Frann Michel brings us the Well-read Red, this time focusing on pension-raiding under neoliberalism and the PERS system in Oregon, which Governor Kitzhaber has advocated cutting in order to make up for education cuts. In Frann's words: let's pit old people against young people. Frann explains how public pensions work, how they've been raided in the name of investment and the false crisis this creates. You can read the blogged version of it with links HERE 7:50 minutes (4.49 MB)
Kathleen Stephenson talks with Bonnie Hildebrand and Chelsea Davis about
NW VegFest: Oregon's largest plant-based food event!
On September 21 and 22 more than 6,500 people from the Pacific Northwest and well beyond flooded through the Portland VegFest doors and devoured hundreds of food samples, shopped with our veg-savvy exhibitors, attended cooking demos from celebrity chefs like Miyoko Shinner with her vegan artisan cheeses, and listened to inspiring talks from Brenda Davis, RD, Dr. John McDougall, Will Tuttle, PhD, Dr. Hans Diehl, and so much more!
Last week, Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber called for a special legislative session (to begin 8am September 30th) noting that "we have an opportunity to combine cost savings from reforms to the Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) and new revenue to restore lost school days." In other words, maybe we can remedy some of the draconian cuts made to education in recent years by slashing the pensions of retired teachers and other public workers. Or in other words, let's pit old people against children.
Joshua interviewed Shanne Sowards, program director of Squires, a mentoring program for teen fathers. Their mission is to empower, encourage, and support teen fathers to provide long term emotional, physical, and financial support for their child.
October 12th they will have a Teen Father Workshop. For More Information, or to register, go to www.squirespdx.org
River interviewed Edgar Mendez, Youth Technology Specialist for the Cascade AIDS Project, about Concientizate, A Celebration of Latin@ art, culture and music to commemorate National Latino AIDS Awareness Day. Come celebrate our culture, heritage and pride!