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Kennedy's letter to Obama

Sept. 10,2009

Here's the letter from Ted Kennedy to President Obama, written shortly after the Senator learned his cancer was terminal.

Dear Mr. President,

I wanted to write a few final words to you to express my gratitude for your repeated personal kindnesses to me – and one last time, to salute your leadership in giving our country back its future and its truth.

On a personal level, you and Michelle reached out to Vicki, to our family and me in so many different ways. You helped to make these difficult months a happy time in my life.

You also made it a time of hope for me and for our country.

When I thought of all the years, all the battles, and all the memories of my long public life, I felt confident in these closing days that while I will not be there when it happens, you will be the President who at long last signs into law the health care reform that is the great unfinished business of our society. For me, this cause stretched across decades; it has been disappointed, but never finally defeated. It was the cause of my life. And in the past year, the prospect of victory sustained me-and the work of achieving it summoned my energy and determination.

There will be struggles – there always have been – and they are already underway again. But as we moved forward in these months, I learned that you will not yield to calls to retreat - that you will stay with the cause until it is won. I saw your conviction that the time is now and witnessed your unwavering commitment and understanding that health care is a decisive issue for our future prosperity. But you have also reminded all of us that it concerns more than material things; that what we face is above all a moral issue; that at stake are not just the details of policy, but fundamental principles of social justice and the character of our country.

And so because of your vision and resolve, I came to believe that soon, very soon, affordable health coverage will be available to all, in an America where the state of a family’s health will never again depend on the amount of a family’s wealth. And while I will not see the victory, I was able to look forward and know that we will – yes, we will – fulfill the promise of health care in America as a right and not a privilege.

In closing, let me say again how proud I was to be part of your campaign- and proud as well to play a part in the early months of a new era of high purpose and achievement. I entered public life with a young President who inspired a generation and the world. It gives me great hope that as I leave, another young President inspires another generation and once more on America’s behalf inspires the entire world.

So, I wrote this to thank you one last time as a friend- and to stand with you one last time for change and the America we can become.

At the Denver Convention where you were nominated, I said the dream lives on.

And I finished this letter with unshakable faith that the dream will be fulfilled for this generation, and preserved and enlarged for generations to come.

With deep respect and abiding affection,

[Ted]

Common Sense and Women of Color in Leadership Roles

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Wed, 09/09/2009

 Common Sense
 Hosted by Kayse Jama and Grassia Melendez.

 Today, Kayse (right) and Grassia (Left) invite four local Women of Color in to discuss what leadership roles Women can play in building Social Justice Movements.  Present in the studio today were:

   Jeri Williams
   Lisa Reed Guarnero
   Dawn Jones
   Lucilene Lira

 

 

56:19 minutes (25.78 MB)

Board Candidate Forum, Part II.

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program date: 
Tue, 09/08/2009

 KBOO Community Radio Board of Elections Interviews, Tuesday, September 8th, 2009.

65:20 minutes (59.82 MB)

Our Little Mayor Part 4

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Ubu Hour
program date: 
Mon, 09/07/2009

OUR LITTLE MAYOR Part 4.. More hilarity insues with the further adventures of Slam Assbuns, openly-gay mayor of a small big west coast city, and the follow-out from his lies about the relationship he  had with an 18-year old. Rabid petition-recallers, corrupt city officials, and sleazy news paper publishers ... not to mention that the Ubu Hour once again pokes fun of The Couve, (also known as VanKansas) to the north of us...   Written by G Violetta

16:59 minutes (15.56 MB)

2009 Board of Directors Election

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The 2009 KBOO Board of Directors Elections are here.  There have been two live candidate forums, which are available online to listen to if you missed them. 

1st Candidate Forum | 2nd Candidate Forum

More information is available on our Governance page.  If you are craving more discussion of the candidates and issues, here is a place online to ask questions and toss out opinions about who will be seated on the Board (just click on Add new comment at the bottom.)

Board Candidate Forum - Part 1

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program date: 
Mon, 09/07/2009

 Part one of a two-part forum with the candidates for KBOO's Board of Directors.  This forum includes Marty Soerman and Judy Fiestal.

54:48 minutes (50.17 MB)

Making the case to recall Mayor Sam Adams

program date: 
Thu, 09/03/2009

Volunteers with the campaign to recall Mayor Sam Adams have a little over a month left to collect the 32,183 valid signatures from Portland voters needed to force the Portland mayor to resign or face a special recall election. Campaign organizers have told the press it will be close but support is growing. The campaign - sparked by revelations by Adams that he had lied about his relationship with one of his interns - has brought together strange political bedfellows - from former Adams supporters to extreme conservatives - as well as made Portlanders reflect on how we should judge our elected officials.

Jo Ann and Dave talk with campaign organizer Jasun Wurster about the campaign's chances of success and who has joined the ranks of Portlanders who think the mayor must go. Do you think the mayor's actions warrant his removal? Does focusing on recalling the mayor prevent Portlanders from addressing bigger problems facing our city?

58:38 minutes (46.97 MB)

An Update on the State of our LGBTQ Union

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Out Loud
program date: 
Tue, 09/08/2009

Carla interviews Kate Kendelle, Executive Director for the National Lesbian Center Rights (nclrights.org), and Jeana Frazzini, Executive Director for Basic Rights Oregon (basicrights.org), about the State of the LGBTQ Union, among other political topics.

Kate will be in Portland Sept 12 and 13 for community discussions, sharing both local and national updates, including where the movement for marriage equality in Oregon is heading and current federal legislation and litigation.

Event details on Basic Rights & the National Center for Lesbian Rights websites.

53.02 MB

Ted Kennedy, Health Care Legislation, and Right WingNuts

program date: 
Tue, 09/01/2009

 Meet the new boss ...
 Hosted by: Abe Proctor and Joe Uris

With Joe still on vacation, Abe looks at the passing of an American icon: Ted Kennedy; and watches our chance for meaningful health care legislation faaaaade away. Plus, more disjointed rage and Aggrieved White Man Syndrome from the wingnut right.

59:22 minutes (27.18 MB)

Moyers nails it

Once again, the inestimable Bill Moyers displays how a real journalist should act:

The Democratic Party has become like the Republican Party-- deeply influenced by corporate money. I think Rahm Emanuel, who's a clever politician, understands that the money for Obama's re-election will come primarily from the health industry, the drug industry and Wall Street. He is a corporate Democrat who is determined that there won't be something in this legislation-- if we get it-- that will turn off those powerful interests.

 

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 There’s this fear that Barack Obama will become the Grover Cleveland of this era – Grover Cleveland was a good man, but he became a conservative Democratic President because he didn’t fight the powerful interests – people say Obama should be FDR – I’d much rather see him be Theodore Roosevelt --– Teddy Roosevelt loved to fight – … I think if Obama fought instead of really finessed it so much . . . I think it would change the atmosphere.

Watch the video.

As we survey the grim fact that -- despite big majorities in both houses of Congress, a popular and charismatic president, and solid public approval -- we may very well not get the kind of health care changes that befit a civilized nation, it's hard not to sink into a profound cynicism. We have never had an opportunity this good, and who knows when another one will come along. Money wins the day, forever and ever, amen.

-A

H/T Digby

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