Old Mole Variety Hour for September 7, 2020

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Mon, 09/07/2020 - 9:00am to 10:00am
Views, Reviews, and Interviews from a Socialist-Feminist, Anti-racist and Anti-colonial Perspective


Norm Diamond hosts this episode of the Old Mole which includes the following segments:

Racism—a Public Health Crisis: Patricia Kullberg speaks with Leslie Gregory, a local health practitioner and activist who is at the forefront of the campaign to get racism declared a public health crisis. Gregory is the founder and director of the local non-profit Right to Health, whose vision is to to create a national network of healthcare providers, scientists, and community leaders who are committed to dismantling the effects of racism across all ethnic groups, and particularly Black Americans. Patricia and Leslie speak about her vision and how she was inspired by the health care programs of the Black Panthers.

DNC and the Green New Deal: Bill Resnick interviews Marianne Lavelle, a journalist who has the national politics beat on the publication Inside Climate News, an important web source for those concerned with climate change and preventing climate cataclysm and mass death.  They discuss: (a) Democratic Party Presidential nominee Joe Biden’s two Plans on Infrastructure and Energy, (b) their evolution to include many of the elements of the Green New Deal/Energy Democracy plans proposed by Bernie Sanders and Alexandra Ocasio Cortez, and (c) whether and how they can be won in legislation and be implemented.

Library Lay-offs: Norm Diamond and Joe Clement talk about worker response to threatened layoffs in the Multnomah County library system. They note that the library has no shortage of funds and that both workers and the community will be severely affected. In particular they focus on workers and communities of color, and on the creative steps workers are taking to offer alternatives to layoffs. Joe is a union member and library worker. For more on their fight see savelibrarystaff.org.

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