Joe Clement hosts (and Kate Welch engineers) this episode of the Old Mole Variety Hour (foreshortened because of membership-drive).
We hear about socialist feminism for revolutionary change in the 21st Century, organizing within what Arun Gupta calls "the Walmart working-class", why "leading left intellectuals" like Slavoj Zizek are wrong about needing authoritarian leaders to defeat capital, and about the late Paul Robeson Jr.'s life and the influence his father had on his own political work. 38:31 minutes (35.27 MB)
Bill Resnick talks with Arun Gupta about an article Arun wrote for The Socialist Register about "the Walmart working-class". They discuss the difficulties that both workers face in the low-wage service economy face trying to organize and that unions face in trying to organize them.
During KBOO's all-day special program on KBOO titled Fighting the Neoliberal Agenda on Friday, May 9th, KBOO listeners heard the first report-back from KBOO’s investigative reporting team on the impact of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) on legislation and legislators in the state of Oregon. Two of these reporters were asked to leave a conference hosted by ALEC at the Kansas City, Missouri Marriott hotel in the first week of May 2014. 21:27 minutes (19.64 MB)
Patti Milne is a Repubican running for the Oregon Senate seat in the 11th Dist. She talked with Don Merrill about why public safety with regards to marijuana use and undocumented immigrants are among her highest priorities, why it makes no sense to single out organizations accused of lobbying if they provide a benefit to lawmakers and how the most important thing for her is getting all interests sitting down at the table to deal with Oregon's complex issues. *This interview is part of a project to invite all Oregon 2014 candidates to share their views. A transcript of this interview will be posted shortly.
29:40 minutes (27.15 MB)
Ken Moore is a Democrat running for the Oregon House in District 24 which serves Yamhill County. He talked with Don Merrill about how he feels people who have concealed carry licenses are the "good guys", why he thinks his enthusiasm is why people chose him to run against an incumbent and why he believes people in hard hit timber counties may have had a hand in their own financial situation. *These interviews are part of a project to invite all Oregon 2014 candidates to share their views. A transcript of this interview will be posted shortly.
28:22 minutes (25.96 MB)
A group of protesters plan to gather outside the National Security Agency headquarters tomorrow to challenge the continued use of military drones by U-S agencies.
KBOO’s Jenka Soderberg spoke with one of the protest organizers. 4:19 minutes (3.96 MB)
Mike Nearman is a Republican running for the Oregon House in District 23. He talked with Don Merrill about how reduced timber revenues have affected Polk County and why he opposes the Sherrif's way of handling them, how his timetable for joining the race got speeded up and why his philosophy degree might be just as important to his service as his software degree. *These interviews are part of a project to invite all Oregon 2014 candidates to share their views. A transcript of this interview will be posted shortly. 29:51 minutes (27.32 MB)
KBOO’s Jenka Soderberg spoke with Saed Bannoura, Editor-In-Chief of the International Middle East Media Center (IMEMC), about the current state of Palestinian political prisoners held in Israel. The IMEMC has published a document prepared by Palestinian researcher Abdul-Nasser Ferwana. 17:19 minutes (15.85 MB)
Plans for the annual May Day march and rally in Portland are taking form as a broad range of community organizations and labor advocacy groups, including local unions, prepare to celebrate International Workers' Day.
For more, KBOO’s Susan Cecil spoke with Greg Margolis, who is helping to organize tomorrow’s rally and march for workers in Portland:
At tomorrow’s May Day event in Portland, people will begin to gather at the South Park Blocks at 2:00 PM and the rally begins at 3:00 PM with speakers and musicians.
At 4:00 PM a march will begin through downtown Portland and will end back at the South Park Blocks at about 5:30 PM. 5:19 minutes (2.44 MB)