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.

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.

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Episode Archive

Voices from the Edge on 03/28/13

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Thu, 03/28/2013 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Interview with S. Brian Wilson author Blood on the Tracks

"We are not worth more. They are not less" This is the mantra of S. Brian Wilson and the theme that runs throughout his compelling psychohistorical memoir. Wilson's story begins in small-town, rural America, where he grew up as a "Commie-hating,baseball-loving Baptist." moves though life-changing experiences in Viet Nam, Nicaragua, and elsewhere, and culminates with his commitment to a localized, sustainable lifestyle.

Voices from the Edge on 03/21/13

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Thu, 03/21/2013 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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A conversation with Greg Palast.

Join Greg Palast and i on Thursday March 21 @ 8:30AM as we discuss the death of Hugo Chavez and the rebuilding of the Republican Party. This is the kick-off of our Spring membership drive! It is always a pleasure to kick-off the drive with Greg's insightful conversations and fun thank you gifts. 

About Greg Palast

Greg Palast is the author of Billionaires and Ballot Bandits, Vultures' Picnic and the New York Times bestsellers, Armed Madhouse and The Best Democracy Money Can Buy. 

Voices from the Edge on 03/14/13

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Thu, 03/14/2013 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Restorative justice and domestic violence: an interview with Dr. Carrie Banks

This week on Voices from the Edge, Dave Mazza talks with Dr. Carrie Banks of the Domestic Violence Safe Dialogue. The program, drawing on restorative justice methods, facilitates conversations between survivors and offenders who have never met before in an effort to help both parties foster transformative changes inside themselves and others. Can these encounters heal wounds and provide offenders a way to begin offering restitution to the communty they've harmed? Join un this Thursday at 8 am.

Voices from the Edge on 03/07/13

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Thu, 03/07/2013 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Interview with Paul Gorski on White Privilege & Racism

Paul Gorski will provide a keynote address at the 14th Annual White Privilege Conference in Seattle, Wa from April 10th-14th 2013. What is white privilege? Why a white privilege conference? Join Paul and I for a lively conversation regarding race, privilege and antiracism efforts currently underway on Thursday, March 7, 2013 from 8:00AM-9:00AM on Voices from the Edge! Paul C. Gorski is an assistant professor in New Century College, George Mason University. Gorski’s work and passion is social justice activism. His areas of scholarly focus include anti-poverty activism and education, critical race theory and anti-racism education, and critical theories pertaining to women’s rights, LGBT rights, labor rights, immigrant rights, and anti-imperialism.

Voices from the Edge on 02/28/13

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Thu, 02/28/2013 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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The Innocence Project w/Mr. Melendez & Mr. Wilhoit

Exonerated Death Row Inmates Visit Oregon University Campuses After serving 18 years on Florida’s death row, Juan Melendez walked out and into a very different world. Unable to read or write English when he went in, now Melendez will address universities. He will joined Greg Wilhoit, who served time on Oklahoma’s death row, and was also exonerated as an innocent man. Wilhoit is featured in the best-selling non-fiction book by John Grisham, The Innocent Man. The tour is sponsored by Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (OADP) and Witness to Innocence, a nation-wide organization of exonerated death row inmates who travel the country to talk about the mistakes and injustices that too frequently happen in the American judicial system when the death penalty is involved.

Voices from the Edge on 02/21/13

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Thu, 02/21/2013 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Interview with Aaron Dixon, Co-Founder, Seattle Chapter of the Black Panthers

Join me on Thursday, February 21, as I speak with Aaron Dixon, the co-founder of the Seattle chapter of the Black Panther Party.  In 1968, the Seattle chapter earned the distinction of being the first chapter of the Black Panther Party founded outside of the state of California, and Aaron was just 19-years old at the time. Aaron's memoir, My People Are Rising: Memoir of a Black Panther Party Captain, chronicles the courage and unforgettable legacy of a generation’s struggle for justice and social change.

Voices from the Edge on 02/07/13

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Thu, 02/07/2013 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Interview with Kayse Jama, Exec. Dir, Center for Intercultural Organizing

 September 11 forever changed the conversation regarding immigration in the United States. Founded by Portland-area immigrants and refugees, the Center for Intercultural Organizing was originally established to combat widespread anti-Muslim sentiment. The Center’s founders organized a multicultural march and protest outside the federal building in downtown Portland in 2002 that was widely attended by local Muslims and other activists.

Voices from the Edge on 01/31/13

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Thu, 01/31/2013 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Health Care for All Oregon HR 3510

Should Health Care be a Human Right? Didn't we already win health care reform?  How will this impact your current insurance?

Join me as I speak with representatives of Health Care for All Oregon members  Peter Shapiro, Chair, Portland Jobs with Justice Healthcare Committee and Robin Cash, Portland Jobs with Justice Healthcare Committee on Thursday morning Jan 31, 2013 @ 8AM. We will discuss preparations for a massive rally schedule for the State Capitol in Salem on February 4, 2013. 

 

This event is being organized by Health Care for All Oregon, a statewide organization with about 60 member organizations. Portland Jobs with Justice is organizing the Portland area contingent.

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Being Muslim Seven Years After 9/11

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Wed, 09/10/2008

The attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001 changed the lives of many Americans. None more so than Muslim-Americans, who were subjected to a wave of hostility not seen since Japanese-Americans were targeted following the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Have things improved seven years later?

Join us this week in a conversation about what its like to be a Muslim seven years after 9.11.We'll be talking with Dr. Kambiz Ghaneabassiri, Carnegie Scholar and Associate Professor of Religion and Humanities at Reed College, about the history and composition of the Muslim-American community. We'll also be talking with Ahmed Rehab, communications director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, about the challenges facing Muslim-Americans seven years after the World Trade Center attack.

Swimming, Sinking or Treading Water? A look at Oregon's Economy

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Wed, 09/03/2008

Was Oregon's economy in trouble even before the sub-prime meltdown? That's what new numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau say. Despite record-breaking economic expansion before the current downturn, most Oregonians' incomes have remained flat since 2000. Poverty and lack of health insurance or other problems that did not improve during the boom. What did Oregon leaders fail to do? How well are Oregonians equipped to face an economy that continues to falter? What strategy should our legislature and governor consider to turn things around? Jo Ann and Dave  talk with Mike Leachman, policy analyst with the Oregon Center for Public Policy about these and other questions. For more information about the analysis or the Oregon Center for Public Policy, visit www.ocpp.org

Racial Profiling: New Report - Same Old Story

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Wed, 08/20/2008

Jo Ann and Dave look at the latest findings on racial profiling released by the Portland Police Bureau. This latest report, which compiles data on stops and motorists, cyclists and pedestrians over the past year, shows that African Americans are still more likely to be stopped by the police than other city residents. The city says the raw data doesn't tell the whole story, but community activists are concerned that "driving, cycling and walking while black" remains a serious problem in the Rose City. Jo Ann and Dave and discuss voter concerns about Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.

To find out more about what information Portland and other Oregon communities are required by state law to track and report, as well as to access thelatest figures on racial profiling, visit www.racialprofilinganalysis.neu.edu/background/jurisdictions.php?state=OR.

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Candidates for WA State U.S. Congressional Representative Dist. 3

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Thu, 07/03/2008

Hosts Dave Mazza and Jo Ann Bowman speak with two of the four candidates for Washington State U.S. Congressional Representative District 3; Cheryl Crist and Michael Delavar. Incumbant Brian Baird and candidate Christine Webb were unable to participate.

Civil Discourse vs. Free Speech

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Wed, 06/18/2008

Are civil discourse and free speech compatible? Is there a "New Anger" in the words of Peter Wood, author of "Bee in the Mouth; Anger in America Now?" This week on Voices on the Edge, Dave Mazza explores the challenges we face in a democratic society with respecting the rights of others while  not stifling free expression, particularly opinions not shared by the majority. 

Laura Flanders on Positive Local Action

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Wed, 01/30/2008

Hosts Jo Ann Bowman and Dave Mazza interview journalist and commentator Laura Flanders, author Blue Grit: True Democrats Take Back Politics from the Politicians as part of No Beginning Too Small, KBOO's special day of programming devoted to real solutions and alternatives.

Ted Wheeler, Mult. Cnty

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Wed, 12/05/2007

Hosts Jo Ann Bowman and Dave Mazza speak with Ted Wheeler, Multnomah County Commission Chair, about delivering services to county residents and what possible changes county residents may be facing in the future, including recent discussions about changing the Multnomah County Sheriff from an elected position to an appointed one.

Emily's List, Women in Politics

Hosts Jo Ann Bowman and Dave Mazza speak with Sylvia Robledo of Emily's List about current challenges for women in electoral politics and the attempt to achieve gender parity in U.S. politics. (3/27/08)

Laura Flanders, Women In Politics

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Hosts Jo Ann Bowman and Dave Mazza speak with journalist Laura Flanders, author of Blue Grit: True Democrats Take Back Politics from the Politicians, about women in politics and the question of a "glass ceiling."

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