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.

For more information email us, or continue to the Audio Tab to listen to our past shows.

 

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.publicrealityradio.org)

Episode Archive

Circle A Radio on 04/07/10

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Wed, 04/07/2010 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
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Tonght we focus on the High School for Recording Arts Portland

Imagine a high school where art, music and culture are natural components of education rather than stand alone subjects. Where community is unified through celebration of arts and artistic expression. A school where parents and students openly communicate with teachers because every voice is valued. Imagine teenage sons and daughters coming home from school filled with pride and self-confidence, showcasing their day’s accomplishments and looking forward to the next day. Imagine their excitement when working in an internship lead by an artist or businessperson they admire. Imagine talking about life after graduation as a conversation with limitless possibilities.

Circle A Radio on 03/03/10

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Wed, 03/03/2010 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
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The House of Sound, a community and culutral space, memorialized

 Tonight we are looking back at Portland History, and listening to rememberances of the House of Sound, a record store that was cultural and community space for the African American community. The building was knocked down in 2009. 

We have interviews with Clifford Walker, Mel Renfro, Ken Dickson, and David Dawson, and play exerpts from Yugen Rashad's 5 hour tribute that aired on KBOO Feb 14, 2009, which featured David Dawson, Cleo Smith, Billy Holt, Woodrow Wilson, Jr., Keedah Giannetti, and Wone.

Thanks to all those who helped make this possible, including Vanessa Renwick, and Charles Bedford.
 

Circle A Radio on 02/17/10

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Wed, 02/17/2010 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
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Signs of Change: Social Movement Cultures 1960s to Now


Tonight Circle A Radio explores the art and politics behing the Signs of Change art show up now at PNCA, 1241 NW Johnson St.
Signs of Change: Social Movement Cultures 1960s to Now

In Signs of Change: Social Movement Cultures 1960s to Now, hundreds of posters, photographs, moving images, audio clips, and ephemera bring to life over forty years of activism, political protest, and campaigns for social justice. Curated by Dara Greenwald and Josh MacPhee as part of Exit Art’s Curatorial Incubator Program, this important and timely exhibition surveys the creative work of dozens of international social movements. The Show is up until March 19, 2010.

 

Circle A Radio on 02/03/10

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Wed, 02/03/2010 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
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Right 2 Survive and Circle A Radio go on a field trip to support civil rights and affordable housing

Early in the morning on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 18th, about 50 people gathered at Sisters of the Road Cafe in Portland, to travel to San Francisco for a protest about Civil Rights and Affordable Housing, organized by the Western Regional Advocacy Project (WRAP).
Tonight, on Circle A Radio, you’ll hear from some of the Portlanders who participated in the movement building trip to San Francisco, as well as some of the people they met along the way.  We’ll also update you on the current situation in the Rose City.
This show is a collaboration between Right 2 Survive (R2S), an organization led by homeless and formerly homeless human rights advocates and Circle A Radio.

 

Circle A Radio on 01/20/10

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Wed, 01/20/2010 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

For several years, Clifford Walker has been asking: why don't we remove the symbols of racial oppression from our  national currency?

Circle A Radio on 01/06/10

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Wed, 01/06/2010 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
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Squatting Ban in the Netherlands

For the last three years a ban on squatting has been in preparation in Dutch politics. A new act that is to ban squatting in the Netherlands passed through parliament on October 15th. Despite strong critique from the High Court, the union of city councils and even the Amsterdam police force, the christian/rightwing majority in The Hague is pushing this law through. Currently the senate still has to vote on the new act, but given the same majority of parties that voted in favor in parliament also exists in the senate, odds are by January 1st 2010 all squats in the Netherlands will be up for eviction.

Circle A Radio on 12/16/09

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Wed, 12/16/2009 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
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2nd anniversary of the Lakotah Nation assertion of Soverignty

Circle A Radio on 12/02/09

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Wed, 12/02/2009 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Monday, November 30th, marked the tenth anniversary of the “Battle of Seattle”, when tens of thousands of social justice advocates, rank and file labor, and environmentalists came together to shut down the World Trade Organization’s ministerial meetings in Seattle, Washington, and succeeded! 

We’ll bring you inspiration from some of the organizers and activists who took to the streets of Seattle ten years ago, and later went on to form the Grassroots Global Justice Alliance.

Circle A Radio on 11/27/09

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Fri, 11/27/2009 - 10:00am - 11:00am

Air Cascadia and Flashpoints are off today. Instead we'll hear a special program from Circle A Radio on "Homelessness." Circle A producers visited several sites in Portland where homeless folks gather to talk to them about their experiences.

Circle A Radio on 11/18/09

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Wed, 11/18/2009 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
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Max Rameau talks about the national struggle for land and housing

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. This  is Walida Imarisha.

Tonight on Circle A Radio we will listen to Max Rameau’s speech, and hear about the struggle for land and housing in Portland.
 

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Teaching Rebellion - Grassroots Mobilization in Oaxaca

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Tue, 11/18/2008

 

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. 

Sex Workers, Risk Reduction, and 82nd Avenue

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Tue, 11/04/2008

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.

 

NW APOC hosts Colored People's Resistance

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Tue, 10/14/2008

Cecily and Marlena of Northwest APOC, Anarchist People of Color, host the first episode of Colored People’s Resistance, NW APOC’s Media Arm.

Best of Circle A Radio

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Tue, 09/30/2008

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”.
 

anarchists in america

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Tue, 09/16/2008

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.

Deserted: Immigrants in the Desert

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Tue, 08/19/2008

 

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.

Community Organizers: New Born Tribes, and Imani Muhammad

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Tue, 08/05/2008

 

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.

Freedom Archives

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Tue, 07/15/2008

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!

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Tue, 07/01/2008

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
107 countries.

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.

 

ICE Raids and Community Resistance

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Tue, 06/03/2008

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
Movement. 

 

Resources:

 

Desis Rising Up and Moving

www.drumnation.org

Monami Maulik, Executive Director, Organizer

info@drumnyc.org

“Radicalization in The West: The Homegrown Threat”

  • A
    chilling report by the NYPD

 

 

National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights

www.nnirr.org

Arnoldo Garcia, Director of the Immigrant Justice and Rights
Program

HURRICANE – Human Rights Immigrant Community Action Network

agarcia@nnirr.org

510-465-1984 ext. 305

 

 

New Sanctuary Movement

Portland

Marco Mejia, portlandsanctuary@gmail.com

 

Portland Central America Solidarity Committee

www.pcasc.net

Shizuko Hashimoto, Coordinator

info@pcasc.net

503-236-7916

 

Portland Allies Coming Together (PACT)

admin.pdx.ir@gmail.com

 

 

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
services.

Tuesday, June 10th: One Year After Del Monte: Community
Responses to ICE Raids
6:00 p.m.
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
Monte Plant
10:30am
Del Monte Fresh Foods Plant, 9243 N. Rivergate Blvd.
* Organized in conjunction with Jobs with Justice

Thursday, June 12th: Interfaith Service and Dinner
6:00 p.m.
Augustana Lutheran Church

2710 NE 14th Avenue

Saturday, June 14th: Screening of "Suenos Congelados"
James John Elementary School

7439 N Charleston
Ave

4:30pm & 6pm
* Organized in conjunction with the Comite de Solidaridad y Apoyo Mutuo 
(CSAM) and the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)
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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.

Panelists:
David Ayala, SEIU Local 49
Nathan Teske, El Programa Hispano
Guest Speaker, El Comite de Solidaridad e Apoyo Mutuo

 

Playlists

Circle A Radio playlist for 04/02/2009

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04/02/2009

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

DVD’s
 Burning the future
Mountain mourning
 
info@sludgesafety.org
 

Circle A Radio playlist for 03/18/2009

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03/18/2009

 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:

www.puenteaz.org

www.ndlon.org

Locally, you can get in touch with the Portland Central America Solidarity Committee at 503-236-7916 for more information.

Circle A Radio playlist for 03/04/2009

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03/04/2009

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.
 

Circle A Radio playlist for 02/18/2009

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02/18/2009

Dlycia Pagan

 

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.

 

Circle A Radio playlist for 02/04/2009

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02/04/2009

Dicentra Collective
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.
 

Circle A Radio playlist for 01/21/2009

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01/21/2009

David Bacon
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.

 

Circle A Radio playlist for 01/07/2009

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01/07/2009

Hawaiian Sovereignty
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.
 

Circle A Radio playlist for 12/17/2008

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12/17/2008

Studs Terkel, RIP
We visit the work and life of Studs Terkel, who died October 31, 2008 at the age of ninety-six.
 

Circle A Radio playlist for 12/03/2008

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12/03/2008

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.

Circle A Radio playlist for 11/19/2008

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11/19/2008

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.

 

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