Leonardo Cerda is an Ecuadorian youth climate, energy and sustainability activist. He is part of an organization called FAOICIN that is running a campaign to promote sustainable projects as an alternative for communities, associations, and other indigenous social actors to promote the recovery of ancestral customs.
President-elect Obama's Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel has apologized for a racial slur made by his father Benjamin.
Last week the father of Rahm Emanuel stated in an interview with an Israeli paper, “Obviously he’ll influence the president to be pro-Israel. Why wouldn’t he? What is he, an Arab? He’s not going to be mopping floors at the White House.”
The Arab-American Anti-Discrimination called for Emanuel to renounce his father's statement, which he has now done.
Ibrahim Hooper, with the Council on American Islamic Relations, spoke with KBOO's Jenka Soderberg on the issue.
An Iraqi child currently in Portland for medical treatment received a recognition by Portland's City Council this morning.
Mustafa Abed, who just turned six, arrived in Portland over a month ago with donations from the group 'No More Victims'.
He lost his leg and hip in a US airstrike in Fallujah four years ago.
The following declaration was read into the city's record By Tom Potter this morning.
'No More Victims' will be holding a number of fundraisers in the coming month to support Mustafa's medical treatment.
More information is available on their website nomorevictims.org.
In Portland, a protest was held Saturday as part of a national effort to mobilize for equal rights for gay, lesbian and transgender couples.
KBOO’s Rebecca Nay spoke with protest organizer Lindsey Asher.
On November 18th, over 4,000 grassroots climate activists in all 50 states visited their Congressional leaders’ offices.
KBOO’s Crystal Leighty talks with K.C Golden with Climate Solutions about their visit to Senator Ron Wyden’s office.
The media watchgroup FAIR, or Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting, challenged Fox News on the accuracy of its pre-election reporting.
Fox responded with an attack on the media watchgroup, saying that Fox had no control over what its pundits said - in this case, referring to their own employees Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity.
Peter Hart, from Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, says that the reaction of Fox executives to the accusation of bias was typical.
The US Congress is considering a bailout of the top three car manufacturers in the U.S. - General Motors, Ford and Chrysler.
While some unions favor the bailout as a way to save their jobs, others have called for this crisis to be turned into a real opportunity for change in the transportation infrastructure of the country.
Mark Brenner is the head of the Detroit-based periodical 'Labor Notes'.
This morning US Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson announced that some of the massive bailout package could be used to help consumers.
In his remarks, Paulson acknowledged that the bailout hasn’t delivered what he promised, when he asked Congress for the money last month.
He tried to make the case for the continuation of bank buyouts, but decided against the government buying devalued mortgages.
Dedrick Muhammed, with the Institute for Policy Studies, believes that what Paulson proposes is just more of the same.
The City of Portland plans to sell more than $15 million dollars in general obligation bonds next week in order to fix up the city’s main fire station on Naito Parkway.
The sale is the last of a series of bonds issued as part of a 53 million dollar measure approved by taxpayers in 1998.
Besides being an inopportune time to dip into the bond market, KBOO reporter David Rosenfeld explains how the bond sale comes with news about the city’s increasing debt obligations.