Oregon lawmakers are considering several bills aimed at sex-trafficking, including tougher sentences and fines, publicizing names of johns, and detention of child prostitutes. This week, Jo Ann and Dave took a look at these bills and at other strategies for stopping sexual exploitation of Oregon youth.
Kevin Mannix promised voters in 1994 that his Ballot Measure 11 establishing minimum mandatory sentences would create certainty in Oregon's criminal justice system. While the measure tripled the state's prison population over 20 years, a new report by the state Criminal Justice Commission finds that Measure 11 not only failed to deliver certainty, it has cost the state billions of dollars while it shifting sentencing power from the hands of judges to those of district attorneys - a shift many see as dangerous.
This week on Voices from the Edge, Jo Ann and Dave talked with Wray Harris, president of Iraq Veterans Against the War (Oregon) about who is paying the real cost of America's wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
On this show, you'll hear interviews with organizers and community members who are working to make public transit affordable and equitable. They are part of an inspiring movement for social and environmental justice.
First, we bring you an interview with Esperanza Martinez of LA's Bus Riders Union. A little later in the show, we'll take a trip on Trimet with a dozen dynamic organizers from OPAL, Organizing People Activating Leaders, OPAL, and Bus Riders Unite
The Bike Show tackles how to get teens cycling and visits with young adults who inspire riding.
This month the KBOO Bike Show explores the less-traveled path of teen cycling. Often, when kids hit middle and high-school they tend to shy away from cycling-- and towards the right of passage of the driver's license. We'll be welcoming three organizations and their members that are reaching out to teen cyclists-- particularly low-income and minority-- to get them hooked into the wonder and sport of cycling. The Bike Show welcomes back the Oregon Bicycle Racing Association's High School Cyclocross Program, the newly formed Major Taylor Educational Program (both of Portland) and ElGroupo (of Tucson). We'll discuss their different programs and hear directly from the participants what they think might get more young adults on bikes.