This week we look at human rights and the drug war with audio from Damon Barrett, Director and co-founder of the International Centre on Human Rights and Drug Policy, and The Honorable Mark Golding, Minister of Justice for Jamaica. 29:00 minutes (26.55 MB)
In this expanded version of the first Film Show episode of 2016, Jenn Chavez enjoys a longer conversation with local documentarian Kelly Kend about her new film Yeah Maybe No, an exploration of sexual consent and coercion.
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The Tesoro project has been opposed from its earliest days by a growing coalition of groups and individuals from across Washington and Oregon, called Stand Up to Oil.
Dan Serres is the conservation director for Columbia Riverkeeper, a group that has spearheaded action by coalitions opposing other energy projects along the river, including liquefied natural gas terminals, coal and oil train proposals and activity at the Hanford nuclear site.
He told KBOO about the coalition’s early days and its ongoing strategy.
It isn’t just environmental groups who have taken up the coalition’s call to pack hearings and flood Inslee’s mailbox. 3:53 minutes (2.67 MB)
Here in the Northwest we know about the Delta Five—the five Washington activists who in September blocked a mile-long oil train calling attention to the danger extraction industries have on the environment.
They invoked the Necessity Defense, claiming their actions were justified and necessary due to the overwhelming threat of climate change.
Across the continent nine activists in New York State attempt the same defense for an action which took place in November to stop work on a Natural Gas Pipeline set to run through the state.
KBOO’s Jared Danceler brings us this in-depth story.
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It’s the sixth anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision.
To mark the occasion, Public Citizen held a press conference with members of the Senate banking committee.
They called on the Securities and Exchange Commission to curb outside spending on elections.
Since Citizens United, the cash spent by Super PACs has grown from just under twenty million in 2008, to over a hundred and fifty million for the current election cycle thus far.
That’s according to data gathered from the Center for Responsive Politics.
Akeeny Freechild directs Democracy is For People. she spoke with KBOO reporter Robin Ryan about the strategy to tap the SEC as a potential remedy to the problem of money in politics.
5:21 minutes (4.9 MB)
A study issued by Tufts University shows the Trans Pacific Partnership could eliminate an estimated 750,000 jobs around the world, whether or not they’re in countries participanting in the agreement.
KBOO reporter Robin Ryan spoke with Mike Shannon, executive director of the Oregon Fair Trade Campaign, about the why these findings differ from projections issued by the State Department.
5:14 minutes (4.8 MB)
The Supreme Court today refused to hear an appeal by the state of North Dakota regarding that state’s extremely restrictive abortion law.
This leaves a lower court decision in place, which found that North Dakota’s abortion law was unconstitutional.
KBOO reporter Doug McVay spoke with David Brown from the Center for Reproductive Rights to learn more.
4:45 minutes (4.34 MB)
The occupation of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge in Harney County, by an armed group of self-styled militia men from out of state, is now entering its fourth week.
A community meeting to discuss the occupation, scheduled for today in Burns, was canceled by Harney County Judge Steve Grasty.
Judge Grasty cited safety concerns as the primary reason for the cancellation.
KBOO’s Paul Roland is on the ground in Burns, along with Arun Gupta, who’s covering the story for the website Raw Story. I spoke with Paul to get more information on what’s been going on in Harney County.
4:25 minutes (4.04 MB)
In Texas this week a grand jury cleared a Planned Parenthood clinic on charges it had sold aborted fetuses.
The panel also indicted two California anti-choice activists on charges of tampering with a governmental record.
That’s a second-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison.
Meanwhile, Oregon Right to Life is working to place an initiative on the November ballot that would ban state funding for abortions.
The group last fall raised enough signatures to gain a ballot title for the measure.
KBOO News spoke today with Planned Parenthood of the Columbia Willamette’s President and CEO Stacy Cross about how the organization is responding.
5:12 minutes (4.76 MB)
Local air quality regulators joined the list of petitioners taking legal action against the Southern California Gas Company yesterday.
They allege that negligence has been the cause of the methane leak that began last October. That leak isn’t expected to be contained until the end of February.
The gas utility is a subsidiary of Sempra Energy, and according to data at Open Secrets, seven members of congress are shareholders.
Between lobbying expenditures and campaign contributions, the company has spent more than thirty million dollars influencing Washington since 1992.
Dr. Astrid Caldas is the expert on climate change at the Union of Concerned Scientists . 5:53 minutes (5.38 MB)
In November 2015 nine activists blocked transport outside Spectra Energy's facility in an effort to stop work on a natural gas pipeline set to run through New York State. The nine individuals were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct for their action. The case is set to go to trial on February 3rd. For more on the groups action and on the upcoming trial KBOO's Jared Dancler spoke with the Montrose 9's attorney, Martin Stolar. 5:50 minutes (5.33 MB)