Bill Resnick and Tyler MacGuiness of the Oregon Center for Public Policy explore Child poverty in Oregon. Twenty-five percent of Oregon kids live in destitution, 50% are in ordinary poverty, and 75% of those are in working families. The "business community" has become concerned but their proposals are false and self-serving, and they are fighting against raising the minimum wage, the best way of reducing poverty.
Photo Credit: Oregon Food Bank
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The Last Thursday shooting on NE 20th and Alberta St. has led to a police response that may do more harm than good.
After people were seen taking selfies near the crime scene, two black men were arrested while helping one of the three shooting victims.
In the meantime, the Portland Police Bureau is adding six new officers to its Gang Enforcement team. The Chief of Police says it will help curb the rise in gun violence. 4:34 minutes (4.18 MB)
Joe Clement talks with Cassie Thornton about her use of debt for the last 7 years as a subject for her art-work. She describes how she's sought to concretize debt, explore debt through hypnotherapeutic visualization exercises with others, and in the end how she's gotten involved with the national Strike Debt movement. 8:26 minutes (7.73 MB)
Tod Sloan talks with Lara Messersmith-Glavin of the Institute for Anarchist Studies about theory and practice. They consider how theory helps illuminate individually lived experiences as part of larger systems, while also stressing the priority of lived experience in generating our theories. She provides examples of how theory has helped make her everyday life as a working-class mother make more sense, bringing her a degree of control and context, and over all increasing her resilience as a person. She also describes how the experience of queer women of color informed several "correctives" to some of the one-demensional concerns of white feminists. [Image Credit: permanantculturenow.org] 12:59 minutes (11.89 MB)
Richard Rothstein is a research associate with the Economic Policy Institute. He has written extensively on the effect of inequitable education on black and minority children in the US. His latest piece for the EPI, focuses on the complicity of the Federal government in creating policies that supported discrimination of blacks at every level of society in Ferguson, Missouri and how those policies are rampant not only in Ferguson but across the country. Don Merrill talks with Mr. Rothstein about the period of time when discriminatory policies became embedded in our cities, why blacks have gotten the worst of it and why a data intensive investigation of the problem doesn't equal the political will to solve it.
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Frann Michel this Memorial Day episode of the Old Mole much of which deals with issues of war and militarization.
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