Movie Moles Denise Morris and Frann Michel discussDear White People, an independent first feature written and directed by Justin Simien; funded in part via Indiegogo, it has been a big hit at Sundance and with critics. It's currently playing in Portland at Cinema 21. Dear White People centers around the lives of four Black students at the a fictional Ivy League university. Sam (played by Tessa Thompson) runs the controversial campus radio show ‘Dear White People’ which has been accused by the administration of stirring racial tensions around the school. 15:20 minutes (7.02 MB)
"What Really Happened in Ferguson, MO" -- Race & Police Accountability Forum, sponsored by the Albina MInisterial Alliance for Justice and Police Reform at Maranatha Church on Nov. 1, 2014, featuring Rev. Robert O. White of Ferguson's "Clergy United". This audio is the entire 2 hour program, including uplifting music by Marilyn Keller, the featured speaker, questions and answers, and a local panel including Jo Ann Hardesty, Dan Handleman, Rev. Dr. LeRoy Haynes, and Rev. Dr. T. Allen Bethel. 125:13 minutes (114.64 MB)
Arresting Power: Resisting Police Violence in Portland, Oregon uses archival materials, documentary footage and interviews with community members, activists and organizers to uncover Portland’s unique history of policing and race relations, emphasizing its rich history of resistance from the late 1960s to the present.
Protests continued today in Ferguson Missouri, as youth leaders met with the Mayor of Saint Louis to try to address concerns about police treatment of demonstrators.
On Monday, over thirty faith leaders were arrested in an act of civil disobedience to call for justice for Michael Brown, who was killed by police in August.
They also read the names of the more than one hundred black and brown youth who have been killed by police around the country this year.
Lucia van Diepen is a Quaker theologian from Portland who is participating in Ferguson October. She spoke with KBOO news today about her experience in Missouri this week 20:06 minutes (18.41 MB)
On their Left and the Law segment, Jan Haaken and Mike Snedeker discuss a recent research report by The Sentencing Project, titled "Race and Punishment: Racial Perceptions of Crime and Support for Punitive Polices." The report describes how deeply embedded racism is in the criminal justice system, and how implicit or unconscious racism among white Americans props up this destructive system. Jan and Mike talk about key reforms described in the report, and ways of challenging racist rhetoric on crime and punishment. 15:38 minutes (14.32 MB)
Joe Clement talks with James Tracy, author of "Dispatches Against Displacement: field notes from San Francisco's housing war". They consider what gentrification is as an economic and by extension racialized form of domination, how different cities experience gentrification differently, and real world strategies for fighting back and protecting housing from market forces. James will be speaking at Reading Frenzy books off of N Beech and Mississippi at 6pm on Sunday the 19th, where there'll be a community discussion about fighting displacement.
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Iven Hale hosts this edition of the Old Mole with a focus on the aftermath of the police killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Also on the show are pieces on agriculture and climate change and liberation from working on the clock. It's all held together with Iven's interesting choices of music.
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54:55 minutes (37.71 MB)
Todd Moss is the author of his first novel The Golden Hour, a fictional tale about international intrigue in the Horn of Africa. But he's also an expert on real life foreign policy as a Senior Fellow and CEO for the Center for Global Development, a Washington DC Think tank that conducts research and analysis on the developing world. He talked with Don Merrill about terrorism, economic development and a few of the good stories across the African continent. 29:04 minutes (26.61 MB)