Carla interviews Kate Kendelle, Executive Director for the National Lesbian Center Rights (nclrights.org), and Jeana Frazzini, Executive Director for Basic Rights Oregon (basicrights.org), about the State of the LGBTQ Union, among other political topics.
Kate will be in Portland Sept 12 and 13 for community discussions, sharing both local and national updates, including where the movement for marriage equality in Oregon is heading and current federal legislation and litigation.
Event details on Basic Rights & the National Center for Lesbian Rights websites.
Building on the model of the Mondragón region of Spain, a movement for a system of worker-owned co-ops is growing in Cleveland, Ohio. Ted Howard, director of the Democracy Collaborative at the University of Maryland, talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about the democratic potential of this movement. Read more about this work in this article from Yes Magazine. (Image from Equal Exchange)
Learn about Human Trafficking and Slavery in Oregon from the voices of those who's jobs have them confront this modern day horror every day. Host Linda Olson-Osterlund interviewed Deputy Kieth Bickford chair of the Oregon Human Trafficking Taskforce, the organization tapped to help bring together the myriad number of federal, state and local agencies involved in combating trafficking. Oregon is a West Coast destination city and trafficking hub for sex trafficking of underage minors.
Author and anti-slavery activist Kevin Bales is interviewed by host Linda Olson-Osterlund about his new book The Slave Next Door: Human Trafficking and Slavery in America Today, co-authored with historian Ron Soodalter. Bales' earlier book on modern slavery, Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy was nominated for a Pullitzer Prize and is largely responsible for shining the international spotlight on this subject. He is the President of the organization Free The Slaves in Washington D.C. In this interview he uses real examples to talk about the different types of slavery that are found throughout our nation. How slaves are hidden among us. Sometimes in the fields or forests but often in urban settings. From household slaves, who often face the most brutal and longest lasting enslavement to construction workers brought in after a disaster.
Host Jamie Partridge interviews labor photojournalist David Bacon, a veteran union organizer, whose latest book is "Illegal People: How Globalization Creates Migration and Criminalizes Immigrants". Bacon argues that the key to building power for working people are the struggles for equality, inclusion and international solidarity.
Black leadership is on the rise - from the White House to corporate giants like Xerox Corp. In progressive Oregon, however, blacks currently hold no elected positions in the city, county or regional governments within the metropolitan area where most of their community resides. These political disparities are more than matched by economic, social, health and education disparities that have left black Oregonians impoverished.
Charles McGee and Johnell Bell, co-founders of the Black Parent Initiative, believe the time has come for this to change.
Host Jamie Partridge talks with Deborah Stringfellow and Jerry Lawrence, founding members of the African American Longshore Coalition and rank-and-file leaders of Portland’s Longshore and Warehouse Union – ILWU
On Political Perspectives you’ll hear an interview with Andrea Cano on grassroots organizing against hate in our communities, a report back from the Peace and Unity Fest, and the inspiring struggle of workers in the Caribbean.
The first half of the program was produced by Paul Mundy. The second half hour, Building Bridges, produced by Mimi Rosenberg and Ken Nash.