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Deep History & American Empire: Reflections on the Bundys, Manifest Destiny & left-right politics

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Wed, 02/03/2016 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Guest Anthony Hall, Prof. at Lethbridge Univ., author of "The American Empire & the Fourth World"
The occupation of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge in Eastern Oregon has brought widespread attention to long-simmering (and occasionally boiling-over) conflicts over federally-owned and managed public lands in the West. Competing ideologies (states' rights vs. federal control; private property rights vs. public land management; "free market" access vs. environmental regulation etc.) echo debates and conflicts that go back to the founding of the United States. 

Report-back from the siege of Malheur, with Arun Gupta

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Wed, 01/27/2016 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Host Paul Roland and freelance reporter Gupta just got back from a week in Harney County
Special inside look at what's happening in Burns, Oregon. Roland and Gupta just spent a week in Burns, interviewing people in the community, visiting the occupation at the Malheur Wildlife refuge, hanging out in local bars, and generally getting a feel for how the "Bundy gang's" declaration of war on the federal government is playing out and affecting the local community.

Gupta has been covering the situation for "The Raw Story," a news website. See his reporting here: http://www.rawstory.com/2016/01/bundys-escalating-showdown-with-feds-as-support-dwindles-and-lone-wolves-come-looking-for-trouble/

As Bundy gang heightens tensions in Burns community: What's at stake in the Malheur takeover?

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Wed, 01/20/2016 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Guests Linda Neale (from Harney Co. homesteader family) and Bob Sallinger of Portland Audobon

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The Necessity of Disobedience, with guest Tim DeChristopher

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Wed, 01/13/2016 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Climate Change on Trial in Seattle
While a group of armed antigovernment militants casually tears down fences and accesses personal and official files in their second week of occupying the Malheur Wildlife Refuge offices in Eastern Oregon, another group of protestors in Seattle goes on trial for blocking a mile-long oil train in September, 2014.

Incident at Malheur: An Indigenous perspective on "militia" occupation in Eastern Oregon

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Wed, 01/06/2016 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Guest Jacqueline Keeler looks at settler myths and historical realities

As national and global media turn their attention to the small town of Burns in central-eastern Oregon, we here at KBOO are doing our best to keep up with events. By now you probably know the basic story: a small group of disgruntled Westerners, apparently mostly from Nevada and Arizona, split off from a larger march on Saturday and took over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge facility outsid of Burns. Ostensibly in support of two local ranchers, Dwight and Steven Hammond, who were convicted on arson charges, but had five-year minimum sentences imposed under the draconian Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996, the occupiers are linked to various  "militia"/property rights/possibly white supremacist groups.

BP Gulf spill, Fukushima, Aliso Canyon (LA) gas leak: inevitable disaster, predictable response...

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Wed, 12/30/2015 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Guest Matt Pakucko on the massive gas gusher near his Porter Ranch community
Since  October 23, an aging gas well that ruptured has been spewing enormous amounts of methane into the air at the northern end of the San Fernando Valley outside of Los Angeles. Like the 2010 BP oil "spill" and the 2011 Fukushima nuclear plant meltdowns, this is an unprecedented, out-of-control situation involving energy extraction or production facilities. And, like those other two recent industrial disasters, the corporate and government response has been slow, deceptive and pathetically inadequate to the scale of the problem.

Wednesday Talk Radio on 12/23/15

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Wed, 12/23/2015 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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News & commentary on local, national and international issues - we invite your calls at 503-231-8187

Challenging the Militarization of Climate Change, with guest Nick Buxton

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Wed, 12/16/2015 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Co-editor of new book on "How the Military and Corporations are Shaping a Climate-changed World"
The military is at the heart of the fossil fuel economy, yet military emissions were specifically excluded from the Kyoto Protocol in 1997 at the behest of the U.S. government. Though it's possible they may no longer be specifically excluded in the wake of the recent Paris agreement, individual countries' current reporting of emissions and planned actions to combat climate change ("Intended Nationally Determined Contributions") have so far failed to include military emissions.

Reckoning with Reality: there's no way out!

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Wed, 12/09/2015 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Conversation with Robert Hunziker, social-ecological-economic writer/researcher
This week's (returning) guest is Robert Hunziker, who writes on climate change, Fukushima, political economy and other timely subjects for Counterpunch and other places. He lives in Los Angeles and can be reached at roberthunziker@icloud.com

 

In the Spirit of Insurrection: Experiences on the front lines of struggle

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Wed, 12/02/2015 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Host Paul Roland reflects on his own activism and political perspective
Wednesday Talk Radio host Paul Roland has had a long history of involvement in ecological, Indigenous and land defense campaigns and movements. From the Earth First! and the Pacific NW forest protection battles of the 1980's and '90's to the struggle against an invasive high-speed train project in an Italian alpine valley, and back stateside in Appalachia and again in Oregon, he's both participated and reported on a wide variety of issues. 

For this Membership Drive, he's decided to talk about his own story. Listeners are invited to call in and interview him for a change, at 503-231-8187

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Today's guest is Seattle Pastor John Helmiere of the Valley and Mountain community

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Wed, 12/24/2014
John Helmiere is a United Methodist pastor (also known as "convenor") with the Valley and Mountain spiritual community in the hillman City neighborhood in southeast Seattle. Helmiere believes strongly in uniting inner spiritual growth with outer social engagement and action. He was severely beaten by Seattle police during a 2011 Occupy protest at the Port of Seattle in solidarity with the dockworkers. He has recently filed a federal civil rights lawsuit over the incident. He was also arrested last month along with Seattle Councilmember Kshama Sawant and two air0port workers at the headquarters of Alaska Airlines over their lawsuit attempting to block the $15 an hour minimum wage passed by the City of SeaTac. He and his congregation are also very involved in an interesting experiment in social change organizing and community-building, the Hillman City Collaboratory: An Incubator for Social Change.

Links from this program:

http://valleyandmountain.org/

http://hillmancitycollaboratory.org/

Article about John's lawsuit:
http://thefreethoughtproject.com/pastor-violently-beaten-police-protest-files-federal-lawsuit/

His reflections on the police beating incident:
http://valleyandmountain.org/what-we-do/creative-liberation/johns-response-to-police-brutality/
  • Length: 56:56 minutes (52.12 MB)
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Should we pipe fracked gas through Oregon to a terminal in Coos Bay and export it to Asia?

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Wed, 12/10/2014

Host Paul Roland talks with Ted Gleichman of the Sierra Club by phone from Roseburg, where he participated in a public hearing on the Jordan Cove Liquified Natural Gas export facility and pipeline yesterday.. He is the editor of a new report called "Climate Impacts of Natural Gas Production and LNG Export: A Synopsis of Current Science." You can find it here:

https://orsierraclub.files.wordpress.com/2014/09/climate-impacts-of-natural-gas-production-lng-export-edition-1-3-november-2014.pdf

Another Sierra Club report on the LNG issue can be found here:

http://content.sierraclub.org/creative-archive/sites/content.sierraclub.org.creative-archive/files/pdfs/100_237_LookBeforeLeap_LNG_whtpaper_03_web.pdf

Groups working on this issue:

http://citizensagainstlng.com/wp/
http://oregon.sierraclub.org/    503-238-0442
http://portlandrisingtide.org/
http://rogueriverkeeper.org/what-we-do/hot-topics/proposed-liquified-natural-gas-pipeline-lng
http://columbiariverkeeper.org/ Dan Serres 503-890-2441
http://www.350oregon.org/
http://www.350pdx.org/

Thomas Linzey on Community Rights, electoral politics and the legal structures that entrap us

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Wed, 11/05/2014
Thomas Linzey is a co-founder and Executive Director of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund and serves as chief legal counsel. He and his group have been spearheading the Community Rights Movement, which is developing a radical new approach to challenging corporate domination based on their "constitutional rights" and helping communities build self-governance.  

He will be a speaker at the "Earth at Risk" conference coming up in San Francisco, November 22-23, along with Chris Hedges, Alice Walker, Vandana Shiva, Stan Goff and many others. http://www.fertilegroundinstitute.org/

His group's webiste: http://www.celdf.org/

You can also find  more local info about and get involved in the work that Linzey discusses at CommunityRightsPDX.org.
And listen to the commentaries of local Community Rights activist and educator Paul Cienfuegos  every Tuesday on the KBOO Evening News.

From the CELDF website:
CELDF was formed in 1995 in Pennsylvania by  Thomas Linzey  and Stacey Schmader, Administrative Director, to provide free and affordable legal services to community groups.  Over the first several years, we assisted hundreds of communities in Pennsylvania facing unwanted corporate development projects such as incinerators and quarries.    

We assisted these communities to try to stop the projects by appealing corporate permit applications through the state’s environmental regulatory system.  We were very successful appealing permits, finding the holes and omissions that would render them incomplete.   As such, the state Department of Environmental Protection’s Environmental Hearing Board would toss out the permits, and our communities would celebrate their “victory,” believing the system of law had worked.

However, the corporation could and would simply file another permit, this time filling in the holes and omissions we had cited.  Once the corporation filed an administratively complete permit application, the state was automatically required to approve it.  The communities would ask us to appeal the permit again, but there was nothing left for us to do.   We couldn’t help them.   The law in Pennsylvania, as in every other state, works the same way.  The state legalizes an activity – such as mining, or commercial water withdrawals, or factory farming – and communities are legally prohibited from saying “no” to it.  

After experiencing how the regulatory system operated over several years and seeing our communities lose time and time again, we determined that in order to help them, we would need to do our work differently.  This led to an evolution of our thinking and our work.  

Beginning in 1998, we began to assist communities to draft legally binding laws in which they asserted their right to self-govern.  Initially, our work focused on communities facing corporate factory farms and later the application of sewage sludge to farmland.  Communities across Pennsylvania adopted our anti-corporate farming and anti-corporate sludging laws.

To accommodate the growing interest in our work, with calls coming in from across the country, we launched the Daniel Pennock Democracy Schools in 2003, which have become a critical tool in our grassroots organizing.  Communities facing other corporate threats – such as uranium mining in Virginia and commercial water withdrawals in New England – began to take on this work.  

The Legal Defense Fund has now become the principal advisor to activists, community groups, and municipal governments struggling to transition from merely regulating corporate harms to stopping those harms by asserting local, democratic control directly over corporations. 

We've now taught nearly 200 Democracy Schools across the country and over 100 communities have adopted Legal Defense Fund-drafted ordinances.

"Subversives: The FBI's War on Student Radicals, and Reagan's Rise to Power"

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Wed, 10/08/2014
Subversives traces the FBI’s secret involvement with three iconic figures who clashed at Berkeley during the 1960s: the ambitious neophyte politician Ronald Reagan, the fierce but fragile radical Mario Savio, and the liberal university president Clark Kerr. Through these converging narratives, the award-winning investigative reporter Seth Rosenfeld tells a dramatic and disturbing story of FBI surveillance, illegal break-ins, infiltration, planted news stories, poison-pen letters, and secret detention lists all centered on the nation's leading public university. Rosenfeld vividly evokes the campus counterculture, as he reveals how the FBI’s covert operations—led by Reagan’s friend J. Edgar Hoover—helped ignite an era of protest, undermine the Democrats, and benefit Reagan personally and politically.

The FBI spent more than $1 million trying to block the release of the secret files on which Subversives is based, but Rosenfeld compelled the bureau to reveal more than 300,000 pages, providing an extraordinary view of what the government was up to during a turning point in our nation.

Part history, part biography, and part police procedural, Subversives reads like a true-crime mystery as it provides a fresh look at the legacy of the 1960s, sheds new light on one of America’s most popular presidents, and tells a cautionary tale about the dangers of unchecked secrecy and power.
 

"We Are All Very Anxious": hosted by Paul Roland

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Wed, 07/16/2014
In which Paul reads from "We Are All Very Anxious: Six Theses on Anxiety and Why It is Effectively Preventing Militancy, and One Possible Strategy for Overcoming It," and engages in conversation with a number of callers. This zine, recently acquired by your host for a modest two dollars at the Portland Zine Symposium, is attributed to "The Institute for Precarious Consciousness," with an afterword from the CrimethInc. Workers' Collective. Despite the somewhat whimsical nature of the title and this description, Paul finds this a very stimulating and provacative piece, well worth reading and discussing further. You can find it online by googling the title. Also check out the http://www.crimethinc.com website. You can pick up a paper copy of the zine at the KBOO front desk, 20 SE 8th Ave. (tell the receptionist it's in the upper right drawer) for a mere $1 to cover copying costs  You can contact Paul at paulrkboo@gmail.com.

Also mentioned on program:

"Get Up, Stand Up:  Uniting Populists, Energizing the Defeated and Battling the Corporate Elite,"  a book by Bruce Levine (you can also find a talk show I did with him over a year ago here: http://kboo.fm/content/paulrolandtalkswithbrucelevineaboutrecoveringcollect)

"Scapegoat Theory: Shifting Blame and Displacing Aggression," an article by Sandra Enders. You can find it here: www.endersusa.net/app/download/627888504/EndersScapegoating.pdf

http://www.underminers.org. The website of Keith Farnish, author of "underminers: practical guide for radical change." I also interviewed him on KBOO several months ago: http://kboo.fm/content/paulrolandtalkswithkeithfarnishauthorofunderminersby

 

Are we living in a corporatist-fascist society? If so, what then?

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Wed, 06/25/2014
Norman Pollack is the author of “The Populist Response to Industrial America” (Harvard) and “The Just Polity” (Illinois), Guggenheim Fellow, and professor of history emeritus, Michigan State University.  His interests are social theory and the structural analysis of capitalism and fascism. He is a frequent contributor to the Counterpunch website. Some of his articles on U.S. fascism include:

http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/06/20/reflections-on-fascism/

http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/10/12/america-on-the-cusp-of-fascism/

http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/06/03/techno-fascism-nsa-and-the-obama-administration/

http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/02/20/liberal-fascism-in-america/

http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/05/08/the-new-mccarthyism/

http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/06/25/edward-j-snowden-and-the-exposure-of-voyeuristic-fascism/

 

"Infill" and Gentrification

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Wed, 06/11/2014
There's increasing discussion and controversy over urban "infill" in Portland: the construction of usually block-like apartment complexes in residential neighborhoods, sometimes replacing existing houses, which are torn down. This often displaces existing renters, increases neighborhood parking problems, and doesn't necessarily solve Portland's housing problems (certainly not for houseless people...). 
The local press has been increasingly looking at this issue:

http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2014/03/neighbors_balk_as_infill_sprea.html
http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2014/02/se_portland_neighborhood_fears.html
http://portlandtribune.com/pt/9-news/222034-82068-new-infill-rule-riles-up-neighbors

Here's a comprehensive planning report on the subject:
http://www.montgomeryplanning.org/events/rethink2011/documents/MakeoverMontgomeryConference_3A_PortlandInfill_cunningham.pdf

For more information on Portland Collective Housing:
http://portlandcollectivehousing.org/
Other alternatives to profit-oriented housing and land ownership:
http://community-wealth.org/content/portland-community-land-trust
http://www.proudground.org/

Al Jazeera article on "Hipster Economics" mentioned on program:
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2014/05/peril-hipster-economics-2014527105521158885.html
An earlier article on same subject:
http://jezebel.com/5991570/so-hipsters-arent-the-economic-boon-some-urbanists-thought-theyd-be
  • Length: 56:23 minutes (77.43 MB)
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Host Paul Roland with guest Jacqueline Keeler on racist stereotypes, sports mascots and more

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Wed, 05/21/2014
Native Americans have been calling for the end to the use of racist stereotypes and sports mascots for decades, with some slow and steady progress. Many schools have retired their Native mascots, and laws (as in Oregon) have been passed banning them. Yet powerful franchises like the Washington Redskins, Atlanta Braves and Cleveland Indians have firmly resisted any change or recognition that anything is wrong with their team names and mascots.
When Eradicating Offensive Sports Mascotry kicked off their social media campaign against Nike's use of the Cleveland Indians' offensive "Chief Wahoo" image a few weeks ago, they had no idea it would snowball into a growing public conversation about the harmful impact these caricatured and stereotyped images have, not just on Native Americans, but on public consciousness and in enabling largely unconscious racist attitudes. Using new media like Facebook and Twitter to amplify their voices and impact, Keeler and many others have created new space for calling attention to offensive and racist stereotyping and behavior.

Links and contact info from today's show:
 

Eradicating Offensive Sports Mascotry on Facebook and Twitter:

https://www.facebook.com/mascotry

https://twitter.com/EONMassoc

National Congress of American Indians:

http://www.ncai.org/policy-issues/community-and-culture/anti-defamation-mascots

Jacqueline Keeler's article for Salon.com:

http://www.salon.com/2014/04/13/my_life_as_a_cleveland_indian_the_enduring_disgrace_of_racist_sports_mascots/

  • Length: 55:17 minutes (50.62 MB)
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Jackson County GMO-Ban Initiative

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Wed, 05/14/2014
A measure on the ballot in southwest Oregon's Jackson County seeks to ban the cultivation and propagation of genetically modified crops in the county. KBOO's Sam Bouman speaks with Elise Higley of Our Family Farms Coalition, which is leading the initiative, for more information on the measure, the agricultural situation in Jackson County, and how residents are reacting to the vast amounts of money being poured into opposing this local measure by Monsanto and other big agribusinesses.
  • Length: 36:28 minutes (16.69 MB)
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May Day! May Day! Host: Paul Roland

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Wed, 04/30/2014
May Day's ancient origin as a celebration of the earth's fecundity and the beginning of summer and its modern incarnation as an international worker's day may not seem to have much in common. But they are linked by the rise of industrial capitalism, which has on the one hand uprooted  masses of people from the land and its cycles and sustenance, and on the other forced most people to depend on an alienating system of wages, rents, interest and profits that benefits a relative few. Movements throughout history, from the Diggers in England to the early socialist comunes to the 60's counterculture to the radical environmental movement have in various degrees combined a return to direct connection to the land with a resistance to the alien system of Capital.
We'll talk about this and the origins of the worker's May Day, as well as the Portland May Day event. Call and join us at 503-231-8187.
  • Length: 53:31 minutes (49 MB)
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