African American Issues

Old Mole Variety Hour May 5 2014

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Mon, 05/05/2014

Joe Clement hosts (and Kate Welch engineers) this episode of the Old Mole Variety Hour (foreshortened because of membership-drive).

We hear about socialist feminism for revolutionary change in the 21st Century, organizing within what Arun Gupta calls "the Walmart working-class", why "leading left intellectuals" like Slavoj Zizek are wrong about needing authoritarian leaders to defeat capital, and about the late Paul Robeson Jr.'s life and the influence his father had on his own political work. 38:31 minutes (35.27 MB)

Remembering Paul Robeson Senior & Junior

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Mon, 05/05/2014
Laurie Mercier remembers the life and work of Paul Robeson Junior, an activist and archivist, but also the son of world-famous black-listed radical singer Paul Robeson Senior. She looks at how Robeson Senior influenced Robeson Junior, but also how Robeson Junior. She reads for about 5 minutes, and then we hear a short clip of Robeson Junior speaking on the transformation of struggles around civil rights to human rights. 7:51 minutes (7.19 MB)

Ear To The Streets of Portland

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Thu, 04/17/2014
‘Ear To The Streets Of Portland’ is a dynamic broadcast with a mix of music and conversations focusing on organizers and Black/African Portlanders around building community. 37:32 minutes (34.36 MB)

Ear To The Streets Of Portland

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Thu, 04/03/2014

Tune-in to ‘Ear To The Streets of Portland’. This program will have conversations around organizing in the Black/African community in Portland and surrounding areas in Oregon.

94:50 minutes (86.83 MB)

Illmaculate Protests Police Presence at Portland Hip Hop Show

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Evening News
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Mon, 03/03/2014
When Portland police swept in to close off the street around a hip hop concert Saturday night, one of the artists stepped off the stage and decided not to perform.
Concerns around police intimidation have been a long-standing issue in Portland’s black community, and the incident on Saturday raised a number of questions.
Some local hip hop artists question the motives behind police activities at hip-hop events.
The Portland rapper ILLMACULATE made the decision to NOT perform in protest of the gang task enforcement presence at the event.
He spoke with KBOO’s Sekoynia Wright this afternoon. 4:20 minutes (3.97 MB)

Portland High School Students Walk Out in Support of Teachers' Strike Vote

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Evening News
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Wed, 02/05/2014
This morning, hundreds of students walked out of six Portland High Schools in solidarity with the Portland Association of Teachers' strike vote. The PAT reached an impasse in contract negotiations with the Portland Public Schools board on November 20, and the two sides have spent hundreds of hours in mediation since then over issues such as class sizes, salary increases and early retirement incentives. The 2900-member PAT will vote on whether to strike tonight at 7:00 pm at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Today's walkouts were organized by the Portland Student Union. KBOO's Jamie Partridge was on the scene at both Jefferson High School in North Portland and Cleveland High School in Southeast. 5:59 minutes (5.47 MB)

Robert King Interview

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Between Us
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Fri, 01/31/2014
Robert King, Albert Woodfox and Herman Wallace have been made famous by their treatment at the infamous Angola State Prison in Angola, Louisiana.  Named for a former slave plantation, the prison, according to Mr. King; the only member of the Angola Three both alive and free, holds the record for keeping someone in solitary confinement.  In the case of Mr. Woodfox, he's spent 23 hours a day in a 6x9 foot cell for 41 years.  Don Merrill talks with Robert King about the necessity to define oneself, the coming to terms with bitterness and why the bigger story isn't about the three men themselves, but the movement to end unlawful solitary confinement.
29:42 minutes (27.19 MB)

John Lewis Interview

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Between Us
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Fri, 01/17/2014

John Lewis is a congressman, writer, activist and one of "Big Six" in the civil rights movement.  He has just written, with two co-authors, a graphic novel called "March".  It is the first in a trilogy that looks back at his career in an effort to present the past to young people as a way to preserve it.  Don Merrill talked with US House of Representatives member John Lewis at the Hotel Deluxe in Portland while he was here on his book tour.

29:17 minutes (26.81 MB)

Detroit: Past, Present, Future

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Mon, 01/13/2014
Detroit's "blight" was caused by the forces in finance, government, and bussinesses that are now planning to fix it in ways that will only make matters worse.  Writer, activist, and retired auto-worker Dianne Feeley talks with Bill Resnick about what her city needs to make it whole.   15:34 minutes (8.91 MB)

Wanda Sykes Interview

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Between Us
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Fri, 01/10/2014

Wanda Sykes is a comedian, but so much more.  As an actor, she has had two shows on Fox.  She's also been in the hits, "Curb your Enthusiasm" and "The New Adventures of Old Christine".  And her voice has been in several animated hits such as "Ice Age: Continental Drift" and "Over the Hedge".  Plus, she's been in films like "Monster-in-Law" and "Evan Almighty".  But she's more than that, being a spokesperson for GLAAD and PETA.  Don Merrill talks with Wanda Sykes and runs out of time way too soon.
14:52 minutes (13.61 MB)
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