More than 300 people gathered in the courtyard beneath Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oregon headquarters in downtown Portland today in support of comprehensive healthcare reform. Regence employees could be seen looking down on the demonstrators as the speakers shouted through a megaphone. Organized by MoveOn.org, the rally brought together both single payer and public option advocates. It ended with a march around the building. We're going to hear first from OHSU physician Kyle Gorman and then Tom Leedham with the Teamsters Union and Jobs with Justice. Both men spoke at the rally.
Environmental activists staged several protests, forums and educational activities in New York this week, as world leaders met to discuss climate change at the United Nations. KBOO’s Jenka Soderberg has more:
Every year hundreds of people are killed or die of thirst while trying to cross from Mexico into the US. This weekend, a number of groups in Arizona came together to call for ‘humane borders’ between the US and Mexico. KBOO’s Crystal Leighty spoke with one of the organizers of the event:
Thousands of survivors of the September 11th attacks marched on New York’s City Hall yesterday demanding that city officials stop trying to block a ballot initiative calling for a new investigation of the attacks. The marchers included family members of those killed in the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center, as well as first responders who continue to suffer health effects from contamination at Ground Zero. Ted Walter, with the New York Coalition for Accountability Now, helped organize the march:
The group Autism Speaks held a march this weekend in Portland and raised over fifty thousand dollars, which they say will go to research on autism. But some people with autism and parents of kids with autism protested the march, saying that it does not represent them. KBOO’s Jenka Soderberg spoke with Phoebe Lumis, one of the protest organizers and a member of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network:
Oregon’s homegrown Mad As Hell Doctors were met by Congressman Dennis Kucinich in Washington DC on the final days of their cross-country media blitz. KBOO reporter David Rosenfeld filed this report from the nation's capitol.
A group of residents of the Collins View neighborhood in southwest Portland are up in arms about a planned expansion by Lewis and Clark College. The College hopes to construct three new apartment-style dorms in a residential neighborhood off Terwilliger Boulevard. But neighbors have launched an angry campaign against the new buildings, saying that the College acted in bad faith in its relations with the neighborhood, and glossed over the many potential problems of the site. Prakash Joshi (per-KAH-sh JOE-shee) is the Chair of the Collins View Neighborhood Association: