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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.

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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.

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John Perkins, Author, Hoodwinked & Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

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Thu, 05/01/2014 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Interview with John Perkins Author, Hoodwinked & Confessions of an Economic Hit Man
Former economic hit man John Perkins has experienced today’s economic collapse before. The banking industry and sub-prime mortgage fiascos, the rising tide of unemployment, and the shuttering of businesses are all too familiar in the Third World countries where he worked. He was both an observer and a perpetrator of events that have now sent the US – in fact the entire planet – spiraling toward disaster. The real cause of our global financial meltdown is what Perkins calls predatory capitalism – the mutant form of an economic system that encourages widespread exploitation of the few to benefit a small number of already very wealthy people.

Nomi Prins on her book "All the President's Bankers"

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Thu, 04/24/2014 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Nomi Prins on her book "All the President's Bankers"

Host Jo Ann Hardesty interviews Nomi Prins, renowned journalist, author and speaker. Her most recent book, All the Presidents' Bankers, is a groundbreaking narrative about the relationships of presidents to key bankers over the past century.

Have Portland Policing practices changed under DOJ watch? Join Jose Serrica and I to discuss

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Thu, 04/10/2014 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Interview with Jose Serrica regarding the houseless community and Portland Police

Join Jose Serrica and I as we discuss recent experiences of houseless community members with Portland Police. Whether it was the ill fated Prosper Portland proposal which targets houseless people for enhance police action leading to criminal arrest and convictions (also know as the Chronic Offender Pilot Project or COPP or the strong arming downtown business owners into using illegal equipment to record drivers license information to create a data base accessible to Portland Police, developed for free by Thetus, a defense contractor.  Why would they work for Portland Police for free?

12th Annual NAMI Walk interview w/Wendy Sample & Pam Dunham

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Thu, 04/03/2014 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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12th Annual NAMI Walk interview w/Wendy Sample & Pam Dunham

Join Wendy Sample, Pam Dunham and me tomorrow as we discuss the state of mental health care. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, In 2012, there were an estimated 9.6 million adults aged 18 or older in the U.S. with Severe Mental Illness, representing 4.1 percent of all U.S. adults. Mental health issues touch every family yet many find few services available. The 12th annual NAMI Northwest Walk will be held on Sunday, May 18, at the Eastbank Esplanade in Portland. Registration begins at noon and the walk which is a 5K (3.2 miles) begins at 1 pm.

Greg Palast & the Exxon Valdez Oil disaster 25 years later.

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Thu, 03/27/2014 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Greg Palast interview on the 25th Anniversary of the Exxon Valdez Oil Disasterz

Join Greg Palast and me this week as we discuss the 25th Anniversary of the Exxon Valdez disaster. Greg Palast directed the investigation of fraud charges against Exxon and BP in the grounding of the Exxon Valdez—which spilled 11+ million gallons of oil. As a lead investigator of the disaster, Greg Palast uncovered the untold story that it was BP practices that were responsible yet, last week, the Obama Administration granted BP new tracts to drill in the Gulf of Mexico. “Nothing could be more dangerous than to give a company that makes its profits from cutting corners on safety, and breaking the law, to pad its bottom line”, says Greg Palast.

Interview with Ezekiel Edwards with the National office of the ACLU irt Marijuana Arrest Report

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Thu, 03/20/2014 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Interview with Ezekiel Edwards w/National ACLU on Marijuana sentencing practices

In June 2013 the ACLU released a report Marijuana in Black and White Report, which looked at Marijuana sentencing laws state by state and recommendations for sentencing reforms. Join me and Ezekiel Edwards, director of our Criminal Law Reform Project, ACLU as we discuss the report and the recently released TheUncovery tool that tracks the billions of dollars invested in the failed war on drugs. As both director and previously as staff attorney, Edwards has worked directly on cases and campaigns on a wide variety of issues, including ending over incarceration and excessive sentencing, challenges to juvenile life without parole sentences, reforms of unconstitutional police practices and drug law reform, including defending medical marijuana laws.

OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon Transit Justice Campaign; upcoming activities, Know Your Rights

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Thu, 03/13/2014 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon w/Nicole Jones Youth Organizer

Join Lisa Loving as she guest host Voices from the Edge this Thursday March 13, 2014 from 8:00am-9:00AM as she talks with OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon’s upcoming Know Your Rights training and an update on their Transit Justice Campaign. Nicole Johnson is the Youth Organizer at OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon. She grew up in Portland and has first-hand experience with many of the issues that OPAL tackles. Her experiences growing up in North East Portland and outer East Portland have fostered Nicole’s passions for grassroots organizing and encouraging the civic engagement of youth. These interests led her to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Portland State University.

Portland Police Target Black Hip Hop Performers and COPP program targets houseless for police action

Air date: 
Thu, 03/06/2014 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
Portland Police Target Black Hip Hop Performers & Right 2 Dream 2

Last Saturday, Blue Monk’s Blues nightclub was overwhelmed with Portland Police and Portland Gang Enforcement officers because the Police stated one of the performers was a known gang member and police expected a large gang presence at the event. Did Portland Police create the problem they say they were there to fix? Portland Police have told a variety of different stories to justify their actions, yet there is a consistent theme when a venue attracts young African American club goers. Is this a racist practice? What is a gang member? Join us for the ½ half of Thu’s program for this conversation!

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Voices from the Edge on 03/18/10

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Thu, 03/18/2010

Counting Heads: What's right and what's wrong with the 2010 census

Its been happening every decade since 1790. As mandated by the constitution, the U.S. Census Bureau determines the population of the nation, the results used to allocate congressional seats, electoral votes and government program funding. As census questionnaires start arriving in mailboxes this month, criticism of the census is heating up from all quarters. Right wing pundits characterize the census as part of the Obama administration's efforts to control citizens' lives. Republicans accuse organization like ACORN of distorting the results for political gain. Communities of color and other underrepresented populations worry that historic undercounting of their numbers will once again leave them without real political representation. This week, Jo Ann and Dave look at what's right and what's wrong with the 2010 census.
 

The conversation doesn't end when the program does. You can join in additional discussion of the week's issue on our blog at kboo.fm/voicesfromtheedge (click on the "blog" tab). You'll find additional information, important links, comments from other listeners and commentary from Jo Ann and Dave. Have a question for our guests, but can't call in during the program? Post your questions on line so we can make them a part of the Voices discussion.

Voices from the Edge on 03/11/10

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Thu, 03/11/2010

The appointment of Multnomah County Chair Ted Wheeler as state treasurer last Tuesday churned county and state political waters this week. Wheeler, appointed by Governor Kulongoski to fill the vacancy created by State Treasurer Ben Westlund's death, is now better positioned to advance up the ladder of statewide offices. At the county level, meanwhile, his departure has set off a scramble for his and County Commissioner Jeff Cogen's seat - Cogen throwing his hat in the ring to be the county's top executive. What will Wheeler's departure mean for residents of Oregon's most populous county? Jo Ann and Dave look at what's ahead for the candidates and county residents.

The conversation doesn't end when the program does. You can join in additional discussion of the week's issue on our blog at kboo.fm/voicesfromtheedge (click on the "blog" tab). You'll find additional information, important links, comments from other listeners and commentary from Jo Ann and Dave. Have a question for our guests, but can't call in during the program? Post your questions on line so we can make them a part of the Voices discussion.

Voices from the Edge on 03/04/10

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Thu, 03/04/2010

One month after Portland police officer Ronald Frashour fatally shot Aaron Campbell, the Portland City Council is still struggling with growing community anger over the unarmed man's death. Demonstrations, a high profile visit by Rev. Jesse Jackson - as well as an upcoming March 14 visit by national civil rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton - and criticism from new quarters, such as Multnomah Circuit Court Judge Michael Marcus have pushed city leaders to scramble for the release of the grand jury transcript and request a civil rights investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice. These steps have not quelled the growing list of demands for reform by the Albina Ministerial Alliance and other community-based groups seeking fundamental change in the police bureau.

This week, Jo Ann and Dave talk with Rev. T. Allen Bethel, president of the Albina Ministerial Alliance, and Pastory LeRoy Haynes, vice-president of the alliance about what steps the city needs to take to address police violence.

The conversation doesn't end when the program does. You can join in additional discussion of the week's issue on our blog at kboo.fm/voicesfromtheedge (click on the "blog" tab). You'll find additional information, important links, comments from other listeners and commentary from Jo Ann and Dave. Have a question for our guests, but can't call in during the program? Post your questions on line so we can make them a part of the Voices discussion.

Voices from the Edge on 02/25/10

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Thu, 02/25/2010

On January 21, 2010, the U.S. Supreme court took another step in the long - and many say misguided - journey to granting corporations personhood under the U.S. Constitution. In Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, a five-member majority of the court increased the ability of corporations to use their wealth to influence our electoral process. Recent polling shows that more than 75 percent of Americans think the ruling further weakens our democratic institutions and the power of people to govern themselves.

This week, Dave talks with David Cobb, the 2004 national Green Party presidential candidate about how communities are organizing to roll back corporate personhood and strengthen the democratic process. Cobb currently works with Move to Amend, a project of the Campaign to Legalize Democracy, that is working for passage of a constitutional amendment that will achieve those goals. Organizations involved in this national campaign include the Green Party, Sierra Club, Jobs with Justice, Alliance for Democracy and the Progressive Democrats of America.

Cobb and activist Riki Ott will be featured speakers at "Organizing the Community to Overturn the Court," an event taking place Monday, March 1 from 7-9 pm at the First Unitarian Church (SW 12th and Salmon). It is sponsored by Alliance for Democracy, Pacific Green Party, Economic Justice Action Group of the First Unitarian Church, Real Wealth of Portland, and the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom

The conversation doesn't end when the program does. You can join in additional discussion of the week's issue on our blog at kboo.fm/voicesfromtheedge (click on the "blog" tab). You'll find additional information, important links, comments from other listeners and commentary from Jo Ann and Dave. Have a question for our guests, but can't call in during the program? Post your questions on line so we can make them a part of the Voices discussion.

Corporate personhood and the campaign to legalize democracy.

Voices from the Edge on 02/18/10

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Thu, 02/18/2010

What's next in the Aaron Campbell case? Also, an interview with Oregon Attorney General John Kroger

Tuesday night, Rev. Jesse Jackson spoke to over 1,000 Portlanders at Maranantha Church about the "execution" of Aaron Campbell, the most recent victim of a police shooting. Wednesday morning, several hundred community members marched on Mayor Sam Adam's office demand answers about police conduct the night of Campbell's death. Police Commissioner Dan Saltzman is considering suspending Officer Ronald Frashour. Meanwhile, Rev. LeRoy Haynes of the Albina Ministerial Alliance described the city hall action as the "first step of our resistance." This week on Voices from the Edge, Jo Ann talks about what impacts the Jackson visit had on the Campbell case and how city leaders may respond.

Also this week, Jo Ann will be talking with Oregon Attorney General John Kroger about his agency's efforts to crack down on predatory mortgage practices.

The conversation doesn't end when the program does. You can join in additional discussion of the week's issue on our blog at kboo.fm/voicesfromtheedge (click on the "blog" tab). You'll find additional information, important links, comments from other listeners and commentary from Jo Ann and Dave. Have a question for our guests, but can't call in during the program? Post your questions on line so we can make them a part of the Voices discussion.

Will Aaron Campbell's death finally bring police accountability to Portland?

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Thu, 02/11/2010

Will Aaron Campbell's death finally bring police accountability to Portland?

A Multnomah County grand jury this week found no criminal wrongdoing by Portland police officer Ronald Frashour in the Jan. 28 fatal shooting of Aaron Campbell. The death of an unarmed young man distraught over the death of his younger brother has stoked long-burning fires in the community about the Portland Police Bureau's use of deadly force. City Commissioner Dan Saltzman has requested the grand jury transcript be made public. The Albina Ministerial Alliance wants a public inquest. Pastor LeRoy Haynes and other community leaders are demanding reforms within the police bureau which they believe are long overdue. Even national civil rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton, has expressed interest in the case.

This Thursday, Jo Ann and Dave talk with someone deeply affected by Campbell's death about what she hopes will come out of this tragedy. Gypsy Dance is the godmother of Aaron Campbell's mother and closely involved in the family. She, Timothy Douglass - Campbell's father - and other family members are calling for changes in the bureau that will bring the long and ugly history of police use of deadly force to an end. Is it possible that Aaron Campbell's death will finally bring police accountability to Portland?

The conversation doesn't end when the program does. You can join in additional discussion of the week's issue on our blog at kboo.fm/voicesfromtheedge (click on the "blog" tab). You'll find additional information, important links, comments from other listeners and commentary from Jo Ann and Dave. Have a question for our guests, but can't call in during the program? Post your questions on line so we can make them a part of the Voices discussion.

Voices from the Edge on 02/04/10

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Thu, 02/04/2010

Haiti, Race and International Adoption

The arrest of 10 American Baptists for attempting to take children out of Haiti without permission has rekindled the debate over international adoption. Many Americans believe the plight of Haitian children more than justifies removal of orphans to new homes abroad. Critics fear incorrect identification of Haitian children as orphans and the potential for human trafficking. The Adoptees of Color Roundtable, an "international community of adoptees of color," issued a statement characterizing Haitian adoptions by North American and European families as racist and colonialist, calling for an immediate stop to all adoptions from Haiti and the refocusing of resources towards family reunification and supporting children in their own community.

What takes priority in a crisis the magnitude of Haiti? Does "cultural sovereignty" trump other concerns? Are international adoptions by citizens of affluent North American and European nations inherently racist? Do domestic transracial adoptions present the same problems and challenges? Join Jo Ann and Dave this week as they explore these questions.

The conversation doesn't end when the program does. You can join in additional discussion of the week's issue on our blog at kboo.fm/voicesfromtheedge (click on the "blog" tab). You'll find additional information, important links, comments from other listeners and commentary from Jo Ann and Dave. Have a question for our guests, but can't call in during the program? Post your questions on line so we can make them a part of the Voices discussion.

OPEN LINES discussion on Supreme Court ruling regarding campaign finance limits and...

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Thu, 01/21/2010

OPEN LINES discussion on Supreme Court ruling regarding campaign finance limits and other current issues on the top KBOO Listeners' minds....

Join co-hosts Jo Ann Bowman and Dave Mazza every Thursday morning as they bring you informative guests and lively discussions about the issues that are important to you and your community. Every week, Voices from the Edge provides KBOO listeners a place to engage in meaningful talk about racial disparity, government accountability, environmental justice, local and national politics, and other crucial issues of the day. Jo Ann and Dave bring you guests you won’t hear on other talk radio programs and conversation about making Oregon and the nation a better place.

 About the hosts…

Jo Ann Bowman is a former Oregon state legislator, current executive director of Oregon Action and chair of Portland Community Media. Jo Ann is a long-time voice for Portland's under-represented communities and a leader in the struggle against racial and economic injustice.

Dave Mazza is a journalist and community activist. The former editor of The Portland Alliance newspaper has reported on and been involved in Portland's civil rights, peace, labor and environmental movements for 20 years. For more about Dave, visit www.davemazza.com

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.

Life & Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King

program date: 
Thu, 01/14/2010

About the program…

Join co-hosts Jo Ann Bowman and Dave Mazza every Thursday morning as they bring you informative guests and lively discussions about the issues that are important to you and your community. Every week, Voices from the Edge provides KBOO listeners a place to engage in meaningful talk about racial disparity, government accountability, environmental justice, local and national politics, and other crucial issues of the day. Jo Ann and Dave bring you guests you won’t hear on other talk radio programs and conversation about making Oregon and the nation a better place.

 About the hosts…

Jo Ann Bowman is a former Oregon state legislator, current executive director of Oregon Action and chair of Portland Community Media. Jo Ann is a long-time voice for Portland's under-represented communities and a leader in the struggle against racial and economic injustice.

Dave Mazza is a journalist and community activist. The former editor of The Portland Alliance newspaper has reported on and been involved in Portland's civil rights, peace, labor and environmental movements for 20 years. For more about Dave, visit www.davemazza.com

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.

Looking beyond the rhetoric: the arguments for (and against) Measures 66 & 67

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Thu, 01/07/2010

On January 26, Oregonians will be asked to decide how the latest chapter in the state's long-running tax wars will turn out. Opponents of two tax increases approved by the legislature in 2009 succeeded in collecting enough signatures for a referendum on what are now Measures 66 and 67. The former would raise the state income tax rate on those earning more than $125,000 per year while the latter would increase the minimum corporate tax. Supporters of the measures say vital public services are at stake. Opponents say raising taxes during a recession will only make matters worse.

Jo Ann and Dave looked at what these measures really will - and won't - do as well as both sides' arguments. Is passage as crucial as proponents say it is? Will raising taxes during a recession make matters worse? How do we get beyond these recurring fights and create real tax justice in Oregon?

The conversation doesn't end when the program does. You can join in additional discussion of the week's issue on our blog at kboo.fm/voicesfromtheedge (click on the "blog" tab). You'll find additional information, important links, comments from other listeners and commentary from Jo Ann and Dave. Have a question for our guests, but can't call in during the program? Post your questions on line so we can make them a part of the Voices discussion.

Looking beyond the rhetoric: the arguments for (and against) Measures 66 & 67

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