Well-read Red Alan Wieder introduces and reads from Jay Naidoo's article about South African anti-apartheid activist Chris Hani. After helping win the battle against apartheid, Hani called for a "culture of service."
A recent article in Willamette Week praises the Oregon prison system, claiming the system is one of the best in the nation. Attorney Mike Snedeker debunks this claim as part of the lobbying effort of the prison-industrial complex to keep prisons funded in the face of declining crime rates. He talks here with the Old Mole's Jan Haaken.
Social Security, the life line of support for millions, is under attack these days, even from Democrats. Eric Laursen is the author of The People's Pension: The Struggle to Defend Social Security Since Reagan. He talks here with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about why the Right Wing is so opposed to Social Security -- and has been against it since the days of the New Deal.
Tillicum Wawa interviewed "Scatter Their Own," an Oglalla duet who walked in off the street having found out we had a Native program in Portland. Scatter Their Own are Scotti Cliff and Juliana Brown Eyes. They also have a cute Dachshund. We also discussed Idle No More with TJ Ravenwolf.
Rootz Underground is all about uplifting people with their passion for reggae. And they couldn't have a better spokesman than bassist Colin Young. Don Merrill talked with Mr. Young about Rootz Underground, their love for their music and their concern for the Earth.
Stephanie Luce, author of Fighting for a Living Wage, Joe Mizrahi, UFCW organizer in Seattle Paid Sick Days Campaign, Sarah Chambers, Chicago Teachers Union leader, Sindy Avila, HERE 8 organizer of immigrants, and Angela MacWhinnie of SEIU's We Are Oregon community organizing project speak at Labor Notes Troublemakers School plenary on April 13, 2013
Union teachers from Chicago, Reynolds and Portland school districts explain how to wage a contract battle that involves teachers, parents, classified, students and the community and winning. Beginning with Sarah Chambers, a leader in the successful 2012 Chicago Teachers Union strike, followed by Evan Selby, Emily Crum, and Jesse Reschke, leaders of the Reynolds district 2012 strike, and ending with Gwen Sullivan, president of the Portland Association of Teachers, who may face a strike this fall.