Students at De La Salle recently participated in a four week
workshop series as part of OPAL’s Voice For Empowerment Project. OPAL (Organizing People-Activating Leaders) is
a community organization formed in September 2005 that works for Environmental
Justice in the Portland metro area to support ignored communities that fight
against the oppression of pollution and social injustice. The Voice for
Empowerment project’s mission is to empower low-income youth from
undeserved communities to find their voice and use it as an instrument for
Hosted by Laurie Mercier, this show features the music of Phil Ochs. We hear a conversation about Village Building Convergence, the movement to create community spaces in cities; a review of the Erol Morris documentary about the Abu Ghraib photos "Standard Operating Procedure;" a commentary about racism in the primaries; an interview about peace activists in Kalamazoo, Michigan; and a discussion of the life and music of Phil Ochs.
You can hear the whole show by clicking on the arrow on this page. Or hear individual pieces by clicking on their links below:
Throughout this show there are selections from songs by the late great Phil Ochs, born in 1940, and who died in 1976 still youthful but leaving an incredible legacy of music protesting war and promoting social justice. Bill Resnick talks about his life and music. Phil Och was witty, poetic, and a humanist and activist, with deep thoughtful lyrics and a haunting voice.
Anna's song was played at the Pulse of Portland Music Project radio show on April 29, 2008. Anna is a high school student studying music production at Renaissance Arts Academy. Anna wrote the song "Inside" to accompany a video she made. The video was shown at the E3 Oregon Small Schools Film Festival on May 13th at the Portland Art Museum!