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KBOO on Face to Face

Earlier this year KBOO Outreach Coordinator Toni Tabora Roberts and volunteer Trillium Shannon appeared on the Portland Community Media program, Face to Face. Watch and enjoy.

Food For Thought And Action: Springboard Social Innovation Forum

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Listen to Radiozine on Tuesday, November 11th at 10:00 a.m.

My guests will be Amy Pearl, Executive Director of Springboard Innovation and Katherine Ball, Organizer of the Social Innovation Forum.

Election night at the Multnomah County Election Office

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November 4, 2008 outside of the Multnomah County election office the line of voters waiting to cast their vote strung along SE Morrison Street for two blocks estimated to take an hour plus to get through.  Multnomah County officials were on site with special forms for those in line to fill in previous to reaching the office, which expedites the process.  The same worker told us that this line was shorter than the one in 2004. 

Juggling for voters waiting in line at the Multnomah County Elections Office

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The new poll tax

The great Rachel Maddow on the modern poll tax:

(still working on embedding video. Watch it anyway, foo!)

(H/T, Pandagon)

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End of the Republican era

 The always-excellent Sidney Blumenthal, writing in the Guardian:

Today's election is poised to end the Republican era in American politics - an era that began in reaction to Lyndon Johnson's Great Society, the Vietnam war and the civil rights revolution, was pioneered by Richard Nixon, consolidated by Ronald Reagan, and wrecked by George W Bush.

Almost every aspect of the Republican ascendancy has been discredited and lies in tatters - its policies, politics, and even its version of patriotism - down to the rock-bottom notion that progressive taxation itself, initiated by a Republican president, Theodore Roosevelt, who John McCain hails as his personal icon, is unpatriotic.

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Now, certain factors that have dominated US politics for 40 years seem destined to recede to the far corners. In economics, supply-side panaceas and deregulation created the worst crisis since the Great Depression, requiring a conservative Republican administration to part-nationalise banks, something unimaginable under any Democratic administration. In foreign policy, neoconservatism led to the morass in Iraq and Afghanistan while undermining the western alliance. In social policy, the evangelical right battered science, the separation of church and state, and the right to privacy. Finally, the conservative principle of limited government has become a watchword for incompetence, cronyism, corruption, hypocrisy, and contempt for the rule of law.

Really, read the whole thing. It hits both the macro level of decades of history, and the micro level of the campaign itself.

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Just voted!

 Just dropped off the ol' ballot. It feels pretty good.

It's hard to believe that this interminable election campaign (far, far too long) is nearly over. It's hard, too, to untie all the emotions that are bound up with it, at least for me.

For those of you who listen to the show, you've heard Joe and I pour out a lifetime's worth of angst over the last several years. So much has happened that one's sense of outrage (if one has been paying attention) blurs between this war and that Constitutional affront and this abuse of power ... It's like a background white noise of outrage.

War. Torture. Election theft. Disenfranchisement. Disappearing liberties. The abolition of science in the public sphere. The triumph of plutocracy. The reign of fear in electoral politics. The reign of cowardice in Congressional politics. And on and on.

Will an Obama win really signify the end of all this, a turning toward something better? I want to believe it so badly. I do believe it on some level. But I'm skeptical.

What if he's some kinda corporate Manchurian candidate. What if, behind the reasonable, progressive facade it's just business as usual in an Obama administration?

Whatever the outcome tomorrow, our work as progressives is not over. It's just begun. More on this later.

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News from the Board- November 2008

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The new board held its first meeting on October 21 and it lasted until midnight! We're hoping not to repeat that performance and working on how to streamline the meetings. Draft minutes of the meeting are posted on the web at http://kboo.fm/node/6295. Board meeting dates were changed to the 4th Monday of the month at 6pm, except for December. In December we will be meeting on December 15th instead as to not conflict with the holidays.

We are seeking prospective KBOO members to apply for our vacancy on the board. Jay Thiemeyer submitted his resignation. The nominating committee will recruit to fill this position and the board will appoint a new member at our next board meeting on November 24th. Contact Becky at becky@herfingertips.com if you're interested in applying for the vacancy. This will be a two year position.

Give!Guide, Drive Wrap-up and Testimonials

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KBOO is in the Give!Guide
We're very excited to be featured in this year's Give!Guide, an annual Willamette Week insert which highlights local non-profits.  Pick up your copy in the 11/12 issue, and visit our webpage all about how you can be involved in supporting KBOO through the Give!Guide, and see the incentives you could receive by doing so.  Plus your contribution to KBOO before year-end is tax-deductible for your next batch of taxes.
 

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