Old Mole Variety Hour
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Joe Clement talks with Shane, a local housing justice activist, about how unionism as a political strategy for a more direct kind of democracy can be applied to other areas of social life. He and others call this "community syndicalism" or "community unionism". To that end, they discuss tenants unions as an already existing example of this idea.
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Joe Clement hosts this Old Mole and we hear:
- Norm Diamond interview the Low Tide Drifters, who also perform live in studio.
- Joe talks with Ryan Wisnor, of the Pacific Northwest Labor History Association, about remembering "Blood Wednesday"
Joe also talks with Shane, a housing-justice activist, about community syndicalism and tenants unions.
- Title: OMVH07062015
- Length: 57:08 minutes (78.47 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 192Kbps (VBR)
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1. Bill Resnick talks with Victoria Law about solitary confinement and other outrages of law enforcement.
2. Denise Morris comments on "Orange is the New Black".
3. Desiree Hellegers talks with Junior Goodell about the threat to the Quinault people from proposed oil terminals.
4. Denise Morris critiques the mainstream LGBT movement for its focus on marriage.
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Left & the Law: "The charges against a prison tailor accused of helping two convicted murders escape from a maximum security facility in upstate New York have cast a spotlight on relationships between inmates and correctional staff." Jan and Mike also put a spot-light on those relationships, talking about relations between inmates and correctional officers, from exceptional cases to the ordinary situations that are more complex than indicated in the famous Stanford Prison Study. They discuss some of the difficult conditions in prison and the real but limited strategies prisoners have for resisting.
[Image of Old Turnkey public domain]
On May 27th, a coalition of rural community groups on the U.S.-Mexico border held a joint day of action. Border residents held teach-ins, vigils, marches, and took direct action to protest border militarization. Sophie Smith from the community group People Helping People talks with Jan Haaken about the border as an instance of disaster capitalism, lining the pockets of military contractors from Israel to the USA, and damaging border communities, who nonetheless are working together for change.
[images by Sophie Smith]