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 - 17-39 - Why the Education System Does Not Meet Needs

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Guest Greg Burrill, peace activist, entrepreneur and educator, talks about the Portland Public Schools and the financing of K-12 education in general in Oregon. Oregon is experiencing a funding crisis due to passage of Measures 5 and 50. Greg talks about what those measures did and continue to do, and how they took us from having a school system which was a national model to one characterized by underfunding and under-achievement.

Populist Dialogues - 17-38 - Friends of Family Farmers v Corporate Farming

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Host David Delk talks with Shari Sirkin, Exec Director of Friends of Family Farmers on what Friends of Family Farmers is and why it was formed and the conflict between family farmers and corporate farms, like mega-dairies. We talk about CSAs - Community Sustained Agriculture as a way for individuals to support local family farmers. CSAs represent a partnership between the eater and the grower.

Populist Dialogues - 17-37 Renegotiating NAFTA

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"The pushers of the economic trend of neo-liberal capitalism looked at NAFTA as a way to be cutting edge in their free'trade agreements...with the intention of radically transforming Mexico's economy."  Russell Lum, Trade Justice Coordinator with Oregon Fair Trade Campaign talks about the contradictory reasons for NAFTA's enactment; how NAFTA has transformed the US and Mexico; and what "We the People" should demand of a re-negotiated NAFTA.

Populist Dialogues - 17-35 Corporations, Revolving Doors, and Water Treatment

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Guest Floy Jones, founding member of Friends of the Reservoirs, talks about the now-approved Bull Run treatment/filtration plant (cost about $400 million) and why this is not only an expensive project but also an unneeded project.  She cover the chain of events for the City having made the decision and why the events do not support the treatment/filtration plant approval.

"The same corporations, the same revolving door consultants were involved in crafting the rule and they have been the beneficiaries of the regulation every step of the way." ~ Floy Jones

Populist Dialogues - 17-34 Fear and Intolerance in Tillamook County

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Helen Patti Hill talks about her book, A Brief History of Fear and Intolerance in TIllamook County, looking at the rise of fear and the resulting intolerance from the arrival of white  people all the way to the current era with the Oregon Citizens Alliance (2000) and racism in the schools. 

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.