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.

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Episode Archive

Voices from the Edge on 08/27/09

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Thu, 08/27/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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A call to fill Oregon's black leadership void: An Interview with Chrles McGee and Johnell Bell

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.

Voices from the Edge on 08/20/09

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Thu, 08/20/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Six of Portland's schools have some of the worst air quality in the nation. Parents want DEQ to take

Portland may be a green city, but some of its school children are breathing air more like the polluted skies of Cleveland. A recent 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.

Voices from the Edge on 08/06/09

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Thu, 08/06/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Can talking about race make a difference? Jo Ann and Dave talk with the founders of the Restorative

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?

Voices from the Edge on 07/30/09

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Thu, 07/30/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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An interview with the Urban League's Midge Purcell about their report on the state of Black Oregon.

Seven months after the inauguration of the first Black president, a statewide report on the condition of African Americans in Oregon reveals that black Oregonians remain at or near the bottom of every meaningful social and economic measure. African Americans in Oregon have significantly higher infant mortality rates, are more likely to live in poverty, have higher levels of unemployment, are half as likely to own their own homes and are far more likely to die of diseases such as diabetes than their white counterparts.

 

Voices from the Edge on 07/23/09

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Thu, 07/23/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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How do we change the national conversation about war and peace? A conversation with Oregon Peace Ins

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?

Voices from the Edge on 07/16/09

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Thu, 07/16/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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What's the future of community media? A discussion with Erik Mollberg and Phil Busse

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.

Voices from the Edge on 07/09/09

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Thu, 07/09/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Is health care reform in critical condition? An interview with Wendell Potter

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 industry spin doctors?

Voices from the Edge on 07/02/09

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Thu, 07/02/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Does reorganizing Portland's high schools make sense?

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.

Voices from the Edge on 06/25/09

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Thu, 06/25/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Closing Portland's affordable housing gap: a talk with Portland Community Land Trust

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?

Voices from the Edge on 06/18/09

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Thu, 06/18/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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A "Juneteenth" rememberance: confronting racism in Oregon

June 19th marks the 144th anniversary of the landing of federal troops in Galveston, Texas to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation and finally bring slavery to an end throughout the United States. "Juneteenth" has not only become a day to commemorate the end of slavery but to reflect on the African American experience - from progress made to challenges that remain. As Oregonians celebrate the 150th anniversary of their statehood, Juneteenth is an opportunity to look at how we are contributing - or not - to overcoming racism in Oregon.

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Being Muslim Seven Years After 9/11

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Wed, 09/10/2008

The attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001 changed the lives of many Americans. None more so than Muslim-Americans, who were subjected to a wave of hostility not seen since Japanese-Americans were targeted following the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Have things improved seven years later?

Join us this week in a conversation about what its like to be a Muslim seven years after 9.11.We'll be talking with Dr. Kambiz Ghaneabassiri, Carnegie Scholar and Associate Professor of Religion and Humanities at Reed College, about the history and composition of the Muslim-American community. We'll also be talking with Ahmed Rehab, communications director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, about the challenges facing Muslim-Americans seven years after the World Trade Center attack.

Swimming, Sinking or Treading Water? A look at Oregon's Economy

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Wed, 09/03/2008

Was Oregon's economy in trouble even before the sub-prime meltdown? That's what new numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau say. Despite record-breaking economic expansion before the current downturn, most Oregonians' incomes have remained flat since 2000. Poverty and lack of health insurance or other problems that did not improve during the boom. What did Oregon leaders fail to do? How well are Oregonians equipped to face an economy that continues to falter? What strategy should our legislature and governor consider to turn things around? Jo Ann and Dave  talk with Mike Leachman, policy analyst with the Oregon Center for Public Policy about these and other questions. For more information about the analysis or the Oregon Center for Public Policy, visit www.ocpp.org

Racial Profiling: New Report - Same Old Story

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Wed, 08/20/2008

Jo Ann and Dave look at the latest findings on racial profiling released by the Portland Police Bureau. This latest report, which compiles data on stops and motorists, cyclists and pedestrians over the past year, shows that African Americans are still more likely to be stopped by the police than other city residents. The city says the raw data doesn't tell the whole story, but community activists are concerned that "driving, cycling and walking while black" remains a serious problem in the Rose City. Jo Ann and Dave and discuss voter concerns about Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.

To find out more about what information Portland and other Oregon communities are required by state law to track and report, as well as to access thelatest figures on racial profiling, visit www.racialprofilinganalysis.neu.edu/background/jurisdictions.php?state=OR.

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Candidates for WA State U.S. Congressional Representative Dist. 3

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Thu, 07/03/2008

Hosts Dave Mazza and Jo Ann Bowman speak with two of the four candidates for Washington State U.S. Congressional Representative District 3; Cheryl Crist and Michael Delavar. Incumbant Brian Baird and candidate Christine Webb were unable to participate.

Civil Discourse vs. Free Speech

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Wed, 06/18/2008

Are civil discourse and free speech compatible? Is there a "New Anger" in the words of Peter Wood, author of "Bee in the Mouth; Anger in America Now?" This week on Voices on the Edge, Dave Mazza explores the challenges we face in a democratic society with respecting the rights of others while  not stifling free expression, particularly opinions not shared by the majority. 

Laura Flanders on Positive Local Action

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Wed, 01/30/2008

Hosts Jo Ann Bowman and Dave Mazza interview journalist and commentator Laura Flanders, author Blue Grit: True Democrats Take Back Politics from the Politicians as part of No Beginning Too Small, KBOO's special day of programming devoted to real solutions and alternatives.

Ted Wheeler, Mult. Cnty

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Wed, 12/05/2007

Hosts Jo Ann Bowman and Dave Mazza speak with Ted Wheeler, Multnomah County Commission Chair, about delivering services to county residents and what possible changes county residents may be facing in the future, including recent discussions about changing the Multnomah County Sheriff from an elected position to an appointed one.

Emily's List, Women in Politics

Hosts Jo Ann Bowman and Dave Mazza speak with Sylvia Robledo of Emily's List about current challenges for women in electoral politics and the attempt to achieve gender parity in U.S. politics. (3/27/08)

Laura Flanders, Women In Politics

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Hosts Jo Ann Bowman and Dave Mazza speak with journalist Laura Flanders, author of Blue Grit: True Democrats Take Back Politics from the Politicians, about women in politics and the question of a "glass ceiling."

Comments

Foreclosure Mills

I just wanted to post a link to an article about the foreclosure mills that make money off of the forsclosure mess.  http://motherjones.com/politics/2010/07/david-stern-djsp-foreclosure-fannie-freddie?page=1

taxing "gross" income?

can you clarify?

don't the measures increase rates on taxable income, not gross income, as the first caller mentioned? 

Still waiting for my apology from Joann

Dear Ms. Bowman,

I did not hear an apology for you making a blatant distortion of my comment.  I do not appreciate being lied about and especially by a campaign which you obviously are supporting which hypocritically poses as the moral arbitrator of the Universe regarding truth telling.

Again, let me clarify:

First off, I did not say, as was falsely stated by you and your guest, that politicians have a right to lie.  I stated that everyone has a right to lie about their love life.  That is a vastly different point and I bitterly resent being lied about on this.

This distortion (lie) by your guest and you is sadly emblematic of the hyperbolic nature of this entire pesudo-moralistic campaign.

I will receive your apology before I ever again associate with you or this program.

Sinverely,

Will Ware

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Lying about lying on the Edge

I don't know how to get an email to the disc jockey.

Will again and please correct your slander of me and misstatement of my comment.

First off, I did not say, as was falsely stated by JoAnn and your caller, that politicians have a right to lie.  I stated that everyone has a right to lie about their love life.  That is a vastly different point and I bitterly resent being lied about on this.

This distortion (lie) by your guest and JoAnn is emblematic of the hyperbolic nature of this entire pesudo-moralistic campaign.

It is a fact that Republicans involved in this are using this as an organizing tool.  It is a fact that this campaign is making common-cause with anti-progressive forces.

It is this campaign that is the divisive force in our community.

This signature campaign is the darling of the right wing.  This campaign is the best thing that has happened to the Multnomah Co. Republican Party since Theodore Roosevelt.

If this is about negative campaigning- WHY IS THIS SUCH A THOROUGLY NEGATIVE CAMPGAIGN.  IT REDUCES POLITICAL DIALOG TO THE LEVEL OF A GRAMMER SCHOOL PLAYGROUND.

 

Cops and Race

Very interesting program today (8/6/09). Here's a germane link to an article by Kevin Alexander Gray in The Progressive "Citizens have the right to talk back to the police":

http://www.progressive.org/mpgray080409.html

In my view, a well trained cop could have and should have defused the situation far short of arrest.

Too frequently, cops escalate situations, especially when dealing with people of color.

As Mr. Alexander sums up in the final sentence of his article: "We should never have to fear when we stand up for our rights." And that goes for people of all hues.

Citizens have the right to talk back ...

I agree, Peter. This article is germane: One outcome of Professor Gate’s arrest should be an understanding that “What lends legitimacy (to our legal system) is our belief that the police are dutiful servants of the people — not their arbitrary oppressors.”

The Declaration of Independence promptly asserts “… Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the consent of the governed.”

'Know Your Rights' training is imperative, as a 'check and balance' against unwarranted interference with the intent of the U.S. Constitution. An informed citizenry is a Public Good. Vigilance against abuse of power is actually a civic responsibility.

I know first-hand a tendency by Portland police to escalate situations that might be otherwise resolved. I have only an inkling of the mental pressures involved in policing, and but a dim suspicion as to the social handicaps that come with wielding weapons, spending so much time in the milieu of antisocial behavior, of having a community grant your uniformed subgroup status as The Enforcers. I would suspect such pressure, status and lethal equipment make it difficult to appreciate a role of Servant of the People.

Do you know what the common ground may be?

Law enforcement.

How can we change our dialogue so that a person of color, being thrown up against chain link fence – sometimes even without a pretext of wrongdoing – has standing when there is no probable cause that a crime is being committed?

By advocating that police actions adhere to Constitutional provisions for freedom from unwarranted search, to be secure in their possessions; would not this citizen also be involved in law enforcement?

One really ironic point I failed to make on the program is that, from the time of Chief Kroeker onward, it has likely been in the consciousness of Portland Police Bureau command that racial profiling actually inhibits criminal detection and prosecution. Simply the perception of police misconduct reduces the quality of public cooperation. One of the results of racial bias is that it is more difficult to secure leads and eventual witness testimony from a disenfranchised, victimized population of law-abiding citizens.

I suggest there will be a real reduction in crime (due to citizen cooperation) when and if policing is seen to be done lawfully. If it were a shared perception that people who oppose the immoral, unethical and illegal practice of racial profiling had merit as Constitutional law enforcers, I would think this a positive dynamic … and not just for people of color, but other negatively affected groups like the mentally ill, for whom self-advocacy is a supreme challenge.

Let us fuse training and dialogue. You mention the ‘well-trained cop.’ Perhaps ‘Know Your Rights’ training (and Oregon Action training includes de-escalation strategies) might dovetail with Portland Police Bureau training. What would be achieved if police training alerted officers that a segment of the population - fatigued by unconstitutional behavior - will be advocating for just and equitable treatment?

If that segment of the population included Police Commissioner Saltzman, Human Rights Commissioner Fritz, City Auditor Griffin-Valade and Mayor Adams, I think the Police union would find impetus to engage in negotiations for a means to weed out officers refusing to enforce the Constitution, state law, or bureau regulations.

To take up your point about police as public servants, the Auditor’s Independent Police Review Board is poised to actually adopt that frame of reference. Currently specializing in facts and figures, there is a component of their reporting primed and ready for public pressure to make this a prime frame of reference for assessing the Police Bureau’s functionality.

Perhaps better left for another blog, I just want you to know that civilian oversight of armed government activity is imperative as the nation pursues a War on Terror. If the City of Portland were to weigh in on fundamental human rights during the nation’s general expansion of police powers, it stands likely to do a Public Good that cannot now be calculated.

Environment: global warming

On this morning's (June 18) program Joann mentioned a man (I think she said "young" and "minority" )who is becomming active in environmental matters, I would like to talk with him about joining the planning and implementation of an event that is scheduled to take place on October 24th.

I am a member ot the Peace and Social Concerns Committee of the Multnomah Monthly Meeting of Friends (Quakers), and the organizer of a sub-group called "Global Coolers". We meet monthly and have taken the responsibility of informing the Meeting about global warming and involving them in efforts to lessen our individual and collective destructive impact on the planet.We have also hosted a couple of community events over the past several years.
Yesterday I learned that Bill McKibben, who is a leading activist in the environmental protection movement, is organizing a world-wide demonstration to take place on October 24: it is described on 350.org.
I want to make sure that Portland participates in this event.
I have not talked yet to other environmental activists about involvement (there may already be plans afoot) but I will do so in the next couple of days. In any case I will welcome all participants in the planning and execution of the event. My telephone number is 503-292-1817.
Thank you for your attention.
Peace, Jim

Measure 53

I was disturbed to hear this morning information that leads me to think I did not check out the ballot measures carefully enough. As an intelligent conservative, I find it both important and difficult to listen to KBOO and other left-of-center sources regularly, and the comments this morning made it clear that I should invest more energy into that effort.

On the other hand, I was a bit amused (and relieved of my nascent guilt) when I heard you adamantly insist that Measure 53 passed by a 76-24 margin because a day-old paper said so. It is possible that the Oregonian was that far off the mark - if so, I would assume that it was an early edition which showed very preliminary results. I went to three sources this morning of which two gave vote tallies. KATU.com indicates that as of 8am today the vote on 53 was YES 475,838 and NO 473,912 which is a margin of less than 2000 votes out of nearly 1 million. Rounded to the nearest percent, the vote is 50-50. KOIN.com had very similar (probably identical) numbers.

So I figure that if you let your personal opinions cloud such simple and easily ascertained facts, if you are so closed-minded that you will not double-check this when it is disputed, I need not concern myself with your judgment on the more complex issue of Measure 53 itself.

- Gordon

 

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