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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 on 05/14/09

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Thu, 05/14/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
A new direction for Oregon's DOJ? An interview with Attorney General John Kroger

Since taking office last January, Oregon Attorney General John Kroger has taken on the siting of a liquified natural gas terminal in Clatsop County, started investigating the collapse of the Oregon College Savings Plan, pushed for a faster cleanup of Hanford, and cleared the way to prosecute unethical debt collectors. He also wants Oregonians to give him a bigger budget to create an environmental crimes unit and a civil rights division.

Voices from the Edge on 05/07/09

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Thu, 05/07/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
Rinku Sen: Race and Obama's first 100 days

Last week, President Obama reached his first 100 days in office, triggering a media flurry of speculation about how well he's doing. Communities of color - already hurting before the lastest round of troubles - have been measuring up the new president as well. Is President Obama pushing to create justice for all or is he too bogged down in the legacy of his predecessor? What should we be doing to push the president down the path of racial equity?

Voices from the Edge on 04/30/09

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Thu, 04/30/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
May Day: Is it still relevant 123 years later?

May 1, 2009 marks the 123rd anniversary of a rally for the eight-hour day in Chicago's Haymarket Square that ended with a police riot that left over a dozen dead. The political trial and hanging of four anarchists that followed sparked protests around the world and the designation by the Second International of May 1 as International Workers' Day, more commonly known as May Day. But does commemoration of a 19th century incident have relevance for people in the 21st century? Does demonstrating on May Day have meaning for you?

Voices from the Edge on 04/23/09

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Thu, 04/23/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
The Oregon Legislature is considering two bills that would modify Measure 11

With a budget in freefall and an economy that just keeps getting worse, Oregon lawmakers are turning to the $1.6 billion cost of enforcing Measure 11's mandatory sentencing requirements. Two bills currently being considered would look at reviewing a prisoner's mandatory sentence at the midpoint while another would raise sentences for first degree rape while lowering sentencing requirements for lesser levels. Are lawmakers too timid or going too far? Join Jo Ann and Dave as they discuss how lawmakers are rethinking Measure 11.

Voices from the Edge on 04/16/09

Air date: 
Thu, 04/16/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
Creating accountable immigration enforcement: an interview with Detention Watch Network's Jacqueline

Over 440,000 people will be detained by the U.S. government this year. Women, children, the elderly, asylum seekers, torture victims and even long-time permanent residents will be detained for months - in some cases years - awaiting a determination on their status. Many of these people will be detained without a judicial hearing or access to an attorney in a nation that prides itself on the rule of law and due process.

Voices from the Edge on 04/09/09

Air date: 
Thu, 04/09/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
How do we build an economy that's green AND fair?

From the White House to City Hall, everyone's talking about making the transition to a new green economy. But how do we make sure this new economy doesn't perpetuate the disparities of the old one? Can we make the shift without making things even worse for those already struggling with economic and environmental injustice? How can we ensure that all communities benefit from this transition?

This week on Voices from the Edge, Dave talks with Vien Truong, Senior Policy Associate for Green For All, a national non-profit organization working to build "an inclusive green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty." Truong works with state policymakers and community leaders in creating green job policies and programs throughout the country. Also joining the conversation will be Mike Leachman, a policy analyst at the Oregon Center for Public Policy and that organization's representative in the Oregon Apollo Alliance, a coalition of labor, business, environmental and community organizations working for a clean energy revolution that will create high-quality green-collar jobs. Join us in the discussion about how we make Oregon's new economy green and fair.

Voices from the Edge on 04/02/09

Air date: 
Thu, 04/02/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
Executive Bonuses: Are we missing the point?

The media has been full of stories about populist anger over executive bonuses in recent weeks. The news of AIG's plan to distribute bonuses to the very corporate division that helped spark the current crisis set off a firestorm of angry editorials, speeches and demonstrations inside and outside the halls of government. But by focusing on the bonus issue, are Americans letting bigger problems go unresolved? This week on Voices from the Edge, Dave talks about recent reports by the Institute for Policy Studies that say Americans need to make sure Congress doesn't stop with speeches and meaningless gestures. Join us in the conversation.

Voices from the Edge on 03/26/09

Air date: 
Thu, 03/26/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
Theater and healing: A conversation with the production company of "A Sunbeam."

The play's the thing. Theater offers reflections of reality but can it serve as a specific tool in tackling problems? Jo Ann and Dave talk with members of PassinArt: A Theater Company about their production of "A Sunbeam" by award-winning playwright John Henry. This unique production of a play about a family torn apart by problems includes "talk back" sessions with cast members and professionals from the Avel Gordley Center for Healing.

Voices from the Edge on 03/19/09

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Air date: 
Thu, 03/19/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
Checking in on the Oregon Legislature

Closing the budget gap. Reviving Oregon's economy. Saving public services. These are just some of the issues Oregon lawmakers are facing this session. How is Oregon's 2009 legislature tackling these challenges? Is change in the wind in Salem? Jo Ann and Dave take a look at some of the key issues and the legislative responses playing out inside the Capitol so far.

 Coming up on Voices from the Edge...

Voices from the Edge on 03/12/09

Air date: 
Thu, 03/12/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
Concerned over Central City Concern; Also Marching for Peace

Central City Concern, with a $33 million annual budget and 23 buildings, is the city's biggest nonprofit landlord in downtown Portland. Some of the nonprofit's tenants, however, say their landlord has let apartment buildings fall into disrepair and disregarded tenants'demands for action or even a chance to speak to Central City Concern's board about the problem.

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Voices from the Edge 03-24-11 Oregon Legislature

program date: 
Thu, 03/24/2011

This week, Jo Ann and Dave give us updates on what's happening in the Oregon Legislature. 

Jo Ann Bowman is a former state legislator, former executive director of Oregon Action, and a long-time leader in the struggle for racial and economic justice. Dave Mazzais a freelance journalist and former editor of The Portland Alliance who has covered and been involved in Portland's civil rights, peace, labor and environmental movements for 20 years.

 
Join Jo Ann and Dave every Thursday as they bring you guests and discussion of issues important to you. Support programming like Voices from the Edge by becoming a member of KBOO today.

Program Engineer: Steve Nassar

Audio Editor: Alicia Olson

Voices from the Edge 03-17-11 A new look at Oregon's Measure 11 and its impacts

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Thu, 03/17/2011

Kevin Mannix promised voters in 1994 that his Ballot Measure 11 establishing minimum mandatory sentences would create certainty in Oregon's criminal justice system. While the measure tripled the state's prison population over 20 years, a new report by the state Criminal Justice Commission finds that Measure 11 not only failed to deliver certainty, it has cost the state billions of dollars while it shifting sentencing power from the hands of judges to those of district attorneys - a shift many see as dangerous.

This week, Jo Ann and Dave spoke with retired Oregon judge Darryl Larson, chairman of the Criminal Justice Commission about the report's findings as well as the significance of its release as Governor Kitzhaber and the legislature begins looking at mandatory sentencing rules in light of budget constraints.

Jo Ann Bowman is a former state legislator, former executive director of Oregon Action, and a long-time leader in the struggle for racial and economic justice. Dave Mazzais a freelance journalist and former editor of The Portland Alliance who has covered and been involved in Portland's civil rights, peace, labor and environmental movements for 20 years.

 
Join Jo Ann and Dave every Thursday as they bring you guests and discussion of issues important to you. Support programming like Voices from the Edge by becoming a member of KBOO today.

Program Engineer: Steve Nassar

Audio Editor: Alicia Olson

Voices from the Edge 03-10-11 Wray Harris

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Thu, 03/10/2011

This week on Voices from the Edge, Jo Ann and Dave talked with Wray Harris, president of Iraq Veterans Against the War (Oregon) about who is paying the real cost of America's wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.  

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Jo Ann Bowman is a former state legislator, former executive director of Oregon Action, and a long-time leader in the struggle for racial and economic justice. Dave Mazza is a freelance journalist and former editor of The Portland Alliance who has covered and been involved in Portland's civil rights, peace, labor and environmental movements for 20 years.
 
Join Jo Ann and Dave every Thursday as they bring you guests and discussion of issues important to you. Support programming like Voices from the Edge by becoming a member of KBOO today.

Program Engineer: Steve Nassar
Audio Editor: Alicia Olson

Voices from the Edge 03-03-11 True Crime: Fact and Fiction about Oregon's Crime Rate

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Thu, 03/03/2011

True Crime: Fact and Fiction about Oregon's Crime Rate

Turn on the local news and most likely the lead story will be about crime. Its the rare elected official who won't suggest crime is overwhelming our public safety resources. Its little wonder that the majority of Oregonians are convinced that their state is victim to a rising tide of crime - a conviction, it turns out, with no basis in fact. Oregon's violent crime rate is at a 40-year low and the property crime rate is at its lowest since 1966.

This week on Voices from the Edge,  host Dave Mazza looked at the findings of Criminal Justice Policy Research Institute in their new study about Oregonian's perceptions about crime. Who are the 52 percent of Oregonians who believe crime is on the rise? What factors are playing a part in their beliefs? What are the impacts on all Oregonians?

Jo Ann Bowman is a former state legislator, former executive director of Oregon Action, and a long-time leader in the struggle for racial and economic justice. Dave Mazza is a freelance journalist and former editor of The Portland Alliance who has covered and been involved in Portland's civil rights, peace, labor and environmental movements for 20 years.

 
Join Jo Ann and Dave every Thursday as they bring you guests and discussion of issues important to you. Support programming like Voices from the Edge by becoming a member of KBOO today.

Program Engineer: Steve Nassar

Audio Editor: Alicia Olson

Voices from the Edge 02-24-11 Wisconsin Protests

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Thu, 02/24/2011

Dave Mazza hosted this week's Voices from the Edge about the ongoing 2011 Wisconsin Protests.  Open lines with KBOO Listeners.

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.



Hosts:  Jo Ann Bowman, Dave Mazza
Program Engineer: Steve Nassar
Audio Editor: Alicia Olson

Voices from the Edge 02-17-11

program date: 
Thu, 02/17/2011

Jo Ann and Dave talked about the Metro Council seat, the federal public media funding, Joint Terrorism Task Force, and other current Portland Topics.   Open Lines with KBOO listeners.

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.



Hosts:  Jo Ann Bowman, Dave Mazza
Program Engineer: Steve Nassar
Audio Editor: Alicia Olson
 

Voices from the Edge 02-10-11 Rethinking Psychiatry

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Thu, 02/10/2011

Rethinking psychiatry: a conversation with Robert Whitaker about a more compassionate mental health system

Our treatment of those in emotional distress manifests itself everyday. Too many Oregonians struggling with mental health issues can be found heavily medicated and warehoused. Or, they are turned out onto the streets to become the victims of crime or institutional violence as in the case of James Chasse. This is an issue that goes beyond public policy reform. It is one that calls for a fundamental reexamination of the "broken brain" model of psychiatry upon which those policies are based.

Jo Ann and Dave talk with Robert Whitaker, author of "Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America" - a book being referred to as the "Silent Spring" of psychiatry. Whitaker will offer his insights into how we can create a more humane, caring and healing mental health care system.

Also this week: Jason Kafoury and how civil law can help advance police accountability

Jason Kafoury of the law firm of Kafoury and McDougal will talk about Elgin v. City of Portland, a case stemming from police beating and tasering a PCC student who had fallen asleep in a local restaurant that went to trial last week. He, Jo Ann and Dave discuss the role civil litigation plays in helping create police accountability.

Voices from the Edge wants to thank all our listeners who contributed during last week's membership drive. Your support is what makes this program possible.

Jo Ann Bowman is a former state legislator, former executive director of Oregon Action, and a long-time leader in the struggle for racial and economic justice. Dave Mazza is a freelance journalist and former editor of The Portland Alliance who has covered and been involved in Portland's civil rights, peace, labor and environmental movements for 20 years.
 
Join Jo Ann and Dave every Thursday as they bring you guests and discussion of issues important to you. Support programming like Voices from the Edge by becoming a member of KBOO today.

Program Engineer: Steve Nassar
Audio Editor: Alicia Olson

Voices from the Edge 02-03-2011

program date: 
Thu, 02/03/2011

Jo Ann and Dave look at the $5 million labor contract the city just signed with the police union. Is it historic, as Mayor Adams claims, or a hollow victory for police accountability?

Join the conversation at 8 am on KBOO 90.7 FM or online at kboo.fm

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  • Year: 2011
  • Length: 37:46 minutes (34.58 MB)
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Voices from the Edge 01/27/11 Journalist Reese Erlich

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Thu, 01/27/2011

Veteran journalist Reese Erlich discussed his experience by actually talking (imagine!) to some of the people vilified by our government as terrorists.  His new book is Conversations with Terrorists: Middle East Leaders on Politics, Violence and Empire.

Ten years after George Bush launched his War on Terror, what most Americans know about our "enemies" in this war is what the Pentagon and State Department has told them. Veteran journalist Reese Erlich thought it worth actually talking to people we've vilified as terrorists - people like Hamas leader Khaled Meshal or Hezbollah's Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Fadlallah - to learn their actions and motives. The result is Conversations with Terrorists: Middle East Leaders on Politics, Violence and Empire, a collection of personal stories and first-hand interviews that provides what Daniel Ellsberg calls "a must read for anyone who wants to understand the phony War on Terror."

Jo Ann and Dave spoke with Erlich about his latest analysis of American involvement in this troubled region and what needs to be done to change a policy of U.S. intervention that fuels terrorism rather than ends it. Erlich is also the author of Dateline Havana, The Iran Agenda and Target Iraq, as well as producer of the radio documentary, The Struggle for Iran.

Thursday's special program was part of the kickoff of KBOO's winter membership drive. Please support Voices from the Edge by becoming a KBOO member or renewing if already a member. Your contributions make it possible for us to bring you on air and online programs like today's interview with Reese Erlich. Become a member or renew your membership by calling 503-231-8032 or online by clicking the tip jar at kboo.fm.

Jo Ann Bowman is a former state legislator, former executive director of Oregon Action, and a long-time leader in the struggle for racial and economic justice. Dave Mazza is a freelance journalist and former editor of The Portland Alliance who has covered and been involved in Portland's civil rights, peace, labor and environmental movements for 20 years.
 
Join Jo Ann and Dave every Thursday as they bring you guests and discussion of issues important to you. Support programming like Voices from the Edge by becoming a member of KBOO today.

Program Engineer: Steve Nassar
Audio Editor: Alicia Olson

Voices from the Edge on 01-20-11 Guest Jim Middaugh from Metro

program date: 
Thu, 01/20/2011

Metro has launched Opt In, an "online participation tool" to get people involved in their community. Jo Ann and Dave talk with Metro's Jim Middaugh about Opt In and other strategies for more public involvement in local decision-making. 
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.

 

Engineering: Steve Nassar

Audio Editing: Alicia Olson

 

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