About a decade ago, a friend and I visited the infamous Dachau concentration camp, just outside Munich Germany. As a Jew the experience was intense and overwhelming. We visited the barracks, gas chambers, crematorium, and later the cemetery where untold remains of hundreds of thousands of our people are buried.
The last place we visited was a small chapel. It was tastefully built in a way that you would not know it was not original to the site. Although it was clearly a church, perhaps run by a local monastic order, it was appropriate and welcoming to all.
This week on Voices from the Edge, Jo Ann and Dave looked at the good and bad news of the week. Topics discussed included: federal funds being made available to Oregon to address budget shortfalls and whether those dollars will reach the people who really are in need; the impact of the new president of the Portland Police Association; shortcomings and risks with new assistance being offered to homeowners facing foreclosure; and missed economic development opportunities in emerging technologies.
Every now and then, we get one right. The 9th Circuit Court overturns California's gay marriage ban.
In a nod to outmoded notions like equality and inalienable rights, the Ninth Circuit Court overturned California's ban on gay marriage last week. As some radio hosts have observed, injustice and iniquity endure, but there has been an inexorable march in America toward a condition of more freedom, more justice, more equality. We're not fully equal yet, folks, but we just got a little more equal. Reaction from the right has been predictable.
And there's homework! Verizon and Google are on the verge of striking a deal with the FCC that would effectively end Internet neutrality. This would usher in an age where Internet providers would be able to give preferential treatment -- in the form of speed and access -- to the content of their choice, ending the grass-roots populism that has characterized the Web to date.
So call the White House comment line, 202-456-1111, and tell them to keep the Internet neutral and free. While you're at it, call Nancy Pelosi (202-225-0100) and Harry Reid (202-224-3542) and tell them the same thing. Or, sign the petition.
Omar Khadr,Child Soldier On Trial in Guantanamo; Interview attorney Bruce Edney
CHILD SOLDIER, OMAR KHADR; ON TRIAL AUGUST 10TH, AT GUANTANAMO
Attorney Dennis Edney joins host Linda Olson-Osterlund to talk about his 8 year relationship with the young prisoner he calls " like a son to me" and his determined fight to see Canadian citizen Omar Khadr released. Khadr, who was only 15 years old when captured by US forces in 2002, is scheduled to be tried on August 10th by Military Commission at Guantanamo. His trial is a violation of International law on the treatment of child soldiers and yet is being vigorously pursued by the Obama administration. Tune in to learn the role of the Canadian government in Omar Khadr's fate and much more.
Linda Olson-Osterlund conducts a discussion with listeners on the use of "pretext" stops and racial profiling by local police. Pretext stops occur when police become suspicious about a car or its occupants, and then use a minor traffic infraction as an excuse to initiate a stop. This controversial law enforcement technique led to the fatal shooting of James Jahar Perez, an unarmed black motorist, killed by a Portland policeman in 2004.
Today's guests are Larry Collins, Michael Harper, and Furlton Burns from POPA, People of Purpose and Associates. Our topic is mentoring and supporting those with the greatest burdens stacked against them.
This is a very positive organization, providing invaluable resources for families, youth, and re-entry programs for the recently incarcerated. Find out what they're doing in and around YOUR community to make Portland a Better Place to Live.
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A Show on Marilyn Buck, Carlos Alberto Torres, and other political prisoners.
Tonight on Circle A Radio we celebrate the release of Marilyn Buck and Carlos Alberto Torres from their long prison sentences. We also talk about the state of political prisoners in the U.S., and we mourn the passing of Puerto Rican Freedom Fighter, and former political prisoner, Lolita Lebron.