Bill Resnick talks with Jeremy Brecher, author of Climate Insurgency: A Strategy for Survival. They discuss the limits of the Obama clean energy plan and the opportunites it offers to push for global actions that will actually help salvage a humanly liveable climate; the need for a grassroots movement to push for a democratic strategy for climate protection; and the special roles of workers and unions because of their potential as whistleblowers and capacity to exert direct pressure on carbon producers.
This week: Part one of our coverage of Seattle Hempfest, with audio from attorney Doug Hiatt, New Jersey Weedman Ed Forchion, comedian Ngaio Bealum, and Congressman Dana Rohrabacher. 29:00 minutes (26.56 MB)
Petitioners trying to recall state Senator Floyd Prozanski may have violated Oregon election law.
The Oregon Democracy Fund filed a complaint with the Secretary of State’s office yesterday. The complaint says that members of the campaign and employees of gun stores did not follow specific rules for filing a recall petition.
The recall campaign is one of several that were filed across the state after Oregon adopted criminal background checks for gun purchases made over the internet.
KBOO reporter Alan Montecillo spoke with Angela Martin with the Oregon Democracy Fund to learn more.
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The town of Banks, Oregon, located in western Washington County northwest of Hillsboro, recently implemented water use restrictions on businesses, partly in response to drought conditions across the state.
For more on Oregon’s driest year in decades and government responses to it, KBOO’s Sam Bouman has this report.
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Individuals and families who live on boats in the Willamette River, some of whom have done so for more than ten years, are facing new enforcement of existing transient laws.
KBOO reporter Henry Leasia filed this report about their struggle to have these laws changed.
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This coming Sunday, the ninth of August, marks the one-year anniversary of the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.
Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was fatally shot by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, after allegedly stealing cigarillos from a nearby convenience store.
Brown’s death ignited unrest in Ferguson and protests across the country, including in Portland.
This weekend, to commemorate the killing of Brown and other black men and women by white police officers, a coalition of groups including Don’t Shoot Portland, 15 Now, Whitelandia and others is holding a three-day series of events.
KBOO’s Sam Bouman spoke to Teressa Raiford, an organizer with Don’t Shoot Portland, for more details.
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