Mike Nearman is a Republican running for the Oregon House in District 23. He talked with Don Merrill about how reduced timber revenues have affected Polk County and why he opposes the Sherrif's way of handling them, how his timetable for joining the race got speeded up and why his philosophy degree might be just as important to his service as his software degree. *These interviews are part of a project to invite all Oregon 2014 candidates to share their views. A transcript of this interview will be posted shortly. 29:51 minutes (27.32 MB)
Tom Becker hosts this episode on Politics, Poetry, and Prisons. Bill Resnick interviews Mike Parker of the Richmond Progressive Alliance about Chevron and city government. Joe Clement talks with Tamara Lynne and Daisy Montague of Living Stages about their upcoming working-class poetry open mike. Iven Hale and Frann Michel report on a Partnership for Safety and Justice panel on the increasing incarceration of women and girls in Oregon. Left & the Law: Mike Snedeker and Jan Haaken discuss the Innocence Project to exonerate the wrongly convicted.
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Bill Resnick interviews Mike Parker, Progressive Alliance candidate for Mayor of Richmond, California. They discuss Richmond's battles with Chevron over its Richmond refinery, the corporation's failure to pay taxes, the pollution the refinery causes, and the company's attempts to continue polluting with ever-cruder and more dangerous fossil fuels, as well as Richmond's pioneering work in solar energy. The Richmond Progressive Alliance accepts no corporate funding and is battling the money Chevron is pouring into trying to recapture the city council. More than a political party, the RPA works through grassroots community organizing and forming alliances with other groups. 20:37 minutes (9.44 MB)
Jan Haaken and Mike Snediker discuss the Innocence Project which seeks to free those wrongfully convicted of crimes. They discuss the development of DNA technology that made it possible to discover the large numbers of wrongful convictions, and the reasons for those many miscarriages of justice—including tunnel vision or confirmatory bias, police and prosecutorial misconduct, and mistaken eyewitnesses. Juries are still instructed to consider the level of confidence of eyewitnesses, even though there is no relation between confidence and accuracy.
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