Veteran journalist Reese Erlich discussed his experience by actually talking (imagine!) to some of the people vilified by our government as terrorists. His new book is Conversations with Terrorists: Middle East Leaders on Politics, Violence and Empire.
It's lawmakers and lawmen! First, Dave & Jo Anne talked with State Senator Jackie Dingfelder about the challenges facing the legislature and governor. Then they took a look at Police Chief Mike Reese's comments on the rash of recent officer-involved shoots. As always, listeners called in and shared their views.
Jo Ann Bowman is a former state legislator, former executive director of Oregon Action, and a long-time leader in the struggle for racial and economic justice.
Guest host Trillium Shannon speaks with Right 2 Survive members about the systemic abuses that keep people from accessing housing in Portland and across the United States. Right 2 Survive, or R2S, is an organization made up of Portland residents who are unhoused, formerly unhoused, and allies. They'll share stories, ask for your feedback, and offer some concrete ways to support elevating housing to the level of a human right. Call in at 503-231-8187.
We put together a show based on interviews recorded during the Roots and Wings Celebration of the Rural
Organizing Project on December 4, 2010. We included about 2/3rds of people who participated in the interviews, talking about the beginnings of ROP, how different individuals came across ROP and how it has effected their organizing or their lives, and some anecdotal snippets about the marches, the caucuses, the demonstrations, and other events that ROP has helped them with, across the state over the past 18 years.
It's no secret that for progressives, the Obama administration has been a mixed bag. A number of landmark accomplishments seem diminished in light of what they might have been, had the President and his Congressional majority had the backbone to challenge the prerogatives of the wealthy.
Joe, back from vacation, joins Abe to discuss the accomplishments of the Obama administration thus far -- and suggest how the President might chart a bolder tack in the future.