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Wage Theft

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Mon, 02/15/2010

 Employers often fail to pay the wages workers have earned: they commit wage theft, affecting millions of American workers.   Kim Bobo is the author of Wage Theft in America, and in this interview she talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick  about the many ways this happens, why companies get away with it, and what we can do about it.  

Bobo will be speaking at an event for Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon this Thursday evening at the Friends' Meeting House, SE 43d and Stark; and on the topic of wage theft at SEIU Local 503, SE Foster and 64th Avenue on Friday evening.  

 

17:35 minutes (10.06 MB)

Reverend Dr. Leroy Haines of the Albina Ministerial Alliance about the recent Portland police killing of Aaron Campbell

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It Takes A Village
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Mon, 02/15/2010

 License To Kill

Shaheed Haamid interviews Reverend Dr. Leroy Haines of the Albina Ministerial Alliance about the recent Portland police killing of Aaron Campbell and the community response to that action.

 

27:47 minutes (25.44 MB)

Voices from the Edge on 02/11/10

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Thu, 02/11/2010 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Will Aaron Campbell's death finally bring police accountability to Portland?

Will Aaron Campbell's death finally bring police accountability to Portland?

A Multnomah County grand jury this week found no criminal wrongdoing by Portland police officer Ronald Frashour in the Jan. 28 fatal shooting of Aaron Campbell. The death of an unarmed young man distraught over the death of his younger brother has stoked long-burning fires in the community about the Portland Police Bureau's use of deadly force.

Our Republic is broken. What is to be done? Let's call a Constitutional Convention and fix it.

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Tue, 02/09/2010

 Our Republic is broken. What's to be done? With Joe on vacation, Abe tosses out a possible answer: a Constitutional Convention.

54:47 minutes (25.08 MB)

The Abe and Joe Talk Radio Show on 02/09/10

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Tue, 02/09/2010 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Our Republic is broken. What's to be done? With Joe on vacation, Abe tosses out a possible answer: a

Our Republic is broken. A lockstep minority, cloaked in arcane rules, can bring business to a complete halt. The influence of monied interests is rampant. The social contract has been shredded, and cherished liberties erode. A yawning chasm opens between rich and poor. A bloated foreign empire bleeds the Treasury. The public discourse is controlled by a profit-driven Fourth Estate that is loath to criticize its owners. The promise of a populist president seems impotent against the entrenched forces arrayed against him.

Our Republic is broken. What is to be done? Let's call a Constitutional Convention and fix it.

Voices from the Edge on 02/04/10

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Thu, 02/04/2010 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Haiti, race and international adoption

 

 

Haiti, Race and International Adoption

The arrest of 10 American Baptists for attempting to take children out of Haiti without permission has rekindled the debate over international adoption. Many Americans believe the plight of Haitian children more than justifies removal of orphans to new homes abroad. Critics fear incorrect identification of Haitian children as orphans and the potential for human trafficking.

Supreme Stunner: Unlimited Campaign Spending Permitted for Corporate "Persons"

 An old friend of mine, Lynne Likens of Talent, Oregon, let me know that she was stunned by the recent Supreme Court decision to allow unlimited corporate spending in our elections, reversing decades of campaign finance laws and cementing the myth that corporations are "persons."

She sent me this copy of a letter she sent to our Senator, Jeff Merkley:

Today's topic is Abortion, and Female Callers take Precedence

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Tue, 02/02/2010

 With Joe on vacation, Abe takes on the warm, fuzzy, not-at-all divisive issue of Abortion.

 It's clear that the issue of abortion elicits a visceral reaction from certain members of the political right, in a way that few other issues do. The reason why is perhaps less clear than it might appear. On the surface, it is framed by abortion opponents as a question of the right of a human to not be murdered. Dig a little deeper though, and you find a fear of sexuality and sex -- particularly female sexualty, and the choice of young women to have sex on their own terms.

58:42 minutes (26.87 MB)

The Abe and Joe Talk Radio Show on 02/02/10

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Tue, 02/02/2010 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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With Joe on vacation, Abe takes on the warm, fuzzy, not-at-all divisive issue of abortion.

 It's clear that the issue of abortion elicits a visceral reaction from certain members of the political right, in a way that few other issues do. The reason why is perhaps less clear than it might appear. On the surface, it is framed by abortion opponents as a question of the right of a human to not be murdered. Dig a little deeper though, and you find a fear of sexuality and sex -- particularly female sexualty, and the choice of young women to have sex on their own terms.

Two events, one in the recent past and one in the near future -- the  conviction of Scott Roeder, murderer of Dr. George Tiller, and the airing of a controversial ad during this weekend's Super Bowl -- prompt Abe to take a closer look at the debate around this most contentious of issues.

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