African American Issues

Special Programming: Public Affairs on 05/24/13

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Fri, 05/24/2013 - 9:00am - 12:00pm
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The Vanport flood and racism in Portland: sixty five years later

Sixty five years ago, the Columbia River flooded into the largest public housing project in the U-S at the time, leaving 18,500 people homeless, a large number of whom were black.  The event changed race relations in Portland forever.

On Friday May 24th, from 8 am to noon, KBOO presented a special program on the Vanport flood and racism in Portland, sixty five years later.

We featured historians and archived audio, as well as a discussion led by PSU professor and activist Walidah Imarisha asking ‘Why are there so few black people in Oregon’.

Listen to the full three hours by clicking the link above, or individual segments below:

Voices from the Edge on 05/30/13

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Thu, 05/30/2013 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Peter Cervantes-Gautschi, Executive Director of Enlace

Join Peter Cervantes-Gautschi, Executive Director of Enlace and I for an informative conversation regarding Enlace campaign on private prison divestment. Enlace is a strategic alliance of low-wage worker centers, unions, and community organizations in Mexico and in the U.S. We partner with our member organizations in international campaigns to motivate abusive multi-sector transnational corporations to treat workers and communities with dignity and respect. Enlace uses an integrated approach to organizing, creating unique campaign strategies while developing systems strengthening organizations internally. Our strategies often cross industrial and sector lines for reasons relating to both workforce development and campaign strategy.

Political Perspectives on 05/31/13

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Fri, 05/31/2013 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Ahjamu Umi on the settler colony that is Portland

Revolutionary activist, organizer and author Ahjamu Umi spoke at the Law and Disorder Conference at Portland State University earlier in May. Ahjamu Umi is an organizer for the All African Peoples' Revolutionary Party. He is also part of the Blazing Arrow Organization, which was formed to organize poor and people of color communities in Portland to resist gentrification and police violence.

 

Old Mole Variety Hour for April 15, 2013

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Mon, 04/15/2013

Iven Hale hosts this edition of the Old Mole which discusses the political threats to Social Security, the Oregon prison system, a South African fighter against apartheid, and a new film about Jackie Robinson.  Below are links to individual segments of the show.  Or use the playbutton to hear the whole show including music.  

Thanks to all you fans of the Old Mole who contributed during KBOO's recent membership drive!  If you didn't, it's not too late: use the tip jar at the top of this page!  

1.  Author Eric Laursen talks with Bill Resnick about the political forces behind the attempts to cut Social Security.  

54:55 minutes (31.43 MB)

Movie Moles: "42"

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Mon, 04/15/2013

"42" is the number Jackie Robinson wore playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers as the first African-American major league baseball player.  And it's the name of the biopic movie now playing.  Our Movie Moles Denise Morris and Jan Haaken discuss what the film reveals and doesn't reveal about the racism of the day (1947).  Their thumbs are up for this one.  

11:27 minutes (6.55 MB)

Transportation Justice Special

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Fri, 04/05/2013

KBOO reporter Jennifer Kemp went out into the community talking to bus riders to see whether Tri Met was well serving low income people in Portland-or catering more to business people and tourists. In collaboration with Envrionmental Justice organization OPAL, the story explores how Tri Met works, who it works for, and who it doesn't.

26:12 minutes (23.99 MB)

Students Of Color Disciplined More Harshly Than White Students In PPS

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Wed, 04/03/2013

The Portland Public School District presented data at Monday's School Board Meeting that students of color are more likely to be disciplined, and disciplined more harshly than white students. Strikingly, African American students were 4.1 times more likely to be suspended or expelled than their white counterparts, and were also high for Latino and Native American students. School Board members are looking for ways to reduce these numbers, and make school a positive experience for students of all racial groups. KBOO's Jennifer Kemp spoke with Mary Lee, the director of the Multnomah County Commission on Children, Families and Communities for more on the story...

 

5:13 minutes (7.17 MB)

Voices from the Edge on 04/04/13

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Thu, 04/04/2013 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Interview with F. Michael Higginbotham, author, Ghost of Jim Crow

When America inaugurated its first African American president, in 2009, many wondered if the country had finally become a "post-racial" society. Was this the dawning of a new era, in which America, a nation nearly severed in half by slavery, and whose racial fault lines are arguably among its most enduring traits, would at last move beyond race with the election of Barack Hussein Obama? In Ghosts of Jim Crow, F. Michael Higginbotham convincingly argues that America remains far away from that imagined utopia. Indeed, the shadows of Jim Crow era laws and attitudes continue to perpetuate insidious, systemic prejudice and racism in the 21st century.

Old Mole Variety Hour 25 March 2013

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Mon, 03/25/2013

The Old Mole Variety Hour in red letters

Clayton Morgareidge hosts and talks with Radical Musicologist Brad Duncan about Black Power and Soul music; Bill Resnick talks with media analyst Robert McChesney about the dangers corporate internet monopolies pose for democracy; and movie moles Denise Morris and Frann Michel review the documentary A Place at the Table about food insecurity in the USA.

This episode is shorter than usual because it aired during KBOO's membership drive. Please join and please give to the Boo and the Mole by clicking on the tip jar in the upper right of this page (Donate $ Today!).

37:54 minutes (17.35 MB)
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