Black Friday at Wal-Mart

Nov 28, 2013

  Black Friday isn’t about shopping for everyone. Mhana  Mason, an activist with Occupy Petaluma, is organizing a public demonstration outside the Wal-Mart store in Rohnert Park to protest the company’s personnel policies. She talked about it beforehand with KRCB’s Bruce Robinson.

Documenting Eco-activists

Nov 19, 2013

What do a young Canadian tribal leader, an Australian inventor and the man dubbed India’s “water Gandhi” have in common?  All three are dedicated eco-activists, and are featured in the current documental titled, Elemental.

Choosing the name for a film is often a complicated process. In the case of Elemental, co-director Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee explains there were three interlocking meanings behind the title.


You can find our earlier interview with Jay Harman here.

Norman Solomon on Harnessing Progressives

Nov 12, 2013

Norman Solomon ran for the North Coast congressional seat in 2012 as an unabashed progressive Democrat. Since placing a close third in that year’s primary, he’s been assessing the lessons from that race, and spoke with KRCB’s Bruce Robinson about how those lessons might be put into action moving forward.

Charting a Path to Peace

Oct 31, 2013

  A straightforward pathway from the military-industrial complex to a peaceful future is outlined in a recent book by a former defense engineer from Marin County, titled, “Transition to Peace.”

  Former defense engineer Russell Faure-Brac notes that there is an important distinction to be made between non-violence and a more comprehensive state of peace.


Reverse Trick or Treating for Fair Trade

Oct 30, 2013

  Halloween is traditionally a night when householders hand out chocolate and other goodies to costumed children. This year, some teens in Santa Rosa will be out to reverse that tradition, for a good cause.

Find out more about the Santa Rosa Fair Trade Town campaign on their website. Below, a video example of reverse trick or treating taken to unusual lengths.

Santa Rosa March for Andy Lopez

Oct 29, 2013
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

  One week after 13-year old Andy Lopez was shot and killed by a sheriff’s deputy, a huge crowd marched through central Santa Rosa Tuesday in protest. KRCB’s Bruce Robinson was there.

Another march and demonstration, calling for Justice for Andy Lopez, has been set for Wednesday afternoon in Roseland, beginning at 5 pm.

The Black Panthers Share Their History

Oct 15, 2013

The history of the Black Panther Party will be on full display in Santa Rosa this week, as the Oakland-based activist group holds its yearly reunion in Sonoma County for the first time.

The Anniversary gathering of the Black Panthers is much more than a social event for its members, explains one-time Deputy Minister of Information Elbert “Big Man” Howard. A primary focus is educational, sharing their history with those who may not know much about it.

Updating the Sebastopol Grange

Oct 7, 2013
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

Old ideas and a new generation have combined to revive the Sebastopol Grange, and brought statewide attention to the refreshed agriculture support group.

The upwelling of interest in the Sebastopol Grange is far from unique, says Vice President  Lawrence  Jaffee. The local group is part of a growing trend.

Building Economic Resilience Close to Home

Sep 26, 2013

A concerned and thoughtful gathering of consumers, entrepreneurs activists and financial thinkers convened at Santa Rosa’s Flamingo Hotel yesterday to share ideas on strengthening the local economy. 

Slow Money activist Marco Vangelisti anticipates that global corporate hegemony is in a decline that is not yet widely apparent, but could come with unexpected quickness.

Improving Birth in America

Aug 29, 2013

  For a second consecutive year, a Rally to Improve Birth is being held in Santa Rosa on Labor Day (details below). Two of the women behind the event, independent film-maker Diana Paul  and co-coordinator  Deb Putterbaugh spoke with KRCB about the reasons for the rally, and the changes they hope it will lead to.

  “First, do no harm” is a core tenet taught to aspiring medical professionals.

Shareholder Activism

Jul 15, 2013

 The most effective way to redirect corporate behavior into more socially responsible actions may be from within—though shareholder activism.

  Even the biggest corporations can be influenced by a single shareholder, or a small group of them, says Dale Wannen of Sustainvest. And an increasing number of them are making that effort.

Volunteers needed to carry "peace cranes"

Jul 2, 2013
Peace Novato

Each year in the Novato Fourth of July parade volunteers from PeaceNovato carry folded paper cranes in honor of the American service men and women who have died in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The practice draws on an Asian tradition, where paper cranes are symbols of good fortune and longevity. At the Children's Peace Monument in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park thousands of cranes memorialize young victims of the

Resources for Readers

Jun 10, 2013

These are hard times for book lovers. Both the Sonoma County Book Festival and the county’s Public Libraries need additional funding, and are calling for public support to meet those needs.

Greenberg’s mission is to make funding the libraries a higher priority for the county, and he questions whether some other spending choices have been carefully weighed. Such as the local war on drugs, for instance.


Local Activists Cheer Immigration Reform Proposal

Apr 18, 2013
Joe Martinez / United Farm Workers

  Along with the horrific Boston bombing, this week’s news also contained some hopeful prospects for advocates of national immigration reform. KRCB’s Bruce Robinson spoke with some of them.

A more detailed analysis of the policies contained in the Senate immigration reform measure can be read here. Support for  the bill will also be a major theme at the annual May Day March and Rally in Santa Rosa on May 1. Details below.

Hotel Petaluma Evictions Prompt Protests

Apr 11, 2013
KRCB photo by Danielle Venton

Big changes are underway at the venerable Hotel Petaluma, as a new owner implements upgrades. But evicted tenants and others contend that the former occupants have gotten a raw deal in the process. Bruce Robinson reports.