Members of the labor-sponsored group “Working America” are advocating healthcare reform by toning down the debate’s fiery rhetoric and speaking to people one-on-one. Going door to door they are collecting Oregonians’ opinions concerning health insurance and medical care… and there has been no shortage of feedback.
The Fund for Peace compiles an annual "Failed States Index" that ranks countries with the most political, economic and social instability. The higher the ranking, the more critical the need for help. The world average is about 75 on a 100-point scale, but more nations have topped 100 this year - and Portland-based Mercy Corps works in many of them. KBOO’s Crystal Leighty has more, in collaboration with the Oregon News Service:
A Eugene activist is suing the Eugene Chief of police after he was arrested only to have the charges dropped when a police officer was found lying on video tape. KBOO’s Paul Munday talks to his lawyer.
A school district in Washington is starting a little late this year. Teachers in the Kent school district are on strike against the orders of the King County Superior Court. They’re asking for better conditions for students and more efficient funding. KBOO’s Stefan Kamph has more.
A group of physicians dubbed the ‘Mad As Hell Doctors’ launched their 20-city tour of the United States today in Portland. They’re advocating for single-payer health insurance and they plan to hold events around the country, culminating with a rally in Washington DC on October first. The ‘Mad as Hell Doctors’ support the bill HR 676, which would provide a healthcare system of ‘medicare for all’. KBOO Reporter David Rosenfeld was at their send-off rally this morning in downtown Portland, and filed this report.
Anti-nuclear activists came together in Portland this weekend to strategize about local actions to call for nuclear abolition worldwide. Paige Knight with Hanford Watch gave an update about the cleanup of Washington state’s nuclear dumping ground:
A seventy Year Old grandmother and a Nineteen year Exemplary Employee was fired by Fred Meyer on June 29th. The reason behind the firing was a twelve dollar cash handling mistake. Kboo’s Crystal Leighty spoke with Larry Hall from The Grocery Workers Union.