Desiree Hellegers interviews Seattle housing justice activists Ginger Segel and Bob Kubiniec about their work in the 1980s and 1990s with Operation Homestead, breaking into and liberating abandoned or unused buildings for people to live in.
Bill Resnick talks with Dan Handelman of Portland CopWatch. They consider two aspects of police conduct -- their use of violence and shooting, and their militarization -- and the extent to which the police have responded to criticism by community reform groups as well as local and federal investigations of their conduct. Dan suggests that although there is more public attention to police violence, it has neither increased nor diminished in recent years, and discusses the excessive weaponry and the role of various branches including the Joint Terrorism Task Force, the Red Squad, and the Gang Enforcement Squad.
This week: coverage of the Cannabis Creative Conference held July 28-29 in Portland, Oregon. Host Doug McVay interviews Morgan and Twice Baked In Washington from the Marijuana Business Association and MJBA Women's Alliance, and Aaron Smith, Executive Director of the National Cannabis Industry Association. Plus we hear some words from Congressman Earl Blumenauer, who opened the conference with a video message. 29:00 minutes (26.56 MB)
Thirteen activists are suspended from ropes hanging from the Saint John’s bridge, more than fourteen hours after they rappelled down from the bridge early this morning. They are supported by around 150 ‘kayaktivists’, who gathered Tuesday night in Saint Johns’ Cathedral Park to try to block a ship leased by the Shell Oil company from exiting the harbor.
The ship, the USC Fennica, was in Portland for repairs after a gash was discovered in its hull while en route to the Arctic circle.
Jenka Soderberg has more 12:59 minutes (11.89 MB)
Tom Becker hosts the show and we learn about how agroecology can help save the planet and feed the people; about the life of early Chinese immigrants to Canada; why socialism, far from being boring, will unleash human creativity; and about the history and politics of parole and parole boards.
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On their Left and the Law segment today, Jan Haaken and Mike Snedeker talk about the politics of parole boards in the U.S.. They discuss a case taken up by the Post-conviction Justice Project in California around denial of parole rights--and they look at how parole boards operate as a political site of struggle.