Portland Mayor-elect Sam Adams announced last week that the world's largest wind turbine company would be relocating to Portland. But some local media said he was jumping the gun.
The Portland Tribune warned Adams to avoid making the same mistake as former Mayor Vera Katz, who announced in 2002 that Vestas would be opening a manufacturing plant in Portland. But that manufacturing plant was never built.
The Tribune quoted Vestas spokesman Roby Roberts as saying hewas glad the mayor was excited, but the project was still being negotiated.
When Roberts spoke to KBOO's Jenka Soderberg today, however, he sounded optimistic about the plan.
A number of activist groups in Eugene are pulling togerther with the hope of turning Eugene into a “Human Rights City”—a city that places human rights above all, and doesn’t wait for government mandates to do it.
KBOO’s Sue Supriano spoke to Ken Neubeck of the Human Rights City Project earlier today.
This past week has seen developments in several Civil Liberty issues, including the on-air admission of Vice President Cheney to the authorization of torture in an interview with the ABC news. His admission has led to even mainstream media asking if Cheney is a War Criminial. An ACLU press release repudiated Cheney and the Bush administration's torture policy and encourages individuals to sign a petition to close Guantanamo.
In other torture news the US Supreme Court issued a rulingmoving forward an important case charging Donald Rumsfeld and Generals in the chain of command with responisbility for their detention and torture in US custody at Guantanamo. In a pre-trial hearing the case of Omar Khadr took a step forward as attorneys for Khadr revealed their intention to put on the witness stand a soldier whose testimony casts further doubt on the governments case.
Eva Lake hosts a tribute to Portland photographer and curator Terry Toedtemeier, who died last week. Guests include his widow, Prudence Roberts, gallery owner Jane Beebe, and John Laursen, co-author of the book, Wild Beauty, with Toedtemeier.
Terry Toedtemeier was the Portland Art Museum’s first curator of photography. He also was co-founder of the Blue Sky Gallery in 1975 and served as its co-director. In 1980 he became Professor of Art and History at the Pacific Northwest College of Art, teaching photography and studio classes.
Bill Resnick hosts this program with a focus on movement struggles for the rights of workers and for a sane US foreign policy. The show also features the music (abbreviated for the web) of Dead Prez. To hear the whole show, go right to the arrow above. The hear individual pieces, jump on the links below:
Tim Shorrock, investigative journalist and labor activist who often writes for the Nation, talks with Bill Resnick about hopes and possibilities for a new foreign policy under the Obama administration. Bill follows up with his own list of what progressives should be working for.
Two organizers of the Chicago sit-in talk with the Old Mole's Laurie Mercier about their victory, what it means, and how the union works. They are Leah Fried, a field reppresentative for the United Electrical Workers; and Rickie Macklin, union member and worker at the factory.
Workers at a door and window company in Chicago were recent victorious in a sit-down action. Old Mole Denise Morris reads from a piece by Christopher Phelps and Nelson Lichtenstein about the history of such actions. You can find the online version here.