S INCE 2008 Oregonians have had the opportunity to preregister to vote at age 17.
The sooner young people become engaged as voters, the more likely they are
to vote the rest of their lives, not to mention become active and engaged
members of their community.
Democracy Cup brings civics straight into junior and senior classrooms,
lunch-hours, and school wide assemblies in order to meet young Oregonians where they are and get them set on the course to being lifelong citizen leaders.
Interview by Laurel, KBOO Youth Collective. 6:24 minutes (5.85 MB)
Bill talks with Kate Barnes, a student at Cleveland High School and activist with the Portland Student Union. They talk about what's ailing Portland's schools from the student perspective (something the mainstream media does not cover) and how they are struggling alongside their teachers for the schools our kids (they) deserve. 7:26 minutes (5.1 MB)
Tom Becker hosts this Old Mole and we hear a double report from Portland Public School teachers and student activists, a review of the fiction of Anita Brookner, as well as a discussion about the politics of Pete Seeger and his music.
55:05 minutes (37.82 MB)
The movie moles review the PBS documentary "Pete Seeger: the power of song". They discuss the difficulties in venerating Seeger the person when he really wasn't about his own personal glory, how his combination of labor and music hearkens back to a more revolutionary labor movement, and more. . It will be playing at the Red and Black cafe February 26th at 7pm, as part of a Music for the Working Class Pete Seeger tribute night, which will also include music-making and stories. It can also be found online for free through the PBS website. 9:33 minutes (8.75 MB)
Art Robinson is the president of the Oregon Republican Party and is competing as a candidate for the US House of Representatives in Oregon's 4th District against Democrat Pete Defazio. He talked with Don Merrill about issues ranging from Bitcoin to marijuana including lobbyist influence in lawmaking and business influence in school cirriculum. *These interviews are part of a project to invite all Oregon candidates for the 2014 election to share their views. A transcript of this interview will be posted shortly.
29:19 minutes (26.85 MB)
Conservative Casey Runyan, a candidate for Oregon's 9th House District, is multifacted. He served as a US Marine, he is the son of longtime Michigan school teachers and he has a passion for politics. As such, he is a staunch defender of the 2nd Amendment. Don Merrill talked with Casey Runyan about statesmanship, the alienation of Oregon's Eastern region and why the central plank of his platform is at the center of the America he knows and loves. *These interviews are part of a project to invite all Oregon candidates for the 2014 election to share their views. A transcript of this interview will be posted shortly.
29:28 minutes (26.98 MB)