Last month, President Obama announced the death of Osama Bin Laden to the world. Sarika Mehta spoke with Afifa Ahmed Shafi and Muna Abshir Muhamud, two Muslim-American community members, on their thoughts surrounding the death of Osama Bin Laden, the past decade of Islamophobia and their thoughts on a "post-Bin-Laden" world.
The Rights of The Earth; Guest Cormac Cullinan,author of Wild Law
Maybe You’ve heard about it, The movement to establish the Rights of Mother Earth. Are you on board with it or do you wonder what the heck it really means?
Either way, I’ve got the show for you. This coming Monday morning . I’m Linda Olson-Osterlund and my guest will be author of Wild Law, Cormac Cullinan. We invite you to call in and Give a voice to you comments questions.
Both Air Cascadia and Locus Focus are off for the holiday.
Instead we'll hear a special program from the Pacifica Radio Archives celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Freedom Rides that began in May of 1961. This program features the 1961 interview with James Farmer, co-founder of the Congress On Racial Equality C.O.R.E. and Mathew Jones a field secretary for the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee.
Carlos Chavez interviews Ed Mead, director of Prison Focus Magazine. They discuss last week's Supreme Court ruling on California Prisons. On Monday May 23rd the Supreme Court ordered the state of California to reduce its prison population by more than 30,000 inmates to correct deadly lapses in medical care. Justice Anthony Kennedy said that, "the state had little choice but to reduce its inmate population because of squalid conditions of the prison system, which violates the Constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment."
Guest: Andy Worthington; WikiLeaks media partner and author of The Guantanamo Files: The Stories Of The 774 Detainee's Locked In America's Illegal Prison. On April 24th WikiLeaks released thousands of pages of classified military documents from Guantanamo. What can we learn from them and what difference do they make in the fight to close the prison? Listen to hear Andy Worthington talk about these documents he helped release.
Host Stephanie Potter speaks Paul Stanford and Jennifer Alexander who are working to put the Oregon Cannabis Tax Act 2012on the November, 2012 ballot. If passed this initiative would legalize the purchase of marijuana (through state licensed stores), license Oregon farmers to grow marijuana for state-licensed stores, and permit adults to grow their own. The act would also allow unlicensed Oregon farmers to grow cannabis hemp for fuel, fiber and food.
Hosts Celeste Carey and Cecil Prescod speak with Robert Whitaker, author of Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America. Robert Whitaker probed into clinical studies in prestigious scientific journals, some dating back more than 50 years. He noticed a shocking anomaly. Psychiatric drugs have repeatedly been shown to worsen mental illness, to say nothing of the risks of liver damage, weight gain, elevated cholesterol and blood sugar, and reduced cognitive function they entail.
An estimated 137,000 Oregonians suffer from serious mental illness and nearly 39,000 children live with serious mental health conditions. How well do we support these individuals and their families?
Oregon's public mental health system provides services to only 43 percent of adults who live with serious mental illnesses, spending only $117 per capita or 2.1 percent of total state spending. With the legislature struggling with budget cuts, how will mental health services fare?