Portland Human Rights Commission Chair Chabre Vickers sharply criticized the Police and Community Relations Committee (PCRC) at that group's meeting last night. She suggested a three-month hiatus to redevelop the group so that its meetings achieve more tangible results. The PCRC is a sub-group of the Human Rights Commission and is tasked with guiding the police department in following the guidelines of the US Department of Justice settlement, which had found that the PPB used excessive force against people with mental illness and engaged in racial profiling. The committee includes members of the public and the police department as well as city officials.
Today’s Psychology and Politics segment, with psychologists Jan Haaken and Tod Sloan, begins with a tribute to Jan’s colleague Hugo Du Coudray (also known as Hugo Maynard), professor emeritus of psychology at Portland State, who died this past week. Hugo started the community psychology program at PSU and was a long time social justice activist. He also was a remarkable character who had a distinct vision of what psychology was all about, and its role in understanding social problems. Here is a videoof a talk by Hugo on the 1964 Free Speech Movement in Berkeley.
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Joe Clement talks with Ryan Wisnor about Blood Wednesday, a labor battle fought during the auspicious year of 1934, when general strikes erupted in Portland and other West Coast port cities. In particular, striking longshoreworkers blocked the train that runs near Pier Park and were met with police, who fired on the workers and sent them running for cover in the Douglas Firs. Thought they suffered losses that day, the strikers ultimately prevailed through community support and helped galvanize workers up and down the West Coast. 11:40 minutes (5.34 MB)