Is Multnomah County "uniquely toxic" for people of color?
A new report by Portland State University states that for people of color, Multnomah County is a "uniquely toxic" place when it comes to education, income, home ownership and health. The 152-page report, which was presented last week to the Portland City Council, found nearly every racial and ethnic group to be trailing behind other county residents. In a worsening economic climate, how do we break down the barriers keeping the fastest growing sector in Multnomah County's population from full economic, social and political participation in the community?
This week, Jo Ann talks with Assistant Professor Ann Curry-Stevens, the lead researcher for the report on her findings and on what the coalition behind the report is advocating to address what the report calls an "unsettling situation."
Jo Ann Bowman is a former state legislator, former executive director of Oregon Action, and a long-time leader in the struggle for racial and economic justice. Dave Mazza is a freelance journalist and former editor of The Portland Alliance who has covered and been involved in Portland's civil rights, peace, labor and environmental movements for 20 years.
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