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More Talk Radio on 12/31/12

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More Talk Radio on 12/17/12

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Labor activist Jane McAlevey on the state of the labor movement

 Host Cecil Prescod interviews labor activist Jane McAlevey about the state of the labor movement and how to make unions matter again. McAlevey has been an organizer in the labor and environmental justice movements for the last twenty years. She is a PhD candidate at CUNY Graduate Center and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her latest book is Raising Expectations (and Raising Hell): My Decade Fighting for the Labor Movement, a look at how one militant union organizer fought the bosses—and national labor leaders. It is published by Verso.

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More Talk Radio on 12/10/12

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A look at human rights across the world on Human Rights Day
The International The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Hosts Celeste Carey and Cecil Prescod honor the International The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the foundation of international human rights law. Adopted in 1948, the UDHR has inspired a rich body of legally binding international human rights treaties. 

Today is Human Rights Day, an annual celebration of human rights and a day of advocating for the full enjoyment of all human rights by everyone everywhere.

In 2012 the focus is the rights of all people — women, youth, minorities, persons with disabilities, indigenous people, the poor and marginalized — to make their voices heard in public life and be included in political decision-making.

 

More Talk Radio on 12/03/12

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Mon, 12/03/2012 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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What have we learned about voting rights?

Hosts Cecil Prescod and Celeste Carey speak with journalist Brentin Mock of Colorlines.com about voting rights issues. Brentin Mock's recent articles include "Voting Rights Haven't Gotten Such Attention SInce 1965" and "Why the Voting Rights Act Likely Won't Survive Supreme Court Review".

More Talk Radio on 11/26/12

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"We Are the Majority and We Demand Justice"

Hosts Celeste Carey and Cecil Prescod speak with Colorlines publisher Rinku Sen about "We Are the Majority and We Demand Justice."

Rinku Sen spoke at the "Facing Race" conference in Baltimore on November 17th to discuss what happens next, after an election in which people of color were once again a deciding force. Sen says “This election proved to us that our alliances are gaining speed and strength.” What’s left, Rinku explained, is to marshal those alliances and fight for meaningful change.

http://colorlines.com/archives/2012/11/rinku_sen_we_are_the_majority_and_we_demand_justice.html

More Talk Radio on 11/19/12

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Norman Solomon on "How to Build a Grassroots Power Base"

Hosts Celeste Carey and Cecil Prescod interview Norman Solomon about his article "How to Build a Grassroots Power Base," in The Nation magazine and about whether Democrats in Congress will push back against White House pressure for a ‘grand bargain.’ After providing much of the grassroots energy that kept Mitt Romney from winning the presidency, Solomon contends, progressive activists must now concentrate on a new task -- restraining the president’s tendency to give ground to GOP leaders on Capitol Hill.

More Talk Radio on 11/12/12

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Mon, 11/12/2012 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Guests are Patricia and Darren Williams, evicted from their foreclosed home two weeks ago

Guest host Paul Roland speaks with Patricia and Darren Williams, who were forcibly evicted from their Northeast Portland home on October 30. Part of a growing resistance in Portland and around the nation to home foreclosure evictions, the Williams' were pepper-sprayed along with supporters by sheriff's deputies and riot police, who showed up in force to carry out the eviction.

More Talk Radio on 11/05/12

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Mon, 11/05/2012 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Steven Hill on The Blue State Strategy for Progressive Renewal

Hosts Celeste Carey and Cecil Prescod interview columnist and political analyst Steven Hill about his recent article in The Nation called The Blue State Strategy for Progressive Renewal Hill has been "thinking strategically about how progressives can make some legislative/policy headway, despite the fact that the federal level has been paralyzed (and is likely to continue to be so after the upcoming election)."

More Talk Radio on 10/29/12

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Kathleen Gerson on her latest book "The Unfinished Revolution: Coming of Age in a New Era of Gender, Work, and Family."

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In the controversial public debate over modern American families, the vast changes in family life--the rise of single, two-paycheck, and same-sex parents--have often been blamed for declining morality and unhappy children. Drawing upon pioneering research with the children of the gender revolution, Kathleen Gerson reveals that it is not a lack of "family values," but rigid social and economic forces that make it difficult to have a vibrant and committed family and work life.

Despite the entrance of women into the workforce and the blurring of once clearly defined gender boundaries, men and women live in a world where the demands of balancing parenting and work, autonomy and commitment, time and money are left largely unresolved. Gerson finds that while an overwhelming majority of young men and women see an egalitarian balance within committed relationships as the ideal, today's social and economic realities remain based on conventional--and now obsolete--distinctions between breadwinning and caretaking. In this equity vacuum, men and women develop conflicting strategies, with women stressing self-reliance and men seeking a new traditionalism.

Kathleen Gerson is Professor of Sociology and Collegiate Professor of Arts and Science at New York University. A recognized authority on work, gender, and family life, Kathleen is the author of five books and over fifty articles. She has participated in many public initiatives to foster equality at work and in the home, including the Council on Contemporary Families; the Ford Foundation Project on Integrating Work, Family, and Community; the Sloan Foundation Research Network on Work-Family Issues; and Catalyst's Advisory Board for "The Next Generation of Women Leaders." She contributes regularly to media such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, PBS, CNN, and National Public Radio.

For more articles and features on "The Unfinished Revolution," go to

storify.com/contronews/the-unfinished-revolution-by-kathleen-gerson

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Janice Thompson, executive director of Common Cause, Oregon, about money in politics.

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Mon, 01/30/2012
 Hosts Celeste Carey and Cecil Prescod speak with Janice Thompson, executive director of Common Cause, Oregon, about money in politics.

In the landmark 2010 Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision the Supreme Court ruled that the First Amendment prohibits government from placing limits on independent spending for political purposes by corporations and unions. What have been the effects of this ruling? How is its influence being felt in campaign spending in state and national elections? What will the future effects be? Can Citizens United be overturned?

Janice Thompson is executive director of Common Cause Oregon, which she joined in 2009 after leading the Money in Politics Research Action Project and Democracy Reform Oregon.

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Robert Applebaum, founder of ForgiveStudentLoanDebt.com on forgiving student loan debt

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Hosts Cecil Prescod and Celeste Carey interview Robert Applebaum, founder of Founder of ForgiveStudentLoanDebt.com, a grassroots movement that began as a proposal entitled "Forgive Student Loan Debt to Stimulate the Economy" which he posted to a Facebook group by the same name in late January, 2009.

The following is from http://forgivestudentloandebt.com/content/about

Almost immediately upon posting the proposal, people from all walks of life began to join, sharing their stories of economic hardship and struggle as a result of their crushing student loan debts. While the original proposal was intended as an alternative economic stimulus plan, the group quickly evolved as a vehicle for exposing the gross inequities and unfair practices inherent in the student lending industry.

After membership grew to approximately 1000 people within the first week, a reporter for the Huffington Post wrote an article about the proposal and group and, thereafter, membership grew by the thousands. The group enjoyed a great deal of positive press attention in the Spring of 2009 which only served to increase membership, now close to a quarter of a million people!

ForgiveStudentLoanDebt.com was founded so as to take this growing grassroots movement to the next level through lobbying, education and advocacy for a complete overhaul to the way higher education is financed in this country.

 

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More Talk Radio on 01/09/12

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Host Cecil Prescod speaks with Angela Martin, Executive director of Economic Fairness Oregon, a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to consumer protection and fair lending laws. They will discuss a financial system built to work for the people, not against them as well as an upcoming forum on January 11th in Hillsboro on how you can help win passage of strong homeowner protections and hear how Oregonians are already fighting foreclosures. They will also share details of legislation Oregon lawmakers will soon be considering and how you can have a voice in the process! 

www.economicfairnessoregon.org/

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More Talk Radio on 12/26/11

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Host Marianne Barisonek speaks with attorney James Otto, who has filed a lawsuit demanding that Americans have equal access to American jobs. He is co-author, (with Ilene Proctor), of the article "Where Have All The Jobs Gone?" They say that American corporations are betraying the American Dream by hiring 2,000,000 workers per year from foreign countries."

James Otto says that for the past 30 years, American firms have failed to adhere to civil rights laws. Otto declares corporations have installed surreptitious strategies to illegally discriminate against the entire American workforce.

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Host Marianne Barisonek speaks with attorney James Otto, who has filed a lawsuit demanding that Americans have equal access to American jobs. He is co-author, (with Ilene Proctor), of the article "Where Have All The Jobs Gone?" They say that American corporations are betraying the American Dream by hiring 2,000,000 workers per year from foreign countries."

James Otto says that for the past 30 years, American firms have failed to adhere to civil rights laws. Otto declares corporations have installed surreptitious strategies to illegally discriminate against the entire American workforce.

More Talk Radio on 12/12/11

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Host Cecil Prescod speaks with Steve Fraser, historian of Wall Street and author of "Wall Street: America's Dream Palace." Steve Fraser has a current article on TomDispatch.com called "Take Our Children, Please! A Modest Proposal for Occupy Wall Street” http://www.tomdispatch.com/archive/175473/

The article plays off of the words of satirist Jonathan Swift, who at a moment when Ireland had fallen into utter destitution at the hands of British landlords, offered a “modest proposal” that they should sell their own children to the rich as food. Steve Fraser proposes that on January 16th, Martin Luther King Day, Americans should descend on Wall Street for a “macabre gathering,” a day that would be dubbed “We Surrender” or “Restore Debtor’s Prisons” or “De-Fault Is Ours” or “Collateralize Us.”

There, he suggests, we would offer ourselves and our children as a sacrifice to Wall Street. As he describes it in part: “You’ll want to turn in your subprime mortgage documents. And do you really need that mobile home or tent? And certainly, you’ll want to offer up your children to Wall Street if they’re young enough to make a “delicious” and nourishing meal. If a bit older, haul along that creaky swing-set from your backyard, or dilapidated blackboards and outmoded computer consoles from your child’s underfunded, disintegrating school… If your children are older still, and waterlogged from the college loans that put them ‘underwater’ before they even had their first jobs, why not donate those debts as securitized gifts to the Street? Better yet: give back their college diplomas.”

Fraser means this proposal seriously in the spirit of Martin Luther King, that “lawbreaker for justice.” As he writes, “If credit-default swaps and structured investment vehicles are legal, as they are, and if marching in the streets is becoming ever less so, as it is, then on January 16th we should begin to turn that kind of preposterous world upside down. What was lawful shall become criminal and what was denied to the people shall be taken by them and made good law.”

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More Talk Radio on 12/05/11

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Host Cecil Prescod interviews Peter Van Buren about the ever-greater erosion of American rights. Van Buren is the author of a recent article on TomDispatch called, “No Free Speech at Mr. Jefferson’s Library, George Orwell, Philip K. Dick, and Ray Bradbury Would Have Recognized Morris Davis’s Problem.”

TomDispatch regular and State Department Official Peter Van Buren, begins his article with the First Amendment, now endangered in Washington. “Those beautiful words,” he writes, “almost haiku-like, are the sparse poetry of the American democratic experiment.”

He urges its rereading “at this moment when the government seems to be carving out an exception to it large enough to drive a tank through. As the occupiers of Zuccotti Park, like those pepper-sprayed at UC Davis or the Marine veteran shot in Oakland, recently found out, the government’s ability to limit free speech, to stopper the First Amendment, to undercut the right to peaceable assemble and petition for redress of grievances, is perhaps the most critical issue our republic can face.”

Van Buren describes the dramatic case of Morris Davis, former Air Force colonel and chief military prosecutor at Guantanamo, who stated he would not use evidence obtained through torture and then resigned when a torture advocate was named his boss.

Davis was a researcher for the Library of Congress in 2009 when he was fired for writing an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal that had nothing to do with his work at the library, which was considered exemplary. Writes Van Buren: “The simple act of speaking out on a subject at odds with an official government position was the real grounds for his firing. That, and that alone, was enough for termination. As any devoted fan of George Orwell, Ray Bradbury, or Philip K. Dick would know, Davis committed a thought crime.”

Davis has taken the case to court where a loss would be a chilling precedent at a moment when secrecy is becoming the first principle of the American government.

Peter Van Buren spent a year in Iraq as a State Department Foreign Service Officer serving as Team Leader for two Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRTs). Now in Washington, he writes about Iraq and the Middle East at his blog, "We Meant Well." His new book is "We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People", (The American Empire Project, Metropolitan Books).

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More Talk Radio on 11/28/11

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On Tuesday Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber announced that he is stopping the scheduled execution of Oregon death row inmate Gary Haugen. He also said he would not allow any other executions during his term as Governor. The Governor's announcement came just after the Oregon Supreme Court said it would allow the execution to proceed on December 6th.

More Talk Radio host Cecil Prescod will interview Jeff Ellis, of the Oregon Capital Resource Center. The group had petitioned the state Supreme Court to stop Haugen's execution. He also speaks with Ron Steiner of Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty about Kitzhaber's decision and what it means for the future of the death penalty in Oregon

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More Talk Radio on 11/21/11

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Host Cecil Prescod interviews Christopher Phillips, author of "Constitution Cafe: Jefferson's Brew for a True Revolution: Jefferson's Brew for a True Revolution."

A radical in his own day, Thomas Jefferson believed that the Constitution should be revised periodically to keep up with the changing times. Instead, it has become a sacred, immutable text-and in Phillips's opinion, it's in need of some shaking up.

For his book Phillips gathered together Americans from all walks of life, moderating dialogues inspired by Jefferson's own populist political philosophy, formulating new Constitutional articles.

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Poll Watcher:"High Concetration of People of Color" Voting

If the act of voting -exercising a duty and privilege- evokes this response, we ought recognize that the vote is most valuable and must be protected.

federal reserve

greetings, good show this morning. another good book is "web of debt" and also a podcast going through the basics. a link to the book can be found from the podcast page. folks should get onto this.

http://c-realmpodcast.podomatic.com/entry/449084

My error

Hi, Cecil, I called in to your fine program this morning to give the announcement about Imam Mamadou Toure's presentation at the Quaker Meetinghouse. Apparently I gave the wrong date: the correct date is Friday, January 25. I would greatly appreciate it if you could give that date on next week's program, I'm sorry to have confused things.
Peace, Jim Metcalfe

 

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