How seriously will the Feds look at police practices?
The U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division is beginning an investigation into the policies and practices of the Portland Police Bureau to determine whether officers routinely use excessive force to violate Portlanders' civil rights. Community leaders who have been calling for such an investigation were finally joined in their request by Mayor Sam Adams and Commissioner Dan Saltzman following the January 2010 police killing of Aaron Campbell. While the DOJ determined no federal law had been violated in the Campbell case, the agency did feel a review of bureau policies and practices are needed.
Guest host Wendy Webb speaks with LA Street Phantom aka Joey Krebs, a longstanding force in the L.A. street art scene.
The Denizen Gallery @Milepost 5 and the Plum Bum Gallery brought Krebs to Portland to perform "You Don't Know What Art i$” for the closing of his visual art show “Blacklisted and Banned.” He premiered the piece on this installment of Art Focus.
Joey Krebs, media activist, street artist, performer, and visual artist, along with his collective ARTSAVESLIVES, calls the commodiﬁcation of "street art" into question. Recently Krebs was one of the protesters of the censorship of the 2011 MOCA grafﬁti show.
Presswatch is on break this week. Instead Chris Andreae interviews Susan Lindauer, a former Congressional staffer who served as a U.S. Intelligence Asset covering Libya and Iraq at the United Nations, as a back channel on matters of anti-terrorism from 1993 to 2002. In the summer of 2001, her team warned about a major terrorist attack involving airplane hijackings and a strike on the World Trade Center. She is the author of "Extreme Prejudice: The Terrifying Story of the Patriot Act and the Cover Ups of 9/11 and Iraq."
Susan Lindauer speaks in Portland: 8pm Thursday August 4th 2011 – Lucky Labrador Tavern – Community Meeting Room
915 SE Hawthorne Street – Portland Oregon
Farewell, American democracy. We hardly knew ye. Abe dicusses the latest in the debt ceiling debacle
The triumph of the ruling class is at hand. With a vote in Washington looming, the America in which we have all grown up is primed for sacrifice on the altar of tax cuts and deficit reduction. Congressional Republicans threatened to blow up the global economy unless they got exactly what they wanted -- and the president gave it to them. Our political system is wholly, finally, broken.
Gar Alperovitz on Hiroshima: New Facts & Old Myths
Gar Alperovitz on Hiroshima: New Facts & Old Myths, Recorded in Ames, IA on November 07, 1994
Gar Alperovitz is one of the most highly regarded experts on Hiroshima and U.S. policy. He is professor of political economy at the University of Maryland. His articles appear in the Washington Post, Tikkun, The Nation and Dollars & Sense. His books include Atomic Diplomacy and America Beyond Capitalism. His award-winning book. The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb, is a classic.
Through-out the show we played clips from famous songs written by members of the Industrial Workers of the World who, as Utah Phillips liked to put it, stole the hymn songs because they were pretty and changed the words so they'd make more sense. In the end, our radical musicologists, Brad Duncan and Josh Wise, talk about the litirgical and popular origins of the songs and how they spoke to both where people found themselves, where they've been and where they wanted to go.
Frann takes on the idea that the United States is broke, reminds us of the ramification of the kind of spending-cuts being demanded in Washington, and the sort of demands we should be making for the massive wealth held by the ruling class. She suggests that resistance to austerity, precisely to be realistic, must arise from outside the channels of power currently demanding austerity in the first place. "People power, from Greece to Spain to Egypt to Tunisia, is anything but a utopian phrase - it is the watchword of those on the front-line in the struggle against austerity." She also reminds us that "austerity" isn't new - before it used to be called structural adjustments.