Jerry Greenfield of Ben and Jerry ice cream came to Portland last week for ‘free ice cream day’.
But in addition to the line of people who wanted a free ice cream at Pioneer square, Jerry also faced some protesters, who challenged the company’s decision to maintain stores in Israeli settlements built on stolen Palestinian land.
KBOO’s Don Merrill asked Jerry about the issue while he was in town.
Jerry said, in response, "I think those people who are protesting Ben and Jerrys are doing exactly what they should be doing. I'm happy they're doing it, and it's gonna push Ben and Jerry's to find a good answer".
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Bill Resnick reads from a CounterPunch article by Chris Gilbert about how capitalists in Venuzuela are undermining the economy there. Bill offers further commentary that connects this so-called "economic warfare" to how business interests define political and social priorities in the US. 7:52 minutes (7.2 MB)
Bill Resnick talks with John Feffer about "homegrown terrorism". In particular, they consider how looming ecological catastrophe is exacerbated by years of divestment in our various forms of infrastructure --- transportation, sewage and water systems, food-systems, energy -- and how this is being driven by big business interests. They also call into question the way natural and other resources are exhausted as quickly as possible and technocratic fixes are championed as picking up the slack when their absence is felt. They end by talking about grassroot movements that are fighting to change the focus of government to public infrustructure and goods, and John makes the case for why "government is the bad guy" thwarts these efforts in the US.
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