Housing/Homelessness

Squatting Ban in the Netherlands

program date: 
Wed, 01/06/2010

For the last three years a ban on squatting has been in preparation in Dutch politics. A new act that is to ban squatting in the Netherlands passed through parliament on October 15th, 2009. Despite strong critique from the High Court, the union of city councils and even the Amsterdam police force, the christian/rightwing majority in The Hague is pushing this law through.

Having suffered from an immense housing shortage ever since the sixties, squatting has a long history in the Netherlands and has always been a legal means for thousands of people to acquire a roof over their heads.

53:50 minutes (49.29 MB)

Looking beyond the rhetoric: the arguments for (and against) Measures 66 & 67

program date: 
Thu, 01/07/2010

On January 26, Oregonians will be asked to decide how the latest chapter in the state's long-running tax wars will turn out. Opponents of two tax increases approved by the legislature in 2009 succeeded in collecting enough signatures for a referendum on what are now Measures 66 and 67. The former would raise the state income tax rate on those earning more than $125,000 per year while the latter would increase the minimum corporate tax. Supporters of the measures say vital public services are at stake. Opponents say raising taxes during a recession will only make matters worse.

55:39 minutes (19.11 MB)

January 11, 2010 Old Mole Variety Hour

program date: 
Mon, 01/11/2010

 Hosted by Clayton Morgareidge, this show discusses Oregon tax measures with Steve Novick; the blockbuster movie "Avatar," making the power grid democratic, and the latest in political rap music.  

56:59 minutes (32.61 MB)

Political Hip Hop

program date: 
Mon, 01/11/2010

Radical musicologist Brad Duncan talks with Bill Resnick about the political rap artists The Welfare Poets,  Chosan, and Black Skeptik.   We hear samples of their music followed by a discussion of  their music as the poetry and the politics of everyday life.  Here are links to videos of Black Skeptik, "Rent";  Chosan,  "This is My America;" and The Welfare Poets,  "Warn Them."

12:28 minutes (7.13 MB)

Portland to hold march for Gaza Sat. Jan. 9th

program: 
Evening News
program date: 
Fri, 01/08/2010

British Parliament Member George Galloway has been deported and banned from entering Egypt, after successfully leading a humanitarian aid caravan into the Gaza Strip. Galloway’s ‘Viva Palestina’ convoy faced a number of obstacles while trying to bring over two hundred vehicles full of aid into the Gaza Strip.

They were finally able to enter the besieged coastal strip on Wednesday, but were only given forty-eight hours to distribute their aid. Viva Palestina was just the latest of a number of solidarity marches and caravans showing support for the besieged population of Gaza on the one year anniversary of Israel’s massive invasion.

7:49 minutes (7.16 MB)

Muddy Waters Community House trying to keep from closing

program: 
Evening News
program date: 
Wed, 01/06/2010

 Muddy waters community house an employee owned organization says it will close at the end of this week unless it can come up with $10,000 to pay its bills.

Every night this week from 5 pm til 10 pm they will be holding events to raise the necessary funds in order to continue as a resource to the southeast portland community.

13:21 minutes (12.22 MB)

Voices from the Edge on 01/07/10

Air date: 
Thu, 01/07/2010 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Looking beyond the rhetoric: the arguments for (and against) Measures 66 & 67

 

On January 26, Oregonians will be asked to decide how the latest chapter in the state's long-running tax wars will turn out. Opponents of two tax increases approved by the legislature in 2009 succeeded in collecting enough signatures for a referendum on what are now Measures 66 and 67. The former would raise the state income tax rate on those earning more than $125,000 per year while the latter would increase the minimum corporate tax. Supporters of the measures say vital public services are at stake.

Voices from the Edge on 12/31/09

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Thu, 12/31/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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A look at the best and worst of the year and decade in Portland

A look back at the best and the worst of the year and decade.

 

A 12-year-old girl shot by police with a beanbag, failed attempt to recall the mayor, new community journalism, solving Portland's gang problem, race and recession...these are just some of the issues Voices from the Edge covered during 2009. This week well be taking a look back the lows and highs in the Rose City the last 12 months as well as memorable moments earlier in the decade: remember Police Chief Mark Kroeker, Mayor Katz's River Renaissance, or Columbia Villa?

Special Programming: Public Affairs on 12/29/09

Air date: 
Tue, 12/29/2009 - 10:00am - 10:15am

KBOO's Jenka Soderberg interviews members of the Gaza Freedom March, who are scheduled to cross into Gaza on December 30th with over 1400 marchers from around the world.

More info on the Gaza Freedom March

CODEPINK recently put out a statement: “Citing escalating tensions on the Gaza-Egypt border, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry informed us on Dec. 20 that the Rafah border will be closed over the coming weeks, into January. We responded that there is always tension at the border because of the siege and that if there are any risks, they are risks we are willing to take. We also said that it was too late for over 1,360 delegates coming from over 42 countries to change their plans now.

Special Programming: Public Affairs on 12/28/09

Air date: 
Mon, 12/28/2009 - 10:00am - 10:15am

KBOO's Jenka Soderberg interviews members of the 'Artery of Life' aid caravan to the Gaza Strip, which is currently stuck on the Jordanian-Egyptian border.

The latest word from the caravan, which has travelled by land from England to bring humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip:

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