Denise Morris hosts this show about things moles, ordinary people, are doing to "root that mountain down"-- the mountain of oppression and exploitation. We hear about people in Portland getting ready to join in the US Social Forum; about a big conference in Vancouver, WA challenging inequities of class and race around health issues; about queer folk organizing to get over the fixation on the bourgeois institution of marriage; and about the dangers to our world and our lives from all the stuff we make and consume.
Sentimental fools gathering around marriage--but is that really the goal for queer communities and queer futures? Thus begins a discussion with Yasmin Nair and Ryan Conrad, activists and scholars of queer imagination. They discuss the Against Equality Archive Project: an online archive, publishing, and arts collective focused on critiquing mainstream gay and lesbian politics. As queer thinkers, writers and artists, we are committed to dislodging the centrality of equality rhetoric and challenging the demand for inclusion in the institution of marriage, the US military, and the prison industrial complex via hate crimes legislation.
Should we continue voter-owned elections? An interview with Common Cause's Janice Thompson
This fall, Portlanders will decide whether to continue their experiment with voter-owned elections. The question becomes more relevant in the wake of Citzens United vs. Federal Elections Commission, a recent Supreme Court ruling that removed bans on corporate campaign spending. This week, Jo Ann and Dave talk with Common Cause Oregon's Janice Thompson about the upcoming referendum on voter-owned elections and what else needs to be done to fix our ailing electoral process.
Counting Heads: What's right and what's wrong with the 2010 census
Its been happening every decade since 1790. As mandated by the constitution, the U.S. Census Bureau determines the population of the nation, the results used to allocate congressional seats, electoral votes and government program funding. As census questionnaires start arriving in mailboxes this month, criticism of the census is heating up from all quarters. Right wing pundits characterize the census as part of the Obama administration's efforts to control citizens' lives. Republicans accuse organization like ACORN of distorting the results for political gain. Communities of color and other underrepresented populations worry that historic undercounting of their numbers will once again leave them without real political representation.
On this March 2010 Gender Blender, hosts Laura Calvo and Jacob Anderson-Minshall talked to women involved with Portland's POW fest, the ENDA legistlation lobby and a symposium on Feminist Pedagogy.
The show started with in-studio guest Tara Johnson-Medinger, producer of Portland, Oregon's women's film festival, POW Fest, talking about Kathryn Bigelow's Oscar Win and how female directors differ from their male counterpoints. POW Fest runs March 18th-21st and you can get tickets here.