There is a jewel buried amongst the businesses and warehouses of SE Portland. Volunteers of America Oregon operates a facility that helps women rise out of addiction into a better life and helps moms improve life for their kids. This is not your parent's VOA. These days, it does a lot more than pick up mattresses and refrigerators. Don Merrill followed the trail of a klatch of women standing in a parking lot to a truly remarkable pair of heroic and life changing programs. 15:17 minutes (13.98 MB)
A dozen students in Colorado were kicked out of a local school board meeting for protesting what they are calling the censorship of history. The conservative school board in Jefferson County Colorado had been considering a measure that would limit history classes, including Advanced Placement History in high schools, from learning about certain parts of U-S history.
The school board stated that all books and materials in the classroom should promote citizenship, patriotism, essentials and benefits of the free enterprise system, respect for authority and respect for individual rights.
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Arresting Power: Resisting Police Violence in Portland, Oregon uses archival materials, documentary footage and interviews with community members, activists and organizers to uncover Portland’s unique history of policing and race relations, emphasizing its rich history of resistance from the late 1960s to the present.
Morpheus Youth Project is a project that began in 2010 by Carlos Chavez and Phil Stockton at the MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility in Woodburn, Oregon. Carlos and Phil began to conduct workshops in radio journalism and improvisational theater as volunteers under the supervision of the University of Hope Partnership Program at MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility in Woodburn, OR.