Oregon environmentalists can point to many hard-won victories to preserve ecological diversity. But they've been less successful promoting diversity within their own ranks. The result has been a cultural divide that leaves people of color not just outside the mainstream environmental movment but excluded from having a voice in how we meet the huge environmental challenges that face us. The question is "how do we bridge that divide?" Dave Mazza talks with Marcelo Bonta, founder and executive director of the Center for diversity and the Environment, and Tony DeFalco, Coordinator of the Young Environmental Professionals of Color group. Both men have recently been named fellows of the TogetherGreen Conservation Leadership Program, a new conservation intiative of the National Audubon Society with support from Toyota that funds work on community-focused projects contributing to greater environmental health.
Hosts Theresa Mitchell and Ani talk with Dan Handelman of Peace and Justice Works and Leah Bolger of Veteren's For Peace, Chapter 132, Corvallis, about a petition campaign to stop national guard deployment to Iraq or Afghanistan.
Next March, more than 3,000 guard troops from Oregon are scheduled to be sent to these war zones.
Host Ani Haines speaks with guests Amelia Cates and Lydia Ann Bartholow of the Dicentra Collective about harm reduction and building relationships within and between communities. The collective has organized a series of events to address many different issues related to harm reduction and building compassionate community.
How can communities work together to address issues of domestic and interpersonal violence, police brutality, substance abuse and mental illness?
Stage and Studio with Dmae Roberts features Tapestry Theatre's 1943 Christmas from Home with Actor Jodi Eichelberger, Director Judy Straalsund Playwright Pat Kruis Tellinghusen which features Big Band orchestra, the Golden Age of Radio and highlights Japanese American Internment. And in the latter part of the show David Berkson of Readers Repertory Theatre talks about two comic one-act plays for Tiny Tim in Hell.
Cecil and Celeste speak with Pulitzer Prize journalist Steve Fainaru. On assignment for the Washington Post he traveled with a group of security contractors on their missions in Iraq. He was one of the last people to see them alive. Fainaru's new book, Big Boy Rules, is a shocking expose' of the parallel army of private contractors. He talks about the people who are fighting America's war for money.
Pam Alee hosts a discussion with Benedict Herman and Lusijah Marx of Susila Dharma, a non-profit which funds small non-humanitarian projects. They discuss the organization and their upcoming fundraiser.
Members of Portland Mural Defense discuss current issues with murals in Portland. Joe Cotter will update listeners on the latest sign code developments. He's currently working on the Buckman Community mural at SE 12th & Morrison, now stopped mid-way for the season. And Angelina Marino, Portland artist and frequent muralist. She worked on a mural for the ReBuilding Center, painted the mural on the Cricket Cafe on Belmont St., and painted the retaining wall mural at St Francis Park.
Kathleen Stephenson interviews Kathleen Norris, author of the memoir Acedia and Me: A Marriage, Monks and a Writer's Life.Acedia is an ancient term meaning soul weariness. Kathleen Norris is an award-winning poet, writer, and author of the New York Times bestsellers The Cloister Walk and AmazingGrace: A Vocablualry of Faith.
Anna Keith hosts a new pilot program called "Family Business." Today's show looks at breastfeeding with guest Rachel Martinez from the Nursing Mothers Counsel of Oregon and Washington. Call-ins are welcome.
The Bush administration continues issuing midnight regulations that will help destroy the earth as we know it. This past week they issued a new rule that loosens restrictions on how mountaintop removal is regulated by reducing the required buffer zones from streams and making it easier for mining companies to dump tailings into rivers and creeks. Mine safety & health and environmental specialist Jack Spadaro will be the guest for this discussion on what is mountaintop removal mining, why it threatens both human and wildlife in the appalachians and what is being done to try to stop it.