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Ferguson Reflections: Dave Rovics, Rear Admiral George Cockburn & Freed Slaves Burn It Down & Up

Air Cascadia
program date: 
Fri, 08/29/2014

The following is an excerpt from Dave Rovic's 'Ferguson Reflections. The essay which appeared on Rovic's website this week is extraordinarily moving.  I urge you to read the whole thing.

And along the way, have a look at Andrew Cockburn's account of the War of 1812 and how freed slaves side by side with the British soundly thrashed the American slavers and burned DC to the ground.

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15:49 minutes (14.48 MB)

Fifteen Now PDX

Labor Radio
program date: 
Mon, 08/25/2014
Justin Norton-Kerston and Shamus Cooke talk about the growing Fifteen Now movement in Portland (15NOWpdx) and the push for a raised minimum wage for City contracted workers, City workers, and a statewide $15 minimum wage ballot measure.  Contact 15NOWpdx.org. 13:52 minutes (12.69 MB)

Iven Hale on Depression

program date: 
Mon, 08/25/2014

In light of the recent death of Robin Williams, Iven Hale reflects on depression and suicide. Statistics indicate a global epidemic of depression, although those figures work in the interests of the pharmaceutical industry. While medication can be life changing and life saving for those suffering this genuine and physical as well as mental illness, Iven questions the risk that the Western medical model poses to alternative cultural and political traditions of suicide. 9:43 minutes (4.45 MB)

Organizing Against Capitalism

program date: 
Mon, 08/25/2014

Clayton Morgareidge discusses the kind of movement needed to challenge inequality and save the environment. Noting that neoliberalism rationalizes plutocracy and the security apparatus needed to put down rebellions against the elites, Clayton draws on an essay by Sam Gindin in Jacobin . He stresses that austerity and environmental catastrophism do not motivate organizing for change, and highlights the importance of reckoning with state power--not just protesting, but remaking the state. Although we need to appreciate the differences that led to the development of identity politics, he argues that only by forging alliances based on class can we successfully address the tasks before us.
9:30 minutes (4.36 MB)

Kristian Williams on Our Enemies in Ferguson

program date: 
Tue, 08/26/2014

Bill Resnick interviews Kristian Williams about policing in Ferguson. Williams is the author of several books on state violence, including Our Enemies in Blue , which argues that the role of the police is to enforce social inequality. Noting that Michael Brown's killing by a police officer is sadly typical, Williams traces to the social protests of the 1960s both the the militarization of the police and the corollary development of community policing, meant to develop networks in neighborhoods so as to rely less on violence and more on alliances with community leaders. He notes that the military now looks at domestic policing as a model for counterinsurgency overseas. 20:43 minutes (9.49 MB)

WRR: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on Class War

program date: 
Mon, 08/25/2014

Tom Becker reads from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's "The Coming Race War Won’t Be About Race" on events in Ferguson and the problem of inequality. 8:26 minutes (3.86 MB)

Interview With Negativland's Mark Hosler

A Different Nature
program date: 
Mon, 08/25/2014
Dr. Zomb of Dr. Zomb's Stereo Obscura and Rich of Radio Lost and Found interview Negativland founding member Mark Hosler.
Mark called in all the way from North Carolina to discuss Negativland history, their upcoming show in Portland on the 29th, their upcoming new album It's All In Your Head and other mysteries.
50:47 minutes (69.75 MB)

Mazin Qamsiyeh, The Art and Science of Suffering: Occupied Palestine in Poetry...

Air Cascadia
program date: 
Tue, 08/26/2014
We also lost a great Palestinian poet Samih Al-Qasem this week. He was
born from a Druze family in 1939 but considered his own date of birth
as 1948 because that is when he said he awoke to what was happening to
our people. He had a great career contributing words to many now
famous Palestinian national songs like this one in Arabic followed by
the English translation

منتصب القامة أمشي
مرفوع الهامة أمشي
في كفي غصن زيتون
وعلى كتفي نعشي
وأنا أمشي

Standing upright i walk
Elevated forehead I walk
In my palm a bunch of olives
and on my shoulder my own coffin
and I walk

Here is another poignant poem
تذاكر سفر
وعندما أٌقتَل في يومٍ من الأيام 14:41 minutes (13.45 MB)

ALEC Influence on Immigration-related legislation in Oregon

Evening News
program date: 
Wed, 08/20/2014
By now, you know what ALEC is and what it stands for.  And you know it  
has committees called task forces that bring together corporate representatives and  legislators in such a way that the former offer the latter model bills  
to introduce in state legislatures.
17:49 minutes (16.31 MB)


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