More mandatory prison sentences. Fewer building permits. Open primaries. These are just some of the ideas Oregonians must consider as they wade through a dozen state ballot measures on election day. Who's supporting these measures? Who's opposing them? What will they really do? Jo Ann and Dave give you their take on the good, the bad and the really stupid ballot measures appearing on the November 2008 ballot.
Program hosts Hala Gores and William Seaman talk with Joel Kovel, author of Overcoming Zionism: Creating a Single Democratic State in Israel/Palestine, and Deborah Rohan, author of The Olive Grove: A Palestinian Story.
Hosted by Bill Resnick, this program deals with the local impact of the economic crisis, welfare "deform" and domestic violence, labor issues at a Northwest university campus, and a documentary film showing how American policies are viewed around the world. To hear the whole show, click on the arrow above. For individuals pieces, follow their links below:
Western Washington University at Vancouver has hired a contractor with a record of bad labor practices. When union workers protested, students joined in. Laurie Mercier talks with Jason Scheckler from the Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters and Taj Mahon-Haft, a WSU student and member of the Social Environmental Justice Club, about the issues.
Since the so-called "welfare reform" bill was passed during the Clinton administration, the problem of welfare has dropped from public view. Old Mole Sudarat Musikawong interviews Priya Kandaswamy, Professor of Women's Studies at Portland State University about how the difficulties of life on, or off, welfare affect poor women, especially those in abusive relationships.
What does the rest of the world think of U.S. domestic and foreign policy? While the U.S. is perceived as a beacon of democracy, how does it compare to other democratic nations? Americans are continually told through their media that freedom and democracy are supported abroad, but is it true? This one-hour film takes us around the world to see what people think.
How is the current economic crisis showing up here in Oregon? Bill Resnick talks with Michael Leachman of the Oregon Center for Public Policy about rising unemployment, tax policies, and more here in the state. For more of Leachman's work, go here.
In aftermath of the 9-11, many Islamic Charities and foundations became targets of FBI raids and investigations. Al-Haramin was the first such institution in Oregon to be targeted. I have interviewed Tom Nelson who represented Al-Haramin in their law suit against the Federal government. Thomas Nelson is a local lawyer who is active with several cases dealing with Civil Rights affected by 9-11.