On Thursday, the Seattle City Council moved forward with a proposal to increase the city's minimum wage to $15 per hour. However, the proposal is not that simple and hasn't pleased all proponents of a wage increase. KBOO's Sam Bouman spoke with Nicholas Caleb, a Concordia University professor and former candidate for Portland City Council in last week's primary election about the ins and outs of Seattle's proposal and continuing efforts to raise the minimum wage in Oregon. 6:57 minutes (6.37 MB)
Portland’s annual rose festival kicks off this weekend with parades and festivals.
For more, KBOO’s Susan Cecil spoke with Rich Jarvis of Portland Rose Festival.
He began by talking about this weekend’s events.
The rose festival will continue for the next two weeks.
In the lead-up to the grand floral parade, houseless advocates are calling for a tent-in protest to draw attention to the fact that the city allows street camping on the night before the floral parade to secure a viewing spot, but will not allow it any other night of the year for people who are trying to survive.
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Today's guest is Bruce Levine--psychologist, social critic and author of several books and numerous articles. His most recent book is "Get Up, Stand Up: Uniting Populists, Energizing the Defeated and Battling the Corporate Elite." He has also written "Surviving Depression" and "Commonsense Rebellion: Taking Back Your Life from Drugs, Shrinks, Corporations and a World Gone Crazy." 55:13 minutes (50.55 MB)
Once a hot topic of passionate discussion, the question "Reform or Revolution?" seems to have lost its relevance and punch. Sounds kinda quaint and archaic. Does "Revolution" mean anything in the age of Portlandia? Can we imagine anything outside the box of constituted legal institutions? Can we yet shake ourselves from our mental conditionintg and feelings of powerlessness and detachment in the face of accelerating Disaster? Can we find common ground despite the hyper-individualization we've been socialized into? My God, doesn't anyone care??? Sorry, got carried away. 54:07 minutes (74.32 MB)
An enthusiastic and well-attended "Bioregional Confluence" in Portland this past Sunday brought together people from around Cascadia to meet and attend panels on a wide range of subjects. At lunch, the assembly brought back to life, after many years without a Bioregional gathering in this region, the tradition of regional or "watershed" reportbacks. Some of those attending will call in with the issues they are working on in their areas. Listeners who attended or who have issues of their own they are working on are encouraged to call in at 503-231-8032. 55:30 minutes (76.21 MB)
May Day's ancient origin as a celebration of the earth's fecundity and the beginning of summer and its modern incarnation as an international worker's day may not seem to have much in common. But they are linked by the rise of industrial capitalism, which has on the one hand uprooted masses of people from the land and its cycles and sustenance, and on the other forced most people to depend on an alienating system of wages, rents, interest and profits that benefits a relative few. 53:31 minutes (49 MB)