Paul Cienfuegos has been passionate about social change all his life and has devoted most of his adult life to this important work. In 1995, he founded Democracy Unlimited of Humboldt County (DUHC), which works to dismantle corporate constitutional so-called "rights" and strengthen the rights of communities to govern themselves. He moved to Portland in April in order to greatly expand the work of this critical new movement across the state of Oregon. You can connect with his extensive writings, speeches and workshops at PaulCienfuegos.com or on facebook.
A group of activists from Occupy Wall Street are preparing to set off Thursday on a march to Washington DC to confront the Congressional Supercommittee on its plan to cut social programs while continuing tax cuts for the rich.
They will walk around twenty miles a day and stay at the homes of supporters along the route, and plan to arrive in Washington in time for the November 23rd deadline for the so-called supercommittee to announce over a trillion dollars in budget cuts.
KBOO’s Jenka Soderberg spoke with Michael Grazier, one of the march organizers.
Dispatches from the War on Sex: Mississippi's 'personhood' initiative
Voters in Mississippi will decide tomorrow on a 'personhood' initiative which, if passed, would confer legal personhood upon a fertilized ovum. This would of course render abortion illegal, and any other act that interfered with said ovum's development -- like, say, a miscarriage, or the use of certain kinds of birth control -- could be considered negligent homicide or even murder.
Cecil Prescod hosts a show about the so-called Super Committee's possible proposals for cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid and the effects the cuts might have on Americans. His guest are Nancy J.
Clayton Morgareidge reads various responses to the concern some have expressed about the involvement of homeless people in the Occupy Wall Street movement. He offers a positive assessment that sees the movement benefiting from the homeless involvement. He suggests that learning how to get along with and work with each other is exactly what the movement is about and what it will take to integrate the homeless who aren't and shouldn't go away.
Joe Clement and Frann Michel turn to this film because of its obviously critical message about late capitalism, and the way some of its complaints, seemingly new and unprescedented at the time, resonate with the Occupy Wall Street movement today. But they have mixed feelings about how far John Carpenter's portrayal of society hijacked by otherwise unseen aliens through psychological manipulation can go as a social analysis of the real actors and sources of inequality, injustice, and social and environmental destruction.
Jan Haaken and Mike Snedecker talk about the right of assembly and how it comes into play for the Occupy movement. They consider the role of elected leaders to make discretionary calls in managing assemblies and the importance of protecting First Amendment rights, but also the potential limits on the place, time and manner of people's assemblies.