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Voices from the Edge

About the program …

Community dialogue is important. At 8am every Thursday Voices from the Edge lends a KBOO microphone to informed guests you might not hear anywhere else. With an hour to invest, the call-in format engages listeners in meaningful conversations about crucial issues like racial disparity, government accountability, environmental justice and politics on local, state and national levels. Join lively discussions about concerns that are important to you and our community. Together we’ll make Oregon and our nation a better place for a larger number of those living here.

About the host

Jo Ann Hardesty is Principal Partner at Consult Hardesty. She serves as a subject matter expert on a myriad of issues and is available as a speaker, facilitator and campaign planner. A long-time voice for Portland's under-represented communities and a leader in the struggle against racial and economic injustice, Jo Ann was three times elected to the Oregon legislature and for many years Executive Director of Oregon Action. She’s been called on by the City of Portland to help re-write the City Charter and organizes those on the downside of power to pursue their interests from the local to the federal level. She is particularly committed to leadership development and in holding those in power accountable.

Join the conversation …

Join the conversation every Thursday morning from 8-9 a.m. by calling 503-231-8187. Keep the conversation going after the program at our blog at kboo.fm/voicesfromtheedge.

Engineering: Steve Nassar 

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Episode Archive

Voices from the Edge

Air date: 
Thu, 12/25/2008 - 8:00am - 9:00am

Marlene Howell guest hosts the December 25th call-in show, with a focus on how folks who have recently lost a loved one, or have a loved one in prison or the hospital, find ways to make sense of the holiday season. 
Call and share your thoughts on Christmas morning!, 8-9am."

 

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Thu, 12/18/2008 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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What were the best and worst stories of 2008?

Jo Ann and Dave look at the best and the worst of times in Oregon 2008, encouraging listeners to call in their own nominations. They also look at Mayor Sam Adams' reorganization of the Portland City Council.

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Thu, 12/11/2008 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Bridging the Cultural Divide in Oregon's Environmental Movement

Oregon environmentalists can point to many hard-won victories to preserve ecological diversity, but they've been less successful promoting diversity within their own ranks. How do we bridge this cultural divide? This week on Voices from the Edge, Dave Mazza talks with Marcelo Bonta, founder and executive director of the Center for Diversity and the Environment, and Tony DeFalco, Coordinator of the Young Environmental Professionals of Color group.

Voices from the Edge

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Thu, 12/04/2008 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Mumbai, South Asian Nuclear Tensions and Obama: An Interview with Jacqueline Cabasso

Mumbai, South Asian Nuclear Tensions and Obama: An Interview with Jacqueline Cabasso

Last week's terrorist attack in Mumbai, India is only the latest eruption in potentially explosive South Asia. What will the new Obama administration do as the conflict in Afghanistan spreads to its nuclear-armed neighbors? Will he undo the damage to nuclear non-proliferation efforts that resulted from the recent U.S.-India nuclear deal - a deal tht Obama, Clinton and Biden supported?

Voices from the Edge

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Thu, 11/20/2008 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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A Compact for Racial Justice: Building on the Election of Barack Obama

How do we end racial disparity and move towards greater social equity in the wake of the election of the nation's first black president? Jo Ann and Dave discuss the Compact for Racial Justice, a proactive plan that was unveiled at the Facing Race Conference in Oakland California last week. How do we create equaity in our communities, our economy and our laws? How do we make our society more inclusive and our government and institutions more accountable in matters of racial equity? Join us in this important conversation.

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Thu, 11/13/2008 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Obama promised change, but so far, his foreign policy advisors look like the same old crew.

The economic crisis has pushed foreign policy issues to the back burner. Even America's two Asian wars - with a third brewing in Pakistan - have received scant attention in recent months. What should President Obama's foreign policy priorities be and can he really bring change to the nation's relationship with the rest of the world?

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Thu, 11/06/2008 - 8:00am - 9:00am

Hosts Jo Ann Bowman and Dave Mazza speak with Rudy Lopez of the Center for Community Change, a group that  registered new voters around the country and focused on people of color mobilization.

Voices from the Edge

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Thu, 10/30/2008 - 8:00am - 9:00am

Hosts Jo Ann and Dave explore election issues.

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Thu, 10/23/2008 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
Making sense of the November 2008 ballot measures

Making Sense of the November 2008 Ballot Measures

More mandatory prison sentences. Fewer building permits. Open primaries. These are just some of the ideas Oregonians must consider as they wade through a dozen state ballot measures on election day. Who's supporting these measures? Who's opposing them? What will they really do?

This week, Jo Ann and Dave will give you their take on the good, the bad and the really stupid ballot measures appearing on the November 2008 ballot.

Voices from the Edge

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Thu, 10/16/2008 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
Winter Solder Northwest: Working to end America's other crisis.

The nation is transfixed by the financial meltdown. It has become the top issue of the presidential campaign. But while stock prices drop, casualties continue to rise in Afghanistan and Iraq. This Saturday, soldiers, their families, veterans, journalists and peace activists are coming together in Portland to offer testimony on the human cost of war. Winter Soldier Northwest, modeled on the Winter Soldier hearings held in 1971 by Vietnam veterans opposed to that war, is one of many regional hearings held around the country to build the political will needed to end the war and bring the troops home.

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Voices from the Edge on 08-02-12 Police Plan to Address Racial Profiling, Three Years Later

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Thu, 08/02/2012

Host Jo Ann Hardesty & Guest Co-host Roger David Hardesty discuss the 2009 passage of a city ordinance implementing a plan to address - not eliminate, but address - racial profiling by the Portland Police Bureau (PPB).

READ THE PLAN HERE www.portlandonline.com/police/index.cfm

The PPB have been compiling ‘stop data’ to determine the role that race is playing when officers decide to stop & search Portlanders. The results indicate racial profiling continues. It’s against the city’s ordinance, the state constitution & written police procedure, but racial profiling remains in practice.

READ JUNE 2012 MEDIA COVERAGE OF STOP DATA HERE portlandobserver.com/

www.portlandmercury.com/BlogtownPDX/archives/2012/06/19/police-accountability-groups-say-racial-bias-persists-in-latest-traffic-stop-data


Studio guests Anthony Gibson and Isaiah Carter will describe recent interactions with the Gang ‘Enforcement’ Team. Were they driving a car that was too nice for the neighborhood?

On 23 July, Videographer Joe Anybody accompanied a group of mothers as they set out on a 100-mile walk in support of human rights and dignity for children afflicted by ‘the current psycho-pharmaceutical treatment model.’ Before they could get out of Portland, the group discovered our guests, and two other African Americans, detained by perhaps a dozen members of Portland’s Gang ‘Enforcement’ Team. The human rights activists and many community members remained on the scene until the police withdrew. Once again, after an hour’s investigation under careful scrutiny by the community, no cause for arrest could be made.

VISIT M.O.M.S. HERE: andsowewalk.com/

Co-Hosts: Jo Ann Hardesty and Dave Mazza

Producers: Dave Mazza and Jo Ann Hardesty

Program Engineer: Steve Nassar

Audio Editor: Alicia Olson

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  • Title: VFE 08-02-12
  • Genre: Other
  • Year: 2012
  • Length: 57:38 minutes (52.77 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Voices from the Edge on 07-26-12 Copwatching M.O.M.S. and the Police 7-23-12 video

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Thu, 07/26/2012

Hosts Jo Ann & Dave discuss the "Copwatching M.O.M.S. and the Police 7-23-12 video "

VIEW IT HERE  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVM8--cs5xk&feature=share 

Join Jo Ann and Dave every Thursday as they bring you guests and conversations on issues that are important to you. Support Voices from the Edge by becoming a KBOO member (just click the "tip jar" in the upper right-hand corner on KBOO's homepage to find out how) or consider becoming an underwriter of this program (contact KBOO's underwriting director for details).

Co-Hosts: Jo Ann Hardesty and Dave Mazza

Producers: Dave Mazza and Jo Ann Hardesty

Program Engineer: Steve Nassar

Audio Editor: Alicia Olson

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  • Title: VFE 07-26-12
  • Genre: Other
  • Year: 2012
  • Length: 57:26 minutes (52.58 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Voices from the Edge on 07-19-12 Open Lines

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Thu, 07/19/2012

Dave Mazza hosts open lines around the discussion, "does personal change equal political change?"

Join Jo Ann and Dave every Thursday as they bring you guests and conversations on issues that are important to you. Support Voices from the Edge by becoming a KBOO member (just click the "tip jar" in the upper right-hand corner on KBOO's homepage to find out how) or consider becoming an underwriter of this program (contact KBOO's underwriting director for details).

Co-Hosts: Jo Ann Hardesty and Dave Mazza

Producers: Dave Mazza and Jo Ann Hardesty

Program Engineer: Steve Nassar

Audio Editor: Alicia Olson

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  • Title: VFE 07-19-12
  • Genre: Other
  • Year: 2012
  • Length: 55:54 minutes (51.19 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Redefining our relationship with the homeless

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Thu, 07/12/2012

 Hosted by Dave Mazza.  JoAnn Hardesty is on vacation.

 

Last year, Portland City Council approved a pilot "overnight sleeping" program that would permit churches and other non-profits to make their parking lots available to people currently living in their cars. The measure, loosed based on a similar program in Eugene, was intended to offer refuge for those on the brink while more permanent support was found. When Sellwood's Moreland Presbyterian Church announced earlier this spring their intent to be the first church to carry out the program - in their case for a single woman living in her car - a vocal minority raised a sufficient ruckus that the church delayed implementation of its plan. Now a second church, northeast Portland'sWestminster Presbyterian Church has announced their desire to participate in the program.

Why does such a limited presence of those without homes in Portland neighborhoods provoke such strong reactions? How do we change Portlanders' ideas about who the homeless? Can we move beyond current policies of concentrating the homeless in certain areas of the city to integrating them into neighborhoods with which they often have deep connections? Joining us in this conversation is David Groff, a member of Westminster Presbyterian who is one of the leads in conversations with the city about implementation of the plan. Groff is also chair of the board of Operation Nightwatch, a volunteer program offering evening hospitality services to the homeless and residents of single room occupancy facilities.   

Jo Ann Hardesty is a former state legislator, former director of Oregon Action and past board president of Portland Community Media, as well as a long-time leader in the struggle for racial and economic justice. Dave Mazza is a journalist and former editor of The Portland Alliance who has covered and been involved in Portland's civil rights, environmental, labor and peace movements for over 20 years.

Join Jo Ann and Dave every Thursday as they bring you guests and conversations on issues that are important to you. Support Voices from the Edge by becoming a KBOO member (just click the "tip jar" in the upper right-hand corner on KBOO's homepage to find out how) or consider becoming an underwriter of this program (contact KBOO's underwriting director for details).

 

 

Voices from the Edge on 07-05-12 Fireworks!

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Thu, 07/05/2012

Dave Mazza hosts open lines...what's concerning you the day after we celebrate Independence?  In response to this week's discussion on the Abe & Joe Talk Radio Show,  callers also give their two cent cents about Portland neighborhood fireworks!

  • Title: VFE 07-05-12
  • Genre: Other
  • Year: 2012
  • Length: 58:56 minutes (53.95 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Voices from the Edge on 06-28-12 Checking in with the Supremes

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Thu, 06/28/2012

This Thursday, the Supreme Court is expected to release its ruling on whether President Obama's health care law is constitutional. While the most watched and awaited, its one of several key decisions by the court this week. On Monday, the court delivered a split decision on Arizona's 2010 immigration law, sustaining its centerpiece - the requirement that state law enforcement officials determine immigration status of those they stop or arrest where reasonable suspicion exists. Also this week, the court barred mandatory life sentences for juveniles, ruling it was a violation of the Eighth Amendment's ban on cruel and unusual punishment, and declined to revisit Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.

This week, Jo Ann and Dave will look at what these and other rulings mean for Oregon and the nation. They will also be bringing news of the court's health care decision as it becomes available.

Jo Ann Hardesty is a former state legislator, former director of Oregon Action and past board president of Portland Community Media, as well as a long-time leader in the struggle for racial and economic justice. Dave Mazza is a journalist and former editor of The Portland Alliance who has covered and been involved in Portland's civil rights, environmental, labor and peace movements for over 20 years.

 

Join Jo Ann and Dave every Thursday as they bring you guests and conversations on issues that are important to you. Support Voices from the Edge by becoming a KBOO member (just click the "tip jar" in the upper right-hand corner on KBOO's homepage to find out how) or consider becoming an underwriter of this program (contact KBOO's underwriting director for details).

 

Co-Hosts: Jo Ann Hardesty and Dave Mazza

Producers: Dave Mazza and Jo Ann Hardesty

Program Engineer: Steve Nassar

Audio Editor: Alicia Olson

  • Title: VFE 06-28-12
  • Genre: Other
  • Year: 2012
  • Length: 58:17 minutes (53.36 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Voices from the Edge on 06-21-12 Why are Portlanders upset about flash mobs?

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Thu, 06/21/2012

Why are Portlanders upset about flash mobs?

Silent disco. Worldwide pillow fights. These and other unusual, satirical or artistic acts have become part of the social phenomenon known as "flash mobs." Using social networking sites like Facebook, flash mob participants have often used these spontaneous events to poke fun at a culture that elevates conformity while obsessing over being part of "the next big thing." As flash mobs have increased in frequency and diversity, they have also evoked a range of responses, from local governments that are labeling them as dangerous disruptions, to white supremacists who cite these events as validation of their racial views.

This week, Jo Ann and Dave will look at how this phenomenon is playing out in Oregon. Joining them in the conversation is long-time gang outreach specialist and community activist John Canda. Should Portlanders be concerned about flash mobs? Are youth of color participating in flash mobs at risk? If you've participated in flash mobs, we encourage you join the conversation and share your view on this growing social phenomenon.

Jo Ann Hardesty is a former state legislator, former director of Oregon Action and past board president of Portland Community Media, as well as a long-time leader in the struggle for racial and economic justice. Dave Mazza is a journalist and former editor of The Portland Alliance who has covered and been involved in Portland's civil rights, environmental, labor and peace movements for over 20 years.

Join Jo Ann and Dave every Thursday as they bring you guests and conversations on issues that are important to you. Support Voices from the Edge by becoming a KBOO member (just click the "tip jar" in the upper right-hand corner on KBOO's homepage to find out how) or consider becoming an underwriter of this program (contact KBOO's underwriting director for details).

Co-Hosts: Jo Ann Hardesty and Dave Mazza

Producers: Dave Mazza and Jo Ann Hardesty

Program Engineer: Steve Nassar

Audio Editor: Alicia Olson

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  • Title: VFE 06-21-12
  • Genre: Other
  • Year: 2012
  • Length: 57:35 minutes (52.73 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Voices from the Edge on 06-14-12 Subsidizing segregation: Portland's fair housing failure

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Thu, 06/14/2012

Subsidizing segregation: Portland's fair housing failure

The Fair Housing Act of 1968 was intended to help break down the walls of segregation and poverty by protecting the fundamental right of anyone, regardless of color, to have the opportunity to live where they choose. Over the past 44 years, millions of taxpayer dollars have gone to advance that goal through ensuring affordable housing is part of every neighborhood. But a new report by the Oregonian that examined metropolitan area public housing records found that far from breaking down segregation and poverty, Portland and other local governments have reinforced it. The poor and people of color have been concentrated in the region's poorest neighborhoods while desirable communities such as Inner Southeast Portland and Lake Oswego remain white and affluent.

This week, Jo Ann and Dave are joined by Brad Schmidt, the Oregonian reporter who pieced together this disturbing picture from public records that often required legal action to obtain. Portland State University Associate Professor of Urban Studies and Planning Karen Gibson will also join the conversation. Gibson is currently conducting a study of the political economy of neighborhood change in Portland's historic black community, the Albina District. Join us as we examine how "progressive" Portland has failed so dismally and what needs to happen to create a truly fair housing environment in the region. 

Jo Ann Hardesty is a former state legislator, former director of Oregon Action and past board president of Portland Community Media, as well as a long-time leader in the struggle for racial and economic justice. Dave Mazza is a journalist and former editor of The Portland Alliance who has covered and been involved in Portland's civil rights, environmental, labor and peace movements for over 20 years.

Join Jo Ann and Dave every Thursday as they bring you guests and conversations on issues that are important to you. Support Voices from the Edge by becoming a KBOO member (just click the "tip jar" in the upper right-hand corner on KBOO's homepage to find out how) or consider becoming an underwriter of this program (contact KBOO's underwriting director for details).

Co-Hosts: Jo Ann Hardesty and Dave Mazza

Producers: Dave Mazza and Jo Ann Hardesty

Program Engineer: Steve Nassar

Audio Editor: Alicia Olson

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  • Title: VFE 06-14-12
  • Genre: Other
  • Year: 2012
  • Length: 57:58 minutes (53.07 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Voices from the Edge on 06-07-12 How did Portland police fare in new report on officer-involved shootings?

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Thu, 06/07/2012

How did Portland police fare in new report on officer-involved shootings?

The Portland City Auditor released on May 30 a

new report

by outside experts that examined officer-involved shootings of "individuals experiencing some level of mental or emotional crisis." The investigation also scrutinized communication at the scene of critical events. Among the cases examined was the shooting death of Aaron Campbell. The report, which is part of a series of outside reports conducted by the auditor's office since 2002, comes as Portlanders will be choosing the next mayor - who will decide who serves as police commissioner - and a new council will be gearing up for the 2013 round of

collective bargaining negotiations

with the police association. This week, Jo Ann and Dave look at the report, its findings and it ramifications on policing, next year's collective bargaining agreement, and police accountability in the coming years.

Jo Ann Hardesty is a former state legislator, former director of Oregon Action and past board president of Portland Community Media, as well as a long-time leader in the struggle for racial and economic justice. Dave Mazza is a journalist and former editor of The Portland Alliance who has covered and been involved in Portland's civil rights, environmental, labor and peace movements for over 20 years.

Join Jo Ann and Dave every Thursday as they bring you guests and conversations on issues that are important to you. Support Voices from the Edge by becoming a KBOO member (just click the "tip jar" in the upper right-hand corner on KBOO's homepage to find out how) or consider becoming an underwriter of this program (contact KBOO's underwriting director for details).

Co-Hosts: Jo Ann Hardesty and Dave Mazza

Producers: Dave Mazza and Jo Ann Hardesty

Program Engineer: Steve Nassar

Audio Editor: Alicia Olson

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  • Title: VFE 06-07-12
  • Genre: Other
  • Year: 2012
  • Length: 57:41 minutes (52.82 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Voices from the Edge on 05-31-12 Can we break through polarization about climate change?

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Thu, 05/31/2012

Can we break through polarization about climate change? A conversation with Max and Ellen Schupbach about deep democracy

Climate change remains a political lightening rod that's left those who believe and those who deny it exists locked in a stalemate that makes action by the broader community impossible. Are more facts needed or is there a need for examining the process by which we address and act upon such critical issues? How do we move forward where power is distributed unequally among those involved?

This week, Jo Ann and Dave talk with Dr. Max Schupbach and Dr. Ellen Schupbach of the Deep Democracy Institute about how we can open up a deeper level of discourse that allows for dissent, action and community building. The Schupbachs have brought their perspective and skills in deepening democracy to such varied settings as community-building efforts with Croation and Serbian war refugees, and the use of public space by businesses, "punks," and others community members in Zurich. They are organizers of an Open Forum on Climate Change taking place in Portland June 1-3 that includes a June 2 community discussion at the Oregon Convention Center facilitated by Worldwork and Process Work founders Drs. Arnold and Amy Mindell.

Jo Ann Hardesty is a former state legislator, former director of Oregon Action and past board president of Portland Community Media, as well as a long-time leader in the struggle for racial and economic justice. Dave Mazza is a journalist and former editor of The Portland Alliance who has covered and been involved in Portland's civil rights, environmental, labor and peace movements for over 20 years.

Join Jo Ann and Dave every Thursday as they bring you guests and conversations on issues that are important to you. Support Voices from the Edge by becoming a KBOO member (just click the "tip jar" in the upper right-hand corner on KBOO's homepage to find out how) or consider becoming an underwriter of this program (contact KBOO's underwriting director for details).

Co-Hosts: Jo Ann Hardesty and Dave Mazza

Producers: Dave Mazza and Jo Ann Hardesty

Program Engineer: Steve Nassar

Audio Editor: Alicia Olson

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  • Title: VFE 05-31-12
  • Genre: Other
  • Year: 2012
  • Length: 55:50 minutes (51.12 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

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