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Political Perspectives on 03/03/10

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Wed, 03/03/2010 - 9:45am - 10:00am
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The Apathy Rehabilitation Space

Frances Michaelson, Project Coordinator of The Apathy Rehabilitation Place, talks about a month-long celebration by The City Repair Project and The Village Building Convergence from March 4th to the 28th featuring artwork, installations, and workshops at SeaChange Gallery (625 NW Everett St.)

cityrepair.org/2010/02/city-repair-at-seachange-the-apathy-rehabilitation-place/

Political Perspectives on 03/03/10

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Wed, 03/03/2010 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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how Palestinian and Jewish activists can appropriately work together for human rights without giving

Host Jenka Soderberg interviews Monadel Herzollah of the U.S. Palestine Community Network and founder/president of the Arab American Union Members Council and Rebecca Tumposky, U.S. chapter organizer for the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network. They were in Portland last week demonstrating how Palestinian and Jewish activists can appropriately work together for human rights without giving an appearance of normalcy or parity of suffering. Their appearance was sponsored by Al-Nakba Awareness Project and Advocating Freedom, Justice & Equality in the Holy Land.

Political Perspectives on 02/24/10

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Wed, 02/24/2010 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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One Struggle, One Fight: Intergenerational Political Prisoners

Oregon lawyer Lauren Regan speaks on "One Struggle, One Fight: Intergenerational Political Prisoners." This talk was recorded this past Friday at Reed College as part of a panel discussion.

Political Perspectives on 02/24/10

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Wed, 02/24/2010 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Saving wild horses in the West.

Host Allison Milionis speaks with Ginger Kathrens, the documentary filmmaker of the PBS series, Cloud: Wild Stallion of the Rockies. They will discuss the plight of wild horses in the West and the work of the Cloud Foundation, a Colorado 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, that grew out of Ginger Kathrens’ knowledge and fear for not only Cloud’s herd but other wild horses in the West.

Ginger Kathrens is an Emmy Award-winning producer, cinematographer, writer and editor and author. She filmed and produced the acclaimed Cloud: Wild Stallion of the Rockies and Cloud’s Legacy. Her documentation of Cloud represents the only continuing chronicle of a wild animal from birth in our hemisphere.

Political Perspectives on 02/17/10

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Wed, 02/17/2010 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Richard Heinberg on Power, Change and Energy

Host Marianne Barisonek interviews Richard Heinberg, Senior Fellow-in-Residence at Post Carbon Institute, Mr. Heinberg is best known as a leading educator on Peak Oil—the point at which we reach maximum global oil production—and the resulting, devastating impact it will have on our economic, food, and transportation systems. But his expertise is far ranging, covering critical issues including the current economic crisis, food and agriculture, community resilience, and global climate change. Heinberg is author of nine books, including The Party’s Over, Peak Everything, and the newly released Blackout.

Richard Heinberg will be speaking on Power, Change and Energy at the Illahee Lecture Series

Political Perspectives on 02/10/10

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Wed, 02/10/2010 - 9:00am - 10:00am

Michelle Schroeder Fletcher interviews blogger Brad Friedman of the Brad Blog about the case of rightwing activist James O'Keefe, his federal felony arrest late last month, and his infamous secretly taped video interviews filmed inside ACORN offices.Your calls are welcome at 503 231-8187.

Later we hear from filmmaker Jihan El-Tahri about her documentary, “Behind the Rainbow,” which explores the transition of the African National Congress from a liberation organization into South Africa’s ruling party. The film is showing in Portland as part of the Cascade African Film Festival on Thursday February 11th at 7:30PM
 

Political Perspectives on 02/03/10

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Wed, 02/03/2010 - 9:30am - 10:00am

Host Kathleen Stephenson speaks with local artist Kanaan Kanaan, a native of Palestine now living and working in Portland. He will address the impact of cultural diversity in art in “From the Middle East to America: A Journey in Personal Artistic Expression,” in a free seminar hosted by Portland State University and the PSU Art Department Diversity Committee on Tuesday, February 9th, at 6pm. Find out more about Kanaan Kanaan's work at

http://www.kanaankanaan.com/joomla/

Political Perspectives on 02/03/10

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Wed, 02/03/2010 - 9:00am - 9:30am

Host Michelle Schroeder Fletcher interviews two directors showing films at the Cascade African Film Festival this weekend. First she speaks with Amy Hart about her documentary WATER FIRST, the first film to succinctly convey the importance of clean water and sanitation in addressing all major global issues and achieving the MDGs. Later she interviews Ben Herson, who developed an award winning seven-part documentary series on youth, hip-hop, and politics in West Africa titled “African Underground: Democracy in Dakar.”

Political Perspectives on 01/27/10

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Wed, 01/27/2010 - 9:00am - 10:00am

Host Andrew Geller interviews scholar and writer Jeremy Rifkin who has been at the forefront of implementing a new economic system in Europe that will help those nations address the energy and climate crises. In his book, THE EMPATHIC CIVILIZATION: The Race to Global Consciousness in a World in Crisis (Tarcher/Penguin hardcover; January 2010), RIfkin makes the case that our Age of Reason is giving way to an Age of Empathy -- and must give away to an Age of Empathy if we’re to ride out our current energy and economic problems. THE EMPATHIC CIVILIZATION offers:

· A three-pillar plan for a new economic system that addresses the climate and energy crises -- a plan that, upon Rifkin’s direction, is already being implemented by the European Union.

Political Perspectives on 01/20/10

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Wed, 01/20/2010 - 9:00am - 10:00am

The guest is Robert McChesney, co-author with John Nichols of "The Death and LIfe of American Journalism: The Media Revolution That Will Begin the World Again." Robert McChesney is a professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the author or editor of sixteen books. He is co-founder of Free Press, a ntaional media reform organization. He hosts "Media Matters," on WILL-AM radio. His website is www.robertmcchesney.com.

 

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Peace activist Cindy Sheehan on Venezuela

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Fri, 06/29/2012

Cindy Sheehan spoke in Portland this week about Venezuela and Hugo Chavez. Sheehan's latest book is "Revolution: A Love Story," the story of Hugo Chavez, Venezuela and the Bolivarian Revolution. Jenka Soderberg recorded her talk.

Cindy Sheehan is an anti-war activist whose son, U.S. Army Specialist Casey Sheehan, was killed by enemy action during the Iraq War. Her website is cindysheehanssoapbox.blogspot.com/

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Sibel Edmonds on her memoir "Classified Woman"

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Wed, 06/27/2012

Host Marianne Barisonek speaks with Sibel Edmonds about her new memoir "Classified Woman." Sibel Edmonds is the most classified woman in U.S. history. In her memoir she takes us on a surreal journey that begins with the secretive FBI and down the dark halls of a feckless Congress to a stonewalling judiciary and finally, to the national security whistleblowers movement she spearheaded.

Having lived under Middle East dictatorships, Edmonds knows firsthand what can happen when government is allowed to operate in secret. Hers is a sobering perspective that combines painful experience with a rallying cry for the public's right to know and to hold the lawbreakers accountable. With U.S. citizens increasingly stripped of their rights in a calibrated media blackout, Edmonds' story is a wake-up call for all Americans who, willingly or unwillingly, traded liberty for illusive security in the wake of 9/11.

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Wed, 06/20/2012
20th Anniversary of the Watts Gang Truce Pt. II
 

Carlos Chavez presents part two of the Watts Gang Truce Anniversary program on Political Perspectives. Part one aired last week with a powerful panel discussion titled, Pioneers in Peace. It featured voices from "Freeway" Ricky Ross, the honorable Orland Bishop of Mosaic, Alex Sanchez of Homies Unidos and others. Check out the following link to listen or download that program:

Watts 20th Pt. I

This week features one of the founders of the peace treaty, who found himself under fire for helping to create this movement in 1992. His name is Dewayne Holmes from the Imerial Courts housing projects. We'll also hear other voices from the Watts community as they share their reflections on how the gang truce changed their lives.

Dewayne Holmes

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Wed, 06/13/2012
2012 marks the 20th anniversary of the historic Watts Gang Truce in Los Angeles. In April of this year the Watts Community came together to celebrate and discuss what they learned from this important event. Carlos Chavez produces the opening panel discussion for that event as Part I of a two part series on this celebration in South Los Angeles titled Pioneer In Peace.

Pioneer In Peace Panel includes peace treaty activists:

Leon G; (Freeway) Ricky Ross; Daude Sherrils; Little Brother JB; Willie Freeman; Alex Sanchez; Stan Muhammad; Dewayne Holmes; Donny Jubert; Sista Souljah (West Coast)

Part II is scheduled to air on Wednesday, June 20th 2012 on Political Perspectives at 9am.

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The 2nd Revolution: Dismantling Corporate Rule

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Wed, 06/06/2012

We live "drenched in corporate culture," with our planet, our democracy, and all of us "real people" under assault. But, according to Paul Cienfuegos, "We the people are more powerful than we dare to believe," and the corporate power structure CAN be dismantled. A long-time community organizer and educator, Cienfuegos provides a wealth of information showing how the fictions of "corporate personhood" and "corporate rights" can be challenged and reversed by empowered, informed citizen action. He'll be leading a Portland workshop June 9-10.

"If we relearn our history, if we understand again that corporations were designed to serve us, not to rule us, in this democratic republic, then we can reclaim our sovereignty. Once we understand this, the sky's the limit. We can rein in corporate constitutional "rights" as have more than 100 communities in PA, NH, ME, and VI." (The Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund has provided advice and support to many of these communities - learn more HERE.)

On June 9 & 10, 2012 in Portland, Oregon, Paul Cienfuegos will be leading his full-weekend workshop: "We The People Are More Powerful Than We Dare to Believe: First Steps in Dismantling Corporate Rule." For more details about the content of the workshop, click HERE. For more details about cost (sliding scale), timing, and how to register, click HERE.

Community Rights PDX has begun rights-based activism here in Portland -- you can learn more HERE.

"What Money Can't Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets"

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Wed, 05/09/2012

Host Michelle Schroeder Fletcher interviews Michael Sandel, author of "What Money Can't Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets." They'll talk about the difficult arguments missing from our public debates about the value being assigned by markets to nonmarket norms. What is the proper role of markets in a democratic society, and how can we protect the moral and civic goods that markets don't honor and that money can't buy?

Michael Sandel is a political philosopher and a professor at Harvard University. He is best known for the Harvard course 'Justice' which is available to view online, and for his critique of Rawls' A Theory of Justice in his Liberalism and the Limits of Justice (1982).

Michael Sandel speaks at Powell's Books in downtown Portland on Thursday May 10th at 7:30PM.

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Green Empowerment: renewable energy and water systems that alleviate poverty

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Wed, 04/25/2012

Aaron Liss of Green Empowerment talks about renewable energy projects in Nicaragua and the upcoming 25th anniversary of the death of Ben Linder.

April 28th will mark the 25th anniversary of the death of Ben Linder, a mechanical engineer from Portland who was killed by U.S.-backed contras in northern Nicaragua as he prepared to build a small hydroelectric plant. The project that Ben helped to launch has continued since his death. A recent editorial in The Oregonian speaks to the person that Ben Linder was and the impact he had.

The Association of Rural Development Workers—Benjamin Linder (ATDER-BL) has built clean water systems and small-scale hydro plants that provide renewable energy to 70,000 people. They have established a community-owned forest reserve and helped farmers to diversify their crops and protect the watersheds of the region. Green Empowerment has provided critical support to ATDER-BL efforts.

 

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Taking Uncle Sam for a Ride

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Wed, 04/25/2012

Host Per Fagereng interviews Dilip Hiro, whose most recent book is the just-published Apocalyptic Realm: Jihadists in South Asia. They'll discuss Hiro's recent article on TomDispatch.com called "Taking Uncle Sam for a Ride: How Pakistan Makes Washington Pay for the Afghan War." http://www.tomdispatch.com/archive/175530/

Is it really in the interest of the U.S. to get held up by our “friends” repeatedly to continue to fight a disastrous war in a country in which we’re now negotiating to keep military trainers, special operations forces, and possibly others a decade beyond 2014 (another subject barely covered by our media)? Do you really want to be going through a version of this with Pakistan 10 years from now?  Is your greatest desire to be supplying American military personnel with gas and hamburgers at earth-shaking prices in the second decade of a no-longer-new century?

Dilip Hiro was born in the Indian subcontinent and was educated in India, Britain and the United States. He's an internationally renowned expert on the Middle East. A journalist and historian, he's the author of 33 books.

David Barsamian on "Occupy Capitalism"

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Wed, 04/18/2012

Host Per Fagereng speaks with David Barsamian, the award-winning founder and director of Alternative Radio. He is the author of numerous books with Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Eqbal Ahmad, Tariq Ali, Arundhati Roy and Edward Said. His latest book is Occupy the Economy: Challenging Capitalism, co-authoed with prominent economist Richard Wolff.

David will talk about "Occupy Capitalism" and the root causes of the current economic crisis, the most severe since the Great Depression.

David Barsamian is speaking at a benefit for KBOO on Thursday April 26th at 7PM at the First Unitarian Church, Eliot Chapel, 1011 SW 12th Ave, Portland OR 97205. The topic is "Occupy Capitalism."

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Portland Mayoral Candidate Forum (Second in a Series)

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Wed, 03/14/2012

 On Wednesday, March 14, appearing on Political Perspectives were Cameron Whitten, Christopher Rich, Bill Dant and Scott Fernandez. The one thing all four men have in common is that each one wants to be Portland's next Mayor. 

Listen to the lively conversation that took place between the candidates and the callers.

Dan Johnson moderates the candidates forum.

Comments

Hood River Development - Mr. Naito

Please ask Mr. Naito if his love of democracy extends to his business.   Would he be willing to turn his development firm into a employee run cooperative corporation, giving ownership and organizational rights to employees.   Mr. Naito's concern for democracy probably ends at doors to his corporation.   Mr. Naito looks at this battle to develop the Hood River riverfront property as a public realtions battle.   He will promise the community jobs and the city council financial support, and the council will eye the property tax revenue as a benefit to the community.   If he is successful,  once again we will be selling our responsibility to the land and the river for a short term gain.  Mr. Naito cares little for the community, but operates on greed.  If the environmental laws and regulations were not in place he would not be concerned at all with the impact of his development on the river, the wild life, and the ability of people to enjoy what nature have given us for free.

Bravo for having this debate, though.  And controlling the civility of the debate.

 

 

 

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