This Friday's OLMV will feature a live interview with Mr. Eitan Bronstein, and Israeli educator and activist working with an organization called Zachrot ("remembering" or "those who remember"). This organization is dedicated to educating the Israeli public about the history of Al-Nakba (the Arabic word for catastrophe), the displacement and dispossession of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians in 1948. Mr. Bronstein is will be coming through the United States with Muhammad Jaradat (a past guest on OLMV) of the Palestinian group, Badil, in a joint Badil/Zachrot US speaking tour: "Acknowledging the past; Imagining the future: Palestinians and Israelis on 1948 and the Right of Return."
Without any interviewing nor broadcasting rights to any of the music from the jazz fest, I thought it appropriate to record underground events and street performers as a sort of underground coverage of jazz during this conglomerate international affair. Here are the happenings of me, Sean Ongley, over the past week.
Rick McGuire is a Portland carpenter and labor activist working to build a cross-trades movement. He talks with Bill Resnick about the need for unions and about a benefit celebration coming up Saturday, February 23, at the Musicians Hall, SE 20th and Sandy, 7:00 pm.
Tom Becker discusses international efforts to stop the use of children as soldiers in wars around the world. February 12 is Red Hand Day. Multnomah County Library's Everybody Reads program offers everyone a chance to participate in discussions of this topic.
Bill Resnick talks with energy expert Suzanne Hunt about the political economy and the enviirnomental impact of alternative energy, especially the pros and cons of biofuels. Hunt was the head of a project on biofuels for the World Watch Institute.