Volunteers with the campaign to recall Mayor Sam Adams have a little over a month left to collect the 32,183 valid signatures from Portland voters needed to force the Portland mayor to resign or face a special recall election. Campaign organizers have told the press it will be close but support is growing. The campaign - sparked by revelations by Adams that he had lied about his relationship with one of his interns - has brought together strange political bedfellows - from former Adams supporters to extreme conservatives - as well as made Portlanders reflect on how we should judge our elected officials.
Jo Ann and Dave talk with campaign organizer Jasun Wurster about the campaign's chances of success and who has joined the ranks of Portlanders who think the mayor must go. Do you think the mayor's actions warrant his removal? Does focusing on recalling the mayor prevent Portlanders from addressing bigger problems facing our city?
Carla interviews Kate Kendelle, Executive Director for the National Lesbian Center Rights (nclrights.org), and Jeana Frazzini, Executive Director for Basic Rights Oregon (basicrights.org), about the State of the LGBTQ Union, among other political topics.
Kate will be in Portland Sept 12 and 13 for community discussions, sharing both local and national updates, including where the movement for marriage equality in Oregon is heading and current federal legislation and litigation.
Event details on Basic Rights & the National Center for Lesbian Rights websites.
Almost 200 sixth grade students from Warrenton and Astoria hiked the Fort to Sea Trail at Lewis and Clark National Historic Park last spring, and each one of them had a story. With professional audio gear the students interviewed each other as they spent a day with classmates recording streams, birds and short ranger talks.
We speak with Park Ranger Will George about the project, and hear some excerpts from the sound portraits.
The Young Ladies Radio Project, a project between IRCO and the KBOO Youth Collective, this month visits The Newport Aquarium, gets a behind-the-scenes tour, and talks to patrons about their favorite animals.
Black leadership is on the rise - from the White House to corporate giants like Xerox Corp. In progressive Oregon, however, blacks currently hold no elected positions in the city, county or regional governments within the metropolitan area where most of their community resides. These political disparities are more than matched by economic, social, health and education disparities that have left black Oregonians impoverished.
Charles McGee and Johnell Bell, co-founders of the Black Parent Initiative, believe the time has come for this to change.