This coming Sunday, the ninth of August, marks the one-year anniversary of the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.
Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was fatally shot by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, after allegedly stealing cigarillos from a nearby convenience store.
Brown’s death ignited unrest in Ferguson and protests across the country, including in Portland.
This weekend, to commemorate the killing of Brown and other black men and women by white police officers, a coalition of groups including Don’t Shoot Portland, 15 Now, Whitelandia and others is holding a three-day series of events.
KBOO’s Sam Bouman spoke to Teressa Raiford, an organizer with Don’t Shoot Portland, for more details.
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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.
Bill Resnick talks with Gwen Sullivan of the Portland Association of Teachers, the union representing the teachers of Portland Public Schools. They discuss developments and implementation of their latest contract, settled last year after the union voted to go on strike with strong support from the students and broader community, and how they have been building the schools Portland students deserve. 19:39 minutes (17.98 MB)
At the United States justice forum in San Jose California this year I had the oppertunity to see Itoco Garcia speak at the Rap Academy PMA. Garcia came from bi-ricaial parents and spent time in the highlands of Scotland when he was a youngster. Landing in 3rd grade in the United States, unable to read at the "third grade level" but was able to knit, sew, speak a few languages and do advanced math he realized that on some levels the United States public school system has major issues. Some child developement experts say that a childs abliity to form a working narative from the writen word in negligable.