Legislation

Voices from the Edge on 05/14/09

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Thu, 05/14/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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A new direction for Oregon's DOJ? An interview with Attorney General John Kroger

Since taking office last January, Oregon Attorney General John Kroger has taken on the siting of a liquified natural gas terminal in Clatsop County, started investigating the collapse of the Oregon College Savings Plan, pushed for a faster cleanup of Hanford, and cleared the way to prosecute unethical debt collectors. He also wants Oregonians to give him a bigger budget to create an environmental crimes unit and a civil rights division.

Rooney Bill passes through the Oregon House

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Evening News
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Mon, 05/04/2009

The Rooney Bill, passed Friday by the Oregon House and now moving along in the Senate, will require universities in the state to use affirmative action laws when hiring new sports coaches.
Previously, schools were allowed to violate state affirmative action laws in order to speed up the hiring process.
Sam Sachs, who has pushed for passage of the bill, says that this is necessary because of the continued disparity in hiring of sports coaches
The bill was originally written to apply to football coaches in the state, but was expanded to include all college sports coaches.

5:00 minutes (4.58 MB)

Sit-Lie Ordincance extended

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Evening News
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Tue, 05/05/2009

Portland’s City Council voted today to extend the so-called sit-lie ordinance.  This measure makes it illegal to sit or lie down on a public sidewalk in downtown Portland.
It was set to expire in June, but the City Council has extended the ordinance until October.
Homeless activists and supporters gave passionate pleas during last week’s city council meeting, calling on the councilors to let the measure expire.
But the city council was not moved by their pleas.
Only Randy Leonard voted against the extension.
Devin Debernardo is with Sisters of the Road, a group which works with the homeless in downtown Portland

5:58 minutes (5.47 MB)

Race and Obama's First 100 Days

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Wed, 05/06/2009

Last week, President Obama reached his first 100 days in office, triggering a media flurry of speculation about how well he's doing. Communities of color - already hurting before the lastest round of troubles - have been measuring up the new president as well. Is President Obama pushing to create justice for all or is he too bogged down in the legacy of his predecessor? What should we be doing to push the president down the path of racial equity?

34:32 minutes (27.67 MB)

Rethinking Ballot Measure 11

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Wed, 04/22/2009

As Oregon's economy continues to decline, lawmakers are faced with a growing budget gap and spiraling prisons costs driven by state mandatory sentencing laws. Some in the legislature say its time to revise state sentencing programs and find more efficient ways to handle convicted offenders. Among the proposals working their way through the legislative process is a bill that would allow judges to review mandatory sentences at mid-point and revise them if deemed appropriate. Dave and Jo Ann talk with Rep. Chip Shields about this proposed bill and other changes lawmakers are considering this session.

55:55 minutes (44.79 MB)

Mumia Abu-Jamal on His Birthday

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Thu, 04/23/2009

Mumia Abu-Jamal is a renowned journalist from Philadelphia who has been inprisoned since 1981.  

17:16 minutes (15.81 MB)

Robert King: Angola 3

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Thu, 04/23/2009

The Case of the Angola 3

Some 36 years ago, deep in rural Louisiana, three young black men were silenced for trying to expose continued segregation, systematic corruption, and horrific abuse in the biggest prison in the US, an 18,000-acre former slave plantation called Angola.

15:06 minutes (13.83 MB)

Rinku Sen: Race and Obama's first 100 days

Last week, President Obama reached his first 100 days in office, triggering a media flurry of speculation about how well he's doing. Communities of color - already hurting before the lastest round of troubles - have been measuring up the new president as well. Is President Obama pushing to create justice for all or is he too bogged down in the legacy of his predecessor? What should we be doing to push the president down the path of racial equity?

Voices from the Edge on 05/07/09

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Thu, 05/07/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Rinku Sen: Race and Obama's first 100 days

Last week, President Obama reached his first 100 days in office, triggering a media flurry of speculation about how well he's doing. Communities of color - already hurting before the lastest round of troubles - have been measuring up the new president as well. Is President Obama pushing to create justice for all or is he too bogged down in the legacy of his predecessor? What should we be doing to push the president down the path of racial equity?

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