Breaks in the Chain: What Immigrant Workers Can Teach America about Democracyis a new book byPaul Apostolidis about the social activism of Mexican immigrants. He teaches at Whitman College and with his students has been helping to organize Washington State farm workers. More about this here. The Old Mole's Laurie Mercier talks with him about how the health of citizens (through the food we consume) rests on the physical and mental suffering of immigrant workers, and on what these workers are doing about it.
The Arizona anti-immigrant law has focused renewed attention to undocumented workers. Why are they here and what are the problems the current climate imposes on them? Eliana Machuca, activist and organizer at Jobs With Justice, talks here with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick. More about the issues and opportunities to get involved are available at the Safe Communities Project.
Coffee, Tea and VOE: A talk with Coffee Party PDX's Kristy Alberty and Common Cause Oregon's Nate Gulley
The Tea Party has captured the imagination of America's media industry if not the American people, lending it clout that far surpasses its numbers. Tea Party pressure has sent nervous Republican incumbents like Senator John McCain even more to the right. The Tea Party, however, remains a movement remains at heart a movement of negation: no taxes, no immigrants, no federal government. With their "Don't Tread on Me" flags and Obama-Hitler anologies, Tea Party activists have helped accelerate the decline of civil political discourse.
This week's guest is Trip Jennings who has just returned from a winter volunteering with the International Solidarity Movement in the West Bank. Jennings is an environmental filmmaker by profession and an environmental and social justice activist. He founded the Portland-based outdoor and environmental media company, The Epicocity Project. He was recognized by the National Geographic as "Adventurer of the Year" in 2008 for his work with threatened rivers, indigenous cultures and oil palm plantations in Papua New Guinea.
OLMV hosts this month are Wael Elasady and MaryAlecia Briggs of Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights (SUPER).
A Nakba and Apartheid that dare not speak their names
Saree Makdisi is the author of Palestine Inside Out: An Everyday Occupation, and a professor of English and comparative literature at UCLA. He is also the nephew of the late Palestinian scholar Edward Said.
He spoke on May twenty second 2010 at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon on ‘A Nakba and Apartheid that dare not speak their names.’
Many thousands of undocumented immigrants in the US were forced out of their home countries by NAFTA and invited in by corporations and agribusiness seeking cheap labor. Now they are being punished by anti-immigrant laws and sentiment. Manuel Perez, a scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies, talks about all this and more with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick. Perez writes for Foreign Policy in Focus. (Image by Flickr user Korean Resource Center (cc: by-nc-sa))
This month, local organizations all over the country are taking action as part of the national Take Back the Land movement. Local Action Groups are educating, organizing and taking direct action to support families facing eviction; to open empty, foreclosed homes for people without housing; to assert the right to occupy vacant government properties and land, and to demand that those forced to leave their long time communities have the right to return.