Old Moles Bill Resnick and Norm Diamond talk about union organizing by way of a mutual review of Jane McAlevey's book "Raising Expecations, and Raising Hell: my decade fighting for the labor movement". They consider the official and cynical meaning of labor day, but also the stagnation of the labor movement as it's moved away from rank-and-file organizing, direct action, and using workers' power to drive social change. 18:32 minutes (16.97 MB)
In light of the recent death of Robin Williams, Iven Hale reflects on depression and suicide. Statistics indicate a global epidemic of depression, although those figures work in the interests of the pharmaceutical industry. While medication can be life changing and life saving for those suffering this genuine and physical as well as mental illness, Iven questions the risk that the Western medical model poses to alternative cultural and political traditions of suicide. 9:43 minutes (4.45 MB)
Gongs are one of man's oldest therapeutic instruments and are believed to have a profound effect on the nervous system. They are reported to bring about relaxed and meditative states, aid in pain control, and decrease negative thought patterns, addictive behaviors, and depression. Many people use gong therapy every day to 'raise their vibration', which improves the quality of their thoughts and actions, and helps restore a state of inner balance.
You can learn more and watch Faye Henry perform this gong bath at: http://www.tsvibrations.com Click on 'Sonic Massage' and scroll down to 'Energize Your Field With Gongs.'
11:04 minutes (25.34 MB)
Frann Michel hosts this episode, with segments on police violence in Honduras, Ferguson, and Palestine, and on a local non-profit nourishing bodies and communities in Portland. Musical selections: Sound of da Police by KRS One; Call the Cops by Rob Hustle ft. Liv; Tired of Being Stepped On by the Click; and Revolution by Nina Simone.
57:31 minutes (26.33 MB)
Jan Haaken talks with volunteer and board member Robert Adams and co-manager Kris Soebroto of the non-profit Sisters of the Road Cafe in Old Town, which for nearly 35 years has been serving immediate needs and seeking systemic change. The Cafe offers hot meals in exchange for $1.50 cash, for work barter, or for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. Work credits earned at Sisters can also be used at Portland Farmers' Markets, and field trips from Sisters introduce the farmer-vendors and explain how to use the foods they offer. Sisters also partners with the Sauvie Island Organics farm Food Works program, which teaches teenagers about farming. 12:21 minutes (5.66 MB)