Aelea Christofferson is a Democrat running for the US House in Oregon's 2nd District. She talked with Don Merrill about how Cover Oregon's problems really lay with the Oregon Health Authority, how she as a white woman would've never suffered the same police injustices as has her adopted, mixed race daughter and how she has a plan for increasing the amount of collegiality in the House. 29:52 minutes (27.34 MB)
As "world leaders" meet at the UN to discuss climate change and 400 thousand march for action in New York and here in Portland, today's Old Mole, hosted by Tom Becker, discuss the prospects for change the leaders ignore: action from the grass roots. Here are links to the show's segments; or you can use the play button to hear the whole show.
Inspired by the World Social Forum in Port Alegre, Brazil in 2005, community organizing movements have formed around the world and throughout the US. One of them is the Pacific Nortwest Social Forum which will be holding a People's Movement Assembly here in Portland this weekend -- 9/26-9/28. More information here. Two of its organizers, Rosalinda Nguyen and Edgar Franks, talk here with the Old Mole's Jan Haaken about the event and the movement. 14:07 minutes (9.7 MB)
Some liberal economists have suggested that stopping climate change is an easy fix: it would be good for the economy, and we have the technology. But that ignores the political question of who controls the policy making institutions, as Rob Urie argues in this article from CounterPunch, read for us here by Tom Becker. Climate Change “is a problem created by the ‘approach to the world’ that is capitalism.” Photo Credit: Mother Earth News. 7:51 minutes (5.39 MB)