It's no secret that hundreds of companies have been slashing pensions and health coverage earned by millions of retirees. Employers blame an aging workforce, stock market losses, and spiraling costs — what they call "a perfect storm" of external forces that has forced them to take drastic measures.
Fighting a Tar Sands Company's Claims to Private Land
Host Marianne Barisonek speaks with Julia Trigg Crawford, a Texas landowner and farmer who isn’t letting the foreign tar sands company claim eminent domain rights to her land without putting up a fight. Two weeks ago Ms. Crawford launched a Change.org petition to protect her land from tar sands money and tar sands risks.
With support from activists on both sides of the aisle, Ms. Crawford is hopeful that the Texas farmer can claim victory over the multi-billion dollar tar sands company which is trying to build a pipeline to transport a highly toxic hydrocarbon (called “tar sands”) from Alberta, Canada to Texas to refine and then export to foreign countries.
Last week KBOO and Outside In worked together on a youth media project about Peer Education and health. We begin with Erick and Heberto Espinosa, Youth Specialist, who introduce the show.
Next, Richard Temple finds out how others cope with stress in order to adapt, cope and thrive. He created the song on the track, Sled Through Snow. After that we'll have Love Gun speak about recovering from alcohol and drug addiction, Peter Tysdal demystify psychic abilities, Jem talk about healthy, affordable alternatives to tampons, and interviews “veteren menstrator” Annie Calhoun, and Jackson Weird talk about the similarities between transgender and cisgender folks, how to be a good ally and shares great resources.
Two years after the devastating Haiti earthquake killed an estimated 300,000 people, activists including our guest, Judith Gelin of the Society for Haitian Arts and Culture, are still raising funds for the needy. But everyone asks: Where did all the relief money go?
Have you worked on Haitian relief with your school or any other group? Have you traveled to a disaster zone to help in reconstruction? Call in 503-231-8187
Jan Haaken and Mike Snedecker, as part of an on-going series we call The Left and The Law, discussion Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Multnomah County. Specifically, a resolution was passed recently that calls on the ICE to exercise prosecutorial discretion in managing deportation cases. They talk about the kind of random, petty offenses that land undocumented workers in an unaccountable deportation system.
Also, in honor of Black history month, we will talk with Dr. Antonio (Jay) Pastrana, Jr. (Department of Sociology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York) about the interconnection between Race and LGBT Social Movement Organizing.
Economics Professor Richard Wolff discusses The Tax Code: Class Warfare
Richard Wolff: The Tax Code: Class Warfare (interview)
People dread taxes. The tax code is a labyrinth few citizens dare to enter save for the rich and powerful who hire lawyers and accountants to figure out ways to game the system. One corporation paid $26,000 a year to maintain a post office box in Bermuda as its legal HQs. That little trick saved them $40 million in corporate taxes. Not bad. Taxes on the wealthy used to be high. During the Eisenhower years in the 1950s, a fairly conservative period which saw tremendous economic growth, the tax rate for the haves was 91%. Today it’s a third of that and few actual pay that much. In true Orwellian fashion if you raise these issues you are accused of class warfare. There is class warfare all right.