Islamophobia and its impact on the Pacific Northwest brought a full house to The City Club of Portland today.
Speakers from the Islamic community included activists, academics and students all speaking on their experiences dealing with discrimination in Portland.
The panel took questions from the audience – here’s an excerpt of today’s session, which took place at the Sentinel hotel in downtown Portland: 4:13 minutes (3.86 MB)
Two anti-regulatory bills were approved in House yesterday and today along strongly bipartisan lines.
The HB 1155, known as the SCRUB Act, and HB 712, known as the Sunshine for Deregulatory Decrees and Settlements Act, were approved by the Republican majority en-route to a likely death in the Senate and certain veto by President Obama.
However, both bills represent a strong deregulatory zeitgeist on the right, and have strong backing from industrial lobbyists.
For more, KBOO reporter Sam Bouman spoke with Amit Narang, a regulatory policy advocate with Public Citizen, a consumer watchdog group based in Washington D-C. 6:33 minutes (6 MB)
Two apartment buildings in Oregon City are slowly sliding down the hillside, according to a local geologist.
The residents of the apartments had to evacuate just before Christmas, and have been unable to return to their apartments since then.
Retired geology professor Scott Burns predicted a landslide on this very spot, when he did a study in the 1990s, and recommended at the time that a planned new development be cancelled.
But the development went ahead, and now, Professor Burns says, it is collapsing just as he predicted.
He spoke with KBOO’s Jenka Soderberg today about the history of the Oregon City site, and what’s happening now: 5:45 minutes (5.26 MB)
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder declared a state of emergency Tuesday, but not until after calls for a federal investigation into the matter of elevated levels of lead found in the water for nearly a hundred thousand people in the city of Flint.
Residents in the area began reporting water quality issues just after the city’s emergency manager switched sources for the town’s water supply late in 2014 from Lake Huron to the Flint River.
Progress Michigan called on the U.S. Attorney’s office to launch an investigation into the matter.
A member of their communications team, Sam Inglot, spoke with KBOO Reporter Robin Ryan about what led up to the current situation in Flint: 7:28 minutes (3.42 MB)
As a takeover of a wildlife refuge by anti-federal government protestors continues in Eastern Oregon for the fifth straight day, members of a Native American nation have taken issue with the idea that the federal land should quote “be returned to its rightful owners”.
The Burns-Paiute Tribe said in a press conference this morning that if the white militia is serious about returning it to its rightful owners, they, the member of the Paiute nation, are ready to take it back.
Meanwhile, the entire Burns community is feeling besieged by the occupation and all the media attention. 13:46 minutes (12.61 MB)
While a group of armed antigovernment militants casually tears down fences and accesses personal and official files in their second week of occupying the Malheur Wildlife Refuge offices in Eastern Oregon, another group of protestors in Seattle goes on trial for blocking a mile-long oil train in September, 2014.
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NOTE: On January 16, 2016, David Taylor sent out an email announcing the suspension of his campaign.
David Taylor is an independent seeking the seat in House District 30. But his story is far from ordinary. He says he and his brother were kidnapped as a children. He is of American Indian heritage. He served as a marine in Afghanistan. And he has low tolerance for the problems of the Oregon Public Employee Retirement System. Don Merrill talks with him about how he wants vets to have better opportunities for state jobs, Syrian refugees to have a home in progressive Oregon and unions to work out their issues so they can stop "messing" with Oregon families.
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Jan Haaken and Tod Sloan discuss the occupation at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. They consider the largely progressive history of occupation, often as a response to exhaustion of other attempts at redress, and usually entailing personal risk, as in occupations of segregated lunch counters, or the 1973 occupation of Wounded Knee by American Indian Movement activists. They note the potential overlap in outlook or rhetoric between some left and right perspectives on the value of the local, but that the underlying issues in the Malheur case have to do with narrow material interests, often coming down to the desire to privatize public lands. 13:24 minutes (6.14 MB)