A "Juneteenth" rememberance: confronting racism in Oregon
June 19th marks the 144th anniversary of the landing of federal troops in Galveston, Texas to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation and finally bring slavery to an end throughout the United States. "Juneteenth" has not only become a day to commemorate the end of slavery but to reflect on the African American experience - from progress made to challenges that remain. As Oregonians celebrate the 150th anniversary of their statehood, Juneteenth is an opportunity to look at how we are contributing - or not - to overcoming racism in Oregon.
APA Compass members Patti Duncan spoke with filmmaker Anne Keala Kelly about her new documentary Nono Hewa: The Wrongful Occupation of Hawai'i. This interview originally aired on an APA Compass program about Hawaiian sovereignty and the Akaka Bill.
"Israel and the Misuse of Anti-Semitism: Jewish Activists Speak Out", a panel discussion held last month at Portland State University. Speakers include Ned Rosch, Sophie Bloch, Jonathan Moss, Maxine Fookson and KBOO's own Willian Seaman.
Also, an interview with Jewish anti-Zionists Donna and Darlene Wallach.
The current recession is not an equal opportunity crisis. People of color are experiencing job loss, foreclosures and lack of healthcare at alarmingly higher rates than white Americans. These disparities are not a coincidence but rather the result of structural barriers that have been taking a toll on people of color long before the subprime meltdown.
Jenka Soderberg interviews a newly-arrived immigrant from Gaza on his life in the Gaza Strip, and the difficulty of getting out of the besieged Occupied Territory. The Gaza Strip is one of the most crowded places on earth, where 1.5 million Palestinians - most of whom are 2nd and 3rd generation refugees from what is now Israel - live crowded together in extremely harsh and difficult conditions. The borders have been sealed by Israeli and Egyptian authorities since June 2007, leading many Gazans to call the Strip "the largest open-air prison on earth."
Thursday May 21: Jenka Soderberg interviews Cindy and Craig Corrie, parents of Rachel Corrie, a 23 year old peace activist who was killed on March 16, 2003 when she was crushed by an Israeli bulldozer while trying to prevent the demolition of a Palestinian doctor's home. Cindy and Craig Corrie were part of a protest against the recent conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee in Washington DC. They talk about their experience at that protest, and their recent trip to Gaza with the peace group Code Pink.