A Superior Court Judge ruled today that two Fullerton police officers will stand trial for the beating death of a mentally ill homeless man. Officers Ramos and Ciccinelli are some of the first Orange County police to face brutality charges. KBOO's Zeke Harrington has more.
Joe Clement reads a CounterPunch article by trade-unionist, Alberto Ruiz, called The US Labor Movement and China. Ruiz criticizes the stigmatization of foreign labor by US unionists and explores the dark pro-imperialist history of the AFL-CIO, as well as the vigor of the recent up-surge in China's labor movement.
Joe Clement hosts this Old Mole, which is shorter than usual because of membership-drive. We hear about growing concern with and resistance to nuclear energy, ecologically driven energy policy in Oregon, and about labor chauvinism toward China.
We take a look at mass incarceration and racism in America today through Michelle Alexander's book "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness."
We begin with a speech given by Michelle Alexander in New York in February of 2010, and then will hear from various community members who participated in a Book Group at the Talking Drum Bookstore, located in Reflections coffee shop on NE Killingsworth. This group is going through the book in six weeks, chapter by chapter, to study how and why a majority of young Black men in major American cities are locked behind bars and how the U.S. criminal justice system functions as a contemporary system of racial control, even as it formally adheres to the principle of color blindness.
Host Grace E Reed discusses with Michelle Fabian the issue of sexual assualt in corrections facilities. This all-too-common phenomenon -- inmates sexually assaulted by guards and by other inmates, predatory behavior within the confines of a prison -- spurred Congress to pass the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003. At the time, it was estimated that 10 percent to 20 percent of all inmates incarcerated suffer a sexual attack.
Kilong Ung, a Portlander who's the survivor of the Khmer Rouge regime, shares emotional stories from his past. He touches upon how the conflict changed him, how he adapted in America, and what he did for revenge. Kilong is now a role model in the community, and giving back through the Golden Leaf Education Foundation. His memoir is entitled "Golden Leaf: A Khmer Rouge Genocide Survior".
The Oakland Police Department is investigating the murder of a transgender woman who was shot in a possible hate crime on Sunday morning. Thirty-seven-year old Brandy Martell was an outreach worker at the Tri-City Health Center in Fremont. She was sitting in the driver's seat of her car with three other transgender women at 3 AM when two men approached the car and started a conversation.
Kristian Williams on the Extent of Torture in Democratic Societies
Host Jay Thiemeyer speaks with local activist Kristian Williams about his new short book Hurt, published by Microcosm Publishing. a not-for-profit, collectively-run publisher and distributor of books and zines which is now based in Leavenworth, KS and Portland, OR.
Hosts Celeste Carey and Cecil Prescod speak with human rights and social justice activist Kelvin Hazangwi about linkages between the global south and countries such as Greece, Spain and Ireland around the economic justice issues of debt, banks and who is impacted by our current financial systems. Who has global power and why? What can we do about these injustices?