Wednesday Talk Radio
Host Marianne Barisonek speaks with Julia Trigg Crawford, a Texas landowner and farmer who isn’t letting the foreign tar sands company claim eminent domain rights to her land without putting up a fight. Two weeks ago Ms. Crawford launched a Change.org petition to protect her land from tar sands money and tar sands risks.
With support from activists on both sides of the aisle, Ms. Crawford is hopeful that the Texas farmer can claim victory over the multi-billion dollar tar sands company which is trying to build a pipeline to transport a highly toxic hydrocarbon (called “tar sands”) from Alberta, Canada to Texas to refine and then export to foreign countries.
Independent studies show that the TransCanada Keystone XL “tar sands” pipeline would not create any lasting jobs and would subject tens of millions of people to hazardous risks when the pipeline leaks—as its sister pipeline has done more than a dozen times already. This includes the drinking water of one million Midwesterners people who rely on the Ogallala Aquifer and 60 counties in Texas who rely on the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer.
Ms. Crawford and her supporters are using the Change.org petition to implore Texas politicians to protect American land from foreign interests that threaten private property and the health and safety of landowners.
- Length: 58:40 minutes (26.86 MB)
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Hosted by Lisa Loving
Two years after the devastating Haiti earthquake killed an estimated 300,000 people, activists including our guest, Judith Gelin of the Society for Haitian Arts and Culture, are still raising funds for the needy. But everyone asks: Where did all the relief money go?
Also mentioned on the show: Prosjekt Haiti in Norway...
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- Length: 54:27 minutes (49.84 MB)
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Host Jay Thiemeyer interviews local activist Kari about the March and Rally focused on the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and their role in the corporate corruption of our democracy.
WHEN: Wednesday, February 29th, Rally at 11:30am, March at 1pm
WHERE: March begins at Waterfront Park at SW Naito and SW Ankeny
The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is comprised of the world's largest corporations. ALEC operates in the shadows with a behind-the-scenes role crafting pro-corporate legislation, partnering with state legislators to pass these laws, and then profiting directly from those laws - a cycle that exemplifies the dominate role of corporations in our democracy.
The goal of the protest is to see an end to ALEC and the role big corporations have in corrupting our democracy. The American Legislative Exchange Council is seen by protesters as the chosen tool of the 1% and the wealthiest corporations in the world to craft legislation that serves their interests.
Hosted by Lisa Loving
Marriage Equality, Family, and Portland PFLAG's 3rd Anniversary celebration this weekend. Our guests are Khalil and Antoinette Edwards from Portland's chapter of Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays.
Host Lisa Loving speaks with Susan Herman about her new book “Taking Liberties: The War on Terror and the Erosion of American Democracy” which takes a hard look at the human and social costs of the War on Terror. A decade after 9/11, it is far from clear that the government's hastily adopted antiterrorist tactics--such as the Patriot Act--are keeping us safe, but it is increasingly clear that these emergency measures in fact have the potential to ravage our lives--and have already done just that to countless Americans. Herman gives a powerful account of how civil liberties have rapidly eroded in post-9/11 America, tells numerous stories of ordinary people caught in the government's surveillance dragnet, explains that the state of emergency has continued into the Obama administration, and shows why we must remain vigilant if we are to hold on to our age-old freedoms
Susan Herman is President of the American Civil Liberties Union. She holds a chair as Centennial Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School, where she teaches courses and seminars in Constitutional Law, Terrorism, and Civil Liberties. She is the author of “The Right to a Speedy and Public Trial: A Reference Guide to the The Sixth Amendment of the United States Constitution” and “Taking Liberties: The War on Terror and the Erosion of American Democracy.”
If the current GOP presidential primary campaign is remembered for nothing else, it will be known for the meteoric rise of the "anti-contraception conservatives."
• Rick Santorum thinks states should have the power to ban family planning.
• Mitt Romney wants to eliminate funding for Title X, which helps to provides low-income women with access to family planning and reproductive health services.
• Rick Perry proudly trumpeted the fact that Texas had slashed state support for family planning clinics by two-thirds.
Taxpayers may instinctively applaud such cuts. But every dollar invested in helping women avoid unwanted pregnancies saves $4.02 in Medicaid expenditures that otherwise will be needed for pregnancy-related care.
Furthermore, many fail to realize that eliminating publicly-supported family planning services would actually increase the number of abortions in the U.S. Title X-supported centers alone helped avert 406,200 abortions in 2008 by providing high quality contraception.
"That it has gotten as far as it has in the past 18 months is unnerving," says Robert Walker of the Population Institute. "The escalating assaults on contraception are not only short-sighted financially,” but according to Walker, "they are really a war on women and their reproductive health and rights."
Robert Walker is the Executive Vice President of the Population Institute, which works to promote voluntary family planning and reproductive health services, and to increase awareness of the social, economic, and environmental consequences of rapid population growth.
Hosted by Lisa Loving
It used to be that literacy was a question of: can you read or can't you? Today literacy experts look at the levels of reading ability -- reading a medicine bottle, a newspaper, or a ballot all require different levels of literacy. Our guests today, Melissa Madensky, and Joy Meyers, from the Multnomah County Library talks about their new literacy programs at the North Portland Library. Tune in and call 503-231-8187 with your stories about the issue, plus find out how you can help increase literacy in your community. Wednesday at 8am on 90.7 FM, KBOO.
Hosted by Lisa Loving
First snowstorm of the year, and host Lisa Loving spends the hour with Ibrahim Mubarak, Derrick Shelton, and Shasta Leming from Right 2 Dream Too talking about their homeless families' encampment on a fenced streetcorner on NW Burnside Street in Portland.
Questions for Right 2 Dream Too, or offers of resources, call us during the show at 503-231-8171.
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New York writer and co-founder of Occupy the Wall Street Journal, who reports for Salon from occupation sites all over the United States. They'll talk about the current state of the Occupy movement and take your calls.
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- Length: 56:35 minutes (51.81 MB)
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