Bill Resnick talks with Dan Handelman of Portland CopWatch. They consider two aspects of police conduct -- their use of violence and shooting, and their militarization -- and the extent to which the police have responded to criticism by community reform groups as well as local and federal investigations of their conduct. Dan suggests that although there is more public attention to police violence, it has neither increased nor diminished in recent years, and discusses the excessive weaponry and the role of various branches including the Joint Terrorism Task Force, the Red Squad, and the Gang Enforcement Squad.
This week: coverage of the Cannabis Creative Conference held July 28-29 in Portland, Oregon. Host Doug McVay interviews Morgan and Twice Baked In Washington from the Marijuana Business Association and MJBA Women's Alliance, and Aaron Smith, Executive Director of the National Cannabis Industry Association. Plus we hear some words from Congressman Earl Blumenauer, who opened the conference with a video message. 29:00 minutes (26.56 MB)
Thirteen activists are suspended from ropes hanging from the Saint John’s bridge, more than fourteen hours after they rappelled down from the bridge early this morning. They are supported by around 150 ‘kayaktivists’, who gathered Tuesday night in Saint Johns’ Cathedral Park to try to block a ship leased by the Shell Oil company from exiting the harbor.
The ship, the USC Fennica, was in Portland for repairs after a gash was discovered in its hull while en route to the Arctic circle.
Jenka Soderberg has more 12:59 minutes (11.89 MB)
Tom Becker hosts the show and we learn about how agroecology can help save the planet and feed the people; about the life of early Chinese immigrants to Canada; why socialism, far from being boring, will unleash human creativity; and about the history and politics of parole and parole boards.
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On their Left and the Law segment today, Jan Haaken and Mike Snedeker talk about the politics of parole boards in the U.S.. They discuss a case taken up by the Post-conviction Justice Project in California around denial of parole rights--and they look at how parole boards operate as a political site of struggle.
Would a socialist society be a boring and mediocre world? Not so, according to Danny Katch writing on the Jacobin Magazine blog. Clayton Morgareidge reads an edited version. The complete version is here.
Image is Decor design for Gozzi’s play Princess Turandot (1922). Ignaty Nivinsky / Bakhrushin Theatre Museum, Moscow. It illustrates the vibrancy of artistic activity in the first years of the Soviet Union.
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Our Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews China Dog and Other stories from a Chinese Laundry, by Judy Fong Bates. As in her perceptive and wise debut novel Midnight at the Dragon Cafe, Bates describes what it was like to grow up between two cultures. Her Chinese parents want very much for her to succeed in her Canadian home, but they also want her to keep to Chinese traditions and worry that she is becoming too Canadian. How to balance between the demands of the lo fons (white ghost people) and the hopes and dreams of her parents? Each short story another chapter in that struggle.
For more of Larry's reviews, go here. 4:58 minutes (3.41 MB)