On Tuesday, February 24, the Washington County Board of Commissioners votes unanimously to proceed with a plan to close the last two public health clinics in the county and move those services to non-governmental providers. Health and Human Services director Marni Kuyl says the goal of the plan is to expand primary care to uninsured, low-income patients. The plan has proven controversial however, both in content and process, with many members of the medical community as well as advocates for farm laborers and immigrants fighting against the closures. KBOO reported on the opposition to the plan back in September.
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A KBOO Special Forum on Police Unions and their role in perpetuating a culture of police violence. This will be an in-depth look into the history, role and politics of police unions in the light of the post-Ferguson nation-wide uprising against police killings, abuse and impunity.
Three panel discussions hosted by Paul Roland will expore this issue from a variety of angles.
Iven Hale hosts this episode of the Old Mole, with segments on Greek elections, the campaign for single-payer health care in Oregon, anarchist poetry, and challenging state legal preemptions of local attempts to raise the minimum wage or demand affordable housing in new developments. To listen to the whole show, use the play button below; for individual segments use the links. 64:27 minutes (59.01 MB)
Depending on who you talk to, longtime Portland activist JoAnn Hardesty's installation as president of the Portland NAACP is either a blessing or a nightmare. This local civil rights icon's assumption to the office was compared by one post to the impact of an incoming artillery shell. Don Merrill talks with Ms. Hardesty about how she's focused on helping the organization renew its tarnished image by cleaning house, setting new standards and following the first rule of getting yourself out of a hole; stop digging.
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