Laurie Mercier talks with Eric de Place about proposed oil processing facilities in the Port of Vancouver (the largest ever in the PNW). The Tesaro terminals would bring in as much as half a million barrels of oil a day from the Alberta Tar Sands and other sites in North America. Eric reviews the recent history of both built and proposed oil infrastructure in Washington and Oregon. Eric explains how oil trains and infrastructure not only contribute to global ecological and economic volatility, but also how local ecologies and economies are systematically damaged by them, and how local communities are organizing against them. 13:05 minutes (11.98 MB)
Joe Clement talks with Hart Noecker and Nick Caleb about gentrification in Portland and a Pedalpalooza ride* they're organizing to raise awareness and stimulate action around it. Hart and Nick discuss how they came to Portland, how they've seen it change, why they and others refer to this change as "gentrification", and why this is such a pressing issue. The promised online portion starts right after a 10 second musical clip at the end. In it they dive into a more open conversation about density, green capitalism and how the market distorts and undermines the aims of development, organizing working and poor communities to take, and more.
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Iven Hales recalls her experiences as a social worker with a disturbed woman, drawing out how our mental health and corrections systems fail to support volatile people, and all too often eject them back into the public. 9:02 minutes (8.26 MB)
Bill Resnick talks with Phyllis Bennis about recent US foreign policy and policy attitudes toward Syria, the Ukraine, China and more. They start by looking at Barack Obama's recent foreign policy speech wherein he responds to critics, and how he validates a strawman that equivocates military presence with troop numbers and avoids the failure of international military interventions. They consider "unconventional" approaches to warfare and how it fails people in occupied territories. Phyllis points out the clever way that money for contractors has been deceptively "cut" from military budgets and transfered effectively to the State department. 16:10 minutes (14.8 MB)
This straight out of the Wiki, but interesting in context. Stephen Zunes was our guest on Monday and the topic was 'Peaceful Non-violent Resistence in Ukraine and Crimea'. The tactic is a real piss-cutter as far as the Powers that Be are concerned; The less danger, the more people who turn out. Consider Ukraine...Many people in American newsrooms hear rthe words, 'Ukraine' and 'Crimea' and nothing comes to mind. No images, no recognition, no recollection of reading history, no insight into the complex knot of culture, social reality, geopolitics. The names ring only tiny, faint bells.
So, for the record:
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Eva Maria, Venezuelan-born member of the Portland chapter of the International Socialist Organization, speaks at Portland State University May 29th, 2014 on current conflicts, the history and future of Venezuela's struggle to establish "Socialism for the 21st Century" 29:33 minutes (27.05 MB)
On Thursday, the Seattle City Council moved forward with a proposal to increase the city's minimum wage to $15 per hour. However, the proposal is not that simple and hasn't pleased all proponents of a wage increase. KBOO's Sam Bouman spoke with Nicholas Caleb, a Concordia University professor and former candidate for Portland City Council in last week's primary election about the ins and outs of Seattle's proposal and continuing efforts to raise the minimum wage in Oregon. 6:57 minutes (6.37 MB)
1, Rural Counties and their crime...Across Oregon taxpayers is an obsolete word. Voters vote them selves off the hook when it comes to paying for basic services - such as law enforcement. and then they complain because criminals continue to enjoy the usual smorgasboard of antisocial services such as rural parking lot gun shows . Unless solutions are found, all state taxpayers stand a good chance of sharing the costs for protecting rural counties. That could happen under a political nuclear option approved last year that would have the state step in to pick up half the tab for local protection. 16:00 minutes (14.65 MB)