KBOO's Mic Crenshaw speaks with Alyssa Pagan, an organizer with Don't Shoot Portland, 15 Now, and the PSU Student Union, about the fight for a $15 minimum wage, #BlackLivesMatter, the controversial arming of PSU's security guards, and this weekend's upcoming events to mark the one-year anniversary of the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, by a white police officer, among other topics.
Bill Resnick talks with Gwen Sullivan of the Portland Association of Teachers, the union representing the teachers of Portland Public Schools. They discuss developments and implementation of their latest contract, settled last year after the union voted to go on strike with strong support from the students and broader community, and how they have been building the schools Portland students deserve. 19:39 minutes (17.98 MB)
At the United States justice forum in San Jose California this year I had the oppertunity to see Itoco Garcia speak at the Rap Academy PMA. Garcia came from bi-ricaial parents and spent time in the highlands of Scotland when he was a youngster. Landing in 3rd grade in the United States, unable to read at the "third grade level" but was able to knit, sew, speak a few languages and do advanced math he realized that on some levels the United States public school system has major issues. Some child developement experts say that a childs abliity to form a working narative from the writen word in negligable.
Gordon Lafer talks with the Old Mole’s Bill Resnick about why education and training programs will not put a dent in the unemployment rate. Lafer is a political economist at the University of Oregon’s Labor Education and Research Center and the author of The Job Training Charade.
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