Dr. Benjamin Chavis is a civil rights pioneer. He led the NAACP in the early 90s and he was the director of the Million Man March. He is involved in a number of self empowerment initiatives including a collaboration with media mogul Russell Simmons to use hip hop as a way for youth to transmit experiential messages to the larger community. Mr. Chavis was recently elevated to the position of president and CEO of the National Newspaper Publishers Association. Don Merrill sat down with Mr. Chavis to talk about his newest job to once again help energize and educate not just black communities but all communities. 29:56 minutes (27.4 MB)
On June 17, the Canadian government approved the hotly contested Northern Gateway pipeline, which would carry diluted tar sands crude oil from Alberta to the British Columbia Coast. Since then, protestors have sat in at one Member of Parliament's office and chained and padlocked the offices of two others, among other actions against the decision.
B.C. indigenous or First Nations bands and organizations are generally united against the project, along with Canadian environmental groups and many towns along the pipeline route, as well as the Union of B.C. Municipalities. 7:56 minutes (40.05 MB)
KBOO's Paul Roland speaks with Ariel Deranje about the 5th Annual Tar Sands Healing Walk, which calls attention to the continued exploitation of fossil fuels in Alberta, Canada and its effects on the land. 11:55 minutes (10.91 MB)