When Portland police swept in to close off the street around a hip hop concert Saturday night, one of the artists stepped off the stage and decided not to perform.
Concerns around police intimidation have been a long-standing issue in Portland’s black community, and the incident on Saturday raised a number of questions.
Some local hip hop artists question the motives behind police activities at hip-hop events.
The Portland rapper ILLMACULATE made the decision to NOT perform in protest of the gang task enforcement presence at the event.
He spoke with KBOO’s Sekoynia Wright this afternoon. 4:20 minutes (3.97 MB)
This morning, hundreds of students walked out of six Portland High Schools in solidarity with the Portland Association of Teachers' strike vote. The PAT reached an impasse in contract negotiations with the Portland Public Schools board on November 20, and the two sides have spent hundreds of hours in mediation since then over issues such as class sizes, salary increases and early retirement incentives. The 2900-member PAT will vote on whether to strike tonight at 7:00 pm at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Today's walkouts were organized by the Portland Student Union. KBOO's Jamie Partridge was on the scene at both Jefferson High School in North Portland and Cleveland High School in Southeast. 5:59 minutes (5.47 MB)
Robert King, Albert Woodfox and Herman Wallace have been made famous by their treatment at the infamous Angola State Prison in Angola, Louisiana. Named for a former slave plantation, the prison, according to Mr. King; the only member of the Angola Three both alive and free, holds the record for keeping someone in solitary confinement. In the case of Mr. Woodfox, he's spent 23 hours a day in a 6x9 foot cell for 41 years. Don Merrill talks with Robert King about the necessity to define oneself, the coming to terms with bitterness and why the bigger story isn't about the three men themselves, but the movement to end unlawful solitary confinement.
29:42 minutes (27.19 MB)
John Lewis is a congressman, writer, activist and one of "Big Six" in the civil rights movement. He has just written, with two co-authors, a graphic novel called "March". It is the first in a trilogy that looks back at his career in an effort to present the past to young people as a way to preserve it. Don Merrill talked with US House of Representatives member John Lewis at the Hotel Deluxe in Portland while he was here on his book tour.
Detroit's "blight" was caused by the forces in finance, government, and bussinesses that are now planning to fix it in ways that will only make matters worse. Writer, activist, and retired auto-worker Dianne Feeley talks with Bill Resnick about what her city needs to make it whole. 15:34 minutes (8.91 MB)
Wanda Sykes is a comedian, but so much more. As an actor, she has had two shows on Fox. She's also been in the hits, "Curb your Enthusiasm" and "The New Adventures of Old Christine". And her voice has been in several animated hits such as "Ice Age: Continental Drift" and "Over the Hedge". Plus, she's been in films like "Monster-in-Law" and "Evan Almighty". But she's more than that, being a spokesperson for GLAAD and PETA. Don Merrill talks with Wanda Sykes and runs out of time way too soon.
14:52 minutes (13.61 MB)
Frann Michel and her guest, Lynn MaKau, review the film "12 Years A Slave". Directed by Steve McQueen, John Ridley's screenplay adapts Solomon Northrup's own 1853 account of being deceived and captured by slavers while living as a free-born African in upstate New York. 14:14 minutes (13.03 MB)
Frann Michel and her guest, Lynn MaKau, review the film "12 Years A Slave". Directed by Steve McQueen, John Ridley's screenplay adapts Solomon Northrup's own 1853 account of being deceived and capture by slavers while living as a free-born African in upstate New York. 14:14 minutes (13.03 MB)
In the Old Mole method, offering a critical though comradely commentary on the political work of Nelson Mandela, Alan Weider digs beneath the distracting and disarming veneer surrounding the late Nelson Mandela in mainstream media today. Inverting Barack Obama's neoliberal rhetoric, he argues that Mandela was not a hero because he was an individual, but because he worked with others. He also reminds us that while it's popular and not incorrect to remember Nelson Mandela as a man of peace and reconciliation, he was not above considering noncombative alternatives to nonviolence in the face of mounting state repression. 8:32 minutes (7.82 MB)
Bill Resnick talks with John Saul, a historian of South Africa and active contributor to The Socialist Register. They review some history of antiapartheid struggle in South Africa, and what did or did not happen when it was officially ended. John explains how South Africa's system of racial and formerly colonial domination known as apartheid, was transformed into a system of class domination. John staunchly defends the praiseworthiness of Nelson Mandela's role in ending racial dictatorship in South Africa, but points out that we cannot forget how it was that it ended on capitalist terms. 19:21 minutes (17.71 MB)