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.
On today's show we will discuss Queer Health and Fierceness (a topic all us Queers and Allies must know).
From the Center for American Progress we have Kellan Baker. With his amazing work as a health policy analyst and LGBTQ Health researcher, the CAP has been instrumental in making sure all Queers have access to quality health care. On the show we will talk about his amazing work and the role the Affordable Care Act has on Queer health
Is Big Brother watching? Oh, yes he is. Abe and Joe look at the NSA's massive new spy center.
There's a lot of information flying around these days, more so than ever before, in fact. Keeping tabs on all of it would seem to be an impossible task. Not to worry, though -- Big Brother is up to the job. Abe and Joe take a look at the National Security Agency's massive new spycenter, and discuss life in the modern American surveillance state.