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.
Every now and then, we get one right. The 9th Circuit Court overturns California's gay marriage ban.
In a nod to outmoded notions like equality and inalienable rights, the Ninth Circuit Court overturned California's ban on gay marriage last week. As some radio hosts have observed, injustice and iniquity endure, but there has been an inexorable march in America toward a condition of more freedom, more justice, more equality. We're not fully equal yet, folks, but we just got a little more equal. Reaction from the right has been predictable.
And there's homework! Verizon and Google are on the verge of striking a deal with the FCC that would effectively end Internet neutrality. This would usher in an age where Internet providers would be able to give preferential treatment -- in the form of speed and access -- to the content of their choice, ending the grass-roots populism that has characterized the Web to date.
So call the White House comment line, 202-456-1111, and tell them to keep the Internet neutral and free. While you're at it, call Nancy Pelosi (202-225-0100) and Harry Reid (202-224-3542) and tell them the same thing. Or, sign the petition.
Howard Zinn speaks on "1492-1992: The Legacy of Columbus"
For as long as many of us can remember Christopher Columbus represented the best in Western civilization. We were regaled with stories of his bravery and genius. Textbooks praised his seamanship. He was the discoverer par excellence. There were parades and holidays. Now, with the 500th anniversary of Columbus' arrival in the Western Hemisphere, a much more critical and realistic view of the Italian-born Spanish explorer is emerging. Howard Zinn chips at and strips away some of the myths of the Columbus legend.
Where recorded: Madison, WI Date recorded: 9 Oct 1991
Today's guests are Larry Collins, Michael Harper, and Furlton Burns from POPA, People of Purpose and Associates. Our topic is mentoring and supporting those with the greatest burdens stacked against them.
This is a very positive organization, providing invaluable resources for families, youth, and re-entry programs for the recently incarcerated. Find out what they're doing in and around YOUR community to make Portland a Better Place to Live.
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On July 15, 2010, Marilyn Buck was released from the federal prison medical center in Carswell, Texas.
Tonight on Circle A Radio, we planned to celebrate the release of Marilyn Buck with many voices of her supporters. While working on the show, another political prisoner Carlos Alberto Torres was also released. So then , we planned on celebrating the freedom of both the amazing individuals. We were also planning on mourning the loss of Lolita Lebrón, a leader in the struggle for Puerto Rican nationalism, who died this week at 89. Then , August Third Marilyn buck died, from the uterine cancer she developed in prison.
A Show on Marilyn Buck, Carlos Alberto Torres, and other political prisoners.
Tonight on Circle A Radio we celebrate the release of Marilyn Buck and Carlos Alberto Torres from their long prison sentences. We also talk about the state of political prisoners in the U.S., and we mourn the passing of Puerto Rican Freedom Fighter, and former political prisoner, Lolita Lebron.
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.