We take a look at mass incarceration and racism in America today through Michelle Alexander's book "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness."
We begin with a speech given by Michelle Alexander in New York in February of 2010, and then will hear from various community members who participated in a Book Group at the Talking Drum Bookstore, located in Reflections coffee shop on NE Killingsworth. This group is going through the book in six weeks, chapter by chapter, to study how and why a majority of young Black men in major American cities are locked behind bars and how the U.S. criminal justice system functions as a contemporary system of racial control, even as it formally adheres to the principle of color blindness.
Host Jay Thiemeyer interviews filmmaker Dean Shull about his new documentary CALIFORNIA 90420 which looks at Oaksterdam University, the nation's only college preparing students for work in the medical marijuana industry. The film shows at the Clinton Street Theater in Portland starting Friday, April 27th.
90420 focuses on the rapidly open and growing marijuana trade in the State of California. The film explores the burgeoning 'above ground' industry through the eyes of four, 20-something characters whose real lives are caught up in the changing green landscape.
Filmmaker and activist Michael Moore speaks on "Get Up, Stand Up"
Michael Moore – Get Up, Stand Up (lecture)
Bob Marley sang this song, Get up, stand up, stand up for your rights
Get up, stand up, don't give up the fight
You can fool some people sometimes
But you couldn't fool all the people all the time
And now you see the light, stand up for your rights.
Bill Resnick has Terran Connally of the Portland Liberation Organizing Council, which has grown out of the Occupy movement, to talk about events and expectations for May Day 2012 in Portland. They consider the potential for this May Day to be the single greatest concerted activity in human history because of not only the Occupy movement agitating Americans, but the increasing unrest in Europe over neoliberal social domination. They talk about the shift from economic growth to a different model of development, which PLOC advocates and organizes in terms of "community-led solutions".
Held for 106 days, Portlander Yonas Fikre was beaten with plastic pipes, deprived of sleep and held in stress positions. No lawyers allowed and no charges filed. What did his torturers want? Information about The Islamic Center of Portland and its Iman. That’s right torturers in The United Arab Emirates asking questions about a mosque in Portland. Join host Linda Olson-Osterlund and her guests Portland attorney, Tom Nelson and his client, Yonas Fikre, by phone from Sweden. Hear Fikre describe in his own words his ongoing ordeal at the Hands of the U> S. State D3partment!
Breaking News! Swedish TV just released videos of Yonas Fikre: