We visit with Nancy Mottaz and Mitch Grubic from Dignity Village, Portland's original Village movement project. The Villagers have been sharing their unique wisdom about holding together a member-run and governed village with other groups around the country and in Canada. Today they visit with us to talk about exactly that. We also discuss Steve Wilson and his project http://inpursuitofhappiness.us 11:06 minutes (10.16 MB)
We visit with Nancy Mottaz and Mitch Grubic from Dignity Village, Portland's original Village movement project. The Villagers have been sharing their unique wisdom about holding together a member-run and governed village with other groups around the country and in Canada. Today they visit with us to talk about exactly that. We also discuss Steve Wilson and his project http://inpursuitofhappiness.us 12:56 minutes (11.84 MB)
The Pennsylvania Senate will vote this week on House bill HB2533 and Senate bill SB508. The bill was written in response to political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal’s commencement speech at Goddard College, and is a clear attempt to silence Mumia and other prisoners and formerly incarcerated people. We believe that this legislation is not actually an attempt to help victims, but a cynical move by legislators to stop people in prison from speaking out against an unjust system.
Jessica Vega Pederson is a Democrat seeking reelection in Oregon's 47th House District. She talked with Don Merrill about why future ambitious projects authorized by the legislature need to have more oversight by the legislature, why she has concerns over the out of state money that supports Measure 90 and why, despite accusations of acrimony, she feels the legislature has been a great place to work on the people's business. 28:07 minutes (25.75 MB)
On their Left and the Law segment, Jan Haaken and Mike Snedeker discuss a recent research report by The Sentencing Project, titled "Race and Punishment: Racial Perceptions of Crime and Support for Punitive Polices." The report describes how deeply embedded racism is in the criminal justice system, and how implicit or unconscious racism among white Americans props up this destructive system. Jan and Mike talk about key reforms described in the report, and ways of challenging racist rhetoric on crime and punishment. 15:38 minutes (14.32 MB)
Joe Clement talks with James Tracy, author of "Dispatches Against Displacement: field notes from San Francisco's housing war". They consider what gentrification is as an economic and by extension racialized form of domination, how different cities experience gentrification differently, and real world strategies for fighting back and protecting housing from market forces. James will be speaking at Reading Frenzy books off of N Beech and Mississippi at 6pm on Sunday the 19th, where there'll be a community discussion about fighting displacement.
8:44 minutes (7.99 MB)
Frann Michel reads from an essay by Gavin Mueller in Jacobin, as well as from other sources, to argue that gentrification is not simply a cultural change in a neighborhood, but instead is driven by economic forces and backed by state power. But those forces can be collectively opposed, and alternatives proposed, as evidenced in the global--and local--Right to the City movement. You can also read Frann's commentary. 8:54 minutes (8.15 MB)
Bill Resnick talks with Dr. Walter Tsou about the importance of public health. They consider how our social spending priorities, over determined by war and market competition, and in that vein the private medical insurance regime, undermine our public health and leave us vulnerable to epidemics like Ebola.
Dr. Walter Tsou is a past president of the American Public Health Association and former health commissioner of Philadelphia. He is a founding member of the National Board of Public Health Examiners and a board adviser to Physicians for a National Health Program. Dr. Tsou is also the president of Philadelphia Physicians for Social Responsibility. 14:51 minutes (13.59 MB)
First the latest on my guest, Chris Wahnhoff:...
then the headlines we were forced by time to chase through:
In Calhoun County, Michigan— Pretrial motions will be heard by Calhoun County on Monday for the pending trial of pipeline protestor Chris Wahmhoff. This man, who skateboarded into the expansion project of Enbridge Line 6B in June 2013, now faces potentially two years in prison. The case had been dismissed two times by Calhoun County Judge Kingsley, however the Michigan Supreme Court has overturned the dismissal and recently refused to read an appeal from Wahmhoff’s attorney. Now with trial pending, the protestor’s legal team will be bringing motions for expert witnesses on climate change as a part of their defense.
14:44 minutes (13.49 MB)