Dr. Benjamin Chavis is a civil rights pioneer. He led the NAACP in the early 90s and he was the director of the Million Man March. He is involved in a number of self empowerment initiatives including a collaboration with media mogul Russell Simmons to use hip hop as a way for youth to transmit experiential messages to the larger community. Mr. Chavis was recently elevated to the position of president and CEO of the National Newspaper Publishers Association. Don Merrill sat down with Mr. Chavis to talk about his newest job to once again help energize and educate not just black communities but all communities. 29:56 minutes (27.4 MB)
Joe Clement hosts this episode about neoliberal education in the Chinese context, the latest season of Orange is the New Black, We Are BRAVE (a reproductive rights & justice project aimed at serving women of color), and a proposed Communist Party of Cascadia. 55:07 minutes (22.08 MB)
Jan Haaken talks with Shantae Johnson and Diego Hernandez of We Are BRAVE (Building Reproductive Autonomy and Voices for Equity), about the fight for reproductive rights and justice for everyone. They do so in light of the new, widely acclaimed movie "Obvious Child", which portrays the process of navigating an unwanted pregnancy as a romantic comedy. They focus though on the work of We Are BRAVE, a project of the Western States Center devoted to reproductive rights and justice for women of color, stressing that abortion isn't the only issue. 13:03 minutes (5.23 MB)
They discuss the value of arts education in schools, the importance of physical movement to learning, the connections between embodied movement and history, and the possibilities for fostering better communication and connections between African-American youth and immigrant African communities.
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Frann Michel hosts this episode, with music from The Clash, and discussions of military violence, economic stagnation, racism and classism in housing, and the struggle for the rights of the incarcerated.
Joe Clement talks with Karen Gibson of PSU's Urban Studies program about the history of housing discrimination against African-Americans in Portland; they touch on segregation, ghettoization, disinvestment, gentrification, redlining, and community formation. 11:26 minutes (5.23 MB)
Joe Clement talks with Hart Noecker and Nick Caleb about gentrification in Portland and a Pedalpalooza ride* they're organizing to raise awareness and stimulate action around it. Hart and Nick discuss how they came to Portland, how they've seen it change, why they and others refer to this change as "gentrification", and why this is such a pressing issue. The promised online portion starts right after a 10 second musical clip at the end. In it they dive into a more open conversation about density, green capitalism and how the market distorts and undermines the aims of development, organizing working and poor communities to take, and more.
31:14 minutes (28.59 MB)