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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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Winners and Losers in the 2009 Oregon Budget

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Wed, 01/07/2009

As the economic landscape worsens, lawmakers face the daunting task of deciding how to keep Oregon running with a shrinking pool of dollars. The most recent forecast by the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis sees the recession deepening over the next 12 months with unemployment increasing beyond the current 7.3 percent with a commensurate decline in state revenue from personal income taxes. Reduced business activity will also cause a drop in revenue from corporate taxes. The "budget hole" for the coming 2009-2011 period is estimated to be at least $1.2 billion.

Last month, Governor Ted Kulongoski unveiled his proposed two-year state budget. The governor is calling for $2 billion in new taxes and fees as well as program cuts to deal with the crisis. More significant, however, is the shift in priorities the governor wishes to enact in the upcoming budget. The governor is urging an expansion of existing tax credit programs to boost investment in green industries like renewable energy and hybrid cars. He also wants to channel dollars into construction projects, expand coverage of children under the Oregon Health Plan and increase spending on college tuition grants. To achieve this, the governor wants to cut programs that provide essential services to thousands of senior, disabled and low-income Oregonians.

Must those Oregonians most in need bear the burden of our budget crisis? Is there a better strategy for getting Oregon out of the economic hole? Jo Ann and Dave explore who are the winners and who are the losers in the governor's budget plan.

Bridging the Cultural Divide in Oregon's Environmental Movement

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Wed, 12/10/2008

Oregon environmentalists can point to many hard-won victories to preserve ecological diversity. But they've been less successful promoting diversity within their own ranks. The result has been a cultural divide that leaves people of color not just outside the mainstream environmental movment but excluded from having a voice in how we meet the huge environmental challenges that face us. The question is "how do we bridge that divide?" Dave Mazza talks with Marcelo Bonta, founder and executive director of the Center for diversity and the Environment, and Tony DeFalco, Coordinator of the Young Environmental Professionals of Color group. Both men have recently been named fellows of the TogetherGreen Conservation Leadership Program, a new conservation intiative of the National Audubon Society with support from Toyota that funds work on community-focused projects contributing to greater environmental health.

 

Bonta is using his fellowship to create the "Diversifying the Environmental Movement Forum," a dialogue series bringing together the environmental community and communities of color to find action-oriented solutions to the cultural divide. DeFalco is focusing on local partnerships that create training and employment opportunties for low-income Latinos in green jobs.

Mumbai, South Asian Nuclear Tensions and the Obama Administratration: An Interview with Jacqueline Cabasso

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Wed, 12/03/2008

The November terrorist attack in Mumbai, India is only the latest eruption in potentially explosive South Asia. What will the new Obama administration do as the conflict in Afghanistan spreads to its nuclear-armed neighbors? Will he undo the damage to nuclear non-proliferation efforts that resulted from the recent U.S.-India nuclear deal - a deal that Obama, Clinton and Biden supported? Dave Mazza talks with Jacqueline Cabasso, executive director of the Western States Legal Foundation about these and other questions regarding this volatile and important aspect of U.S. foreign policy. Cabasso, whose organization monitors nuclear weapons policy, is a contributor to the book "Nuclear Disorder or Cooperative Security?" and a winner of the Sean MacBride Peace Prize.

People of Color and the 2008 Election: An Interview with Rudy Lopez, Center for Community Change

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Wed, 11/05/2008

There's no doubt of the importance of the election of Barack Obama as America's first black president. But what role did people of color play in making this happen and where do they stand in the wake of the election? Jo Ann and Dave talk with Rudy Lopez, Directory of the Center for Community Change about his organization's work in turning out people of color and other disempowered voters for Obama. He'll also talk about how this new bloc of mobilized citizens can ensure that the new president and the Congress remain true to the promises made before election day. For more information on the Center for Community Change and their upcoming people's conference, visit www.communitychange.org.

 

Making Sense of the November 2008 Ballot Measures

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Wed, 10/22/2008

More mandatory prison sentences. Fewer building permits. Open primaries. These are just some of the ideas Oregonians must consider as they wade through a dozen state ballot measures on election day. Who's supporting these measures? Who's opposing them? What will they really do? Jo Ann and Dave give you their take on the good, the bad and the really stupid ballot measures appearing on the November 2008 ballot.

Winter Solder Northwest: Working to end America's other crisis

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Wed, 10/15/2008

The nation is transfixed by the financial meltdown. It has become the top issue of the presidential campaign. But while stock prices drop, casualties continue to rise in Afghanistan and Iraq. On October 18, soldiers, their families, veterans, journalists and peace activists are coming together in Portland to offer testimony on the human cost of war. Winter Soldier Northwest, modeled on the Winter Soldier hearings held in 1971 by Vietnam veterans opposed to that war, is one of many regional hearings held around the country to build the political will needed to end the war and bring the troops home.

 Dave talks with four participants in the upcoming event. Megan Brooker of PDX Peace Coalition is one of the main organizers of Winter Soldier Northwest. She has a brother serving a second tour in Iraq. Adele Kubein is president of the Oregon chaper of Military Families Speak Out and mother of an Iraq war veteran. Joseph Holness served in the U.S. Army in Iraq. Dr. Zaher Wahab is a professor at Lewis and Clark College and a senior adevisor to the Minister of Higher Education in Afghanistan.

Are our politics determined by our hearts or our minds? An Interview with Drew Westen

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Wed, 10/08/2008

The Democrats are riding a new wave of popularity this year. Are they winning new supporters because they have better policy positions than the Republicans or are they doing a better job of appealing to voters' emotions? Do we make our political choices based on reason or are we persuaded by messages that tap into positive associations in our minds?

This week on Voices from the Edge, Jo Ann and Dave talk with Drew Westen, author of The Political Brain: The Role of Emotion in Deciding the Fate of the Nation. Westen, a clinical psychologist and political srategist from Emory University, believes successful politics requires understanding how the interplay between reason and emotion inside the brain energizes voters. Westen, who wrote the book in part to help Democrats avoid the strategic mistakes that gave the White House to George Bush for the past eight years, will cast a light on what the 2008 presidential candidates are doing right and doing wrong to reach the hearts and minds of American voters.

Saving the Economy or Saving the Rich? The $700 billion bailout plan.

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Wed, 10/01/2008

An Interview with Campaign for America's Future's Bill Scher: The Bush administration says it needs $700 billion to avert the current financial crisis from turning into a global depression. Taxpayers see this as another use of their money to protect the wealthy. Congress is caught in the middle, trying to come up with a plan that will stop a financial meltdown without turning voters against. them.

What exactly does need to be done about the collapse on the Wall Street? Will the administration's plan help or hurt the situation? Jo Ann and Dave talk with Bill Scher of Campaign for America's Future, a non-profit organization advocating progressive solutions to the nation's problems.

For more information about Campaign for America's Future, visit www.ourfuture.org.

On the Road with America's Poor: An interview with Kath Weston

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Wed, 09/24/2008

On the Road with America's Poor: An Interview with Kath Weston

How far can you get on two tacos, one Dr. Pepper, and a little bit of conversation? What happens when you're broke and you need to get to a new job, an ailing parent, a powwow, college, or a funeral on the other side of the country? And after decades of globalization, what kind of America will you glimpse through the window on your way?

This week on Voices from the Edge, Dave Mazza talks with Kath Weston, author of Traveling Light: On the Road with America's Poor. For five years, Kath Weston rode the bus across the country, absorbing the stories of layoffs, immigration raids, antiwar rallies and surviving Katrina. On her journey she learned of people's fears, dreams, generosity and tenacity in the face of adversity. In Traveling Light, Weston didn't just record these stories, but folded them into the headlines, studies, and statistics that track the intensification of poverty and inequality as the United States enters the twenty-first-century. The result is a moving meditation on living poor in the world's wealthiest nation.

What should we do about prostitution in Portland?

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Wed, 09/17/2008

Prostitution is flourishing in the Rose City. Some Portlanders blame it on city hall's decision to let the prostitution exclusion zones lapse. They want the zones back and more efforts made to put prostitutes in jail. Other city residents say that rehabilitation, not more police, is the answer. In the meantime, Mayor Tom Potter has announed a new initiative to fight prostitution on 82nd Ave. through enhanced enforcement and prosecution combined with treatment options. How should we deal with prostitution in our city? Do we really understand the problem of prostitution?

This week on Voices from the Edge, Jo Ann and Dave talk with Crystal Tenty of the Portland Women's Crisis Line and Leslie Peterson of the Sex Workers Outreach Coalition about their perspectives on this issue. We'll also talk with Allen Wilson of Standing Against Global Exploitation, or SAGE, a San Francisco-based holistic rehabilitation center that offers prostitutes mental health counseling and drug rehabilitation services to help them leave prostitution, heal from the trauma of sexual exploitation and begin new careers. Join us in this important discussion.

For more information on the SAGE Project, visit www.sagesf.org.

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