This has been an incredible week! In Portland, within a half and hour after the polls closed on Tuesday, voters began loudly celebrating the election of Barak Obama. As a 42 year old woman, I can say that I have never seen an election night like this. With cars honking, people screaming, and assorted fireworks here and there--- it was livelier than any New Year's eves I can remember (indeed, livelier than most 4th of Julys-- possible exception of The Bicentennial), too. The relief and joy felt by so many in this country was palpable.
A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.
Today the Moles reflect on the Obama victory: its impact on black folks and the left’s response: euphoria, high hopes, and the advice he’s getting on health care, unions, the environment, as well as worries about his first appointments. We’ll also hear a tribute to the late Studs Terkel.
Now that the election is over, how can we work together to create a broad based movement to shape an egalitarian and sustainable future.
Talk Radio with Ani, Andrew Geller, and Norman Solomon. Norman Solomon is an United States journalist, media critic, antiwar activist and former KBOO volunteer. Solomon is longtime associate of the media watch group Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR). In 1997 he founded the Institute for Public Accuracy, a national consortium of policy researchers and analysts which works pro-actively to provide alternative sources for journalists, and serves as its executive director. His weekly column, "Media Beat", has been in national syndication since 1992.
November 4, 2008 outside of the Multnomah County election office the line of voters waiting to cast their vote strung along SE Morrison Street for two blocks estimated to take an hour plus to get through. Multnomah County officials were on site with special forms for those in line to fill in previous to reaching the office, which expedites the process. The same worker told us that this line was shorter than the one in 2004.
On the Thursday following Barack Obama's election as president, KBOO hosts Linda Olson-Osterlund and S.W. Conser discuss the future of civil liberties and foreign relations with guests Jay Stanley of the American Civil Liberties Union; Chris Toensing, Executive Director of the Middle East Research and Information Project; and Harpers Magazine Editor John R. MacArthur.
There's no doubt of the importance of the election of Barack Obama as America's first black president. But what role did people of color play in making this happen and where do they stand in the wake of the election? Jo Ann and Dave talk with Rudy Lopez, Directory of the Center for Community Change about his organization's work in turning out people of color and other disempowered voters for Obama. He'll also talk about how this new bloc of mobilized citizens can ensure that the new president and the Congress remain true to the promises made before election day. For more information on the Center for Community Change and their upcoming people's conference, visit www.communitychange.org.
On the Nov 6 Recovery Zone, "the morning after the morning after" the historic 2008 election, Virginia Ross and Nancy Matela from the Oregon Voter Rights Coalition spoke with host Stephanie Potter and answered questions from listeners about the pressing need for transparency in our election process.