Bill Resnick continues his conversation with Gwen Sullivan and Elizabeth Thiel of the Portland Association of Teachers. They discuss the importance of teachers' academic freedom to design classes tailored to the needs of their diverse students, as well as the importance of making sure that funding allocated to education is actually spent on classroom learning. They dispel common misconceptions about charter schools and public schools, and describe what professional development should mean, and what it often means in practice. The discussion concludes with the recognition that to improve education we need to end poverty and inequality, and that this will entail teachers coordinating with other unions and other movements.
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This KBOO Evening News piece includes an interview by KBOO's Theo Burke with Denis Theriault, News Editor of Portland Mercury, who has been covering the story.
The Portland City Council is considering a plan in Old Town / Chinatown / River District area that might spur building in the underdeveloped area. The plan would waive up to $7 million of infrastructure fees to developers who build affordable housing.
Should developers build in Old Town, those waived fees would affect every department in the City.
4:30 minutes (1.81 MB)
Reproductive Justice was the theme of a summer youth camp held here in Portland by Momentum Allliance. Jan Haaken talks here with Carla Castañeda and Perla Álvarez, who participated in the camp, about what they learned.
(Photo taken in the KBOO studio during this discussion.)
9:34 minutes (6.58 MB)
The Old Mole's Left and the Law team of Mike Snedeker and Jan Haaken discuss the recent court ruling that California's death penalty is unconstitutional. They look at the grounds for the decision, how widely it might apply, and what it means for the future of the anti-capital punishment movement. 16:50 minutes (11.56 MB)
Could there be a store where everything is free? Why must every exchange be a commercial one? To question the idea that you never get anything for nothing, The Portland Free Store has been established. Its founder Karen Carr talks here with the Old Mole's Joe Clement about how it works. This is an extended web-only version of the interview in which Karen and Joe discuss the larger political questions the store hopes to raise.
The next Free Store will be held this coming Saturday, July 26, from 1 to 3 pm, at the Community Supported Everything Building at 1626 NE Alberta.
Portland's teachers recently won a contract with the School Board enabling them to turn more of their attention to their work. Two leaders of the Portland Association of Teachers Gwen Sullivan and Elizabeth Thiel talk with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about how this came about with help from students and their families. Part 2 of this interview, in which Gwen and Elizabeth discuss how Portland's teachers will be able to use their improved position to better educate children, will be aired on next week's Old Mole. 23:54 minutes (16.41 MB)
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)