Civil Liberties

Civil rights, etc.

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)

Does Portland have a real solution for its gang problem?

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Wed, 01/21/2009

Portland has seen 11 gang-related shootings since the Dec. 12 murder of a gang member inside the New Hope Missionary Baptist Church. City leaders are calling it a "gang war crisis" and the Portland police want a new coordinated strategy to combat the violence. But the call for action comes when many outreach programs are struggling for funding. Will the city's new effort address the causes or just the symptoms of gang violence? Will the rush to take action create bigger problems like innocent youth getting profiled for gang involvement?

This week, Jo Ann and Dave talk with John Canda, a former gang outreach worker for the city of Portland and Clayborn Collins, executive director of Emmanual Community General Services, about what needs to be done to really solve Portland's gang problem.

New Feature!

The conversation doesn't end when the program does. You can join in additional discussion of the week's issue on our blog at kboo.fm/voicesfromtheedge (click on the "blog" tab). You'll find additional information, important links, comments from other listeners and commentary from Jo Ann and Dave. Have a question for our guests, but can't call in during the program? Post your questions online so we can make them a part of the Voices discussion.

56:33 minutes (45.31 MB)

Life During Wartime on 01/28/09

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Life During Wartime
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Wed, 01/28/2009 - 11:00pm - Thu, 01/29/2009 - 1:00am
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Raging punk and hardcore spun by your favorites plus live performances from Iron Lung and Australia'

Does Portland Have a Real Solution for its Gang Problem?

Portland has seen 11 gang-related shootings since the Dec. 12 murder of a gang member inside the New Hope Missionary Baptist Church. City leaders are calling it a "gang war crisis" and the Portland police want a new coordinated strategy to combat the violence. But the call for action comes when many outreach programs are struggling for funding. Will the city's new effort address the causes or just the symptoms of gang violence? Will the rush to take action create bigger problems like innocent youth getting profiled for gang involvement?

Voices from the Edge on 01/22/09

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Thu, 01/22/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Doees Portland Have a Real Solution for its Gang Problem?

Portland has seen 11 gang-related shootings since the Dec. 12 murder of a gang member inside the New Hope Missionary Baptist Church. City leaders are calling it a "gang war crisis" and the Portland police want a new coordinated strategy to combat the violence. But the call for action comes when many outreach programs are struggling for funding. Will the city's new effort address the causes or just the symptoms of gang violence? Will the rush to take action create bigger problems like innocent youth getting profiled for gang involvement?

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