Tod Sloan reads from Rebecca Solnit's "Hope In The Dark", here's just a snippet:
"Causes and effects assumes history marches forward, but history is not an army. It is a crab scuttling sideways, a drip of soft water wearing away stone, an earthquake breaking centuries of tension. Sometimes one person inspires a movement, or her words do decades later. Sometimes a few passionate people change the world, sometimes they start a mass movement and millions do. Sometimes those millions are stirred by the same outrage or same ideal, and change comes upon us like a change of weather.
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This week host Doug McVay speaks with Seattle attorney and NORML board member Jeff Steinborn about Washington's marijuana laws, plus President Obama speaks about sentencing reform at El Reno federal prison in Oklahoma. 29:00 minutes (26.56 MB)
Joe Clement reads a pamphlet produced by Buffalo Class Action (a Buffalo, New York area anarchist political organization) about the political situation of the for-profit housing system and the power that tenants have to challenge and ultimately transform it, if and when they act collectively. You can find a written version that you can print out and distribute as a 4-page pamphlet by going HERE. At the end, Joe also sings an original banjo song about worker and tenant power. [Image credit: libcom.org] 9:35 minutes (8.77 MB)
Bill Resnick talks with Gwen Sullivan of the Portland Association of Teachers, the union representing the teachers of Portland Public Schools. They discuss developments and implementation of their latest contract, settled last year after the union voted to go on strike with strong support from the students and broader community, and how they have been building the schools Portland students deserve. 19:39 minutes (17.98 MB)
Portland Human Rights Commission Chair Chabre Vickers sharply criticized the Police and Community Relations Committee (PCRC) at that group's meeting last night. She suggested a three-month hiatus to redevelop the group so that its meetings achieve more tangible results. The PCRC is a sub-group of the Human Rights Commission and is tasked with guiding the police department in following the guidelines of the US Department of Justice settlement, which had found that the PPB used excessive force against people with mental illness and engaged in racial profiling. The committee includes members of the public and the police department as well as city officials.
Today We Revisit ...another Shell disaster - 'Shellarious, but for the safety and leal issues. So it seems Shell's Arctic Dreams hit another "uncharted shoal"...
First, it doesn't matter whether the shoal is charted or uncharted: navigation equipment - which is mandatory on the brridge - should be operating sonar, sweeping the oceam floor, looking for things like, Well, "uncharted shoals".
And Secondly, if an "uncharted shoal" can rip this ship a new one, what's the ice going to do to it? 16:00 minutes (10.99 MB)