A whistleblower who came forward in 2006 to report what he believed to be illegal activity of his coworkers is now fighting to save his home from the very financial institution that acquired his former employer. Robert Kraus worked as a controller for North Carolina based Wachovia Bank before it got acquired by Wells Fargo in 2008. KBOO Reporter Robin Ryan spoke with professor Fred Alford at the university of Maryland about the consequences whistleblowers face and the power of organizations to discourage ethical behavior.
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The US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has released five options for updating the Northwest Forest Plan, which determines, among other things, the number of board feet allowed to be harvested from the O & C lands. These lands are a patchwork of square-mile plots surrounding the coprridor of the failed Oregon & California railroad extending the full length of the Oregon coast. In the 1930s, a deal was set up where the land once owned by the O & C would become public land for the benefit of local counties, and the result was decades of wholesale logging, only ending in the early 1990s due to environmental regulations. 5:45 minutes (5.26 MB)
A new report by Multnomah County reveals a staggering health disparity for Pacific Islanders in Oregon. Oregon has the fifth largest population of Pacific Islanders in the country, but some are barred from receiving Medicaid. And those who are eligible often still can’t afford it. The US has a checkered history with Pacific Island nations, and those communities in general fly under the public radar. Alan Montesillo spoke with Kristina Narayan, who is a policy associate at the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon. She explained the history behind the US relationship with Pacific Islands, and what is blocking them from getting healthcare today.
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Violent, too-often lethal and racist police behavior continues to be in the public spotlight with the recent outrage in Baltimore. Although public discussion of the role of police unions in protecting cops from both internal discipline and criminal prosecution has increased over the past year since the events in Ferguson, there is still relatively little movement among progressives and organized labor to seriously address this issue.
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This week: we talk with Anthony Taylor of Compassionate Oregon about that state's efforts to implement its adult use program, and about how that will effect Oregon's medical marijuana program; plus Yesid Reyes Alvarado, Colombian Minister for Law & Justice, addresses the UN's Commission on Narcotic Drugs. 29:00 minutes (26.56 MB)
Frann Michel and Hyung Nam discuss the origins of May Day in the Chicago Riot of 1886, its enduring if transformed significance today, and local actions taking place on May Day (May 1st) 2015. 12:30 minutes (11.45 MB)
Drawing from Edward Baptist's book The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism (available as a book or ebook at the Multnomah County Library), Clayton Morgareidge argues that the Civil War and the 14th Amendment abolishing slavery constituted the second, and more radical, revolution than the one in the 1770s. There is a lesson here about the prospects for a new revolution that would put an end to the private ownership of capital.
Bill Resnick continues his conversation with Michael Armstrong of Portland's Bureau of Planning and Sustainability about City-wide action on climate change, making Portland more sustainable, and the importance of collective as well as individual initiative.
Image Credit: Portland State University
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Jan and Tod talk about the emotional work of social movements, and different ways of thinking about the psychology of class and envy. They start with a discussion of Snowpiercer*-- a 2013 South Korean science fiction film about the revolt of passengers on a continuously moving train as they discover the enormous luxuries enjoyed by front car passengers.
*A film that Movie Moles Frann Michel and Iven Hale have also reviewed.
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On August 4, 2014 a huge mine tailings pond breached, releasing an estimated 14.5 million cubic meters of toxic solid and liquid mine wastes into the pristine waters of the Fraser River watershed in southeastern British Columbia. Imperial Metals, which runs the Mount Polley open pit copper and gold mine, applied for a permit to reopen the mine after the disaster. On April 1 (cruel joke), the Province of B.C. accepted the application to reopen the mine, leaving just one month for the public to comment.
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Protesters are gathering at the University of Washington in Seattle tomorrow to challenge the construction of a new animal research lab on campus.
The University of Washington already holds over a thousand monkeys, and hundreds of other animals, to carry out medical and other types of research on the bodies of the animals.
The protests against the new lab have escalated in recent months to include Skanska, the construction company that is building the new lab, as well as the University of Washington.
This week, on April 22nd, activists hung a massive banner from the Hawthorne Bridge in Portland. The banner read, “U-W and SKANSKA HAVE BLOOD ON THEIR Hands.”
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