Dave Mazza hosted this week's Voices from the Edge about the ongoing 2011 Wisconsin Protests. Open lines with KBOO Listeners.
The conversation doesn't end when the program does. You can join in additional discussion of the week's issue on our blog at kboo.fm/voicesfromtheedge (click on the "blog" tab). You'll find additional information, important links, comments from other listeners and commentary from Jo Ann and Dave. Have a question for our guests, but can't call in during the program? Post your questions on line so we can make them a part of the Voices discussion.
Abe and Joe marvel at the outbreak of democracy in the American Midwest.
It's kinda nice when we remember we're strong. The extraordinary pro-worker demonstrations that started in Wisconsin two weeks ago -- and have since spread -- give lie to the conventional wisdom that the labor movement is dead. Wisconsin's new governor, Scott Walker, made busting the state public employees' union his first order of business. The union, along with sympathetic Wisconsinites of all stripes, busted him right back -- hard. And they show no sign of backing down.
And and Joe tackle the movement afoot among American workers, and look back at the history of organized labor in the United States, the (not-coincidental) rise of the middle class -- and at the decades-long campaign by the ruling class to cut them back down to size.
Erika Spaet from Partnership for Safety and Justice gave us an update of current topics the organization is focusing on. For more information, listeners can go to www.safetyandjustice.org, or telephone the PS&J office at 503/335-8449, or send U.S. Mail to P.O.Box 40085, Portland, OR 97240.
The Jericho Movement for Political Prisoner Amnesty asks that we voice our opinion on February 24th at the Portland City Council meeting before they vote on whether or not the City of Portland should re-enter the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF). Or write to City Council Members. This Wednesday, there will be a sign-making party for the rally at Portland Central America Solidarity (PCASL) Headquarters. For more information, Telephone: 503/750-0523.
Economist Justin Elardo joins Abe and Joe to talk about demand-side economics.
When President Franklin D. Roosevelt conceived of and executed the New Deal -- his grand plan to lift the country out of the Great Depression -- his work was guided by demand-side economics. The government would spend money to put people to work building roads, schools, bridges, dams, community centers and a whole array of infrastructure projects, many of which are still in use today. In turn, these gainfully-employed Americans would circulate their wages through the economy, creating demand for goods and services of all kinds. The money needed to hire these workers was raised through a combination of deficit spending and taxation of the wealthy, at rates that would be considered scandalous today.
Rethinking psychiatry: a conversation with Robert Whitaker about a more compassionate mental health system
Our treatment of those in emotional distress manifests itself everyday. Too many Oregonians struggling with mental health issues can be found heavily medicated and warehoused. Or, they are turned out onto the streets to become the victims of crime or institutional violence as in the case of James Chasse. This is an issue that goes beyond public policy reform. It is one that calls for a fundamental reexamination of the "broken brain" model of psychiatry upon which those policies are based.
My guests this morning on KBOO Talk Radio: Larry Collins,Fulton Burns, and Bruce Johnson from the People of Purpose and Associates, who are doorknocking in East County to chat with people about community violence as well as police accountability.