
With the Bush administration pushing for a number of free trade agreements before they leave office, local groups are organizing to oppose these agreements. Groups like the Oregon branch of the AFL-CIO, the Oregon Sierra Club, the Oregon Fair Trade Campaign, and a number of local unions have called for an end to free trade agreements that outsource Oregon jobs to other countries. Latter tonight, the groups will hold a seminar on the Future of Trade, here in Portland. Arthur Stamoulis with the Oregon Fair Trade Campaign, speaks on the 'Future of Trade' event to be held in Portland tonight.
With the explosion of growth over the last several years in Washington County, homelessness and poverty are also on the rise. KBOO's Eoin Bastable brings us this report on a center that is trying to deal with these issues in Hillsboro
The Bush administration and the Bureau of Land Management sent ripples through the environmentalist community yesterday when they released a new impact statement for the Western Oregon Plan Revision. Earlier this morning, KBOO’s Chris Andreae spoke to Leslie Adams of the Klamath-Siskiyou Coalition about what the report Entails.