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.
Guest Karen Coulter with POCLAD (Program on Corporations, Law and Democracy) and Exec. Direct 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.
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.
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.