democracy

Courtest of SLO Co

Many in San Luis Obispo County are more than ready to forget about elections for now and focus on other matters. But there is sizable public opposition to an election-related matter now before the county board of supervisors. District 1 supervisor John Peschong is spearheading a move to allow people to donate up to $25,000 to candidates for county offices like sheriff, district attorney and the five supervisorial seats.

photo by Frank Stewart

Each Monday evening in October on the KCBX program Freedom Jazz Dance, listen in four parts to a new and groundbreaking musical work by Wynton Marsalis. The SLO Chapter of the NAACP presents "The Ever Fonky Lowdown," a funky, jazzy, satirical look at democratic freedom, abuse of power, racism and cultural corruption. Hear the work in four parts from 8:00-8:30 each Monday night, starting October 5. Listen at kcbx.org or on the air on KCBX FM.

The United States is supposed to be a representative democracy. We elect decisionmakers to represent us and make decisions in our interest. But as state legislatures have become more responsive to a smaller, wealthier, and healthier subset of voters, they have restricted access to health care for the broader population and have failed to address many health and environmental challenges within the communities they govern. The most vulnerable populations have, consequently, experienced worsening public health disparities. At the federal level, environmental and public-health policies, and the science these policies depend on, are being dismantled at an unprecedented rate—exacerbating existing inequities and opening the door to even greater harm.

Dollar Democracy

Aug 18, 2014

Broadcast date: 8/18/14

According to political science professor Peter Mathews corporations and lobbyists are dominating American Democracy.  He says this has resulted in a shift in government over the past few decades. The U.S. has the greatest gap between the rich and poor since the Great Depression.