Political activists are often discouraged by public "apathy" about big problems like the environmental crisis. But what lies behind apathy? Psychologists Jan Haaken and Renee Lertzman discuss how activists can relieve the sense of powerlessness that underlies what looks like apathy.
Supported by neighbors and by other unions, the small work force at Stella d'Oro, a cookie maker in Brooklyn now controlled by a private equity company, is on strike against outrageous management demands.
Hear all about it and how you can help in this Bill Resnick interview with community activist Michael Landau. See the strike committee's great website here.
Why we need single-payer health insurance and how to get it.
Russell Mokhiber, ace crime reporter for Multinational Monitor talks about the crimes of the private insurance companies and how a new activist organization, Single Payer Action, is going to get Single Payer recognized as a serious option in the planning for universal coverage going on in Washington.
Why we need to make the Holgate Channel & Ross Island Lagoonwake-free or non-motorized zones - and what that means.
Between Ross Island and the east bank of the Willamette lies the Holgate Channel, a patch of natural paradise only a couple miles south of downtown Portland. Sitting above the river on the eastbank, with osprey and eagles and blue herron as your companions, you have no idea you're anywhere near a city. . .except for the roar of jet skis and motor boat engines - not to mention the bass enhanced stereo systems booming across the river. Bob Sallinger, Urban Conservation Director for the Portland Audubon Society has been working hard to create a wake-free zone in the Holgate Channel and ban motorized craft outright from neighboring Ross Island Lagoon. Tune in to hear why he believes this is necessary to make the Holgate Channel a safer place for humans and wildlife.
Friday, March 13, 2009
Tomorrow is the anniversary of China’s crackdown on peaceful protesters in Tibet.
Portland’s chapter of the Tibetan Youth Congress is marking the day with a Hunger strike and vigil at Pioneer square.
Tibetan Youth Congress chapters across North America will also be holding hunger strikes tomorrow.
China has occupied Tibet since nineteen fourty nine.
Last year there was a upswell of peaceful uprising against Chinese rule.
China responded with a harsh crackdown, that continues today.
Tenzing Kunratsang is the General Secretary at the Portland-Vancouver Chapter of the Tibetan Youth Congress.
On this second half of March Gender Blender hosts Rebecca Nay and Jacob Anderson-Minshall address issues about gender and the workplace. Jacob interviews University of Chicago Professor Kristen Schilt who has studied the impact transitioning has on salaries. Then hosts try to get in a word edgewise while hearing from a passionate Diego Sanchez, named one of the 100 most powerful Latinos in corporate America by Hispanic Business magazine; Sanchez is a senior legislative aide to Barney Frank and spoke on his support for Frank, the Human Rights Commission and a transgender inclusive ENDA. The show wrapped with another song from Brennet, Border Crossing.
On part one of this episode of Gender Blender hosts Rebecca Nay and Jacob Anderson-Minshall address issues about gender and the workplace. The show starts with Portland residents discussing whether there are jobs only men and/or women can do. Then Rebecca interviews Theresa Mitchell, a transwoman and Tri Met bus driver who transitioned on the job. The hosts play The Lottery Song by Namoli Brennet. Jacob interviews University of Chicago Professor Kristen Schilt who has studied the impact transitioning has on salaries.
On March 17th Mark Andres discussed his current work on show at Augen Desoto. The exhibition is called Painting in Time. The paintings are a little like comics or a graphic novel with several images or scenes in one canvas.
Richard Wolff has been a professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts since 1981. Dr. Wolff's major interests include the critical comparison of alternative economic theories (neoclassical, Keynesian, and Marxian), the application of advanced class analysis to contemporary global capitalism, and new developments in Marxian economics. He is a member of the editorial board of several academic journals including Rethinking Marxism. He also publishes regular analyses of current economic events on the websites www.globalmacroscope.com and www.monthlyreview.org/mrzine.
Host Per Fagereng speaks with Pepe Escobar, reporter for "The Asia Times" about Afghanistan.
An extreme traveler, Pepe's nose for news takes him to all corners of the globe. He was in Afghanistan and interviewed the military leader of the anti-Taliban Northern Alliance, Ahmad Shah Masoud, a couple of weeks before his assassination (Masoud: From warrior to statesman, Sept 11, 2001). Two weeks before September 11, while Pepe was in the tribal areas of Pakistan, "The Asia Times" published his prophetic piece, Get Osama! Now! Or else . (Aug 30, 2001).
Pepe was one of the first journalists to reach Kabul after the Taliban's retreat, and more recently he has explored and reported from "Axis of Evil" countries Iraq and Iran.