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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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Episode Archive

Portland's 2035 Comprehensive Plan

Air date: 
Thu, 09/25/2014 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
Portland's 2035 Comprehensive Plan

Guest host Lisa Loving welcomes neighborhood activists concerned about Portland’s 2035 Comprehensive Plan, which will guide land use development, growth and investment decisions in Portland between now and 2035.

http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/article/502600
http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/57352

15 Now PDX:The movement for a $15 minimum wage

Air date: 
Thu, 09/18/2014 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
15 Now PDX:The movement for a $15 minimum wage

The movement for a $15 minimum wage is gaining momentum around the nation and in Oregon, where activists are partnering with social service providers, advocacy groups and state lawmakers to push for legislative action. Guest host Lisa Loving speaks with organizers of 15 Now PDX on their campaign and how you can get involved. We’ll also be taking calls on YOUR minimum wage story.
 

Gentrification and Changing Development Policy in the City of Portland

Air date: 
Thu, 09/11/2014 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
Gentrification and Changing Development Policy in the City of Portland
With the massive displacement of families and the working class out of their traditional Portland neighborhoods, one coalition of community organizations is looking at a full-scale effort to change development policy. Guest host Lisa Loving speaks with Alan Hippolito of VERDE, Cyreena Boston Ashby of PAALF, Jon Osterman from OPAL Environmental Justice and Joseph Santos Lyons from APANO on what we can do to shape our city into the place we want it to be.

TEDxSalem 2014

Air date: 
Thu, 09/04/2014 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
TEDxSalem 2014

Guest host Lisa Loving speaks with Simon Tam and others from the TEDxSalem 2014, happening Sat­ur­day, Sep­tem­ber 13th, at the His­toric Elsi­nore The­atre in Salem. The event brings communities together to talk about ideas worth spreading. 

Why Abortion Access Matters with Members of The Bush League

Air date: 
Thu, 08/28/2014 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
Why Abortion Access Matters with Members of The Bush League

Guest host Lisa Loving speaks with musicians from The Bush League, a group of musicians behind “Running Up That Hill: Kate Bush Covers for Reproductive Rights.” It’s designed as a fundraiser for reproductive rights organizations, low cost abortion clinics, and other pro-choice advocates. Lisa is live with musicians C.J. Boyd and musical ensemble the Binary Marketing Show on why abortion access matters. 

Enough Is Enough Campaign in Portland

Air date: 
Thu, 08/21/2014 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
Enough Is Enough Campaign in Portland

While many watchers have their eyes on the rioting in Ferguson, Missouri, here in Portland the black community is reeling from the murder of a 21-year-old pregnant mom gunned down in her own apartment last weekend. Portland Police are working with city officials and mothers throughout the community on the Enough is Enough campaign to encourage witnesses to come forward and report what they know about crimes like these.
Guest host Lisa Loving is joined by Portland Police Bureau Crisis Response Team Director Marci Jackson to talk about how you can get involved in this new campaign to support local families of murdered Portlanders in the black community.

Enough is Enough-A conversation about Police violence

Air date: 
Thu, 08/14/2014 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
Enough is Enough- A conversation on Police violence in communities of color
"Enough is Enough" is a tag line for a new snitch program from the Gang Enforcement Police folks in Portland. It's purpose is to encourage people to share information with police to solve crimes in black communities. Let's talk about the elephant in the room, the police will never get support from people who don't trust them. Why would black men talk to the police? Eric Garner a 43-year old Black man was killed by a chokehold by a NYPD officers was suspected of selling individual cigarettes (the medical examiner ruled this death a homicide) and we are told the U.S. Department of Justice is investigating; An UNARMED Black teenager named Michael Brown, 18 years old was shot and killed by St.

Brauti Atharee interview on Black Leadership in Oregon

Air date: 
Thu, 08/07/2014 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
Black Leadership in Oregon interview w/Brauti Artharee
Where are the leaders in the African American community is a question I get asked a lot. As I look inside our current political system this is what I have found: Recently Governor Kitzhaber quietly let go his Director of Media Services a young African American woman named Nkenge Harmon Johnson. Ms. Harmon Johnson was one of two African Americans employed by this governor. With so few people of color in the Governor’s administration this change requires more information Just a few days ago Lakeitha Elliott resigned her position with the Multnomah County Democratic Central Committee as Chair due to ongoing non-cooperation of some members of the board who originally challenged her election and have never gotten over her successful re-election into that post.

Dr. Mary's Monkey author Edward T. Haslam

Air date: 
Thu, 07/31/2014 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
Edward T. Haslam author, Dr. Mary's Monkey
Join Edward T. Haslam, author of the updated book Dr. Mary's Monkey  How the unsolved murder if a doctor, a secret laboratory in New Orleans and cancer-causing monkey viruses are linked to Lee Harvey Oswald, the JFK assassination and emerging global epidemics for what should be an interesting conversation.

The future of Occupy gathering in Sacramento on July 31 2014 w/Daniel Hong

Air date: 
Thu, 07/24/2014 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
Daniel Hong on Occupy gathering in Sacramento on July 31 2014

The Occupy movement is an international protest movement against social and economic inequality, its primary goal being to make the economic and political relations in all societies less vertically hierarchical and more flatly distributed. Local groups often have different focuses, but among the movement's prime concerns deal with how large corporations and the global financial system control the world in a way that disproportionately benefits a minority, undermines democracy, and is unstable. It is part of what Manfred Steger calls the "global justice movement". The first Occupy protest to receive widespread attention was Occupy Wall Street in New York City's Zuccotti Park, which began on 17 September 2011.

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A call to fill Oregon's black leadership void

program date: 
Thu, 08/27/2009

Black leadership is on the rise - from the White House to corporate giants like Xerox Corp. In progressive Oregon, however, blacks currently hold no elected positions in the city, county or regional governments within the metropolitan area where most of their community resides. These political disparities are more than matched by economic, social, health and education disparities that have left black Oregonians impoverished.

Charles McGee and Johnell Bell, co-founders of the Black Parent Initiative, believe the time has come for this to change. In a recent essay in the Oregonian, McGee and Bell called "for Oregon to have a different conversation, followed by bold policy changes and courageous action...being well-meaning or well intentioned is no longer enough." Jo Ann and Dave talk with McGee and Bell about their call to action and the role of all Oregonians in ending racial disparities within our state.

Coming up in September! On September 3, Jo Ann and Dave talk with organizers of the effort to recall Mayor Sam Adams. On September 10, Dave and Jo Ann will talk with exonerated death row inmate Curtis McCarty about his experiences and Exonerated, the documentary about his ordeal.

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.

Clearing the air in Portland schools

program date: 
Wed, 08/19/2009

Portland may be a green city, but some of its school children are breathing air more like the polluted skies of Cleveland. A  USA Today study found six of our city's schools in northwest and north/northeast Portland among the worst in the nation for exposing children to airborn toxins. Benzine, a carcinogen found in gasoline, exceeds DEQ safety standards by 26 percent. Frustrated with lack of action by state regulators, parents of children in some of the mot impacted schools are organizing the community. Neighbor for Clean Air wants industrial users in the area like ESCO to install better air filtration systems and DEQ to provide more extensive monitoring (DEQ is currently monitoring only one school - Harriet Tubman Leadership Academy for the next 60 days).

Jo Ann and Dave talk with Mary Peveto of Neighbors for Clean Air about their petition drive and other efforts to clear the air in Portland's schools. Also joining the conversation is Geri Williams, founder of the Environmental Justice Action group and longtime community activist working on air quality issues in North and Northeast 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.

Ending racial profiling in Portland: A discussion with Dave Hardesty

program date: 
Thu, 08/13/2009

The Portland Police Bureau agreed to develop a plan for ending racial profiling within their organization. But despite promises from Police Chief Rosie Sizer, little progress seems to have been made. Community oganizations, meanwhile, are turning up the heat on city hall to implement an action plan now. Jo Ann talks with local activist Dave Hardesty about recent developments in the effort to end racial profiling in the police bureau.

The State of Black Oregon

program date: 
Wed, 08/05/2009

 

 

The State of Black Oregon was published earlier this month by the Urban League of Portland. The report contains a stark inventory of statistics that show a persistent gap in living standards between black and white Oregonians – a gap that is growing wider as a result of the current economic downturn. "During the last eight years, the poverty gap in America and in this state has continued to grow," says Marcus C. Mundy, president and CEO of the Urban League of Portland. Jo Ann and Dave talk with the League's Marcus Mundy and Midge Purcell about the report and how Oregon can close this gap.

Can talking about race make a difference?

program date: 
Wed, 08/05/2009

Last month, President Obama sat down over beers with a Cambridge cop and a Harvard professor to talk about an ugly incident that brought home how deep racial tensions still run in our nation. The president saw the arrest of Henry Louis Gates, Jr. by Sgt. James Crowly as a "teachable moment" that could help Americans in their struggle to understand race and its impacts. But can talking about race make a difference?

In Portland, where gentrification has fueled racial tensions, John Canda and Judith Mowry think talking is essential to get people to confront issues they ignore or pretend don't exist within our community and the nation. For the last two years, the city's Office of Neighborhood Involvement and the Restorative Listening Project has been holding their own versions of President Obama's "beer summit" in North and Northeast Portland, bringing together through the Uniting to Understand Racism program. Can talk reduce racial strife? Does bringing people together to confront difficult issues that go to the heart of how power is or isn't shared make our democracy stronger?

Jo Ann and Dave talk with the Restorative Listening Project's John Canda and the Office of Neighborhood Involvement's Judith Mowry about what we have to gain by talking to each other.

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.

How do we change the national conversation about war and peace? Also: Update on health care reform legislation

program date: 
Wed, 07/22/2009

Seven months into a new administration and the nation still finds itself embroiled in two Asian wars. Many Americans would have difficulty explaining how the Obama administration's conduct of these wars differs from the last administration's. They're certainly not being helped by policymakers and pundits who are working overtime to marginalize arguments for American withdrawal from the region. With the economy now people's foremost concern, how does the peace movement change the national conversation about war and peace?

Jo Ann and Dave talk with Tom Hastings, Director of the Oregon Peace Institute's Peace Voice Program. On August 1, the program will host the Peace Voice Conference, bringing together activists, academics and others to explore new ways to bring together diverse communities in order to refocus the public discourse on the possibilities of peace and the inadvisibility of war.

Also this Thursday: Jo Ann and Dave talk with Betsy Dillard, Director of Health Care for America Now, about the current status of health care reform bills currently making their way through Congress.

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?

What's the future of community media?

program date: 
Wed, 07/15/2009

As recent events in Iran have shown, technology has given ordinary people the power to inform neighbors down the street and strangers halfway around the world about important events regardless of government censorship or corporate media indifference. "Community media" - citizen-operated print, broadcast and digital technologies - is filling the information needs of a growing number of Americans. The Alliance for Community Media's 2009 international conference recently took place in Portland, where hundreds of media activists discussed new concepts in community media and challenge old ones. Is community media reaching and reflecting the community? Are there lessons to be learned from the professional media? What is the future of community media?

Jo Ann and Dave talk with Erik Mollberg , chair of the Indiana Chapter of the Alliance for Community Media, and director of Ft Wayne's Public, Educational and Governmental television services. Mollberg, one of the organizers of the conference, lobbies and writes extensively for greater realization of public access to media. Also joining the conversation is Phil Busse, founder of the Northwest Institute for Social Change, and two participants in the institutes's summer media camp, a program for learning how to use art and media to create social change.

 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.

Is health care reform in critical condition?

program date: 
Wed, 07/08/2009

Over 75 percent of Americans want health care reform according to a new Pew Research poll. President Obama remains committed to reforming our health care system this year. But as Congress struggles to craft legislation, the voice of concerned voters is getting drowned out by a vocal minority working from the same play book. Will serious health care reform die on the operating table at the hands of congressional Republicans, conservative pundits, and industry spin doctors?

Dave speaks with local health care reform advocates about what progress is being made to overhaul the nation's health care system. How will budget concerns be addressed? Will a public option survive Republican opposition? Is single-payer dead? How will federal reforms fit with recent actions by the Oregon legislature? Joining in the conversation will be Oregon Center for Public Policy's health care advocate, Janet Bauer, and Oregon Health Action Campaign's Director of Community Engagement, Onofre Contreras.

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.

Does reorganizing Portland's high schools make sense?

program date: 
Wed, 07/01/2009

Portland's high school dropout rate is the highest in the metropolitan area. While the statewide rate declined last year, Portland high school students are dropping out at twice the rate - 8.2 percent - of students in other Oregon communities. The city's high schools are also grappling with other issues: a growing number of students opting for GED credentials, budget shortfalls, and demands from parents for greater accountability to the community.

Portland Public School Superintendent Carole Smith has launched a major reorganization of the high school system to address these and other issues. The plan calls for closing some high schools, restructuring others, creating more magnet schools and restricting the ability of students to attend schools outside the district in which they reside. Can the reorganization address the problems facing Portland's high schools? Is it still viable in today's economic environment? How will it affect communities that feel they've been short-changed by the school system in the past?

 Jo Ann and Dave talk with Sarah Singer, project manager of the Portland Public School District's high school redesign team and Sarah Carlin Ames, communications coordinator with the team about their plan, its goals and whether it will meet the needs of all Portland students in the coming years.

Jo Ann and Dave also talk with David Fidanque, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon about the recent Supreme Court rulings on affirmative action and on strip searches of school students.

 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.

 

Closing Portland's Affordable Housing Gap

program date: 
Wed, 06/24/2009

The real estate bubble may have burst but many Portlanders still find homeownership beyond their reach. Even with today's lower housing costs, affordable housing for a family earning the median family income ($66,900) would be priced at $200,000 - a price limited to very few homes currently available, and even fewer at that price with the space available for a family of four. For low income families earning less than 60 percent of the median family income, the opportunities are nearly non-existent. Is it important to make home ownership available? How do we close the affordable housing gap in Portland?

Jo Ann and Dave talk with Lila Alvarez, Community Relations Coordinator for the Portland Community Land Trust, about how affordable housing - or lack of it - affects the community and what strategies her organization has adopted to put home ownership within reach of more Portlanders.

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.

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