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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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Episode Archive

Portland's 2035 Comprehensive Plan

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Thu, 09/25/2014 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Portland's 2035 Comprehensive Plan

Guest host Lisa Loving welcomes neighborhood activists concerned about Portland’s 2035 Comprehensive Plan, which will guide land use development, growth and investment decisions in Portland between now and 2035.

http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/article/502600
http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/57352

15 Now PDX:The movement for a $15 minimum wage

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Thu, 09/18/2014 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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15 Now PDX:The movement for a $15 minimum wage

The movement for a $15 minimum wage is gaining momentum around the nation and in Oregon, where activists are partnering with social service providers, advocacy groups and state lawmakers to push for legislative action. Guest host Lisa Loving speaks with organizers of 15 Now PDX on their campaign and how you can get involved. We’ll also be taking calls on YOUR minimum wage story.
 

Gentrification and Changing Development Policy in the City of Portland

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Thu, 09/11/2014 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Gentrification and Changing Development Policy in the City of Portland
With the massive displacement of families and the working class out of their traditional Portland neighborhoods, one coalition of community organizations is looking at a full-scale effort to change development policy. Guest host Lisa Loving speaks with Alan Hippolito of VERDE, Cyreena Boston Ashby of PAALF, Jon Osterman from OPAL Environmental Justice and Joseph Santos Lyons from APANO on what we can do to shape our city into the place we want it to be.

TEDxSalem 2014

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Thu, 09/04/2014 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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TEDxSalem 2014

Guest host Lisa Loving speaks with Simon Tam and others from the TEDxSalem 2014, happening Sat­ur­day, Sep­tem­ber 13th, at the His­toric Elsi­nore The­atre in Salem. The event brings communities together to talk about ideas worth spreading. 

Why Abortion Access Matters with Members of The Bush League

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Thu, 08/28/2014 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Why Abortion Access Matters with Members of The Bush League

Guest host Lisa Loving speaks with musicians from The Bush League, a group of musicians behind “Running Up That Hill: Kate Bush Covers for Reproductive Rights.” It’s designed as a fundraiser for reproductive rights organizations, low cost abortion clinics, and other pro-choice advocates. Lisa is live with musicians C.J. Boyd and musical ensemble the Binary Marketing Show on why abortion access matters. 

Enough Is Enough Campaign in Portland

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Thu, 08/21/2014 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Enough Is Enough Campaign in Portland

While many watchers have their eyes on the rioting in Ferguson, Missouri, here in Portland the black community is reeling from the murder of a 21-year-old pregnant mom gunned down in her own apartment last weekend. Portland Police are working with city officials and mothers throughout the community on the Enough is Enough campaign to encourage witnesses to come forward and report what they know about crimes like these.
Guest host Lisa Loving is joined by Portland Police Bureau Crisis Response Team Director Marci Jackson to talk about how you can get involved in this new campaign to support local families of murdered Portlanders in the black community.

Enough is Enough-A conversation about Police violence

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Thu, 08/14/2014 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Enough is Enough- A conversation on Police violence in communities of color
"Enough is Enough" is a tag line for a new snitch program from the Gang Enforcement Police folks in Portland. It's purpose is to encourage people to share information with police to solve crimes in black communities. Let's talk about the elephant in the room, the police will never get support from people who don't trust them. Why would black men talk to the police? Eric Garner a 43-year old Black man was killed by a chokehold by a NYPD officers was suspected of selling individual cigarettes (the medical examiner ruled this death a homicide) and we are told the U.S. Department of Justice is investigating; An UNARMED Black teenager named Michael Brown, 18 years old was shot and killed by St.

Brauti Atharee interview on Black Leadership in Oregon

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Thu, 08/07/2014 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Black Leadership in Oregon interview w/Brauti Artharee
Where are the leaders in the African American community is a question I get asked a lot. As I look inside our current political system this is what I have found: Recently Governor Kitzhaber quietly let go his Director of Media Services a young African American woman named Nkenge Harmon Johnson. Ms. Harmon Johnson was one of two African Americans employed by this governor. With so few people of color in the Governor’s administration this change requires more information Just a few days ago Lakeitha Elliott resigned her position with the Multnomah County Democratic Central Committee as Chair due to ongoing non-cooperation of some members of the board who originally challenged her election and have never gotten over her successful re-election into that post.

Dr. Mary's Monkey author Edward T. Haslam

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Thu, 07/31/2014 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Edward T. Haslam author, Dr. Mary's Monkey
Join Edward T. Haslam, author of the updated book Dr. Mary's Monkey  How the unsolved murder if a doctor, a secret laboratory in New Orleans and cancer-causing monkey viruses are linked to Lee Harvey Oswald, the JFK assassination and emerging global epidemics for what should be an interesting conversation.

The future of Occupy gathering in Sacramento on July 31 2014 w/Daniel Hong

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Thu, 07/24/2014 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Daniel Hong on Occupy gathering in Sacramento on July 31 2014

The Occupy movement is an international protest movement against social and economic inequality, its primary goal being to make the economic and political relations in all societies less vertically hierarchical and more flatly distributed. Local groups often have different focuses, but among the movement's prime concerns deal with how large corporations and the global financial system control the world in a way that disproportionately benefits a minority, undermines democracy, and is unstable. It is part of what Manfred Steger calls the "global justice movement". The first Occupy protest to receive widespread attention was Occupy Wall Street in New York City's Zuccotti Park, which began on 17 September 2011.

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Flirting with Disaster: Randy Leonard's Soccermania

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Wed, 04/01/2009

City Commissioner Randy Leondard wants major league soccer in Portland. Despite a darkening economic picture, the commissioner is pushing hard to close a deal that involves using public dollars to make it happen. But some Portlanders are concerned about the use of urban renewal dollars for upgrading PGE Stadium for soccer and building a new replacement baseball stadium. Dave Mazza discusses the potential risks and pitfalls of the stadium deal as well as other risky "public-private" partnerships looming on the horizon.

 

(Note: Institute for Policy Studies' Chuck Collins had originally been scheduled for this program. His assessment of the AIG debacle will aired on a later program.)

Theater and Healing: A Conversation with PassinArt Theater Company

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Wed, 03/25/2009

The play's the thing. Theater offers reflections of reality but can it serve as a specific tool in tackling problems? Jo Ann and Dave talk with members of PassinArt: A Theater Company about their production of "A Sunbeam" by award-winning playwright John Henry. This unique production of a play about a family torn apart by problems includes "talk back" sessions with cast members and professionals from the Avel Gordley Center for Healing.

"A Sunbeam" runs from April 2 to April 25, 2009 at the Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center located at 5340 N. Interstate, Portland. Talk back sessions will take place following performances of the 3 p.m. Saturday matinees on April 18 and April 25. For more information go to the PassinArt website or call 503-321-5163.

Concerned over Central City Concern; Also: Marching for Peace

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Wed, 03/11/2009

Central City Concern, with a $33 million annual budget and 23 buildings, is the city's biggest nonprofit landlord in downtown Portland. Some of the nonprofit's tenants, however, say their landlord has let apartment buildings fall into disrepair and disregarded tenants'demands for action or even a chance to speak to Central City Concern's board about the problem. Jo Ann and Dave speak with Lew Church, coordinator for Portland State University Progressive Student Union and with a tenant of the Biltmore apartment building about their ongoing campaign with Central City Concern over tenants' rights.

On March 15, Oregonians from around the state will gather in Salem to "stop the wars at home and abroad." Jo Ann and Dave speak with Peter Bergl, executive director of Oregon PeaceWorks about the march and rally, the peace movement's response to the new administration in the White House, and the statewide campaign to keep the Oregon National Guard at home.

Soccer fields vs. social services: The real cost of urban renewal districts.

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Wed, 03/04/2009

Next week the Portland City Council starts to consider an $85 million proposal by Merritt Paulson to bring major league soccer to Portland. Paulson wants the city to contribute $20-$40 million of urban renewal money - funds intended to combat "urban blight" - to close the deal. The Portland Development Commission's advisory task force has just completed a review that recommends conditional approval. Paulson and his supporters say those dollars will create jobs and enhance the community. Critics not only say that soccer doesn't qualify but that its diverting funds from essential county services.

Dave talks with Marissa Madrigal, chief of staff to Multnomah County Commissioner Jeff Cogen, about how the city's expanding use of urban renewal districts is affecting the county's ability to meet the needs of county residents. Also joining the conversation is State Rep. Nick Kahl (D-Portland) who recently introduced legislation that would require county approval for the creation or amendment of urban renewal districts as well as permit urban renewal funds to be spent on social services. To find our more or make your voice heard on this important question, contact Commissioner Cogen and Rep. Kahl.

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.

Health Equity and the County Budget Crisis

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Wed, 02/25/2009

African Americans in Multnomah County are twice as likely to die from diabetes or stroke than white county residents. Hispanic mothers are two times less likely to have early prenatal care white mothers. Native Americans in the county die from HIV at three times the rate of whites.

Multnomah County, through programs like the Health Equity Intitiative, has made signficant progress in addressing health disparities. But as these figures from the County's March 2008 Report Card on Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities show, much work remains to be done. How will the county do this as it struggles with a deepening budget crisis and the economic meltdown worsens the social and environmental factors that influence health equity in our region?

 

This week Jo Ann and Dave talk with Tricia Tillman, manager of the Multnomah County Health Department's Health Equity Intitiative about achievements and challenges yet to be met in eliminating health disparity.

Police tackle racial profiling...again

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Wed, 02/18/2009

People of color continue to be stopped and searched by the police than other Portlanders. Racial profiling has not abated according to a draft 36-page report released February 18 by Portland Police Bureau Chief Rosie Sizer. The report, long awaited by the community, outlines Sizer's assessment of the problem as well as steps to eliminate racial profiling by making the police bureau better reflect the community it is supposed to serve.  Jo Ann and Dave review the draft plan's strenths and weaknesses.

Also on this edition of Voices from the Edge, Jo Ann and Dave talk with state Representative Chip Shields (Dist. 43) about his work to include racial and ethnic impact statements in any new sentencing laws considered by the legislature or voters.

Economic Stimulus: Winners & Losers

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Wed, 02/11/2009

Host Jo Ann Bowman talks about winners & losers in the final Economic Stimulus Package.
 

Livability or Big Brother: The Portland Police Bureau's Secret List

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Wed, 01/28/2009

The Portland Police Bureau is keeping a list of people arrested most often downtown. The police say that the list, which has grown from 35 to nearly 400, is part of a coordinated strategy to improve livability in Old Town and surrounding neighborhoods by arresting chronic offenders and holding them in jail where they can receive drug, acohol and other treatments to end their criminal behavior. Defense attorneys say that people are being labeled as chronic offenders based on arrests rather than convictions. They also say these people have no way of appealing their placement on the list, are being prosecuted more harshly than other offenders, and may represent another form of racial profiling by the police. Dan Saltzman, the city's new police commissioner, has endorsed the program and suggested it may be expanded to other areas of the city to cover other issues like prostitution.

Jo Ann and Dave talk with David Fidanque, executive director of the Oregon chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union about the secret list. Earlier this month the ACLU filed a legal challenge over the constitutionality of the list.

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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.

Does Portland have a real solution for its gang problem?

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Wed, 01/21/2009

Portland has seen 11 gang-related shootings since the Dec. 12 murder of a gang member inside the New Hope Missionary Baptist Church. City leaders are calling it a "gang war crisis" and the Portland police want a new coordinated strategy to combat the violence. But the call for action comes when many outreach programs are struggling for funding. Will the city's new effort address the causes or just the symptoms of gang violence? Will the rush to take action create bigger problems like innocent youth getting profiled for gang involvement?

This week, Jo Ann and Dave talk with John Canda, a former gang outreach worker for the city of Portland and Clayborn Collins, executive director of Emmanual Community General Services, about what needs to be done to really solve Portland's gang problem.

New Feature!

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 online so we can make them a part of the Voices discussion.

Congress and the Economic Fix: Where's the Money Going?

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Wed, 01/14/2009

The new Congress will be working with a new administration in the White House. Behind the smiles and calls for cooperation, there's already signs of differences between both sides of the congressional aisles and the president elect. Elements of the Obama proposal is already drawing criticism from both parties. Democrats like Representative Barney Frank and Senator John F. Kerry of Massachussetts, as well as Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon, have expressed deep skepticism about the effectiveness of the proposed business tax credits for creating new jobs. Republicans in the House and Senate are warning about the entire package becoming too large as numbers approach trillion dollar mark.

The proposed stimulus package is drawing fire outside the halls of Congress as well. Left-leaning Nobel laureate economist Paul Krugman is alarmed at the timidity of the Obama proposal. Hardcore free market economists and conservative think tanks like the Cato Institute are working overtime to convince Americans that massive government spending will not create jobs and that the market must be allowed to take its natural course.

Jo Ann and Dave look at the new Congress, their relationship with the new president, and what that means for fixing the broken American economy. Join us in an ongoing discussion about the economic stimulus proposal at kboo.fm/voicesfromtheedge.

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