Old Mole Variety Hour
The Old Mole burrows down to the roots of the great issues of our time – the struggles of ordinary people for democratic and sustainable ways of life. The Mole goes where corporate media fear to tread, supporting grassroots challenges to top-down authority and giving voice to movements that shake the foundations of an unjust society. The Moles' perspective is democratic, broadly socialist, and feminist. (We count Karl Marx as a friend).
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Movie Moles Frann Michel and Denise Morris review the documentary "Considering Democracy."
What does the rest of the world think of U.S. domestic and foreign policy? While the U.S. is perceived as a beacon of democracy, how does it compare to other democratic nations? Americans are continually told through their media that freedom and democracy are supported abroad, but is it true? This one-hour film takes us around the world to see what people think.
Since the so-called "welfare reform" bill was passed during the Clinton administration, the problem of welfare has dropped from public view. Old Mole Sudarat Musikawong interviews Priya Kandaswamy, Professor of Women's Studies at Portland State University about how the difficulties of life on, or off, welfare affect poor women, especially those in abusive relationships.
Western Washington University at Vancouver has hired a contractor with a record of bad labor practices. When union workers protested, students joined in. Laurie Mercier talks with Jason Scheckler from the Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters and Taj Mahon-Haft, a WSU student and member of the Social Environmental Justice Club, about the issues.
Old Mole Jan Haaken talks with Mary Gedry, mother of an Iraq War veteran, who will be speaking at Winter Soldier NW: Eyewitness Accounts of War, in Portland on Saturday, October 18. She recounts the impact of war on her son, and on other soldiers. For more information, go here.
Bill Resnick talks with Chuck Collins from the Institute for Policy Studies about a real recovery plan that would revive the enconomy, support working people, and lead to new and green forms of production. Collins is the author of Robin Hood Was Right.
In commemoration of Columbus Day, Tom Becker unearths the history of what the great navigator actually did in the Americas.
The Portland City Council voted 4-0 on Wednesday to approve rules banning city from purchasing goods made with sweated labor by the city. Elizabeth Swaggart of SweatFree Northwest talks with Bill Resnick about their campaign.
This program, hosted by Tom Becker, deals with better ways to repair the economy, making Portland Sweat Free (no purchases of city uniforms produced by sweatshop labor), the Winter Soldier Project in Portland where Iraq veterans testify about the impact of the war on their lives, and what Columbus really did.
Tom also announced the Cross Trade Solidarity Report-back from the Labor Notes Conference, Saturday, October 18, starting at 6pm, at the Musicians Hall, 325 NE 20th Ave in Portland.
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Barbara Byrd represents the Apollo Alliance in Oregon, and is with the Labor Educations and Research Center at the University of ORegon. She talks with Bill Resnick about the work of the Apollo Alliance here.
Movie Moles Denise Morris and Johanna Brenner discuss "Battle in Seattle," the Hollywood take on the WTO protests of 1999. It's playing now here in Portland for a limited time.