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Frann Michel talks with Jan Haaken, director of the documentary Guilty Except for Insanity, about questions around competency and the insanity plea in the Robert Lewis Dear case, the shooting that left three dead at the Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs in November. Jan comments on the history of the political use of the insanity plea as well as the role of madness--both individual and collective--in prosecution of mass killings.
[image via Guilty Except for Insanity]
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Bill Resnick talks with Mike Houck & Kaitlin Lovell about the Portland Climate Plan
Clayton Morgareidge advocates an economy of generosity
Joe Clement reads about the need for a rent strike in Portland
Jan Haaken discusses the Planned Parenthood shooter and insanity pleas
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- Title: omvh281215
- Length: 54:29 minutes (24.94 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)
Joe Clement reads an opinion piece from December 23rd's Portland Observer by Lew Church of Tenant Rights Project and Portland Tenants United, that suggests a city-wide rent strike is worth considering.
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Joe Clement and special guest Dennis Gravy review the classic Christmas-time cartoon, A Charlie Brown Christmas. They consider anti-commercialism, alienation, cultural appropriation, white supremacy, and why the "workers revolution" that seems to promise an answer to Charlie Brown's problems falls flat. Dennis Gravy is a member of the Industrial Workers of the World and the Marilyn Buck Abolitionist Collective.
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Desiree Hellegers hosts a round table discussion on the climate impacts of the Transpacific Partnership, featuring Miya Reback, development and campaign coordinator for 350.org Portland, Kristen Sheeran, Oregon Director for Climate Solutions, and Michael Shannon, Executive Director, Oregon Fair Trade Campaign. They also recommend the work of Renew Oregon.
image via 350.org
Bill Resnick interviews Kathleen Gerson. Gerson teaches at NYU in the Department of Sociology, and is the author of The Unfinished Revolution: Coming of Age in a New Era of Gender, Work and Family. They discuss the revolution in US life triggered by the women’s movement.
Denise Morris hosts this episode of the Old Mole, which includes Christmas songs by Etta James and Ella Fitzgerald, as well as segments on the climate impacts of the TPP, the politics of the Peanuts' Christmas cartoon, and the impacts of the women's movement on family life in the USA:
- Desiree Hellegers hosts a round table discussion on the climate impacts of the Transpacific Partnership
- Joe Clement and his guest review the classic Christmas-time cartoon, A Charlie Brown Christmas
- Bill Resnick interviews Kathleen Gerson about changes in US family life and impact of the women's movement
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- Title: OMVH21Dec15
- Length: 54:52 minutes (25.12 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)
They discuss how communities, cities and states can lead progressive reforms on immigrant rights and create alternative and humane environments for receiving immigrants and refugees in light of reactionary opposition at the federal and state levels.
See her piece in Common Dreams.