Civil Liberties

Is this what Democracy looks like?

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Wed, 06/24/2009

Words can be used to communicate ideas between people, to describe things we can't point to.  Words can also be used to separate and manipulate.  This happens in our media all the time.  Remember when the prior administration talked about "spreading democracy"?  

This was a divisive choice of words - some of us think - hooray! spreading democracy! pass the popcorn!  to others, sounds a little like cultural imperialism.

58:09 minutes (39.93 MB)

Radiozine on 06/25/09

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Radiozine
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Thu, 06/25/2009 - 11:30am - 12:00pm

Toni Tabora-Roberts interviews Curtis Choy about his film "Manilatown is in the Heart".  A favorite at the DisOrient film festival in April, the film is a tribute to late poet and activist Al Robles. 

In the 1970s, Robles was an activist involved in the San Francisco I-Hotel struggle, a fight which is now burned into Filipino-American civil rights history.

After a decade-long protest, many low-income elderly Manong were evicted, effectively dismantling the last enclave of downtown San Francisco's historic Manilatown community.

"Manilatown is in the Heart"will show for one night only in Portland on Friday, June 26th at the Hollywood Theater.

Flashpoints on 06/25/09

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Flashpoints
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Thu, 06/25/2009 - 10:15am - 11:00am

On Flashpoints, remembering the life of human rights leader and liberation theologist, Father Jean Juste, and Helen Caldicott speaks about the nuclear threat.

Revolutionary Haitian priest Father Jean-Juste died on May 27th at the age of 62. In jail and out, he preached liberation of the poor, release of prisoners, human rights for all, and a fair distribution of wealth. He constantly challenged both the powers of Haiti and the US to stop killing, starving and imprisoning the poor. He slept on the floor of his church, St. Claire, which provided meals to thousands of starving children and adults every week. Father Gerry will be missed but not forgotten by the Haitian people, and by all who embrace true democracy and justice throughout the world.

Old Mole Variety Hour for June 22, 2009

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Sun, 06/21/2009

 Hosted by Frann Michel, and featuring several versions of our theme song "I wish I Was a Mole in the Ground," this program discusses how our broken economy needs to be fixed if it is to work for all of us; the recent Supreme Court refusal to grant convicted inmates the right to review in the light of DNA evidence; the new documentary film about the food we eat, Food, Inc., and a commentary about the crisis over the election in Iran.  

To hear the program in full, use the play button above.  To hear separate pieces, follow their links below:

54:30 minutes (31.19 MB)

Lents Park Baseball Stadium *derailed* by Community Activists!!!

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Locus Focus
program date: 
Tue, 06/23/2009

 A proposed baseball stadium in Lents has been derailed. How did this happen and why is it good for Lents? 
 Hosted by: Barbara Bernstein 

56:58 minutes (26.08 MB)

Flashpoints on 06/24/09

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Flashpoints
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Wed, 06/24/2009 - 10:15am - 11:00am

 Part two of a special report about the current political, social and cultural climate inside Iran.

Alternative Radio on 06/24/09

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Alternative Radio
Air date: 
Wed, 06/24/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am

Our planet and its people are in peril. Diminishing fresh water supplies, destruction of forests, polluted air, species extinction at an unparalleled rate, and a toxic petrochemical environment are all clear signals that things are going seriously haywire. And climate change, the impacts of which are already evidenced at an accelerating pace, threatens environmental devastation on an almost incomprehensible scale. Rising sea levels will overwhelm island states, low lying countries such as Bangladesh, and many of the coastal areas where the world's population is concentrated. Climate change will bring more disease outbreaks, including new diseases and variants of existing ones for which there is no treatment.

Supreme Court: No Right to DNA Tests

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Sun, 06/21/2009

 By a split decision, the US Supreme Court has ruled that there is no constitutional right to have a conviction reviewed on the basis of DNA evidence.  Civil Rights attorney Mike Snedeker explains the impact of the decision in this conversation with the Old Mole's Jan Haaken.

11:17 minutes (6.46 MB)

Flashpoints

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Flashpoints
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Tue, 06/23/2009 - 10:15am - 11:00am

The current political, social and cultural climate inside Iran.  Part one of a two part series featuring the hosts of KPFA's "Voices of the Middle East and North Africa".

Recovery Zone on 06/24/09

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Recovery Zone
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Wed, 06/24/2009 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Healing our World

paul cienfuegosPaul Cienfuegos teaches that corporate rights are at the core of almost every environmental and social justice problem that we face. Corporate power grew immensely toward the end of the 19th century with the dismantling of legal restraints and the redefinition of corporations as "persons." As citizens, can we take back our power from these fictitious corporate "persons?"   Cienfuegos says, "Yes!"  And he tells of communities that are doing just that by going after illegitimate corporate authority and privilege.

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