Erika Spaet from Partnership for Safety and Justice gave us an update of current topics the organization is focusing on. For more information, listeners can go to www.safetyandjustice.org, or telephone the PS&J office at 503/335-8449, or send U.S. Mail to P.O.Box 40085, Portland, OR 97240.
The Jericho Movement for Political Prisoner Amnesty asks that we voice our opinion on February 24th at the Portland City Council meeting before they vote on whether or not the City of Portland should re-enter the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF). Or write to City Council Members. This Wednesday, there will be a sign-making party for the rally at Portland Central America Solidarity (PCASL) Headquarters. For more information, Telephone: 503/750-0523.
In honor of Black History month, our show briefly reviewed the history of the Prison System in the U.S. Brenda Escobar, our engineer helped by presenting some of the facts we found in our research. After you listen to this show, we hope you’ll use the web to learn even more about our Prison System.
Rethinking psychiatry: a conversation with Robert Whitaker about a more compassionate mental health system
Our treatment of those in emotional distress manifests itself everyday. Too many Oregonians struggling with mental health issues can be found heavily medicated and warehoused. Or, they are turned out onto the streets to become the victims of crime or institutional violence as in the case of James Chasse. This is an issue that goes beyond public policy reform. It is one that calls for a fundamental reexamination of the "broken brain" model of psychiatry upon which those policies are based.
On this episode, we feature excerpts of a 2-hour interview we did with Rita “Bo” Brown.
Bo Brown is most well known to us as a member of The George Jackson Brigade, a Seattle based revolutionary group. To learn more about the George Jackson Brigade in general, we recommend the recently published books by Daniel Burton-rose, Guerilla USA, and Creating a Movement with Teeth.
Rita "Bo" Brown, was originally from Klamath, Oregon, and moved to Seattle in the 60’s to find community she’d lacked in Klamath. She soon found lesbian bars, and political activists. She became radicalized while in prison for a “social crime”, and was reading the George Jackson book “Soledad Brother” when he was murdered in California, in 1971.
My guests this morning on KBOO Talk Radio: Larry Collins,Fulton Burns, and Bruce Johnson from the People of Purpose and Associates, who are doorknocking in East County to chat with people about community violence as well as police accountability.
Tonight we bring you Crystal Cooper. Crystal is a recovery mentor with Bridges to Change. She spoke about her job as a mentor at the 2010 Out 4 Life Re-entry Conference. On tonight's show we share with you the presentation she gave at the conference.