Brenda Escobar, friend and engineer for Prison Pipeline, presented a report about pregnant women in prison. She talked about the cruel and unusual hardships these women face, as well as some of the legislature that is working on changing the system. (Thank you, Brenda – good job!)
ANNOUNCING A CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS: Someone is needed to help Books for Prisoners. Once every week (or two) about ten boxes of donated books can be picked up in Beaverton and delivered to Books for Prisoners to Alex. For more information, call Alex at 503.740.4375 or email him at email@example.com.
Anyone who helps out would be doing a really fine thing for the prisoners in Oregon.
Today's show was peppered with selections of Christy Moore's music, including a fairly complete cut of Ordinary Man. Joe talked with Brad at the end of the show, and due to an engineering error we experienced almost 40-seconds of dead-air. It's been edited out of the online version, but we apologize if you endursed it live. Brad highlights Moore's internationalist taste in the music he covers and the causes he sings about, like Viva la Quince Brigada,but also the class-consciousness of songs like Ordinary Man.
The United States and Torture: Interrogation, Incarceration, and Abuse, Interview; Marjorie Cohn
The United States and Torture: Interrogation, Incarceration, and Abuse
That's the title of the new book edited by author Marjorie Cohn. The professor and former President of the National Lawyers Guild, joins host Linda Olson-Osterlund to talk about the history and scope of the United States use of torture. The book is made upf of essays by some of the countries most prestigious Human Rights Activist and experts. Tune in to this important discussion. Can we afford to allow this practice to continue?
Kevin Mannix promised voters in 1994 that his Ballot Measure 11 establishing minimum mandatory sentences would create certainty in Oregon's criminal justice system. While the measure tripled the state's prison population over 20 years, a new report by the state Criminal Justice Commission finds that Measure 11 not only failed to deliver certainty, it has cost the state billions of dollars while it shifting sentencing power from the hands of judges to those of district attorneys - a shift many see as dangerous.
Recently I was asked to speak to a class about prison issues at Portland Youth Builders. This non-profit organization is committed to providing long term support for low income youth who have dropped out of high school.
Contact information: To become a student call 503/286-9350 – Ext 259, or to make a donation call (same number) 503/286-9350 – Ext 243.
A special thanks to the students and staff at PortlandYouth Builders for their hospitality and for doing what they do.
This week on Voices from the Edge, Jo Ann and Dave talked with Wray Harris, president of Iraq Veterans Against the War (Oregon) about who is paying the real cost of America's wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.