Is the annual Village Building Convergence relevant in today's economic climate?
This week, the 9th annual Village Building Convergence starts in Portland. Coming together under the them "Powered by the People," Portlanders will work on projects ranging from water catchment systems and intersection painting to native plant gardening and cob benches. But with record job and home loss rocking the metropolitan area, is the convergence still relevant? Even in good times, how much community voice does the convergence really create?
Host Dr. Helen Caldicott speaks with Lynn Eden, acting co-director (2008-09) at the Center for International Security and Cooperation, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University. Eden's book Whole World on Fire: Organizations, Knowledge, and Nuclear Weapons Devastation(Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2004; New Delhi: Manas Publications, 2004) explores how and why the U.S. government--from World War II to the present--has greatly underestimated the damage caused by nuclear weapons by failing to predict damage from firestorms.
KBOO COMMUNITY CALENDAR
TUESDAY June 2 2009
This is the community calendar for Tuesday June 2 2009
The Grand Opening of the Urban Farm Collective Market will be Wednesday, June 3, at 4 to 7 pm, at the Tin Shed and Garden Cafe's garden patio, located at 1438 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211. For more info, visit www.urbanfarmcollective.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Seed Garden Designs at (503) 449-8178.
Everyone is welcome Tuesday June 2 (today) at the Wild Oats on NE 15th and Fremont to the Eastside democratic meeting, which happens every first Tuesday at noon. This is a progressive group that provides information and works for change. For more information contact Anna Faro at 503 282 0298.
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Remembering the life and work of legendary activist, Father Gerard Jean-Juste, a fierce advocate for the rights of Haitian refugees, often in opposition to U.S. policies towards Haiti. He died on Wednesday. Also a look at the fight against Shell Oil in Nigeria. And the Knight Report.
Waterboarding, Torture or Enhanced interrogation ? What about the men and women who authorized it? Are they criminals or Public Servants protecting America? Should they be held accountable? If so, then how? Should it be by a court or panel? On this show we listen to the voices of experts and perpetrators alike. What is the path forward? Many callers added to the discussion.
Will Seaman interviews Dan Handelman of Peace & Justice Works here in Portland, and Ben Manski of the national "Bring the Guard Home, It's the Law" campaign. They'll talk about the legislation that may soon be coming up for a vote in the Oregon Legislature that is part of a national effort to stop the National Guard from being deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan.
Hear an interview with one of the attorneys for the founders of the Holy Land Foundation. Her client was just sentenced to 65 years in prison for charitable work serving Palestinians. Dr. Mads Gilbert talks about the brutal humanitarian conditions for hundreds of thousands of displaced Tamil people in Sri Lanka, and Financial consultant Catherine Austin Fitts on participatory budgeting and financial permaculture.
The current recession is not an equal opportunity crisis. People of color are experiencing job loss, foreclosures and lack of healthcare at alarmingly higher rates than white Americans. These disparities are not a coincidence but rather the result of structural barriers that have been taking a toll on people of color long before the subprime meltdown.