Across this country there are dozens of women forced to serve time in mens’ correctional institutions. Our sex-segregated facilities aren’t the friendliest places for those with non conforming genders. Transgender women, especially those who haven’t undergone a total physical transformation including sex reassignment surgeries, are still regularly housed with male inmates. What is that experience like? What can be done to improve the situation? What happens to a trans person who is arrested in Portland? What other ways does gender impact the experience of inmates?
A good discussion about Oxford House was provided by Jimmy Williams, Field Services Supervisor of Oregon Recovery Homes. Outreach Coordinators Ed and Cori, and the Program Manager, Wayne Kline also participated. For more information:call 503/413-9233 to talk to Jimmy or send him an email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Friends, family and loved ones as well as folks soon to be released can write to the Recovery Association Project, 18438 SE Pine St., Portland, OR 97233 – Attention Jimmy Williams or Wayne Kline or search 222.rap-nw.org.
You’ll hear Making Contact explore a controversial vaccine at the intersection of immigrant rights and reproductive justice organizing. The HPV vaccine is mandatory for permanent resident status, and advocates say it follows a history of controlling the bodies of women of color.
Celeste and Cecil interview the Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou, the author of an article entitled "Gays Are the New Niggers", published in Killing the Buddha, "a religion magazine for people made anxious by churches" website.
Mr. Sekou is the Senior Minister of Lemuel Haynes Congregational Church (UCC) in South Jamaica Queens, New York. He is third generation ordained Elder in the Church of God in Christ. Rev. Sekou holds fellowships with the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture, The Fellowship of Reconciliation, and the Institute for Policy Studies. His forthcoming book is Gods, Gays, and Guns: Religion and the Future of Democracy.
This morning on Guest Host Trillium Shannon speaks with members of the Portland Central America Solidarity Committee (PCASC), about the history of solidarity work, current events and trends in Latin America, and how local communities are responding. Live, in the studio with Shannon are Shiruko Hashimoto, Megan Hise, and Maria Damaris.
This morning on Locus Focus, guest host Trillium Shannon speaks with members of the Portland Central America Solidarity Committee (PCASC), about the history of solidarity work, current events and trends in Latin America, and how local communities are responding.
Sit/Lie Unconstitutional! Cause for Celebration? Well...Not Really...
A judge has ruled the Sit/Lie unconstitutional but Police Chief Rosie Sizer released a memo stating that all the judge ruled was that Portland should just use disorderly conduct instead of Sit/Lie. That is not what the judge ruled and her vague memo creates NO meaningful distinction between the Sit/Lie and disorderly conduct. This is not how the city should react to the loss of the constitutional legitimacy of the Sit/Lie.
Hear members of the Civic Action Group at Sisters of the Road discuss the impacts of Sizer's interpretation, and how the community can get involved.