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KBOO news interview with Meeko Williams from Detroit Water Brigade

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Wed, 10/01/2014
On September 30, United States bankruptcy Judge ruled that water shut offs to the poorest of Detroiters. Thousands of people have rallied and confronted the Detroit Water and Sewer Department for mass water shut offs since early this summer. The United Nations recently declared that access to water constitutes a human right and that the city of Detroit is in the wrong by shutting the water off. 

Francisco Aguirre - in sanctuary at Augustana Lutheran Church

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Fri, 09/26/2014
A Portland community leader facing deportation has spent the last seven days in sanctuary at a local church.
Francisco Aguirre from the Voz worker rights center headed to the Augustana Lutheran church with a group of his supporters after ICE agents showed up at his door.
He has no idea how long he’ll need to remain in the church.

Francisco spoke with KBOO’s Jenka Soderberg today, along with the Pastor of Augustana, Mark Knutsen, and supporters.

Article in the Guardian newspaper about Francisco
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Save Saint Francis Park

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Evening News
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Wed, 09/17/2014
Saint Francis Park on southeast twelfth avenue in Portland, which has served as a haven for many people in the area, has been sold to Catholic Charities.
The non-profit group will bulldoze the park and construct a housing development for low-income Portlanders in its place.

The park is the only one between Buckman and the river, and many local residents are still hoping to save the park from the bulldozers.

Catholic Charities plans to reserve 25 units for women transitioning out of homelessness or abusive homes through the organization's assistance programs.
St. Francis Park has been a popular site for respite among the homeless population for several years.  Taking that space away will create a vacuum, which neither the city nor Catholic Charities have any plan to address.

Ed Lyle is trying to save the park, and spoke with KBOO about his plan.

Click here to view a slideshow of the founding of Saint Francis Park in 1964

Smart ALEC Oregon: KBOO Reporters Investigate ALEC Conference in Kansas City

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Thu, 09/04/2014
Part of an ongoing series investigating the role of the American Legislative Exchange Council in Oregon politics. KBOO reporters Yana Maximova and Mike Klepfer visited Kansas City in May 2014 to report on the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) Spring Summit, where state legislators from around the country and representatives of corporate interests discuss strategies and model legislation behind closed doors. However, our reporters were turned away at the door despite having secured press passes. Despite setbacks, they examine what goes on at these national meetings, and speak to Oregon and Wisconsin legislators in attendance as well as Missouri activists opposing ALEC's presence.
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Environmentalists React to Port of Portland's Propane Export Deal

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Thu, 09/04/2014
The Port of Portland has approved a new propane gas export terminal at the port. This project is the largest single private capital investment in the city’s history. The Mayor of Portland, Charlie Hales, applauded the new terminal, which he says will bring jobs to the city. The Pembina propane terminal will bring a total of thirty long-term jobs to the area. But environmental groups are concerned with the impact that this terminal may have.
For more, KBOO’s Sam Bouman spoke with Ted Gleichman, director of the Oregon Sierra Club, about these concerns.
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ALEC Influence on Immigration-related legislation in Oregon

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Evening News
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Wed, 08/20/2014
By now, you know what ALEC is and what it stands for.  And you know it  
has committees called task forces that bring together corporate representatives and  legislators in such a way that the former offer the latter model bills  
to introduce in state legislatures.  These bills tend to greatly favor corporate interests.
 And you also know that in many cases, those businesses make campaign contributions  to legislators who, in return, try to make those model bills law.
 
What you may not know is that two of those task forces, the Civil  
Justice and Homeland Security Task Force and the Public Safety and  
Elections Task Force have been introducing anti-immigration model  
bills since 2008.  And all of them found their way into the line of  
sight of some of Oregon's more conservative legislators.
 
Becky Straus Legislative Director with American Civil Liberties Union  of Oregon spoke on anti-immigrant legislation introduced in the past few sessions.
 
HB 2803, introduced by Representative Kim Thatcher in 2011, 
"Requires state and county law enforcement to investigate the immigration
status of people who are arrested"
It Contains elements of ALEC Immigration Law Enforcement Act
 
2011's HB 2805, also sponsored by Representative Thatcher, prohibits  
state agencies from providing employment, products, services or  
licenses to persons who are not lawfully present in the United
States".  It is largely similar to ALEC "Taxpayer and Citizen  
Protection Act".
 
2011’s HB 2973 also spawned from ALEC Taxpayer and Citizen Protection  
Act, "Requires employer to verify legal status of employee to be  
employed in United States through federal E-Verify program prior to  
deducting expenses related to worker's employment from Oregon taxable  
income"
 
Its chief sponsors were Representative Bob Jenson and Representative Greg Smith
 
 
Yet another descendant from ALEC Taxpayer and Citizen Protection  
Act, 2011’s HB 3045 "Requires employer to verify legal status of  
employee to be employed in United States through federal E-Verify  
program prior to deducting expenses related to worker's employment  
from Oregon taxable income"
Its chief sponsor was Representative Mike Schaufler
 
In 2011, House Bill 2802, sponsored by Representative Kim Thatcher  
"Prohibits state restrictions on state agencies and law enforcement in  
enforcing Federal Immigration law."
 
House Bill 2806, which was also sponsored by Representative Thatcher, limits  
deductibility of expenses related to employment of workers hired on or  
after January 1, 2012, to workers whose eligibility for employment in  
United States has been verified through federal E-Verify employment  
verification system."  HB 2806 and House Bill 2802 both contain  
elements of the ALEC Immigration Law Enforcement Act
 
And finally, 2012's House Bill 4052 was strongly supported by known  
ALEC members in the Oregon legislature.  Eight of them, including   
Representatives Kim THATCHER  Representatives Eyre BREWER,
Sal ESQUIVEL,  Tim FREEMAN,  Sherie SPRENGER,  Jim THOMPSON,  Gene WHISNANT and Matt WINGARD supported the measure which, among other things, requires state agencies to use the federal E-Verify employment system to  
verify employment eligibility of job applicants, report the use of system to the Oregon  
Department of Administrative Services and report annually to the legislature on use of E-Verify system by state agencies.
 
And although HB 4052 failed in 2012, it returned the following year as HB  
2358 and was again sponsored by ALEC members Kim Thatcher and Gene  
Whisnant.
 
We reached out to Representative Thatcher but our request for an  
interview was turned down by her legislative assistant Dawn  
Phillips. Dawn said she was uncomfortable with us asking Representative Thatcher about ALEC bills she has introduced.
 
 
Part 2
 
Kelley Weigel, an Executive Director of Western States Center wrote  in
her 2014 piece "How the Right Has (Re)turned":
 
"2014 will be a heavy ballot measure year across the West. Just as the
American Legislative Exchange Council  asserts a conservative agenda
through state policy, state based groups and nationally networked groups
such as Oregonians for Immigration Reform to Americans for Prosperity put
ballot measures out to test public sentiment on the parameters of our
democracy."
 
She continues:
 
"This year will be no exception to the struggle between those that want to
use the ballot to expand rights and access and those who wish to narrow
who counts as members of our communities deserving of rights, recognition
and resources".
 
As we mentioned earlier, the Oregon Legislature looked at a number of  
immigration related pieces of legislation
 
Let's look at one of them in particular, Measure 88, which is on the 
November ballot.  Measure 88 is what's known as a veto referendum and  
is the only one of its kind on the 2014 ballot.   A veto referendum is  
a response to a measure that has been passed by the legislature but is  
being challenged by a special interest group.  If they collect enough  
signatures, they force the challenge onto the ballot for a citizen vote.
 
Measure 88, also known as Senate Bill 833 provides driving cards to  
the undocumented.  It was passed last year by the Oregon legislature  
but it limits those driving privileges to four years for  the  
undocumented in the state.  As in a handful of other states, the  
driving card cannot be used as proof of identification for air travel,  
to enter federal facilities, to vote or as proof of citizenship.
 
The referendum is managed by Oregonians for Immigration Reform, as well as Protect Oregon Drivers Licenses, both of whom oppose the measure. The ACLU of Oregon favors it.
 
Oregon State Representatives Kim Thatcher and Sal Esquivel opposed SB 833 and Measure 88.
 
In the endorsement statement published  by Protect Oregon Drivers Licenses Kim Thatcher wrote: "In regards to state issued ID - in the form of driver privilege cards- to illegal aliens, I am talking about adults who have made a conscience decision not to go through the legal process. I am talking about those who made a conscience decision to be here illegally. You have to wonder if someone is willing to disregard immigration laws,  
what other laws are they willing to disregard. Our state has determined that driving is a privilege. It is not a right. We should be very careful about who we allow the privilege of driving on Oregon  
roads?"
 
Part 3
 
Now lets expand our focus outside of Oregon to better understand the full scope of AlEC immigration agenda.
 
A piece  of ALEC inspired legislation that has gotten a lot of attention in the last few years was Arizona's Senate Bill 1070, the so called "Show me your papers" law.  Many provisions of the "Support Our  
Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act" were struck down by the US Supreme Court in 2012.  And House Bill 2802, which was the Immigration Law Enforcement Act failed in the Oregon legislature.  But the idea of  
providing support and protection to the undocumented here in Oregon has been prominent for awhile.
 
According to the Ohio Jobs for Justice Political Action Committee website, the Congressional Research Service said that a 1987 Oregon law prohibits local and state law enforcement from using state resources for locating and capturing illegal aliens.  Law enforcement was permitted [but not required] to "exchange information" with federal immigration agents if an illegal alien was arrested for a crime. 
 
 
More recently, Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Staton told Fox 12 that the law unfairly rips families apart and takes up space and time that could be used for more serious crimes.
 
The site also identifies Multnomah and Marion Counties, as well as the cities of Ashland, Gaston and Portland to be sites of sanctuary for the undocumented.
 
As near as we could tell, all of the model bills that were introduced between 2011 and 2013 by the Oregon legislature that were inspired by either ALEC Public Safety and Elections Task force or ALEC Civil  
Justice Homeland Security Task force failed.  But that doesn't mean ALEC influence on the undocumented is unfelt or invisible.
 
Two big corporate names on the Justice Performance Task Force are Corrections Corporation of America and the GEO Group, formerly known as Wackenhut. These two are the leaders in the private prison and detention industry and are registered to do business in Oregon.  We couldn’t find direct contributions from these two companies to Oregon Legislators.  But we found other members of the Justice Performance and the Civil Justice Task Forces that have contributed thousands of dollars to Oregon legislators between 2008 and 2013.  
 
Between 2008 and 2013, Representatives Eyre Brewer, Mike Schauffler, Gene Whisnant, Tim Freeman, and Kim Thatcher received nearly $20,000 in contributions from task force member companies including Pfizer, Georgia Pacific, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad, the National Rifle Association and the American Insurance Institute.  
 
 
Part 4
 
Corrections Corporation of America is the largest owner of for-profit prisons and immigration detention facilities in the United States. CCA currently owns and operates more than 65 facilities including 47 company-owned facilities, with a design capacity of more than 90,000 beds in 19 states and the District of Columbia.
 
For nearly two decades, CCA participated in and even led the Criminal Justice task force of the American Legislative Exchange Council.
 
Writing in Governing magazine in 2003, Alan Greenblatt states:
ALEC has been a major force behind both privatizing state prison space and keeping prisons filled. It puts forward bills providing for mandatory minimum sentences and three-strikes sentencing requirements.”
 
CCA was a member of ALEC for over two decades, and reportedly left the organization in 2010.
 
Since 2004, the nation's two largest private prison companies, Corrections Corporation of America and GEO Group have spent over $26 million lobbying the federal government; these corporations and their biggest investors engage in political scheming and lobbying at the state and local level. 
 
In 2012 THE GEO Group had nearly $130 million in contracts with the DHS
(CORRECTIONS CORPORATION OF AMERICA had over $34 million in contracts with the DHS the same year).
 
According to Jamie Trinkle, “Undocumented immigrants comprised 4.3% (or 160,000 people) of Oregon’s population and 5.3% of the state workforce in 2010.  The Portland Immigration and Customs Enforcement field office processes between 12 and 15 immigrants a day, or 3120 to 3900 people each year.
Immigrants held by ICE at the Portland field office are transferred within 24-hours to GEO Group’s Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington.  Since 2004, the privately-owned facility has been under contract with ICE to house detainees pending removal process. Under the current contract, ICE must maintain a minimum population of 1,181 detainees at a rate of $100.65 per day. ICE pays GEO $62.52 per day for each detainee exceeding 1,181.
At the Northwest Detention Center, as at most private prison facilities, documented abuses are rampant: overcrowding, abusive strip searches, delayed medical care, and inadequate food. GEO and CCA profit from the detention of vulnerable immigrant communities by understaffing prisons and cutting costs so that basic food and medical needs are not met.” 
 
This report was produced by Yana Maximova with help from KBOO reporters Mike Klepfer,  Sam Bowman, Sam Smith and Don Merrill.
 
Special thanks to Becky Straus of the ACLU of Oregon and Nicholas Bailey.  You
can find other reports by the KBOO investigative news team at KBOO.fm/alec .
 
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Kurdish-Americans React to Situation in Iraq

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Evening News
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Thu, 08/07/2014
Kurdish separatists in the northeast of the country are fighting to maintain their de facto independence in the face of assaults from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria or ISIS. For analysis of the current situation in Iraqi Kurdistan and the reaction of Kurds in the United States, KBOO’s Sam Bouman spoke to Chinar Hussein, Program Director of the Kurdish Human Rights Watch office in San Diego.
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Rami Almeghari - update from Gaza

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Evening News
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Wed, 07/30/2014
On Wednesday July 30th, the Palestinian Ministry of Health voiced outraged at a new massacre of civilians perpetrated during the so-called humanitarian ceasefire this afternoon.

Israeli forces said they would stop the bombing that has been constant for the last two days for three hours to allow people to buy food and supplies.

But when hundreds of people were out on the street at a market in eastern Gaza, U-S supplied F-16 aircraft fired missiles into the crowd, killing fifteen and wounding two hundred.

The bombing of the market followed an Israeli airstrike that hit a school in Jabalia early wednesday that also killed around fifteen people, and wounded dozens more.

This is the fourth time during the three-week long Israeli assault that a school serving as a shelter for internal refugees has been directly targeted by airstrikes.

For more on the latest situation in Gaza, KBOO spoke with independent journalist Rami Almeghari.
He recently had to evacuate from his home in Al-Maghazi refugee camp to his sister’s house in Nusseirat.  He told us that around thirty people were in the house with him, and he has no idea when he’ll be able to return back home

Latest from Gaza: hundreds of bombs dropped Tuesday; over 1200 Palestinians killed since 7/8

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Evening News
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Tue, 07/29/2014
Mohammed Omer from Gaza spoke with KBOO on Tuesday night 7/29 around midnight Gaza time.  Planes were flying overhead, naval artillery was firing from the west and tanks firing from the east.  Tens of thousands of Palestinians who followed Israeli orders to evacuate to Gaza City found themselves under fire there as well.  As Mohammed reports, there seems to be a deliberate attempt to cut off all communication to and from Gaza - bombing of cell phone towers, the destruction of the power plant in last night's bombing, and the targeting of journalists.  Mohammed told us that a busload of foreign journalists was seen leaving Gaza today - "always a bad sign", he said, as his phone crackled and cut.

KBOO Interviews Denis Theriault of Portland Mercury on the Old Town Redevelopment Plan

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Fri, 07/25/2014
This KBOO Evening News piece includes an interview by KBOO's Theo Burke with Denis Theriault, News Editor of Portland Mercury, who has been covering the story.

The Portland City Council is considering a plan in Old Town / Chinatown / River District area that might spur building in the underdeveloped area.  The plan would waive up to $7 million of infrastructure fees to developers who build affordable housing. 

Should developers build in Old Town, those waived fees would affect every department in the City.  

A new modification of the plan proposed by Mayor Charlie Hales would extend rent freezes associated with the plan from 10 to 15 years long, but allow developers to charge any rent they choose to tenants who make 120% of Portland's median income. Hales proposed the modification to attract the vote of Commissioner Steve Novick, who was concerned that rents would suddenly be raised high after ten years.

 

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