I find it easy to listen to the radio and applaud our DJs and radio producers for the good work they are doing: exposing truth, healing us from daily harshness through amazing music, and keeping the edge of education and uncomfortable radio balanced enough for us to learn from each other and further work towards making our racist and colonial power structures to fall.
Mic Crenshaw is many things; a hip hop artist, a music ambassador, an activist and a co-manager at radio station KBOO in Portland. But one thing he is not is someone who holds his tongue about the music scene as it is affected by race or race as it is affected by society. Don Merrill talks with a candid Mic Crenshaw about music, motorcycles, Africa, the police, family, his love for the Pacific Northwest and much more.
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On this EarToTheStreets podcast...you will hear the discussion from the organizers of the International Center For Traditional Childbearing (ICTC) and the work being done to put together the conference of training for doula's and midwives. ETTS host Stephen G. and Sekoynia Azikiwe talks with Zalayshia Jackson and Kimberly Porter about the conference and other interesting things that make a doula and midwife.
Plus, listen to Sekoynia and Stephen speak on current events happening in Black society right now. FIRE!
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Movie Moles Jan Haaken and Denise Morris discuss the new documentary The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution. The film opens in Portland next week at the Hollywood theatre with a benefit event for the NAACP. Noting the impossibility of fully addressing all the many issues in the history of the Panthers--their relations to other social movements in the US and around the globe; their commitment to armed self-defense; their contributions as community service organization; their seductive style and media savvy; their complex politics of vanguardism and grassroots activism; their erosion and destruction by government infiltration and murde 14:08 minutes (6.47 MB)
Whenever we envision a world without war, prisons, or capitalism, we are producing speculative fic-tion. Organizers and activists envision, and try to create, such worlds all the time. Walidah Imarisha and adrienne maree brown have brought 20 of them together in the first anthology of short stories to explore the connections between radical speculative fiction and movements for social change. These visionary tales span genres, sci-fi, fantasy, horror, magical realism, but all are united by an attempt to inject a healthy dose of imagination and innovation into our political practice and to try on new ways of understanding ourselves, the world around us, and all the selves and worlds that could be.
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In the second of two reviews this episode, movie moles Denise Morris and Frann Michel discuss What Happened Miss Simone?, directed by Liz Garbus, about African American pianist and singer Nina Simone. Like Amy, the film draws on a rich archive of materials, including Simone's diaries. The film reveals pressures of racism, patriarchy, and capitalism on its subject, as well as her prodigious talents, her political convictions, and her suffering and perpetration of violence.
A policewoman shot a man to death this morning in the Adams Point neighborhood of Oakland, after he assaulted her with what the police have only described as a “metal object,” but which witnesses say was a bike chain.
The officer, who has not been named, received a call that the man had assaulted somebody with a bike chain early in the morning.
She radioed for more police and an ambulance at eight-thirty-six after shooting the man, who is black, and who relatives have said suffers from an unspecified mental illness.
KBOO spoke with Nayomi Munaweera, a Sri Lankan-American author based in Oakland, who witnessed the immediate aftermath of the shooting.
7:34 minutes (6.93 MB)
Tom Becker hosts this episode with segments featuring Jeremy Brecher on Climate Insurgency, Denise & Joe on Housing Justice, and readings on the cost of low wages and the radical promise of Reconstruction.
Denise Morris and Joe Clement discuss housing as a human right, the broad impact of rising housing costs, the Portland history of racism that has contributed to the current housing crunch, the struggle for sustainable solutions that go beyond isolated nuclear family homes, and the process of working together for a variety of remedies, including public housing, tenants unions, community land trusts, and more. In the end, Joe plays a "right to the city" rendition of Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land".
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