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13-52 Friends of Family Farmers
Leah Rodgers, Dep Exec Director of Friends of Family Farmers (FofFF) describes how and why the organization formed in order to be a community voice supporting small socially responsible family farmers in opposition to a corporate farm in Oregon. FofFF is a non-corporate alternative for family farmers to the Farm Bureau, which is entrenched in the status quo of big corporate farming. Discussion covers challenges faced by small family farmers including access to capital. FofFF has promoted Aggie-bonds in Oregon as a way to provide capital and how the Oregon legislature has passed legislation to allow aggie-bonds starting in 2014. Leah also addresses how urban dwellers can support socially responsible family farming.
First broadcast on December 22, 2013
13-51 Supreme Court Undermines Democracy
Oregon Common Cause Exec Director Kate Titus joins us to discuss the Supreme Court attack on democracy with the Citizens United decision as well as the upcoming McCutcheon v FEC decision. She states that if McCutcheon strikes down aggregate limits on campaign contributions, it will effectively strike down the individual limits as well. She addresses what citizens can do to fix the special interests in the political system problem including improving disclosure laws, providing public funding of elections and enacting a constitutional amendment to end the doctrine that corporations are people and that money is speech. And ends by raising the alarm about the growing influence of big special interest money in judicial races.
First broadcast on December 15, 2013
13-50 Folksinger Tom Neilson "Corporations Are Human?"
Populist Dialogues features progressive populist folksinger Tom Neilson for a sampling of his music starting with "Corporations Are Human?" Music selection included "These Colors Don't Run the World" and "Its a Crime."
First broadcast December 8, 2013
13-49 Community rights lawyer asks: “Regulate or ban?” Part 2
Thomas Linzey, Exec Dir of Community Environment Legal Defense Fund (CELFD.org) continues his presentation regarding how the regulatory system functions to control you, not the industry it purportedly regulates. He notes that the question of who decides has been centralized but people are learning how to resist. And discusses how we have been boxed in and the doctrines that accomplice that. Several examples of how people have resisted, a resistance which started in rural Pennsylvania, moved to New England, Philadelphia and internationally to Ecuador.
First broadcast December 1, 2013
13-48 Community rights lawyer asks: "Regulate or ban?"
This program features an address by Thomas Linzey, Exec Director of Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF.org) on how we have gotten to the situation we find ourselves in and how using the regulatory system to escape that situation has failed. Why? Because the regulations were written by those who are supposed to be regulated. Tom goes on to address how English Common Law and the US Constitution have been used to establish the regulatory system and corporate power. And looks at the use of preemptive law to limit local democracy. He concludes with how CELDF and the communities they represent have moved from acting within the regulatory system to direct challenges to corporate power by local bans on specific corporate behavior.
First broadcast November 24, 2013
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#13-47 So Rich, So Poor
Host David Delk talks with Rev. Kate Lore, Social Justice Minister for the First Unitarian Church in Portland. The detrimental effects of the ever increasing economic and social inequalities in the United States today are expressed through Kate Lore's personal experiences as well as scientific studies. Thoughts on what we do to address these issues are presented.
First broadcast Sept. 30, 2012 Reformat and modified for rebroadcast on Nov. 17, 2013
#13-46 Community Rights Movement -- Further discussion with Paul Cienfuegos
Today we continue our conversation with Paul Cienfuegos, Portland organizer working with the Community Rights Movement, started by Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF.org). Paul talks about how communities have grown tired of having their local decision making removed so that corporate projects, which they oppose and don't want, can proceed. Paul discusses the regulatory boxes created by industry to undermine our local decision making. Notes that the environment is currently viewed as property and advocates for giving nature rights. Rights for and of nature give nature enforcement rights. Paul notes that Ecuador has enacted rights of nature into their constitution and talks about the first case there (nature won). And ends the program with discussion of how the community rights movement in Oregon is developing along with the opposition. (Note: this program was recording in August and a little bit of the information is out of date)
First broadcast on November 10, 2013
#13-45 Continuing Crisis at Fukushima and the Columbia Generating Station
More than two years have passed since the Japanese earthquake and tsunami caused three Fukushima nuclear power plants to melt-down. Charles Johnson, Director of the Oregon/Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility Task Force on Nuclear Power, talks about that on-going crisis and connections between Fukushima and the Columbia (Nuclear) Generating Station (CGS) in Washington State. He calls for closure of CGS.
First broadcast on November 3, 2013
13-44 Tigard First! v Wal Mart
Guests Steve Bintliff and Gary Jelinek talk talk with host David Delk about their effects to prevent the opening of a new Wal-Mart in their community just south of Portland. Wal-Mart has been shielded from most of the usual pubic input hearings and review processes by taking over development plans originally approved for different retail operation. Residents are therefore facing off against a local government united with Wal-Mart against the interests of the regions citizens.
First broadcast on October 27
13-43 Arrested and in Solitary Confinement for Free Speech Exercise
Guest Michael Meo of the Portland Green Party describes the plans by the City of Portland to cover the open air water reservoir system and how, because he expressed and used his constitutionally acknowledged free speech right to speak out against the plan, he was arrested and placed in solitary confinement in a 60 degree temperature cell. He further talks about how one develops an effective campaign of civil disobedience.
First broadcast on October 20, 2013
13-42 Labor views on the Trans Pacific Partnership; Labor forms a Union cab company
Host David Delk talks with the President of CWA Local 7901, Madelyn Elder. She characterizes the Trans Pacific Partnership as a corporate trade act, not a free trade act and notes that it does not do anything
for workers, for the environment and undermines the sovereignty of our nation. These corporate trade agreements allow corporations to sue nations, noting that such suits are all theoretical, based not on actual harm but on speculation that a harm may happen and as to its value. Our talk turns to blue-green alliances between labor and environmentalists. And finally ends with discussion of the formation in Portland of a taxi cab drivers union and the formation of a worker cooperative taxi company, Union Cab Company
First broadcast on October 13, 2013
13-40 Symbols of Love - Flowers, Diamonds and Gold
We give flowers, diamonds and gold as symbols of our love without thought as to how those symbols are mined or grown or even how they became symbols. Dr. Martin Donohoe discusses how these symbols have taken on their meaning and the consequences of giving these symbols. He suggests more humane expressions of our love, which do not encourage war and terrorism and consumerism.
First broadcast on September 29, 2013
13-39 Corporate rule by the Supreme Court (Pt 2)
Guest Dan Meek, a public interest attorney in Portland, continues his discussion of recent US Supreme Court decisions which have enhanced corporate power to the determent of "We, the People." Decisions discussed included Clapper v. Amnesty International, AT&T v Concepcion, American Express Co. v Italian Colors Restaurant and Marx v. General Revenue Co. Then we discuss what Congress could do to end such decisions but has not chosen to do.
First broadcast on September 22, 2013
13-38 Corporate rule by the Supreme Court (Pt 1)
Portland public interest attorney, Dan Meek, reviews recent US Supreme Court decisions which have further empowered corporate power at the expense of “We, the people.” Included are comments on Citizens United v FEC, Gabelli v S.E.C., Mutual Pharmaceutical Co. v Bartlett, Decker v NW Environmental Defense Center, Shelby County (Alabama) v Holder and more. Part 1 of 2.
First broadcast on September 15, 2013
13-37 A Personal History of the John Birch Society
Claire Conner, author of Wrapped In The Flag, speaks at the First Unitarian Church about her new book and her history as the daughter of two original John Birch Society members in Chicago. She talks about being the youngest member at age 13 and how she came to realize the true character of the society, causing her to change into a liberal critic and activist. She warns that the John Birch Society continue to live on in the Tea Party today and other far right organizations and the importance of being united against the far right.
First broadcast on September 8, 2013
13-36 Perspectives on Afghanistan
Guest Zaher Wahab, Professor Emeritus from Lewis & Clark College and a native of Afghanistan, describes the current condition of and how the American occupation and other civil disturbances have harmed the Afghan educational system. The Afghan government is a puppet government and is seen as illegitimate by the people, in part because of the power of NGOs operating there. Reconstruction efforts have been a failure with most of the money going back to the donor countries or spent by donor country's own NGOs. With a short discussion of drones, Zaher notes that the Afghan people are done with foreigners and just want them all out.
First broadcast on September 1st, 2013
13-35 Campaign Against Torture with Linda Gustitus
Populist Dialogues host David Delk talks with Linda Gustitus, President of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture. The first part of program deals with America as a torturer and changes in that since Pres. Obama became president. And then moves on to talk about another form of torture, solitary confinement in the US. The US has over 80,000 people in solitary, some of them being there for over 30 years. Linda describes some of the effects on people and how we can help end solitary confinement by organizing in our local communities.
First broadcast on August 25, 2013
13-34 Oregon Drone Law and the Oregon Progressive Party
The Oregon legislature passed a bill regulating drone use in Oregon by public agencies but left drone use by individuals and corporations without rules or oversight. Guest Jason Kafoury, a Portland Trail lawyer and organizer with the Oregon Progressive Party, talks about the party's campaign first with the City of Portland and now the state to craft laws which would ban private drone use, create a registry of drone users (both public and private) and put in place effective controls on public agency use of drones.
First broadcast on August 18, 2013
13-33 Citizens Climate Lobby and the Fee & Dividend Proposal
Guests Tamara Staton and Phil Carver discuss the growing Citizens Climate Lobby (CLL) and how people can be involved to advance a Fee & Dividend Proposal to reduce the amount of climate carbon to below 350 PPM. Tamara Staton is the leader of Portland's CCL chapter and Phil is a policy advisor to Oregon's Department of Energy. Fee & Dividend would impose a fee on the production of fossil fuels and rebate it back to the citizens, creating an incentive to reduce the amount of fossil fuel production and use.
First broadcast on August 11, 2013
13-32 Ending Corporate Rule via Local Community Rights Movements
Paul Cienfuegos returns for part 2 of our discussion of creating local community rights movements to prevent usually large national and multinational corporations from dominating our democracy. Paul reviews the history of the regulatory box designed by corporate interests to regulate the peoples' participation in decision-making. He also discusses the movement to give nature rights, enforceable by citizens and looks at how the community rights movement is developing here in Oregon.
13-31 Challenging Corporate Power by the Ordinance
Community Rights organizer Paul Cienfuegos wants to reduce or eliminate corporate rule by engaging communities to enact community rights ordinance which says that corporations are prohibited from engaging in certain activities in local communities, many times in direct contradiction to state or federal law. Paul discuss successes in American local communities as well as internationally. Part 1 of 2 part series.
First broadcast on July 28, 2013
13-30 America - The Monopolist Rule (Pt 2)
Guest David Cay Johnston, a prize winning investigative reporter and author of a trilogy of books on tax policy (his most recent is The Fine Print, How Big Companies Use "Plain English" To Rob You Blind) talks about how changes in the national and local tax systems has been gamed to benefit those who have the most already at the expense of all the rest of us. This is part 2 of a 2 part series.
First broadcast on July 28, 2013
13-29 America - The Monopolist Rule (Pt 1)
Guest David Cay Johnston, a Pulitzer prize winning investigative reporter and author of a trilogy of books on tax policy (his most recent is The Fine Print, How Big Companies Use “Plain English” To Rob You Blind) talks about how changes in the national and local tax systems has been gamed to benefit those who have the most already at the expense of all the rest of us. This is part 1 of a 2 part series.
First broadcast on July 21, 2013
13-28 Environment Oregon
Guest Sarah Higginbotham is Director of Environment Oregon, a grassroots environmental advocacy organization. She describes the organization and its three major current efforts – ban plastic single use bags, build 250,000 rooftop solar project and protection of Crater Lake National Park.
First broadcast on July 14, 2013
13-27 Dan Meek: Political corruption in OR and the initiative process
Public interest attorney Dan Meek discusses changes to the initiative procss to limit its use as well as how the system of political corruption by special big money interests in Oregon is misrepresented. He reviews current efforts in the Oregon legislature to further restrict the initiative process as well as changes to the law regarding nepotism.
First broadcast on June 30, 2013
13-26 TPP Corporate Coup Impacts Democracy and Access to Medicines
Our guests today present about the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the "free trade" agreement which President Obama has been negotiating for 3 years in secret. Oregon Fair Trade Campaign Director Elizabeth Swager gives us a broad overview of the agreement, how is has been negotiated and why it needs to be opposed while Force Positive Coordinator (Cascade Aids Project)'s Benjamin Gerritz talks in a very personal way about how this agreement could impact the availability of generic HIV drugs as well as other medicines. The agreement would help the bottom line of the pharmaceutical companies while denying life saving drugs due to increased patent lengths and increased barriers to approval of generics.
First broadcast on June 23.2013
13-25 Get Oregon's Money Back
Host David Delk talks with Dan Torres, Political Organizer with SEIU and the newly formed Get Oregon's Money Back coalition. Oregon lost at least $110 million dollars due to the LIBOR sandal. The LIBOR sandal involved the misrepresentation by 16 banks world wide as to their lending rates, resulting in market manipulation and lose of revenue for the 99%, money which could be funding the budget deficits. Efforts at the federal level to recover those funds having been unsuccessful, Dan describes the efforts which has begun in Oregon to pressure the governor to act to recover those funds due Oregon. Oregon can be a model for the other 49 states to do the same.
First broadcast on June 16, 2013
13-24 Thom Hartmann on Judicial Review and the 28th Constitutional Amendment
Thom Hartmann Progressive talk show host and author of about 20 books, including Unequal Protections, The Rise of Corporate Dominance and the Theft of Human Rights, addresses the need for a 28th constitutional amendment to end the legal doctrines that Money is Speech and Corporations Are People. He calls America's governing structure a constitutional monarchy and describes how we moved there from a constitutional democracy. He talks about the usuption of power by the US Supreme Court via their power grabs using the unconstitutional judicial review and how we regain the power of the people from the court's and corporate dominance.
First broadcast on June 9, 2013
13-23 Addressing the healthcare crisis/solution in 3 easy questions/9 answers
Health Care for All Oregon's Dr. Samuel Metz presents an easy to understand explanation of the health care crisis and why a universal single payer system is superior to both America's current system and Obamacare in a 3 question/9 answer format.
First broadcast on June 2, 2013
13-22 Columbia Generating Station: Fukushima all over again?
The Columbia Generating Station (CGS) sits on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in the Columbia River northeast of Portland, generating less than 4% of the region's energy. Alliance for Democracy member Nancy Matela talks about the need to shut it down, describing the dangers posed by its' unneeded continued operation. The CGS design is a version of the Fukushima Nuclear Plant. Nancy talks about other plants across the nation with the same design as well as how to replace the energy upon closing.
First broadcast on May 26, 2013
13-21 The Intersection of Public Health and Social Justice
How does the practice of Public Health interact with social justice? Dr. Martin Donohoe, author of Public Health and Social Justice, explains, talking about the UN Declaration on Human Rights, trade in arms and the military, major social justice issues which impact public health including the status of women, industrial chemicals, access to health care (he advocated for a single payer system in the US),, corporate influence in the school system. He advises audience to find their passion in the social justice field, find a group of like minded individuals and join them, talking specifically about Physicians for Social Responsibility and Move to Amend.
First broadcast on May 19, 2013
13-20 Austerity Demands Cuts; Prosperity Demands Bigger Pie
The Great Recession has created demands by both the American and world economic and political elites for the imposition of austerity polices, saying that we cannot afford benefits for the 99% and the government services, jobs and benefits have to be cut. Guest Michael Wade with the Portland Peoples' Budget Project and Solidarity Against Austerity discusses these trends and policies, and how these efforts are being resisted by Portlanders.
First broadcast on May 12, 2013
Guests Bob Marshall with Making Change at Walmart and Laurie King with Portland Jobs with Justice talk about the detrimental effects of an expanding Walmart has on communities with a focus on Portland, as well as efforts on the part of workers united with community organizations to fight back. Laurie talks about Portland Rising, how they are joining different communities to achieve an economy which works for the 99% as well as an upcoming event in Portland..
First Broadcast on May 5, 2013
Ben Poe and Amyl Freeberg are with Occupy St. Johns and involved with the efforts to prevent a new 7-11 store from operating in their community. St. Johns is a working class area in the north area of Portland OR. 7-11, with approximately 50,000 convenience stores worldwide, is engaged in a massive expansion which includes both conversion of mom-and-pop stores and construction of new stores. Local residents have been resisting the expansion and the effects on local communities.
First Broadcast on April 28, 2013
Microbiologist Scott Fernandez advocates for the future of Portland's public water system based on use of an unfiltered, non-treated Bull Run water source. Addresses the concerns that building costs due to requirements to conform to EPA regulations requiring water treatment and covering of our open air reservoirs. Looks at the additional costs and dangers posed to the public system by adding fluoride to the system as might be required by a May ballot measure. Scott advocates for a permanent waiver as opposed to a temporary variance and explains the difference.
First broadcast on April 22, 2013
13-16 Earth First Movement - Direct Action for the Environment
Guest Karen Coulter with POCLAD (Program on Corporations, Law and Democracy) and Exec. Director of the Blue Mountains Biodiversity Project, speaks about the history and achievements of the Earth First Movement, expressing the need to re-invigorate this movement of direct actions for environmental and wilderness protection. Describes Earth First movement as a populist revolt.
First broadcast on April 14, 2013
13-15 Pay It Forward and the Student Debt Problem
Guest Nathan Hunt, a political science student at Portland State University and member of Students for Educations Debt Reform, the mushrooming problem of student debt and recommends a solution, "Pay It Forward." The increasing problem of student debt results from decreasing state support for higher education, a transfer of costs from the state to the student via increasing tuition and fees and a move from education grants to loans. "Pay It Forward" would create a state fund to pay tuition and fees while requiring repayment by students. After leaving school, student would be obligated to pay a small percentage fee on income for a set number of years.
First broadcast on 4-14-13
13-14 Destroying renewable energy for fossil fuel profits
Guest Paul Sansone, a founding member of Oregon Citizens Against the Pipelines, relates how fossil fuel companies have used lies, fraud and manipulation to destroy regional gas markets, turning them into international markets, thereby creating tremendous profit margins for themselves to the determent of Oregonians and the American people. These corporations created a huge natural gas bubble with the result that the renewable energy industry will be killed for the third time. These corporations are illegal criminal enterprises which should be brought to justice.
First broadcast on March 31, 2013
13-13 Corporate Personhood, an Early History
Ashley Sanders, Exec Committee member of Move to Amend, notes that corporate controlled political system and economy has been centuries in the making, that it is a human creation and tells the story of the historic development of corporate power starting 500 years ago. She describes the role of kings, imperialism, the formation of the East India Company by the King of England, members of the British Parliament and the wealthy folks of England who wanted to make more money in international trade. She talks about the political and economic origins of the American Revolution as a revolt against corporate rule and reviews the tensions and conflicts within the American revolutionary forces leading up to the writing of the American Constitution.
This is only 1/2 of her presentation. Watch the balance here.
First broadcast on March 24, 2013
13-12 Campaign Finance Reform and Filibusters
Guest Dan Meek reviews the largely failed efforts of Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley to reform the US Senate filibuster rules. He also review how the filibuster rules have changed over the past 75 years. Then Dan talks about the failure of congress to make legal changes to overturn Citizens United or at least some of the effects. He notes that Oregon laws are "Citizens United on Steroids" and explains the reasons for that description and further notes that "Oregon is more loophole than law."
First broadcast March 17, 2013
Guest Alex Linsker, an organizer with Tax & Conversation, asks "What happens when companies are democratically run?" Tax & Conversation is a cooperatively run tax reform effort which is striving to write an Oregon ballot initiative to reform Oregon's tax structure. Currently there are approximately 400 tax exceptions (loopholes). What would happen if individuals and corporations paid all their taxes without being able to exercise tax exceptions? According to Alex, the result would be $700/individual refund distributed directly to each Oregonian each month and a dramatic change in who pays taxes.
First broadcast on March 10, 2013
If one's best friend or a family member is addicted to drugs, what does one do? You intervene. That is the recourse Scott Silber, national director of National Intervention, suggests we must take to end the addictive behavior of corporate CEOs and other leaders as well as their political allies. Scott has written a book (soon to be released) titled, "True Recovery, Deep Democracy, The 12 Step Guide to Freedom From Addiction to Corporate Power and Money in Politics"
First Broadcast March 2, 2013
Guest Jaye Cee Whitehead, Asst. Sociology Professor (Pacific University), discusses her views of gay marriage, looking at how the gay movement has come to embrace gay marriage as the signature issue for GLBTQ liberation. The 70s gay liberation movement rejected marriage but changed to embrace it in the 21st century. How and why the change? That is what we discuss.
First broadcast 2-23-13
Citizens Trade Campaign Exec. Director Arthur Stamoulis discusses the history of American free trade agreements, especially NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement), the recent agreement with So. Korea and details the defects and dangers to healthcare, the environment and public decision making of the Obama negotiations for a new NAFTA on Steroids agreement called the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). TPP has been described as the new agreement for the 21st Century and is feared to be the last agreement as it will be a "dockable" agreement allowing other nations to sign-on after it has been ratified.
First broadcast on 2-17-13
Guest Peter Bergel, program director of Oregon Peace Works, details how America has become militarized. Lots of details about consequences both within America and globally.
First broadcast on 2-10-12
Our guest is political economist Robin Hahnel from the economics department at Portland State University and formerly with American University in Wash DC. What does history show as the solution to the current and continuing economic crisis? Robin explains why the current polices in Europe for austerity are wrong, why they will continue to be wrong in the United States, and how the correct policies would instead be to stimulate the economy in a manner similar to what happened following the Great Depression. Robin sees hope in the recent European elections in which those political parties which have supported austerity have been tossed out of office.
Broadcast on 2-3-13 (originally broadcast on May 29, 2012)
Portland OR is set to vote in May 2013 on a proposal to fluoride its city water supply. Our guests, Rick North and Kellie Barnes (Clean Water Portland executive committee members) oppose that proposal, and explain the science behind the opposition. Should our water supply be used as a medicine delivery system for a industrial waste byproduct?
First broadcast on 1-27-13
Political economist Robin Hahnel returns as the guest this week talking about his new book, Of the People, By the People, The Case for a Participatory Economy. Saying that progressive people need a future vision of what an alternative economy might look like, Robin notes that the only alternative to capitalism is not the communist systems of the last century but rather one which allows the participation by workers and consumers in deciding for themselves. The private decision making structures around ownership must be replaced by worker and consumer decision making. His new book outlines how that might happen.
First broadcast 1-20-13
Our guests today are Bethany Cotton with Greenpeace and Julia DeGraw with Food and Water Watch.
Bethany discusses the plans by corporate issues to turn the Pacific Northwest into a fossil fuel export epicenter. Major national and multinational corporations plan to build coal and Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) export terminals in Oregon and Washington. Those plans have met with great local resistance. Bethany discusses the environmental and economic consequences of these exports as well as way people can be, and have been, involved in the developing opposition.
Julia gives us an update on Nestle's planned bottled water plant in Cascade Locks. For her, the issue is who has the right to water -- a private corporation or the people of Oregon.
First broadcast: 1-6-13
Evan Preston, a Fellow with OSPIRG (Oregon State Public Interest Research Group), discusses a new OSPIRG/DEMOS report “Million Dollar Megaphone” on the changing nature of money in politics, changes due in part to the 2010 US Supreme Court Citizens United decision. Big special interest and largely secret donors are drowning out the voices of ordinary people, fundamentally undermining our democracy. Evan discusses the various types of organizations giving money, the role of Dark Money and what it is and reforms required to add transparency to the giving. Noting that money is property, not speech, Evan advocates for public funding of elections, as well as a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and the earlier Buckley v Valeo decision.
First broadcast 12-30-12