Depending on who you talk to, longtime Portland activist JoAnn Hardesty's installation as president of the Portland NAACP is either a blessing or a nightmare. This local civil rights icon's assumption to the office was compared by one post to the impact of an incoming artillery shell. Don Merrill talks with Ms. Hardesty about how she's focused on helping the organization renew its tarnished image by cleaning house, setting new standards and following the first rule of getting yourself out of a hole; stop digging.
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Bill Resnick hosts this episode, with the music of Phil Ochs, and segments on Charlie Hebdo, the Greek left, Teach for America, Studs Terkel, Property and the police state. Find us on Facebook or Twitter, and friend or follow us for updates and other stuff we like to share. Send us comments, suggestions, questions, or your ideas for contributions you'd like to make at oldmolevarietyhour-at--gmail-dot-com. To hear the whole show, click on the play button below.
Frann Michel reviews the criticism explaining why Teach for America is bad for those who teach in it, bad for the students they teach, and bad for public education in the United States. You can find a longer version of her comments, with links to sources, here .
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. 57:24 minutes (52.55 MB)
On Saturday, January 3, the local anti-police violence and social justice group Don't Shoot/Portland joined with 15 Now to protest at the McDonald's on SE 82nd and Powell. They called on McDonalds to pay a living wage to its workers, and more generally for a $15 and hour minimum wage city-wide. After an hour, the group marched north on 82nd, taking over two lanes of traffic and continuing their chants, "Oh Portland, Wake Up," "Hands Up, Don't Shoot," and others. 15:40 minutes (7.17 MB)
Jan Haaken talks about the history of Kwanzaa and how the principles of this African American holiday, established in the mid-1960s, are alive in contemporary activism around resistance to police violence. 3:29 minutes (1.99 MB)
The Independent Police Review Commission of Portland (IPR) has released the findings of its report on the alleged targeting of hip hop shows for code violations and police presence.
The Commission said that there is an appearance of discrimination, but stopped short of accusing the city of actually discriminating against hip hop performers and venues.
One of the artists interviewed for the investigation was Glenn Waco, a rapper from Saint Johns, who has also been active in the recent protests in Portland against police brutality and the grand jury decision in Ferguson Missouri and New York City.
KBOO's Sam Bouman spoke to Glenn Waco this afternoon about the IPR’s report. 9:38 minutes (8.82 MB)
Movie Moles, Joe Clement and Frann Michel, review the 1994 Charles Burnett film The Glass Shield. Jonny Johnson, played by Michael Boatman, is an idealistic rookie assigned to an all white LA County Sheriff's office as its first black officer. JJ, as he's called, befriends another officer who is like him at odds with the in-group: Deborah Fields played by Lori Petty. Together they investigate suspicions they have of a cover-up within the ranks of the station that pull them into a deeper network of corruption.
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