Independent Chicago journalist Jamie Kalven has been a voice calling for police reform in Chicago for years, and it was his lawsuit against the city of Chicago that brought the autopsy of Laquan McDonald into the light.
McDonald, a 17-year-old black man, was shot to death by police officer Jason van Dyke on October 20, 2014.
Van Dyke was charged with murder after the release of the autopsy and damning dashcam video of the incident, which showed McDonald--though he was armed with a knife--walking away from officers before van Dyke opened fire and later reloading his gun.
In all McDonald was shot sixteen times and died at the scene. 45:19 minutes (41.49 MB)
Host Paul Roland discusses the Solstice and the cooptation of ancient spiritual beliefs by Imperial Christianity, and reads from a recent article by Roy Scranton, author of Learning to Die in the Anthropocene: Reflections on the End of a Civilization. http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/12/21/were-doomed-now-what/ 58:37 minutes (80.49 MB)
This week: President Obama commutes the sentences of 95 people serving time for federal drug offenses, and we speak with drug policy researcher and human rights activist Damon Barrett. 29:00 minutes (26.55 MB)
Denise Morris hosts this episode of the Old Mole, which includes Christmas songs by Etta James and Ella Fitzgerald, as well as segments on the climate impacts of the TPP, the politics of the Peanuts' Christmas cartoon, and the impacts of the women's movement on family life in the USA:
Desiree Hellegers hosts a round table discussion on the climate impacts of the Transpacific Partnership, featuring Miya Reback, development and campaign coordinator for 350.org Portland, Kristen Sheeran, Oregon Director for Climate Solutions, and Michael Shannon, Executive Director, Oregon Fair Trade Campaign. They also recommend the work of Renew Oregon.
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A series of conversations will be happening during the start of the new year of 2016. Concerned fathers whose children attend Boise-Eliot school are asking other parents to take active roles in the direction of their child’s education with Portland Public Schools. Listen to this latest podcast which captures the first of four series called 'State of Emergency Plan of Action'. Listen to the kick-off of this series by facilitators Karanja Crews and Kory Murphy....fathers who have children that attend Boise-Eliot.