KBOO's Mic Crenshaw speaks with Alyssa Pagan, an organizer with Don't Shoot Portland, 15 Now, and the PSU Student Union, about the fight for a $15 minimum wage, #BlackLivesMatter, the controversial arming of PSU's security guards, and this weekend's upcoming events to mark the one-year anniversary of the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, by a white police officer, among other topics.
Portland Human Rights Commission Chair Chabre Vickers sharply criticized the Police and Community Relations Committee (PCRC) at that group's meeting last night. She suggested a three-month hiatus to redevelop the group so that its meetings achieve more tangible results. The PCRC is a sub-group of the Human Rights Commission and is tasked with guiding the police department in following the guidelines of the US Department of Justice settlement, which had found that the PPB used excessive force against people with mental illness and engaged in racial profiling. The committee includes members of the public and the police department as well as city officials.
Three new monthly shows were recently added to the KBOO Morning News and Public Affairs Line up.
Voices for the Animals promotes an increased awareness and appreciation for the animals in our homes and our environment, informing listeners about the challenges facing both domesticated pets and free-roaming wildlife. Hosts Dab Steadman and Courtney Scott will explore resources and remedies. They hope to inspire positive action and be a catalyst connecting people to local programs. It airs on the fourth Monday of the month at 11:30AM. http://kboo.fm/takingabiteoutofanimalcrime
My show Disability Awareness has stated to take on new life. I have the privilege to interview guest that are coming from different disabilities, both invisible and apparent. Lately I have been able to speak to researchers with important ground breaking books that are important to the community. This month (June) I will be interviewing Linda M. Blum who wrote Raising Generation RX: Mothering Kids with Invisible Disabilities in an Age of Inequality. Next month my guest will be Sherry M. Joiner who wrote 'Sherry Goes Sane: Living a Life with Schizo-Affective Disorder'. I want to give a special shout out to Laura Sandow who picks me up and gets me to the KBOO studio on time. Laura is an ongoing guest addressing PTSD brought on by her military service.