Bill Resnick talks with Malik Miah about the Black Lives Matter movement, its origins and direction. Malik argues that race makes for different working-class experiences of capitalist oppression, that we cannot simply rally under "class", and for how rebellious movements understandably grow out of situations where "nothing else works".
Malik Miah is a former machinist and union activist who has organized around and written about race and class. His writing appears in Against the Current, where he's an editor.
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Undocumented families seeking asylum in the United States are now being detained in so-called Family Detention Centers. These are privately run facilities designed to house women and children. Some have built-in courtrooms and are staffed by Corrections Corps of America and I-C-E employees.
A new family detention center is on par to be the nation’s largest with two thousand four hundred beds.
The Oregon Supreme Court recently overturned the efforts of the Oregon Legislature to correct some of the funding problems as they affect PERS. I interviewed more than a half-dozen legislators in 2014 about what they thought about the PERS funding issue and how they would deal with it. This piece is a look back at the comments of those legislators and their thoughts in light of the recent ruling.
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This is a Bread and Roses web exclusive. Delphine Criscenzo speaks with Therese Shechter, the producer of the new documentary “How to Lose Your Virginity? What if all we had to lose were our virginity myths?” A local organization, A Fourth Act is bringing the film to Portland on May 21st along with Therese but only if 65 people buy their tickets in advance. Visit https://www.tugg.com/events/19332 to reserve your ticket. You will be asked to purchase your ticket but the amount will only be deducted once the screening takes place. You only have until May 14th to reserve your ticket.
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The only nuclear plant in the pacific northwest, the Columbia Generating Station, is going offline tomorrow for the first time in two years for a routine re-fueling.
But a number of citizen and environmental groups are hoping that the plant will stay offline for a lot longer than the few days that are scheduled – and possibly forever.
The groups are calling for a public hearing to demand that a crack in the jet pump at the Columbia nuclear generator be fixed.
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A group of neighbors in north Portland are mobilizing a last-ditch effort to save an oak savannah and heritage tree on a spot of land they call ‘Overlook Bluff’.
The savannah is located in the neighborhood north of Overlook Park, west of Interstate Avenue, overlooking the Willamette River.
Friends of Overlook Bluff was organized about 3 years ago to work to save the meadow and tree.
The group has raised over four hundred thousand dollars to try to buy the property to protect it from development, but they need twice that amount to purchase the land.
And now, the owner has announced that he’s ready to sell the land to the highest bidder. 3:58 minutes (3.63 MB)
Cal Scott is a singer-songwriter and composer from Portland Oregon who has recently released a new CD called Carved Wood Box. He was awarded First Place in the Great American Song Contest in the Singer/Songwriter category for the song, Paid Too Much for the Diamond from the CD.