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)
This week we speak with John Abbe, a member of the Great March for Climate Action, a community of concerned citizens marching from Los Angeles to Washington DC to “change the heart and mind of the American people, our elected leaders and people across the world to act now to address the climate crisis.”
Thawra Abu Khdeir, 20, is a cousin of Mohammed Abu Khdeir, who was killed by a group of right-wing Israelis in Jerusalem on July 2nd, 2014. Mohammed, 16, was kidnapped, beaten, stabbed and set on fire. Thawra spoke with KBOO on Tuesday July 8th, nearly a week after her cousin's death. 25:59 minutes (29.73 MB)
Brooks Fahy is the Executive Director of Predator Defense, an animal advocacy organization based in Eugene, OR. Rick Swart is the spokesperson for the Oregon Division of Fish and Wildlife. KBOO's Don Merrill talked with both of these experts about the recent euthanizing of a cougar in a Portland community, what they both think about why it happened and what needs to be done to keep it from happening in the future. 27:52 minutes (25.52 MB)
Well-read Red, Clayton Morgareidge, continues a theme he spoke about a few weeks ago concerning "stagnant capitalism" and connects it to a recent Jacobin article by Richard Seymour. Seymour's article critiques an article in the popular magainze, The Economist, for pandering to what he calls "a very neoliberal way of thinking" when it acknowledges immense private profit/surplus/capital while also lamenting crumbling infrastructure and other responsibilities of the cash-strapped public sector. 6:14 minutes (4.28 MB)
Iven Hale considers the patriarchal theories of intimate partner violence espoused by some feminists and the difficulties in applying this to same-sex intimate partner violence, which happens with about the same frequency as among other-sex relationships. She shares several stories of her own experiences with violence at the hands of female partners, both physical and verbal. In the end, she points to how "power and control pervades our culture, and is perpetuated by our economic system." 8:28 minutes (3.87 MB)
Bill Resnick talks with Arun Gupta about how the $15 minimum wage ordinance that was recently passed by the City Council in Seattle came to be. Arun points out how people are agitated by the bank-bailouts, the role played by Socialist Alternative and Kshama Sawant's election to the City Council, the contentiousness about and limitations to the final ordinance. They also consider what kind of organizing is or is not behind getting the ordinance passed. In this vein, they talk about "militant shopfloor organizing" vs. electoral organizing, the role played by independent media, weilding control at the "point of production, and the problem of finding solidarity as "all that is solid melts into air."
23:00 minutes (15.79 MB)