As "world leaders" meet at the UN to discuss climate change and 400 thousand march for action in New York and here in Portland, today's Old Mole, hosted by Tom Becker, discuss the prospects for change the leaders ignore: action from the grass roots. Here are links to the show's segments; or you can use the play button to hear the whole show.
Inspired by the World Social Forum in Port Alegre, Brazil in 2005, community organizing movements have formed around the world and throughout the US. One of them is the Pacific Nortwest Social Forum which will be holding a People's Movement Assembly here in Portland this weekend -- 9/26-9/28. More information here. Two of its organizers, Rosalinda Nguyen and Edgar Franks, talk here with the Old Mole's Jan Haaken about the event and the movement. 14:07 minutes (9.7 MB)
Sunday's big Climate Change March was followed up on Monday with a more militant action, Flood Wall Street at which a hundred arrests were made. In this Old Mole exclusive, Jan Haaken talks in real time with Diana Rempe, a Portland community psychologist, as she walks in this demonstration. 7:22 minutes (5.06 MB)
Eric Ross, organizing director for the Backbone Campaign based in Vashon, Washington, along with Jay Cookson and James John Bell of SmartMeme studios in Union, Washington were in Portland for the first Cascade Media Convergence, an event that attracted communicators from throughout the Pacific NW to share ways to put media into the hands of ordinary people. The best example of that in the presentation was Glacier Northwest, a mining company in upstate New York that tried to take over a spit of land on Maury Island to develop a mining and barge loading site. 29:29 minutes (26.99 MB)