Old Mole Variety Hour
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Could there be a store where everything is free? Why must every exchange be a commercial one? To question the idea that you never get anything for nothing, The Portland Free Store has been established. Its founder Karen Carr talks here with the Old Mole's Joe Clement about how it works. This is an extended web-only version of the interview in which Karen and Joe discuss the larger political questions the store hopes to raise.
The next Free Store will be held this coming Saturday, July 26, from 1 to 3 pm, at the Community Supported Everything Building at 1626 NE Alberta.
- Length: 18:26 minutes (16.87 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)
(Photo taken in the KBOO studio during this discussion.)
Tom Becker hosts this episode of the Mole, and we hear --
1. Bill Resnick talks with two members of PAT (the Portland Association of Teachers) about their recent victory in contract talks and how it will help teachers do a better job.
2. Joe Clement and Karen Carr explain how there can really be a store where everything is free.
3. The Left and the Law discusses the recent court decision finding capital punishment unconstitutional in California.
4. Jan Haaken talks with two participants in a recent summer youth camp on reproductive justice.
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Bill Resnick and Norm Diamond discuss worker-cooperative businesses and their significance for the left. Do they prefigure the democratic production of socialism and empower participants? Or are they fragile small businesses that either become as cutthroat as other capitalist enterprises to survive, or else fail after having distracted their members from more promising mass organizing?
Norm Diamond is an organizer and sometime Old Mole, as well as co-author of The Power in Our Hands.
After the interview, we hear some of the song that provides that book's title, "Solidarity Forever," performed by Emcee Lynx.
In recognition of 14 July, Frann Michel comments on Bastille Day, the holiday commemorating the French Revolution of 1789. You can read her comments, with links, here.
Tom Becker reads from a recent Counterpunch article, "Does Capitalism Inevitably Produce Inequalities?" by Ann Robertson and Bill Leumer.
Bill Resnick and Norm Diamond discuss left perspectives on worker cooperatives.
Frann Michel comments on Bastille Day.
Tom Becker reads about Capitalism and inequality.
Jan Haaken talks with Kate Raphael about Supreme Court decisions and who controls women's bodies.
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- Title: OMVH14July2014.m4a
- Length: 55:21 minutes (25.34 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)
Jan Haaken talks with Kate Raphael about the Supreme Court's decisions on reproductive rights, including McCullen v Coakley striking down no-protest buffer zones around reproductive health care clinics that provide abortions, on which Raphael recently commented for the Women's Magazine on KPFA, where Raphael is a producer. Kate and Jan also discuss the importance of public protest, the routine policing of fat women's bodies, and the need to return to a broad feminist agenda that goes beyond abortion rights to reproductive justice and beyond.
After their talk, we hear some of "My Body Politic" by NC Music Love Army's album "We Are Not For Sale, Songs of Protest." Proceeds from album sales and live performances benefit Progress NC and Planned Parenthood of Central NC. For more information and to donate, please visit: ncmusiclovearmy.org.