Womens issues

Sorting Out the Polanski Case

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Mon, 10/19/2009

Film director Roman Polanski was recently arrested in Switzerland for possible extradition to the US to face charges for raping a 13 year old girl some 30 years ago.  Many in the film industry have risen to defend him.  In this commentary, Frann Michel demonstrates how these defenses reveal the male supremacy that lies at the heart of bourgeois ideology.   Here are links to her sources:

David Walsh

The case of Genarlow Wilson

8:29 minutes (4.86 MB)

Gender Blender on 10/20/09

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Tue, 10/20/2009 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
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Transgender & Cross-Dressing History

 Did you ever hear stories about Little Jo Monaghan, the short cowboy of the Old West who turned out to have a female body?

The Abe and Joe Talk Radio Show on 10/20/09

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Tue, 10/20/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Vietnamistan: Abe and Joe look at the morass that is Afghanistan, and return to the ongoing health c

 

Baucus health care plan or sham?

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Thu, 09/17/2009

On September 14,  Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) unveiled a long-awaited health care plan that he believes will extend coverage to uninsured Americans and secure the support of both major parties.

57:12 minutes (45.83 MB)

Poverty in Oregon: An Interview with Rachel Bristol

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Thu, 09/24/2009

As the current economic crisis deepens, more Oregonians are joining the ranks of the poor. With resources stretched to the breaking point, the ability to meet basic human needs is becoming more difficult.

Dave Mazza talks with Rachel Bristol, executive director of the Oregon Food Bank, about poverty in our state and how her organization is working to not only feed the hungry but to advocate for longterm systemic change.

56:37 minutes (45.35 MB)

Bread and Roses on 10/09/09

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Bread and Roses
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Fri, 10/09/2009 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
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All-Women's Circus

 Join host Nico on Bread and Roses October 9 for a talk with members of Circus Artemis -- Portland's All-Women Circus!   

Taking a cue from a legendary "strong woman," Portland's female circus artists have united under a common goal -- to blow audiences away with amazing feats of strength, skill and beauty.  The circus will debut October 16-18.  

We'll talk with creators and performers from Circus Artemis about the creation of the circus, traditional roles for women in circus performance, and how they're breaking barriers with the new show.  

 

Guess Who's Coming to Radio??!! on 10/22/09

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Thu, 10/22/2009 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
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feminism in the 'black community', featuring byron hurt; director of 'hip hop: beyond beats and rhym

we will discuss feminism in the 'black community'.  it is seen as a fairly contentious subject amongst us.  there will be quick interviews from people in the community on their feelings concerning this issue.  to round out the evening we will be interviewing byron hurt, an "anti-sexist activist" who directed the acclaimed, award-winning documentary 'hip hop: beyond beats and rhymes', which examines perceptions of gender roles in rap and hip hop.
 

New documentary examines state of Transgender health care

In light of last night's Gender Blender on gender discrimination on health care, I thought I'd share information about a new documentary I just heard about.  Now in pre-production, Southern Comforted: Lives Touched by the Documentary, refers to the award winning documentary Southern Comfort, about the life and death of transgender man Robert Eads, who was refused treatment by more than a dozen medial professionals after he was diagnosed with ovariancancer.  The new film, Southern Comforted: Lives Touched by the Documentary examines how trans health care has changed (or not changed) since Eads died in 1999.  You can see a YouTube promo of the film here: 

Kennedy's letter to Obama

Sept. 10,2009

Here's the letter from Ted Kennedy to President Obama, written shortly after the Senator learned his cancer was terminal.

Dear Mr. President,

I wanted to write a few final words to you to express my gratitude for your repeated personal kindnesses to me – and one last time, to salute your leadership in giving our country back its future and its truth.

On a personal level, you and Michelle reached out to Vicki, to our family and me in so many different ways. You helped to make these difficult months a happy time in my life.

You also made it a time of hope for me and for our country.

When I thought of all the years, all the battles, and all the memories of my long public life, I felt confident in these closing days that while I will not be there when it happens, you will be the President who at long last signs into law the health care reform that is the great unfinished business of our society. For me, this cause stretched across decades; it has been disappointed, but never finally defeated. It was the cause of my life. And in the past year, the prospect of victory sustained me-and the work of achieving it summoned my energy and determination.

There will be struggles – there always have been – and they are already underway again. But as we moved forward in these months, I learned that you will not yield to calls to retreat - that you will stay with the cause until it is won. I saw your conviction that the time is now and witnessed your unwavering commitment and understanding that health care is a decisive issue for our future prosperity. But you have also reminded all of us that it concerns more than material things; that what we face is above all a moral issue; that at stake are not just the details of policy, but fundamental principles of social justice and the character of our country.

And so because of your vision and resolve, I came to believe that soon, very soon, affordable health coverage will be available to all, in an America where the state of a family’s health will never again depend on the amount of a family’s wealth. And while I will not see the victory, I was able to look forward and know that we will – yes, we will – fulfill the promise of health care in America as a right and not a privilege.

In closing, let me say again how proud I was to be part of your campaign- and proud as well to play a part in the early months of a new era of high purpose and achievement. I entered public life with a young President who inspired a generation and the world. It gives me great hope that as I leave, another young President inspires another generation and once more on America’s behalf inspires the entire world.

So, I wrote this to thank you one last time as a friend- and to stand with you one last time for change and the America we can become.

At the Denver Convention where you were nominated, I said the dream lives on.

And I finished this letter with unshakable faith that the dream will be fulfilled for this generation, and preserved and enlarged for generations to come.

With deep respect and abiding affection,

[Ted]

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