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Cascadia Rising: A Bioregional Confluence, hosted by Paul Roland

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Wed, 04/16/2014 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Discussion of upcoming gathering at Portland State
Guests Judy Goldhaft and Emmalyn Garrett (aka Lumen) are on hand to talk about thefFirst annual Cascadia Rising: A Bioregional Confluence - A gathering dedicated to promoting bioregional awareness, Indigenous solidarity, alternative and horizontal governance tools, and community resilience in the Pacific Northwest. The event was held at Portland State University on April 20, 2014.

Former CIA analyst Ray McGovern

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Wed, 04/09/2014 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Former CIA analyst Ray McGovern

Host Per Fagereng speaks with former CIA analyst Ray McGovern about a variety of issues related to U.S. foreign policy including: THE REAL DEAL ON SYRIA... Why Were We Inches Away From War Last Summer?; Ukraine: One ‘Regime Change’ Too Many?: and Is Obama Afraid of the C.I.A.?
 
Ray McGovern leads the “Speaking Truth to Power” section of Tell the Word, an expression of the ecumenical Church of the Saviour in inner-city Washington.  A former co-director of the Servant Leadership School (1998-2004), he has been teaching there for 15 years.

Reform or Revolution? continued

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Wed, 04/02/2014 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Hosted by Paul Roland.

Once a hot topic of passionate discussion, the question "Reform or Revolution?" seems to have lost its relevance and punch. Sounds kinda quaint and archaic. Does "Revolution" mean anything in the age of Portlandia? Can we imagine anything outside the box of constituted legal institutions? Can we yet shake ourselves from our mental conditionintg and feelings of powerlessness and detachment in the face of accelerating Disaster? Can we find common ground despite the hyper-individualization we've been socialized into? My God, doesn't anyone care??? Sorry, got carried away. Well, tune in and if you've got something to say, call in. 503-231-8187.

Andy Lee Roth, co-editor of "Censored 2014" on media, censorship and free speech

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Wed, 03/26/2014 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Andy Lee Roth, co-editor of "Censored 2014" on media, censorship and free speech

Per Fagereng speaks with Andy Lee Roth, Project Censored member and co-editor of "Censored 2014," about media, censorship and free speech.

"Censored 2014" co-editors Mickey Huff and Andy Lee Roth and past director Peter Phillips and Censored 2014 authors and professors Susan Rahman and Nolan Higdon—will speak in Portland on "Censored 2014: Fearless Speech in Fateful Times" and present a screening of the award-winning documentary, "Project Censored The Movie: Ending the Reign of Junk Food News." 

Special Guest David Rovics for an evening of “Fearless Speech in Fateful Times”

Reform or Revolution?

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Wed, 03/19/2014 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Host Paul Roland is joined by Portland IWW's Tomas Bernal.

Paul Roland and Tomas Bernal of Portland IWW tackle the ever-relevant but not often publicly discussed question of  "Reform or Revolution?" Want to join the fray? Call 503-231-8187!

Ukraine

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Wed, 03/12/2014 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Ukraine

Per Fagereng hosts a call-in discussion about Ukraine: oil and oligarchs, geopolitics and self-determination. Call in with your thoughts at 503 231-8187.

Inside the movement to curb climate change: a critique of No KXL organizing

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Wed, 03/05/2014 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Ron of Tar Sands Blockade in Texas interviewed by Paul Roland

Paul Roland talks with  Ron Seifert of the Tar Sands Blockade in Texas. They discuss criticisms of the No KXL movement and different approaches to confronting fossil fuel expansion and the climate crisis.  They are also joined by Gregory Vickery of The Wrong Kind of Green.

Links related to the topic discussed:

www.tarsandsblockade.org (also on facebook)
www.wrongkindofgreen.org (also on facebook)
www.gregoryvickrey.com
www.counterpunch.org

PSU students prepare to walkout to support teachers

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Wed, 02/26/2014 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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PSU students prepare to walkout to support teachers
Students at Portland State University are planning a walkout this week in support of their teachers, who have reached an impasse in their contract negotiations with the university administration.  KBOO's Jenka Soderberg will speak with teachers and students, and take your calls.

"The Watchdog That Didn’t Bark" - Financial Crisis and the Disappearance of Investigative Journalism

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Wed, 02/12/2014 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Interview with Dean Starkman about "The Watchdog That Didn't Bark

Host Lisa Loving speaks with journalist and author Dean Starkman about his new book "The Watchdog That Didn’t Bark: The Financial Crisis and the Disappearance of Investigative Journalism."

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Proposed Propane Terminal at the Port of Portland across from West Hayden Island

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Wed, 01/07/2015
Portland was recently awarded the title of "Climate Action Champions." At the same time, the city is trying to change environmental regulations along the Columbia River to allow a new export terminal to ship dangerous liquefied propane, and thus faciltate increased fossil fuel production and consumption, meaning more climate changing emissions.
The Pembina Corporation, a Canadian oil company with heavy investments in the Alberta tar sands,announced plans in the fall of 2014 to build a propane (LPG) export terminal at the Port of Portland’s Rivergate Terminal on the Columbia River opposite West Hayden Island. This export terminal would require that a pipeline be built crossing a fragile riparian area along the Columbia River which is zoned as a conservation area. In order for the proposal to move forward, the city's zoning code prohibiting hazardous materials from being transported through conservation zones would have to be modified. Once modified, this zoning change would set a precedent that could allow additional fossil fuel infrastructure to be constructed in many other sites in the region.  
In this program, host Paul Roland speaks with Daphne Wysham and John Talberth.
 John Talberth is the co-founder and President and Senior Economist of the Center for Sustainable Economy (CSE). John was the co-founder of Forest Conservation Council in the late 1980s, and has led several grassroots campaigns to secure permanent protection for native forests and wildlands in the Pacific Northwest and Southwest, fight urban sprawl, and protect migratory birds.
 
Daphne Wysham is an associate fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) where she directs and is the founder and director of the Sustainable Energy and Economy Network (SEEN). She has worked on research and advocacy at the intersection of climate change, human rights, fossil fuels, international finance, carbon markets and sustainable economies since 1996. She is concurrently a climate policy fellow at CSE.

There will be a hearing on this issue on Tuesday, January 13th at 2:30 p.m. A rally will start at 1:30.
Portland Bureau of Planning and Services, Planning and Sustainability Commission, 1900 SW 4th Ave. Suite 2500A in downtown Portland. 
  • TESTIFY: To deliver testimony in person (2-3 min long), sign up to testify at 12:00 Noon, Jan. 13, at 1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 2500A. Tips on effective testimony available here

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

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Wed, 12/31/2014
Host Paul Roland talks with Jesse Hagopian, who will be at Powell's Books on W. Burnside 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.
https://www.facebook.com/events/404204486409857/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming
He  teaches history and is the Black Student Union adviser at Garfield High School in Seattle, site of the boycott of the MAP test in 2013, which helped ignite a nationwide movement. He is editor of the newly published book, "More Than a Score: The New Uprising Against High-Stakes Testing." He is also an associate editor of "Rethinking Schools," a founding member of Social Equality Educators, and winner of the 2013 "Secondary School Teacher of Year" award from the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences. He writes regularly for Truthout, Common Dreams, Socialist Worker, Black Agenda Report, and the Seattle Time Op-Ed page.
His website is: http://iamaneducator.com/
Find out more about his book here:  http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/More-Than-a-Score

Other organizations/websites mentioned on the show:

The National Center for Fair & Open Testing: http://fairtest.org/
Teachers of Conscience: http://teachersofconscience.wordpress.com/
Decoding Dyslexia Oregon: http://www.decodingdyslexiaor.org/
Providence Student union: http://www.providencestudentunion.org/



Today's guest is Seattle Pastor John Helmiere of the Valley and Mountain community

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Wed, 12/24/2014
John Helmiere is a United Methodist pastor (also known as "convenor") with the Valley and Mountain spiritual community in the hillman City neighborhood in southeast Seattle. Helmiere believes strongly in uniting inner spiritual growth with outer social engagement and action. He was severely beaten by Seattle police during a 2011 Occupy protest at the Port of Seattle in solidarity with the dockworkers. He has recently filed a federal civil rights lawsuit over the incident. He was also arrested last month along with Seattle Councilmember Kshama Sawant and two air0port workers at the headquarters of Alaska Airlines over their lawsuit attempting to block the $15 an hour minimum wage passed by the City of SeaTac. He and his congregation are also very involved in an interesting experiment in social change organizing and community-building, the Hillman City Collaboratory: An Incubator for Social Change.

Links from this program:

http://valleyandmountain.org/

http://hillmancitycollaboratory.org/

Article about John's lawsuit:
http://thefreethoughtproject.com/pastor-violently-beaten-police-protest-files-federal-lawsuit/

His reflections on the police beating incident:
http://valleyandmountain.org/what-we-do/creative-liberation/johns-response-to-police-brutality/
  • Length: 56:56 minutes (52.12 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Should we pipe fracked gas through Oregon to a terminal in Coos Bay and export it to Asia?

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Wed, 12/10/2014

Host Paul Roland talks with Ted Gleichman of the Sierra Club by phone from Roseburg, where he participated in a public hearing on the Jordan Cove Liquified Natural Gas export facility and pipeline yesterday.. He is the editor of a new report called "Climate Impacts of Natural Gas Production and LNG Export: A Synopsis of Current Science." You can find it here:

https://orsierraclub.files.wordpress.com/2014/09/climate-impacts-of-natural-gas-production-lng-export-edition-1-3-november-2014.pdf

Another Sierra Club report on the LNG issue can be found here:

http://content.sierraclub.org/creative-archive/sites/content.sierraclub.org.creative-archive/files/pdfs/100_237_LookBeforeLeap_LNG_whtpaper_03_web.pdf

Groups working on this issue:

http://citizensagainstlng.com/wp/
http://oregon.sierraclub.org/    503-238-0442
http://portlandrisingtide.org/
http://rogueriverkeeper.org/what-we-do/hot-topics/proposed-liquified-natural-gas-pipeline-lng
http://columbiariverkeeper.org/ Dan Serres 503-890-2441
http://www.350oregon.org/
http://www.350pdx.org/

Thomas Linzey on Community Rights, electoral politics and the legal structures that entrap us

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Wed, 11/05/2014
Thomas Linzey is a co-founder and Executive Director of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund and serves as chief legal counsel. He and his group have been spearheading the Community Rights Movement, which is developing a radical new approach to challenging corporate domination based on their "constitutional rights" and helping communities build self-governance.  

He will be a speaker at the "Earth at Risk" conference coming up in San Francisco, November 22-23, along with Chris Hedges, Alice Walker, Vandana Shiva, Stan Goff and many others. http://www.fertilegroundinstitute.org/

His group's webiste: http://www.celdf.org/

You can also find  more local info about and get involved in the work that Linzey discusses at CommunityRightsPDX.org.
And listen to the commentaries of local Community Rights activist and educator Paul Cienfuegos  every Tuesday on the KBOO Evening News.

From the CELDF website:
CELDF was formed in 1995 in Pennsylvania by  Thomas Linzey  and Stacey Schmader, Administrative Director, to provide free and affordable legal services to community groups.  Over the first several years, we assisted hundreds of communities in Pennsylvania facing unwanted corporate development projects such as incinerators and quarries.    

We assisted these communities to try to stop the projects by appealing corporate permit applications through the state’s environmental regulatory system.  We were very successful appealing permits, finding the holes and omissions that would render them incomplete.   As such, the state Department of Environmental Protection’s Environmental Hearing Board would toss out the permits, and our communities would celebrate their “victory,” believing the system of law had worked.

However, the corporation could and would simply file another permit, this time filling in the holes and omissions we had cited.  Once the corporation filed an administratively complete permit application, the state was automatically required to approve it.  The communities would ask us to appeal the permit again, but there was nothing left for us to do.   We couldn’t help them.   The law in Pennsylvania, as in every other state, works the same way.  The state legalizes an activity – such as mining, or commercial water withdrawals, or factory farming – and communities are legally prohibited from saying “no” to it.  

After experiencing how the regulatory system operated over several years and seeing our communities lose time and time again, we determined that in order to help them, we would need to do our work differently.  This led to an evolution of our thinking and our work.  

Beginning in 1998, we began to assist communities to draft legally binding laws in which they asserted their right to self-govern.  Initially, our work focused on communities facing corporate factory farms and later the application of sewage sludge to farmland.  Communities across Pennsylvania adopted our anti-corporate farming and anti-corporate sludging laws.

To accommodate the growing interest in our work, with calls coming in from across the country, we launched the Daniel Pennock Democracy Schools in 2003, which have become a critical tool in our grassroots organizing.  Communities facing other corporate threats – such as uranium mining in Virginia and commercial water withdrawals in New England – began to take on this work.  

The Legal Defense Fund has now become the principal advisor to activists, community groups, and municipal governments struggling to transition from merely regulating corporate harms to stopping those harms by asserting local, democratic control directly over corporations. 

We've now taught nearly 200 Democracy Schools across the country and over 100 communities have adopted Legal Defense Fund-drafted ordinances.

"We Are All Very Anxious": hosted by Paul Roland

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Wed, 07/16/2014
In which Paul reads from "We Are All Very Anxious: Six Theses on Anxiety and Why It is Effectively Preventing Militancy, and One Possible Strategy for Overcoming It," and engages in conversation with a number of callers. This zine, recently acquired by your host for a modest two dollars at the Portland Zine Symposium, is attributed to "The Institute for Precarious Consciousness," with an afterword from the CrimethInc. Workers' Collective. Despite the somewhat whimsical nature of the title and this description, Paul finds this a very stimulating and provacative piece, well worth reading and discussing further. You can find it online by googling the title. Also check out the http://www.crimethinc.com website. You can pick up a paper copy of the zine at the KBOO front desk, 20 SE 8th Ave. (tell the receptionist it's in the upper right drawer) for a mere $1 to cover copying costs  You can contact Paul at paulrkboo@gmail.com.

Also mentioned on program:

"Get Up, Stand Up:  Uniting Populists, Energizing the Defeated and Battling the Corporate Elite,"  a book by Bruce Levine (you can also find a talk show I did with him over a year ago here: http://kboo.fm/content/paulrolandtalkswithbrucelevineaboutrecoveringcollect)

"Scapegoat Theory: Shifting Blame and Displacing Aggression," an article by Sandra Enders. You can find it here: www.endersusa.net/app/download/627888504/EndersScapegoating.pdf

http://www.underminers.org. The website of Keith Farnish, author of "underminers: practical guide for radical change." I also interviewed him on KBOO several months ago: http://kboo.fm/content/paulrolandtalkswithkeithfarnishauthorofunderminersby

 

Are we living in a corporatist-fascist society? If so, what then?

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Wed, 06/25/2014
Norman Pollack is the author of “The Populist Response to Industrial America” (Harvard) and “The Just Polity” (Illinois), Guggenheim Fellow, and professor of history emeritus, Michigan State University.  His interests are social theory and the structural analysis of capitalism and fascism. He is a frequent contributor to the Counterpunch website. Some of his articles on U.S. fascism include:

http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/06/20/reflections-on-fascism/

http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/10/12/america-on-the-cusp-of-fascism/

http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/06/03/techno-fascism-nsa-and-the-obama-administration/

http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/02/20/liberal-fascism-in-america/

http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/05/08/the-new-mccarthyism/

http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/06/25/edward-j-snowden-and-the-exposure-of-voyeuristic-fascism/

 

"Infill" and Gentrification

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Wed, 06/11/2014
There's increasing discussion and controversy over urban "infill" in Portland: the construction of usually block-like apartment complexes in residential neighborhoods, sometimes replacing existing houses, which are torn down. This often displaces existing renters, increases neighborhood parking problems, and doesn't necessarily solve Portland's housing problems (certainly not for houseless people...). 
The local press has been increasingly looking at this issue:

http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2014/03/neighbors_balk_as_infill_sprea.html
http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2014/02/se_portland_neighborhood_fears.html
http://portlandtribune.com/pt/9-news/222034-82068-new-infill-rule-riles-up-neighbors

Here's a comprehensive planning report on the subject:
http://www.montgomeryplanning.org/events/rethink2011/documents/MakeoverMontgomeryConference_3A_PortlandInfill_cunningham.pdf

For more information on Portland Collective Housing:
http://portlandcollectivehousing.org/
Other alternatives to profit-oriented housing and land ownership:
http://community-wealth.org/content/portland-community-land-trust
http://www.proudground.org/

Al Jazeera article on "Hipster Economics" mentioned on program:
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2014/05/peril-hipster-economics-2014527105521158885.html
An earlier article on same subject:
http://jezebel.com/5991570/so-hipsters-arent-the-economic-boon-some-urbanists-thought-theyd-be
  • Length: 56:23 minutes (77.43 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 192Kbps (CBR)

Host Paul Roland with guest Jacqueline Keeler on racist stereotypes, sports mascots and more

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Wed, 05/21/2014
Native Americans have been calling for the end to the use of racist stereotypes and sports mascots for decades, with some slow and steady progress. Many schools have retired their Native mascots, and laws (as in Oregon) have been passed banning them. Yet powerful franchises like the Washington Redskins, Atlanta Braves and Cleveland Indians have firmly resisted any change or recognition that anything is wrong with their team names and mascots.
When Eradicating Offensive Sports Mascotry kicked off their social media campaign against Nike's use of the Cleveland Indians' offensive "Chief Wahoo" image a few weeks ago, they had no idea it would snowball into a growing public conversation about the harmful impact these caricatured and stereotyped images have, not just on Native Americans, but on public consciousness and in enabling largely unconscious racist attitudes. Using new media like Facebook and Twitter to amplify their voices and impact, Keeler and many others have created new space for calling attention to offensive and racist stereotyping and behavior.

Links and contact info from today's show:
 

Eradicating Offensive Sports Mascotry on Facebook and Twitter:

https://www.facebook.com/mascotry

https://twitter.com/EONMassoc

National Congress of American Indians:

http://www.ncai.org/policy-issues/community-and-culture/anti-defamation-mascots

Jacqueline Keeler's article for Salon.com:

http://www.salon.com/2014/04/13/my_life_as_a_cleveland_indian_the_enduring_disgrace_of_racist_sports_mascots/

  • Length: 55:17 minutes (50.62 MB)
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Jackson County GMO-Ban Initiative

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Wed, 05/14/2014
A measure on the ballot in southwest Oregon's Jackson County seeks to ban the cultivation and propagation of genetically modified crops in the county. KBOO's Sam Bouman speaks with Elise Higley of Our Family Farms Coalition, which is leading the initiative, for more information on the measure, the agricultural situation in Jackson County, and how residents are reacting to the vast amounts of money being poured into opposing this local measure by Monsanto and other big agribusinesses.
  • Length: 36:28 minutes (16.69 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)

 

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