Is Oregon an anti-immigrant state? A new study suggests it is.
A study commissioned by a consortium of Northwestern public radio stations says that a majority of Northwesterners -- Oregonians, Washingtonians and Idahoans, or whatever they call themselves -- agree with the anti-immigrant law passed recently in Arizona. In Oregon, that support is at 61 percent.
What does it mean? Is anti-immigrant sentiment more widespread than we thought? And what is that sentiment exactly? Fear, born of cultural ignorance? Economic anxiety? Good ol' racism? A toxic brew of all three? With Joe on vacation, Abe leads the discussion.
Jo Ann & Dave discuss police accountability, and the U.S. Supreme Court's June 1 decision regarding Miranda rights. Open lines.
About the program…
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.
Solomon Barr, host of the program, introduced us to the Oral History Projects. Students in this class did interviews with Portlanders, and then edited the interviews, wrote and recorded the scripts, and put the show together. Briana interviewed Lisa Loving, Dorian interviewed Apricot Irving, Erin interviewed Elodie Massa Allen, and Willie interviewed Yesenia Gutierrez. We also have audio from another Roosevelt Program: Deep Roots. This is a class where students write lyrics and partner with local musicians to put music to those lyrics. There is also a strong Civil Rights component to the program. The class took a trip to Georgia and Alabama to learn more about the Civil Rights Struggle, and the relationship of the struggle with song.
What happens if you turn 18 without papers making you a citizen or a legal resident? Papers is a new documentary film about the difficulties young people face when they can't go to school, get a drivers license, or work. Laurie Mercier talks with the producer Rebecca Shine and with one of the young members of El Grupo Juvenil (the youth crew) Vanesa Dominguez. Go to their website for information more about the film and how to see it.
Breaks in the Chain: What Immigrant Workers Can Teach America about Democracyis a new book byPaul Apostolidis about the social activism of Mexican immigrants. He teaches at Whitman College and with his students has been helping to organize Washington State farm workers. More about this here. The Old Mole's Laurie Mercier talks with him about how the health of citizens (through the food we consume) rests on the physical and mental suffering of immigrant workers, and on what these workers are doing about it.
The Arizona anti-immigrant law has focused renewed attention to undocumented workers. Why are they here and what are the problems the current climate imposes on them? Eliana Machuca, activist and organizer at Jobs With Justice, talks here with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick. More about the issues and opportunities to get involved are available at the Safe Communities Project.
The time for immigration reform is now. Join a conversation on why and how with two leading women activists:
Pramila Jayapal, the founder and Director of OneAmerica, the largest immigrant advocacy organization in WA State. Pramila, an immigrant from India, has spent the last two decades working for social justice internationally and in the US. She participated in a march and action for immigration reform in Seattle this Thursday.
Tania Unzueta is the Co-founder of the Chicago-based Immigrant Youth Justice League and an organizer for the US Social Forum.