On Saturday, January 3, the local anti-police violence and social justice group Don't Shoot/Portland joined with 15 Now to protest at the McDonald's on SE 82nd and Powell. They called on McDonalds to pay a living wage to its workers, and more generally for a $15 and hour minimum wage city-wide. After an hour, the group marched north on 82nd, taking over two lanes of traffic and continuing their chants, "Oh Portland, Wake Up," "Hands Up, Don't Shoot," and others. 15:40 minutes (7.17 MB)
In their Left and the Law segment, Jan Haaken and Mike Sneneker discuss the 1961 movie classic, Judgement at Nuremberg, through the lens of the recent Senate report on the CIA and torture. The film is available through the Multnomah County Library, as well as through various online sites. 10:33 minutes (6.04 MB)
Joe Clement reads from Jason Read's review of Sleep Dealer, which he wrote for The Portland Phoenix. Sleep Dealer is a recent sci-fi dystopia in Spanish about a near future where robots are operated from afar by desperate Mexican workers. Jason writes about how he got to talk with the film's director, Alex Rivera, about the changing nature of work and the lived reality of exploitation in late capitalism.
Iven Hale reads from a recent essay by Yasmin Nair titled Against Equality, Against Marriage. Iven leads off relating her own experiences with marriage's cultural hegemony.
"A queer radical critique of the family is not simply the celebration of an outsider status, although it is often that, but an economic critique as well. A queer radical critique of gay marriage exposes how capitalism structures our notion of family and the privatization of the social relationships we depend on to survive."
Tom Becker hosts this show dealing with several struggles for freedom and respect against forces of repression and exploitation.
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With the recent Senate report on the use of torture by the CIA and today'sNew York Times editorialcalling for the prosecution of "anyone responsible for the torture of terrorism suspects," there is no longer any way to believe that the US uses torture only to protect Americans. Here our Left and the Law crew, Jan Haaken and Mike Snedeker, discuss the case for pursing criminal charges against the Bush administration under international human rights laws.
In commemoration of Nelson Mandela, one year after his death, Alan Wieder presents his comments on a televised town meeting from his first trip to the United States after he was released from prison in 1990. In the meeting, he responded to reactionary comments from politicians and newsmen.
6:51 minutes (4.7 MB)