Old Mole Variety Hour
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The Arizona anti-immigrant law has focused renewed attention to undocumented workers. Why are they here and what are the problems the current climate imposes on them? Eliana Machuca, activist and organizer at Jobs With Justice, talks here with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick. More about the issues and opportunities to get involved are available at the Safe Communities Project.
Breaks in the Chain: What Immigrant Workers Can Teach America about Democracy is a new book by Paul Apostolidis about the social activism of Mexican immigrants. He teaches at Whitman College and with his students has been helping to organize Washington State farm workers. More about this here. The Old Mole's Laurie Mercier talks with him about how the health of citizens (through the food we consume) rests on the physical and mental suffering of immigrant workers, and on what these workers are doing about it.
Paul Apoltolidis will be speaking next week (June 11-13) at the Pacific Northwest Labor History Association's conference in Portland.
In arguing for an end to the discriminatory "Don't ask, don't tell" law against gays serving openly in the military, many progressives wind up supporting what the military does -- fight wars to maintain US hegemony. Writer and activist Yasmin Nair talks with the Old Mole's Denise Morris about the contradictions. Here is Nair's recent article "DADT and the Silence / Silencing of Queer Anti-War Voices."
What happens if you turn 18 without papers making you a citizen or a legal resident? Papers is a new documentary film about the difficulties young people face when they can't go to school, get a drivers license, or work. Laurie Mercier talks with the producer Rebecca Shine and with one of the young members of El Grupo Juvenil (the youth crew) Vanesa Dominguez. Go to their website for information more about the film and how to see it.
This show is hosted by Denise Morris and focuses on immigration and the possible repeal of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. It also features music by The B Side, a San Diego based band, described as "War meets Lenny Kravitz by way of Ben Harper."
Many thousands of undocumented immigrants in the US were forced out of their home countries by NAFTA and invited in by corporations and agribusiness seeking cheap labor. Now they are being punished by anti-immigrant laws and sentiment. Manuel Perez, a scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies, talks about all this and more with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick. Perez writes for Foreign Policy in Focus. (Image by Flickr user Korean Resource Center (cc: by-nc-sa))
How much robbing of the rich and giving to the poor goes on in the new Robin Hood movie? Find out from our Movie Moles Frann Michel and Denise Morris. Read Frann's blog, with more links about the movie and the myth, here.
Larry Bowlden reviews Minrose Gwin's novel The Queen of Palmyra about a young white girl coming to perceive Southern racism in 1960s Mississippi.
To read many of Larry's past reviews, go here.
After some excerpts from their music, Radical Musicologist Brad Duncan talks with Bill Resnick about the "Tropicalia" movement in Brazil from the late 60s. These artists combined traditional Brazilian music with psychedelic pop from Europe and the US and embodies the spirit of youth revolt that was sweeping the world.
Brazil's right-wing military dictatorship imprisoned and exiled many of the movement's leading lights; nearly all of the exiled musicians continued their art in exile including Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso.
This show is hosted by Bill Resnick and features the Movie Moles, Frann Michel and Denise Morris, skewering "Robin Hood," Book Mole Larry Bowlden finding much to admire in Minrose Gwin's new novel The Queen of Palmyra. Manuel Perez from the Institute for Policy Studies reviews the history and injustice of US immigration policies in relation to NAFTA, and radical musicologist Brad Duncan talks with Bill about the politics and music of the Tropicalia movement in 1960s Brazil.