Steve Phillips is the author of the new book, "Brown is the New White", a critical discussion on changes that are coming to the American body politic in advance of the population shift from majority white to "other than white" by 2044. He talks with Don Merrill about Bernie Sanders' progressivism, the preparation of the left to lead and how the word "Trump", for some, is the new "N" word. 26:46 minutes (24.5 MB)
Larry Bolden reviews Tara Conklin's "The House Girl", a story split between the present day and the days of slavery. Larry commends it for not just being a cleverly constructed story, but deeply researched and informative about the realities of abolitionist struggle. 5:29 minutes (5.03 MB)
On this day commemorating the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr., Old Mole Bill Resnick is joined by Jesse Hagopianto talk about how King has been made into a harmless campaigner against racial injustices that are no longer with us. Hagopian teaches at Garfield High School in Seattle where he has developed lesson plans for teaching the radical MLK who stood firmly against the Vietnam war and against capitalism. He has also led the movement against high stakes testing in the schools. For more about him, see his website and blog. 14:06 minutes (9.69 MB)
On January first a law will go into place assigning certain protections and benefits to domestic workers in the State of Oregon, called the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights.
For more KBOO reporter Jared Dancler spoke with Tom Breedlove, an expert on household labor and taxes, and director for Home Pay, a division of the website Care.com. 7:01 minutes (6.43 MB)
Independent Chicago journalist Jamie Kalven has been a voice calling for police reform in Chicago for years, and it was his lawsuit against the city of Chicago that brought the autopsy of Laquan McDonald into the light.
McDonald, a 17-year-old black man, was shot to death by police officer Jason van Dyke on October 20, 2014.
Van Dyke was charged with murder after the release of the autopsy and damning dashcam video of the incident, which showed McDonald--though he was armed with a knife--walking away from officers before van Dyke opened fire and later reloading his gun.
In all McDonald was shot sixteen times and died at the scene. 45:19 minutes (41.49 MB)
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A series of conversations will be happening during the start of the new year of 2016. Concerned fathers whose children attend Boise-Eliot school are asking other parents to take active roles in the direction of their child’s education with Portland Public Schools. Listen to this latest podcast which captures the first of four series called 'State of Emergency Plan of Action'. Listen to the kick-off of this series by facilitators Karanja Crews and Kory Murphy....fathers who have children that attend Boise-Eliot.
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