Joe Clement talks with Karen Gibson of PSU's Urban Studies program about the history of housing discrimination against African-Americans in Portland; they touch on segregation, ghettoization, disinvestment, gentrification, redlining, and community formation. 11:26 minutes (5.23 MB)
Laurie Mercier talks with Eric de Place about proposed oil processing facilities in the Port of Vancouver (the largest ever in the PNW). The Tesaro terminals would bring in as much as half a million barrels of oil a day from the Alberta Tar Sands and other sites in North America. Eric reviews the recent history of both built and proposed oil infrastructure in Washington and Oregon. Eric explains how oil trains and infrastructure not only contribute to global ecological and economic volatility, but also how local ecologies and economies are systematically damaged by them, and how local communities are organizing against them. 13:05 minutes (11.98 MB)
Joe Clement talks with Hart Noecker and Nick Caleb about gentrification in Portland and a Pedalpalooza ride* they're organizing to raise awareness and stimulate action around it. Hart and Nick discuss how they came to Portland, how they've seen it change, why they and others refer to this change as "gentrification", and why this is such a pressing issue. The promised online portion starts right after a 10 second musical clip at the end. In it they dive into a more open conversation about density, green capitalism and how the market distorts and undermines the aims of development, organizing working and poor communities to take, and more.
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On Thursday, the Seattle City Council moved forward with a proposal to increase the city's minimum wage to $15 per hour. However, the proposal is not that simple and hasn't pleased all proponents of a wage increase. KBOO's Sam Bouman spoke with Nicholas Caleb, a Concordia University professor and former candidate for Portland City Council in last week's primary election about the ins and outs of Seattle's proposal and continuing efforts to raise the minimum wage in Oregon. 6:57 minutes (6.37 MB)
Portland’s annual rose festival kicks off this weekend with parades and festivals.
For more, KBOO’s Susan Cecil spoke with Rich Jarvis of Portland Rose Festival.
He began by talking about this weekend’s events.
The rose festival will continue for the next two weeks.
In the lead-up to the grand floral parade, houseless advocates are calling for a tent-in protest to draw attention to the fact that the city allows street camping on the night before the floral parade to secure a viewing spot, but will not allow it any other night of the year for people who are trying to survive.
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The Portland City Council today approved a contract for private security officers in City Hall, the Portland Building, Union Station and several other city-owned buildings.
The contract was awarded to the controversial security firm G-4-S, but no objections were raised by any members of the public or city council members.
The measure passed the city council without objection, despite the call by human rights groups to boycott G-4-S because of their involvement in the Israeli military occupation of Palestinian land.
G4S supplies security equipment and services for use at Israeli prisons, checkpoints and settlements in the West Bank.
It also helps to maintain Israel's prison system, providing security for major Israeli prisons. 1:35 minutes (1.46 MB)
Also at today’s city council meeting, the council approved the payment of eight hundred thousand dollars to a pregnant woman who was left brain-damaged after a nearly head-on collision in 2010.
During a trial in 2012, Jack Dean Whiteaker, the man responsible for the crash, laughed and joked as he proclaimed his innocence and denied that he was high on meth at the time of the crash.
The city was sued for failing to arrest Whitaker when he was stopped by an officer earlier that same day before he caused the crash.
The city will pay the family of the victim eight hundred thousand dollars to settle the multimillion dollar lawsuit. 1:35 minutes (1.44 MB)