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Looking Back, Moving Forward: 2014 Year in Review

The year 2014 saw pro-democracy protests spanning 75 days from Hong Kong to the Black Lives Matter movement in the US.

A man photographs a wall covered with notes left by pro-democracy protesters outside the seat of government in Hong Kong, Oct. 4, 2014. Saturday saw one of the largest pro-democracy protests yet, a gesture of defiance following attacks on their encampments and a deadline set by authorities that the roads must be clear by Monday. (Adam Ferguson/The New York Times)

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In today’s news cycle it’s challenging keeping up with the latest developments around the world. In 2014 we saw pro-democracy protests spanning 75 days in Hong Kong to the Black Lives Matter movement in the U.S. Often we just get the stories when they first break, then once the height of a conflict diminishes or really when another issue surfaces to the top of the news cycle, that’s it. After that we don’t hear much more about the issue. Even though we know that the issues remain.

On today’s show we’re going to bring you an update on some of the stories we’ve covered this year. We’ll go to a protest to talk to advocates calling for an end to using Native American imagery and stereotypes in sports. We’ll talk to the Center for Food Safety about the political outlook for supporters of better regulations of GMOs and pesticides. And we’ll get an update on US immigration policy from the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights.


Alice Ollstein, radio producer
Suzan Shown Harjo, Cheyenne and Hodulgee Muscogee advocate for American Indian rights
Morning Star Gali, co-chair of Bay Area Coalition to End Racism in Sports
Jacqueline Keeler, founding member of Eradicating Offensive Native Mascotry
Don Tipping, Seven Seeds Farm owner
Chris Hardy, Rogue valley farmer
Sylvia Wu, staff attorney at Center for Food Safety
Catherine Tactaquin, Executive Director of the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights.

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