Seven months into a new administration and the nation still finds itself embroiled in two Asian wars. Many Americans would have difficulty explaining how the Obama administration's conduct of these wars differs from the last administration's. They're certainly not being helped by policymakers and pundits who are working overtime to marginalize arguments for American withdrawal from the region. With the economy now people's foremost concern, how does the peace movement change the national conversation about war and peace?
As recent events in Iran have shown, technology has given ordinary people the power to inform neighbors down the street and strangers halfway around the world about important events regardless of government censorship or corporate media indifference. "Community media" - citizen-operated print, broadcast and digital technologies - is filling the information needs of a growing number of Americans. The Alliance for Community Media's 2009 international conferencerecently took place in Portland, where hundreds of media activists discussed new concepts in community media and challenge old ones.
Across this country there are dozens of women forced to serve time in mens’ correctional institutions. Our sex-segregated facilities aren’t the friendliest places for those with non conforming genders. Transgender women, especially those who haven’t undergone a total physical transformation including sex reassignment surgeries, are still regularly housed with male inmates. What is that experience like? What can be done to improve the situation? What happens to a trans person who is arrested in Portland? What other ways does gender impact the experience of inmates?
A good discussion about Oxford House was provided by Jimmy Williams, Field Services Supervisor of Oregon Recovery Homes. Outreach Coordinators Ed and Cori, and the Program Manager, Wayne Kline also participated. For more information:call 503/413-9233 to talk to Jimmy or send him an email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Friends, family and loved ones as well as folks soon to be released can write to the Recovery Association Project, 18438 SE Pine St., Portland, OR 97233 – Attention Jimmy Williams or Wayne Kline or search 222.rap-nw.org.
You’ll hear Making Contact explore a controversial vaccine at the intersection of immigrant rights and reproductive justice organizing. The HPV vaccine is mandatory for permanent resident status, and advocates say it follows a history of controlling the bodies of women of color.
Celeste and Cecil interview the Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou, the author of an article entitled "Gays Are the New Niggers", published in Killing the Buddha, "a religion magazine for people made anxious by churches" website.
Mr. Sekou is the Senior Minister of Lemuel Haynes Congregational Church (UCC) in South Jamaica Queens, New York. He is third generation ordained Elder in the Church of God in Christ. Rev. Sekou holds fellowships with the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture, The Fellowship of Reconciliation, and the Institute for Policy Studies. His forthcoming book is Gods, Gays, and Guns: Religion and the Future of Democracy.