Denise Morris hosts this show on which we hear from activists working for immigrant rights and for the Spring return of Occupy Portland. We also hear a review of the 1984 John Sayles movie Brother From Another Planet and a discussion of the book Kafka Comes to America: Fighting for Justice in the War on Terror - A Public Defender's Inside Account, by Portland attorney Steven T. Wax.
Your government wants to see you naked. Abe and Joe discuss last week's Supreme Court ruling.
Justice may be blind, but your government wants to seeyounaked. Last week's Supreme Court ruling in Florence v. Bd. of Chosen Freeholders lets law enforcement impose a strip search for virtually any offense. It's another nail in the coffin for the 4th Amendment, and part of the nascent security state which, rather than being pared back in the post-Bush era, is only becoming more firmly entrenched. Abe and Joe take a closer look.
Walidah Imarisha on the history of Blacks in Oregon and race relations in the United States. Samantha Taylor and Del Criscenzo ask Walidah about the peculiar history of African Americans in Oregon and Portland and openly talk about the "isms" that continue to impact our society. Walidah is a historian, a reporter, a poet, a spoken word artist, a documentary film maker, a writer and a community organizer. She teaches for the Black Studies department at Portland State University and in the Women’s Studies Department at Oregon State University. This Spring term you can take her class on the History of the Black Panther Party at PSU, and a class on race, gender and empire in Disney films at OSU.
Grace E Reed interviews Cindy Thompson founder/director of Destiny Network. Cindy is an author and advocate of restorative justice and prison reform working with inmates and their children. She is instrumental in creating new policies for employment and wages while incarcerated. Her work's focus is to positively affect rehabilitation, reduction of recidivism and re-entry.
Tune in to APA Compass this Friday, April 6, 2012, at 9 A.M. We'll have a provocative roundtable discussion about the Coalition of Communities of Color's "Unsettling Report" on the Asian Pacific Islander Community in Multnomah County. Surprisingly, the local API community is worse off than that of Seattle or the nation, and we'll discuss why with Prof. Ann Curry-Stevens, June Arima Schumann, and Rev.
Bill Resnick talks with Kristian Williams, Portland-resident and renknown scholar of policing and police history, about the murder of Treyvon Martin. Kristian re-caps the case and those like it, but also comments on the nature of the "stand your ground" laws that have been invoked to shield George Zimmerman. He contends that simply attacking those laws misses deeper problems, namely how these laws arise out of already racialized understandings of crime, law and order. They end on a note about this culture of fear, which Kristian thinks we can overcome if we see that people's needs are met, so they don't feel there are "others" out there trying to take them.