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. 56:56 minutes (52.12 MB)
Tom Becker hosts this show dealing with several struggles for freedom and respect against forces of repression and exploitation.
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Early in December, residents of Arivaca, Arizona marked the one-year anniversary of their campaign calling for the removal of the inland Border Patrol immigration checkpoints that have come to circle their small rural community. Residents held a 24-hour candlelit vigil at the checkpoint to protest the thousands of deaths of migrants resulting from border security policy in the desert corridor. Sophie Smith talks with Jan Haaken about the vigil, and the results of the community-based checkpoint monitoring effort.
Smith works with People Helping People, formed in 2012 by a core group of Arivaca residents involved in providing humanitarian aid on the US/Mexico border.
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Since 2003, Martha Sellers has worked at the Walmart store in Paramount, a working class suburb east of Los Angeles. She the lead Our Walmart organizer in her store, has been twice arrested in protests. Here she talks with Bill Resnick about Walmart’s responses to the protests and the company’s practice of hiring temps with false promises to make them full time.
18:03 minutes (12.39 MB)
The Independent Police Review Commission of Portland (IPR) has released the findings of its report on the alleged targeting of hip hop shows for code violations and police presence.
The Commission said that there is an appearance of discrimination, but stopped short of accusing the city of actually discriminating against hip hop performers and venues.
One of the artists interviewed for the investigation was Glenn Waco, a rapper from Saint Johns, who has also been active in the recent protests in Portland against police brutality and the grand jury decision in Ferguson Missouri and New York City.
KBOO's Sam Bouman spoke to Glenn Waco this afternoon about the IPR’s report. 9:38 minutes (8.82 MB)