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Voices from the Edge

About the program …

Community dialogue is important. At 8am every Thursday Voices from the Edge lends a KBOO microphone to informed guests you might not hear anywhere else. With an hour to invest, the call-in format engages listeners in meaningful conversations about crucial issues like racial disparity, government accountability, environmental justice and politics on local, state and national levels. Join lively discussions about concerns that are important to you and our community. Together we’ll make Oregon and our nation a better place for a larger number of those living here.

About the host

Jo Ann Hardesty is Principal Partner at Consult Hardesty. She serves as a subject matter expert on a myriad of issues and is available as a speaker, facilitator and campaign planner. A long-time voice for Portland's under-represented communities and a leader in the struggle against racial and economic injustice, Jo Ann was three times elected to the Oregon legislature and for many years Executive Director of Oregon Action. She’s been called on by the City of Portland to help re-write the City Charter and organizes those on the downside of power to pursue their interests from the local to the federal level. She is particularly committed to leadership development and in holding those in power accountable.

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Join the conversation every Thursday morning from 8-9 a.m. by calling 503-231-8187. Keep the conversation going after the program at our blog at kboo.fm/voicesfromtheedge.

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Interview with Greg Palast, Investigative Reporter

Air date: 
Thu, 10/10/2013 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
Interview with Greg Palast, Investigative Reporter
Join the incredibly talented Greg Palast and me on Thursday morning on Voices from the Edge from 8-9AM PST. We will be discussing the state of the nation and what we can expect during next years election season. Greg Palast is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Billionaires and Ballot Bandits, Armed Madhouse and The Best Democracy Money Can Buy and the highly acclaimed Vultures' Picnic, named Book of the Year on BBC News night Review. Palast is best known in his native USA as the journalist who, for the Observer (UK), broke the story of how Jeb Bush purged thousands of Black Florida citizens from voter rolls before the 2000 election, thereby handing the White House to his brother George.

Sep 2013 Special Session of the Oregon Legislature w/ State Rep. Lew Frederick

Air date: 
Thu, 09/26/2013 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
Sep 2013 Special Session of the Oregon Legislature.

Governor John Kitzhaber has called the legislature into special session on Monday September 30, 2013. What are the governor's proposal and how much legislative support does he have for this special session of the Oregon Legislature? Join State Representative Lew Fredericks and I as we discuss the session on Thu Sep 26 from 8-9AM PST.

Voices from the Edge on 08/22/13

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Thu, 08/22/2013 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Cults in Oregon, the US & Canada w/Lisa Kendall & Ken Burtner
Cults in Oregon, the US & Canada w/Lisa Kendall & Ken Burtner

Would you be surprised to know that Cult’s operate in Oregon and in many communities throughout the United States? What do we know about Cults? Join Ken Burtner & Lisa Kendall and I as we discuss what we now know about Cults and what communities can do when people seek help leaving these camps. Ken Burtner is a nationally recognized trauma recovery specialist. He has helped over 100 families through his service at the Cult Resource Network in Portland, OR. He is a board member of Move Forward and offers counseling to those impacted by the Move of God at no charge. Lisa Kendall is Founder of Move Forward, a human rights activist, and former child member of the Move of God.

Voices from the Edge on 08/15/13

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Thu, 08/15/2013 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
Interview with Alexander Villarreal about child exploitation
Interview with Alexander Villarreal about child exploitation

The state found me on the streets alone when I was two years old. I had lice, was suffering from malnutrition, and cigarette burns covered my body. While in the foster care system, I went through seven foster homes in which I continued to endure abuse. When I was four, a loving family adopted me. Because of my abuse, I had severe scarring all over my body, and my adoptive parents had to put vitamin E oil on me each night before I went to bed. As I got older, the state provided information regarding my abusive family history, but by that time my heart was hardened and guarded. When I became a teen, my parents were unable to emotionally reach me. They sent me to boarding school, but I left and ended up on the streets.

Voices from the Edge on 08/08/13

Air date: 
Thu, 08/08/2013 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
Should BOLI go after anti-abortion protesters?
Should BOLI go after anti-abortion protesters?
Should BOLI go after anti-abortion protesters? 
 
The right of privacy vs. right of free expression. Brad Avakian wants the Bureau of Labor and Industry to investigate whether peaceful anti-abortion protests outside Lovejoy's Surgicenter can be stopped under Oregon's law banning discrimination. Should the state be using laws to protect some civil liberties to suppress others?
 

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Voices from the Edge on 05/27/2010

program date: 
Thu, 05/27/2010

Coffee, Tea and VOE: A talk with Coffee Party PDX's Kristy Alberty and Common Cause Oregon's Nate Gulley

The Tea Party has captured the imagination of America's media industry if not the American people, lending it clout that far surpasses its numbers. Tea Party pressure has sent nervous Republican incumbents like Senator John McCain even more to the right. The Tea Party, however, remains a movement remains at heart a movement of negation: no taxes, no immigrants, no federal government. With their "Don't Tread on Me" flags and Obama-Hitler anologies, Tea Party activists have helped accelerate the decline of civil political discourse.

The Coffee Party was founded this year as a way to reverse these trends that are eroding American's desire to be politically engaged and bringing the wheels of government to a halt. The party declares itself a non-partisan movement that believes government is not the enemy and that all Americans need to be engaged in the democratic process in order for our institutions to meet the challenges the nation faces.

This week on Voices from the Edge, Dave talks with Coffee Party PDX Coordinator Kristy Alberty about what the Coffee Party is trying to achieve nationally as well as in Oregon. Alberty is a former board president of the Southern Oregon Chapter of Oregon Action, a community organizer on the "No on 36" campaign and a freelance writer for Indian Country Today. Also joining the conversation will be Nate Gully, Campaign Finance Reform organizer for Common Cause Oregon. Gulley is working with the Coffee Party and other local groups for the renewal of Portland's Voter-Owned Elections which will go before voters in November.

Coffee Party PDX will be tabling at a May 28 screening of Casino Jack (Jack Abramoff) at Cinema 21. For more information, go to "Join the Coffee Party Movement in Portland" on Facebook.

Jo Ann Bowman is a former state legislator, former executive director of Oregon Action, and a long-time leader in the struggle for racial and economic justice. Dave Mazza is a freelance journalist and former editor of The Portland Alliance who has covered and been involved in Portland's civil rights, peace, labor and environmental movements for 20 years.
 
Join Jo Ann and Dave every Thursday as they bring you guests and discussion of issues important to you. Support programming like Voices from the Edge by becoming a member of KBOO today.

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  • Title: VFE 05-27-10
  • Genre: Vocal
  • Year: 2010
  • Length: 52:45 minutes (48.29 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Voices from the Edge on 5/20/10

program date: 
Thu, 05/20/2010

Oregon Primary Election 2010

About the program…

Join co-hosts Jo Ann Bowman and Dave Mazza every Thursday morning as they bring you informative guests and lively discussions about the issues that are important to you and your community. Every week, Voices from the Edge provides KBOO listeners a place to engage in meaningful talk about racial disparity, government accountability, environmental justice, local and national politics, and other crucial issues of the day. Jo Ann and Dave bring you guests you won’t hear on other talk radio programs and conversation about making Oregon and the nation a better place.

 About the hosts…

Jo Ann Bowman is a former Oregon state legislator, current executive director of Oregon Action and chair of Portland Community Media. Jo Ann is a long-time voice for Portland's under-represented communities and a leader in the struggle against racial and economic injustice.

Dave Mazza is a journalist and community activist. The former editor of The Portland Alliance newspaper has reported on and been involved in Portland's civil rights, peace, labor and environmental movements for 20 years. For more about Dave, visit www.davemazza.com

Join the conversation…

Join the conversation every Thursday morning from 8-9 a.m. by calling 503-231-8187. Keep the conversation going after the program at our blog at kboo.fm/voicesfromtheedge.

  • Title: VFE 05-20-10
  • Genre: Vocal
  • Year: 2010
  • Length: 54:26 minutes (49.83 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Voices from the Edge on 5/13/10

program date: 
Thu, 05/13/2010
Is Multnomah County "uniquely toxic" for people of color?
 
A new report by Portland State University states that for people of color, Multnomah County is a "uniquely toxic" place when it comes to education, income, home ownership and health. The 152-page report, which was presented last week to the Portland City Council, found nearly every racial and ethnic group to be trailing behind other county residents. In a worsening economic climate, how do we break down the barriers keeping the fastest growing sector in Multnomah County's population from full economic, social and political participation in the community?
 
This week, Jo Ann talks with Assistant Professor Ann Curry-Stevens, the lead researcher for the report on her findings and on what the coalition behind the report is advocating to address what the report calls an "unsettling situation."
 
Jo Ann Bowman is a former state legislator, former executive director of Oregon Action, and a long-time leader in the struggle for racial and economic justice. Dave Mazza is a freelance journalist and former editor of The Portland Alliance who has covered and been involved in Portland's civil rights, peace, labor and environmental movements for 20 years.
 
Join Jo Ann and Dave every Thursday as they bring you guests and discussion of issues important to you. Support programming like Voices from the Edge by becoming a member of KBOO today.

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portland 90.7 fm  hood river 91.9 fm  corvallis 100.7
studio call-in 503-231-8187
  • Title: VFE 05-13-10
  • Genre: Vocal
  • Year: 2010
  • Length: 40:34 minutes (37.14 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Voices From the Edge on 05/06/2010

program date: 
Thu, 05/06/2010

About the program…

Join co-hosts Jo Ann Bowman and Dave Mazza every Thursday morning as they bring you informative guests and lively discussions about the issues that are important to you and your community. Every week, Voices from the Edge provides KBOO listeners a place to engage in meaningful talk about racial disparity, government accountability, environmental justice, local and national politics, and other crucial issues of the day. Jo Ann and Dave bring you guests you won’t hear on other talk radio programs and conversation about making Oregon and the nation a better place.

 About the hosts…

Jo Ann Bowman is a former Oregon state legislator, current executive director of Oregon Action and chair of Portland Community Media. Jo Ann is a long-time voice for Portland's under-represented communities and a leader in the struggle against racial and economic injustice.

Dave Mazza is a journalist and community activist. The former editor of The Portland Alliance newspaper has reported on and been involved in Portland's civil rights, peace, labor and environmental movements for 20 years. For more about Dave, visit www.davemazza.com

Join the conversation…

Join the conversation every Thursday morning from 8-9 a.m. by calling 503-231-8187. Keep the conversation going after the program at our blog at kboo.fm/voicesfromtheedge.

Voices from the Edge on 04/29/10

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Thu, 04/29/2010
Clergy Abuse: Can we hold the abusers accountable and heal the community?
 
Revelations earlier this month implicating Pope Benedict XVI in cover-ups of clergy abuse in Europe are just the latest developments in an issue that is rocking religious institutions to their foundations. It is dividing communities into those accused of blind faith and those labeled anti-church, while preventing reformers, clergy abuse survivors, and the faithful from moving forward. How can we shift the debate to address the underlying issues creating clergy abuse? How do we hold abusers accountable and heal the community?
 
This week on Voices from the Edge, Jo Ann and Dave talk with two people deeply involved in the answering those questions. Virginia Jones is co-founder of Compassionate Gathering, a Portland-based organization promoting restorative justice and other strategies for addressing clergy abuse that bring the whole community into the process. Dr. Jaime Romo is a clergy abuse survivor, educator, consultant and author who has worked for over a decade helping other clergy abuse survivors. He is the author of Healing the Sexualy Abused Heart: A Workbook for Survivors, Thrivers and Supporters and the blog "Healing and Spirituality."
 
Jo Ann Bowman is a former state legislator, former executive director of Oregon Action and a long-time leader in the struggle for racial and economic justice. Dave Mazza is a freelance journalist and former editor of the Portland Alliance who has covered and been involved in Portland's civil rights, peace, labor and environmental movemenets for 20 years.  
 
Join co-hosts Jo Ann and Dave every Thursday as they bring you guests and discussion of issues important to you. Support programming like Voices from the Edge by becoming a member of KBOO today.

Voices from the Edge on 4-22-2010

program date: 
Thu, 04/22/2010

A Local Look at Environmental Justice

On Earth Day, much attention will be paid to the long struggle to protect and preserve our ancient forests, wild salmon and pristine coastline. Less notice will be given to the fact that Oregon's least empowered communities are also the most affected by environmental degradation.
 
Hosts Jo Ann and Dave will talk with OPAL (Organizing People-Activiting Leaders) Environmental Justice about their work in east Multnomah County to educate, engage and empower people of color and low income families in building environmental justice at the local, state and federal levels. Guests include OPAL co-director Joseph Santos-Lyons and community organizer Shannon Olive, who will talk about the organization's efforts to ensure Portland's commitment to sustainability is applied equally to all its residents, as well as OPAL's Transit Justice and Health Campaign.

Voices from the Edge on 04-15-10

program date: 
Thu, 04/15/2010

Near-Deadly Error: An interview with exonerated death row inmate Juan Melendez-Colon

It is hard to imagine spending over 17 years on death row for a crime you did not commit. Juan Melendez-Colon did just that following his 1984 conviction and sentencing to death in the killing of Auburndale, FL beauty salon owner Delbert Baker. The facts of his case - involving recanting witnesses, withheld evidence, and a real killer who confessed to several people - raise once again the need for Americans to ask themselves whether real justice is served by capital punishment in a system so fraught with error.
 
This week, Jo Ann and Dave talk with Juan Melendez-Colon about his experiences on Florida's death row and his subsequent work with Witness to Innocence, the nation's only organization composed of, by and for exonerated death row survivors and their loved ones. Also joining the conversation will be attorney Mark Kramer to talk about Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty and why he thinks change may be in the wind for Oregon's death penalty.
 
Join co-hosts Jo Ann Bowman and Dave Mazza every Thursday as they bring you guests and lively discussion of issues of importance to you. Every week, Voices from the Edge provides Oregonians with a place to talk about racial disparity, police accountability, gentrification, environmental justice, peace and other issues affecting your life.
 
Jo Ann Bowman is a former state legislator, former executive director of Oregon Action, and a long-time leader in the struggle for racial and economic justice. Dave Mazza is journalist and former editor of The Portland Alliance who has reported and been involved in Portland's civil rights, peace, labor and environmental movements for over 17 years.

KBOO community radio
portland 90.7 fm  hood river 91.9 fm  corvallis 100.7 fm
studio call-in 503-231-8187
  • Title: VFE 04-15-10
  • Length: 55:54 minutes (34.69 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 86Kbps (VBR)

Voices from the Edge on 04/08/10

program date: 
Thu, 04/08/2010
In world where we struggle with wars, injustice, violence in our communities and the threat of environmental devastation...what does peace mean to you. That was the question 186 students from around Oregon answered as part of the Greenfield Peace Writing Contest for Oregon High School Students. Sponsored by Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility. Entries, coming from a diversity of backgrounds and experiences, reflect not just their deep concerns but the richness they bring to the struggle for peace and social justice.
 
This week, Jo Ann and Dave talk with contest winners Tenzing Atsentsang, a Tibetan refugee whose aspirations go beyond a free Tibet to peace for all people, and Salam Hassan, whose view of the world and his place in it changed during a year spent in Palestine. Atsentsang, Hassan and third-place winner Tessa Kueller will receive cash prizes at an awards ceremony on April 10 that features journalist and author Dahr Jamail. Tickets to the dinner are for sale at Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility.
 
Join co-hosts Jo Ann Bowman and Dave Mazza every Thursday as they bring you guests and lively discussion of issues of importance to you. Every week, Voices from the Edge provides Oregonians with a place to talk about racial disparity, police accountability, gentrification, environmental justice, peace and other issues affecting your life.
 
Jo Ann Bowman is a former state legislator, former executive director of Oregon Action, and a long-time leader in the struggle for racial and economic justice. Dave Mazza is journalist and former editor of The Portland Alliance who has reported and been involved in Portland's civil rights, peace, labor and environmental movements for over 17 years.

KBOO community radio
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studio call-in 503-231-8187

Voices from the Edge on 04/01/2010

program date: 
Thu, 04/01/2010

Hosts Jo Ann Bowman and Dave Mazza discuss the Independent Police Review process.

About the program…

Join co-hosts Jo Ann Bowman and Dave Mazza every Thursday morning as they bring you informative guests and lively discussions about the issues that are important to you and your community. Every week, Voices from the Edge provides KBOO listeners a place to engage in meaningful talk about racial disparity, government accountability, environmental justice, local and national politics, and other crucial issues of the day. Jo Ann and Dave bring you guests you won’t hear on other talk radio programs and conversation about making Oregon and the nation a better place.

About the hosts…

Jo Ann Bowman is a former Oregon state legislator, current executive director of Oregon Action and chair of Portland Community Media. Jo Ann is a long-time voice for Portland's under-represented communities and a leader in the struggle against racial and economic injustice.

Dave Mazza is a journalist and community activist. The former editor of The Portland Alliance newspaper has reported on and been involved in Portland's civil rights, peace, labor and environmental movements for 20 years. For more about Dave, visit www.davemazza.com

Join the conversation…

Join the conversation every Thursday morning from 8-9 a.m. by calling 503-231-8187. Keep the conversation going after the program at our blog at kboo.fm/voicesfromtheedge.

Voices from the Edge on 3-25-2010

program date: 
Thu, 03/25/2010

This fall, Portlanders will decide whether to continue their experiment with voter-owned elections. The question becomes more relevant in the wake of Citzens United vs. Federal Elections Commission, a recent Supreme Court ruling that removed bans on corporate campaign spending. This week, Jo Ann and Dave talk with Common Cause Oregon's Janice Thompson about the upcoming referendum on voter-owned elections and what else needs to be done to fix our ailing electoral process.

The conversation doesn't end when the program does. You can join in additional discussion of the week's issue on our blog at kboo.fm/voicesfromtheedge (click on the "blog" tab). You'll find additional information, important links, comments from other listeners and commentary from Jo Ann and Dave. Have a question for our guests, but can't call in during the program? Post your questions on line so we can make them a part of the Voices discussion.

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