Developing Portland's "real wealth" - a conversation about "caring economics"
There’s more ways of defining wealth than just dollars or private property. There’s the economic value of the health of families, communities and our planet – far more important indicators than those of our dominant market economy.
New Census numbers have revealed that the number of people living in poverty has increased to over thirteen percent, which is the highest poverty rate in twelve years. KBOO’s Rebecca Nay spoke with Alice O’Connor, who is a History Professor at UC Santa Barbara.
The number of homeless students has risen by fourteen percent this year, according to the Oregon Department of Education. This year eighteen-thousand students are homeless, compared to about fifteen-thousand last year and eight-thousand in 2003 and 2004, when numbers were first reported. Kenna Gair of KBOO sat down with Michael Anderson of the Oregon Opportunity Network, a non-profit housing and community development organization. He says that more students are homeless not only because of the general economic downturn, but because the Federal government has not done enough to increase access to affordable housing since the seventies.
Host Jay Thiemeyer speaks with comedian Debbie Wooten who will be performing on Friday, Nov 6, at the fundraiser to celebrate the opening of the Homeless Day Shelter at the First Unitarian Church at 1011 SW 12th Avenue. The event will be start at 7:30 pm.Wooten, an expert in overcoming adversity was born on the South side of Chicago with Spina Bifida and contracted polio at 5 months. She's coped with racism, povery abuse and family suicide and has come through with her compassion and sense of humor intact.
Host Jay Thiemeyer speaks with comedian and lecturer Debbie Wooten who grew up in a world of poverty, disability and abuse in the 1960's in South Chicago. The First Unitarian Church of Portland at 1011 S.W. 12th Ave will host Debbie Wooten on Nov. 6th in the sanctuary to celebrate the opening of their Homeless Day Sheltor on Nov. 2nd.
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.
OUR LITTLE MAYOR Part 4.. More hilarity insues with the further adventures of Slam Assbuns, openly-gay mayor of a small big west coast city, and the follow-out from his lies about the relationship he had with an 18-year old. Rabid petition-recallers, corrupt city officials, and sleazy news paper publishers ... not to mention that the Ubu Hour once again pokes fun of The Couve, (also known as VanKansas) to the north of us... Written by G Violetta