Laurie Mercier talks with Margaret Butler, director and co-founder of the Portland-area labor coalition, Jobs with Justice, which just turned 20 years old. Butler talks a little about what JwJ does in general and recent actions, advocacy and campaigns they've done.
Joe Clement hosts this Old Mole, which because of membership drive breaks shows up as being about30% shorter than normal. We hear about the crack-down on ethnic studies in Arizona, about what's going on in Jobs with Justice, and a review of The Intuitionist. In the middle of the show, we heard Pete Seeger's rendition of Ralph Chaplin's "Commonwealth of Toil" from the Wobbly Little Red Songbook.
On October 12th, 2011, Congress passed the Colombia Free Trade Agreement. The fight against the FTA, by trade unionists, small farmers, Indigenous communities, Afro-Colombians, and human rights activists was lost after 5 years, but the struggle continues.
On this program, we speak with Carlos Cruz, from Witness for Peace in Colombia.
The Center for Intercultural Organizing kicked off 2012 with a special program -- First Friday gatherings where friends and members share their citizenship status stories of hope and courage. Join host Lisa Loving and guest Carmen Madrid for a frank conversation about what's going on in our immigrant communities. Are you a Portland newcomer? Call us up with your story at 503-231-8171.
Tune in to APA Compass this Friday, January 6, 2012, at 9 A.M. for our "Best of 2011" program. We feature interviews with YouTube phenomeon Jimmy Wong, 200m world champion and paralympic ambassador Anjali Forber-Pratt, and visual artist Sharon Inahara. Local youth share reflections on Vincent Chin in a segment from our APA Popwatch series. And, our popular "Angry APA Minute" series continues with the stories of Simon Young, Purvi Shah, and Sarika Mehta.
APA Compass is the Pacific Northwest’s Only Asian Pacific American public affairs radio show. Each month, our collective focuses on issues relevant to APA communities and features an Angry APA minute where listeners like you can sound off.