An interview with the Urban League's Midge Purcell about their report on the state of Black Oregon.
Seven months after the inauguration of the first Black president, a statewide report on the condition of African Americans in Oregon reveals that black Oregonians remain at or near the bottom of every meaningful social and economic measure. African Americans in Oregon have significantly higher infant mortality rates, are more likely to live in poverty, have higher levels of unemployment, are half as likely to own their own homes and are far more likely to die of diseases such as diabetes than their white counterparts.
Bre Groom from The Portland Partners Re-Entry Initiative with SE Works, brought Kelly, one of the volunteer mentors and Larry, a recently released friend who has participated in the PPRI Mentor Program. Listen to the active discussion that Ruth and these folks had about the PPRI mentor program.
Next week, attorney Adam Arnes will be the Prison Pipeline guest.
A good discussion about Oxford House was provided by Jimmy Williams, Field Services Supervisor of Oregon Recovery Homes. Outreach Coordinators Ed and Cori, and the Program Manager, Wayne Kline also participated. For more information:call 503/413-9233 to talk to Jimmy or send him an email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Friends, family and loved ones as well as folks soon to be released can write to the Recovery Association Project, 18438 SE Pine St., Portland, OR 97233 – Attention Jimmy Williams or Wayne Kline or search 222.rap-nw.org.
A group of guests from Bridges to Change told their stories. All of the mentors and administrators from this organization are ex-felons. The director - Chuck, the program director – Doug, and two clients – John an Pete joined Ruth in a discussion about the value of a mentor program for folks when released. Assistance in housing, job hunting and connecting with the family and community can make a significant difference as folks begin new lives in the community.
Hosted by Laurie Mercier (pictured here) and featuring music by activist folk-singer Anne Feeney, this program discusses what Obama's experience as a community organizer might mean for him as President; the role of science in the law; Hurt Locker, the movie about defusing bombs in Iraq; and the bad job the mainstream press is doing on the military coup in Honduras.
What is the role of science in sending people to prison? What if the science is bunk? Attorney Mike Snedeker talks with the Old Mole's Jan Haaken about how science can lead to justice and injustice in the wake of the recent Supreme Court Decision calling for the cross-examination of scientific experts, as well as a case currently under review in Oregon.