Christina Jean Lugo is a Pacific Green candidate running for the US Senate in Oregon. She talked with Don Merrill about how and why she admires the late Senator Paul Wellstone, why she's not a spoiler for Democrat Senator Jeff Merkley that might get Republican challenger Monica Wehby elected and how Senate Resolution 489 and its unconditional support for Israel is why she decided to run for office. 29:45 minutes (27.23 MB)
Jason Levin is a Pacific Green candidate vying for Oregon's Governor. He talked with Don Merrill about why he believes politics is a mud pit, how he says Oregon media and corporate interests are excluding him from debates by not donating to his campaign and why he says his lack of political experience is a bonus for Oregon voters. 26:58 minutes (24.69 MB)
Aelea Christofferson is a Democrat running for the US House in Oregon's 2nd District. She talked with Don Merrill about how Cover Oregon's problems really lay with the Oregon Health Authority, how she as a white woman would've never suffered the same police injustices as has her adopted, mixed race daughter and how she has a plan for increasing the amount of collegiality in the House. 29:52 minutes (27.34 MB)
Alex Polikoff is a Pacific Green party candidate running for State Representative in Oregon's 23rd District. He talked with Don Merrill about how he feels Oregon doesn't do enough to promote third party candidates, his belief that the state has a role in how municipal police departments conduct their policing and his desire to be of service to the community in the way the founders meant it. 28:39 minutes (26.23 MB)
Saint Francis Park on southeast twelfth avenue in Portland, which has served as a haven for many people in the area, has been sold to Catholic Charities.
The non-profit group will bulldoze the park and construct a housing development for low-income Portlanders in its place.
The park is the only one between Buckman and the river, and many local residents are still hoping to save the park from the bulldozers.
Catholic Charities plans to reserve 25 units for women transitioning out of homelessness or abusive homes through the organization's assistance programs. 17:14 minutes (15.77 MB)
As "world leaders" meet at the UN to discuss climate change and 400 thousand march for action in New York and here in Portland, today's Old Mole, hosted by Tom Becker, discuss the prospects for change the leaders ignore: action from the grass roots. Here are links to the show's segments; or you can use the play button to hear the whole show.
Paul Evans is a Working Families and Democratic candidate. He is running for Oregon State Representative in District 20. He talks with Don Merrill about how as a candidate for both parties he has to sometimes walk the line between ideologies, the need to return the police to communities in a more personalized way to prevent it from become further militarized and why he has unfailing faith in Oregonians to fix problems that are admittedly endemic but not necessarily intransigent. 29:49 minutes (27.3 MB)