April was National Fair Housing Month, commemorating the April 11, 1968 enactment of the Fair Housing Act by Lyndon Johnson. The Oregon Fair Housing Council marked the 40th anniversary last Wednesday with the first ever 'fair housing' bus tour of a US city.
The tour took participants through Portland, with a view toward historical housing discrimination.
A group of homeless protestors have been camped out in front of city hall for the last ten days. The protestors are meeting with the mayor this afternoon and will be speaking before City Council on Wednesday.
KBOO’s Kyle Burris interviewed one of the protestors, Joseph Vanderheiden, about what they want to see changed and about being harassed by the police:
There’s good news for thousands of Oregonians living in subsidized housing.
Because of a Bill passed during the special legislative session in February, as well as several grants and donations from both private and public sources, over 7,000 housing units will be given a much-needed refurbishing.
Hosted by Laurie Mercier, this program reviews the case for veganism with an animal rights activist and a vegan cookbook author. We also hear from a Seattle activist who works with homeless women, and from an Italian geographer about the resistance in Sardinia to privatization of land.
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Laurie Mercier talks with Anitra Freeman of Women's Housing, Equality and Enhancement League (WHEEL) about the work her organization does with homeless women in Seattle. She will be speaking at In Other Word Bookstore on Thursday, April 17 (call 503-232-6003 for info).