Despite a common public perception that it has largely gone away, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), better known as electroshock or shock therapy, is still a widespread practice.
As we reported on Tuesday, this Saturday, May 16 is an international day of protest against electrock.
Survivors of ECT and their allies will gather in local communities around the world to protest the widespread use of a practice that they say has limited effectiveness and causes lasting damage.
In the Portland area, both Kaiser Permanente and the Oregon Health Sciences University utilize electroconvulsive therapy, and numerous other facilities in the region also engage in the controversial procedure. 15:25 minutes (21.17 MB)
Bill Resnick talks with Justin Kertson-Norton about the Fight for $15 movement. They consider the progress they've made in the national and local conversation around the minimum wage, and Bill wonders whether a more radical vision of worker control on the job and in the economy might be seen in these developments. 6:17 minutes (5.75 MB)
Hyung Nam and Frann Michel discuss Everyday Rebellion, a "cross-media documentary about creative forms of nonviolent protest and civil disobedience worldwide." They find the film lacking in a strong analysis of power and short on strategy and long-term vision but useful on tactics and for inspiration.
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Bill Resnick talks with Malik Miah about the Black Lives Matter movement, its origins and direction. Malik argues that race makes for different working-class experiences of capitalist oppression, that we cannot simply rally under "class", and for how rebellious movements understandably grow out of situations where "nothing else works".
Malik Miah is a former machinist and union activist who has organized around and written about race and class. His writing appears in Against the Current, where he's an editor.
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Undocumented families seeking asylum in the United States are now being detained in so-called Family Detention Centers. These are privately run facilities designed to house women and children. Some have built-in courtrooms and are staffed by Corrections Corps of America and I-C-E employees.
A new family detention center is on par to be the nation’s largest with two thousand four hundred beds.
The Oregon Supreme Court recently overturned the efforts of the Oregon Legislature to correct some of the funding problems as they affect PERS. I interviewed more than a half-dozen legislators in 2014 about what they thought about the PERS funding issue and how they would deal with it. This piece is a look back at the comments of those legislators and their thoughts in light of the recent ruling.
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This is a Bread and Roses web exclusive. Delphine Criscenzo speaks with Therese Shechter, the producer of the new documentary “How to Lose Your Virginity? What if all we had to lose were our virginity myths?” A local organization, A Fourth Act is bringing the film to Portland on May 21st along with Therese but only if 65 people buy their tickets in advance. Visit https://www.tugg.com/events/19332 to reserve your ticket. You will be asked to purchase your ticket but the amount will only be deducted once the screening takes place. You only have until May 14th to reserve your ticket.
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