Jason Levin is a Pacific Green candidate vying for Oregon's Governor. He talked with Don Merrill about why he believes politics is a mud pit, how he says Oregon media and corporate interests are excluding him from debates by not donating to his campaign and why he says his lack of political experience is a bonus for Oregon voters. 26:58 minutes (24.69 MB)
Aelea Christofferson is a Democrat running for the US House in Oregon's 2nd District. She talked with Don Merrill about how Cover Oregon's problems really lay with the Oregon Health Authority, how she as a white woman would've never suffered the same police injustices as has her adopted, mixed race daughter and how she has a plan for increasing the amount of collegiality in the House. 29:52 minutes (27.34 MB)
Alex Polikoff is a Pacific Green party candidate running for State Representative in Oregon's 23rd District. He talked with Don Merrill about how he feels Oregon doesn't do enough to promote third party candidates, his belief that the state has a role in how municipal police departments conduct their policing and his desire to be of service to the community in the way the founders meant it. 28:39 minutes (26.23 MB)
A Portland community leader facing deportation has spent the last seven days in sanctuary at a local church.
Francisco Aguirre from the Voz worker rights center headed to the Augustana Lutheran church with a group of his supporters after ICE agents showed up at his door.
He has no idea how long he’ll need to remain in the church.
Francisco spoke with KBOO’s Jenka Soderberg today, along with the Pastor of Augustana, Mark Knutsen, and supporters.
1, The U.S. Forest Service has tightened restrictions on media coverage in vast swaths of the country’s wild lands, requiring reporters to pay for a permit and get permission before shooting a photo or video in federally designated wilderness areas.
Under rules being finalized in November, a reporter who met a biologist, wildlife advocate or whistleblower alleging neglect in any of the nation’s 100 million acres of wilderness would first need special approval to shoot photos or videos even on an iPhone.
Permits cost up to $1,500, says Forest Service spokesman Larry Chambers, and reporters who don’t get a permit could face fines up to $1,000.
Laws are only for people who can't afford lawyers...
.I'm just going to keep sdaying it until the gates of Hell blow off.
True! Corporate interests can have their way with the road you walk, especially if it leads to direcr action. In Utah Tar Sands Resisters were arrested yesterday morning.
BREAKING: Five Land defenders were arrested yesterday morning at the construction site of US Oil Sands’ tar sands
BREAKING: Five Land Defenders Arrested at Utah Tar Sands Protest
by Earth First! Journal — Cascadia Office
from Utah Tar Sands Resistance
15:24 minutes (14.1 MB)
Saint Francis Park on southeast twelfth avenue in Portland, which has served as a haven for many people in the area, has been sold to Catholic Charities.
The non-profit group will bulldoze the park and construct a housing development for low-income Portlanders in its place.
The park is the only one between Buckman and the river, and many local residents are still hoping to save the park from the bulldozers.
Catholic Charities plans to reserve 25 units for women transitioning out of homelessness or abusive homes through the organization's assistance programs. 17:14 minutes (15.77 MB)
1, At some point America came to the end of an egalitarian dream birthed and nurtured by the New Deal of the 1930s, the creation of social security in the 1940s, and the Great Society programs of the 1960s. It’s now popular to say that, as president, Richard Nixon was to the left of Barack Obama, but what that means is that our society was then closer to a social democracy.
Two or three decades ago, however, we didn’t think of an education as being part of the landscape of predation upon the poor. Now, as Astra Taylor and Hannah Appel explain, when it comes to a new crew of “for-profit” colleges, higher education has gone hyena and is tearing at the financial flesh of the poor.
14:57 minutes (10.26 MB)
As "world leaders" meet at the UN to discuss climate change and 400 thousand march for action in New York and here in Portland, today's Old Mole, hosted by Tom Becker, discuss the prospects for change the leaders ignore: action from the grass roots. Here are links to the show's segments; or you can use the play button to hear the whole show.
Inspired by the World Social Forum in Port Alegre, Brazil in 2005, community organizing movements have formed around the world and throughout the US. One of them is the Pacific Nortwest Social Forum which will be holding a People's Movement Assembly here in Portland this weekend -- 9/26-9/28. More information here. Two of its organizers, Rosalinda Nguyen and Edgar Franks, talk here with the Old Mole's Jan Haaken about the event and the movement. 14:07 minutes (9.7 MB)