Norm Diamond hosts this episode of the Old Mole, which includes the following segments:
Oregon Legislature 2022: Bill Resnick talks to Emory Mort about his experience in the 2022 Oregon legislative session as Chief of Staff of State Representative Teresa Alonso Leon who specializes in immigration and education. Bill and Emory discuss the considerable accomplishments of the 2022 session and many disappointments. They also discuss the question of reform. Is the left doing little but trying to repair the pain and real misery our overall economic/political system causes? Or do some reforms go further, to demonstrate that another better world is possible?
April Fools: As we approach April 1, Luisa Martinez introduces a prominent member of the U.S. kleptocracy, who has his hand deep in your kitchen if not your pocket.
How to Manage a Crisis: What do you do when you face a crisis in your personal life or in your community? Matt Witt reviews two novels, Alibi Creek by Bev Magennis and the Music of Bees by Eileen Garvin, about women in western towns who start out trying to deal with personal and political problems on their own, but learn they need friends, family and community to make the changes they want – both for themselves and for the towns where they live.
Another World is Possible: In our last Old Mole of Women’s History Month, Norm Diamond celebrates the birthday and paradoxes of Rosa Luxemburg, a great revolutionary thinker and activist. How is her example and how are her insights of more than a hundred years ago relevant to us now? For our contention that Another World Is Possible, and our monthly feature of that name, Red Rosa is a continuing inspiration.