Movie Moles Frann Michel and Jan Haaken find some things to like but much to criticize in the very popular current film about black maids in the civil rights era South, The Help. Among the critques they consider is this, from the Association of Black Women Historians: Despite efforts to market the book and the film as a progressive story of triumph over racial injustice, The Help distorts, ignores, and trivializes the experiences of black domestic workers. We are specifically concerned about the representations of black life and the lack of attention given to sexual harassment and civil rights activism.
Host Cecil Prescod speaks with Tyrone Waters, African American, native Portlander, and a certified life coach. Waters has written about his own negative encounters with members of the Portland Police Force. He will talk about his ideas on how to improve interactions between the police and citizens with mental illness.
We talk with Zita Holburne from BARAC - Black Activists Rising Against Cuts - in the UK. You'll also hear from anti-fascist organizer Weymann Bennett and family members of people who have died in police custody in Britain, organizing for justice and police accountability.
We bring you an update on the historic California Prison Hunger Strike. We interview prison activist Sam Paige, and Betty, whos husband is currently in the Security Housing Unit of the Pelican Bay .State Prison in Crescent City, California.
Celeste Carey and Judith Mowry are co-founders of the Restorative Listening Project. The restorative listening project is a monthly forum that uses story telling to create a greater understanding of gentrification in North and NE Portland. The Restorative Listening Project is based on the principles of Restorative Justice which says that only when those most impacted are heard, acknowledged and efforts have been made to repair the harm can the community be made whole again.We’ll listen to an interview with Celeste Carey and Judith Mowry, conducted by Arlie Sommer, recorded at the Voices of Portland event hosted by the Dil Pickle club on May 26th,. 2011. We’ll also hear from Noni Cause and Pastor Don Fraizer, from recordings made at Restorative Listening Sessions.