Human rights

The Politics of Water in the Middle East & the Developing World

program date: 
Mon, 04/20/2009

On March 1st 2009 Portland Brit Tzedek V’Shalom, Congregation Shir Tikvah and the Bridgeport UCC co-sponsored an event, The Politics of Water in the Middle East & the Developing World.

Speaking that afternoon were Congressman Earl Blumenauer, Dr. Jeff Albert, and Mousa Diabat. The topics discussed included water scarcity in the third world, and the effect of water scarcity on the Arab-Israeli peace.

Due to time limitations for today’s broadcast we will only air today the comments by Congressman Blumenauer on water issues globally, and two of the questions for the panel from the audience.

28:32 minutes (26.13 MB)

One Land Many Voices on 04/24/09

Air date: 
Fri, 04/24/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
New York University Professor of Middle Eastern Studies and History, Zachary Lockman, joins Hala Gor

Join us this Friday at 9:00AM on KBOO Community radio for the next edition of ONE LAND, MANY VOICES. 

Mark Rudd's new memoir: Underground: My Life with SDS and the Weatherman

Locus Focus
program date: 
Tue, 04/21/2009


Host Barbara Bernstein interviews Sixties activist Mark Rudd about his new memoir: "Underground: My Life with SDS and the Weatherman." 


41 years ago this week students at Columbia University began an occupation of their campus that shut down the university and resonated around the world. Last year many of these activists gathered at Columbia to remember and reassess this life-changing event. Among them was Mark Rudd, who was one of the leaders of the strike and later went on to help found the ultra-left Weatherman faction of SDS. After spending 7 years underground, he emerged in 1976 and began to reconstruct his life based upon non-violent principles. His memoir UNDERGROUND: MY LIFE WITH SDS AND THE WEATHERMEN has just been published. Mark will be speaking and signing books at Looking Glass Books on SE 13th in Sellwood on April 26 at 4 PM.

55:32 minutes (25.42 MB)

Bathroom Access and Safety

program date: 
Mon, 04/20/2009

While there are few things more primal than the need to use the bathroom many trans and gender variant individuals find that answering natures call is needlessly complicated and often downright dangerous. Few gendered spaces are as vehemently patrolled and the penality for violating gender norms can range from ejection to arrest to bodily harm. Bathroom acess isn't just a trans issue, as many single parents discover when faced with signs baring them from from accompanying non-same-sex children into public restrooms or dressing rooms.

53:35 minutes (24.53 MB)

A little racism with your tea?

April 20, 2009

I was all set to write a brilliant psychosocial expose of the racist undercurrent of the April 15 Teabag Parties, and then I saw this video of Janean Garofalo and Kieth Olbermann hitting the nail on the head.

(I'm going to figure out how to embed video, I swear it.)

At the end of the day, the teabaggers are racists. It's the only intellectual thread (and I use that term loosely) that unifies all of Teabaggerdom. They're not really protesting taxes, because the president just lowered the taxes of the vast majority of the teabaggers. They're not really protesting the national debt, or deficit spending, because they didn't seem to give a shit when Dubya was emptying the Treasury into Iraq. They're not really protesting Obama's alleged Muslim-ness, 'cuz he's a Christisn. No, they're upset because there's a Black Guy in the White House.

Don't believe me? Check out these pictures:


Jailhouse Lawyers: A review from OSP

Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Sun, 04/19/2009

Ruth reads a review of Mumia's new book "Jailhouse Lawyers" as told by Damon Lee Petrie, a prisoner/writer at OSP. 

There will be a Book Party on Friday, April 24th at 7 p.m. at the Bread and Roses Center. @ 819 N. Killingsworth St.

23:59 minutes (21.96 MB)

Creating accountable immigration enforcement

program date: 
Wed, 04/15/2009

Over 440,000 people will be detained by the U.S. government this year. Women, children, the elderly, asylum seekers, torture victims and even long-time permanent residents will be detained for months - in some cases years - awaiting a determination on their status. Many of these people will be detained without a judicial hearing or access to an attorney in a nation that prides itself on the rule of law and due process. Will the Obama adminstration create real immigration reform to ensure the people who come to our shores are treated fairly?

55:42 minutes (44.62 MB)

Special Programming: Public Affairs on 05/14/09

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Thu, 05/14/2009 - 11:00am - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Support KBOO's Spring membership drive!

News and Public Affairs Day – Thursday May 14th

The theme of this year’s drive is ‘Spring into Action!’ – Like groundwater in spring, the power of the people is rising.  We’ll hear talks by Democracy Now co-host Amy Goodman, radical Texan Jim Hightower, media critic and historian Robert McChesney, Harvard professor and author Linda J. Bilmes and some bits from the Pacifica Archives.

More Talk Radio on 04/20/09

More Talk Radio
Air date: 
Mon, 04/20/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am

Celeste Carey and Cecil Prescod host a discussion of domestic and sexual violence. Is it on the increase? Does the current economic climate have an affect on it? Guests include Gabby Santos
Program Coordinator for Underserved Communities at the Oregon Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence.

Interview: Ronault L.S. Catalani, author of Counter Culture; immigrant stories from portland cafe counters

program date: 
Wed, 04/15/2009

Host Linda Olson-Osterlund interviews Ronault L.S. Catalani, author, poet immigrant rights attorney and the the City of Portland's Immigrant & Refugee Affairs Coordinator. In his evocative new book Catalani also known as "Polo" writes a series of essays from familiar cafes. Each one gives a new and startlingly intimate experience of one mans life as an immigrant. The interview springboards from the book to the political forces underpinning his experience of "ethnic Cleansing" to the effects of those forces in the life of refugees today. The wide ranging discussion touched on the value of war crimes tribunals to the camaraderie immigrants from different cultures find in each others company.

27:40 minutes (25.34 MB)
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