Denise Morris hosts this show on which we hear from activists working for immigrant rights and for the Spring return of Occupy Portland. We also hear a review of the 1984 John Sayles movie Brother From Another Planet and a discussion of the book Kafka Comes to America: Fighting for Justice in the War on Terror - A Public Defender's Inside Account, by Portland attorney Steven T. Wax.
The wars of occupation in Afghanistan and Iraq are producing a population of broken ex-soldiers US society is not equipped to deal with. In this conversation with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick, author and activist Tod Ensign details the many ways in which these wars drive troops over the edge physically and mentally. Ensign founded Citizen Soldier, and is the author of America's Military Today.
Legislation and rhetoric is "taking place in our House of Representatives, the media and many of the States across our country attacking the rights of women…from reproductive rights to voting rights to human rights." In other words, there is a war against women. United Against the War on Women has been founded to stand up to these attacks, and they are planning rallies and marches on the state capitols in all fifty states this Saturday, April 28. Angela Zehava, a local activist, talks about the issues and the action in this conversation with the Old Mole's Denise Morris.
This program takes its name, “the Old Mole,” from Marx’s image for the Revolution that works underground and suddenly emerges into daylight where least expected. The first revolution approaching what he had in mind was the October Revolution in Russia in 1917. In 1981, Warren Beatty produced, directed, and starred in a blockbuster movie Reds about the period. Our Movie Moles, Joe Clement and Jan Haaken see much to like in its portrayal of the period and the life of political commitment. The two main protagonists, John Reed and Louise Bryant, lived and met in Portland.
Here is all you need to know about ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council -- the corporate funded and corporate-run group that writes bills for right-wing legislators to take home and enact into law. Well-read Red Frann Michel makes it all crystal clear. You can read her analysis and follow her links here.
As the opportunities for paying jobs get fewer as the working-age population grows, more folks are turning to the off-the-books economy. Clayton Morgareidge reads from this blog post by Laura Flanders about what that might mean for the future of work.
Neighbors in Portland are transforming and using the common spaces between homes. Mark Lakeman, one of the founders of City Repair, talks here with Bill Resnick about the work of his organization and what it means for community life. They have a wonderful website.
Many thanks to all you listeners who contributed to KBOO during the Spring Membership Drive!
Clayton Morgareidge hosts this edition of the Old Mole which deals with austerity policies in Greece and around the world, how the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) writes the right-wing agenda into law, how the underground economy is becoming the model for a "new" economy, and how City Repair and the Village Building Convergence are changing lives and neighborhoods in Portland.