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.
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. You’ll hear a few excerpts from the book, as well as more information on the militarization of Mexico, the US role, and what you can do.
Many of the voices on tonight’s show were recorded in Spanish, with side by side translation.
- Title: Teaching Rebellion - Grassroots Mobilization in Oaxaca
- Length: 58:22 minutes (23.38 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 22kHz 56Kbps (CBR)
Prostitution-free zones designated by the City Council under Chapter 14B.30. The zones were areas in which police had probable cause to believe a person committed prostitution as defined in Section 14B.30.030 of city code. Offenders could be banned from the zone for a twelve to 18 month period.
In 2007, Mayor Tom Potter allowed Portland's Prostitution Free Zone ordinances to sunset after determining that the law was ineffective.
In recent months, neighbors of the Montavilla neighborhood have begun organizing to mark the one year anniversary since the city dropped the Prostitution Free Zone. The groups claim that crime has risen since the zone was dropped, and are attempting to push for its reinstatement.
Tonight on Circle A Radio, we will be speaking with Crystal Tenty of the Portland Women’s Crisis Line as well as Lily and Fosto from SWOC, the Sex Workers Outreach Coalition. SWOC’s goal is to provide harm reduction based direct services to individuals who are working in the sex industry and to empower them to make choices in their lives.
We will also speak with Rachel West of the US Prostitute’s Collective and who was a member of the San Francisco Task Force on Prostitution.
Cecily and Marlena of Northwest APOC, Anarchist People of Color, host the first episode of Colored People’s Resistance, NW APOC’s Media Arm.
In October 2000, Circle A Radio, began as an anti-authoritarian, feminist radio collective, broadcasting from KBOO, Portland. On this show we feature highlights from the past 8 years, including the voices of Pam Africa, Lorenzo Komboa, Utah Phillips .
We also talk to Percy Hampton and OB Hill about African American history in Portland, George Katagiri and Suzie Sakai about Japanese American internment at the Portland Expo Center during World War 2, and local author Judith Arcana about her work with Jane, the abortion counseling service in the early 1970’s.
We also covered the fight against Peabody coal at Black Mesa, the popular uprising in Bolivia, the opposition to the Sensenbrenner Bill – HR 4437, and we produced radio theatre called “The Kerry Apocalypse”.
We spoke to nine self identified anarchists from around the United States to learn more about anarchist thought, to discuss problems with anarchy and to take inspiration from our fellow anti-authoritarians.
For years, people used to migrate into the united states through the cities.
Then in the early 1990’s trade policies began to effect patterns of immigration, . The US began building walls, and sealing urban areas, pushing immigration routes to isolated and more desolate areas, like the desert.
Tonight on Circle A Radio, we’ll talk to Kat Rodriguez, the coordinator for Derechos Humanos, Mike Wilson a humanitarian aid worker, and member of the Tohono O’odham tribe, and we will share a testimonial from an immigrant who recently crossed the desert into Arizona.
We feature 2 grassroots projects respnding to concrete needs in our community. We speak to many members of the New Born Tribe Cultural Center, 3525 NE MLK in Portland, and then to organizer Imani Muhammad, of the Peace and Unity Festival, which takes place Saturday Aug 9th at 126 NE Alberta.
We took at field trip to the Freedom Archives in San Franciso. The Freedom Archives contains 8000 hours of audio and video recordings documenting social justice movements locally, nationally, and internationally from the 1960s to the present. The Archives features speeches of movement leaders and community activists, protests and demonstrations, cultural currents of rebellion and resistance.
Bananas are a fruit native to the tropical region of Southeast Asia
and Australia. Today, they are cultivated throughout the tropics. Bananas are
among the most widely consumed foods in the world, and are grown in at least
Transnational fruit companies and
supermarket chains buy enormous
quantities of bananas and competition has led to reduced margins in recent
years which in turn has led to lower prices for growers. Banana farmers have
historically received a low unit price for their produce and been subjected to
poor working conditions. Today, most
banana workers continue to labor for low pay and are often exposed to toxic
pesticides. Child labor and violent
repression against workers who organize unions have also been documented .
Tonight on Circle A Radio we’ll look into the marketing of the banana… why
do Westerners think of the banana as a
staple food item and not a luxury? We talk to Peter Chapman, author of Bananas!: How the United Fruit Company Shaped
the World about the mass-marketing of the banana, United
Fruit's involvement in Guatemala, and their covert links to the US government,
. We also talk to Michael Mc Millen, banana buyer for Organically
grown company in Clackamas, who discusses banana farming and the journey of the
golden fruit from the tropics to our shopping carts. Finally, we talk with
Peter O’Driscoll, executive director of Action Aid USA about human rights and the banana market today.
On June 12th, 2007, as workers at the Del Monte
processing plant in North Portland, neared the end of their work shift, agents
from the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement
or ICE, raided the plant, detaining 167 people, separating families, and
spreading fear and anxiety through out the community.
Tonite on Circle A Radio, nearly one year after the raid,
we’ll explore the current state of immigration policy in the US, and let you
know how to get involved in the local struggle for civil rights. We talk with Monami Maulik of Desis Rising
Up and Moving in New York City, Arnoldo Garcia of the National Network for
Immigrant and Refugee Rights, based in Oakland. We also bring you local organizers Shizuko Hashimoto of the
Portland Central Solidarity Committee, and Marco Mejia of the New Sanctuary
Desis Rising Up and Moving
Monami Maulik, Executive Director, Organizer
“Radicalization in The West: The Homegrown Threat”
chilling report by the NYPD
National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
Arnoldo Garcia, Director of the Immigrant Justice and Rights
HURRICANE – Human Rights Immigrant Community Action Network
510-465-1984 ext. 305
New Sanctuary Movement
Marco Mejia, firstname.lastname@example.org
Portland Central America Solidarity Committee
Shizuko Hashimoto, Coordinator
Portland Allies Coming Together (PACT)
Oregon New Sanctuary Movement Week of Action &
Prayer: Sunday, June 8th – Sunday June 15th
On June 12th, 2007 ICE agents arrested 167 immigrant workers at the Del Monte
plant in North Portland. Now, one year later, the Oregon New Sanctuary
Movement is teaming up with immigrants affected in that raid and other
community organizations to plan a week of action and prayer. We will
remember the injustices that happened that day and call attention to the
ongoing assault on immigrant families and workers.
Calendar of events:
Friday, June 6th - Sunday, June 8th: Prayers and
Reflections for Immigrant Justice Faith communities are invited to lift up
prayers or reflections for immigrant justice during their religious
Tuesday, June 10th: One Year After Del Monte: Community
Responses to ICE Raids
St. Andrew's Catholic Church Community Center
806 NE Alberta St.
* Organized by Portland Central America Solidarity Committee (PCASC)
Wednesday, June 11th: Vigil and Press Conference at Del
Del Monte Fresh Foods Plant, 9243 N. Rivergate Blvd.
* Organized in conjunction with Jobs with Justice
Thursday, June 12th: Interfaith Service and Dinner
Augustana Lutheran Church
2710 NE 14th Avenue
Saturday, June 14th: Screening of "Suenos Congelados"
James John Elementary School
7439 N Charleston
4:30pm & 6pm
* Organized in conjunction with the Comite de Solidaridad y Apoyo Mutuo
(CSAM) and the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)
One Year After Del Monte: Community Responses to ICE Raids
When: Tuesday June 10 6-8pm
Where: St. Andrew's Catholic Church Community Center (806 NE Alberta St)
On June 12th, 2007 ICE agents arrested 167 immigrant workers at the Del Monte
plant in North Portland. One year later we are taking a moment to reflect
on how our community is responding to the ongoing raids, detentions and
deportations that are happening here in Portland.
David Ayala, SEIU Local 49
Nathan Teske, El Programa Hispano
Guest Speaker, El Comite de Solidaridad e Apoyo Mutuo
- Title: ICE Raids and Community Resistance
- Length: 59:29 minutes (23.83 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.