The findings of the Portland Police internal review into the death of James Chasse [CHA-see] were released today. James Chasse was a musician and writer who died three years ago from injuries arising from his arrest by Portland Police. The review found that the use of force by officers at his arrest did not violate policy and that one of the officers “knew or should have known that Mr. Chasse had suffered a serious physical injury.’ However it found that Sergeant Kyle Nice violated a police board directive that should have lead to Chasse being taken straight to hospital, rather than to the Jail. KBOO’s Paul Munday talked to Jason Renaud of the Mental Health Association, a friend of Jason Chasse, and Dan Handleman of Portland Copwatch, for their reaction.
Every year hundreds of people are killed or die of thirst while trying to cross from Mexico into the US. This weekend, a number of groups in Arizona came together to call for ‘humane borders’ between the US and Mexico. KBOO’s Crystal Leighty spoke with one of the organizers of the event:
Science tells us we are wired for fair play. Relgion tells us to stay true to the Golden Rule--treat others as you would be treated. Yet global and interpersonal violence persists. Have we lost our capacity for compassion? Sister Joan Chittister, an activist and author of Called to Question, is one of many scholars worldwide advocating for a return to the roots of caring and a commitment to do no harm. www.charterforcompassion.org "This is not a pious and pretty little topic," says Sister Joan in this provocative interview.
A Portland activist has called for the arrest of Judge Jay Bybee, who authored the torture memos used by the Bush administration to justify its policies. KBOO’s Andrew Schwager met up with activist Joe Walsh outside the Appeals Court in Portland today, and brings us this report: 1:41 minutes (1.54 MB)
This weekend, several events in Portland will be held to mark ‘Congo Awareness Week’. The Week aims to inform people in the U-S about the situation in the Congo, where over six million people have died from the effects of war since nineteen ninety six. KBOO’s Jenka Soderberg spoke with Francisca Thelan, who will be speaking tomorrow evening at the First Unitarian Church in Portland, about her experiences as an immigrant from the Congo:
Siren Nation is a celebration of women in the arts. Out Loud focuses on the queer talent as part of the Siren Nation festival. Tonight we hear live music from The I's, and Carla interviews Natlalia Kay, Executive Director of Siren Nation. Natalia shares some queer film suggestions showing as part of the S.N.