Around 60 people gathered on the sidewalk outside of the Federal Building in the Lloyd District where Senator Ron Wyden has his office. They held signs calling for an end to the Gaza seige and invasion and in support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. Many had the names of people killed in the current bombing and ground invasion of Gaza pinned to their chests. A group of five went inside to meet with Wyden staffers and reported back to the group afterwards. Paul Roland was there, and he recorded audio including interviews with Mark Braverman of Friends of Sabeel-North America, Portland group and Peter Miller with Americans United for Palestinian Human Rights. 15:29 minutes (14.18 MB)
Sarah Levy, of Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights and the International Socialist Organization, speaks out against the Israeli assault on Gaza and reads a stunning poem by Nisha Adarkar. 9:31 minutes (8.72 MB)
Emilio Castillo is the founder and leader of the 70s urban soul group, Tower of Power. He talked with Don Merrill about how he and his band have gotten their touring down to a science, why software like GarageBand is good for music and how God saved him from some poor youthful decisions that helped make possible a successful 50-year career.
Bob Horenstein is the spokesperson for the Jewish Federation of Portland, a strong supporter of the Israeli government. Ned Rosch is the co-founder of Jewish Voice for Peace, and advocacy organization for Palestinian concerns in the West Bank and Gaza. Don Merrill talked with these men, both of whom are on opposite sides of the current turmoil in the Middle East. And each is unwavering in their conviction that the views of the other need to change.
Both guests were asked many of the same questions to make answer comparison possible. Time cues to questions mutually asked are provided below.
1. When was your organization established and what is its mission? BH - 00:30/NR - 29:16
2. How long have you held the job? BH - 01:47/NR - 30:16 60:00 minutes (54.93 MB)
In which Paul reads from "We Are All Very Anxious: Six Theses on Anxiety and Why It is Effectively Preventing Militancy, and One Possible Strategy for Overcoming It," and engages in conversation with a number of callers. This zine, recently acquired by your host for a modest two dollars at the Portland Zine Symposium, is attributed to "The Institute for Precarious Consciousness," with an afterword from the CrimethInc. Workers' Collective. Despite the somewhat whimsical nature of the title and this description, Paul finds this a very stimulating and provacative piece, well worth reading and discussing further. You can find it online by googling the title. Also check out the http://www.crimethinc.com website. 54:30 minutes (74.85 MB)
Jan Haaken talks with Kate Raphael about the Supreme Court's decisions on reproductive rights, including McCullen v Coakley striking down no-protest buffer zones around reproductive health care clinics that provide abortions, on which Raphael recently commented for the Women's Magazine on KPFA, where Raphael is a producer. Kate and Jan also discuss the importance of public protest, the routine policing of fat women's bodies, and the need to return to a broad feminist agenda that goes beyond abortion rights to reproductive justice and beyond.
13:51 minutes (6.35 MB)
Bill Resnick and Norm Diamond discuss worker-cooperative businesses and their significance for the left. Do they prefigure the democratic production of socialism and empower participants? Or are they fragile small businesses that either become as cutthroat as other capitalist enterprises to survive, or else fail after having distracted their members from more promising mass organizing?
Norm Diamond is an organizer and sometime Old Mole, as well as co-author of The Power in Our Hands. 19:44 minutes (9.04 MB)