A civil rights organization has filed an ethics complaint with the Oregon Psychiatric Association against a Portland psychiatrist for using so-called conversion therapy. University of Oregon student Max Hirsh claims that when he sought treatment for depression, he instead received therapy that focused on his sexuality. His complaint to the Oregon Medical Board was dismissed in December.
The American Medical Association opposes conversion or reparative therapy for LGBT patients, and in 2009 the American Psychiatric Association announced there was no evidence to support the practice. The Southern Poverty Law Center's ethics complain calls on the OPA and APA to investigate the psychiatrist for violation of medical ethics.
Joe Clement hosts this Old Mole, which is shorter than usual because of membership-drive. We hear about growing concern with and resistance to nuclear energy, ecologically driven energy policy in Oregon, and about labor chauvinism toward China.
We take a look at mass incarceration and racism in America today through Michelle Alexander's book "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness."
We begin with a speech given by Michelle Alexander in New York in February of 2010, and then will hear from various community members who participated in a Book Group at the Talking Drum Bookstore, located in Reflections coffee shop on NE Killingsworth. This group is going through the book in six weeks, chapter by chapter, to study how and why a majority of young Black men in major American cities are locked behind bars and how the U.S. criminal justice system functions as a contemporary system of racial control, even as it formally adheres to the principle of color blindness.
On Wednesday, four conservation groups sought federal protections for the black-backed woodpecker under the Endangered Species Act. The John Muir Project, Blue Mountains Biodiversity Project, the Center for Biological Diversity, and the Biodiversity Conservation Alliance filed the petition together.
Less than 2,000 of the woodpeckers remain in the dense forest stretching from Oregon’s Eastern Cascades to the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California. Another 800 live in South Dakota’s Black Hills. The woodpecker’s populations are threatened by what environmentalists are calling excessive logging, meant to reduce forest fires.
KBOO’s Zeke Harrington spoke with Karen Coulter, Director of the Blue Mountains Biodiversity Project, about the petition.