Circle A Radio

Circle A covers local, national and international issues, focusing on the voices of communities who, for political reasons, are not allowed a voice in the mainstream media.

For more information email us, or continue to the Audio Tab to listen to our past shows.

 

Circle A Radio is also currently broadcast on KRFP, 92.5 fm in Moscow, Idaho at 11:30 am Saturdays (http://www.radiofreemoscow.org), and also on WPRR 1680 AM a Pacifica affiliate in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  We broadcast Saturdays at noon, 8pm and over night Sunday at 4am.  (http://www.publicrealityradio.org)

Episode Archive

Circle A Radio on 04/07/10

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Wed, 04/07/2010 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
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Tonght we focus on the High School for Recording Arts Portland

Imagine a high school where art, music and culture are natural components of education rather than stand alone subjects. Where community is unified through celebration of arts and artistic expression. A school where parents and students openly communicate with teachers because every voice is valued. Imagine teenage sons and daughters coming home from school filled with pride and self-confidence, showcasing their day’s accomplishments and looking forward to the next day. Imagine their excitement when working in an internship lead by an artist or businessperson they admire. Imagine talking about life after graduation as a conversation with limitless possibilities.

Circle A Radio on 03/03/10

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Wed, 03/03/2010 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
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The House of Sound, a community and culutral space, memorialized

 Tonight we are looking back at Portland History, and listening to rememberances of the House of Sound, a record store that was cultural and community space for the African American community. The building was knocked down in 2009. 

We have interviews with Clifford Walker, Mel Renfro, Ken Dickson, and David Dawson, and play exerpts from Yugen Rashad's 5 hour tribute that aired on KBOO Feb 14, 2009, which featured David Dawson, Cleo Smith, Billy Holt, Woodrow Wilson, Jr., Keedah Giannetti, and Wone.

Thanks to all those who helped make this possible, including Vanessa Renwick, and Charles Bedford.
 

Circle A Radio on 02/17/10

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Wed, 02/17/2010 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
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Signs of Change: Social Movement Cultures 1960s to Now


Tonight Circle A Radio explores the art and politics behing the Signs of Change art show up now at PNCA, 1241 NW Johnson St.
Signs of Change: Social Movement Cultures 1960s to Now

In Signs of Change: Social Movement Cultures 1960s to Now, hundreds of posters, photographs, moving images, audio clips, and ephemera bring to life over forty years of activism, political protest, and campaigns for social justice. Curated by Dara Greenwald and Josh MacPhee as part of Exit Art’s Curatorial Incubator Program, this important and timely exhibition surveys the creative work of dozens of international social movements. The Show is up until March 19, 2010.

 

Circle A Radio on 02/03/10

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Wed, 02/03/2010 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
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Right 2 Survive and Circle A Radio go on a field trip to support civil rights and affordable housing

Early in the morning on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 18th, about 50 people gathered at Sisters of the Road Cafe in Portland, to travel to San Francisco for a protest about Civil Rights and Affordable Housing, organized by the Western Regional Advocacy Project (WRAP).
Tonight, on Circle A Radio, you’ll hear from some of the Portlanders who participated in the movement building trip to San Francisco, as well as some of the people they met along the way.  We’ll also update you on the current situation in the Rose City.
This show is a collaboration between Right 2 Survive (R2S), an organization led by homeless and formerly homeless human rights advocates and Circle A Radio.

 

Circle A Radio on 01/20/10

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Wed, 01/20/2010 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

For several years, Clifford Walker has been asking: why don't we remove the symbols of racial oppression from our  national currency?

Circle A Radio on 01/06/10

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Wed, 01/06/2010 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
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Squatting Ban in the Netherlands

For the last three years a ban on squatting has been in preparation in Dutch politics. A new act that is to ban squatting in the Netherlands passed through parliament on October 15th. Despite strong critique from the High Court, the union of city councils and even the Amsterdam police force, the christian/rightwing majority in The Hague is pushing this law through. Currently the senate still has to vote on the new act, but given the same majority of parties that voted in favor in parliament also exists in the senate, odds are by January 1st 2010 all squats in the Netherlands will be up for eviction.

Circle A Radio on 12/16/09

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Wed, 12/16/2009 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
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2nd anniversary of the Lakotah Nation assertion of Soverignty

Circle A Radio on 12/02/09

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Wed, 12/02/2009 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Monday, November 30th, marked the tenth anniversary of the “Battle of Seattle”, when tens of thousands of social justice advocates, rank and file labor, and environmentalists came together to shut down the World Trade Organization’s ministerial meetings in Seattle, Washington, and succeeded! 

We’ll bring you inspiration from some of the organizers and activists who took to the streets of Seattle ten years ago, and later went on to form the Grassroots Global Justice Alliance.

Circle A Radio on 11/27/09

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Fri, 11/27/2009 - 10:00am - 11:00am

Air Cascadia and Flashpoints are off today. Instead we'll hear a special program from Circle A Radio on "Homelessness." Circle A producers visited several sites in Portland where homeless folks gather to talk to them about their experiences.

Circle A Radio on 11/18/09

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Wed, 11/18/2009 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
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Max Rameau talks about the national struggle for land and housing

Max Rameau  is the founder of the Miami-based organization Take Back
the Land. In 2006, the organization seized control of a vacant lot and
built a shantytown called Umoja Village. Take Back the Land then began
a campaign of taking over bank-owned foreclosed homes and moving
homeless families into them.

Max Rameau just completed a North West tour from November 12 through the 17th. We recorded his speech at Portland State University on Friday November 13th. This  is Walida Imarisha.

Tonight on Circle A Radio we will listen to Max Rameau’s speech, and hear about the struggle for land and housing in Portland.
 

Audio

UK Rising

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Wed, 08/17/2011
We talk with Zita Holburne from BARAC - Black Activists Rising Against Cuts - in the UK. You'll also hear from anti-fascist organizer Weymann Bennett and family members of people who have died in police custody in Britain, organizing for justice and police accountability.

http://collectiveresistance.com/2011/02/01/black-activists-rising-against-the-cuts/

videos from Riots, Recessions and Resistance here:

http://www.coalitionofresistance.org.uk/

  • Length: 57:27 minutes (52.59 MB)
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California Prison Hunger Strike

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Wed, 08/03/2011

We bring you an update on the historic California Prison Hunger Strike. We interview prison activist Sam Paige, and Betty, whos husband is currently in the Security Housing Unit of the Pelican Bay .State Prison in Crescent City, California.

  • Length: 57:56 minutes (53.04 MB)
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Life During Wartime #6 - The Troubles

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Mon, 07/25/2011

After a vicious attack this weekend by the Seattle police on a house party of anarchists, we were requested to repost this audio documentary about the house party that was viciously attacked by the Portland police in March, 2001.

Bail money is being collected.

Paypal: seattlelegaldefense@gmail.com

  • Length: 55:02 minutes (50.38 MB)
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Restorative Listening

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Wed, 07/20/2011

Celeste Carey and Judith Mowry are co-founders of the Restorative Listening Project. The restorative listening project is a monthly forum that uses story telling to create a greater understanding of gentrification in North and NE Portland. The Restorative Listening Project is based on the principles of Restorative Justice which says that only when those most impacted are heard, acknowledged and efforts have been made to repair the harm can the community be made whole again.We’ll listen to an interview with Celeste Carey and Judith Mowry, conducted by Arlie Sommer, recorded at the Voices of Portland event hosted by the Dil Pickle club on May 26th,. 2011. We’ll also hear from Noni Cause and Pastor Don Fraizer, from recordings made at Restorative Listening Sessions. 

 

  • Length: 58:46 minutes (53.8 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Outside In Guerilla Theatre Media Project

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Wed, 06/01/2011

Tonight Circle A Radio is again collaborating wth the Guerilla Theatre youth group from Outside In. We are showcasing  peer education media pieces about HIV and STI transmition, how to make informed choices, the importance of communication and peer education, and more.

If you are interested in hearing our the first show produced by Guerilla Theatre youth, go to http://kboo.fm/node/26183.

We included clips from the  the "Life of Youth" films. You can view them at from, the link is
http://www.youtube.com/user/CHATpdx
clips were shared from Needle Exchange Saves Lives
http://www.youtube.com/user/CHATpdx#p/u/7/knJFoyRuN7k, and VD
http://www.youtube.com/user/CHATpdx#p/u/2/cSv0RsgdMtI

Guerilla Theatre and KBOO will produce another show together in the Fall.

Rural Organizing Project in Bend

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Wed, 05/18/2011

The Rural Organizing Project held its annual rural caucus on May 7th, in Bend Oregon.  On ths episode of Circle A Radio, we will listen to speeches from the event, hear participants in the march on Representative Greg Walden’s office, and talk to individual members of Rural Organizing Project about building community, and organizing.

  • Length: 58:43 minutes (53.76 MB)
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Keaton Otis Memorial

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Fri, 05/06/2011

Keaton Otis was shot and killed by Portland police on May 12, 2010, after a routine traffic stop at Northeast 6th and Halsey in Portland. He was 25. Tonight on Circle A Radio we’ll talk with Fred Bryant, father of Keaton Otis, and Geoff, part of Fred’s support network, about the upcoming anniversary of Keaton’s death, and the memorial to celebrate his life. Stay tuned.

  • Length: 36:05 minutes (33.04 MB)
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Elaine Brown

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Wed, 04/20/2011

Tonight on Circle A Radio, we feature the former Chairman of the Black Panther Party, Elaine Brown.  Brown is author of the books “A Taste of Power” and “The Condemnation of Little B”.  She’s the cofounder of Mothers Advocating Juvenile Justice and The National Alliance for Radical Prison Reform.  She’s also on the Committee to free Chip Fitzgerald.   She regularly lectures at colleges and universities around the country on “New Age Racism in America”.  A long time prisoner advocate, Elaine Brown was a close advisor to prisoners who took part in the historic prison strikes in Georgia this past December.  Here is her keynote speech from the opening night of The Counter Counter Insurgency Convergence, which took place at Reed College, April 8th thru the 10th, 2011.

  • Length: 58:05 minutes (23.27 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 22kHz 56Kbps (CBR)

Reproductive Justice

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Thu, 04/07/2011

On this show, we talk about reproductive rights and reproductive justice, with three long-time activists.  Judith Arcana is an author, teacher, and member of the Chicago underground service that helpled women and girls obtain safe abortions before Roe v. Wade legalized the procedure.  Toni Bond Leonard is President and CEO of Black Women for Reproductive Justice, and a member of the Trust Black Women coalition, who are currently fighting a racist anti-choice billboard campaign.  Michelle Stranger-Hunter is the Executive Director of NARAL Pro-choice Oregon.

For more information, listen to the show and check out:

www.juditharcana.com

www.bwrj.org

www.prochoiceoregon.org

Links to support the bowl-a-thon can be found at:

http://bowlathon.nnaf.org/nnafbowl/fundevent.asp?nnaffundid=27

 

 

 

 

  • Title: Reproductive Justice
  • Length: 59:25 minutes (54.4 MB)
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Wisconsin Uprising

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Wed, 03/16/2011
Wisconsin is again at the center of a fight for labor and collective bargaining rights. We did most of these interviews last week, just as the news broke that collective bargaining rights in Wisconsin had been all but eliminated for public workers. This came after three weeks of massive protests in Madison and less publicized protests across the state that inspired social justice activists nationally and internationally.
Tonight on Circle A Radio we speak with Ken Germanson, former President of the Wisconsin Labor History Society. We also have interviews with Margaret Shannon, Natalie Tsoris, and Lauryl Sulfate, all of Wisconsin, all opposed to the union-busting Budget Repair Bill proposed in the Wisconsin State Senate in February 2011.
 
  • Length: 57:27 minutes (52.6 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Playlists

Circle A Radio playlist for 11/05/2008

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11/05/2008

November 5 – Portland Sex Workers and the Prostitution Free Zone
Prostitution-free zones are areas in which police have probable cause to believe a person committed prostitution. Offenders could be banned from the zone for 12- 18 month period. In 2007, Mayor Tom Potter allowed Portland's Prostitution Free Zone ordinances to sunset after determining that the law was ineffective. In recent months, neighbors of the Montavilla neighborhood have begun organizing to push for its reinstatement.
We spoke with Crystal, Lily and Fosto. Crystal Tenty of the Portland Women’s Crisis Line and coordinator of the Sex Workers Outreach Coalition. Lily and Fosto are members of SWOC and sex workers.  We also spoke with Rachel West of the US Prostitutes Collective and who was a member of the San Francisco Task Force on Prostitution.

Circle A Radio playlist for 10/01/2008

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10/01/2008

In October 2000, Circle A Radio, began as an anti-authoritarian, feminist radio collective, broadcasting from KBOO, Portland.  On this show we feature highlights from the past 8 years, including the voices of Pam Africa, Lorenzo Komboa, Utah Phillips .
We also talk to Percy Hampton and OB Hill about African American history in Portland, George Katagiri and Suzie Sakai about Japanese American internment at the Portland Expo Center during World War 2, and local author Judith Arcana about her work with Jane, the abortion counseling service in the early 1970’s.
We also covered the fight against Peabody coal at Black Mesa, the popular uprising in Bolivia, the opposition to the Sensenbrenner Bill – HR 4437, and we produced radio theatre called “The Kerry Apocalypse”.
 

Circle A Radio playlist for 09/17/2008

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09/17/2008

We spoke to nine self identified anarchists from around the United States to learn more about anarchist thought, to discuss problems with anarchy and to take inspiration from our fellow anti-authoritarians.

Circle A Radio playlist for 08/20/2008

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08/20/2008

 

For years, people used to migrate into the united states through the cities. Then in the early 1990’s trade policies began to effect patterns of immigration, . The US began building walls, and seal urban areas, and pushing immigration routes to isolated and more desolate areas, like the desert.

We talk with Kat Rodriguez, the coordinator for Derechos Humanos, Mike Wilson a humanitarian aid worker, and  member of the Tohono O’odham tribe, and we will share a testimonial from an immigrant who recently crossed the desert into Arizona. 

Websites:

 

http://www.derechoshumanosaz.net

http://www.nomoredeaths.org/

www.samaritanpatrol.org

www.humaneborders.org

www.borderlinks.org

Books:

The Devil’s Highway, by Luis Alberto Urrea

 

Dying To Live :A Story of U.S. Immigration in an Age of Global Apartheid, by  Joseph Nevins

Films:

Crossing Arizona

Contact the Tohono O’odham at:
P.O. Box 837

Sells, AZ 85634

(520) 383-2028 Phone
(520) 383-3379 FAX

 

Circle A Radio playlist for 08/06/2008

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08/06/2008

We feature 2 of Portland’s grassroots projects responding to concrete needs in our community. We speak to many members of the New Born Tribe Cultural Center, 3525 NE MLK in Portland, and then to organizer Imani Muhammad, of the Peace and Unity Festival, which takes place Saturday Aug 9th at 126 NE Alberta.

Circle A Radio playlist for 07/02/2008

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07/02/2008

Claude Marks and Patricia Hemphill lead us on a tour of the Freedom Archives. The Freedom Archives contains 8000 hours of audio and video recordings documenting social justice movements locally, nationally, and internationally from the 1960s to the present. The Archives features speeches of movement leaders and community activists, protests and demonstrations, cultural currents of rebellion and resistance.

Circle A Radio playlist for 07/02/2008

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07/02/2008

    Bananas are a fruit native to the tropical region of Southeast Asia and Australia. Today, they are cultivated throughout the tropics. Bananas are among the most widely consumed foods in the world. , and
are grown in at least 107 countries.
    Transnational fruit companies  and supermarket chains  buy enormous quantities of bananas and competition has led to reduced margins in recent years which in turn has led to lower prices for growers. Banana farmers have historically received a low unit price for their produce and been subjected to poor working conditions.  Today, most banana workers continue to labor for low pay and are often exposed to toxic pesticides.  Child labor and violent repression against workers who
organize unions have also been documented .
    Tonight on Circle A Radio we'll look into the marketing of the banana…why do Westerners  think of the banana as a staple food item and not a luxury? We talk to  Peter Chapman, author of Bananas!: How the United Fruit Company Shaped the World  about  the mass-marketing of the banana, United Fruit's involvement in Guatemala, and their covert links to the US government, . We also talk to Michael Mc Millen, banana buyer  for Organically grown company in Clackamas, who
discusses banana farming and the journey of the golden fruit from the tropics to our shopping carts. Finally, we talk with Peter O'Driscoll, executive director of Action Aid  USA about human rights and the banana market today. Stay tuned.

Resources:

Human Rights/ Labor:

Action Aid- The Real Cost of Your Bananas-Photo Story

http://www.actionaid.org.uk/index.asp?page_id=100826 

US Labor Education in the Americas Project-  Banana Worker Justice Initiative

http://www.usleap.org/node/227 

International Labor Rights Forum

http://www.laborrights.org/end-violence-against-trade-unions 

Solidarity Center- AFL-CIO Global Worker Solidarity

http://www.solidaritycenter.org/ 

Human Rights Watch- Report on Ecuadoran Banana Plantations Human Rights Abuses

http://hrw.org/english/docs/2002/04/25/ecuado3876.htm 

Alliance For Global Justice:

http://www.clrlabor.org/afgj/index.html 

 Sustainable/ Fair Trade:

Banana Link 

http://www.bananalink.org.uk/

Transfair USA

http://www.transfairusa.org/

 

Circle A Radio playlist for 06/04/2008

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06/04/2008

On June 12th, 2007, agents from the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement or ICE, raided the Del Monte processing plant in North Portland, detaining 167 people, separating families, and spreading fear and anxiety through out the community. Nearly one year after the raid, we’ll explore the current state of immigration policy in the US, and let you know how to get involved in the local struggle for civil rights.  We talk with Monami Maulik of Desis Rising Up and Moving in New York City, Arnoldo Garcia of the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, based in Oakland and local organizers Shizuko Hashimoto of the Portland Central Solidarity Committee, and Marco Mejia of the New Sanctuary Movement. 

Circle A Radio playlist for 05/21/2008

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05/21/2008

We bring you audio from the original Winter Soldier, with Vietnam Veterans Against the War, and excerpts from Winter Soldier 2008 which took place March 14th thru the 16th in Silver Spring Maryland, organized by Iraq Vets Against The War. We also talk with Seth Manzel from the Seattle Chapter of Iraq Veteran’s Against the War, about the upcoming NW Winter Soldier, to take place May 31st at Seattle Town Hall.

Circle A Radio playlist for 04/16/2008

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04/16/2008

Olympic Resistance
The Summer 2008 Olympics will take place in Beijing, China.  As protests continue to bring attention to the human rights abuses in this year’s summer Olympics host, Circle A Radio explores human rights abuses of Olympics past with Author and Retired Professor Helen Jefferson Lenskyj.  We will also speak with Kanahus Paltki of the Native Youth Movement about the campaign against the 2010 Winter Olympics

 

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