Should we continue voter-owned elections? An interview with Common Cause's Janice Thompson
This fall, Portlanders will decide whether to continue their experiment with voter-owned elections. The question becomes more relevant in the wake of Citzens United vs. Federal Elections Commission, a recent Supreme Court ruling that removed bans on corporate campaign spending. This week, Jo Ann and Dave talk with Common Cause Oregon's Janice Thompson about the upcoming referendum on voter-owned elections and what else needs to be done to fix our ailing electoral process.
military trauma therapist Elizabeth Stinson helps soldiers obtain discharges from the military
Host Stephanie Potter will talk with Elizabeth Stinson about her work as a military trauma therapist. She has used her expertise with military regulations and her counseling and diplomacy skills to advise soldiers and their families on their options for obtaining administrative discharges from the military.
This speech was delivered on 4 April 1967, at a meeting of Clergy and Laity Concerned at Riverside Church in New York City exactly one year before Dr. King's his death. In this talk he speaks strongly against the U.S.'s role in the war, insisting that the U.S. was in Vietnam "to occupy it as an American colony" and calling the U.S. government "the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today". He also argues that the country needed larger and broader moral changes:
Who killed Marine ColonelJim Sabow? Host Per Fagereng speaks with the Colonel's brother Dr. David Sabow, who has been pursuing the case for over ten years.
Marine Colonel James Sabow's death was very controversial. In 1991 Sabow, a fighter pilot and a hero of the Vietnam War before becoming the third ranking officer at the Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, was found dead behind his home at the base, a shotgun blast to his head, blood splattered across the backyard.
The guest is Dahr Jamail, Independent Journalist, author of Beyond the Green Zone: Dispatches from an Unembedded Journalist in Occupied Iraq and The Will to Resist: Soldiers Who Refuse to Fight in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is the keynote speaker for the Physicians for Social Responsibility awards dinner on April 10th at the Oregon Zoo where he will be discussing the health effects of war, including on Iraqi civilians and US soldiers. For more information on the dinner go to www.oregonpsr.or
Hosted by Bill Resnick and featuring the powerful protest music of Mavis Staples, this show includes a discussion of the real feasibility of replacing coal and nuclear power with wind and solar; a conversation critical of the "reality" show "Undercover Bosses"; and an analysis of the quagmire in Afghanistan.
Mainstream news from Afghanistan tells of US Military plans and hopes for stabilizing the shattered nation, and rarely covers the enormous obstacles in their way. In an article "Getting Out of Afghanistan" published last October in Dissent Magazine, Todd Gitlin shows what's wrong with all the reasons given for the US-NATO occupation. Clayton Morgareidge reads an edited version of the piece.
Counting Heads: What's right and what's wrong with the 2010 census
Its been happening every decade since 1790. As mandated by the constitution, the U.S. Census Bureau determines the population of the nation, the results used to allocate congressional seats, electoral votes and government program funding. As census questionnaires start arriving in mailboxes this month, criticism of the census is heating up from all quarters. Right wing pundits characterize the census as part of the Obama administration's efforts to control citizens' lives. Republicans accuse organization like ACORN of distorting the results for political gain. Communities of color and other underrepresented populations worry that historic undercounting of their numbers will once again leave them without real political representation.