May 1, 2009 marks the 123rd anniversary of a rally for the eight-hour day in Chicago's Haymarket Square that ended with a police riot that left over a dozen dead. The political trial and hanging of four anarchists that followed sparked protests around the world and the designation by the Second International of May 1 as International Workers' Day, more commonly known as May Day. But does commemoration of a 19th century incident have relevance for people in the 21st century? Does demonstrating on May Day have meaning for you?
Host Dennis Bernstein speaks with acclaimed author Alice Walker and veteran activist Medea Benjamin about their recent visits to Gaza and the need to protest and break the silence about the killing of Palestinians.
30 miles from the nearest town,
hidden in the Louisiana hills, traveling along a long
twisting road at a dead end you will find Angola, a former plantation now a prison the size of Manhattan which is unlike any other known at this point in time.
Host Eva Lake speaks with Kathe Kollwitz of The Guerilla Girls about art, women and activism. The Guerilla Girls will be speaking tonight (Tuesday, April 28), at 7pm at Portland State University in the Smith Memorial Ballroom at 1825 SW Broadway, as part of the series "Feminist Perspectives in Pop Culture sponsored by Bitch magazine and PSU’s Women’s Resource Center.
David Smith-Ferri and Noah Baker Merrill, volunteers with Direct Aid Iraq, recently returned from a trip Iraq and Jordan. They have visited families who fled under death threats, leaving all of their possessions and homes behind. They’ve recorded testimonies from people who have endured torture, extortion, kidnapping, and violence. Direct Aid Iraq is a network of Iraqis, Americans, and others supporting a future of peace for Iraq through providing aid, facilitating cooperation, engaging in advocacy, and providing education. Marianne Barisonek speaks with Noah Baker Merrill about his experiences.
On March 1st 2009 Portland Brit Tzedek V’Shalom, Congregation Shir Tikvah and the Bridgeport UCC co-sponsored an event, The Politics of Water in the Middle East & the Developing World.
Speaking that afternoon were Congressman Earl Blumenauer, Dr. Jeff Albert, and Mousa Diabat. The topics discussed included water scarcity in the third world, and the effect of water scarcity on the Arab-Israeli peace.
Due to time limitations for today’s broadcast we will only air today the comments by Congressman Blumenauer on water issues globally, and two of the questions for the panel from the audience.
Financial analyst Catherine Austin Fitts talks about the alleged suicide of acting Fanny Mac CFO David Kellerman and Nora Barrows Friedman interviews one of the leading activists against the building of a wall through Palestine.