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

Winter Soldier

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Tue, 05/20/2008

We bring you audio from the original Detroit 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. 

  • Title: Winter Soldier
  • Length: 58:26 minutes (23.41 MB)
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Olympic Resistance

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Tue, 05/06/2008

 

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. 

 

Medical Tourism

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Tue, 04/15/2008

 

Because of cost, Americans are outsourcing their healthcare. An estimated 3 million Americans travel to Mexico, India, Thailand, Manila, Singapore and other destinations to receive medical are and to purchase prescription medications.  Terry is one example. As a teacher in California, he had medical insurance. But after Terry retired, he was diagnosed with stenosis, a narrowing of the spine. He shared his story with us. We also spoke with Saroja Mohanasundaram of Healthbase Online (www.healthbase.com) about setting up Medical Tourism travel packages.

 

Hip Hop and Activism

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Tue, 04/01/2008

We speak with Gabriel Yaiva, Navajo and Hopi hip hop artist, owner of the independent label Fourth World Entertainment, www.4went.com, empowering people through community work, such as The Peace and Balance Project, www.peaceandbalance.com.

Featured songs, artists, and albums:

*Broken Dreams, Nightshield (Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/nightshizzle)
*Hostile Takeover, Yaiva w/ Nightshield & 28 Tha Native (from Limited Edition)
*Adolescence, Nightshield & Overflow (from the Save the Peaks compilation)
*It's Hard, Shadowyze (from The Fire Starter compilation)

*Why, Shatta I (Save the Peaks)
*Down 4 a Struggle, Yaiva with Angel Deluna (Limited Edition)
*"This Poem", Eagleman Redday (Save the Peaks)             

*Rain, JayNez (Save the Peaks)
*Lightening Strikes, Nakai tha Blk Crow & DJ Odysey of   Soul Tribe (Save the Peaks)
*Honor the People, Casper Loma-Dawa (Save the Peaks)
*Too Long, Yaiva (Save the Peaks)
*Reservations, Bigg Trub feat D.I.C.E (Save the Peaks)

 

Links

www.keyaearth.com

www.myspace.com/4went

www.yaiva.net

www.nativeworldnetwork.com

www.soundclick.com/yaiva

                    

                          www.powwowcomedyjam.com

 

Cambodia and their Tribunals

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Tue, 03/18/2008

 

Tonight on Circle A Radio, we’ll be talking to Bhavia Wagner, Executive Director of Friends of Cambodia, Activist Lawyer and Asian Reporter Columnist Polo, and we’ll also hear audio from the documentary Cambodian Culture: Death Of A Sideshow: Reclaiming The Shattered Past - produced by Barbara Bernstein in 1987.

April 17th, 1975 the Khmer Rouge marched into Phenom Phen and turned the clock back to year zero.

The Khmer Rouge was one of the most lethal regimes of the 20th century. It was responsible for the deaths of millions of Cambodians Following their leader Pol Pot, the Khmer Rouge imposed an extreme form of social engineering on Cambodian society—a radical form of agrarian communism where the whole population had to work in collective farms or forced labor projects.. One of their mottos, was: "To keep you is no benefit. To destroy you is no loss."

The Khmer Rouge was overthrown on  January 7, 1979 by Vietnamese forces .

The end of the Khmer Rouge period was followed by a civil war, which ended in 1998.
In 1997 the government requested United Nations assistance in establishing a trial to prosecute the senior leaders of the Khmer Rouge.
In 2001 the Cambodian National Assembly passed a law to create a court to try serious crimes committed during the Khmer Rouge regime. This court is called the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia for the Prosecution of Crimes Committed during the Period of Democratic Kampuchea.  It is a Cambodian court with international participation that will apply international standards. But, for regular citizens of Cambodia these proceedings are beyond their means, financially and emotionally.  After over 30 years of war and genocide the citizens of Cambodia are focused on their survival, not engaging in judicial proceedings.

 

 

Africa House

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Wed, 03/05/2008

The Africa House Refugee Center is a multilingual community-based center that works with immigrants from 32 of the 54 African Countries. We speak with Africa House Coordinator Jimmy Dogo , Daniel Amine, Mediation specialist of Africa House, and Ali Ibrahim, Africa House Community educator.   We also take a tour of the Africa House Facility.

  • Title: Africa House
  • Length: 57:29 minutes (23.03 MB)
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Updates from 2007

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Tue, 01/01/2008

 

We speak with Claude Marks about the San Francisco 8 Case, Lisa from Reed College about their Halloween, 2007 “noose incident” and the continuous response to the Jena 6 Case in Jena, Louisiana, and to Eric Ward about anti-immigrant legislation.

 

  • Title: Updates from 2007
  • Length: 58:45 minutes (23.53 MB)
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Portland Response to the Jena 6

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Thu, 10/04/2007

 

The Jena Six refers to a group of six black teenagers who were charged with the beating of a white teenager at Jena High School in Jena, Louisiana on December 4, 2006 , although it is believed that the incident began on September first, 2006 when 3 nooses were found hanging from a tree at Jena High School . We use interviews from Democracy Now to describe the incident, and talk to Kevin Fuller, Founder and Executive Director of the Bridge Builders, and Alpha Tessema, junior, Jesuit High School, a member of the Prospective Gents, who sponsored a Jena Six Fundraiser and Vigil on September 20th in Portland.

 

Grassroots Media Camp

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Tue, 09/18/2007

August 24th- 26th,2007,grassroots media makers, organizers, and community members converged to participate in a weekend of skillshares – called the Portland Grassroots Media Camp. We interviewed media camp organizers, instructors and participants.  You’ll also hear a sampling of audio produced during media camp workshops.

 

Police Accountibility

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Tue, 09/04/2007

On the first anniversary of the James “Jim-Jim” Chasse killing, we interview Jason Renault of the Mental Health Association of Portland, Alejandro Queral of the NW Constitutional Rights Center, and Kwik Jones, local playwright.  We also will play excerpts from a film by Copwatch, called “These Streets are Watching” – a 53 minute documentary which is available on google video.

Playlists

Circle A Radio playlist for 04/02/2009

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04/02/2009

As a country, we tend to forget the dangers of current methods of processing coal. We focus on the myth of “clean coal” and don’t pay much attention to stories such as the December 22nd Coal Ash Disaster in Kingston, Tenn.,
The 65 foot tall pile of 1.6 billion gallons of coal ash created by years of burning coal for electricity broke the dam that separated it from the nearby Emory  river, spilling into the river and  burying 400 acres of land.
Tonight on Circle a Radio we talk with Matt Landon of United Mountain Defense about the aftermath of the disaster, and we talk to Patricia Feeney and Joe Stanley of the Sludge Saftey Project in West Virginia about their community and legislative fight against storage of the toxic byproducts .

How connected you are to coal mining?

http://www.ilovemountains.org/myconnection/, and type in your zip code, and they’ll tell you where your coal is coming from

Sludgesafety.org – citizens report on underground injection and community action toolkit

Ohio valley environmental coalition  ovec.org

DVD’s
 Burning the future
Mountain mourning
 
info@sludgesafety.org
 

Circle A Radio playlist for 03/18/2009

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03/18/2009

 Stop Joe Arpaio! Stop 287gs! Stop the ICE Raids!

On tonight's show we focus on the human and civil rights abuses against people of color, the misuse of 287g agreements, and the need for Comprehensive Immigration Reform.  We are talking with immigrant rights advocates in Maricopa County (AZ), where the worst examples of this abuse are happening at the hands of Sheriff Joe Arpaio.  We talk with Silvia Herrera of the Puente Movement, Jason Odhner, and Antonio Bustamante.  We also bring you short interviews from the National Convergence and Protest in Phoenix on February 27th & 28th, 2009.

For more information:

www.puenteaz.org

www.ndlon.org

Locally, you can get in touch with the Portland Central America Solidarity Committee at 503-236-7916 for more information.

Circle A Radio playlist for 03/04/2009

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03/04/2009

The 14th annual San Francisco Anarchist bookfair takes place this year on March 14th and 15th in Golden Gate Park, in lovely San Francisco California.

The bookfair began in 1996 to celebrate an the 20th anniversary of San Francisco’s anarchist collective bookstore Bound Together Books. Over the years, they’ve hosted many speakers, while showcasing anarchist and alternative book and magazine publishers

Tonight on Circle A Radio we’ll be listening to a variety of speakers featured over the years at the San Francisco Anarchist book fair, recorded and released by AK Press on the CD "Mob Action Against the State" and also hear from participants, and attendees.
 

Circle A Radio playlist for 02/18/2009

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02/18/2009

Dlycia Pagan

 

Dlycia Pagan, Puerto Rican Activist, Filmmaker, and Artist talks about her life as an Activist/Organizer, the nearly 20 years she spent in prison on charges of seditious conspiracy, her presidential pardon, and her advice to the younger generation.

 

Circle A Radio playlist for 02/04/2009

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02/04/2009

Dicentra Collective
The Dicentra Collective is based in Portland, OR. They are 7 individuals who are collectively committed to create radical communities of care, networks of support, and movements based on relationship building. We talk with the members of Dicentra Collective about their beginnings, their workshops, their ideas for radical caregiving, and include excerpts from a cronic pain zine, and other media they’ve produced.
 

Circle A Radio playlist for 01/21/2009

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01/21/2009

David Bacon
David Bacon is a writer and photojournalist on issues of labor, immigration and international trade. He will soon be coming to Portland to discuss these issues, and tonight on Circle A Radio, we hear from him about his life, his beginnings as a journalist and artist, and about immigration and popular struggles all over the world.

 

Circle A Radio playlist for 01/07/2009

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01/07/2009

Hawaiian Sovereignty
Queen Liliuokalani was the last reigning monarch of the Hawaiian islands. She was deposed by opposition forces who called themselves the Committee of Safety,  with the help of the U.S. Marines. On January 17, 1893, Queen lileo kulani  yielded her authority:
. . . Now to avoid any collision of armed forces, and perhaps the loss of life, I do this under protest and impelled by said force yield my authority until such time as the Government of the United States shall, upon facts being presented to it, undo the action of its representatives and reinstate me in the authority which I claim as the Constitutional Sovereign of the Hawaiian Islands.
Tonight, we discuss Hawaiian Sovereignty with Portland Author Elinor Langer, and Dr. Kekuni Blazedell, convenor of the Pro-Hawaiian Sovereignty Working Group.
 

Circle A Radio playlist for 12/17/2008

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12/17/2008

Studs Terkel, RIP
We visit the work and life of Studs Terkel, who died October 31, 2008 at the age of ninety-six.
 

Circle A Radio playlist for 12/03/2008

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12/03/2008

Proposition 8 and the fight for Marriage Equality
Proposition 8 was passed this November in California. It changed the state Constitution  to restrict the definition of marriage to a union between a man and a woman and eliminated the right of same-sex couples to marry .
We explore the issues of marriage equality, people of color and the LGBT movement. with Thomas Wheatley, Organizing Director of Basic Rights Oregon, and  Bonnie Tinker and The Rev. Cecil Charles Prescod from Love Makes a Family.

Circle A Radio playlist for 11/19/2008

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11/19/2008

Teaching Rebellion - Grassroots Mobilization in Oaxaca
Tonite on Circle A Radio we’ll be featuring an interview with Melissa Mundt and Gustavo Vilchis, recorded on Oct. 28th.  They joined us at the KBOO studios during their West Coast tour for “Teaching Rebellion”, a book that features first hand stories, and photography from the popular uprising in Oaxaca, Mexico.  Many of the voices on tonight’s show were recorded in Spanish, with side by side translation.

 

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