A new report by Multnomah County reveals a staggering health disparity for Pacific Islanders in Oregon. Oregon has the fifth largest population of Pacific Islanders in the country, but some are barred from receiving Medicaid. And those who are eligible often still can’t afford it. The US has a checkered history with Pacific Island nations, and those communities in general fly under the public radar. Alan Montesillo spoke with Kristina Narayan, who is a policy associate at the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon. She explained the history behind the US relationship with Pacific Islands, and what is blocking them from getting healthcare today.
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Today, the Oregon Senate Committee on Human Services and Early Childhood held a public hearing on the Right to Rest bill, which would override local bans on camping, sleeping on sidewalks, and sleeping in cars by people experiencing homelessness.
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Author Caroline Miller has been known to the Portland writing community for many years. But her latest endeavor is a play, and her new play is called "Woman on the Scarlet Beast". She talks with Don Merrill about the joys and pains of being a playwright and how the Book of Revelations relates to and inspired her story of three Catholic women dealing with issues of feminism and dogma across the hall from her in the 60s'.
"Woman on the Scarlet Beast" 7p.m. most Thursdays-Fridays and 5 p.m. most Saturdays-Sundays through February 8.
For additional showtimes, see post5theater.org. 1666 SE Lambert St./971-258-8584/fertilegroundpdx.org
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Iven Hale reads from a recent essay by Yasmin Nair titled Against Equality, Against Marriage. Iven leads off relating her own experiences with marriage's cultural hegemony.
"A queer radical critique of the family is not simply the celebration of an outsider status, although it is often that, but an economic critique as well. A queer radical critique of gay marriage exposes how capitalism structures our notion of family and the privatization of the social relationships we depend on to survive."