Oregon House District 43 is one of the most diverse in the state. It also faces some of the biggest challenges: high unemployment, high rates of police misconduct, high displacement from gentrification.
This week Dave and Jo Ann talked with State Rep. Lew Frederick about what role the state can play in addressing some of these problems.
Linda Olson-Osterlund is joined by famed enviornmental attorney, Cormac Cullinan, author of Wild Law, A Manifesto For Earth Justice. What is the movement to protect the "rights" of the earth and how does it relate to the current harm caused by BP? Learn about The Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth that came out of the Peoples World Conference on Cllimate Change this past April in Cochabamba Bolivia.
This week on Voices from the Edge, Jo Ann and Dave ask the question "Are the good guys ahead?" Local progressive may be feeling a bit down over the direction of local and state politics lately. City Hall seems more disconnected than ever from the world in which most Portlanders live. Earlier this week, city council voted 4-1 (Commissioner Fritz abstaining) to put a new bond measure before voters for a new communications system and other equipment for the Fire Bureau. With so many city services taking hits - and at least on other proposed bond measure being put on hold because of the economy - should there have been a community discussion about whether this measure could wait? Oregon's gubernatorial race - "Doc vs.
Portland City Councilvoted 3-2 this morning to let police unit commanders have a vote in certain cases before the new police review board. Does this make the new board "structurally flawed" or does it increase accountability as commissioners supporting the change claim? Voices from the Edge Hosts Dave Mazza and Jo Ann talk about this new development.
A dustup between the NAACP and the Tea Party movement throws the racist streak in modern conservatism into stark, ugly relief. It's the next chapter in a sordid tale that predates our Republic. But the good news? The Tea Party's visible virulence is proof that things are getting better.
Theresa Mitchell with the "news you're not supposed to know." Once again it's time to clarify what the word Capitalism means and what it does not mean. (And more on Theresa's blog: http://kboo.fm/node/22623) Also has BP released a methane mega-bubble that will lead to catastrophic mass extinctions?