Political Perspectives

Different hosts each week bring a variety of guests and topics.

Episode Archive

David Barsamian's Keynote Speech at the 2014 Grassroots Radio Conference

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Wed, 10/08/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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David Barsamian's Keynote Speech at the 2014 Grassroots Radio Conference

David Barsamian was a keynote speaker at the 2014 Grassroots Radio Conference held in Ames, Iowa. 

World Pulse Live 2014

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Wed, 09/24/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Grassroots women activists from the World Pulse Live tour discuss their vision for change
Grassroots women activists Ynanna Djehuty from the U.S, Olanike Olugboji from Nigeria and Jampa from Tibet are live in the studio for an exclusive discussion about their vision for change and the work they do on the ground to dismantle oppression, empower women and shift the paradigm. Ynanna, Olanike and Jampa are on the World Pulse Live 2014 tour and will be speaking on Thursday September 25th at the World Trade Center in Downtown Portland at 7pm. World Pulse is a Portland based non-profit that connects "women through digital technology to bring women’s voices out of the shadows and on to the world stage."

Political Perspectives on 09/17/14

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Wed, 09/17/2014 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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News and views on current politics.

Climate Marches in Portland, Bend and Beyond

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Wed, 09/17/2014 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Climate Marches in Portland, Bend and Beyond
We speak with Simon Tam and Sandy Polishuk about the People's Climate March in Portland on Sep 21st. Marchers join the nation to demand action on climate change.

We also speak with Diane Hodiak of co-organizer of the Central Oregon Climate March.

Central Oregon Climate March
Bend, Oregon, start at 11:30 am, Sunday September 21,
BEGIN 1125 NE 2nd Street END 520 NW Wall.  


Portland People's Climate March
Sunday, September 21, 3:00 PM  
Gather for a walk and rally in Portland’s Waterfront “Bowl,” south of the Hawthorne Bridge, SW Naito Parkway & SW Madison.
http://www.350pdx.org/

Kshama Sawant, extended interview

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Fri, 09/12/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Kshama Sawant, extended interview
Chris Andreae presents her extended interview with Kshama Sawant, of the Seattle City Council, the first socialist to win a city-wide election in Seattle since 1916.

Don't Shoot Portland on Justice for Mike Brown

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Wed, 09/10/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Don't Shoot Portland on Justice for MIke Brown
We speak with local people involved with Don't Shoot Portland about Justice for Mike Brown; the end of police and extrajudicial killings everywhere; and ending systemic violence upon communities of color. Guests are Jessie Sponberg (Community Activist); Teressa Raiford (Political Activist, Organizer); Katrina Calhoun (NAACP member Community Organizer); and Ben Glas (Student, Videographer working on documenting the group's efforts). 

From the High Arctic to Eco-Anxiety

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Wed, 09/03/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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From the High Arctic to Eco-Anxiety

We'll hear the latest episode of Radio Ecoshock with host Alex Smith.

The program features disturbing climate news from high Arctic with scientist Paul Beckwith, who is just back from the glaciers of Alaska,.and advice on handling eco-anxiety with Susie Burke of Australian Psychological Society.

http://www.ecoshock.org/

Hawaii judge overturns local measure regulating GMOs and pesticides

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Fri, 08/29/2014 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Maui activist Sam Small
A federal judge in Hawaii this week overturned a Kauai County ordinance that regulates the use of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) and pesticides in the county. We'll speak with Maui-based environmental activist Sam Small about the implications of the ruling.

More on the Kauai County ordinance

Article on the judge's ruling in this week's Huffington Post


Forward 13: Waking Up the American Dream, a documentary about foreclosure crises

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Fri, 08/29/2014 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Forward 13: Waking Up the American Dream, a documentary about foreclosure crises
We speak with Patrick Lovell, a former television producer. After the market crash of 2008 he lost his job and could not pay his mortgage. Armed with a camera he set out to discover why the American Dream failed him and millions of others in "Forward 13: Waking up the American Dream," a documentary about foreclosure crises.
"Forward 13" shows next Thursday, September 4th at  7pm at the Clinton Street Theater.


Jeff Jones - Bernadine Dohrn - Bill Ayers: at Oregon Country Fair, July 11th 2014

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Wed, 08/27/2014 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Jeff Jones - Bernadine Dohrn - Bill Ayers, a conversation from OCF July 2014

Jeff Jones, Bernadine Dohrn, and Bill Ayers spoke from the Front Porch Stage at the Oregon Country Fair July 11th, 2014. Many will remember these amazing people from their days in the SDS and the Weather Underground. I recorded this 'conversation' with the audience in attendance, and they chose to speak about current social justice issues and activism. This was their third straight year at OCF, so I really wanted to capture this and hope you enjoy!

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Peace activist Cindy Sheehan on Venezuela

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Fri, 06/29/2012

Cindy Sheehan spoke in Portland this week about Venezuela and Hugo Chavez. Sheehan's latest book is "Revolution: A Love Story," the story of Hugo Chavez, Venezuela and the Bolivarian Revolution. Jenka Soderberg recorded her talk.

Cindy Sheehan is an anti-war activist whose son, U.S. Army Specialist Casey Sheehan, was killed by enemy action during the Iraq War. Her website is cindysheehanssoapbox.blogspot.com/

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Sibel Edmonds on her memoir "Classified Woman"

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Wed, 06/27/2012

Host Marianne Barisonek speaks with Sibel Edmonds about her new memoir "Classified Woman." Sibel Edmonds is the most classified woman in U.S. history. In her memoir she takes us on a surreal journey that begins with the secretive FBI and down the dark halls of a feckless Congress to a stonewalling judiciary and finally, to the national security whistleblowers movement she spearheaded.

Having lived under Middle East dictatorships, Edmonds knows firsthand what can happen when government is allowed to operate in secret. Hers is a sobering perspective that combines painful experience with a rallying cry for the public's right to know and to hold the lawbreakers accountable. With U.S. citizens increasingly stripped of their rights in a calibrated media blackout, Edmonds' story is a wake-up call for all Americans who, willingly or unwillingly, traded liberty for illusive security in the wake of 9/11.

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Wed, 06/20/2012
20th Anniversary of the Watts Gang Truce Pt. II
 

Carlos Chavez presents part two of the Watts Gang Truce Anniversary program on Political Perspectives. Part one aired last week with a powerful panel discussion titled, Pioneers in Peace. It featured voices from "Freeway" Ricky Ross, the honorable Orland Bishop of Mosaic, Alex Sanchez of Homies Unidos and others. Check out the following link to listen or download that program:

Watts 20th Pt. I

This week features one of the founders of the peace treaty, who found himself under fire for helping to create this movement in 1992. His name is Dewayne Holmes from the Imerial Courts housing projects. We'll also hear other voices from the Watts community as they share their reflections on how the gang truce changed their lives.

Dewayne Holmes

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Wed, 06/13/2012
2012 marks the 20th anniversary of the historic Watts Gang Truce in Los Angeles. In April of this year the Watts Community came together to celebrate and discuss what they learned from this important event. Carlos Chavez produces the opening panel discussion for that event as Part I of a two part series on this celebration in South Los Angeles titled Pioneer In Peace.

Pioneer In Peace Panel includes peace treaty activists:

Leon G; (Freeway) Ricky Ross; Daude Sherrils; Little Brother JB; Willie Freeman; Alex Sanchez; Stan Muhammad; Dewayne Holmes; Donny Jubert; Sista Souljah (West Coast)

Part II is scheduled to air on Wednesday, June 20th 2012 on Political Perspectives at 9am.

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The 2nd Revolution: Dismantling Corporate Rule

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Wed, 06/06/2012

We live "drenched in corporate culture," with our planet, our democracy, and all of us "real people" under assault. But, according to Paul Cienfuegos, "We the people are more powerful than we dare to believe," and the corporate power structure CAN be dismantled. A long-time community organizer and educator, Cienfuegos provides a wealth of information showing how the fictions of "corporate personhood" and "corporate rights" can be challenged and reversed by empowered, informed citizen action. He'll be leading a Portland workshop June 9-10.

"If we relearn our history, if we understand again that corporations were designed to serve us, not to rule us, in this democratic republic, then we can reclaim our sovereignty. Once we understand this, the sky's the limit. We can rein in corporate constitutional "rights" as have more than 100 communities in PA, NH, ME, and VI." (The Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund has provided advice and support to many of these communities - learn more HERE.)

On June 9 & 10, 2012 in Portland, Oregon, Paul Cienfuegos will be leading his full-weekend workshop: "We The People Are More Powerful Than We Dare to Believe: First Steps in Dismantling Corporate Rule." For more details about the content of the workshop, click HERE. For more details about cost (sliding scale), timing, and how to register, click HERE.

Community Rights PDX has begun rights-based activism here in Portland -- you can learn more HERE.

"What Money Can't Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets"

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Wed, 05/09/2012

Host Michelle Schroeder Fletcher interviews Michael Sandel, author of "What Money Can't Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets." They'll talk about the difficult arguments missing from our public debates about the value being assigned by markets to nonmarket norms. What is the proper role of markets in a democratic society, and how can we protect the moral and civic goods that markets don't honor and that money can't buy?

Michael Sandel is a political philosopher and a professor at Harvard University. He is best known for the Harvard course 'Justice' which is available to view online, and for his critique of Rawls' A Theory of Justice in his Liberalism and the Limits of Justice (1982).

Michael Sandel speaks at Powell's Books in downtown Portland on Thursday May 10th at 7:30PM.

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Green Empowerment: renewable energy and water systems that alleviate poverty

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Wed, 04/25/2012

Aaron Liss of Green Empowerment talks about renewable energy projects in Nicaragua and the upcoming 25th anniversary of the death of Ben Linder.

April 28th will mark the 25th anniversary of the death of Ben Linder, a mechanical engineer from Portland who was killed by U.S.-backed contras in northern Nicaragua as he prepared to build a small hydroelectric plant. The project that Ben helped to launch has continued since his death. A recent editorial in The Oregonian speaks to the person that Ben Linder was and the impact he had.

The Association of Rural Development Workers—Benjamin Linder (ATDER-BL) has built clean water systems and small-scale hydro plants that provide renewable energy to 70,000 people. They have established a community-owned forest reserve and helped farmers to diversify their crops and protect the watersheds of the region. Green Empowerment has provided critical support to ATDER-BL efforts.

 

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Taking Uncle Sam for a Ride

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Wed, 04/25/2012

Host Per Fagereng interviews Dilip Hiro, whose most recent book is the just-published Apocalyptic Realm: Jihadists in South Asia. They'll discuss Hiro's recent article on TomDispatch.com called "Taking Uncle Sam for a Ride: How Pakistan Makes Washington Pay for the Afghan War." http://www.tomdispatch.com/archive/175530/

Is it really in the interest of the U.S. to get held up by our “friends” repeatedly to continue to fight a disastrous war in a country in which we’re now negotiating to keep military trainers, special operations forces, and possibly others a decade beyond 2014 (another subject barely covered by our media)? Do you really want to be going through a version of this with Pakistan 10 years from now?  Is your greatest desire to be supplying American military personnel with gas and hamburgers at earth-shaking prices in the second decade of a no-longer-new century?

Dilip Hiro was born in the Indian subcontinent and was educated in India, Britain and the United States. He's an internationally renowned expert on the Middle East. A journalist and historian, he's the author of 33 books.

David Barsamian on "Occupy Capitalism"

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Wed, 04/18/2012

Host Per Fagereng speaks with David Barsamian, the award-winning founder and director of Alternative Radio. He is the author of numerous books with Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Eqbal Ahmad, Tariq Ali, Arundhati Roy and Edward Said. His latest book is Occupy the Economy: Challenging Capitalism, co-authoed with prominent economist Richard Wolff.

David will talk about "Occupy Capitalism" and the root causes of the current economic crisis, the most severe since the Great Depression.

David Barsamian is speaking at a benefit for KBOO on Thursday April 26th at 7PM at the First Unitarian Church, Eliot Chapel, 1011 SW 12th Ave, Portland OR 97205. The topic is "Occupy Capitalism."

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Portland Mayoral Candidate Forum (Second in a Series)

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Wed, 03/14/2012

 On Wednesday, March 14, appearing on Political Perspectives were Cameron Whitten, Christopher Rich, Bill Dant and Scott Fernandez. The one thing all four men have in common is that each one wants to be Portland's next Mayor. 

Listen to the lively conversation that took place between the candidates and the callers.

Dan Johnson moderates the candidates forum.

Comments

Hood River Development - Mr. Naito

Please ask Mr. Naito if his love of democracy extends to his business.   Would he be willing to turn his development firm into a employee run cooperative corporation, giving ownership and organizational rights to employees.   Mr. Naito's concern for democracy probably ends at doors to his corporation.   Mr. Naito looks at this battle to develop the Hood River riverfront property as a public realtions battle.   He will promise the community jobs and the city council financial support, and the council will eye the property tax revenue as a benefit to the community.   If he is successful,  once again we will be selling our responsibility to the land and the river for a short term gain.  Mr. Naito cares little for the community, but operates on greed.  If the environmental laws and regulations were not in place he would not be concerned at all with the impact of his development on the river, the wild life, and the ability of people to enjoy what nature have given us for free.

Bravo for having this debate, though.  And controlling the civility of the debate.

 

 

 

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