Native Poet Erika Wurth on Indian Trains. Bread and Roses' host Del Criscenzo interviewed Erika a year ago after one of her poetry readin in Bloomington, IN. Erika T. Wurth is Apache, Chickasaw and Cherokee. She was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Colorado between Idaho Springs and Evergreen, although she has lived different places off and on. Her work, both poetry and fiction, has appeared in Raven Chronicles, Fiction, Cedar Hill Review, AMCRJ, and SAIL. She teaches creative writing at Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois. This is her first book.
Amy Chua, professor at Yale Law School and author of the critically-acclaimed Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, is now on her paperback tour, which began here in Portland. She joined Sarika Mehta at our KBOO studio to reflect on the past year's reaction to her book, the process of parenting as Chinese American, as well as other issues concerning the Asian American community.
Tonight we talk about conflict minerals, the historic exploitation of Congo and the role that Western nations
and multi-national corporations continue to play in the exploitation of the resources of Africa.
We hear from many people, including Aaron Hall, from the enough Project, Kambale musavuli, spokes person from Friends of the Congo,Chouchou Namegabe Nabintu (recorded before the senate committee on foreign relations on May 13th, 2009), and more.
Leonard Peltier of the Anishinabe A NISH IN ABE and Lakota Nations, is a long time Native Activist and member of the American Indian Movement. He has spent over 35 years as a political prisoner.
Tonight on Circle A Radio, we talk about the International Day in Solidarity with Leonard Peltier, coming up this Saturday, February 4th. Our guests are Michael One Road, and Arthur Miller, both regional organizers for the Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee.
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.