African American Issues

Robin D.G. Kelley on Resisting War against the Black and Brown Underclass

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Mon, 12/01/2014

Frann Michel reads an article by Robin D.G. Kelley, Resisting the War Against the Black and Brown Underclass

[photo by Hyung Nam] 7:13 minutes (3.31 MB)

World AIDS Day event in Portland

Evening News
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Wed, 11/26/2014
This coming Monday is World AIDS day, which is a day meant to bring attention to the continuing crisis of HIV and AIDS.
In the Pacific Northwest and across the country, the disease continues to have a siproportionate impact on the African American and LGBT communities.
On Sunday November 30th at 6 pm, a group of poets living with HIV will share their experiences at the Ainsworth United Church of Christ at northeast 29th and Ainsworth in Portland.
14:03 minutes (9.65 MB)

Ferguson Speak Out

Evening News
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Thu, 11/20/2014
Clergy and youth activists will publicly call on media and policymakers to focus on the real, deeper issues that sparked protest after the killing of teen Michael Brown and will once again be front and center should Officer Darren Wilson be acquitted by a grand jury.
71:49 minutes (16.44 MB)

Movie Moles: Dear White People

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Mon, 11/17/2014
Movie Moles Denise Morris and Frann Michel discuss Dear White People, an independent first feature written and directed by Justin Simien; funded in part via Indiegogo, it has been a big hit at Sundance and with critics. It's currently playing in Portland at Cinema 21. Dear White People centers around the lives of four Black students at the a fictional Ivy League university. Sam (played by Tessa Thompson) runs the controversial campus radio show ‘Dear White People’ which has been accused by the administration of stirring racial tensions around the school. 15:20 minutes (7.02 MB)

FERGUSON - What really happened? Race & Police Accountability (raw audio)

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Sat, 11/01/2014
"What Really Happened in Ferguson, MO" -- Race & Police Accountability Forum, sponsored by the Albina MInisterial Alliance for Justice and Police Reform at Maranatha Church on Nov. 1, 2014, featuring Rev. Robert O. White of Ferguson's "Clergy United".  This audio is the entire 2 hour program, including uplifting music by Marilyn Keller, the featured speaker, questions and answers, and a local panel including Jo Ann Hardesty, Dan Handleman, Rev. Dr. LeRoy Haynes, and Rev. Dr. T. Allen Bethel. 125:13 minutes (114.64 MB)

Arresting Power - A Documentary Film about Police violence and resistance in Portland OR

Arresting Power: Resisting Police Violence in Portland, Oregon uses archival materials, documentary footage and interviews with community members, activists and organizers to uncover Portland’s unique history of policing and race relations, emphasizing its rich history of resistance from the late 1960s to the present.

Hands up don't shoot action - Portland Oct. 22

Evening News
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Fri, 10/24/2014
Several dozen Portlanders gathered Wednesday night in outer southeast Portland for a protest march in solidarity with the people of Ferguson Missouri.
Yesterday, October 22nd, marked a national day of action to end police brutality.
In Portland, protesters walked around the intersection at southeast one hundred sixty second and Stark chanting ‘Hands up don’t shoot’, while the rain poured down.
KBOO was there, and brings us the voices of some of the protesters.
6:33 minutes (6 MB)

Portland in Missouri for Ferguson October

Evening News
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Thu, 10/16/2014
Protests continued today in Ferguson Missouri, as youth leaders met with the Mayor of Saint Louis to try to address concerns about police treatment of demonstrators.
On Monday, over thirty faith leaders were arrested in an act of civil disobedience to call for justice for Michael Brown, who was killed by police in August.

They also read the names of the more than one hundred black and brown youth who have been killed by police around the country this year.

Lucia van Diepen is a Quaker theologian from Portland who is participating in Ferguson October. She spoke with KBOO news today about her experience in Missouri this week 20:06 minutes (18.41 MB)

Left and the Law: racism, perceptions of crime, and the punitive state

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Mon, 10/13/2014
On their Left and the Law segment, Jan Haaken and Mike Snedeker discuss a recent research report by The Sentencing Project, titled "Race and Punishment: Racial Perceptions of Crime and Support for Punitive Polices."  The report describes how deeply embedded racism is in the criminal justice system, and how implicit or unconscious racism among white Americans props up this destructive system. Jan and Mike talk about key reforms described in the report, and ways of challenging racist rhetoric on crime and punishment. 15:38 minutes (14.32 MB)
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