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."
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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.
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Tom Becker hosts this latest report from the Old Mole, and we hear about threats to privatize our Postal Service; the contradiction between capitalism and a survivable planet; a novel about coming of age in a small town; and the music and radical politics of saxophonist Fred Ho who died recently.
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Today's Old Mole features the music of Fred Ho, composer, saxophonist, writer, and radical political activist who died in April. In this segment, we hear some of the musical selections played on the show, the first with an introduction by Ho himself. These are followed by a conversation with the Mole's radical musicologist Brad Duncan and Joe Clement in which they explore his music and his life and politics. 13:23 minutes (9.19 MB)
Since the founding of the US, the postal service has delivered mail quickly and securely from any place in the country to any other place in it, all for a price anyone could afford. Now many corporations and members of congress want to break up this birthright and hand it over to private, profit-making companies. Willie Goshell is an officer in the National Association of Letter Carriers and active in the Portland Campaign to Save Our Post Office. Here he talks with Bill Resnick about how much we would be losing if Postal Service gets privatized, and what we can do to stop it. 19:03 minutes (13.08 MB)