The Rural Organizing Project held its annual rural caucus on May 7th, in Bend Oregon. On ths episode of Circle A Radio, we will listen to speeches from the event, hear participants in the march on Representative Greg Walden’s office, and talk to individual members of Rural Organizing Project about building community, and organizing.
Host Celeste Carey interviews Max Richtman, Executive VP/Acting CEO of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare.
Richtman says, “It’s important that Americans understand the [just-released] 2011 Trustees Report which confirms that Social Security and Medicare continue to fulfill their mission, providing retirement and health security to millions still suffering during the worst economic crisis of a generation. Beyond the doom-and-gloom news headlines and calls to cut these programs in order to ‘save’ them, the fiscal facts in this annual report show that Social Security has a $2.6 trillion surplus which continues to grow."
Geraldine Brooks on her new novel "Caleb's Crossing"
Host Marianne Barisonek interviews Geraldine Brooks, best-selling author and winner of the Pulitzer Prize (for March) about her new book, CALEB’S CROSSING, which was inspired by the life of Caleb Cheeshahteaumauk, the first Native American to graduate from Harvard College. Brooks first learned about him during her time as a Radcliffe fellow at Harvard in 2006. Caleb was from the Wampanoag tribe of Native Americans who lived on Martha’s Vineyard. There is little official information on Caleb’s life and Brooks’s novel is an informed imagining of what he might have gone through.
Host Dan Johnson speaks with Mya Chamberlain, Senior Programs Coordinator for Friendly House, Jo Hamilton and Sharon Messerschmidt, two long time members of the Gay & Grey community and Max Micozzi Jones, chair of Gay & Grey Pdx Expo and a veteran in fighting for the rights of seniors including those who identify as Gay, Lesbian, Bi, Transgendered & Questioning.
Dan Johnson hosts "The Madness of Medicare." He lays out what Medicare covers now and what changes would occur under Representative Paul Ryan's plan for cutting the budget. He's joined by Lisa Stiller of Jobs with Justice.
Dan Johnson hosts "The Madness of Medicare." He'll lay out what Medicare covers now and what changes would occur under Representative Paul Ryan's plan for cutting the budget. He'll be joined by Lisa Stiller of Jobs with Justice. Your calls welcome.
What if the labor movement never happened? What if we never gained weekends or sick leave? Or lunch hours, paid vacation, health insurance? The 40-hour work week? With hundreds of union-busting bills pending across the nation, Abe and Joe return to the ongoing assault on workers.
Oregon lawmakers are considering several bills aimed at sex-trafficking, including tougher sentences and fines, publicizing names of johns, and detention of child prostitutes. This week, Jo Ann and Dave took a look at these bills and at other strategies for stopping sexual exploitation of Oregon youth.
Wisconsin is again at the center of a fight for labor and collective bargaining rights. We did most of these interviews last week, just as the news broke that collective bargaining rights in Wisconsin had been all but eliminated for public workers. This came after three weeks of massive protests in Madison and less publicized protests across the state that inspired social justice activists nationally and internationally.
Tonight on Circle A Radio we speak with Ken Germanson, former President of the Wisconsin Labor History Society. We also have interviews with Margaret Shannon, Natalie Tsoris, and Lauryl Sulfate, all of Wisconsin, all opposed to the union-busting Budget Repair Bill proposed in the Wisconsin State Senate in February 2011.