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.

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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 - What a Fair trade agreement would look like

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National Organizing Director of Citizens Trade Campaign, Elizabeth Swager, talks with us about corporate trade agreements, like NAFTA, CAFTA and many more. She draws the differences between these agreements and what progressive people and organizations would like. Progressives want policies which are fair and just for the people, no for multi-national corporations. She cites one specific example of how these agreements have elevated corporate rights over human rights.

Populist Dialogues - Social Insecurity 401ks and the Retirement Crisis

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Guest James Russell is the author of "Social Insecurity, 401(k)s and the Retirement Crisis. The retirement crisis is that people are going over a fiscal cliff instead of being able to retire with financial security. James states that this is the result of moving from traditional pension plans to 401(k)s and explains how that has happened with what consequences.

Populist Dialogues - Now for Universal Affordable Health Care

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Host David Delk talks with Lee Mercer, President of Health Care For All Oregon on the problems of Obamacare, Trump(Ryan)Care, and how a universal affordable health care system would solve those problems. Includes a history of how the American system developed; and a description of various proposals to create a single payer system, nationally and in Oregon.

Populist Dialogues - The Remaking of an American City with Steve Early

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Steve Early talks with host David Delk about his new book, Refinery Town - Big Oil, Big Money, And The Remaking Of An American City. Richmond CA has historically been a company town. The company has been Chevron. Steve talks about the formation of the Richmond Progressive Alliance and the transformation of Richmond into a progressive light port on the west coast. The role special interest money has played is a large part of the story as is how the RPA has used reforms lke public funding of political candidates and "tag" lines on political ads to take control of the city government.

Populist Dialogues - Climate Jobs and Community Solar

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Host David Delk talks with Mark Darienzo and Joana Kirchhoff with Climate Jobs Portland. They discuss the organization's origins and purpose in presenting labor to environmental organization, recognizing the unions need to join in the movement for a renewable, and a sustainable energy economy. Then we talk about community solar, described as providing a chance for Oregonians to invest in solar power even if they individually cannot purchase and install their own solar system. Community Solar is designed to help people work together for the good of the environment and the community.

Populist Dialogues - Big Farms Make Big Flu

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Host David Delk interviews evolutionary biologist Rob Wallace, author of Big Farms Make Big Flu, Dispatches on Infectious Disease, Agricbusiness, And The Nature of Science. Rob talks about how as we have industrialized animal production, we have also industrialized pathogen production. Pathogens like influenza, Zika, Ebola, Swine and bird flu and more.

He notes that the economic model of industrialized agriculture drives the evolution and spread of deadly pathogens. And asks the question, "How do we get our economy to start speaking to our ecology by which we grow our food?"

Populist Dialogues - Trump loses popular vote but becomes President - what do we do?

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Host David Delk talks with Joan Horton, treasurer of Alliance for Democracy - Portland, and board member of national Alliance for Democracy. The topic is the Electoral College and how the national popular vote proposal would end the problem the current system creates - a candidate who does not receive the highest number of popular votes becoming president.

Joan also talks about the Alliance for Democracy and the various campaigns it is involved with, because the Issue is not the issues, it is the system.

Populist Dialogues - TTIP advances “Free Trade” corporate agenda

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Our guest is Nicolas Roux with Friends of the Earth-France. The Trans-Pacific Partnership is now dead but negotiations on the US-European Union corporate trade agreement continues. We talk about what TTIP is, who benefits and who is harmed, and talk about the Investor-State-Dispute-Settlement provisions which create such great damage around the world. We also focus on corporate efforts to extend drug patents and the danger to food safety via the provisions in the TTIP.