Old Mole Variety Hour
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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.
This program is all about the global economy and how to fix it. The Movie Moles discuss Battle in Seattle, and Bill Resnick talks with two activists with The Apollo Alliance about how to put the economy on a green footing. Hear the whole show by clicking on the arrow above, or individual segments by following the links below. And please support the Old Mole and KBOO duriing the Fall Membership Drive by clicking on the Join Now link at the top of this page!
The Apollo Alliance has an affordable plan to restart the economy with plenty of living-wage jobs cleaning up our environment and keeping it clean. Kate Gordon, co-director of the Apollo Alliance, talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick.
Bill Resnick talks with two Oregon activists about the positive vision of fair trade: Arthur Stamoulis from the Oregon Fair Trade Coalition, and Shizuko Hashimoto with the Cross Border Organizing Committee of PCASC. Check these links for upcoming opportunities to get involved.
Why this financial crisis? Is it real? Mark Engler is a financial analyst with Foreign Policy in Focus and frequent contributor to several publications. He talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about where things stand and how they got there. Engler is the author of HOW TO RULE THE WORLD: The Coming Battle Over the Global Economy.
Two regressive ballot measures will be voted on in November, measures that target immigrants. The Rural Organizing Project is working to defeat them. Marci Westerling talks with the Old Mole's Denise Morris. See their website for all the details.