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 02/15/12

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Wed, 02/15/2012 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
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The Congo and Exploitation of Resources

Tonight on Circle a Radio, we talk about conflict minerals, the historic exploitation of Congo and the role that Western nations and multinational corporations continue to play in the exploitation of the resources of Africa.

We hear from many, including

  • Kambale Musavuli, a spokesperson and student coordinator for Friends of the Congo,
  • Chouchou Namegabe Nabintu, a radio reporter, and founder of South Kivu's Association of Women Journalists, and
  • Aaron Hall, from The Enough Project.

Circle A Radio on 09/21/11

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Wed, 09/21/2011 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
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Anniversaries: Attica, Magdalene Asylums, and James Chasse.

Anniversaries give us an excuse to reflect on where we have come from, and where we would like to go, and to reflect on our values. The mainstream media and government used the commemorations of 9/11, for example, to remind us to be afraid and to promote the “war on terror”. Tonight on Circle A Radio we look at other anniversaries in September, to remind ourselves of the importance of struggle, fighting injustice, and continuing the work we do. We will remember the Attica Rebellion which began on September 9, 1971, the closing of the last of the Magdalene Asylums in Ireland on September 25, 1996, and the killing of James Chasse by law enforcement officers on September 17, 2006 in Portland.

Circle A Radio on 06/01/11

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Wed, 06/01/2011 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
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Outside In Guerilla Theatre Media Project

Tonight Circle A Radio is showcasing  peer education media pieces produced by the Guerilla Theatre youth group from Outside In. We'll talk about HIV and STI transmition, how to make informed choices, and the importance of communication and peer education.

Circle A Radio on 01/05/11

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Wed, 01/05/2011 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
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The Rural Organizing Project at 18


Tonight Circle A Radio will air interviews recorded during the Roots and Wings Celebration of the Rural
Organizing Project. We included about 2/3rds of people who participated in the interviews, talking about the beginnings of ROP, how different individuals came across ROP and how it has effected their organizing or their lives, and some anecdotal snippets about the marches, the caucuses,  the demonstrations, and other events that ROP has helped them with, across the state over the past 18 years.
 

Circle A Radio on 10/06/10

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Wed, 10/06/2010 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
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Interview with the Fire Frashour Campaign

We interview a few representatives from the Fire Frashour Campaign. The campaign is calling for the dismissal of officer Ron Frashour, who fatally shot the unarmed Aaron Campbell in January, 2010. The campaign is also calling for the firing of any police officer involved in a fatal shooting.


The campaign calls specifically for:
“The firing of Officers Frashour, Humphreys, Walters and all other killer cops --including those responsible for the death of Keaton Otis; open contract negotiations between the City of Portland and the Portland Police Association; an end to mandatory arbitration in the Portland Police Association contract.”

Circle A Radio on 09/15/10

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Wed, 09/15/2010 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
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Raize the Walls Conference

Tongiht we talk to Lydia Anne Bartholow, one of the organizers of the Raize the Walls Mini Conference, and Ed Mead, a member of the George Jackson Brigade, about the importance of supporting Political Prisoners.

 

Circle A Radio on 08/04/10

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Wed, 08/04/2010 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
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A Show on Marilyn Buck, Carlos Alberto Torres, and other political prisoners.

Tonight on Circle A Radio we celebrate the release of Marilyn Buck and Carlos Alberto Torres from their long prison sentences. We also talk about the state of political prisoners in the U.S., and we mourn the passing of Puerto Rican Freedom Fighter, and former political prisoner, Lolita Lebron.

Circle A Radio on 07/07/10

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Wed, 07/07/2010 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
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Summer Reading Program

Tonight we talk to info shop volunteers, printers, publishers, authors, activists and anarchists about their summer reading!

Circle A Radio on 05/19/10

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Wed, 05/19/2010 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
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Take Back the Land National Month of Action

This month, local organizations all over the country are taking action as part of the national Take Back the Land movement.  Local Action Groups are educating, organizing and taking direct action to support families facing eviction; to open empty, foreclosed homes for people without housing; to assert the right to occupy vacant government properties and land, and to demand that those forced to leave their long time communities have the right to return.

Circle A Radio on 05/05/10

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Wed, 05/05/2010 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
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Rose City Antifa talks about the rise in Portland Neo Nazi Activity

March 27th in Downtown Portland a well known anti racist activist was shot in an assassination attempt by local neo Nazis . In Vancouver BC the house of an anti racist activist was bombed after he had organized a rally in March that drew hundreds of anti-Nazi protestors, and was in response to a planned white supremacy, neo-Nazi rally that never materialized. 

Tonight on Circle A Radio, we’ll discuss the current rise in fascist activity,  the history of aggressive racism in Portland and resistance to it with Alicia, a member of the Portland chapter of Anti Racist Action. We’ll also hear from one of the founders of the ARA, which began in Minneapolis.
 

Audio

The Revolution Will Not Be Funded

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Tue, 08/14/2007

 

We speak with Amara Perez, (the former Executive Director of Sisters in Action for Power, currently involved with happyours more information at http://happyoursproductions.com.) and Emi Koyama (a multi-issue social justice activist, more information at www.eminism.org) about their contributions to the book edited by INCITE called The Revolution Will Not Be Funded.

 

Grace Paley

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GRACE PALEY MEMORIAL AND CELEBRATON

December 11th would have been Grace Paley’s 85th birthday. We speak with local author, Judith Arcana, who is Grace Paley’s  biographer . We’ll also hear archival recordings of Grace Paley reading her work and talking about her life

 

  • Title: Grace Paley
  • Length: 57:57 minutes (23.22 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 22kHz 56Kbps (CBR)

Portland PFLAG

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Long-time gay rights activists, and current PFLAG members talk about the Portland Chapter of Parents Friends and Families of Lebians and Gays. The recordings were made by the Preserving Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer History class at Portland State University.

 

  • Title: Portland PFLAG
  • Length: 58:09 minutes (23.3 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 22kHz 56Kbps (CBR)

Legacy Of Torture

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We interview Claude Marks, of the Freedom Archives in San Francisco, CA, who produced the documentary Legacy of Torture: The War on the Black Liberation Movement. We also include audio from the documentary.

  • Title: Legacy of Torture
  • Length: 56:33 minutes (22.65 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 22kHz 56Kbps (CBR)

Relational Cultural Theory

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Relational Cultural Theory is the idea that the goal of development is the ability to participate actively in relationships that foster the well being of everyone involved.

We talk with Karen Hixson and Jenna Goldin about living within a culture of isolation, and how it effects communication both inside and outside activist groups.

 

Native Occupation of Alcatraz

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The Native American Occupation of Alcatraz Island began on November 20, 1969. At about 2 a.m., nearly eighty American Indians from more than twenty tribes pulled up to the island's eastern shore in three boats, and the island of Alcatraz was occupied until June 11, 1971. We talk with Robert Free Galvin and Lenny Foster, veterans of the Alcatraz movement, and also hear audio from  Indian Land Radio, and other recordings made during the occupation.

 

Portland Black Panther Party

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We speak with former members of the Portland Chapter of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense: Oscar Johnson, Percy Hampton, Gary Clay, and Kent Ford.

Margo Tamez

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A coalition of Native Americans, border residents, and community groups continue the fight for their lands in the Rio Grande Valley.  The Department of Homeland Security says it will seize Apache and other private lands using eminent domain to build the border wall and militarize the zone.  

This is an interview with  poet and scholar, Margo Tamez, about current and historical struggles along the US-Mexico International Boundary.  You’ll also hear excerpts from the documentary film “Border Crossings/ Cruzando Fronteras”, by Heather Lares of  Pan Left Productions.

  • Title: Margo Tamez
  • Length: 57:54 minutes (23.2 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 22kHz 56Kbps (CBR)

Sierra Leone and Portland Filmmakers

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We speak with local creators of two documentaries about Sierra Leone: Diamonds, Guns and Rice, and Moving to the Beat.  Jan Haaken talks about Diamonds, Guns and Rice, which focuses on women’s perspectives on war and the peace process in Sierra Leone. She also is one of the Producers of Moving to the Beat. We’ll talk with Abdul Fofana, Moving to the Beat director, local videographer PC Perry and members of the Portland hip hop group, Rebel Soulz about hip hop, war, identity and their experiences making this film

 

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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