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.
A Press Conference is being held today in Portland at the annual conference for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The Press Conference from In Defense of Animals and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals will release a complaint filed with the Zoo association seeking censure of Acting Oregon Zoo Director Mike Keele. KBOO’s Crystal Leighty spoke with Catherine Doyle from In Defense of Animals.
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: