Saturday, September 22, 2018

PINK ELEPHANTS PODCAST #22: PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

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As you have probably noticed by now, Pink Elephants really isn’t about me. At least, I try and keep it that way. All the same, I’ve got something I need to get off of my chest.

First of all, I want to give a huge shout out to all of my listeners; your support is what makes this show possible, more than almost any other factor. Simply knowing that you’re out there is enough to keep me coming back into the studio over and over again, whether I ever earn a dime from doing so or not.

Unfortunately, the not earning a dime from producing Pink Elephants is the single biggest challenge the program faces, and without greater resources than I currently possess, reality remains a powerful imposition on my ability to achieve the goals I have in mind for the show without making certain sacrifices along the way.

It is with that in mind that I announce Pink Elephants will be taking its first official hiatus from producing new episodes, in anticipation of our first anniversary this November. I’ll be using the opportunity to expand my studio, gather footage for future episodes, and take a much-needed break in the wake some major changes in my personal life.

In the meantime, I invite you to check out the many back episodes available on our website, as well all of the bonus content available on our Patreon page. While you’re there, please consider making a contribution at any level you feel comfortable with. I’ve got big dreams for this program, and with your help, I can make them all come true.

MUSIC:
LoFi Satellites – Static

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Friday, September 14, 2018

PINK ELEPHANTS PODCAST #21 - NOAH BULLOCK: THE DISPLACEMENT CONTINUUM

A large group of Central American immigrants arriving at California's
southern border in April, 2018. (PHOTO: Zero Hedge)


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Noah Bullock. (PHOTO: Twitter)
America’s refugee crisis continues to dominate the news cycle, but while much is known about what’s happening to refugees from Central America once they arrive here – the round-ups, the deportations, the separation of families – what isn’t as clear are the multitude of factors that are causing them to flee their homes in the first place: not just the tide of gang violence that continues to plague the Northern Triangle, but the rising conflict between those gangs and the regional governments that have sworn to eliminate them.

Noah Bullock is the Executive Director of Cristosal, one of the leading NGOs working to advance human rights in Central America. He recently gave a talk at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Palo Alto, California about what he calls the “Displacement Continuum,” wherein refugee families are caught in an ongoing exodus between their native lands and the United States, neither of which are safe enough to call home.

MUSIC:
Screw Jack – The Warning (Dub Mix)
Kenny Thomas & The Southern Baptists – Earwig

REFERENCES:
Cristosal.org


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Friday, August 31, 2018

PINK ELEPHANT PODCAST #20 - THE RAPE KIT BACKLOG MUST BE ELIMINATED

Actress Mariska Hargitay of NBC's Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,
testifying about the rape kit backlog before Congress in 2017.
(PHOTO: Cleveland.com via YouTube)

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There are few things more emblematic of the blind eye America turns towards sexual violence than the epidemic of untested rape kits currently found in the criminal justice system. Estimates range somewhere in the hundreds of thousands; far more than can ever easily be accounted for.

For decades, law enforcement agencies across the country have been stockpiling these kits and doing literally nothing to address them, allowing offenders - whose DNA often leads to multiple convictions when tested – to roam free.

After learning of the rape kit backlog in 2010, actress Mariska Hargitay, who plays Detective Olivia Benson on NBC's Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, wasted very little time.

For years, her non-profit organization The Joyful Heart Foundation has been working to transform society’s response to sexual assault, and she immediately made ending the national rape kit backlog the organization’s top priority.

Hargitay's eventually testified before Congress on the issue, which led her to begin working with Kym Worthy, a Chicago prosecutor who also testified that day, and who has been working on the rape kit backlog in her native Wayne County for years.

Their collaboration ultimately led to the creation of the new documentary film I Am Evidence, currently available from HBO Documentary Films.


HBO Documentary Films has made I Am Evidence available for public screening, and it was recently presented here in Silicon Valley by the Santa Clara County Democratic Club Women's Caucus, Women’s March Bay Area, and Orchard City Indivisible.

The viewing of the film was followed by a panel discussion on what measures are currently being taken not only to deal with our own county’s rape kit backlog – which hovers somewhere between four and five hundred – but also to reduce violence against women here in the Silicon Valley more broadly.

Joining the panel were:
As you might imagine, the evening was filled with a great many tragic and jarring stories of sexual violence, many of them told by survivors in their own words. If you’re with younger or more sensitive listeners, you might want to save this one for a later time.

MUSIC:
Kat Robichaud & The Darling Misfits – Why Do You Love Me Now?
Nehal Abuelata & Austin Geiger – Lay My Soul To Fear

REFERENCES:
I Am Evidence – Official Website
The Joyful Heart Foundation
End The Backlog – Official Website
The Grateful Garment Project – Official Website 
Women's Caucus of Santa Clara County Democratic Club
Women's March Bay Area
Orchard City Indivisible

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Friday, August 17, 2018

PINK ELEPHANTS PODCAST #19 - STEVE ZELTZER: LABOR, THEN AND NOW

A scene from the San Francisco General Strike of 1934. (PHOTO: LaborFest.net)

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The San Francisco Bay Area has a long and storied history of political activism. But for a region teeming with so much desire for drastic change, many in the Bay Area have become disconnected from its more radical traditions.

One of the most pivotal direct actions in American history – the San Francisco General Strike of 1934 – took place here barely a century ago, with over 150,000 thousand workers walking off the job in a single day, and tens of thousands more to follow. The strike led to a number of landmark victories for Bay Area workers, paving the way for the region to become the economic titan that it is today.

Steve Zeltzer is a freelance journalist and the host of WorkWeek on KPFA Radio in Pacifica, California, and has been covering Bay Area labor politics for over thirty years. He sat down with me this week to talk about the history of the strike, and how labor politics on both the local and national stage have shifted dramatically over the years, and why.

MUSIC:
Ray Frankly – Sleight Of Hand
ZED – Trouble In Eden
Blonde Toledo – What Makes A Man?

REFERENCES:
WorkWeek – KPFA Radio
1934 West Coast Waterfront Strike – Wikipedia
San Francisco General Strike (1934)  – Encyclopedia.com 
San Francisco General Strike (PHOTOS) – Calisphere
 
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Friday, August 3, 2018

PINK ELEPHANTS PODCAST #18 - FUTUREPROOF: CONVERSATIONS ON THE FUTURE OF MOBILITY IN SAN JOSE

The Silicon Valley. (PHOTO: 500)

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The future of urban development is one of the most complex and multi-faceted issues of our time. It’s also one of the most prominent wellsprings of inequity in most areas of the United States, including here in the Silicon Valley.

At the nexus of concerns around urban development is FutureProof, a monthly event hosted at the Local Color artist’s collective in Downtown San Jose. Each month’s event features casual conversations with a variety of civic engineers, both from the public and private sector.

Pink Elephants was on the scene at the most recent event, and we’re proud to share FutureProof with you.

MUSIC:
Blurred Out – Modern Waves
No Flow – Lucky Day

REFERENCES:
California Walks
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Local Color
TransForm
Circlepoint
City of San Jose


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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

PINK ELEPHANTS PODCAST EXTRA #06 - BRIAN DOLBER: WHAT MASS MEDIA IS TEACHING THE GIG ECONOMY

Labor leaders in Trinidad protesting Uber's allegedly illegal operations in the country, 04/2017. (PHOTO: TeleSur)
We've got a brand new Pink Elephants Podcast Extra for ya, and boy, is it a good one!

As part of this month’s LaborFest event, commemorating the 84th anniversary of the San Francisco General Strike, Stanford University’s Margaret Jacks Hall hosted a panel called “The Gig Economy, Privacy, Automation and AI,” where the participants spoke about how the fusion of these various industries can be expected to impact the global economy in the near future.

Among them was Brian Dolber, a Media Studies professor at CSU San Martin. He spoke about the lessons that companies like Uber and Lyft have learned from major media companies about how to market and monetize their true product: the data they collect from both riders and drivers. That data, Dolber says, is the product of labor that people everywhere subject themselves to voluntarily, every time we use our computer, our tablet, or our smartphone.

In a time of steadily diminishing returns in what remains of America’s labor market, some of the revenue generated by user input can and should be diverted to the public, according to Dolber. Click the banner below, and you can start listening right now!

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MUSIC:
The Roughies – What’s Your Plan For The Wasteland?

REFERENCES:
LaborFest: The Gig Economy, Privacy, Automation and AI

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