Circle A Radio
Circle A covers local, national and international issues, focusing on the voices of communities who, for political reasons, are not allowed a voice in the mainstream media.
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Circle A Radio is also currently broadcast on KRFP, 92.5 fm in Moscow, Idaho at 11:30 am Saturdays (http://www.radiofreemoscow.org), and also on WPRR 1680 AM a Pacifica affiliate in Grand Rapids, Michigan. We broadcast Saturdays at noon, 8pm and over night Sunday at 4am. (http://www.
Max Rameau is the founder of the Miami-based organization Take Back the Land. In 2006, the organization seized control of a vacant lot and built a shantytown called Umoja Village. Take Back the Land then began a campaign of taking over bank-owned foreclosed homes and moving
homeless families into them.
Max Rameau just completed a North West tour from November 12 through the 17th. We recorded his speech at Portland State University on Friday November 13th.
Tonight on Circle A Radio we will listen to Max Rameau’s speech, and hear about the struggle for land and housing in Portland.
- Length: 55:35 minutes (22.26 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 22kHz 56Kbps (CBR)
Appalshop, a non-profit multi-disciplinary arts and education center, located in Whitesburg Kentucky, has just celebrated it’s 40th year of existence in the heart of Appalachia.
Appalshop is dedicated to the proposition that the world is immeasurably enriched when local cultures garner the resources, including new technologies, to tell their own stories and to listen to the unique stories of others.
Tonight on Circle A Radio, we talk to Art Menius , The Director of Appalshop. We will also listen to excerpts from their documentary film work, their record releases, the programs on their community radio station WMMT, and more.
- Length: 57:51 minutes (23.17 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 22kHz 56Kbps (CBR)
As the number of people living on the streets continues to increase during this recession, many cities are passing ordinances restricting survival activities such as sleeping, sitting down, and asking for spare change. The National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty released a report in July called Homes Not Handcuffs.
The 190 page report says that city ordinances frequently serve as a tool for criminalizing homelessness.
The report also examines violations of the US Constitution and human rights law within these measures. Here in Portland, the Sit-Lie Ordinance has been declared unconstitutional twice. Still, it looks like Mayor Sam Adams is intent on finding a replacement for the defunct ordinance.
Tonight on Circle A Radio you'll hear mostly from people who are currently homeless in Portland.
We recorded this with the help of Heather Mosher and Wendy Kohn of Kwamba Productions, and Ibrahim Mubarek, one of the founders of Dignity Village. We visited several sites in Portland where homeless folks gather so we could talk to them first hand about their experiences.
Whe Flo Kennedy died at the age of 84 on December 22, 2000, the progressive movement lost a fiery dedicated and outspoken lawyer; civil rights activist; lecturer and writer. For nearly 50 years, Flo was a prominent activist in the Black, gay rights and feminist movements.
Born Florynce Rae Kennedy on February 11, 1916 in Kansas City, Missouri, Kennedy cited her upbrinning in explaining her militant and unshaken activist stance.
"I think the way I live is the very best way anybody could live; I don't know anybody who has more fun.... People who behave as though there's something wrong with wanting to improve things are to me pathological, and I can't believe that anybody with taste and brains would want to join them.... I'm just a loud-mouthed, middle-aged colored lady with a fused spine, and a lot of people think I'm crazy. Maybe you do too, but I never stopped to wonder why I'm not like other people. The mystery to me is why more people aren't like me."
Charges were recently dropped against 4 of the San Francisco 8, leaving only one defendent left.
We talk with Richard Brown of the SF8 and Miasha Quint from the Committee to defend the SF 8 about the recent developments, the sucess of the organizing, the cointelpro targeting of the Black Panther Party, and more.
David Irving is a British author and a revisionist historian who denies the holocaust ever happened. Irving’s reputation as a historian was widely discredited when he lost a libel suit in 1996. He will be appearing in Portland July 19th at an undisclosed location. There is a call by Rose City Antifa to shut the event down.
Tonight we talk to Eric Ward, from the Center for New Community who was a witness in the libel trial. We also talk to representatives from Rose City Antifa and we’ll hear voices of some survivors of the holocaust.
Boise Voices is an intergenerational Oral Histrory Project, founded by Apricot Irving. This project pairs at-risk youth from Albina Youth Opportunity School, and Boise Elementary School, with Boise Neighborhood Elders in order to preserve the history of the neighborhood.
The culmination of this project will be a publication of a "Boise Voices" website which will allow visitors to access historical information about the Boise Neighborhood, as well as listen to excerpts of the recorded interviews. A "Boise Voices" audio CD will feature additional material from the interview
We talk with Founder Apricot Irving about the Boise Voices Project, and listen to elders talk about the Boise Neighborhood.
Thanks to Apricot Irving, to the elders involved in the project, and to Kennedy, Janaia, Noah, Kane, Nila, Dominique, and Melissa from Boise Elementary, and to Klya, Sandra , Sherman, Darren, William, Sean, Sam, and Shaelynn from Albina Youth Opportunity School for conducting the interviews.
A life long political activist, Diana Block has been involved in many struggles for liberation both in American and internationally. She has written for political journals and women’s magazines and currently edits The Fire Inside, the newsletter of the California Coalition for Women Prisoners. She has recently published a memoir titled Arm the Spirit, published on AK Press.
On this episode of Circle A radio, we will learn about Diana’s radicalization, her years underground, the process of coming back above ground, and more.
Diana will be speaking Wednesday, June 24th, at 7 pm at In Other Words, located at 8 NE Killingsworth St, in Portland. For more information about the event, go to www.inotherwords.org, or to Diana’s website, armthespirit.com
She will also be speaking Thursday, June 25th, 7:30 pm at Left Bank Books 92 Pike St, Seattle WA.
On tonight's show you'll hear from Imani Muhammad, Versatyl of the Lifesavas, Erica Jayasuriya, and Mic Crenshaw about the High School for Recording Arts Portland (HSRAP).
HSRAP will expose students to the roots of music, culture and arts by using current youth culture (hip hop) as a medium to integrate music, dance, drama and fine arts knowledge and experiential history of history, science, philosophy, business, and social justice.
More information available at:
Check out these resources about the Minneapolis High School for Recording Arts:
This is the link to the student run record company:
These are the links to some of the projects HSRA students have worked on that were made at school but were privately funded:
- Title: High School For Recording Arts Portland
- Length: 56:19 minutes (51.57 MB)
- Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)
The Great Depression was a worldwide economic downturn starting in most places in 1929 and ending in the 1930s or early 1940s depending on the country. It was the largest economic depression in the 20th century, and is used in the 21st century as an example of how far the world's economy can fall.
Tonight on Circle A Radio, we listen to Oral Histories recorded in the 1930’s and 40’s, and we talk to historian Howard Zinn to help us understand the comparison between the present economic crisis, and the economic crisis of america’s past.
The American Memory from the Library of Congress provided all the Oral Histories and songs for our program tonight. You can hear much more from this incredible resource at
We’d like to thank Howard Zinn for his time and his years of work in helping all of us understand the people’s struggles and successes in American history. You can find out more about him at howardzinn.org
- Title: Howard Zinn on the Great Depression and our modern meltdown
- Date: 5/06
- Year: 2009
- Producer: Circle A Radio
- Length: 51:04 minutes (20.46 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 22kHz 56Kbps (CBR)
As a country, we tend to forget the dangers of current methods of processing coal. We focus on the myth of “clean coal” and don’t pay much attention to stories such as the December 22nd Coal Ash Disaster in Kingston, Tenn.,
The 65 foot tall pile of 1.6 billion gallons of coal ash created by years of burning coal for electricity broke the dam that separated it from the nearby Emory river, spilling into the river and burying 400 acres of land.
Tonight on Circle a Radio we talk with Matt Landon of United Mountain Defense about the aftermath of the disaster, and we talk to Patricia Feeney and Joe Stanley of the Sludge Saftey Project in West Virginia about their community and legislative fight against storage of the toxic byproducts .
How connected you are to coal mining?
http://www.ilovemountains.org/myconnection/, and type in your zip code, and they’ll tell you where your coal is coming from
Sludgesafety.org – citizens report on underground injection and community action toolkit
Ohio valley environmental coalition ovec.org
Burning the future
Stop Joe Arpaio! Stop 287gs! Stop the ICE Raids!
On tonight's show we focus on the human and civil rights abuses against people of color, the misuse of 287g agreements, and the need for Comprehensive Immigration Reform. We are talking with immigrant rights advocates in Maricopa County (AZ), where the worst examples of this abuse are happening at the hands of Sheriff Joe Arpaio. We talk with Silvia Herrera of the Puente Movement, Jason Odhner, and Antonio Bustamante. We also bring you short interviews from the National Convergence and Protest in Phoenix on February 27th & 28th, 2009.
For more information:
Locally, you can get in touch with the Portland Central America Solidarity Committee at 503-236-7916 for more information.
The 14th annual San Francisco Anarchist bookfair takes place this year on March 14th and 15th in Golden Gate Park, in lovely San Francisco California.
The bookfair began in 1996 to celebrate an the 20th anniversary of San Francisco’s anarchist collective bookstore Bound Together Books. Over the years, they’ve hosted many speakers, while showcasing anarchist and alternative book and magazine publishers
Tonight on Circle A Radio we’ll be listening to a variety of speakers featured over the years at the San Francisco Anarchist book fair, recorded and released by AK Press on the CD "Mob Action Against the State" and also hear from participants, and attendees.
Dlycia Pagan, Puerto Rican Activist, Filmmaker, and Artist talks about her life as an Activist/Organizer, the nearly 20 years she spent in prison on charges of seditious conspiracy, her presidential pardon, and her advice to the younger generation.
The Dicentra Collective is based in Portland, OR. They are 7 individuals who are collectively committed to create radical communities of care, networks of support, and movements based on relationship building. We talk with the members of Dicentra Collective about their beginnings, their workshops, their ideas for radical caregiving, and include excerpts from a cronic pain zine, and other media they’ve produced.
David Bacon is a writer and photojournalist on issues of labor, immigration and international trade. He will soon be coming to Portland to discuss these issues, and tonight on Circle A Radio, we hear from him about his life, his beginnings as a journalist and artist, and about immigration and popular struggles all over the world.
Queen Liliuokalani was the last reigning monarch of the Hawaiian islands. She was deposed by opposition forces who called themselves the Committee of Safety, with the help of the U.S. Marines. On January 17, 1893, Queen lileo kulani yielded her authority:
. . . Now to avoid any collision of armed forces, and perhaps the loss of life, I do this under protest and impelled by said force yield my authority until such time as the Government of the United States shall, upon facts being presented to it, undo the action of its representatives and reinstate me in the authority which I claim as the Constitutional Sovereign of the Hawaiian Islands.
Tonight, we discuss Hawaiian Sovereignty with Portland Author Elinor Langer, and Dr. Kekuni Blazedell, convenor of the Pro-Hawaiian Sovereignty Working Group.
Studs Terkel, RIP
We visit the work and life of Studs Terkel, who died October 31, 2008 at the age of ninety-six.
Proposition 8 and the fight for Marriage Equality
Proposition 8 was passed this November in California. It changed the state Constitution to restrict the definition of marriage to a union between a man and a woman and eliminated the right of same-sex couples to marry .
We explore the issues of marriage equality, people of color and the LGBT movement. with Thomas Wheatley, Organizing Director of Basic Rights Oregon, and Bonnie Tinker and The Rev. Cecil Charles Prescod from Love Makes a Family.
Teaching Rebellion - Grassroots Mobilization in Oaxaca
Tonite on Circle A Radio we’ll be featuring an interview with Melissa Mundt and Gustavo Vilchis, recorded on Oct. 28th. They joined us at the KBOO studios during their West Coast tour for “Teaching Rebellion”, a book that features first hand stories, and photography from the popular uprising in Oaxaca, Mexico. Many of the voices on tonight’s show were recorded in Spanish, with side by side translation.