Police arrested 12 people today for trespassing outside the Portland headquarters for Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oregon. The acts of civil disobedience were met by similar direct actions in nine cities across the country organized by Healthcare Now and the Center for the Working Poor. KBOO reporter David Rosenfeld filed this report.
As the current economic crisis deepens, more Oregonians are joining the ranks of the poor. With resources stretched to the breaking point, the ability to meet basic human needs is becoming more difficult.
Dave Mazza talks with Rachel Bristol, executive director of the Oregon Food Bank, about poverty in our state and how her organization is working to not only feed the hungry but to advocate for longterm systemic change.
Oregon’s homegrown Mad As Hell Doctors were met by Congressman Dennis Kucinich in Washington DC on the final days of their cross-country media blitz. KBOO reporter David Rosenfeld filed this report from the nation's capitol.
If Senator Ron Wyden was going to support the public option, why didn't he make himself clearer much earlier? Having received intense pressure from reform advocates to support a public option, Sen. Wyden pleased many of his critics when he voted on Tuesday for two amendments that would have put a public option in the reform bill before the Senate Finance Committee. Both those amendments failed because Democrats on the committee opposed them. KBOO Reporter David Rosenfeld filed this report from Washington DC.