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Mount Polley copper/gold mine in B.C. set to reopen just 8 months after massive toxic spill

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Locus Focus
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Mon, 04/27/2015
On August 4, 2014 a huge mine tailings pond breached, releasing an estimated 14.5 million cubic meters of toxic solid and liquid mine wastes into the pristine waters of the Fraser River watershed in southeastern British Columbia. Imperial Metals, which runs the Mount Polley open pit copper and gold mine, applied for a permit to reopen the mine after the disaster. On April 1 (cruel joke), the Province of B.C. accepted the application to reopen the mine, leaving just one month for the public to comment. 
42:23 minutes (58.2 MB)

Congress sneaks amendment to criminalize boycotts of Israel into TPP Fast Track bill

program: 
Evening News
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Fri, 04/24/2015
Legislation penalizing organizations for participating in the B-D-S movement against Israel, has been quietly attached to the Fast-Track Legislation that is winding its way through Congress.
The B-D-S movement, which stands for boycott, divest, and sanction, is a growing international effort began in 2005 to pressure Israel for its continued oppression and occupation of Palestine.
It utilizes economic tactics similar to those used against the Apartheid regime in South Africa.
The amendment, introduced by Senator Ben Cardin of Maryland, stipulates that, as a general principle of trade agreements, the US should discourage other countries from participating in any form of B-D-S against Israel for political reasons.
11:43 minutes (10.72 MB)

Animal rights activists protest UW Animal Lab

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program: 
Evening News
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Fri, 04/24/2015
Protesters are gathering at the University of Washington in Seattle tomorrow to challenge the construction of a new animal research lab on campus.
The University of Washington already holds over a thousand monkeys, and hundreds of other animals, to carry out medical and other types of research on the bodies of the animals.

The protests against the new lab have escalated in recent months to include Skanska, the construction company that is building the new lab, as well as the University of Washington.
This week, on April 22nd, activists hung a massive banner from the Hawthorne Bridge in Portland.  The banner read, “U-W and SKANSKA HAVE BLOOD ON THEIR Hands.”
10:47 minutes (9.87 MB)

Mauna Kea protests continue

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Thu, 04/23/2015
A four-week long protest which has halted construction of  the proposed TMT or Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea on the big island of Hawaii continues with several new developments this week.
On Tuesday activists took to the streets of Honolulu to bring their message to the centers of state and commercial power in the archipelago.
The thirty-meter telescope would be housed in a massive eighteen-story high structure atop the highest mountain in Hawaii.
It’s a project of the TMT Observatory Corporation, a joint venture of Institutions  from the United States, Canada, China, India and Japan.
There are already thirteen other telescopes sited on the mountain, which have also drawn opposition  from Native Hawaiians and environmentalists. 16:09 minutes (14.78 MB)

Tributes to Gus Van Sant and Thanhouser Studio - Extended Edition

program: 
The Film Show
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Thu, 04/23/2015

In this extended version of our Gus Van Sant special, we hear more about Portland's most iconic contemporary filmmaker in advance of the Northwest Film Center's Essential Gus Van Sant retrospective.
41:57 minutes (16.81 MB)

"Why the Mountain": a struggle for autonomy, dignity and tradition on Mauna Kea in Hawaii

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Wed, 04/22/2015
Native Hawaiian protestors have halted construction of a massive 18-story telescope on their sacred, life-giving Mauna Kea. While the protest is about stopping the continued desecration and damage to a mountain central to their culture, beliefs and traditions, it is also about an ongoing movement for independence and decolonization. Filmmaker Anne Keala Kelly has been documenting and involved in this struggle for many years. 58:50 minutes (80.79 MB)

PDX v Climate Change

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Mon, 04/20/2015
Bill Resnick talks with Michael Armstrong, who leads the Sustainability section of the Portland's Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. The Bureau just released a draft of the 2015 Portland/Multnomah County Climate Action Plan. Armstrong talks about what he would do if he had unlimited money and power to save the planet.
Photo Credit: Portland State University
16:20 minutes (11.22 MB)

PDX Renters v Fox Mgmt Co.

program date: 
Mon, 04/20/2015
Joe Clement interviews an organizer with The Portland Solidarity Network about their work and a recent tenant-led campaign against Fox Property Management. They discuss some of the barriers to conventional legal recourse faced by  low-income renters and the frightening power of no-cause evictions. In the end, Joe connects their conversation to the work of the Portland Renters Assembly.


13:51 minutes (9.51 MB)

Drought: Death by a Thousand Cuts

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Mon, 04/20/2015
Tom Becker reads Robert Hunziker's article from Counterpunch dealing with the imminence of serious drought due to climate change.  7:52 minutes (5.4 MB)

Another Politics For the Left

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Mon, 04/20/2015
Tod Sloan reads from the introduction to Chris Dixon's Another Politics, a book assessing the trends among grassroots groups on the anti-authoritarian left, based on interviews with over 200 North American activists.
7:19 minutes (5.03 MB)

 

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