Movie Moles Jan Haaken and Denise Morris discuss the new documentary The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution. The film opens in Portland next week at the Hollywood theatre with a benefit event for the NAACP. Noting the impossibility of fully addressing all the many issues in the history of the Panthers--their relations to other social movements in the US and around the globe; their commitment to armed self-defense; their contributions as community service organization; their seductive style and media savvy; their complex politics of vanguardism and grassroots activism; their erosion and destruction by government infiltration and murde 14:08 minutes (6.47 MB)
Bill Resnick talks with Ismael Hossein-zadeh about events in the Middle East. Hossein-zadeh is Emeritus Professor of Economics at Drake University and an expert on Middle East issues. He describes the legacy of the cold war, when "Arab socialism" was supported by the USSR while monarchies and dictatorships were supported by the US. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, Americans hoped for a post-cold-war "peace dividend," in which the military budget would be redirected to supporting social needs. 17:15 minutes (7.9 MB)
This week we talk with Marc Mauer, executive director of the Sentencing Project, and Jason Ziedenberg, director of research and policy for the Justice Policy Institute, about mass incarceration and a new report on prisons in the US. 29:00 minutes (26.55 MB)
This week we hear from John Walsh of the Washington Office on Latin America and Professor Mark Kleiman from UCLA as they address a meeting of the UN University on preparations for the 2016 UNGASS. 29:00 minutes (26.55 MB)
Two new reports were released today documenting a widespread campaign on college campuses across the U-S to stifle free speech on the issue of Israel and Palestine.
The first report, co-authored by the Center for Constitutional Rights and the group Palestine Legal, examined nearly 300 incidents of attempted suppression of pro-Palestine activism and rhetoric in the past 18 months.
The group Jewish Voice for Peace also released a report entitled ‘Stifling Dissent: How Israel’s Defenders Use False Charges of Anti-Semitism to Limit the Debate over Israel on Campus’.
The report documents efforts by Israel advocacy organizations to intervene in the debate over Israeli policies on college campuses.
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The program includes a talk by Wanapum elder and Klickitat chief Johnny Jackson at the 'Nchee Wana Fishing People Against Nestle Rally in Salem September 16. The talk can be found here: http://www.kboo.fm/nativefishingpeoplespeakoutagainstnestle
The complete audio from the rally can be found here: 57:31 minutes (78.99 MB)
Like the residents of Hood River County opposed to a planned Nestle water bottling plant in Cascade Locks, local activists in Mount Shasta, just south of the Oregon border, are trying to stop a Crystal Geyser bottling operation from opening in their community. A growing movement to stop the corporate takeover of water resources is coming together regionally, nationally and internationally. 17:32 minutes (16.05 MB)
A Multi-Faith Worker Blessing, sponsored by the Faith-Labor Committee of Portland Jobs with Justice, in commemoration of Pope Francis addressing the US Congress, features talks by low wage workers and faith leaders. In the second half of the program, US Congressman Keith Ellison addresses a worker assembly in Colombia on the failures of the US free trade agreement. 29:18 minutes (26.82 MB)