Depending on who you talk to, longtime Portland activist JoAnn Hardesty's installation as president of the Portland NAACP is either a blessing or a nightmare. This local civil rights icon's assumption to the office was compared by one post to the impact of an incoming artillery shell. Don Merrill talks with Ms. Hardesty about how she's focused on helping the organization renew its tarnished image by cleaning house, setting new standards and following the first rule of getting yourself out of a hole; stop digging.
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Frann Michel reviews the criticism explaining why Teach for America is bad for those who teach in it, bad for the students they teach, and bad for public education in the United States. You can find a longer version of her comments, with links to sources, here .
On Saturday, January 3, the local anti-police violence and social justice group Don't Shoot/Portland joined with 15 Now to protest at the McDonald's on SE 82nd and Powell. They called on McDonalds to pay a living wage to its workers, and more generally for a $15 and hour minimum wage city-wide. After an hour, the group marched north on 82nd, taking over two lanes of traffic and continuing their chants, "Oh Portland, Wake Up," "Hands Up, Don't Shoot," and others. 15:40 minutes (7.17 MB)
Frann Michel hosts the first Mole of the new year, which looks back to past activism and forward to new movements and continued struggle. To hear the whole show, click on the play button below. For individual segments, follow these links:
Jan Haaken talks (again) with Mimi Schippers about feminism and football. This time, they discuss cheerleaders, the role of female cheerleaders as heterosexualizing the sport, and the labor suits professional cheerleaders have filed against teams and the NFL. Mimi is Associate Professor of Sociology and the Gender and Sexuality Studies Program at Tulane University. 8:41 minutes (3.98 MB)
Joe Clement reads from Jason Read's review of Sleep Dealer, which he wrote for The Portland Phoenix. Sleep Dealer is a recent sci-fi dystopia in Spanish about a near future where robots are operated from afar by desperate Mexican workers. Jason writes about how he got to talk with the film's director, Alex Rivera, about the changing nature of work and the lived reality of exploitation in late capitalism.