Brooke Jacobson and Jan Haaken tell us what's going on at the African Film Festival now underway at the PCC Cascade Campus and at other Portland venues. For the schedule, click here, or phone (503) 244-6111 ext. 3630.
The Old Mole's Jan Haaken talks with Maude Heines about the Multnomah County Library program "Everybody Reads", and in particular about the current selection A Long Way Gone, a memoir of a boy soldier in Sierra Leone. Learn more about the reading program here.
Christopher Hayes, Washington Editor of The Nation magazine, talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about similarities and differences between the two Democratic candidtates. They also discuss their limitations. Hayes recently wrote "The Choice" in which he declares his preference. You can read it here.
We may use money to buy goods and services, but as John Poling, organizer with the Cascadia Hour Exchange, points out, money is not the only way, or even the best way to get what you want. He and others at the Cascadia Hour Exchange have formed a network where each person offers their skills, such as house painting, graphic design, child care, or even legal advice. Each one hour block of time given entitles members to exchange their services the skills and time of any other person in the network. Poling believes that relying on non-monetary exchange systems both strengthen local economies as well as create a deeper sense of community.