For the Old Mole Variety Hour, July 14, 2014. The fourteenth of July marks a key event of the French Revolution in 1789; and the French Revolution, in turn, is generally seen as a key turning point in the transition from feudalism to capitalism. The storming of the prison was both a symbol and an instance of people collectively claiming freedom.
Thawra Abu Khdeir, 20, is a cousin of Mohammed Abu Khdeir, who was killed by a group of right-wing Israelis in Jerusalem on July 2nd, 2014. Mohammed, 16, was kidnapped, beaten, stabbed and set on fire. Thawra spoke with KBOO on Tuesday July 8th, nearly a week after her cousin's death. 25:59 minutes (29.73 MB)
Bill Resnick talks with Arun Gupta about how the $15 minimum wage ordinance that was recently passed by the City Council in Seattle came to be. Arun points out how people are agitated by the bank-bailouts, the role played by Socialist Alternative and Kshama Sawant's election to the City Council, the contentiousness about and limitations to the final ordinance. They also consider what kind of organizing is or is not behind getting the ordinance passed. In this vein, they talk about "militant shopfloor organizing" vs. electoral organizing, the role played by independent media, weilding control at the "point of production, and the problem of finding solidarity as "all that is solid melts into air."
23:00 minutes (15.79 MB)
Activists with Cascadia Forest Defenders and Earth First! converged on the Seneca Jones biomass plant in Eugene this morning to protest the company’s privatization of public lands in the Elliott State Forest and ongoing pollution in West Eugene.
Several protestors locked themselves to equipment at the plant, effectively blocking the “truck dump” where biomass is loaded into the incinerator.
The plant releases an estimated 17,900 pounds of air toxins into West Eugene Neighborhoods annually.
There are three schools within three miles of the Seneca biomass facility.
For more information, KBOO’s Ken Jones spoke with Grace Warner of Cascadia Forest Defenders.
5:59 minutes (8.21 MB)