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.
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
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.
Die German Stunde talks about immigration to Portland -- old v. new. The German American Society is having trouble reconciling immigrants who came in the 50s and 60s with newer arrivals. Other ethnic communities are facing similar dilemmas. Guests: Sascha Siekmann from the German American Society, Mahnaz Milani from the Iranian Community, Andrea Bartoloni, Italy's Vice Consul here in Portland and KBOO's very own Lucia Galizia, host of KBOO's Italian Hour.
Floodlines is a firsthand account of community, culture, and resistance in New Orleans in the years before and after Katrina, by Jordan Flaherty. Instead of a traditional book tour, Jordan has helped organize The Community and Resistance Tour, which seeks to communicate about current struggles for justice and liberation. The tour also seeks to connect communities of liberation, and to build relationships between grassroots activists and independent media.
On this show, we speak with Jordan Flaherty, we’ll listen to other audio supporting the The Community and Resistance tour, from Jesse Muhammad, Sunni Patterson, and Mic Crenshaw.
Die German Stunde Talks about Conflicts in Portland between Old and New Immigrants
How do immigrants who came to Oregon in the 1950s and 1960s get along with more recent entries? We'll have a look at what's going on in the German community and also investigate the old vs. new debate in the Iranian and Italian communities. Guests are: Sascha Siekmann, board member of the German American Society, Mahnaz Milani, an Intel engineer who is active in the Iranian community and Lucia Galizia, host of KBOO's very own Italian Hour. Die German Stunde is hosted by Miriam Widman.