Toby Green from the Laborers Union was the Prison Pipeline guest for our Labor Day program. Ruth and Toby discussed the prison work programs and the union jobs that some programs replace. We asked the question, “Is the Oregon prison work program “slave labor?”
Will Portland's new police chief fire the officer responsible for fatally shooting Aaron Campbell? The city's independent review board recommended that action, but will Chief Reese - as well as his boss, Mayor Sam Adams - oppose the Portland Police Association?
A discussion of economic conditions in the area and what happens to people who lose jobs
Jay Thiemeyer hosts a special Labor Day discussion about Poverty, Unemployment and Jobs with guests Cassandra Garrison, longtime Portland anti-poverty worker and Jeff Terrel, a local Teamster who has been unemployed for a year and a half.
Crystal Leighty guest hosts a special Labor Day edition of More Talk Radio focusing on labor and the Oregon Fair Trade Campaign. She speaks with Arthur Stamoulis of the Oregon Fair Trade Campaign about how NAFTA and the WTO have been a disaster for working people in Oregon and around the globe and about opportunities to not only stop the expansion of these corporate trade deals, but to actually begin fixing the problems they have created. Later in the hour Crystal will take your calls on labor issues.
Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans five years ago this week. Katrina's impact went beyond the loss of life and property to reveal deeply rooted attitudes about race many Americans thought had withered away. Jo Ann and Dave talked about the various aspects of Katrina's impacts, including the permanent displacement of over 100,000 residents, the reshaping of the city and the federal indictments against the New Orleans police.
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Bill interviews Catherine Badgley about her research into the comparative outputs of organic and conventional agriculture. In an article she wrote with seven other colleagues, "Organic Agriculture and the Global Food Supply," she makes the case for organic agriculture feeding the world. This research begun when she visited a farm north of Ann Arbor where on 3-acres the farmer was growing 26 tons of produce organically. She responds to criticisms that organic agriculture receives from agribusiness.