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Flashpoints

Program: 
Flashpoints
Air date: 
Thu, 12/18/2008 - 11:15am - 12:00pm

Financial consultant Katherine Austin Fitts on the lowering of interest rates by the Fed, Goldman Sachs and the continuing fallout from the bailout.

More on the impact of Western colonization in the Congo.

And a new interview with death row inmate Mumia Abu Jamal.

Life after Prison

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Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Sun, 12/07/2008

Ruth was joined Thai. He’s been out of prison for a few years and they talked about the problems of trying to get a life again. Fortunately he has a few friends that help him, but finding employment has been a struggle. Thai shared his insights about what it is like to be an ex-con.

29:52 minutes (27.35 MB)

Flashpoints

Program: 
Flashpoints
Air date: 
Thu, 12/04/2008 - 11:15am - 12:00pm

Financial analyst Catherine Austin Fitts with the Community Business Report, an eyewitness report of Israeli settler and military violence against Palestinians in the West Bank and an update on the case of death row prisoner Troy Anthony Davis.

Circle A Radio

Air date: 
Wed, 12/17/2008 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
We listen to the work of dearly departed Studs Terkel

Tonight we explore the wide archives of interviews that Studs Terkel conducted during his prolific life as a  author, historian, actor, and broadcaster. 

Strugglebration for Mumia

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Sun, 11/23/2008

Guest, Shaun Carnahan and Ruth Kovacs talk about  December 9 when  KBOO  co-sponsors a Strugglebration event for Mumia Abu-Jamal. Folks will gather at the Cultural Center  of Portland State University, from 6 to 9 pm, Tuesday, December 9. There will be music, speakers and films. Portland has not forgotten Mumia.

27:35 minutes (25.25 MB)

The Framing of Mumia

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Sun, 11/16/2008

Patrick O’Connor, author of “The Framing of Mumia”, talked about his book and shared information that has not been presented before the publication of his book. He described part of the injustice of the trial, the lies about a so-called confession—which did not exist, and  the bias of Judge Sabo. After his in depth study of Mumia’s case, O’Connor seemed convinced that Mumia will never be executed and that there is still a possibility of a new trial.



Watch for Portland’s event  supporting Freedom for Mumia, December 9, 2008, from 6:00 – 8:30 pm at Portland State University – Cultural Center!

30:59 minutes (28.37 MB)

Mumia updates from Suzanne Ross

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Sun, 11/09/2008

Suzanne Ross of the New York City Free Mumia organization provided updates on Mumia’s case. The prosecution  is trying to reinstate the death penalty and appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court. December 9 is the anniversary of the death of Officer Faulkner so demonstrations and rallies will take place all over the world. Saturday Dec. 6, there will be events in Philadelphia and New York City, and Monday, December 9, Portland will gather at the PSU Multicultural Center, for a rally.

31:08 minutes (28.5 MB)

The Decider

 Apropos of my post below, Obama is planning to review the plethora of onerous executive orders issued by President Bush:

President-elect Barack Obama is poised to move swiftly to reverse actions that President Bush took using executive authority, and his transition team is reviewing limits on stem-cell research and the expansion of oil and gas drilling, among other issues, members of the team said Sunday.

Clearly, much more needs to be reviewed besides the issues mentioned above, but for a guy who's more than a month from taking office, this is a very encouraging start.

-A

Back from the brink

 While I'm still processing the full import of Obama's win -- I'll blog about it more later -- one very, very encouraging item that's popped up is his intention to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay. From Spencer Ackerman:

 

Less than a week after his election, and more than two months before he takes office, Barack Obama is signaling that this monstrosity is coming to an end. This, I submit -- to my uncle and anyone else --  is change you can believe in. The AP, via Time:

"President-elect Obama's advisers are quietly crafting a proposal to ship dozens, if not hundreds, of imprisoned terrorism suspects to the United States to face criminal trials, a plan that would make good on his promise to close the Guantanamo Bay prison but could require creation of a controversial new system of justice."

 

The news that the Guantanamo prisioners will come to the United States to stand trial is, by any measure, outstanding news. The illegal dentention of War on Terra prisoners has been a long-standing affront to our collective humanity, it's beneath us, and it's high time that it comes to an end. The "creation of a controversial new system of justice" referenced above is, I think, a bit of hyperbole from the AP -- the judicial power of the United States, after all, is "vested in one Supreme Court, and in such inferior courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish."

So the Constitution already provides for the establishment of courts as necessary, and really, U.S. law already provides ground on which to deal with the people in Guantanamo and the crimes for which they are accused might eventually be accused. That they have been detained as they are, and that they have yet to be chanrged with crimes, is one of the Bush administration's more egregious legacies. Good on Obama for already signaling that Guantanamo will be closed.

-A

Ban The Box

program: 
Prison Pipeline
program date: 
Sun, 10/26/2008

Prison Pipeline presents another CR10 report. The subject - Ban the Box - Portland's own Patty Katz from Partnerships for Safety and Justice speaks a the workshop in California and tells her story of crime, incarceration and now her crusade with PS&J to "Ban the Box" from employment applications that require telling "YES" convicted of a felon.

25:25 minutes (23.27 MB)
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