Legislation

Voices from the Edge 07-28-11 US DOJ investigation into police practices and policies

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Thu, 07/28/2011

How seriously will the Feds look at police practices?

The U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division is beginning an investigation into the policies and practices of the Portland Police Bureau to determine whether officers routinely use excessive force to violate Portlanders' civil rights. Community leaders who have been calling for such an investigation were finally joined in their request by Mayor Sam Adams and Commissioner Dan Saltzman following the January 2010 police killing of Aaron Campbell. While the DOJ determined no federal law had been violated in the Campbell case, the agency did feel a review of bureau policies and practices are needed.

53:21 minutes (48.86 MB)

The Abe and Joe Talk Radio Show on 08/02/11

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Tue, 08/02/2011 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Farewell, American democracy. We hardly knew ye. Abe dicusses the latest in the debt ceiling debacle

The triumph of the ruling class is at hand. With a vote in Washington looming, the America in which we have all grown up is primed for sacrifice on the altar of tax cuts and deficit reduction. Congressional Republicans threatened to blow up the global economy unless they got exactly what they wanted -- and the president gave it to them. Our political system is wholly, finally, broken.

Well Read Red: structural adjustments come to the USA

program date: 
Mon, 08/01/2011

Frann takes on the idea that the United States is broke, reminds us of the ramification of the kind of spending-cuts being demanded in Washington, and the sort of demands we should be making for the massive wealth held by the ruling class. She suggests that resistance to austerity, precisely to be realistic, must arise from outside the channels of power currently demanding austerity in the first place. "People power, from Greece to Spain to Egypt to Tunisia, is anything but a utopian phrase - it is the watchword of those on the front-line in the struggle against austerity." She also reminds us that "austerity" isn't new - before it used to be called structural adjustments.

9:14 minutes (8.46 MB)

Marty Hart Landsberg on the "debt problem"

program date: 
Mon, 08/01/2011

Dr. Hart-Landsberg straight-forwardly explains the stakes of the federal government defaulting, the history of dealing with the debt-ceiling and how the whole issue is being used to further an ideological agenda that, he says, has been destructive of interests of the majority. That agenda shows up in things both the Democrats and Republicans agree on about the public debt: there's a debt crisis that must be gotten under control; the driver of the debt are social programs (not wars, Bush tax-cuts or economic crisis); less government in the economy is better. Bill brings this question of economy back to the environment and they discuss stimulus solutions that go beyond the logic of "government as spender of last resort".

20:28 minutes (18.73 MB)

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/01/11

Air date: 
Mon, 08/01/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
debt ceiling, economic democracy, austerity and music of the IWW

 

On the next Old Mole, Joe Clement hosts and we hear:

  • Bill Resnick and Marty Hart Landsberg talk about the debt-ceiling and how it will affect working people.
  • Joe and Josh Eidelson talk about economic democracy
  • Frann Michel talks about austerity measures and Dennis Kucinich offers his own plan to avoid them and get out of debt.
  • Music of the Industrial Workers of the World

The Equality Deficit Versus the Fiscal Deficit - Medicare Under Attack

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Labor Radio
program date: 
Mon, 08/01/2011

People Rallying for Medicare's Birthday Discuss What's At Stake as D.C. Debates the Debt Ceiling

13:23 minutes (12.25 MB)

Political Perspectives on 07/29/11

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Fri, 07/29/2011 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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REAL STATE OF AMERICA ATLAS

Host Michelle Schroeder-Fletcher speaks with Joni Seager and Cynthia Enloe about their book, REAL STATE OF AMERICA ATLAS, which draws back the curtain on our complex nation to reveal the myriad realities of the American experience-from our changing demographics to patterns of home ownership to the kinds of food we eat. The atlas upends many long-held myths and shows us who we are today.

Cynthia Enloe is research professor at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, and has appeared on NPR and written numerous articles on feminism, militarization, and globalization.

 

Political Perspectives on 07/27/11

Air date: 
Wed, 07/27/2011 - 9:00am - 9:30am
Short Description: 
Misguided Measures

It's been 15 years since Oregon voters passed Measure 11, setting mandatory sentences in criminal cases. Just as a new Governor's Commission on Public Safety begins examining prison costs and their causes, a new report by the Partnership for Safety and Justice (PSJ) and the Campaign for Youth Justice says Measure 11 has meant more Oregon youths being charged as adults.

Associate Director and co-author of the report, as well as Matt (last name omitted). Matt spent seven and a half years in the Oregon Youth Authority. He shares some of his experiences with Measure 11 and his time at the McLaren youth facility in Woodburn.

For a copy of the report or for more info:

www.safetyandjustice.org

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