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Sit-Lie Ordincance extended

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Evening News
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Tue, 05/05/2009

Portland’s City Council voted today to extend the so-called sit-lie ordinance.  This measure makes it illegal to sit or lie down on a public sidewalk in downtown Portland.
It was set to expire in June, but the City Council has extended the ordinance until October.
Homeless activists and supporters gave passionate pleas during last week’s city council meeting, calling on the councilors to let the measure expire.
But the city council was not moved by their pleas.
Only Randy Leonard voted against the extension.
Devin Debernardo is with Sisters of the Road, a group which works with the homeless in downtown Portland

5:58 minutes (5.47 MB)

Race and Obama's First 100 Days

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Wed, 05/06/2009

Last week, President Obama reached his first 100 days in office, triggering a media flurry of speculation about how well he's doing. Communities of color - already hurting before the lastest round of troubles - have been measuring up the new president as well. Is President Obama pushing to create justice for all or is he too bogged down in the legacy of his predecessor? What should we be doing to push the president down the path of racial equity?

34:32 minutes (27.67 MB)

Rethinking Ballot Measure 11

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Wed, 04/22/2009

As Oregon's economy continues to decline, lawmakers are faced with a growing budget gap and spiraling prisons costs driven by state mandatory sentencing laws. Some in the legislature say its time to revise state sentencing programs and find more efficient ways to handle convicted offenders. Among the proposals working their way through the legislative process is a bill that would allow judges to review mandatory sentences at mid-point and revise them if deemed appropriate. Dave and Jo Ann talk with Rep. Chip Shields about this proposed bill and other changes lawmakers are considering this session.

55:55 minutes (44.79 MB)

Mumia Abu-Jamal on His Birthday

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Thu, 04/23/2009

Mumia Abu-Jamal is a renowned journalist from Philadelphia who has been inprisoned since 1981.  

17:16 minutes (15.81 MB)

Robert King: Angola 3

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Thu, 04/23/2009

The Case of the Angola 3

Some 36 years ago, deep in rural Louisiana, three young black men were silenced for trying to expose continued segregation, systematic corruption, and horrific abuse in the biggest prison in the US, an 18,000-acre former slave plantation called Angola.

15:06 minutes (13.83 MB)

Rinku Sen: Race and Obama's first 100 days

Last week, President Obama reached his first 100 days in office, triggering a media flurry of speculation about how well he's doing. Communities of color - already hurting before the lastest round of troubles - have been measuring up the new president as well. Is President Obama pushing to create justice for all or is he too bogged down in the legacy of his predecessor? What should we be doing to push the president down the path of racial equity?

Voices from the Edge on 05/07/09

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Thu, 05/07/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Rinku Sen: Race and Obama's first 100 days

Last week, President Obama reached his first 100 days in office, triggering a media flurry of speculation about how well he's doing. Communities of color - already hurting before the lastest round of troubles - have been measuring up the new president as well. Is President Obama pushing to create justice for all or is he too bogged down in the legacy of his predecessor? What should we be doing to push the president down the path of racial equity?

Kenny Zulu Whitmore

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Sun, 04/26/2009

 

They call me Zulu...
From a letter written to  Jenka Soderberg...

30 miles from the nearest town, hidden in the Louisiana hills, traveling along a long twisting road at a dead end you will find Angola, a former plantation now a prison the size of  Manhattan which is unlike any other known at this point in time.

4:15 minutes (3.9 MB)

Oregon arts and the economic stimulus

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Stage and Studio
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Mon, 02/16/2009

President Obama will sign the final version of the $787 billion economic stimulus bill into law today, a major milestone in his early presidency. The bill includes $50 million in direct funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. Yet the fate of this funding was far from secure during the final days of deliberation in the House and Senate last week.  KBOO’s Frank Reynolds spoke with Eloise Damrosch, executive director of the Regional Arts and Culture Council, and Chris D’Arcy, director of the Oregon Arts Commission, about the arts funding in the bill and what it means for arts organizations going forward.

4:12 minutes (3.85 MB)
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