The state found me on the streets alone when I was two years old. I had lice, was suffering from malnutrition, and cigarette burns covered my body. While in the foster care system, I went through seven foster homes in which I continued to endure abuse. When I was four, a loving family adopted me. Because of my abuse, I had severe scarring all over my body, and my adoptive parents had to put vitamin E oil on me each night before I went to bed. As I got older, the state provided information regarding my abusive family history, but by that time my heart was hardened and guarded. When I became a teen, my parents were unable to emotionally reach me. They sent me to boarding school, but I left and ended up on the streets.
Today's Guests are Artists Kerry Davis, Anna Daedalus, and Yukiyo Kawano, along with Activist, Chuck Johnson. Kerry, Anna, and Yukiyo are artists and will talk about their exhibit at the Nikkei Legacy Center and Chuck Johnson will talk about his work related to Hanford and its connection to to Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and Fukushima.
This weekend is Eid al Fitr, and the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Southwest Portland is -- like Muslim communities all over the world -- holding a big celebration. Our guest is Harris Zafar, National Spokesperson for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA - the oldest Muslim organization in the United States. He'll be talking about the Ahmadiyya Community’s nationwide “Muslims for Peace” initiative (www.MuslimsForPeace.org) . Active across its 70+ chapters throughout the country, the program encourages youth -- particularly Muslim youth -- to speak out about the true, peaceful and tolerant teachings of Islam.
Today we'll hear a recent program from the series Making Contact. It features Matthew Rothschild of Progressive Radio interviewing labor leader and author Bill Fletcher Jr.
Unions are getting weaker. Legislation passed in Wisconsin in 2011, and Michigan in 2012 struck at the heart of their traditional member base. Even more threatening, says Bill Fletcher Jr., the general public no longer understands or supports organized labor. This program explores why working Americans and unions have lost touch with one another and what might be done to turn that around.
Oral historian and activist Rosalie Riegle is the author of Doing Time for Peace: Resistance, Family and Community and Crossing the Line: Nonviolent Resisters Speak Out for Peace. Both books are based on interviews with peace activists who have spent time in jails and prisons as members of families and communities. The book is based on nearly 200 interviews conducted over a three year period. Rosalie Riegle spoke about her work in Portland in early May.
In America, it seems, one can gun down a fellow citizen if one feels threatened. Or if one thinks the fellow citizen is a tad bit dark-skinned to be in one's neighborhood. Or carrying some dime-store candy.
Join Sharon Gary Smith, Executive Director, of McKenzie River Gathering Foundation (MRG) and Gahlena Avidan, Retired Community Activist and former member of the African American Advisory Committee to Portland Police Bureau as we discuss the marathon mind-set required in seeking justice for African Americans and others over the last 50 years and into the future. The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom took place in Washington, D.C., on August 28, 1963. Attended by some 250,000 people, it was the largest demonstration ever seen in the nation's capital, and one of the first to have extensive television coverage. 1963 was noted for racial unrest and civil rights demonstrations.