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Bill Resnick talks with Nic Caleb about the Portland Climate Action Plan that is set for a City Council hearing this coming Wednesday, June 24. Caleb is the Climate Law Fellow at Our Children's Trust and teaches at Concordia College. He's devoted much time to working with climate action groups in Eugene, Oregon on Eugene's Climate Action Plan. Despite the possibility for Portland to join other climate-zero cities, the current Portland plan shows no effort to move toward the rapid reduction in greenhouse gas emissions that climate scientists demonstrate is needed to preserve the climate system on which depend agricultural production and the survival of higher apes including humans.
[Image of City Hall by Cacophony]
Left & the Law: "The charges against a prison tailor accused of helping two convicted murders escape from a maximum security facility in upstate New York have cast a spotlight on relationships between inmates and correctional staff." Jan and Mike also put a spot-light on those relationships, talking about relations between inmates and correctional officers, from exceptional cases to the ordinary situations that are more complex than indicated in the famous Stanford Prison Study. They discuss some of the difficult conditions in prison and the real but limited strategies prisoners have for resisting.
[Image of Old Turnkey public domain]
On May 27th, a coalition of rural community groups on the U.S.-Mexico border held a joint day of action. Border residents held teach-ins, vigils, marches, and took direct action to protest border militarization. Sophie Smith from the community group People Helping People talks with Jan Haaken about the border as an instance of disaster capitalism, lining the pockets of military contractors from Israel to the USA, and damaging border communities, who nonetheless are working together for change.
[images by Sophie Smith]
Bill Resnick talks with Nicholas Caleb about the Portland Climate Action Plan
Jan Haaken and Mike Snedeker discuss Inmate-Correctional Officer relations
Sophie Smith reports on Border Communities resistance to Border Militarization
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- Title: OMVH22June2015
- Length: 53:58 minutes (24.7 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)
Frann Michel discusses the film Pride (2014) and the value of visionary fiction.
For the text of her remarks with links to more information, go here.