On May 9th 2010 Islamic Republic of Iran executed five political prisoners at Evin, Tehran's notorious prison. At least four of the victims -- Farzad Kamangar, Ali Haydarian, Farhad Vakili, and Shirin Alam-Houli -- were ethnic Kurds. The fifth victim was Mehdi Eslamian.
Their court cases were heard behind closed doors. The work of their attorneys was constantly obstructed, or ignored altogether. Neither they nor the families of the victims knew about the executions until after they had taken place. Even the dead bodies of the victims have not been turned over to their families.
Kamangar's case, which attracted international attention, is particularly heart-breaking. He was 35 years old and married.
This month, local organizations all over the country are taking action as part of the national Take Back the Land movement. Local Action Groups are educating, organizing and taking direct action to support families facing eviction; to open empty, foreclosed homes for people without housing; to assert the right to occupy vacant government properties and land, and to demand that those forced to leave their long time communities have the right to return.
Is Multnomah County "uniquely toxic" for people of color?
A new report by Portland State University states that for people of color, Multnomah County is a "uniquely toxic" place when it comes to education, income, home ownership and health. The 152-page report, which was presented last week to the Portland City Council, found nearly every racial and ethnic group to be trailing behind other county residents.
Listen in to this Membership Drive edition of A Deeper Look. Brooklyn writer Ando Arike joins host Linda Olson-Osterlund to talk about his recent article in Harper's Magazine, TheSoft-kill Solution: New Frontiers in Pain Compliance. Learn about, not only the development of new crowd or "riot control " weapons, but their deployment against protesters in the United States and internationally. What are these "non-lethal" weapons. Where do the rights of citizens to protest fit in this new era of control?
Join co-hosts Jo Ann Bowman and Dave Mazza every Thursday morning as they bring you informative guests and lively discussions about the issues that are important to you and your community. Every week, Voices from the Edge provides KBOO listeners a place to engage in meaningful talk about racial disparity, government accountability, environmental justice, local and national politics, and other crucial issues of the day. Jo Ann and Dave bring you guests you won’t hear on other talk radio programs and conversation about making Oregon and the nation a better place.