The state found me on the streets alone when I was two years old. I had lice, was suffering from malnutrition, and cigarette burns covered my body. While in the foster care system, I went through seven foster homes in which I continued to endure abuse. When I was four, a loving family adopted me. Because of my abuse, I had severe scarring all over my body, and my adoptive parents had to put vitamin E oil on me each night before I went to bed. As I got older, the state provided information regarding my abusive family history, but by that time my heart was hardened and guarded. When I became a teen, my parents were unable to emotionally reach me. They sent me to boarding school, but I left and ended up on the streets.
Angela Davis on "Feminism and Abolition: Theories and Practices for the 21st Century"
Angela Davis is distinguished professor emerita in the History of Consciousness and Feminist Studies departments at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She speaks about feminism, racial inequality, social change, identity and the violence of US culture necessary to perpetuate class and capital's hegemony. She addresses the campaign to eliminate the incarceration industry that promotes repression over restorative justice and speaks of the deinstitutionalization model that has seen success in other areas. She celebrates the peoples campaign and victory that challenged government repression and resulted in her exoneration from trumped up murder charges.
Jan Haaken and Alan Wieder talk about South African politics and his recent tour there promoting his book "Ruth First and Joe Slovo: the war against apartheid". Jan asks Alan how he took it upon himself to tell the story of a contested history of political struggle. He talks about how the socialist revolution in South Africa, supported by the Soviet Union, never really turned into a socialist revolution; how after the fall of apartheid that the capitalist state reproduced itself; and Nelson Mandela's political historical significance.
Shaheed Haamid hosts a special interview and call-in with Rev. Dr. Leroy Haynes Jr. of the Albina Ministerial Alliance Coalition for Justice and Police Reform on police accountability, the recent Supreme Court Decision on Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, and plans for the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington which occurred on August 28th, 1963.
Listen as we engage in a conversation about the racial harassment African American men in our community are faced with daily. The Trayvon Martin murder and the acquittal of his murderer have triggered a national conversation about racial profiling and the living legacy of racism in the US. Black men are incessantly stereotyped and harassed for who they are and what they have come to represent in our society. Listen to hear first hand accounts of racial harassments affecting Portland African American men and listeners contributions, sharing how to shift this reality. We engaged in a conversation with community activists Mustafah Coleman, Zoe Pilliafas, Mandela, Keisha Edwards and her son Aaron Edwards.
Dr. Earl Bracy -- a Vietnam War era combat medic, practicing clinical psychologist, and author of Too Young to Die: Inner-City Adolescent Homicides and The Making of a Psychologist -- has endured prejudice and discrimination the likes of which many Americans, black and white, will never know.
Iven Hale hosts this episode of the Mole, dealing with the upcoming US sponsored Israeli-Palistinian talks, what's happening in Portland to confront "the new Jim Crow," and some history of community radio including KBOO.
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