A panel organized by the Oregon Working Families Party addresses the topic - Disrupting Democracy -- What can the US Left learn from Greece. Panelists include moderator Mary King, economic professor from Portland State University; Robin Hahnel, economics professor from PSU; Barbara Dudley, political science professor at PSU and WFP founder; and Dan Cantor, national director of the Working Families Party. 55:49 minutes (51.1 MB)
Tom Becker hosts this episode with segments featuring Jeremy Brecher on Climate Insurgency, Denise & Joe on Housing Justice, and readings on the cost of low wages and the radical promise of Reconstruction.
Clayton Morgareidge reads from a piece by Alex Gourevitch in the current issue of Jacobin"Our Forgotten Labor Revolution" arguing that the Reconstruction of the South following the Civil War was ended because its promise of freedom was threatening to go beyond the abolition of chattel slavery to challenge wage slavery.
Denise Morris and Joe Clement discuss housing as a human right, the broad impact of rising housing costs, the Portland history of racism that has contributed to the current housing crunch, the struggle for sustainable solutions that go beyond isolated nuclear family homes, and the process of working together for a variety of remedies, including public housing, tenants unions, community land trusts, and more. In the end, Joe plays a "right to the city" rendition of Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land".
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Bill Resnick talks with Jeremy Brecher, author of Climate Insurgency: A Strategy for Survival. They discuss the limits of the Obama clean energy plan and the opportunites it offers to push for global actions that will actually help salvage a humanly liveable climate; the need for a grassroots movement to push for a democratic strategy for climate protection; and the special roles of workers and unions because of their potential as whistleblowers and capacity to exert direct pressure on carbon producers.
This week: Part one of our coverage of Seattle Hempfest, with audio from attorney Doug Hiatt, New Jersey Weedman Ed Forchion, comedian Ngaio Bealum, and Congressman Dana Rohrabacher. 29:00 minutes (26.56 MB)