Civil Liberties

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Joan Cheever Back From The Dead and Maurice Bickham Part 1 -

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Mon, 01/19/2009

16:46 minutes (15.35 MB)

Oldest living Death Row survivor: Moreese Bickham

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Mon, 01/19/2009

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2:29 minutes (2.28 MB)

Budget Cuts on Prisoners

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Prison Pipeline
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Sun, 02/01/2009

Ruth Kovacs was joined by Patty Katz, from Partnerships for Safety and Justice and Tony Perkins, former World Council Chair for Oxford House. They discussed the cuts in Washington State Prison funds for drug and alcohol treatment for prisoners before and after release. Folks are asked to send stories about their addiction to drugs and alcohol and how treatment programs affected their lives. Send the one-page stories to Partnerships for Safety and Justice.

27:09 minutes (24.87 MB)

Livability or Big Brother: The Portland Police Bureau's Secret List

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Wed, 01/28/2009

The Portland Police Bureau is keeping a list of people arrested most often downtown. The police say that the list, which has grown from 35 to nearly 400, is part of a coordinated strategy to improve livability in Old Town and surrounding neighborhoods by arresting chronic offenders and holding them in jail where they can receive drug, acohol and other treatments to end their criminal behavior. Defense attorneys say that people are being labeled as chronic offenders based on arrests rather than convictions.

30:54 minutes (24.75 MB)

Livability or Big Brother: Portland Police's Secret List

The Portland Police Bureau is keeping a list of people arrested most often downtown. The police say that the list, which has grown from 35 to nearly 400, is part of a coordinated strategy to improve livability in Old Town and surrounding neighborhoods by arresting chronic offenders and holding them in jail where they can receive drug, acohol and other treatments to end their criminal behavior. Defense attorneys say that people are being labeled as chronic offenders based on arrests rather than convictions.

Voices from the Edge on 01/29/09

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Thu, 01/29/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Livability or Big Brother: Portland Police's Secret List

The Portland Police Bureau is keeping a list of people arrested most often downtown. The police say that the list, which has grown from 35 to nearly 400, is part of a coordinated strategy to improve livability in Old Town and surrounding neighborhoods by arresting chronic offenders and holding them in jail where they can receive drug, acohol and other treatments to end their criminal behavior. Defense attorneys say that people are being labeled as chronic offenders based on arrests rather than convictions. They also say these people have no way of appealing their placement on the list, are being prosecuted more harshly than other offenders, and may represent another form of racial profiling by the police. Dan Saltzman, the city's new police commissioner, has endorsed the program and suggested it may be expanded to other areas of the city to cover other issues like prostitution.

Jo Ann and Dave talk with David Fidanque, executive director of the Oregon chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union about the secret list. Earlier this month the ACLU filed a legal challenge over the constitutionality of the list.

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Working for Reform

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Prison Pipeline
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Sun, 01/25/2009

Ruth Kovacs and Rebecca Nay talked about the work of advocates for prison reform. Rebecca, co-host of Gender Blender (usually the third Tuesday of the month from 6:00 to 7:00 pm) asked Ruth to define her mission and to tell what meeting with the prisoners has taught her this year. They shared examples that show people CAN change and the re-entry programs DO make a difference for those who want to come out of incarceration as better folks than they were during their criminal days.

28:58 minutes (26.52 MB)

From the Inaguration forward - Community Conversation

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Wed, 01/21/2009

Joanne Zuhl interviews Helen Thomas, legendary White House Press Corps bulldog about the responsibility of the Press in the new administration.  We took calls from listeners on how we move forward after the inauguration buzz wears off and opened a discussion on the most urgent civil liberties issues of the moment.

 

55:47 minutes (38.31 MB)

Does Technology Invade Your Privacy?

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The Digital Divide
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Wed, 01/21/2009

This month the Digital Divide show looks at issues of privacy and hosts a live on-air discussion.

We examine recent developments in federal spying cases, and hear about a local charity that has suffered from NSA wiretapping.  We also hear a report from the Riseup collective that aims to provide secure communication services for the social justice community.

Then we share your opinions on these isses, which are submitted via email and twitter.  We also see what people hope to come for technology in 2009.

56:13 minutes (25.74 MB)

Spying Excesses, Flag Fun and Bailout Inconsistencies

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Presswatch
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Wed, 01/21/2009

On the Jan 22 Press Watch, Theresa Mitchell hosts with "the news you're not supposed to know."  Good news--Obama has signed an executive order to shut the network of secret prisons and close Guantanamo within the year.  Bad news:  the occupations continue, and too many of us have been spied on--(especially journalists.)  Also,  how to freak out the flag fascists, and info on bailout inconsistencies, etc.

26:05 minutes (17.91 MB)
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