Populist Dialogues

Populist Dialogues is Alliance for Democracy's 1/2 hour weekly cable public access program, interviewing individuals on topics such as corporate personhood, and single payer healthcare, money in politics and more. All from a populist progressive perspective.


Populist Dialogues - 17-31 Changing Tenant Rights from a fringe issue to a central human right

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Ending no-cause evictions! Lack of rent controls! Those are issues being targeted by guest Margot Black, organizer with Portland Tenants United, a two year old tenant rights activist organization in Portland OR. Margo talks about origins of the the organization and actions taken at both the city and state level to level the playing field between land and apartment owners and the tenants.

Recorded: August, 2017

Populist Dialogues - 17-30 Nuclear - A Dying Industry

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Charles Johnson of the Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility's Joint Task Force on Nuclear talks with us again about the current state of the nuclear industry. He starts by focusing on SB990 in the Oregon Legislature and its demise. And then move to discussion of the Columbia Generating Station in Wash. state and efforts to close it down with a focus on how we replace its energy production with wind and solar renewable energy. And combine the renewable energy with storage abilities like batteries and pump storage.

Populist Dialogues - 17-28 - Nestle Keeps Trying to Bottle Pacific NW Water

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Our guest Julia DeGraw, NW Senior Organizer with Food and Water Watch talks with us on the efforts of Nestle to establish its first bottled water plant in the Pacific NW in the Oregon town of Cascade Locks.

Recorded: July, 2017

Populist Dialogues - 17-27 Getting to 100% Renewables by 2035

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Host David Delk talks with Food and Water Watch's (FWW) Julia DeGraw about who and what FWW is and does. Julia continues with a discussion of current campaignswhich will focus on local and state action because we can not expect leadership on the climate crisis to come from the federal level. FWW has a new campaign to get "Off Fossil Fuels" by 2035. We also talk about their campaign for GMO labeling and the future of that. Julia also talks about the massive mega-dairy, Three Mile Dairy, in Morrow County and dangers to area water supply.

Populist Dialogues - 17-26 How We Lower Tensions with North Korea

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Guest Martin Hart-Landsberg, retired economics professor at Lewis & Clark College and member of the board of the Korea Policy Institute, talks with host David Delk about the causes of the rising tensions between the US and No Korea. Martin also has a blog called Report from the Economic Front. We talk about the history of American involvement with both North and South Korea, how So Korea outspends No Korea on their militaries, the lack of good faith bargaining on the part of the US.

Populist Dialogues - 17-21 - Nuclear Power, a 28th Constitutional Amendment and Public Banking

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Departing from the usual Populist Dialogues format, today we instead watch three shorter clips. The first clip is of an interview with David Delk by Jim Lockhart on Oregon bill SB 990 which would overrule existing Oregon law which prevents the building of nuclear power sites in the state; the second clip is an advocacy piece produced by David Delk for a 28th Constitutional Amendment; and the third clip is of Walt McRee, Chair of the Public Banking institute.

Populist Dialogues - Organizing for the Common Good

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Justin Kertson is a Solidarity Organizer with Jobs with Justice (JWJ). Justin talks about JWJ, campaigns he has been involved with like 15 Now (to increase the minimum wage to $15/hour) and describes current campaigns like "Bargaining for the Common Good" and "Taking Action Against the Trump Agenda", working especially with the immigrant community. ""Why Unions Matter" is another JWJ current effort. Attacks on workers, including so-called "Right to work " laws proposed both at national and states levels. Justin ends the program with a strong statement of JWJ support for public banking.

Populist Dialogues - 17-24 - The Danger of Small Nuclear Reactors

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Chuck Johnson, Director of the Joint Task Force on Nuclear Power, talks with host David Delk about small nuclear modular reactors(SMR). Chuck explains the reasons for opposing the development of nuclear energy and the similarity between tradition nuclear plants and SMRs. We touch on the current difficulties of the nuclear industry with the bankruptcy of Westinghouse. And we look at the current status of SB990 in the Oregon legislature, written to override existing prohibitions in Oregon to building nuclear facilities within the state.

Populist Dialogues - 17-25 - Nuclear Power, OR Bottle Bill Profiteering, Endangering Public Health

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Our guests are Chuck Johnson, Director of the Joint Task Fore on Nuclear Power, OR/WA Physicians for Social Responsibility, and Dan Meek, legal advisor to the Oregon Progressive Party.

Populist Dialogues - 17-22 - Science in the New Dark Age

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Our guest is Dr. Martin Donohoe, adviser to Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility and author of "Public Health and Social Justice". The topic is "Science in the New Dark Age". What is the New Dark Age? What is science? How has science been attacked in the past? How has Pres. Trump attached science and with what consequences? What is the role of corporate lobbyists and the media in this present attack? After addressing that, we also talk about single-payer health care and more. We conclude with Dr.