Politics

2 Weeks In - Is Obama Performing As Expected Yet? Why not?!?

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Mon, 02/09/2009

 Host Abe Proctor is already disappointed in Obama's performance, while Host Joe Uris thinks we need to give the man a little more time to settle in before calling him a Wimp on the tougher issues.  Listeners weigh in on both sides.

57:29 minutes (26.32 MB)

Radiozine on 02/12/09

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Radiozine
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Thu, 02/12/2009 - 9:30am - 10:30am

Madness Radio: Depression And Oppression Alisha Ali

Pilot program

Is depression a result of poverty? How can community development and economic empowerment affect mental health? Psychology professor Alisha Ali discusses the dangers of turning social problems into medical disorders, including bias in diagnosis, limits of "cultural competency" and "anti-stigma" initiatives, and the experiences of immigrant women.

Alternative Radio on 02/11/09

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Alternative Radio
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Wed, 02/11/2009 - 10:00am - 11:00am

Manning Marable: By Any Means Necessary: Malcolm X (lecture)

Manning Marable, a renowned scholar, is professor of public affairs, political science, history and African American studies at Columbia University. His syndicated column "Along the Color Line" appears in over 400 newspapers and journals worldwide. He's the author of many books including "How Capitalism Underdeveloped Black America" and "Living Black History." His latest is "Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention."

 

Flashpoints on 02/10/09

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Flashpoints
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Tue, 02/10/2009 - 11:15am - 12:00pm

John Gibler gives a talk on the violent drug wars occuring in Mexico.

Punk'd?

Hmm. So after a resounding electoral victory, an inauguration the likes of which we've never seen, and an odd new empathic burst of shared purpose, President Obama did what now?

He followed Bush's lead on civil liberties.

 

Obama Administration Maintains Bush Position on 'Extraordinary Rendition' Lawsuit

The Obama Administration today announced that it would keep the same position as the Bush Administration in the lawsuit Mohamed et al v Jeppesen Dataplan, Inc.

A source inside of the Ninth U.S. District Court tells ABC News that a representative of the Justice Department stood up to say that its position hasn't changed, that new administration stands behind arguments that previous administration made, with no ambiguity at all. The DOJ lawyer said the entire subject matter remains a state secret.

It's because of that last item I listed above -- that sense of shared purpose, of belief that all of us are going to get pointed in the right direction -- that this stings so much. "Extraordinary rendition" was one of the most galling of the Bush junta's excesses. Ashcroft, Gonzales & Co. had relied upon "state secrets" privilege to prevent courts from ruling on cases like Mohamed, in which five plaintiffs had been forcibly deported to other countries (we still don't know where) and tortured.

On one of its first chances to turn away from the dark side, the Obama administration has stepped right in the footprints set down by Bush. "State secrets" still prevent the tortured from having their day in court. It's a disgrace.

The only hope I hold out -- and it's a thin one -- is that the situation around rendition is as convoluted as that surrounding the prosecutorial cases for the Guantanamo detainees. Perhaps on this issue, too, the Bushies left such a scorched landscape in their wake that the Obama Justice Dept. is having trouble making head or tail of what went on in the course of "extraordinary rendition." Perhaps they will do the right thing and revisit Mohamed again down the road.

I hope so. I hope Obama is not the Manchurian candidate I feared he might be.

H/T Glenn Greenwald

Movin' On on 02/06/09

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Movin' On
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Fri, 02/06/2009 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
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Who Was There and What Were They Up To? Part one!

Howard Wade, lead guitarist of Portland's Sons of Bernard, sits in with host Laurie Sonnenfeld as they explore folk music and musicians of the early 60s who were drawn to the scene in Greenwich Village.

Circle A Radio on 02/04/09

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Wed, 02/04/2009 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
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An interview with the Dicentra Collective

The Dicentra Collective is based in Portland, OR. They are 7 individuals who are collectively committed to create radical communities of care, networks of support, and movements based on relationship building. Tonight on Circle A Radio we talk with the members of Dicentra Collective about their beginnings, their workshops, their ideas for radical caregiving, and more. Stay Tuned.

Breaking Down Poverty's Barriers: An Interview with Dr. Donna Beegle

Poverty is more than a lack of resources. It creates barriers that isolate the poor from the rest of the community and from opportunities to break free from its grip. That isolation also extends to having a voice in research and program development for breakding down poverty's barriers.

Dr. Donna M. Beegle, a national expert on poverty, grew up in a migrant labor family. At 15 she dropped out of school, married, and after ten years of abject poverty became a homeless divorced mother with two children. Through a pilot program that helped her gain self-confidence as well as connections to resources and mentors, she returned to school, eventually achieving a doctorate in educational leadership. For the past 17 years she has conducted research on poverty, authored See Poverty...Be the Difference, and founded the non-profit PovertyBridge to work directly with people impacted by poverty. On March 7, she will be holding an "Opportunity Conference" with 200 Portlanders living in poverty. Her own experience with poverty is part of a PBS documentary, Invisible Nation which will air later this year.

Join Jo Ann and Dave this Thursday as they discuss with Dr. Beegle how to reach across the barriers of poverty to build a more equitable Portland. Can't call in during the program? Send us your questions for Dr. Beegle in advance through the comments section of this blog!

Voices from the Edge on 02/05/09

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Thu, 02/05/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Breaking down the poverty barriers: An interview with Dr. Donna Beegle

Poverty is more than a lack of resources. It creates barriers that isolate the poor from the rest of the community and from opportunities to break free from its grip. That isolation also extends to having a voice in research and program development for breakding down poverty's barriers.

Trans & Womyn's Action Camp 2009 Needs Workshops!

Trans & Womyn's Action Camp 2009 Needs Workshops!

author: TWAC e-mail: twac@riseup.net

We are happy to announce that there will also be a Trans' and Womyn's Action Camp gathering of eco-activists, who are also working to bring down patriarchy. This will be a 6 day training and workshop event in the Cascadia bio-region from June 20th-26th, 2009. We need workshop presenters!

As you may know, organizing for the Earth First! Round River Rendezvous 2009 in Cascadia has already begun.

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