Tonight we welcome local organizers from One Billion Rising, an international day of action to end violence against women happening on Feb 14. We'll discuss the herstory of this international movement, including events leading up to this year's Day of Action. We'll also share details for events happening around the Pacific Northwest. Actions are happening in large and small ways in many different communities. You can also check out local event calendars for ideas on where and when to engage for change in your community!
ONE BILLION RISING PDX and IDLE NO MORE PDX come together to end violence against women. Listen to hear all about where you can Strike, Dance, Rise on February 14th in Portland, OR. We will be joined by organizers of the Portland event and learn more about the VDay 2013 campaign to end violence against women and about the Idle No More movement to bring Indigenous issues to the forefront. Listen to the personal testimonies of why people are rising!
Like us on facebook and share with us why you will be rising on February 14th!
Host Shaheed Haamid speaks with Will Bennett, Community Practitioner/Futurist/Historian At Large, about Black History Month, the Golden West Hotel Project, and how it relates to Portland's black history. The Golden West Hotel was a vibrant place of employment and socializing for Portland’s African American community in the early 1900s. Bennett is Creative Director of the Golden West Hotel Project.
For African American History Month, Treasures from the KBOO Archive will play a half hour program produced by George Page in 1977. The second half of the show we'll hear a speech recorded in 1992 by Dick Gregory. The speech was recorded at Reed College.
Tom Becker hosts this episode featuring the music of the late Portland bluesman Paul deLay and segments on possibilites for local and democratic control of sustainable energy sources, the mistake of valuing economic "growth," the role of entrapment in the government's war on terrorism, and the brave solidarity of Seattle teachers boycotting standardized testing.
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Psychologist and Mole Jan Haaken and attorney Mike Snedeker discuss the case of Mohamed Mohamud. They consider the legal meanings of entrapment and the history of government use of entrapment in child pornography cases in the 1980s. Despite the wide public recognition of the extraordinary manipulation and pressure placed on the defendant by the FBI, the government typically wins such cases. Arguably, of the 150 recent prosecutions for terrorism charges, only three were pre-existing terrorist cells; most of the cases involved "equipment malfunction" as seen in the Mohamud case. Mike suggests that this manufacturing of cases serves to maintain the budget of the FBI rather than to keep America safe.
Bill Resnick talks with John Farrell of the Institute for Local Self Reliance about local control of energy, the value of democratic control and participatory society, and how the economics of energy has changed in recent years to make this more feasible as well, especially given the increasing costs of transporting energy long distances. They note that Boulder, CO in 2011 voted to form a municipal utility and Minneapolis, MN is currently considering the same possibility, and they consider a variety of programs for clean contracts or feed-in tariffs.
After decades of inaction, we are now rapidly losing the window in which we can act to prevent catastrophic climate change. Yet with all the continued global fossil fuel development underway, it would appear that the involved governments and private companies couldn't care less. How about you?
Greenpeace has recently compiled a report detailing 14 of the world's biggest coal, methane, and oil projects and how their development would seem to doom any chance of preventing a climate catastrophe.