Archive 12: 2019
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Shows are listed in reverse cronological order:
Robert Reich and Pramila Jayapal: Labor Day, Monday 9/16, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM
What steps can we take in order to
better our country by protecting the common interest of our workers?
Former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich along with
Washington’s 7th District Representative Pramila Jayapal gave
this talk to a sold out crowd at Seattle’s newly renovated Town
Hall for a Labor Day exploration of Reich’s latest book The
Common Good. They offer their perspective on the state of American
politics and the labor movement, and unpack Reich’s powerful case
for the expansion of America’s moral imagination. Rooting his
argument in common sense and everyday reality, Reich demonstrates that
a common good constitutes the very essence of any society or nation.
Societies, he says, undergo virtuous cycles that reinforce the common
good as well as vicious cycles that undermine it—one of which
America has been experiencing for the past five decades. This process,
Reich asserts, can and must be reversed. Join Reich and Jayapal for a
chance to weigh the moral obligations of citizenship and carefully
consider how we relate to labor, honor, shame, patriotism, truth, and
the meaning of leadership.
Robert B. Reich is Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley and Senior Fellow at the Blum Center for Developing Economies. He served as Secretary of Labor in the Clinton administration, for which Time Magazine named him one of the ten most effective cabinet secretaries of the twentieth century. He has written fifteen books, including the bestsellers Aftershock, The Work of Nations, and Beyond Outrage.
Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal represents Washington’s 7th District, which encompasses most of Seattle and surrounding areas including Shoreline, Vashon Island, Lake Forest Park, Edmonds and parts of Burien and Normandy Park. Congresswoman Jayapal is committed to ensuring that every resident of the district has economic opportunity; fairness and equity; and safe and healthy communities.
Thanks to Town Hall Seattle and Elliott Bay Books.
Mads Jacobsen and Matt Pless in Concert, Monday 9/9, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM
One of the great but relatively unknown
singer songwriters of our times, Matt Pless [https://www.mattpless.com]
was in Seattle and gave this extraordinary performance. On hand to open
the show was another great singer songwriter, Mads Jacobsen
Recorded 8/21/19 at University Heights Center in Seattle
Caroline Fredrickson: How Conservatives Rigged Democracy, Monday 8/26, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM
Despite representing a minority of the
American public, conservatives are in power in Washington, DC as well
as state capitols and courtrooms across the country. Caroline
Fredrickson—president of the American Constitution
Society—arrives at Town Hall to outline the process by which
these conservative representatives came into power. With insight from
her book The Democracy Fix, she contends that while progressives fought
to death over the nuances of policy and to bring attention to specific
issues, conservatives focused on simply gaining power by gaming our
Now Fredrickson argues that it’s time for progressives to focus on winning. She shows us how progressives can learn from the Right by having the determination to focus on judicial elections, state power, and voter laws without stooping to their dishonest, rule-breaking tactics. Join Fredrickson for a conversation on how we can work to change the rules of the game to regain power, expand the franchise, end voter suppression, win judicial elections, and fight for transparency and fairness in our political system.
Caroline Fredrickson is the president of the American Constitution Society (ACS) and the author of Under the Bus: How Working Women Are Being Run Over. She has been widely published on a range of legal and constitutional issues and is a frequent guest on television and radio shows. Fredrickson was chief of staff to Senator Maria Cantwell and deputy chief of staff to then Senate democratic leader Tom Daschle. During the Clinton administration, she served as special assistant to the president for legislative affairs.
Thanks to Town Hall Seattle and Third Place Books
David Swanson: Nukes- What Are They Good For?, Monday 8/26, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM
David Swanson gave this keynote address
to a gathering of peace activists at the annual Ground Zero
Hiroshima/Nagasaki Weekend marking the 74th Anniversary of Hiroshima
and Nagasaki Atomic Bombing. The Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent
Action in Poulsbo WA was established in 1977, just as the Bangor
Trident Submarine Base was being built, and sits on land directly
adjacent to the base. The actual keynote title was: “The Myths,
the Silence, and the Propaganda That Keep Nuclear Weapons in
The next morning on August 5th, 60 people were present at a flash mob demonstration against Trident nuclear weapons at the Bangor submarine base. The demonstration was in the roadway at the Main Gate during rush hour traffic. To see flash mob performance and related videos: https://www.facebook.com/groundzerocenter.
Over thirty flash mob dancers and supporters entered the roadway at 6:30 AM carrying peace flags and two large banners stating, “We can all live without Trident” and “Abolish Nuclear Weapons.” While traffic into the base was blocked, dancers performed to a recording of War (What is it good for?) by Edwin Starr. After the performance, dancers left the roadway and eleven demonstrators remained. The eleven demonstrators were removed from the roadway by the Washington State Patrol and cited with RCW 46.61.250, Pedestrians on roadways.
About 30 minutes later, and after being cited, five of the eleven demonstrators reentered the roadway carrying a banner with a quote by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., which stated, “When scientific power outruns spiritual power, we end up with guided missiles and misguided men.” The five were removed by the Washington State Patrol, cited with RCW 9A.84.020, Failure to disperse, and released at the scene.
In this talk, the noted author, activist, journalist, and radio host, David Swanson of World Beyond War, presented the argument that war is not good for anything and exposed some of the necessary myths and propaganda that make war and nuclear weapons possible. He also took the time to elaborate on the fear that power structures have of an aroused public, why they depend on our complicity through silence, and what we need to do about it. His books
include, When The World Outlawed War, War Is A Lie, and War Is Never Just.
Thanks to The Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action
See also: www.gzcenter.org
Jennifer Dumpert: Liminal Dreaming
Liminal dreaming occurs at the
boundaries of consciousness between waking and sleep. To guide us in
harnessing one of the most unusual human experiences, Jennifer Dumpert
presents a comprehensive array of practical exercises for accessing and
lingering in our liminal dream states. She explores the brain states
which together create our experience of dreaming—hypnagogia, the
hallucinatory dream state through which we pass as we sink into sleep,
and hypnopompia, the mesmerizing dreams we experience as we surface
back into waking. Dumpert offers us techniques to harness the power of
hypnagogia and hypnopompia and engage our dreaming minds to help us
answer personal or intellectual questions or even, she says, encourage
the healing process. Join Dumpert to learn about the power of liminal
dream states to create an ideal circumstance for deep meditation,
provide altered consciousness experiences, and offer each of us insight
into the depths of our own psyche.
Jennifer Dumpert is a San Francisco-based writer and lecturer, and the founder of the Oneironauticum, an international organization that explores the phenomenological experience of dreams as a means of experimenting with mind.
Thanks to Cascade Psychedelic Community and Town Hall Seattle
David Nickles: Confronting Questions of Psychedelics, Monday 8/19, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM
Since their introduction to industrial
societies, psychedelics have been hailed as catalysts for personal and
societal change. Researcher David Nickles delves into recent
discoveries surrounding these compounds and the experiences they can
bring. He highlights friction around questions of who should control
access to these experiences and who gets to craft the social narratives
Nickles delves into the challenges of access, social control, and power dynamics that have crystallized since the psychedelic revolution of the 1960’s. He highlights the ways which profit-motivated corporations and advocates of psychedelic mainstreaming have exerted control over public narratives about psychedelics under the pretense of addressing mental health epidemics. He urges us to examine psychedelics as tools for grappling with widespread social and political maladies—declining global ecosystem, the #MeToo movement, and the ongoing failures of late capitalism—rather than merely the next chic self-improvement product. Join Nickles for a conversation about fighting commodification and exploring culture through a psychedelic lens.
David Nickels is an underground researcher and moderator for The DMT-Nexus community. He has worked on numerous harm reduction projects including KosmiCare, Check-In, TLConscious, DanceWize, and The Open Hyperspace Traveler. He’s offered cultural critiques and commentary on psychedelics and radical politics, as well as novel phytochemical data for psychedelic preparations at venues around the world.
Thanks to Cascadia Psychedelic Community & Town Hall Seattle
Down With Work!, Monday 8/12, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM
This event is a panel discussion between
a number of leading scholars on the nature of work as part of Red May,
a month-long festival of radical art and thought. Their motto is: Take
a vacation from capitalism.
Many of us find ourselves frustrated with our 40-hour work weeks, wondering about the purpose and practicality of our jobs, and even whether or not work is necessary. We find ourselves questioning our capitalist society’s conception of work—that it’s normal and necessary to commit massive amounts of personal time and emotional energy to our jobs.
To conduct an inquiry into the activity we least like doing, Kathi Weeks, Michael Hardt, Peter Frase, and Charles Mudede come together for a Red May panel discussion on the value of work in our society. They conceptualize modern civilization without a population committed to lives in the workforce, and weigh benefits and hurdles of alternative models for our society. Sit in for a conversation on the possibility of conceiving, creating, and sustaining a world without work.
Kathi Weeks is Associate Professor of Women’s Studies at Duke University. Her primary interests are in the fields of political theory, feminist theory, Marxist thought, and utopian studies. She is the author of The Problem with Work: Feminism, Marxism, Antiwork Politics, and Postwork Imaginaries; Constituting Feminist Subjects; and a co-editor of The Jameson Reader.
Peter Frase is a writer and organizer in New York, studying topics including technology, labor, and eco-socialism. He has written for Jacobin, Commune, In These Times, and other publications. He is the author of Four Futures.
Michael Hardt teaches at Duke University. With Antonio Negri he is author of the Empire trilogy—Empire, Multitude, and Commonwealth—as well as Declaration. Hardt and Negri’s new book, Assembly, was published in September 2017.
Charles Mudede was born near a steel plant in Kwe Kwe, Zimbabwe. Mudede is a filmmaker whose films have appeared at Sundance and Cannes, and he has written for the New York Times, The Stranger, Cinema Scope, Ars Electronica, and others.
Thanks to Red May and Town Hall Seattle, recorded 5/23/19
Doria Robinson: The Struggle for Food Justice, Monday 8/5, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM
See also: Event Intro
Recorded SAT July 13, 2019: CAGJ’s 13th Annual SLEE Dinner - Strengthening Local Economies Everywhere
Keynote: Doria Robinson, Executive Director of Urban Tilth, "For the Love of Soil: Dismantling the Extractive Economy with Justice and Food Sovereignty"
Doria Robinson is a leader in both the food sovereignty and climate justice movements. Trained as a Watershed Restoration Ecologist, Doria is the Executive Director of Urban Tilth, a community-based organization rooted in Richmond, California dedicated to cultivating urban agriculture to help the community build a more sustainable, healthy, and just food system. CAGJ works closely with Urban Tilth as members of the Western region of the US Food Sovereignty Alliance.
Community Alliance for Global Justice grew out of a mass people's movement that shut down the World Trade Organization in 1999, and continues to work toward transforming unjust trade and agricultural practices. CAGJ’s 13th annual SLEE Dinner (Strengthening Local Economies Everywhere) will highlight the role of food sovereignty and agroecology in leading us to a Just Transition to address the climate crisis.
Rachel Louise Snyder: No Visible Bruises, Monday 7/29, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM
Whether we call it domestic abuse,
private violence, or even intimate terrorism in America domestic
violence accounts for 15 percent of all violent crime. The World Health
Organization deemed it a “global epidemic,” and yet too
often it remains locked in silence, even as its tendrils reach unseen
into so many of our most pressing national issues.
Acclaimed journalist Rachel Louise Snyder takes the stage to deliver a reckoning with this urgent and widespread problem with insight from her powerful new book No Visible Bruises. She’s joined onstage by KUOW’s Sydney Brownstone, and together these two journalists reveal the scale of domestic violence in our country. They frame key stories that demolish common myths—if things were bad enough, victims would just leave; a violent person cannot become nonviolent; shelter is an adequate response; and the insidious notion that violence inside the home is a private matter. Through the stories of victims, perpetrators, law enforcement, and reform movements from across the country, Snyder and Brownstone take us on a sobering exploration of the real roots of private violence, its far-reaching consequences for society, and what it will take to truly address it.
Rachel Louise Snyder’s work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post,the New Republic, and elsewhere. Her books include Fugitive Denim: A Moving Story of People and Pants in the Borderless World of Global Trade, and the novel What We’ve Lost is Nothing. She has been the recipient of an Overseas Press Award for her work on This American Life.
Sydney Brownstone is the online editor for KUOW, and a contributor to The Stranger, Fast Company, Mother Jones, and Village Voice. Brownstone’s writing covers topics of general news, the environment, and sexual assault, and in 2017 her coverage of the Seattle porn scammer Matt Hickey was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.
Thanks to Town Hall Seattle and Third Place Books
Senator Risa Hontiveros: Defending Democracy, Monday 7/22, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM
Philippine Senator Risa Hontiveros gave
this talk on the Seattle leg of her recent US tour. Hontiveros is a
prominent leader in the fight to defend democracy and oppose corruption
and impunity in government. She is a champion of women, LGBTQ,
children, disability, Indigenous, student, worker, farmer, and senior
A former journalist, she served as the representative of the Akbayan Citizens Action Party in the House of Representatives of the Philippines from 2004-2010. In 2005, she was nominated for a Nobel Prize for her efforts on peace, diplomacy, and dialogue. Hontiveros was elected Senator in 2016. She is a key opposition figure against the Philippines current controversial drug war and continues to fight for social justice, reform and national progress through legislative work.
Senator Hontiveros toured the US to give an update on the recent Philippines midterm elections (May 13). President Duterte's allies won a sweeping victory, shutting out all opposition candidates. Known as "the Punisher," Duterte is seen by many as a violent, macho-fascist populist. He is widely condemned, locally and internationally, for a drug policy which has lead to extrajudicial killings of over 12,000 people (or more), including 54 children in the first year. Currently there are only four senators who oppose Duterte–including Hontiveros–and all have been accused by the administration of "crimes." Along with justice warriors like Hontiveros and her colleagues, a Filipino youth-lead democratic mass movement is also on the rise to block what is predicted as Duterte's move towards dictatorship.
She warned Filipinos-Americans at packed community forums up and down the U.S. west coast that the next three years will be tough for Philippine democracy and “will get worse before it gets better.”
Senator Hontiveros described the “hit-and-run” ramming of a Filipino fishing boat in the Recto Bank as a “perfect metaphor for the state of affairs in the Philippines” where President Duterte and his allies ignore or harm the public interest with impunity.
Thanks to Akbayan USA and LELO (Legacy of Equality, Leadership and Organizing) Recorded 6/25/19
Lawrence Lessig: Fidelity & Constraint, Monday 7/15, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM
The immense age of our nation’s
Constitution presents a fundamental challenge for interpreters. After
so much time has passed, how do we read such an old document? Legal
scholar Lawrence Lessig arrives at Town Hall to explore one of the most
basic approaches to interpreting the Constitution—the process of
translation. With insight from his new book Fidelity & Constraint,
Lessig contends that some of the most significant shifts in
constitutional doctrine are products of the evolution of the
translation process over time. He describes how judges understand their
translations as instances of “interpretive fidelity,”
framing their judgements in the context of time. Lessig also highlights
what he calls “fidelity to role,” a practice by which
judges determine if old ways of interpreting the Constitution have
become illegitimate because they do not match up with the judge’s
perceived role. Lessig not only shows us how important the concept of
translation is to constitutional interpretation, but also exposes the
institutional limits on this practice. Sit in for a course on
constitutional and foundational theory by one of America’s
leading legal minds.
Lawrence Lessig is the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School. He is the author of many books, including: Code 2.0; Free Culture; Remix; Republic, Lost; and most recently America, Compromised.
Thanks to Town Hall Seattle
Nick Estes: Our History Is the Future, Monday 7/8, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM
Our History Is the Future: Standing Rock Versus the Dakota Access Pipeline
In a book that is history, memory, and manifesto, Nick Estes explains how two centuries of Indigenous resistance created the movement proclaiming, “Water is life.,” how a small protest encampment established to block construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline grew to be the largest Indigenous protest movement in the twenty-first century.
Thanks to Verso Books, Elliott Bay Books & Red May Seattle.
Lee McIntyre: Defending Science from Denial and Fraud, Monday 7/1, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM
According to Lee McIntyre, attacks on
science have become commonplace. Claims that climate change isn’t
settled science, that evolution is “only a theory,” and
that scientists are conspiring to keep the truth about vaccines from
the public are staples of some politicians’ rhetorical
repertoire. McIntyre joins us to present The Scientific Attitude, a
treatise in defense of science’s processes, claims, and
discoveries. McIntyre argues that what makes science distinctive is its
emphasis on evidence and scientists’ willingness to change
theories on the basis of new evidence.
He explores the implications of scientific fraud; tracks the transformation of medicine from its basis in hunches to its modern form as an evidence-based practice; and studies the positions of ideology-driven denialists, pseudoscientists, and “skeptics” who reject scientific findings. Join McIntyre for a look at how the scientific attitude—the grounding of science in evidence—offers a uniquely powerful tool in the defense of science.
Lee McIntyre is a Research Fellow at the Center for Philosophy and History of Science at Boston University. He is the author of Dark Ages: The Case for a Science of Human Behavior and Post-Truth, both published by the MIT Press.
Thanks to Town Hall Seattle
Annie Jacobsen: The Secret History of the CIA, Monday 6/24, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM
When diplomacy fails and war is unwise,
the president calls on the CIA’s Special Activities
Division—a highly-classified branch of the CIA and the most
effective black operations force in the world. Almost every American
president since World War II has asked the CIA to conduct sabotage,
subversion, and even assassination. To unveil the secret world of the
president’s guerrilla warfare corps, Pulitzer Prize finalist
Annie Jacobsen takes the stage with excerpts from Surprise, Kill,
Vanish, her thriller-like exposition of the world of paramilitary and
Jacobsen shares exclusive interviews with members of the CIA’s Senior Intelligence Service (equivalent to the Pentagon’s generals), its counterterrorism chiefs, targeting officers, and Special Activities Division’s Ground Branch operators who conduct today’s close-quarters killing operations around the world. And every operation they report—however unsettling—is legal. Join Jacobsen for a gripping dive into the complex world of individuals working in treacherous environments populated with killers, connivers, and saboteurs.
Annie Jacobsen is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Area 51 and Operation Paperclip and the Pulitzer Prize finalist The Pentagon’s Brain. She was a contributing editor at the Los Angeles Times Magazine.
Thanks to Town Hall Seattle and Elliott Bay Books
Chuck Collins: Reversing Wealth Inequality, Monday 6/17, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM
We are living in a time of extreme
inequality, and few places are more unequal than the United States.
America’s 20 richest people now own more wealth than the bottom
half of the rest of the population combined. Scholar and activist Chuck
Collins argues that these inequalities have their roots in forty years
of the powerful and wealthy rigging the entire system in their favor.
He proposes a wide range of public policies to roll back decades of
accelerating inequality, analyzes the barriers to progress, and shows
how transformative local campaigns can be made into a national movement
Collins is a senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies where he co-edits Inequality.org. He is author of, “Is Inequality in America Irreversible?”; “Born on Third Base: A One Percenter Makes the Case for Tackling Inequality”; “Bringing Wealth Home, and Committing to the Common Good”; and “99 to 1: How Wealth Inequality is Wrecking the World and What We Can Do About It”.
Recorded at Straub Hall on the UO campus Oregon Humanities Center 4/17/19 by Todd Boyle
Thanks to the Tzedek Lecture in the Humanities series on The Common Good
Susan Anderson: Sustainable Cities- A Model for Success, Monday 6/10, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM
What would a Green New Deal look like?
When we think about the seemingly impossible but necessary task of
rapidly moving our federal government to address the climate emergency,
it might be helpful to know what most people don’t know. That is
that many local governments are already well on their way in
implementing their climate action plans. Chief among these is Portland
Oregon. They began implementing their "Carbon Dioxide Reduction
Strategy" in 1993 and have transformed Portland into one of the most
livable cities in the USA while they were at it. The one who
spearheaded this effort is none other than Susan Anderson, the former
director of Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. As
Susan goes through her slide show you are going to realize that what
Portland has done is astonishing. It’s also interesting to note
how they did it. They didn’t sell it as addressing climate change
which few people, even now fully grasp, they sold it on making Portland
a better place to live by saving money for residents, government, and
business, creating jobs, addressing pollution and sprawl, improving
transportation, making the city more walk able and bike able, and
applying high-tech energy solutions.
This talk was taped at the second annual Cities Climate Summit organized by People for Climate Action on May 11th 2019. I have posted the whole conference here for YouTube viewers so that while you are at it you can find out what Seattle is doing. You can watch the whole thing or scroll to whichever presentation you like:
What is People for Climate Action? -Brian Emanuels
(from Mercer Island PCA)
3:48-- Why we are showcasing Portland --Claire Waltman
7:36-- Featured Speaker: Susan Anderson
1:07:52-- Q & A with Susan Anderson
1:24:44-- Citizens Climate Lobby presentation
by Gwen Hansen & Ian James
1:37:43-- Looking forward with Megan Smith & Court Olson
2:01:00-- Public officials Q &A with Susan Anderson
Extinction Rebellion: Confronting the Extinction Crisis parts 1&2, Monday 5/27 & 6/3, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM
An Emergency Forum Sponsored by Extinction Rebellion Seattle – featuring Dahr Jamail, climate change journalist and author of “The End of Ice,” Curtis Deutsch, Associate Professor at the School of Oceanography, University of Washington, and co-author of a new study on the role of global warming in causing the Permian mass extinction. Also featured are Shaylon Stolk and Ruth Oskolkoff from Extinction Rebellion Seattle. Moderated by Truthout reporter Curtis Johnson.
Pirate TV will broadcast this event in two parts.
Thanks to Extinction Rebellion Seattle and Plant for the Planet.
Nancy MacLean: The Origins of Today’s Radical Right, Monday 5/20, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM
Nancy MacLean gave this keynote talk at
Fix Democracy First’s 2019 Annual dinner in which she outlined
the radical covert plan being implemented by the Koch network to change
the rules of our government to make “capitalism safe from
democracy” while we are distracted by Trump.
Fix Democracy First (fixdemocracyfirst.org) is a non-profit in the state of Washington fighting to improve our Democratic processes. They have been running initiatives and projects in support of public financing of campaigns, fair elections, overturning Citizen’s United, protecting voting rights and other similar efforts for almost two decades and have recently merged with WAmend and continue to work very closely with allies, partners, and volunteers towards the common goal of getting money out of politics.
Nancy MacLean is the William H. Chafe Professor of History and Public Policy at Duke University, and the award-winning author of several books. Her most recent book, about which she will speak, is “Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Rights Stealth Plan for America.” Booklist called it perhaps the best explanation to date of the roots of the political divide that threatens to irrevocably alter American government. The Guardian said: Its the missing chapter: a key to understanding the politics of the past half century. The Nation magazine named it the Most Valuable Book of the year.
Thanks to Fix Democracy First
Dana Frank: The Long Honduran Night, Monday 5/13, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM
Why are the migrants fleeing Honduras?
Dana Frank discusses her new book, “The Long Honduran Night:
Resistance, Terror, and the United States in the Aftermath of the
Coup”, which examines Honduras since the 2009 coup that deposed
democratically-elected President Manuel Zelaya. She interweaves her
personal experiences in post-coup Honduras and in the US Congress with
a larger analysis of the coup regime and its ongoing repression,
Honduran opposition movements, US policy in support of the regime, and
Congressional challenges to that policy. Dana Frank gives us the much
needed context to help understand the root causes of the immigrant
caravans of Hondurans leaving for the US, and the destructive impact of
US policy not found in US corporate media.
Dana Frank is Professor of History Emerita at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her books include “Bananeras: Women Transforming the Banana Unions of Latin America”, which focuses on Honduras, and “Buy American: The Untold Story of Economic Nationalism”. Her writings on human rights and U.S. policy in post-coup Honduras have appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Houston Chronicle, The Nation, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Politico Magazine, and many other publications, and she has been interviewed by the Washington Post, New Yorker, New York Times, National Public Radio, Univsion, Latino USA, regularly on Democracy Now!, and on other outlets. Professor Frank has testified about Honduras before the US House of Representatives, the California Assembly, and the Canadian Parliament.
The University of Oregon CLLAS Research Series & the Knight Library
Recorded April 10, 2019 by Todd Boyle
Daniel Immerwahr: How to Hide an Empire, Monday 5/6, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM
Hear historian Daniel Immerwahr,
Associate Professor of History, Northwestern University, talk about
what happens to U.S. history when we include the territories
(Philippines, Puerto Rico, Hawai'i) as part of the story.
We are familiar with maps that outline all fifty states. And we are also familiar with the idea that the United States is an “empire,” exercising power around the world. But what about the actual territories—the islands, atolls, and archipelagos—this country has governed and inhabited?
Immerwahr, author of How to Hide an Empire, tells the fascinating story of the United States outside the United States.
Recorded 4/23/19 at Kane Hall, University of Washington
Oliver Nachtwey: Social Decline in the Heart of Europe, Monday 4/29, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM
German sociologist Oliver Nachtwey and
German political scientist Niko Switek have a conversation on how
neoliberalism is causing a social crisis in Germany and the rest of
Europe. Upward social mobility represented a core promise of life under
the “old” West German welfare state, in which millions of
skilled workers upgraded their Volkswagens to Audis, bought their first
homes, and sent their children to university. Oliver Nachtwey analyses
the reasons for the political and social rupture in postwar German
society and investigates the rise in popularity of right-wing populism
throughout Europe. Oliver Nachtwey is Associate Professor of Social
Structure Analysis at the University of Basel, and a fellow at the
Institute for Social Research in Frankfurt. Niko Switek is DAAD
Visiting Assistant Professor for German Studies at the Henry M. Jackson
School for International Studies and the Department of Political
Science at the University of Washington.
Thanks to Goethe Pop Up Seattle and Elliott Bay Books
Lynn Fitz- Hugh: Food and Climate, Monday 4/22, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM
Food production alone conservatively
represents 9% of the US carbon foot print. All of us are consumers of
food and make food choices that impact our carbon foot print. Learn
about how eating an organic, local, plant-based diet and wasting less
food can help stop climate change. We will offer a series of choices
for you to examine. One third of all food in the US is wasted and the
book Drawdown lists eliminating food waste as the third most effective
solution to climate change, with the 4th being eating a plant-based
diet. We will also look at the social justice issues tied up in food
Lynn Fitz-Hugh founded 350Seattle.org as well as Faith Action Climate Team (FACT). She is also this year’s TCAT program chair for the convention.
Recorded at the 2019 South Sound Climate Convention in Olympia Washington 4/13/19
See also: www.southsoundclimateconvention.org
Salmon People, Monday 4/15, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM
Northwest Native Opposition to Genetically Engineered Fish
What are the risks from genetically engineered fish to the people and environments of the Pacific Northwest? New Canoe Media tackles this question head-on with their new short film Salmon People. This program documents an event organized by the Community Alliance for Global Justice and features the film and a panel of indigenous and advocacy activists working on Northwest Native food security and justice in the Pacific Northwest. Hear voices from across the Pacific Northwest who are speaking out about the risks of genetically engineered fish then give your Senators a call to support S.282 the Genetically Engineered Salmon Labeling Act.
Heather Day, moderator, Executive Director and co-founder of Community Alliance for Global Justice.
Valerie Segrest, Muckleshoot Food Sovereignty Project
Alan Stay, Office of the Tribal Attorney, Muckleshoot Indian Tribe
Fawn Sharp, President of the Quinault Indian Nation
Dana Perls, Senior Food and Technology Policy Campaigner with Friends of the Earth
Community Partners: 350 Seattle, Central Co-op, Chinook Book, First Nations at UW, Go Wild Campaign, Green Plate Special, Got Green, Health Alliance International, Indigenous Peoples Institute, LGBTQ Allyship, Loki Fish Company, NAMA-Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance, Sierra Club NW, Sno-Valley Tilth, Tilth Alliance, Tulalip News, UFCW Local 21, UW American Indian Studies, UW Anthropology, UW Center for Human Rights, UW Comparative History of Ideas, UW Geography, UW Nutritional Sciences, UW Program of the Environment, Union Cultural Center, Washington State Unitarian Universalist Voices for Justice
Presented by Town Hall Seattle, Community Alliance for Global Justice, Center for Food Safety, and Friends of the Earth. Recorded 4/9/19
Militarism Abroad / Militarism at Home, Monday 4/8, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM
The Urban Poverty Forum is an effort to
open a dialogue around the systemic issues surrounding urban poverty
and to unite a diverse community of care—including faith based
organizations, nonprofits, and concerned citizens in addressing
problems faced by the poorest among us. This video recorded at this
year’s 13th annual Urban Poverty Forum, presents Yessenia Medrano
from Northwest Immigrant Rights Project and Phoenix Johnson, president
of Veterans For Peace, Puget Sound Chapter 92.
These speakers come together to focus on the relationship between militarism abroad and militarism at the U.S. border as two manifestations of a moral crisis. Join us for a timely and urgent conversation about imperialism, militarism, and our nation’s evolving legacy of conflict.
Thanks to Town Hall Seattle, Real Change, Hugo House, and The Mahogany Project. Recorded 3/17/19
Dahr Jamail: The End of Ice, Monday 4/1, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM
After nearly a decade overseas,
acclaimed journalist Dahr Jamail returned to America to renew his
passion for mountaineering—only to find that the slopes he once
climbed have been irrevocably changed by climate disruption. He
embarked on a worldwide journey to see for himself the consequences of
climate change across the globe—from Alaska to Australia’s
Great Barrier Reef to the Amazon rainforest. Now returning to the Town
Hall stage, he presented his findings from his new book The End of Ice:
Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption.
Jamail reveals reporting from the front lines of this crisis, accompanied by climate scientists and people whose families have a centuries-long history of fishing, farming, and living in the areas he visited and his renewed passion for the planet’s wild places. He invites us to witness a one-of-a-kind account of the catastrophic reality of our situation and the incalculable necessity of relishing this vulnerable, fragile planet while we still can.
Dahr Jamail, a Truthout staff reporter, is the author of Beyond the Green Zone: Dispatches from an Unembedded Journalist in Occupied Iraq. Jamail has reported from the Middle East over the last ten years, and he has won the Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism.
Thanks to Town Hall Seattle, Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility and Third Place Books. Recorded 3/26/19
Robert Tsai: Forging Justice In A Divided Nation, Monday 3/25, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM
A leading expert on constitutional law
talks about the intersection of law and society. Tracing challenges to
equality throughout American history beginning with Trumps recent ban
on Muslim travelers, Professor Tsai, author of “Practical
Equality: Forging Justice In A Divided Nation” discusses how
citizens, lawyers, officials, and others who care about equality can
and have used clever legal strategies to overcome injustice even though
the courts may be stacked against them.
Robert Tsai is joined in conversation with Megan Ming Francis, a UW political scientist.
Thanks to University Bookstore, recorded 3/7/19
Doug Selwyn: All Children Are All Our Children, Monday 3/18, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM
Once among the healthiest countries in
the world, the United States is now ranked twenty-ninth. Those who bear
the brunt of our worsening health are the poor, people of color, and,
most of all, our children. All Children Are All Our Children situates
our ongoing health crisis within the larger picture of inequality and
the complex interplay of systems in the U.S. based on class, privilege,
racism, sexism, and the ongoing tension between the ideals of democracy
and the realities of corporate capitalism. Caught in the middle of
those tensions is public education. All Children Are All Our Children
defines what we mean by health, looking at the many factors that
support or undermine it, and then identifies steps that can be taken
locally in our schools and in our communities to support the health and
well-being of our young people and their families, even as we work
towards necessary change at the state and national policy level so that
all children grow up healthy, happy, and successful–and not just
some of them.
Thanks to University Bookstore
Oceania Rising: Peace Pivot to the Pacific, Monday 3/4 & 3/11, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM
This a two hour presentation that will be shown in 2 parts on TV but you can watch the whole thing here.
Three Indigenous women speakers from
Okinawa, Guam, and Hawai’i recently concluded a speaking tour of
the Pacific Northwest to discuss the growing movements against U.S.
military bases, and for a demilitarized, nuclear-free, and independent
Pacific. This video is from the last stop on the tour. The presentation
included talks by-
Kyle Kajihiro, PhD candidate in Geography, University of Hawai’i-Manoa, board member for Hawaiʻi Peace and Justice, founder of DMZ Hawai'i / Aloha 'Aina, formerly working with American Friends Service Committee. Kyle gave the historical overview followed by:
Tina Grandinetta, PhD Candidate
RMIT, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
WVWS Delegate, International Women’s Network Against Militarism
Biracial Uchinaanchu Okinawan woman from Hawai’i
Kisha Borja-Quichocho-Calvo, PhD Candidate
University of Hawai’i-Manoa, Political Sciences
Chamoru from Guahan Guam
Mahi'ai (farmer), Malu 'Āina Center for Nonviolent Education and Action
Kia'i loko (fishpond guardian), Kaloko Fishpond
Kanaka Maoli from the Kona District, Hawai’i
In response to the growing list of global crisis there has been another inspiring rise in voices of knowledge from matriarchs across indigenous cultures. As they step forward, we have an opportunity to step up and listen to the voices most impacted to co-create sustainable solutions for a future we all deserve and for our future generations.
We welcome three speakers representing indigenous communities of Okinawa, Guam and Hawai’i who can speak on a lesser discussed topic regarding the militarization of communities and it’s intersectional points with environmental, political, social, racial, health and cultural impact. The growing concerns include radioactive contamination, damage from test bombing, jet crashes, unexploded ordnance, desecration of burials and other Indigenous sacred sites, potential foreign attack, and high social costs such as homelessness and sexual assault.
Thanks to Seattle Veterans for Peace, Zoltan Grossman, Evergreen State College professor of Geography, and the Native American & World Indigenous Peoples Studies for organizing this tour. Also, Woman’s Voices, Woman Speak and the International Women’s Network Against Militarism
Double Feature pt 1: Christopher Noxon: Good Trouble, Monday 2/25, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM
Christopher Noxon gave this talk about his new book Good Trouble, a helpful antidote to all the pessimism and name-calling that permeates today’s political and social dialogues. Revisiting episodes from the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 60s, he highlights some essential lessons that modern-day activists and the civically minded can extract and embrace in order to move forward and create change.
Diving into the real stories behind the front lines of the Montgomery bus boycott, the Greensboro lunch counter sit-ins and notable figures such as Rosa Parks and Bayard Rustin, he explores the parallels between the civil rights movement era and the present moment. This thoughtful, fresh approach is sure to inspire conversation, action, and, most importantly, hope.
Christopher Noxon is a journalist who has written for the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, the Atlantic, Los Angeles Magazine, and Salon. He splits his time between Los Angeles and New York City.
Thanks to University Bookstore
Double Feature pt 2: Anya Kamenetz: Families and Digital Media
The newest generation of children is exposed to technology more than any who have preceded them. For many, this technological interaction begins at infancy. Does this ubiquity represent a wonderful opportunity to connect around the world or the first step in creating a generation that’s emotionally and socially dependent on screens? Education and technology expert Anya Kamenetz offers us a refreshingly practical look at the subject with her new book The Art of Screen Time: How Your Family Can Balance Digital Media and Real Life. She shares findings from hundreds of surveys of fellow parents on their practices and ideas, cutting through inconclusive studies and overblown claims. Kamenetz hones down to a simple message (a riff on Michael Pollan’s well-known “food rules”): Enjoy Screens. Not too much. Mostly with others. She invites us to discuss the backbone of a philosophy for parents to adjust to the technology in their children’s lives. Kamenetz outlines how a new doctrine of sophisticated yet practical thinking is a necessary cure for an age of anxiety—one that will help parents curb their panic and create room for a happy, healthy family life.
Anya Kamenetz is the lead digital education correspondent for NPR, and has won multiple awards for her reporting on education, technology, and innovation. Previously she worked as a staff writer for Fast Company magazine, and has been a contributor to The New York Times, Washington Post, New York Magazine, Slate, and others. She is the author of three books on education and technology, Generation Debt, DIY U, and The Test.
Thanks to Town Hall Seattle, Phinney Neighborhood Association and Phinney Books Recorded 2/7/18
The Seattle General Strike Solidarity Centennial, Monday 2/18, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM
The Seattle General Strike of February 1919 was the first twentieth century solidarity strike in the United States to be proclaimed a “general strike.” It led off a tumultuous era of post-World War I labor conflict that saw massive strikes shut down the nation's steel, coal, and other industries and threaten civil unrest in a dozen cities.
This presentation was part of an annual event presented by the Labor Archives of Washington and marks the 100th anniversary of the Seattle General Strike. We hear from 3 presenters:
James Gregory a professor of history at the University of Washington who recently coordinated the release of the new centennial edition of, The Seattle General Strike by Robert L. Friedheim
Cal Winslow is a historian and author of Seattle General Strike: The Forgotten History of America's Greatest General Strike and
Dana Frank, historian and author of Purchasing Power: Consumer Organizing, Gender, and the Seattle Labor Movement, 1919-1929.
Thanks to The Labor Archives of Washington, The Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies, and Seattle Labor Temple.
Kate Pickett & Richard Wilkinson: The Psychology of Inequality, Monday 2/11, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM
The authors of ground breaking book, The Spirit Level: why greater equality makes societies stronger, the 2009 book that highlighted the corrosive effects of income and wealth inequality, have a new companion volume, The Inner Level: how more equal societies reduce stress, restore sanity and improve everybody's well-being. This new book examines the psychological reasons why inequality is so harmful.
Join us and for a discussion with authors, Kate Pickett and Richard Wilkinson.
After the talk, there was a panel discussion with local public health leaders and clinicians, including:
Dr. Ben Danielson, Clinic Chief of Seattle Children’s Odessa Brown Clinic.
Dr. Hilary Godwin, Dean of the University of Washington’s School of Public Health.
Dr. Julian Perez, Family Physician with Sea Mar Community Health Centers.
Linn Gould, Executive Director, Just Health Action, a non-profit organization that advocates for reducing health inequities.
Thanks to Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility
and the UW Department of Global Health, Recorded 1/31/19
Download Pickett and Wilkinson’s Spirit Level talk in Seattle from 2010 by going to the PirateTVSeattle.com website and doing an ‘F’ search for ‘Spirit Level’.
Jamie Susskind: Future Politics, Monday 2/4, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM
As our technological capabilities expand, humanity finds ourselves confronting one of the most important questions of our time: how will digital technology transform our society? Author and speaker Jamie Susskind steps up to Town Hall’s stage to address this pressing question with perspectives from his book Future Politics: Living Together in a World Transformed by Tech.
Susskind argues that rapid and relentless innovation in a range of technologies—from artificial intelligence to virtual reality—will increasingly control us if left unchecked, setting the limits of our liberty and defining what is forbidden. He calls for a fundamental change in the way we think about politics as informed by inexorably advancing technologies (and their controllers) that will come to hold great power over us. Some will gather data about our lives, causing us to avoid conduct perceived as shameful, sinful, or wrong.
Others will filter our perception of the world, choosing what we know, affecting how we feel, and shaping what we think. Susskind calls us together for a critical discussion of what it means for a political system to be just or democratic under the shadow of a digital-first era—and a meditation on the ways in which we can, and must, regain control.
Thanks to Town Hall Seattle & Elliott Bay Books
Jeremy Smith: A Hacker Called "Alien", Monday 1/28, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM
Think the guy who broke into your computer, encrypted and ransomed your data is some teenager in a hoodie living in his parents' basement? Think again. Hacking is big business. Modern day hacking operations comprise large teams of high tech workers who might have been trained at elite universities around the world such as MIT.
Join us as Missoula based journalist Jeremy Smith, himself an MIT graduate, gives us the rundown through the story of a cybersecurity expert code named “Alien,” an MIT graduate with considerable expertise with hacking (and trespassing) who now runs a boutique hacking firm that protects some of the world’s biggest banks, retailers and government agencies. Along the way, Jeremy gives us some tips on how to protect ourselves. Jeremy’s new book is, Breaking and Entering: The Extraordinary Story of a Hacker Called "Alien".
Thanks to Elliott Bay Books
Renee Linnell: The Burn Zone, Monday 1/21, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM
How does a woman who graduates Magna Cum Laude with a double degree who has traveled to nearly fifty countries alone before they turned thirty-five, was a surf model, a professional Argentine Tango dancer, had started five different companies and was getting an MBA from NYU end up brainwashed in a cult?
If this could happen to a person that gifted and well educated who could lose everything they own and end up broken and suicidal, what’s that have to say about mind control and the real reasons why people fall victim to it? What’s it have to say about human psychology and cognition and what’s it have to do with what’s currently going on in the most highly indoctrinated country in the world? Most importantly, how does one get themselves or loved ones out? What does it take to realize you've been brainwashed and once you do how do you go about deprogramming yourself?
Thanks to East West Bookstore
David Shields: Nobody Hates Trump More Than Trump, Monday 1/14, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM
Seattle writer and University of Washington professor David Shields’s new book is one of the more novel takes on the president who has been upon us for nearly two whole years now. "Nobody Hates Trump More Than Trump" is David Shields’s novel take on all of this—though it is not a novel.
Although Trump lost the popular vote, why would 50 million Americans vote for such a seeming imbecile in the first place? No matter how disastrous his actions or how increasingly obvious his prevarications, what explains the seemingly endless devotion of his cult-like following? Might there be a method to his madness? What are the psychological underpinnings of this? What are the psychological underpinnings of Trump?
David Shields is interviewed by KUOW's Ross Reynolds.
Thanks to Elliott Bay Bookstore
Kai-Fu Lee: The Era of AI, Monday 1/7, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM
The United States has long been the global leader in Artificial Intelligence. Dr. Kai-Fu Lee—one of the world’s most respected experts on AI—reveals that China has suddenly caught up to the US at an astonishingly rapid pace. He joins us with insight from his provocative book AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order to envision China and the US forming a powerful duopoly in AI—one that is based on each nation’s unique and traditional cultural inclinations.
Dr. Lee predicts that Chinese and American AI will have a stunning impact on traditional blue-collar industries—and a devastating effect on white-collar professions. He outlines how millions of suddenly displaced workers will need to find new ways to make their lives meaningful, and how government policies will have to deal with the unprecedented inequality between the haves and the have-nots. Join Lee for a sobering prognosis on the future of global advances in AI and the profound changes coming to our world sooner than we think.
Thanks to Town Hall Seattle, The World Affairs Council, and The Collective