One year ago Regence Blue Cross raised rates by an average of 19%. This year's increase is a whopping 35% scheduled to take effect on July 1.
Britta Duncan, co-chair of Jobs with Justice' Healthcare Committee and Secretary/Treasurer of ILWU Local 5 will join host Martha Odom to talk about the 35% premium increase, what it means to working families, Tuesday's protest at Regence, and other work that the JWJ Healthcare committee is doing.
Laurie Mercier hosts this program of interviews and reviews about civil rights, justice and injustice. Laurie interviews Ellen Schrecker about the assaults on academic freedom in the 1950s and how they compare with those of today. Bill Resnick talks with radical economist Robin Hahnel about participatory democracy in Venezuela. And the Movie Moles Denise Morris and Laurie Mercier review The Road to Guantanamo.
You can hear the whole show by clicking on the arrow above, or the individual pieces by following the links below:
Movie Moles Denise Morris and Laurie Mercier review Road to Guantanamo, the British docudrama that follows the story of three British citizens swept up by the military while traveling in Afghanistan and sent to Guantamo prison where they were held without charges for three years before being released.
Robin Hahnel talks with Old Mole Bill Resnick about new forms of democracy developing in Venezuela, including such radical arrangments as participatory budgeting. He discusses some of this in a recent article in Monthly Review.
Marianne Barisonek interviews Zoe Ferraris, author of the
novel, Finding Nouf, a literary mystery set in Saudi Arabia, dealing
with young men and women trying to balance tradition and exposure to Western
Host Dennise Kowalczyk interviews Charity Fain, the new Executive Director for the Portland City Club. Her background includes working on media issues and media advocacy in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.
Gabi Ross has interviewed Professor Fatemeh Keshavarz on her book "Jasmin and Stars, Reading more than Lolita in Tehran". Interview covers more than just the book and critiques the orientalists approach to literature and emphasizes on the richness of Iranian literature and samples from Iranian women writers whose works are translated to English. This was a "Bread and Roses" show and is being presented at "Voices of the Middle East" with permission.
Ethan Scarle went to meeting of the Northeast's Public Safety Committee, at the King Neighborhood Facility, where people from the neighborhoods, from the police, and from other public service areas meet once a month to work on safety issues facing North and Northeast Portland. Issues range from last Sunday's "Take back the Parks" event, to thefts of catalytic converters from automobiles, to sponsoring fitness walks, to street lighting problems, and special events in Portland's parks and streets. One regular service is an outreach program in which volunteers go door to door to bring residents community service information, and, in some cases, information from local sponsoring businesses.