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
20:17 minutes (18.58 MB)
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.
11:49 minutes (10.83 MB)
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.
42:23 minutes (58.2 MB)
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.”
10:47 minutes (9.87 MB)
Legislation penalizing organizations for participating in the B-D-S movement against Israel, has been quietly attached to the Fast-Track Legislation that is winding its way through Congress.
The B-D-S movement, which stands for boycott, divest, and sanction, is a growing international effort began in 2005 to pressure Israel for its continued oppression and occupation of Palestine.
It utilizes economic tactics similar to those used against the Apartheid regime in South Africa.
The amendment, introduced by Senator Ben Cardin of Maryland, stipulates that, as a general principle of trade agreements, the US should discourage other countries from participating in any form of B-D-S against Israel for political reasons.
11:43 minutes (10.72 MB)
A four-week long protest which has halted construction of the proposed TMT or Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea on the big island of Hawaii continues with several new developments this week.
On Tuesday activists took to the streets of Honolulu to bring their message to the centers of state and commercial power in the archipelago.
The thirty-meter telescope would be housed in a massive eighteen-story high structure atop the highest mountain in Hawaii.
It’s a project of the TMT Observatory Corporation, a joint venture of Institutions from the United States, Canada, China, India and Japan.
There are already thirteen other telescopes sited on the mountain, which have also drawn opposition from Native Hawaiians and environmentalists. 16:09 minutes (14.78 MB)