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.
 

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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.

 

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)
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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

 

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)
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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)
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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)
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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.

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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