What is a reporter? Should they be jailed for refusing to name their sources? States have laws that protect reporters in various ways. Congress is poised to decide who would be protected under the new Free Flow of Information Act - also known as the Federal Shield Act. Guests for the show include Clint Brewer who is director of the Society for Professional Journalists; Oregon's next attorney general - John Kroger; and Torrid Joe from Loaded Orygun joined us in the studio.
Portland's Independent Police Review Board, or I-P-R, has come out with a report applauding its conduct in 2007. But Dan Handelman, of Portland Copwatch, claims that the report manipulates statistics and misuses facts to create a false image of the I-P-R
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?
A number of Oregon native American communities and environmental groups held a 'Day of Action against Dams' today in downtown Portland. Several activists hung a banner from the I-84 bridge calling for the removal of a number of dams from the Columbia River. KBOO's Avery Welkin spoke with one of the organizers
A local apartment complex was recently raided by police and housing inspectors, in a move that residents say is aimed at forcing them out in order to gentrify the complex. KBOO's Jacob Anderson-Minshall has more:
To mark the seventh anniversary of the September 11th, 2001 attacks last week, U-S Congressman Dennis Kucinich presented tens of thousands of petitions to Congress, calling for the impeachment of Dick Cheney, George Bush, and other top administration officials. Kucinich had previously presented articles of impeachment in the House of Representatives, but they were buried in committee, and are unlikely to be brought to a vote before the Presidential election. KBOO's Jenka Soderberg spoke with Congressman Kucinich today about his latest move for impeachment of the President and Vice President:
The Non-Violent Focus has shifted among the Burmese Monks whose safrron Revolution was squashed one year ago. A new generation of monks believe passive resistance is no longer a viable response and have been stockpiling guns in anticipation of further government oppression. KBOO’s Lina Aglialoro reports….
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger was scheduled to be in Portland today to help Republican Senator Gordon Smith raise money for his campaign – but apparently didn’t show up. A number of local groups protested outside – including labor unions and fair trade advocates. KBOO’s Chris Andreae was excluded from the Smith fundraising luncheon, but she did manage to talk with some of the protesters outside:
Troy Anthony Davis is scheduled to be executed tomorrow in Georgia for the murder of a police officer in 1989. But his lawyers, and thousands of supporters, including the Pope, Jimmy Carter, Desmond Tutu and the European Union, contend that Davis is innocent. They say that he was found guilty despite no physical evidence, and all but two witnesses later recanted their testimony, saying they were pressured by police to lie on the stand. Sarah Varahat is a Portland activist who has been trying to get Davis exonerated since 2004:
"A million doors for peace" was an event that took place this past weekend around the country, in which peace activists aimed to knock on one million doors as a peace action. Instead of another big protests, the coalition of groups that organized the event decided to get peace activists connected to others in their community who may also oppose the war in Iraq. The aim of the weekend event was to get a million signatures for a petition calling on Congress to bring the troops home from Iraq, a goal that organizers say they surpassed. Jennifer Bruner was a local participant in the Portland branch of "A million doors for peace":
Protesters and supporters gathered outside of the Portland Day Labor Center at NE Everett and Martin Luther King Boulevard today. KBOO reporters Honna Veerkamp and Trillium Shannon were there, and filed this report:
The debate over the Bush Administration's 700 Billion dollar bail-out plan reached a new level on Capital Hill today. Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke and Treasury Secretary Henry Paulsen sat in front of the Senate Banking committee asking for the authority to institute what is becoming the largest financial assistant package ever. But, both sides of the isle are very skeptical. With more, KBOO's Spencer Raymond reports from the Capital.