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"Green Crony Capitialism: Oregon’s Governor and the Grifter(s)"

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Wed, 03/04/2015 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Host Paul Roland talks with long-time Salem activist Michael Donnelly

Join in the conversation at 503-231-8187!

It is not that power corrupts but that it is magnetic to the corruptible.

— Frank Herbert

Occupation, Environmental Destruction, and the Boycott Divestment & Sanctions Movement

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Wed, 02/25/2015 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Cecilie Surasky of Jewish Voice for Peace

Today's guest is Cecilie Surasky  of Jewish Voice for Peace), who spoke panelists at last night's event at Portland State University: "Occupation, Environmental Destruction, and the 

A conversation with Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz on five decades of activism and scholarship

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Wed, 02/18/2015 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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From radical feminism in the mid-60's to her new book on U.S. Indigenous People's History
Host Paul Roland talks with Indigenous movement activist, feminist and scholar Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz.

Port Westward, the Port of St. Helens, Oil Trains and Coal Barges

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Wed, 02/11/2015 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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More citizen opposition to fossil fuel export facilities

Number to call in: 503-231-8187

Today's guest will be Paulette Lichatowich of Columbia City, north of Portland. She'll be talking about the Port Westward oil export facility in Clatskanie, citizens' concerns about oil trains through their community, the Port of St. Helens Commission and the proposed coal export faciltiy at the Port of St. Helens.

From Ms. Lichatowich:

NW fossil fuel corridor & climate change: citizens fight back against proposed gas export terminals

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Wed, 02/04/2015 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Activists from around the region discuss their efforts to shut down controversial projects

Continuing our coverage of accelerating climate change and the Fossil Fuel industries' attempt to transform the West Coast of the U.S. and Canada into a massive export colony for the global economy. 

Guests will include:

Wednesday Talk Radio on 01/28/15

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Wed, 01/28/2015 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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News & commentary on local, national and international issues - we invite your calls at 503-231-8187

It's much later than we think: the methane time-bomb is ticking

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Wed, 01/21/2015 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Guest Robert Hunziker talks about a much more than inconvenient truth
Host Paul Roland talks with environmental journalist Robert Hunzider about the "dreaded methane veil" arising from melting Arctic sea ice and the "Global Warming Bubble" that, when it bursts, will shatter our remaining illusions about how real and how urgent it is. This is our final wake up call. 

Arresting Power- Resisting Police Violence in Portland, Oregon: Interview with the filmmakers

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Wed, 01/14/2015 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Host Paul Roland talks with Julie Perini, Jodi Darby and Erin Yanke about their new film

ARRESTING POWER: RESISTING POLICE VIOLENCE IN PORTLAND, OREGON uses archival materials,  documentary footage and interviews with community members, activists and organizers to uncover Portland’s unique history of policing and race relations, emphasizing its rich history of resistance from the late 1960s to the present.

Wednesday Talk Radio January 7th, 2015

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Wed, 01/07/2015 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Wednesday Talk Radio with host Paul Roland.

"More Than a Score:The New Uprising Against High-Stakes Testing" with Jesse Hagopian from Seattle

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Wed, 12/31/2014 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Hagopian is Editor of new book against high-stakes, standardized testing

Host Paul Roland talks with Jesse Hagopian.. Hagopian will be at Powell's Books this Sunday, January 4 at 7:30 to talk about his new book and to participate in a panel discussion between teachers, students and parents of the new uprising against high-stakes testing.


Rethinking electroshock

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Wed, 05/20/2015

Marcia Meyers of Rethinking Psychiatry and electroshock survivor Deborah Schwartzkopff are today's guests.


Also, check out these previous KBOO news features on the subject:

Special Guest Ralph Nader on his new book and the current state of U.S. politics

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Wed, 05/13/2015
Join host Paul Roland, this week featuring long-time activist, organizer, political reformer and Third Party proponent Ralph Nader.

Nader's new book, just out on Seven Stories Press, is Return to Sender, a long series of letters to Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, all of which went unanswered. 

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Guest Chris Hedges on his new book: "Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt"

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Wed, 05/06/2015
From seminarian to New York Times journalist to one of the leading social critics on the left to (just last year) ordained Presbyterian minister, Chris Hedges remains as provocative and insightful as ever with his twefth book: "Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt," due out next week.

Enjoy the conversation with membership "pitches" edited out!
From the blurb for his new book:

Revolutions come in waves and cycles. We are again riding the crest of a revolutionary epic, much like 1848 or 1917, from the Arab Spring to movements against austerity in Greece to the Occupy movement. In 
Wages of Rebellion, Chris Hedges—who has chronicled the malaise and sickness of a society in terminal moral decline in his books Empire of Illusion and Death of the Liberal Class—investigates what social and psychological factors cause revolution, rebellion, and resistance. Drawing on an ambitious overview of prominent philosophers, historians, and literary figures he shows not only the harbingers of a coming crisis but also the nascent seeds of rebellion. Hedges’ message is clear: popular uprisings in the United States and around the world are inevitable in the face of environmental destruction and wealth polarization.

Focusing on the stories of rebels from around the world and throughout history, Hedges investigates what it takes to be a rebel in modern times. Utilizing the work of Reinhold Niebuhr, Hedges describes the motivation that guides the actions of rebels as “sublime madness” — the state of passion that causes the rebel to engage in an unavailing fight against overwhelmingly powerful and oppressive forces. For Hedges, resistance is carried out not for its success, but as a moral imperative that affirms life. Those who rise up against the odds will be those endowed with this “sublime madness.”

From South African activists who dedicated their lives to ending apartheid, to contemporary anti-fracking protests in Alberta, Canada, to whistleblowers in pursuit of transparency, Wages of Rebellion shows the cost of a life committed to speaking the truth and demanding justice. Hedges has penned an indispensable guide to rebellion.

Articles mentioned during the program:
"Make the Rich Panic"

"Why We Need Professional Revolutionists"

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Why police unions are a big problem

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Wed, 04/29/2015
Violent, too-often lethal and racist police behavior continues to be in the public spotlight with the recent outrage in Baltimore. Although public discussion of the role of police unions in protecting cops from both internal discipline and criminal prosecution has increased over the past year since the events in Ferguson, there is still relatively little movement among progressives and organized labor to seriously address this issue. 

On February 4, Wednesday Talk Radio Host Paul Roland organized a special two hour  "Forum on police unions and their role in the culture of police violence in the United States," ( the participation of national and local labor activists, lawyers, academics and police critics. He had hoped to spur a wider debate in the Portland progressive movement. Whether or not this has actually occurred is difficult to assess, but anyway, with this program he's trying once again to stimulate some debate. And you're invited!!

This May Day is also the 15th anniversary of the 2000 Portland May Day police riot. The historic role of the police as protectors of the Status Quo was all too evident there as in so many other occasions of public protest and dissent. Police Unions have always had a double role of guaranteeing workplace safety, adequate wages and benefits for their members but at the same time maintaining the political and social power and preventing civilian oversight of the police. Is this an unresolvable contradiction? Should police unions exist at all? Should they have strict limits placed on their ability to wield their unique position as armed enforcers of social order? 

Portland Police Association Labor Agreement:
Recent articles on police unions from around the country:

Portland activist and author ("Our Enemies in Blue: Police and Power in America") has a website:
Other relevant articles:

More links to articles on KBOO page for February's "Forum on police unions.."

"Why the Mountain": a struggle for autonomy, dignity and tradition on Mauna Kea in Hawaii

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Wed, 04/22/2015
Native Hawaiian protestors have halted construction of a massive 18-story telescope on their sacred, life-giving Mauna Kea. While the protest is about stopping the continued desecration and damage to a mountain central to their culture, beliefs and traditions, it is also about an ongoing movement for independence and decolonization. Filmmaker Anne Keala Kelly has been documenting and involved in this struggle for many years. She joins host Paul Roland by phone to counter misleading and superficial news reporting of the issue on mainstream media and to give us the latest news from the front lines. 

 From her  her nohohewa website (below): 

Anne Keala Kelly is a Hawaiian filmmaker who documented the Hawaiian sovereignty movement during the first decade of the 21st century. As a journalist, she has covered hawaiian and other indigenous peoples' issues and the environment, and in 2006-7 whe was a Ted Scripps Fellow in Boulder, CO at the Center for Environmental Journalism. She has filed stories from Hawaii, where she lives, as well as Geneva and katmandu for the pacifica Network's free Speech Radio News. Her print journalism has appeared in "The Naton," "Indian Country Today," "The Honoluly Weekly," and elsewhere, and her video reporting has been featured on The Newshour with jhim Lehrer and Democracy Now! In September 2008, Keala co-produced "The other Hawaii" for Al Jazeera. She has an MFA in Directing from UCLA.

For more information about her and her films, go to:
People mentioned on program include:  Professor Williamson Chang, who sent a letter to Atty. General Eric Holder asking him to consider whether or not the US is guilty of War Crimes in Hawaii, specifically the crime of pillaging via the illegal taxation of Hawaiians and others; Keanu Sai, who has done important research on Hawaiian history and the US occupation. 

Groups in Hawaii:
We Are Mauna Kea

Local Hawaiian cultural organization (based in Vancouver, WA): 
They are offering an 8-week course in Hawaiian History on Tuesdays from 7-9 p.m. starting May 5. Call or write Kepule: 503-580-6662,

Article on how people can help the cause:

Wednesday Talk Radio host Paul Roland can be reached at
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WATER WARS: Local communities fight back against Nestle water bottling plants

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Wed, 04/15/2015
A six-year battle to keep Nestle out of Cascadia and the Columbia Gorge is heating up again as the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has agreed to trade its water rights at Oxbow Springs, which could pave the way for a Nestle bottled water plant in Cascade Locks, just west of Hood River. Concerned citizens in the Gorge, environmental groups, labor unions and others are renewing efforts to prevent that from happening.
Due to phone problems in the air room, we were unable to have Bob Saunders of the Crunch Nestle Alliance  from Sacramento on the show, or call-ins. However, host Paul Roland and guest Matthew Bristow  did have a lively conversation about corporate food & beverage behemoth Nestle, specifically their bottled water branch, Nestle Waters, aka "The Healthy Hydration Company." 
Bark is calling for a demonstration on Thursday, April 16 at 7 a.m. at the east end of the Hawthorne Bridge, 503-331-0374. There will be a sign and banner-making party Wednesday, April 15 at the Bark office, 537 SE Ash from 5-7 p..m.
Communities around North America have been fighting proposed or existing bottling plants, which draw large quantities of a public resource from springs, acquifers and even municipal water supplies. Stop Nestle Waters ( is a coalition of such local groups from Maine to Michigan to Colorado to California and here in Oregon. They have succeeded in stopping some massive water privatization projects, just as they have for six years thus far here in Cascadia.
Nestle has in the past been targetted for nealth impacts of its infant formula in poor countries, including one of  the longest-running global corporate boycott campaigns in history.  The Corporate Research Project published a "Corporate Rap Sheet" on Nestle on their website:
Nestles operations in California are coming under particularly intense scrutiny because of the acute water crisis from the prolonged drought. The Crunch Nestle Alliance was formed to challenge the company's withdrawal of millions of gallons of water in Sacramento and other sites around the state. In March, the group shut down the Sacramento bottling plant  with a creative and spirited protest More on that campaign at
Local activists are asking people to weigh in with Governor Kate Brown, phone no. 503-378-4582 and the Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, 503-947-6044.
Activists are also calling for a boycott of all Nestle bottled water brands, which include Arrowhead, Deer Park, Ice Mountain, Poland Spring, S. Pellegrino, Perrier, Nestea, and many others.
Other local groups include Food and Water Watch Portland, 971-266-4528,
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Monitoring oil trains in Oregon and Washington

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Wed, 03/18/2015

Host Paul Roland talks with Matt Landon of Vancounver Action Network on continuing efforts to halt the transport of dangerously flammable Bakken oil by train through the Pacific NW and to prevent the approval of the Tesoro-Savage oil export terminal on the Columbia River in Vancouver, WA, as well as the more recently proposed New Star Terminal.

Matt is working to bring the OilTrainWatch network, currently functioning in Washington, to Oregon, and is initiating a Listening Project to reach out to people living along railroad tracks where oil trains pass by.  OilTrainWatch uses Twitter to track oil trains moving through Washington (and now Oregon). If you see a 100% oil train, tweet the time, city, direction and #waoiltrainwatch (presumable #oroiltrainwatch for Oregon). For more information, visit More information on oil trains can be found at

The first meeting of the Oil Train Listening Project will be on Saturday, March 28. There will be a training in the morning, and then pairs of volunteers will go door to door later in the day. If you are interested, contact Matt at or (503)765-7176.

On Saturday, March 21, Olympia, WA will host the second gathering of railroad workers and environmentalists, "The Future of Railroads: Safety, Workers, Community and the Environment." Sponsored by Railroad Workers United and the Backbone Campaign, the conference will take place at the Longhouse Education and Cultural Center, 2700 Evergreen Parkway. Contact Jen Wallis at 206-755-9705,
For more, read

On Friday, March 20 Portland Rising Tide and the JustSeeds Artists' Cooperative will have an all-day workshop on art and activism,  at the PNCA Project Space at 511 NW Broadway (entrance West side of bldng)

As part of Gathering Autonomy: Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative, the Creative Activism Lab will be coordinating a series of workshops and other programming to foster dialogue surrounding social justice issues addressed within Justseeds work, to ground those issues on a local level, and to make work that can support local actions and action networks.
Our March 20th workshop will focus on issues associated with climate change using Resourced (, a Justseeds portfolio, as a jumping off point. A group of Justseeds artists will speak about Resourced and other media they created for the People’s Climate March in NYC this past fall. Portland Rising Tide will then present on our current campaigns and actions. We will then all have a roundtable style conversation about what kind of tactical art we can create to best support upcoming action(s), and then, best of all, we will COLLECTIVELY MAKE REALLY COOL TACTICAL ART. Feel free to show up at any time for the duration of the workshop and join us!

On Wednesday, April 1, at 6 p.m., Join Eric de Place of the Sightline Institute for a program on "SW Washington: The Oil Industry's Sacrifice Zone" at the Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main St. in Vancouver, WA. de Place will moderate a panel including Lauren Goldberg, attorney for Columbia Riverkeeper; Vancouver City Councilor Anne McEnerny-Ogle; Barry Cain of Gramor Development; Cager Clabaugh of ILWU 4; Eric LaBrant of Fruit Valley Neighborhood Association; and a representative from Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility. See southwest-washingtonthe-oil-industrys-sacrifice-zone/ for more information.

Finally, let your voice be heard at a public hearing on the proposed Propane Export Terminal in North Portland on Tuesday, April 7, 2:30 p.m. at the Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission, 1900 SW 4th Ave. Room 2500a. Sign up to testify at 2:30 p.m. If you can't attend in person, submit your testimony in writing by 5 p.mj. Monday, April 6, by email to Or submit it by mail arriving by 5 p.m. April 6 to Portland Planning & Sustainability Commission, 1900 SW 4th Ave., ATTN-PSC, Portland, OR 97201.

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Thinking about Fukushima on the fourth anniversary of the disaster

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Wed, 03/11/2015
Host Paul Roland talks with Mimi German of No Nukes NW about the continuing Fukushima disaster. She is organizing an event on Wednesday, March 11, "A Requiem for the Ocean-- Fukushima x4 And Beyond" noon at Pioneer Square in Portland. 
Facebook event:

Green Crony Capitialism: Oregon’s Governor and the Grifter(s)

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Thu, 03/05/2015
It is not that power corrupts but that it is magnetic to the corruptible.

— Frank Herbert

"Oregon’s Governor-for-Life John Kitzhaber, 68, resigned Friday the 13th.  His resignation letter was the usual lawyerly-parsed, blame-the-media/take no responsibility sham we’re used to seeing. He had been governor from 1995-2003 and again from 2011 until now. The basic allegations which forced the rest of the state’s Democratic Party elite – Senate President, House Speaker, State Treasurer and others to join the state’s largest newspaper and call for his resignation – involve influence-peddling by his ten-year girlfriend/fiancée Cylvia Hayes. Hayes, 48, – a woman with a grifter’s history – pretty much publically advertised that her clout with the governor was for sale and cashed in for over $200,000 at the same time she was his advisor on energy policy, working out of the governor’s mansion and using government employees as subordinates. The most damning allegation? She took over $118,000 from a sham non-profit that went defunct without ever filing a report with the IRS. She herself never reported her payments. The entire purpose was to shake loose tens of millions of state subsidies for “Green” Energy projects."
--from Feb. 13-15 Counterpunch article by Michael Donnelly

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Cecilie Surasky of Jewish Voice for Peace

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Wed, 02/25/2015
Hosted by Paul Roland.

CECILIE SURASKY is the Deputy Director of Jewish Voice for Peace, a national 60-plus chapter grassroots organization which advocates for a US foreign policy based on democracy, human rights and equality in Israel/Palestine. Cecilie is a videomaker and former newspaper columnist who has also worked in movements supporting the rights of migrant farmworkers, low-income residents in gentrifying communities, women, and LGBT people. Cecilie's analyses of Israel-Palestine politics have appeared in numerous media outlets around the world, and she has led various efforts to promote the inclusion of Palestinian and progressive Jewish narratives in the public discourse. 

Their website is: 
The local chapter is at:
Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights, the Portland State University group that brought her to Portland, is at:


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