When Portland police swept in to close off the street around a hip hop concert Saturday night, one of the artists stepped off the stage and decided not to perform.
Concerns around police intimidation have been a long-standing issue in Portland’s black community, and the incident on Saturday raised a number of questions.
Some local hip hop artists question the motives behind police activities at hip-hop events.
The Portland rapper ILLMACULATE made the decision to NOT perform in protest of the gang task enforcement presence at the event.
He spoke with KBOO’s Sekoynia Wright this afternoon. 4:20 minutes (3.97 MB)
Tay "Firefly" Fisher has been with the world famous Harlem Globetrotters for five years. In this conversation with Don Merrill, he talks about how the team of basketball professionals is also a tight knit family, how they are standing on the shoulders of giants like Curly Neal and Meadowlark Lemon, and why they decided to let the fans decide how they'll play the game for the second year in a row.
14:56 minutes (13.67 MB)
S INCE 2008 Oregonians have had the opportunity to preregister to vote at age 17.
The sooner young people become engaged as voters, the more likely they are
to vote the rest of their lives, not to mention become active and engaged
members of their community.
Democracy Cup brings civics straight into junior and senior classrooms,
lunch-hours, and school wide assemblies in order to meet young Oregonians where they are and get them set on the course to being lifelong citizen leaders.
Interview by Laurel, KBOO Youth Collective. 6:24 minutes (5.85 MB)
Bill talks with Kate Barnes, a student at Cleveland High School and activist with the Portland Student Union. They talk about what's ailing Portland's schools from the student perspective (something the mainstream media does not cover) and how they are struggling alongside their teachers for the schools our kids (they) deserve. 7:26 minutes (5.1 MB)
Bill Resnick talks with Elizabeth Thiel, a Portland Public School teacher and parent, about recent contract struggles. They talk about why they wanted to go on strike. She says teachers want to maintain and increase their ability to their job well. This means smaller classes, reduced workload, no more wasting money on consultants, more wrap-around services for creating education equity, challenging the standardized testing paradigm that subverts the teacher autonomy.
Tom Becker hosts this Old Mole and we hear a double report from Portland Public School teachers and student activists, a review of the fiction of Anita Brookner, as well as a discussion about the politics of Pete Seeger and his music.
55:05 minutes (37.82 MB)