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Cascadia Rising Bioregional Confluence follow-up and regional reports, hosted by Paul Roland

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Wed, 04/23/2014 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Reflections on the event that happened Sunday in Portland, and call-ins from around the region

An enthusiastic and well-attended "Bioregional Confluence" in Portland this past Sunday brought together people from around Cascadia to meet and attend panels on a wide range of subjects. At lunch, the assembly brought back to life, after many years without a Bioregional gathering in this region, the tradition of regional or "watershed" reportbacks. Some of those attending will call in with the issues they are working on in their areas. Listeners who attended or who have issues of their own they are working on are encouraged to call in at 503-231-8032. We hope to make this at least a semi-regular feature of KBOO Public Affairs programming.

Cascadia Rising: A Bioregional Confluence, hosted by Paul Roland

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Wed, 04/16/2014 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Discussion of upcoming gathering at Portland State
Guests Judy Goldhaft and Emmalyn Garrett (aka Lumen) are on hand to talk about thefFirst annual Cascadia Rising: A Bioregional Confluence - A gathering dedicated to promoting bioregional awareness, Indigenous solidarity, alternative and horizontal governance tools, and community resilience in the Pacific Northwest. The event was held at Portland State University on April 20, 2014.

Former CIA analyst Ray McGovern

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Wed, 04/09/2014 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Former CIA analyst Ray McGovern

Host Per Fagereng speaks with former CIA analyst Ray McGovern about a variety of issues related to U.S. foreign policy including: THE REAL DEAL ON SYRIA... Why Were We Inches Away From War Last Summer?; Ukraine: One ‘Regime Change’ Too Many?: and Is Obama Afraid of the C.I.A.?
Ray McGovern leads the “Speaking Truth to Power” section of Tell the Word, an expression of the ecumenical Church of the Saviour in inner-city Washington.  A former co-director of the Servant Leadership School (1998-2004), he has been teaching there for 15 years.

Reform or Revolution? continued

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Wed, 04/02/2014 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Hosted by Paul Roland.

Once a hot topic of passionate discussion, the question "Reform or Revolution?" seems to have lost its relevance and punch. Sounds kinda quaint and archaic. Does "Revolution" mean anything in the age of Portlandia? Can we imagine anything outside the box of constituted legal institutions? Can we yet shake ourselves from our mental conditionintg and feelings of powerlessness and detachment in the face of accelerating Disaster? Can we find common ground despite the hyper-individualization we've been socialized into? My God, doesn't anyone care??? Sorry, got carried away. Well, tune in and if you've got something to say, call in. 503-231-8187.

Andy Lee Roth, co-editor of "Censored 2014" on media, censorship and free speech

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Wed, 03/26/2014 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Andy Lee Roth, co-editor of "Censored 2014" on media, censorship and free speech

Per Fagereng speaks with Andy Lee Roth, Project Censored member and co-editor of "Censored 2014," about media, censorship and free speech.

"Censored 2014" co-editors Mickey Huff and Andy Lee Roth and past director Peter Phillips and Censored 2014 authors and professors Susan Rahman and Nolan Higdon—will speak in Portland on "Censored 2014: Fearless Speech in Fateful Times" and present a screening of the award-winning documentary, "Project Censored The Movie: Ending the Reign of Junk Food News." 

Special Guest David Rovics for an evening of “Fearless Speech in Fateful Times”

Reform or Revolution?

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Wed, 03/19/2014 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
Host Paul Roland is joined by Portland IWW's Tomas Bernal.

Paul Roland and Tomas Bernal of Portland IWW tackle the ever-relevant but not often publicly discussed question of  "Reform or Revolution?" Want to join the fray? Call 503-231-8187!


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Wed, 03/12/2014 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Per Fagereng hosts a call-in discussion about Ukraine: oil and oligarchs, geopolitics and self-determination. Call in with your thoughts at 503 231-8187.

Inside the movement to curb climate change: a critique of No KXL organizing

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Wed, 03/05/2014 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Ron of Tar Sands Blockade in Texas interviewed by Paul Roland

Paul Roland talks with  Ron Seifert of the Tar Sands Blockade in Texas. They discuss criticisms of the No KXL movement and different approaches to confronting fossil fuel expansion and the climate crisis.  They are also joined by Gregory Vickery of The Wrong Kind of Green.

Links related to the topic discussed: (also on facebook) (also on facebook)

PSU students prepare to walkout to support teachers

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Wed, 02/26/2014 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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PSU students prepare to walkout to support teachers
Students at Portland State University are planning a walkout this week in support of their teachers, who have reached an impasse in their contract negotiations with the university administration.  KBOO's Jenka Soderberg will speak with teachers and students, and take your calls.



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Wed, 07/08/2015
Guest host Doug McVay speaks with Haven Wheelock, syringe exchange program coordinator with Outside In, about harm reduction, overdose prevention, and local efforts to reduce the risk of HIV/AIDS and hepatitis transmission among injection drug users.
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One Flaming Arrow: Inter-Tribal Art, Music & Film Festival

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Wed, 06/03/2015
One Flaming Arrow is an Inter-tribal, Indigenous Art, Music & Film festival happening from June 2nd-14th of 2015 in various venues throughout Portland, Oregon. One Flaming Arrowemerged as a collaboration between local business entrepreneur, Carlee Smith and the artist collective RISE: Radical, Indigenous, Survivance, & Empowerment’s Demian DinéYazhí (Diné) and Kaila Farrell-Smith (Klamath-Modoc)
One Flaming Arrow's goal is to promote, empower, educate, persevere, and heal through the creative and political act of contemporary Indigenous Survivance. One Flaming Arrowaccomplishes its goals by bringing emerging, experimental, and established contemporary artists showing within museums to experimental art exhibitions on reclaimed Indigenous land.

Demian DinéYazhi’ is a Portland-based transdisciplinary warrior born to the clans Tódích'íí'nii (Bitter Water) and Naasht'ézhí Tábąąhá  (Water's Edge) of the Diné (Navajo). DinéYazhi' received his BFA in Intermedia Arts from Pacific Northwest College of Art in 2014. Demian's work as an artist can be understood through the lens of curatorial inquiry, zine production, street interventions, education, workshops, and transdisciplinary methods of art production. His work is rooted in Radical Indigenous Queer Feminist politics, landscape representation, memory formation, HIV/AIDS-related art and activism, gender and sexuality, Indigenous Survivance, and Decolonization. He is the founder and director of the artist/activist/warrior collective, RISE: Radical Indigenous Survivance & Empowerment, which is dedicated to the education and perseverance of Indigenous art and culture.
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There is a war.....on the houseless, going on right now in Portland

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Wed, 05/27/2015

Host Paul Roland talks about the "homeless sweeps" currently underway by the Portland Police in inner Southeast Portland, in the context of the endless social war. After the opening song by Leonard Cohen, he reads from The Invisible Committee's "To Our Friends" comunique of last year.
He then takes calls from the listeners....

To get involved in the campaign against the "sweeps," go to

Leonard Cohen, 
"There Is A War"
There is a war between the rich and poor, 
a war between the man and the woman. 
There is a war between the ones who say there is a war 
and the ones who say there isn't. 
Why don't you come on back to the war, that's right, get in it, 
why don't you come on back to the war, it's just beginning. 

Well I live here with a woman and a child, 
the situation makes me kind of nervous. 
Yes, I rise up from her arms, she says "I guess you call this love"; 
I call it service. 

Why don't you come on back to the war, don't be a tourist, 
why don't you come on back to the war, before it hurts us, 
why don't you come on back to the war, let's all get nervous. 

You cannot stand what I've become, 
you much prefer the gentleman I was before. 
I was so easy to defeat, I was so easy to control, 
I didn't even know there was a war. 

Why don't you come on back to the war, don't be embarrassed, 
why don't you come on back to the war, you can still get married. 

There is a war between the rich and poor, 
a war between the man and the woman. 
There is a war between the left and right, 
a war between the black and white, 
a war between the odd and the even. 

Why don't you come on back to the war, pick up your tiny burden, 
why don't you come on back to the war, let's all get even, 
why don't you come on back to the war, can't you hear me speaking?

Rethinking electroshock

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Wed, 05/20/2015

Marcia Meyers of Rethinking Psychiatry and electroshock survivor Deborah Schwartzkopff are today's guests.


Also, check out these previous KBOO news features on the subject:

Special Guest Ralph Nader on his new book and the current state of U.S. politics

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Wed, 05/13/2015
Join host Paul Roland, this week featuring long-time activist, organizer, political reformer and Third Party proponent Ralph Nader.

Nader's new book, just out on Seven Stories Press, is Return to Sender, a long series of letters to Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, all of which went unanswered. 

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Guest Chris Hedges on his new book: "Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt"

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Wed, 05/06/2015
From seminarian to New York Times journalist to one of the leading social critics on the left to (just last year) ordained Presbyterian minister, Chris Hedges remains as provocative and insightful as ever with his twefth book: "Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt," due out next week.

Enjoy the conversation with membership "pitches" edited out!
From the blurb for his new book:

Revolutions come in waves and cycles. We are again riding the crest of a revolutionary epic, much like 1848 or 1917, from the Arab Spring to movements against austerity in Greece to the Occupy movement. In 
Wages of Rebellion, Chris Hedges—who has chronicled the malaise and sickness of a society in terminal moral decline in his books Empire of Illusion and Death of the Liberal Class—investigates what social and psychological factors cause revolution, rebellion, and resistance. Drawing on an ambitious overview of prominent philosophers, historians, and literary figures he shows not only the harbingers of a coming crisis but also the nascent seeds of rebellion. Hedges’ message is clear: popular uprisings in the United States and around the world are inevitable in the face of environmental destruction and wealth polarization.

Focusing on the stories of rebels from around the world and throughout history, Hedges investigates what it takes to be a rebel in modern times. Utilizing the work of Reinhold Niebuhr, Hedges describes the motivation that guides the actions of rebels as “sublime madness” — the state of passion that causes the rebel to engage in an unavailing fight against overwhelmingly powerful and oppressive forces. For Hedges, resistance is carried out not for its success, but as a moral imperative that affirms life. Those who rise up against the odds will be those endowed with this “sublime madness.”

From South African activists who dedicated their lives to ending apartheid, to contemporary anti-fracking protests in Alberta, Canada, to whistleblowers in pursuit of transparency, Wages of Rebellion shows the cost of a life committed to speaking the truth and demanding justice. Hedges has penned an indispensable guide to rebellion.

Articles mentioned during the program:
"Make the Rich Panic"

"Why We Need Professional Revolutionists"

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Why police unions are a big problem

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Wed, 04/29/2015
Violent, too-often lethal and racist police behavior continues to be in the public spotlight with the recent outrage in Baltimore. Although public discussion of the role of police unions in protecting cops from both internal discipline and criminal prosecution has increased over the past year since the events in Ferguson, there is still relatively little movement among progressives and organized labor to seriously address this issue. 

On February 4, Wednesday Talk Radio Host Paul Roland organized a special two hour  "Forum on police unions and their role in the culture of police violence in the United States," ( the participation of national and local labor activists, lawyers, academics and police critics. He had hoped to spur a wider debate in the Portland progressive movement. Whether or not this has actually occurred is difficult to assess, but anyway, with this program he's trying once again to stimulate some debate. And you're invited!!

This May Day is also the 15th anniversary of the 2000 Portland May Day police riot. The historic role of the police as protectors of the Status Quo was all too evident there as in so many other occasions of public protest and dissent. Police Unions have always had a double role of guaranteeing workplace safety, adequate wages and benefits for their members but at the same time maintaining the political and social power and preventing civilian oversight of the police. Is this an unresolvable contradiction? Should police unions exist at all? Should they have strict limits placed on their ability to wield their unique position as armed enforcers of social order? 

Portland Police Association Labor Agreement:
Recent articles on police unions from around the country:

Portland activist and author ("Our Enemies in Blue: Police and Power in America") has a website:
Other relevant articles:

More links to articles on KBOO page for February's "Forum on police unions.."

"Why the Mountain": a struggle for autonomy, dignity and tradition on Mauna Kea in Hawaii

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Wed, 04/22/2015
Native Hawaiian protestors have halted construction of a massive 18-story telescope on their sacred, life-giving Mauna Kea. While the protest is about stopping the continued desecration and damage to a mountain central to their culture, beliefs and traditions, it is also about an ongoing movement for independence and decolonization. Filmmaker Anne Keala Kelly has been documenting and involved in this struggle for many years. She joins host Paul Roland by phone to counter misleading and superficial news reporting of the issue on mainstream media and to give us the latest news from the front lines. 

 From her  her nohohewa website (below): 

Anne Keala Kelly is a Hawaiian filmmaker who documented the Hawaiian sovereignty movement during the first decade of the 21st century. As a journalist, she has covered hawaiian and other indigenous peoples' issues and the environment, and in 2006-7 whe was a Ted Scripps Fellow in Boulder, CO at the Center for Environmental Journalism. She has filed stories from Hawaii, where she lives, as well as Geneva and katmandu for the pacifica Network's free Speech Radio News. Her print journalism has appeared in "The Naton," "Indian Country Today," "The Honoluly Weekly," and elsewhere, and her video reporting has been featured on The Newshour with jhim Lehrer and Democracy Now! In September 2008, Keala co-produced "The other Hawaii" for Al Jazeera. She has an MFA in Directing from UCLA.

For more information about her and her films, go to:
People mentioned on program include:  Professor Williamson Chang, who sent a letter to Atty. General Eric Holder asking him to consider whether or not the US is guilty of War Crimes in Hawaii, specifically the crime of pillaging via the illegal taxation of Hawaiians and others; Keanu Sai, who has done important research on Hawaiian history and the US occupation. 

Groups in Hawaii:
We Are Mauna Kea

Local Hawaiian cultural organization (based in Vancouver, WA): 
They are offering an 8-week course in Hawaiian History on Tuesdays from 7-9 p.m. starting May 5. Call or write Kepule: 503-580-6662,

Article on how people can help the cause:

Wednesday Talk Radio host Paul Roland can be reached at
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WATER WARS: Local communities fight back against Nestle water bottling plants

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Wed, 04/15/2015
A six-year battle to keep Nestle out of Cascadia and the Columbia Gorge is heating up again as the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has agreed to trade its water rights at Oxbow Springs, which could pave the way for a Nestle bottled water plant in Cascade Locks, just west of Hood River. Concerned citizens in the Gorge, environmental groups, labor unions and others are renewing efforts to prevent that from happening.
Due to phone problems in the air room, we were unable to have Bob Saunders of the Crunch Nestle Alliance  from Sacramento on the show, or call-ins. However, host Paul Roland and guest Matthew Bristow  did have a lively conversation about corporate food & beverage behemoth Nestle, specifically their bottled water branch, Nestle Waters, aka "The Healthy Hydration Company." 
Bark is calling for a demonstration on Thursday, April 16 at 7 a.m. at the east end of the Hawthorne Bridge, 503-331-0374. There will be a sign and banner-making party Wednesday, April 15 at the Bark office, 537 SE Ash from 5-7 p..m.
Communities around North America have been fighting proposed or existing bottling plants, which draw large quantities of a public resource from springs, acquifers and even municipal water supplies. Stop Nestle Waters ( is a coalition of such local groups from Maine to Michigan to Colorado to California and here in Oregon. They have succeeded in stopping some massive water privatization projects, just as they have for six years thus far here in Cascadia.
Nestle has in the past been targetted for nealth impacts of its infant formula in poor countries, including one of  the longest-running global corporate boycott campaigns in history.  The Corporate Research Project published a "Corporate Rap Sheet" on Nestle on their website:
Nestles operations in California are coming under particularly intense scrutiny because of the acute water crisis from the prolonged drought. The Crunch Nestle Alliance was formed to challenge the company's withdrawal of millions of gallons of water in Sacramento and other sites around the state. In March, the group shut down the Sacramento bottling plant  with a creative and spirited protest More on that campaign at
Local activists are asking people to weigh in with Governor Kate Brown, phone no. 503-378-4582 and the Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, 503-947-6044.
Activists are also calling for a boycott of all Nestle bottled water brands, which include Arrowhead, Deer Park, Ice Mountain, Poland Spring, S. Pellegrino, Perrier, Nestea, and many others.
Other local groups include Food and Water Watch Portland, 971-266-4528,
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Monitoring oil trains in Oregon and Washington

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Wed, 03/18/2015

Host Paul Roland talks with Matt Landon of Vancounver Action Network on continuing efforts to halt the transport of dangerously flammable Bakken oil by train through the Pacific NW and to prevent the approval of the Tesoro-Savage oil export terminal on the Columbia River in Vancouver, WA, as well as the more recently proposed New Star Terminal.

Matt is working to bring the OilTrainWatch network, currently functioning in Washington, to Oregon, and is initiating a Listening Project to reach out to people living along railroad tracks where oil trains pass by.  OilTrainWatch uses Twitter to track oil trains moving through Washington (and now Oregon). If you see a 100% oil train, tweet the time, city, direction and #waoiltrainwatch (presumable #oroiltrainwatch for Oregon). For more information, visit More information on oil trains can be found at

The first meeting of the Oil Train Listening Project will be on Saturday, March 28. There will be a training in the morning, and then pairs of volunteers will go door to door later in the day. If you are interested, contact Matt at or (503)765-7176.

On Saturday, March 21, Olympia, WA will host the second gathering of railroad workers and environmentalists, "The Future of Railroads: Safety, Workers, Community and the Environment." Sponsored by Railroad Workers United and the Backbone Campaign, the conference will take place at the Longhouse Education and Cultural Center, 2700 Evergreen Parkway. Contact Jen Wallis at 206-755-9705,
For more, read

On Friday, March 20 Portland Rising Tide and the JustSeeds Artists' Cooperative will have an all-day workshop on art and activism,  at the PNCA Project Space at 511 NW Broadway (entrance West side of bldng)

As part of Gathering Autonomy: Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative, the Creative Activism Lab will be coordinating a series of workshops and other programming to foster dialogue surrounding social justice issues addressed within Justseeds work, to ground those issues on a local level, and to make work that can support local actions and action networks.
Our March 20th workshop will focus on issues associated with climate change using Resourced (, a Justseeds portfolio, as a jumping off point. A group of Justseeds artists will speak about Resourced and other media they created for the People’s Climate March in NYC this past fall. Portland Rising Tide will then present on our current campaigns and actions. We will then all have a roundtable style conversation about what kind of tactical art we can create to best support upcoming action(s), and then, best of all, we will COLLECTIVELY MAKE REALLY COOL TACTICAL ART. Feel free to show up at any time for the duration of the workshop and join us!

On Wednesday, April 1, at 6 p.m., Join Eric de Place of the Sightline Institute for a program on "SW Washington: The Oil Industry's Sacrifice Zone" at the Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main St. in Vancouver, WA. de Place will moderate a panel including Lauren Goldberg, attorney for Columbia Riverkeeper; Vancouver City Councilor Anne McEnerny-Ogle; Barry Cain of Gramor Development; Cager Clabaugh of ILWU 4; Eric LaBrant of Fruit Valley Neighborhood Association; and a representative from Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility. See southwest-washingtonthe-oil-industrys-sacrifice-zone/ for more information.

Finally, let your voice be heard at a public hearing on the proposed Propane Export Terminal in North Portland on Tuesday, April 7, 2:30 p.m. at the Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission, 1900 SW 4th Ave. Room 2500a. Sign up to testify at 2:30 p.m. If you can't attend in person, submit your testimony in writing by 5 p.mj. Monday, April 6, by email to Or submit it by mail arriving by 5 p.m. April 6 to Portland Planning & Sustainability Commission, 1900 SW 4th Ave., ATTN-PSC, Portland, OR 97201.

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