In part one of the Feb 10, 2010 Political Perspectives, Michelle Schroeder Fletcher interviews blogger Brad Friedman of the Brad Blog about the case of rightwing activist James O'Keefe, his federal felony arrest late last month, and his infamous secretly taped video interviews filmed inside ACORN offices.
Turning community outrage into real police reform: A conversation with the Albina Ministerial Allian
One month after Portland police officer Ronald Frashour fatally shot Aaron Campbell, the Portland City Council is still struggling with growing community anger over the unarmed man's death. Demonstrations, a high profile visit by Rev. Jesse Jackson - as well as an upcoming March 14 visit by national civil rights activist Rev.
With Joe back from a stint in a Turkish prison, Joe and Abe get back to the business of discussing all things political and newsy. In this case, Joe waxes eloquent about why foreign films are so much better than anything produced in the world of American cinema. Except for Animal House, which is a work of enduring genius.
Of course, the conversation turned more political than THAT!
how Palestinian and Jewish activists can appropriately work together for human rights without giving
Host Jenka Soderberg interviews Monadel Herzollah of the U.S. Palestine Community Network and founder/president of the Arab American Union Members Council and Rebecca Tumposky, U.S. chapter organizer for the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network. They were in Portland last week demonstrating how Palestinian and Jewish activists can appropriately work together for human rights without giving an appearance of normalcy or parity of suffering. Their appearance was sponsored by Al-Nakba Awareness Project and Advocating Freedom, Justice & Equality in the Holy Land.
Host Per Fagereng interviews Michael Klare, author of Resource Wars. Klare suggests to James Cameron what his next Avatar film should be, a 2144 prequel set on a resource-ravaged planet Earth -- Michael Klare, "Avatar: The Prequel, Will Earth's Last Stand Sweep the 2013 Oscar's" http://www.tomdispatch.com/archive/175210/
On January 21, 2010, the U.S. Supreme court took another step in the long - and many say misguided - journey to granting corporations personhood under the U.S. Constitution. In Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, a five-member majority of the court increased the ability of corporations to use their wealth to influence our electoral process. Recent polling shows that more than 75 percent of Americans think the ruling further weakens our democratic institutions and the power of people to govern themselves.
Under the guise of enforcing the free speech rights of the First Amendment, the Supreme Court has reversed decades of campaign finance reform. In a clearly partisan move, a majority of five justices has allowed corporations to spend unlimited cash on political advertising. What can the 80% of Americans at odds with this decision do about it? Jon Bartholomew of the Oregon State Public Interest Research Group (OSPIRG) outlines some of the actions that could restore power to we the people!