A new report by Multnomah County reveals a staggering health disparity for Pacific Islanders in Oregon. Oregon has the fifth largest population of Pacific Islanders in the country, but some are barred from receiving Medicaid. And those who are eligible often still can’t afford it. The US has a checkered history with Pacific Island nations, and those communities in general fly under the public radar. Alan Montesillo spoke with Kristina Narayan, who is a policy associate at the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon. She explained the history behind the US relationship with Pacific Islands, and what is blocking them from getting healthcare today.
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Violent, too-often lethal and racist police behavior continues to be in the public spotlight with the recent outrage in Baltimore. Although public discussion of the role of police unions in protecting cops from both internal discipline and criminal prosecution has increased over the past year since the events in Ferguson, there is still relatively little movement among progressives and organized labor to seriously address this issue.
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This week: we talk with Anthony Taylor of Compassionate Oregon about that state's efforts to implement its adult use program, and about how that will effect Oregon's medical marijuana program; plus Yesid Reyes Alvarado, Colombian Minister for Law & Justice, addresses the UN's Commission on Narcotic Drugs. 29:00 minutes (26.56 MB)
Frann Michel and Hyung Nam discuss the origins of May Day in the Chicago Riot of 1886, its enduring if transformed significance today, and local actions taking place on May Day (May 1st) 2015. 12:30 minutes (11.45 MB)
Drawing from Edward Baptist's book The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism (available as a book or ebook at the Multnomah County Library), Clayton Morgareidge argues that the Civil War and the 14th Amendment abolishing slavery constituted the second, and more radical, revolution than the one in the 1770s. There is a lesson here about the prospects for a new revolution that would put an end to the private ownership of capital.