Students at De La Salle recently participated in a four week
workshop series as part of OPAL’s Voice For Empowerment Project. OPAL (Organizing People-Activating Leaders) is
a community organization formed in September 2005 that works for Environmental
Justice in the Portland metro area to support ignored communities that fight
against the oppression of pollution and social injustice. The Voice for
Empowerment project’s mission is to empower low-income youth from
undeserved communities to find their voice and use it as an instrument for
colonization beginning the process of disparity of wealth between nations,
global corporate trade mechanisms today continue that process. Now we
go to Haiti, which has been the hardest hit nation in this hemisphere.
This program, hosted by Denise Morris, has musical breaks from Pink Martini and features a discussion with Thomas Lauderdale, the band's co-founder. We also hear from widely-published writer Michael T. Klare about oil and its potential to provoke wars in the future; a review of an Alice Munro story collection; and a discussion of theater and politics. You can hear the whole show by clicking on the arrow above, or listen to individual segments by clicking on the links below.
Denise Morris interviews Tamara Wallace of Teatro Cambio (Theater for Change) and Emilia Katz of Portland Central America Solidarity Committee (PCASC). They discuss how theater can be used in political action, especially in opposition to anti-immigration legislation.