Next we welcome Khalil Edwards from Portland's Black Pride. Khalil shares alot of information about the many events happening next week, including all ages events and some that are for ages 21 and older. For the full schedule, check out Portland Black Pride on Facebook, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome to the Machine. The USA PATRIOT Act has been renewed for another four years.
The surveillance state ushered in under the reign of Bush the Younger was given a bipartisan imprimatur in late May when the USAPATRIOT Act was renewed for another four years. Warrantless wiretaps? You bet. Illegal searches of personal and business records? That's just how it is these days, because, you know, terrorism.
It appears that any hopes progressives may have had that President Obama would undo the Bush-era security state are unfounded. Whither from here? Abe and Joe survey the damage.
Frann comments on a number of animal attacks that demonstrate a form of resistance to abuse and exploitation. She then focuses making a case against Thaddeus Russell's dismissive review of a book about such acts of animal resistance.
Bill and Sanho talk about the reasons why the war on drugs has failed to curb abuse while defying empirical evidence about usage. More importantly, Sanho points out, the Drug Warriors fails to grasp why some people use drugs and why most others don't: the lack of means to lead a purposeful life, which Sanho believes would be the greatest deterant to drug abuse.
Sanho Tree is director of the Drug Policy Project, which works to end the domestic and international “War on Drugs” and replace it with policies that promote public health and safety, as well as economic alternatives to the prohibition drug economy.
Last month, President Obama announced the death of Osama Bin Laden to the world. Sarika Mehta spoke with Afifa Ahmed Shafi and Muna Abshir Muhamud, two Muslim-American community members, on their thoughts surrounding the death of Osama Bin Laden, the past decade of Islamophobia and their thoughts on a "post-Bin-Laden" world.