Host Kathleen Stephenson speaks with longtime KBOO host Per Fagereng about his new dystopian novel, Jack Moloney's Century.
When Jack Moloney jumped ship in the year 2000 the United States was the world's great power. When Jack died 80 years later the world was in pieces, and his long life ended in a place called Cascadia. Jack Moloney grew up in Derry, in British-occupied Ireland. He helped some friends lob a mortar round at a British army camp, and the IRA got him out of town. From Ireland to a Caribbean cruise ship, to New York, Chicago, the Great Plains and Oregon -- Jack lived through a great turning point in human history.
Van Jones is an attorney, civil rights activist, and environmental advocate. He was a civil rights activist in California before extending his efforts to environmental and energy issues. He became an advocate for a green economy, viewing so-called green jobs as a tangible method to escape poverty and link social, economic, and environmental sustainability. His work caught the attention of President Barack Obama who in early 2009 appointed Jones to be the Special Advisor for Green Jobs for the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Only six months later, though, Jones was pushed to resign amidst a controversy surrounding a political position Jones had taken prior to his appointment.
After the success of his first book, The Green Collar Economy, published in 2008, conservative forces chose Jones as their lightning rod and much potential for good on a national environmental policy level was lost. Since then, Jones has continued to publish, deliver TED Talks, manage NGOs, and advocate for the environment and social justice all across the country.
Jones has worked with such groups as the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, the Center for American Progress, Green For All, and MoveOn.Org. In 2008, Time Magazine called Jones an “Environmental Hero” and he has won many other environmental and civil rights accolades too numerous to list here. His multiple TED Talks including “The Economic Injustice of Plastic” attest to someone who is committed to environmental justice and who will not disassociate those efforts from their connection to social justice.
In 2012, Jones published his second New York Times bestselling book, Rebuild the Dream, which has evolved into a 21st century "think tank" that champions innovative solutions to fix the U.S. economy and uplift the next generation. He has been continuing to speak out on mass incarceration and recently helped launch the #Cut50 Initiative to reduce our incarcerated population by 50 percent over the next 10 years.
Part two of two reports from the Oregon Public Health Association meetings held October 12th-13th of this year begins with a conversation with Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley, a keynote speaker. Other conversations include Miao Zhao and Kacey Urrutia, discussing their work with a tobacco cessation project at a homeless shelter in Albany; a conversation with Judy Sundquist about her work with projects concerned with food choices and exercise; hearing from Sarah Holland about interventions to help people avoid Alzheimers Disease or ease symptoms, and from James Becraft about public health programs in Tillamook County; and a visit with Alberto Moreno, executive director of the Oregon Latino Health Coalition concerning the “Latino Paradox” and the work of his team on many issues affecting Spanish-speaking communities from many countries.
Images: Above - Senator Jeff Merkeley; Below Left to Right - Miao Zhao and Kacey Urrutia, Judy Sundquist and Alberto Moreno