Around a hundred workers and supporters gathered outside Portland’s City Hall at noon today to call for an increase in the minimum wage to fifteen dollars an hour. One of the speakers at the rally was Nicholas Caleb, who got eighteen percent of the vote in his run against Commissioner Dan Saltzman in yesterday’s election. Caleb ran on the platform of increasing the minimum wage in Oregon to fifteen dollars an hour, what he and other supporters of the measure call a ‘living wage’.
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A protest over the weekend in Portland challenged a U-S postal service plan to privatize some postal services by opening centers in Staples office stores. Seventy protesters, chanting "the U.S. Mail is not for sale", picketed the Staples office supply store in Cascade Station shopping center, before being kicked off the premises by mall security Sunday afternoon. KBOO’s Sekoynia Wright spoke with Jamie partridge, who helped organize the protest.
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A new state law will soon allow correctional officers to transport personal firearms in their cars from home to work in Oregon’s prisons. House Bill 4035 was born after an officer was killed in 2011 because he stopped to help someone having car trouble. But the new law will come with restrictions. KBOO’s Don Merrill has more …
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According to the Portland Tribune, Reed College announced during commencement ceremonies this morning that they are following Stanford’s lead and divesting from fossil fuel companies.
According to Reed College spokesman Kevin Meyers, this was a spoof.
Given that the commencement speaker was Igor Vamos of the Yes Men, smart money is on the spoof.
KBOO’s Jimmy Tardy was on the scene and captured this audio of Mr Vamos. 3:23 minutes (3.1 MB)
A federal judge threw out Oregon's same-sex marriage ban today, marking the 13th legal victory for gay marriage advocates since the U.S. Supreme Court last year overturned part of a federal ban.
State officials earlier refused to defend Oregon's voter-approved ban and said they wouldn't appeal.
The National Organization for Marriage sought to intervene, but both U.S. District Judge Michael McShane in Eugene and a federal appeals court rejected its attempts to argue in favor of the ban.
Many county clerks in the state began carrying out same-sex marriages almost immediately after Monday's ruling. 26:50 minutes (12.28 MB)
Urmila Chanam, Indian activist has organized a campaign to raise awareness about the situation rural women and girls face in India around menstrual hygiene. Her campaign "Celebrate the Red Droplets" invites all of us to break the silence, to banish taboos, myths and shame around menstruation!
On the heels of Tuesday's local initiative victories against GMO crops and the day before this year's March on Monsanto, host Paul Roland looks at the building grassroots movement for GMO-free food and against corporate behemoths Monsanto and others who are pushing genetic modification and trying to block citizen initiatives Guests will include:
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Thom Hartmann speaking in Portland on May 2, 2014 at First Unitarian Church about his latest book: The Crash of 2016, The plot to Destroy America and what we can do to stop it.
The book covers the currents of policy and economics that are converging on the year 2016 to possibly plunge us back into a depression deeper than the one we just survived. He also offers his prescription for the tools we need to employ to dull the effect of this eventuality.
After Thom's talk was a panel with several local activists, who discussed their take on the issues. 85:54 minutes (78.64 MB)
1. A group of Burlington, Ontario area residents have blockaded the access road to an exposed section of Enbridge’s Line 9 pipeline, beginning at 7am this morning. They say they will stay for at least twelve hours, one hour for every thousand anomalies Enbridge has reported to exist on the line. These community members turned away Enbridge employees who were scheduled to do work on Line 9 in preparation for it to carry toxic diluted bitumen from the Alberta Tar Sands. This particular work site is adjacent to the Bronte creek, a major waterway flowing to Lake Ontario, the water source for more than ten million people. http://www.tarsandsblockade.org/
Tom Becker hosts this episode, which includes a discussion of the fight for the $15/hour minimum wage in Portland and beyond, a report on economics students around the world demanding alternatives to failed neoclassical orthodoxies, a review of a memoir of life in the West, and a discussion of the use of Title IX to address sexual violence on college campuses.
Join us for this radio travelogue, as Rick tours one of Oregon’s oldest communities – Beaverland -- a magical little town located just a stoned throw away from the bustling metropolis of Portland.
Written and produced by Ken Jones, and featuring Larry, Lyn, Josh, Joe, Noah, Grace, and Rolf.