Let's get on with it, Mr. President. We're up the proverbial creek with spaghetti as our paddle. This health care thing could have been the crossing of the Delaware, the turning point in the next American Revolution — the moment we put the mercenaries to rout, as General Washington did the Hessians at Trenton. We could have stamped our victory "Made in the USA." We could have said to the world, "Look what we did!" And we could have turned to each other and said, "thank you."
As it is, we're about to get health care reform that measures human beings only in corporate terms of a cost-benefit analysis. I mean this is topsy-turvy — we should be treating health as a condition, not a commodity.
It’s Labor Day, so we talked about prison labor. Tatiana, our guest helped Ruth walk through some of the basic information about prison labor. Ruth also read from essays about working in prison written by folks at Oregon State Prison. 27:09 minutes (24.87 MB)
Carla interviews Kate Kendelle, Executive Director for the National Lesbian Center Rights (nclrights.org), and Jeana Frazzini, Executive Director for Basic Rights Oregon (basicrights.org), about the State of the LGBTQ Union, among other political topics.
Kate will be in Portland Sept 12 and 13 for community discussions, sharing both local and national updates, including where the movement for marriage equality in Oregon is heading and current federal legislation and litigation.
Event details on Basic Rights & the National Center for Lesbian Rights websites.
Common Sense Hosted by Kayse Jama and Grassia Melendez
Join the conversation in a new Talk Radio Show, Common Sense, aimed towards presenting the Immigrant and Refugee Perspective on issues that are under-represented in our Mainstream Media. Today's guests are Baher Butti and Murad Nuryagdiev from the Center for Intercultural Organizing. They talk about immigrant and refugee issues in Portland, and how The Center for Intercultural Organizing supports diversification.
Meet the new boss ... Hosted by: Abe Proctor and Joe Uris
With Joe still on vacation, Abe looks at the passing of an American icon: Ted Kennedy; and watches our chance for meaningful health care legislation faaaaade away. Plus, more disjointed rage and Aggrieved White Man Syndrome from the wingnut right.
The Democratic Party has become like the Republican Party-- deeply influenced by corporate money. I think Rahm Emanuel, who's a clever politician, understands that the money for Obama's re-election will come primarily from the health industry, the drug industry and Wall Street. He is a corporate Democrat who is determined that there won't be something in this legislation-- if we get it-- that will turn off those powerful interests.
There’s this fear that Barack Obama will become the Grover Cleveland of this era – Grover Cleveland was a good man, but he became a conservative Democratic President because he didn’t fight the powerful interests – people say Obama should be FDR – I’d much rather see him be Theodore Roosevelt --– Teddy Roosevelt loved to fight – … I think if Obama fought instead of really finessed it so much . . . I think it would change the atmosphere.
As we survey the grim fact that -- despite big majorities in both houses of Congress, a popular and charismatic president, and solid public approval -- we may very well not get the kind of health care changes that befit a civilized nation, it's hard not to sink into a profound cynicism. We have never had an opportunity this good, and who knows when another one will come along. Money wins the day, forever and ever, amen.
Learn about Human Trafficking and Slavery in Oregon from the voices of those who's jobs have them confront this modern day horror every day. Host Linda Olson-Osterlund interviewed Deputy Kieth Bickford chair of the Oregon Human Trafficking Taskforce, the organization tapped to help bring together the myriad number of federal, state and local agencies involved in combating trafficking. Oregon is a West Coast destination city and trafficking hub for sex trafficking of underage minors.
Author and anti-slavery activist Kevin Bales is interviewed by host Linda Olson-Osterlund about his new book The Slave Next Door: Human Trafficking and Slavery in America Today, co-authored with historian Ron Soodalter. Bales' earlier book on modern slavery, Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy was nominated for a Pullitzer Prize and is largely responsible for shining the international spotlight on this subject. He is the President of the organization Free The Slaves in Washington D.C. In this interview he uses real examples to talk about the different types of slavery that are found throughout our nation. How slaves are hidden among us. Sometimes in the fields or forests but often in urban settings. From household slaves, who often face the most brutal and longest lasting enslavement to construction workers brought in after a disaster.
Black leadership is on the rise - from the White House to corporate giants like Xerox Corp. In progressive Oregon, however, blacks currently hold no elected positions in the city, county or regional governments within the metropolitan area where most of their community resides. These political disparities are more than matched by economic, social, health and education disparities that have left black Oregonians impoverished.
Charles McGee and Johnell Bell, co-founders of the Black Parent Initiative, believe the time has come for this to change.