Commissioner Amanda Fritz and the Office of Equity
Host Lisa Loving speaks with Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz and two community members about Portland's Office of Equity. There will be a public hearing before Council on the Office of Equity on Wednesday, August 31 at 6 p.m. in City Hall.
Movie Moles Frann Michel and Jan Haaken find some things to like but much to criticize in the very popular current film about black maids in the civil rights era South, The Help. Among the critques they consider is this, from the Association of Black Women Historians: Despite efforts to market the book and the film as a progressive story of triumph over racial injustice, The Help distorts, ignores, and trivializes the experiences of black domestic workers. We are specifically concerned about the representations of black life and the lack of attention given to sexual harassment and civil rights activism.
Host Cecil Prescod speaks with Tyrone Waters, African American, native Portlander, and a certified life coach. Waters has written about his own negative encounters with members of the Portland Police Force. He will talk about his ideas on how to improve interactions between the police and citizens with mental illness.
We talk with Zita Holburne from BARAC - Black Activists Rising Against Cuts - in the UK. You'll also hear from anti-fascist organizer Weymann Bennett and family members of people who have died in police custody in Britain, organizing for justice and police accountability.
We bring you an update on the historic California Prison Hunger Strike. We interview prison activist Sam Paige, and Betty, whos husband is currently in the Security Housing Unit of the Pelican Bay .State Prison in Crescent City, California.