On Saturday, around 100 people marched through downtown Portland to protest certain provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act passed by Congress last week. Most of the protesters are part of the Portland branch of the Occupy Wall Street Movement. At one point they occupied a mall to urge shoppers to read about the bill.
Pacifica reporter Africa Jones brings us the sounds of the protest:
Over the weekend, hundreds of supporters of immigrant rights gathered in downtown Portland to commemorate International Migrants Day. Speakers at the rally in the South Park Blocks Saturday morning spoke of the need for national legislation providing a real path to citizenship for immigrants, and encouraged the passage of the DREAM Act to allow children born abroad but raised in the U-S to be able to become citizens.
KBOO’s Anna Preble was there, and spoke with some of the participants in the march and rally:
The battle to keep Oregon’s rural post offices open continued today with a rally in Scappoose.
Although Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley on Friday claimed credit for saving twenty of Oregon’s post offices from closure, twenty one more are still scheduled to be shut down by the end of the year.
This week is the busiest week of the year for the US Postal Service. Despite all the business, the postal service is on the verge of bankruptcy because of a pre-funding mandate imposed by a lame-duck Congress in 2006.
Here in Portland, a door-to-door canvassing group called Working America is taking up the cause of saving America's postal service.
Clayton Morgareidge hosts this Old Mole episode which surveys the Occupy movement; the differences between the US and the UK labor movements; workers' struggles in our broken food industry; and an implausible story about a poisoned husband.
For information about our theme music and our graphics, go to ourmain page. You can also follow us onFacebook.
The system that puts food on our tables is broken and corrupt. The Food Chain Workers’ Alliance is a coalition of worker-based organizations whose members plant, harvest, process, pack, transport, prepare, serve, and sell food. In this conversation with director Joann Lo, we hear how they are organizing to improve wages and working conditions for all workers along the food chain.
A few weeks ago, British public employees mounted the biggest general strike since the 1920s. Why have we seen nothing like that from unions in the US? Joe Clement introduces and then comments on what labor journalist Mike Elk had to say about this question.
Nationally known journalist Arum Gupta has visited over 30 Occupy sites in more than 20 states around the country, and he reports here in conversation with the Old Mole's Laurie Mercier where the movement stands and where it may be headed. Gupta is a founding editor of the Indypendent, a frequent contributor to OccupyUSAToday, and Guernica.