Patrick Mazza of Cascadia Planet talks with Bill Resnick about how the Obama administration's discussions with China on climate build on actions at the US state level, and next steps will need to come from further local actions, though the cost of solar panels is likely to drop considerably. (Preceded by some Bruce Springsteen.) 8:51 minutes (4.06 MB)
Bill Resnick talks with Chris Toensing of Middle East Report about US relations with Iran, negotiations over nuclear material, and their common interests in opposing ISIS. They note Israel's interest in distracting attention from the Palestinian question as a destabilizing issue in the region; Saudi interests in avoiding acknowledging an alternative to monarchy as a form of Islamic government; and the fabrication of sectarianism as a source of conflict.
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Nicole Grant and Alysabeth Alexander, union leaders from Seattle and San Francisco respectively, tell a Portland union audience how they won a $15 minimum wage in their cities. Their presentations are followed by Q & A from the audience and a presentation by Anne McDonnell, a low-wage, union worker and 15 NOW pdx steering committee member. The event was sponsored by the NW Labor Notes Organizing Committee and 15 NOW pdx. 52:48 minutes (48.34 MB)
Around 13,000 contested ballots WERE NOT COUNTED in the November 4th election in Oregon. Voters have until WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 19th to fix any problems with contested ballots.
A recount is automatically triggered if the margin on any item is within 4,000 votes. This could have an impact on Measure 92, where the margin between No votes and Yes votes is around 7,500 at last count.
KBOO spoke with Tony Green of the Oregon Secretary of State's office for more on the 13,000 contested ballots.
ARE YOU ON THE LIST? - The Statesman-Journal has made it easy to search the full list of contested voters.
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Many of our late-night deejays have been accused of belonging to a cult led by Aleister Crowley. That's only half right. We're member of a cult, and this cult is led by a Crowley, however, it's not Aleister. Rather it’s his brother Carl. Carl Crowley. Carl is Aleister’s little-known brother, and that’s just the way he wants it.
We say and play what Carl Crowley tells us to say and play. It’s fortunate for you, the listener, that he has a good sense of humor. We'll be playing radio comedy and odd audio pieces that are good for a few laughs. I think you’ll enjoy it. And, if I were you, I'd enjoy it 57:38 minutes (23.09 MB)
Think: The two groups of people most likely to spend their days and nights together in a state of mutual fear and mistrust?
The police and the homeless. And the homeless very often have come off the rails. Poverty does make a person crazy, both mentally and physically ill and more or less permanently teetering on the cusp of committing a crime. Enter DENNIS ROSENBAUM. He’s going to be visiting from time to time to the tune of $240 thousand dollars. 15:00 minutes (13.73 MB)
A dozen students in Colorado were kicked out of a local school board meeting for protesting what they are calling the censorship of history. The conservative school board in Jefferson County Colorado had been considering a measure that would limit history classes, including Advanced Placement History in high schools, from learning about certain parts of U-S history.
The school board stated that all books and materials in the classroom should promote citizenship, patriotism, essentials and benefits of the free enterprise system, respect for authority and respect for individual rights.
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A coalition of peace activists blockaded an Israeli ship in Tampa this weekend, including a direct action by Dezeray Lyn, who locked her neck to a parked car with a u-lock.
The action in Tampa is the latest in a series of protests known as ‘Block the Boat’.
Groups have successfully blocked or delayed Israeli ships in Oakland California, Seattle Washington, Longview Washington, and Vancouver BC.
The Tampa blockade is targeting the Israeli-owned vessel ‘Zim Savannah’, which is owned by Zim Integrated Shipping Services.
Protesters say the blockades are a pressure tactic aimed at trying to get Israel to end its occupation of Palestinian land.
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Tom Becker hosts this edition of the Old Mole featuring discussions of the November elections and the psychology of political activism.
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Jan Haaken and Tod Sloan, psychologists and activists, talk about the emotional demands of social movement work, and what we can learn from the history of groups organizing for fundamental social change. Sloan talks about an organization he helped found in Portland, Cascadia Center for Social Ecology, focused on education and emotional support for activists. On Facebook 15:41 minutes (10.77 MB)
Today's Well-read Red is Bill Resnick. He examines various left assessments of the 2014 mid-term election on why it had such a disastrous outcome for the Democrats and what political initiatives are required of the left, including building movements for reform but also "reform and revolution/transformation" organizing. 14:22 minutes (9.86 MB)
Paul Sonn, of the National Employment Law Project (NELP), speaks with Laurie Mercier about recent successes of state and city minimum wage campaigns, and new grass-roots strategies for promoting living wage jobs. Here is a good online resource for action on this issues. 13:15 minutes (9.1 MB)