On International Women Day 2014, Saturday March 8th, we heard a message of hope and strength from Cameroonian activist Chi Yvonne Leina.
"Chi Yvonne Leina is a Cameroonian journalist, community leader, and digital media change agent dedicated to shining a light on the unheard voices of ordinary women in Africa and transforming their fate."
59:53 minutes (47.97 MB)
Joe Clement hosts this episode and we hear about recent events in Venezuela, a 2009 documentary about pharmeceutical profits and female sexual dissatisfaction, a discussion of the meanings of work beyond waged labor, and an upcoming performance about young women negotiating sexuality amid right-wing discourse.
Jan Haaken talks with Madeline Burrows about her one-woman performance coming to Portland March 5 & 6. The product of two years of immersive research, MOM BABY GOD follows Jessica Beth Giffords, a peppy, Justin Bieber-obsessed 15-year-old and zealous anti-abortion video blogger, as she navigates the political terrain at the Students for Life of America Conference. Through Jessica’s eyes, MOM BABY GOD explores the ways girls navigate their sexuality amidst a sexually repressive—and sexist—attack on reproductive rights. 12:35 minutes (5.76 MB)
Joe Clement talks with Peter Frase of Jacobin magazine about his recent article on Redefining Work, on the desirability of eliminating waged work. This version contains additional discussion not included in the broadcast for reasons of time. 21:52 minutes (20.03 MB)
Denise Morris and Frann Michel discuss the 2009 documentary Orgasm, Inc, on attempts to medicalize women's sexuality. The film is available at the Multnomah County Library. More information here. 12:02 minutes (5.51 MB)
It isn't possible - even reasonable - to tyhink of Lynne Stewart as a "prisoner". Her life is dedicated to Freedom. Freedom for everyone, not just the people with money and lawyers; not just for people who write laws, tear them down, write more laws, the shape-shifters who never find themselves behind bars because they own the bars.
Lynne Stewart and her husband Ralph are activists - always have been and always will be.
But Lynne has 4th stage breats cancer anmd while she was incarcerated, denied medical treatment, her medical insurance was cancelled. So now she is fighting the disease, fighting the insurance industry and still paying her own legal fees. http://lynnestewart.org/
Do the right thing.
19:57 minutes (18.26 MB)
Ted Ferrioli is the Republican Minority Leader in the Oregon Senate. He talked with Don Merrill about collegiality in Salem, the importance of doing what's best for his constituency and his opinion on the effect of the American Legislative Exchange Council on lawmaking.
29:53 minutes (27.36 MB)
KBOO's Robin Ryan speaks with Portland houseless advocate Ibrahim Mubarak, who was arrested last Thursday while documenting police and private security violating the rights of houseless individuals underneath the Burnside Bridge in Portland. 9:16 minutes (4.24 MB)
The USDA Committee on 21st Century Biotechnology has released policy recommendations for what they call the “co-existence” of genetically modified (GMO) and non-GMO crops.
The policies were necessitated by a lack of data regarding GMO crop contamination and its effect on non-GMO farmers.
To fill in these data gaps, Food and Water Watch and the Organic Farmer’s Agency for Relationship Marketing (OFARM) conducted a survey to analyze how non-GMO farmer’s are being affected by crop contamination.
KBOO's Raechel Bennett spoke with Patty Lovera, Assistant Director for Food and Water Watch, for more about the survey. 5:26 minutes (2.49 MB)
The teachers at Portland State University face a possible strike by early April, after declaring impasse in their negotiations with the university administration last week.
Thursday Feb. 27, over 600 P.S.U. students walked out of their classes to support the Portland State chapter of the American Association of University Professors, who held a rally on the P.S.U. Park Blocks at noon. The teachers’ union has been bargaining with the P.S.U. administration for a new contract for 11 months.
The A.A.U.P - PSU also filed an unfair labor practice charge with the Oregon Employment Relations Board. 4:05 minutes (3.74 MB)
In the fall of 2014 Oregonians will vote on two initiatives about the issue of marriage equality:
Ballot Measure 8 would overturn a previous measure and allow people to marry as they choose.
Ballot Measure 52 would allow businesses and individuals to discriminate against same sex couples.
In 2004, Oregonians passed Ballot Measure 36, which defined marriage as between one man and one woman.
KBOO’s Joe Meyer spoke with both backers for both 2014 initiatives and filed this report. 3:44 minutes (1.71 MB)
A new report on job growth in the U-S suggests that the bulk of subsidies being granted to business to spur job growth go to large corporate tax breaks, rather than small, local businesses.
Leigh McIlvane is a research analyst with Good Jobs First, who issued the report.
Their organization describes itself as a resource center for promoting accountability in economic development.
She discussed the report and the upgraded Subsidy Tracker tool with KBOO Reporter Robin Ryan. 3:56 minutes (3.6 MB)
When Portland police swept in to close off the street around a hip hop concert Saturday night, one of the artists stepped off the stage and decided not to perform.
Concerns around police intimidation have been a long-standing issue in Portland’s black community, and the incident on Saturday raised a number of questions.
Some local hip hop artists question the motives behind police activities at hip-hop events.
The Portland rapper ILLMACULATE made the decision to NOT perform in protest of the gang task enforcement presence at the event.
He spoke with KBOO’s Sekoynia Wright this afternoon. 4:20 minutes (3.97 MB)