Thousands of survivors of the September 11th attacks marched on New York’s City Hall yesterday demanding that city officials stop trying to block a ballot initiative calling for a new investigation of the attacks. The marchers included family members of those killed in the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center, as well as first responders who continue to suffer health effects from contamination at Ground Zero. Ted Walter, with the New York Coalition for Accountability Now, helped organize the march:
The group Autism Speaks held a march this weekend in Portland and raised over fifty thousand dollars, which they say will go to research on autism. But some people with autism and parents of kids with autism protested the march, saying that it does not represent them. KBOO’s Jenka Soderberg spoke with Phoebe Lumis, one of the protest organizers and a member of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network:
Oregon’s homegrown Mad As Hell Doctors were met by Congressman Dennis Kucinich in Washington DC on the final days of their cross-country media blitz. KBOO reporter David Rosenfeld filed this report from the nation's capitol.
A group of residents of the Collins View neighborhood in southwest Portland are up in arms about a planned expansion by Lewis and Clark College. The College hopes to construct three new apartment-style dorms in a residential neighborhood off Terwilliger Boulevard. But neighbors have launched an angry campaign against the new buildings, saying that the College acted in bad faith in its relations with the neighborhood, and glossed over the many potential problems of the site. Prakash Joshi (per-KAH-sh JOE-shee) is the Chair of the Collins View Neighborhood Association:
Today in downtown Portland, a group of protesters gathered to call for the ‘torture memo’ author to be arrested. One protester got arrested simply for standing on the steps handing out leaflets. Security guards started shouting at him at close range, then handcuffed him within seconds and hauled him inside the ninth circuit court. Judge Jay Bybee, who wrote the memo authorizing the use of torture by the Bush administration, continues to serve in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in California. KBOO’s Jenka Soderberg spoke with Lone Vet Joe Walsh, who was one of the protesters standing in the rain today calling for Bybee’s arrest:
Wall Street executives have awarded themselves record bonuses again this quarter. The four and a half billion dollars in bonuses surpasses the record high of 2007, when the financial market market was in the peak of its bubble. KBOO’s Jenka Soderberg spoke with former investment banker Nomi Prins about these record bonuses:
As President Obama made his first visit to New Orleans last Thursday, residents of public housing staged a protest. They challenged the ongoing crisis in public housing in New Orleans, which they say was caused mainly by the selling off of undamaged housing projects to private developers in the four years following Hurricane Katrina. KBOO’s Jenka Soderberg has more:
Several protests have been held in Portland over the last few days calling on the US Congress to enact meaningful and substantial health care reform. One of these protests even involved civil disobedience, and a number of people were arrested. KBOO’s Jenka Soderberg had a chance to speak with one of those who got arrested at the protest: