Abe and Joe discuss the not inconsiderable accomplishments of the Obama administration.
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.
Political Perspectives presents a talk by Sister Helen Prejean who spoke in Portland on October 21st of this year at the First United Methodist Church in support of Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty ( www.oadp.org ). She is introduced by Nasseem Raka, author of The Crying Tree.
We'll talk about these two Organizations, how they help the Communities they serve, and ask YOU the Listeners to call in with YOUR Volunteer, Non-Profit stories. What do YOU do to make the World a Better Place?
DO Call-in with your volunteer story, 503-231-8187
Prison Pipeline guest was Jamaica Imani-Nelson. She was released from Coffee Creek about two years ago and is now employed as the Administrative Assistant at PovertyBridge, an organization that creates authentic opportunities for people in poverty. Jamaica’s biggest challenge has recently been to personally provide immediate intervention for women being released at 12:01 a.m., who have no other place to sleep. The need has increased since the closing of the YWCA. Jamaica shared her stories with us and is truly inspiring.
Host Sue Supriano interviews Max Rameau about Take Back the Land, which he founded in 2006. The group initiated a bold campaign that sparked a national movement: they began taking over foreclosed and government-owned homes, and moving homeless families into them. They have successfully moved in over 20 families to date, and many have used the opportunity to save up money and get back on their feet.
It's that time of year, when Jo Ann and Dave review which of our public figures deserve a gift in their stocking and which deserve a lump of coal, such as Senator John McCain for his blind opposition to "don't ask, don't tell"; Governor-elect John Kitzhaber for stonewalling single-payer health care advocates once again; and even closer to home, Portland Police Chief Reese and his public position on participatory democracy.
Listeners called in and shared their holiday list of candidates.
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.
In Your Back Yard - The Housing Crisis in Portland
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.
Today's Guests are Kathy Turner and Joy Hunt from the IDA Initiative, and Doug Cooper from Merci Corps NW, in to talk about Individual Development Accounts, and how they can help Low Income citizens improve their lives. Qualified individuals can get FREE MONEY to accomplish a variety of goals, from buying a house to starting a business. Listen up, and find out more about this amazing program.
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