DAVID BARSAMIAN, Founder of Alternative Radio, is coming to Newport on Tuesday, December 3 to give a talk on “Capitalism and the Environment” at 6:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 227 NE 12th Street. Admission is $10. Tickets are available online at KYAQ.org or at the door. (Seating is limited.)
Barsamian writes, “Sure, we have Earth Day, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the Environmental Protection Agency, but the threat to our environment is acute and growing. The majority of solutions—from driving a hybrid, to recycling plastic, to using efficient light bulbs—all focus on individual lifestyle choices of mostly privileged people. But the scale of the crisis requires a far deeper and fundamental transformation. As global warming accelerates, carbon-fueled industrial capitalism is systemically incapable of making the necessary radical changes to protect the planet. Its insatiable appetite for profits precludes it from doing so. It is time to think about a different economic system.”
Called one of America’s most tireless and wide-ranging investigative journalists, David Barsamian is the award-winning founder and director of Alternative Radio, the independent weekly audio series based in Boulder, Colorado. David Barsamian has altered the media landscape with his radio programs and books with Noam Chomsky, Tariq Ali, Howard Zinn, Edward Said, Arundhati Roy, and others. His most recent books are Occupy the Economy: Challenging Capitalism with Richard Wolff, Power Systems: Conversations on Global Democratic Uprisings, and The New Challenges to U.S. Empire with Noam Chomsky. He is winner of the Media Education Award, the ACLU’s Upton Sinclair Award for independent journalism, and the Cultural Freedom Fellowship from the Lannan Foundation. The Institute for Alternative Journalism named him one of its Top Ten Media Heroes.
Barsamian’s talk is a fundraiser for KYAQ (FM 91.7) “Part of KYAQ’s mission is to do locally what David Barsamian does on a national level through Alternative Radio — present information, analyses, and views that are frequently ignored or distorted in other media,” says Bridget Wolfe, KYAQ Board Chairperson. “Our initial programming will reflect the interests of the volunteers who come forward to create the programming. KYAQ will continue training community journalists at Oregon Coast Community College this winter, as well as provide instruction on how to be a radio operations tech, and how to host a music or talk show, through the college’s Lifelong Learning program.” If you are interested in getting involved, email us now or call 541-264-5917.