Kushlani de Soyza interviews author Deanna Fei. Fei's debut novel, A Thread of Sky, has received great praise from the New York Times and others. It tells the story of six women from three generations who travel together to China to reconnect with their family history and strengthen their family ties.
The Oregon New Sanctuary Movement and the Rights of Immigrants
Host Cecil Prescod speaks with Beth Poteet and Marco Mejia of the Oregon New Sanctuary Movement (ONSM), an interfaith coalition of individuals and groups called by their faith to respond actively and publicly to the suffering of immigrants residing in the United States. The group believes that everyone, regardless of national origin, has basic common rights, including but not limited to: 1) livelihood; 2) family unity; and 3) physical and emotional safety.
The theme of today's show - hosted by Bill Resnick (on the left) - could aptly be called "South of the Border." Virtually all of the show turns its eyes to South American politics, but also the harsh realities of humanitarian aid. It features South American rebel-music by Intli-illimani, which Bill discusses in the end. Below are links to the other portions of the show.
Jan Haaken talks with Sophie Smith. Sophie works with No More Deaths, a humanitarian organization that tries to make sure no one dies in the deserts of the Mexican-American border, and stands by the motto: humanitarian aid is never a crime. She recounts her own experience in the Sonora Desert of Arizona, and argues from her experience that nothing less than powerful desperation is compelling people to risk their lives crossing the border.
This week on Voices from the Edge, Jo Ann and Dave looked at the good and bad news of the week. Topics discussed included: federal funds being made available to Oregon to address budget shortfalls and whether those dollars will reach the people who really are in need; the impact of the new president of the Portland Police Association; shortcomings and risks with new assistance being offered to homeowners facing foreclosure; and missed economic development opportunities in emerging technologies.
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.