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 03/28/13

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Thu, 03/28/2013 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Interview with S. Brian Wilson author Blood on the Tracks

"We are not worth more. They are not less" This is the mantra of S. Brian Wilson and the theme that runs throughout his compelling psychohistorical memoir. Wilson's story begins in small-town, rural America, where he grew up as a "Commie-hating,baseball-loving Baptist." moves though life-changing experiences in Viet Nam, Nicaragua, and elsewhere, and culminates with his commitment to a localized, sustainable lifestyle.

Voices from the Edge on 03/21/13

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Thu, 03/21/2013 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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A conversation with Greg Palast.

Join Greg Palast and i on Thursday March 21 @ 8:30AM as we discuss the death of Hugo Chavez and the rebuilding of the Republican Party. This is the kick-off of our Spring membership drive! It is always a pleasure to kick-off the drive with Greg's insightful conversations and fun thank you gifts. 

About Greg Palast

Greg Palast is the author of Billionaires and Ballot Bandits, Vultures' Picnic and the New York Times bestsellers, Armed Madhouse and The Best Democracy Money Can Buy. 

Voices from the Edge on 03/14/13

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Thu, 03/14/2013 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Restorative justice and domestic violence: an interview with Dr. Carrie Banks

This week on Voices from the Edge, Dave Mazza talks with Dr. Carrie Banks of the Domestic Violence Safe Dialogue. The program, drawing on restorative justice methods, facilitates conversations between survivors and offenders who have never met before in an effort to help both parties foster transformative changes inside themselves and others. Can these encounters heal wounds and provide offenders a way to begin offering restitution to the communty they've harmed? Join un this Thursday at 8 am.

Voices from the Edge on 03/07/13

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Thu, 03/07/2013 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Interview with Paul Gorski on White Privilege & Racism

Paul Gorski will provide a keynote address at the 14th Annual White Privilege Conference in Seattle, Wa from April 10th-14th 2013. What is white privilege? Why a white privilege conference? Join Paul and I for a lively conversation regarding race, privilege and antiracism efforts currently underway on Thursday, March 7, 2013 from 8:00AM-9:00AM on Voices from the Edge! Paul C. Gorski is an assistant professor in New Century College, George Mason University. Gorski’s work and passion is social justice activism. His areas of scholarly focus include anti-poverty activism and education, critical race theory and anti-racism education, and critical theories pertaining to women’s rights, LGBT rights, labor rights, immigrant rights, and anti-imperialism.

Voices from the Edge on 02/28/13

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Thu, 02/28/2013 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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The Innocence Project w/Mr. Melendez & Mr. Wilhoit

Exonerated Death Row Inmates Visit Oregon University Campuses After serving 18 years on Florida’s death row, Juan Melendez walked out and into a very different world. Unable to read or write English when he went in, now Melendez will address universities. He will joined Greg Wilhoit, who served time on Oklahoma’s death row, and was also exonerated as an innocent man. Wilhoit is featured in the best-selling non-fiction book by John Grisham, The Innocent Man. The tour is sponsored by Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (OADP) and Witness to Innocence, a nation-wide organization of exonerated death row inmates who travel the country to talk about the mistakes and injustices that too frequently happen in the American judicial system when the death penalty is involved.

Voices from the Edge on 02/21/13

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Thu, 02/21/2013 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Interview with Aaron Dixon, Co-Founder, Seattle Chapter of the Black Panthers

Join me on Thursday, February 21, as I speak with Aaron Dixon, the co-founder of the Seattle chapter of the Black Panther Party.  In 1968, the Seattle chapter earned the distinction of being the first chapter of the Black Panther Party founded outside of the state of California, and Aaron was just 19-years old at the time. Aaron's memoir, My People Are Rising: Memoir of a Black Panther Party Captain, chronicles the courage and unforgettable legacy of a generation’s struggle for justice and social change.

Voices from the Edge on 02/07/13

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Thu, 02/07/2013 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Interview with Kayse Jama, Exec. Dir, Center for Intercultural Organizing

 September 11 forever changed the conversation regarding immigration in the United States. Founded by Portland-area immigrants and refugees, the Center for Intercultural Organizing was originally established to combat widespread anti-Muslim sentiment. The Center’s founders organized a multicultural march and protest outside the federal building in downtown Portland in 2002 that was widely attended by local Muslims and other activists.

Voices from the Edge on 01/31/13

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Thu, 01/31/2013 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Health Care for All Oregon HR 3510

Should Health Care be a Human Right? Didn't we already win health care reform?  How will this impact your current insurance?

Join me as I speak with representatives of Health Care for All Oregon members  Peter Shapiro, Chair, Portland Jobs with Justice Healthcare Committee and Robin Cash, Portland Jobs with Justice Healthcare Committee on Thursday morning Jan 31, 2013 @ 8AM. We will discuss preparations for a massive rally schedule for the State Capitol in Salem on February 4, 2013. 

 

This event is being organized by Health Care for All Oregon, a statewide organization with about 60 member organizations. Portland Jobs with Justice is organizing the Portland area contingent.

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Voices from the Edge on 11-04-2010 What were voters thinking?

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Thu, 11/04/2010

What were voters thinking? Jo Ann and Dave sort through the midterm election rubble to find out!

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.


  • Title: VFE 11-04-2010
  • Genre: Other
  • Year: 2010
  • Length: 55:19 minutes (50.64 MB)
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Voices from the Edge on 10-14-2010

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Thu, 10/14/2010

Jo Ann and Dave look at the ballot measure scramble for bucks for everything from fire response equipment and historical societies to better transit for elders and more jail space for sex offenders.

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 10-7-2010

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Thu, 10/07/2010

Should the Portland Police be subject to random drug testing?

Jo Ann and Dave discuss the City of Portland's proposal to require random drug-testing of Portland police officers.

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 09/30/2010

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Thu, 09/30/2010

Lies, damn lies and export statistics: A conversation about the impact of free trade agreements on our communities

President Obama recently announced plans to push through the Korea Free Trade Agreement immediately after the November election. This latest agreement is part of the president's stated goal of creating new jobs through a doubling of the nation's exports. Fair trade advocates say the Korea Free Trade Agreement is just more of the Bush-Clinton trade policy that has resulted in local job loss, erosion of environmental safeguards and the transfer of more wealth and power to Wall Street.

Jo Ann and Dave talk with Travis McArthur of Public Citizens' Global Trade Watch and co-author of Lies, Damn Lies and Export Statistics: How Corporate Lobbyists Distort Record of Flawed Trade Deals. Also joining in the conversation will be Bruce Dennis and Dave King of the Oregon Fair Trade Campaign to talk about the impact of free trade on Oregon communities and local organizing efforts, including an emergency teach-in on the pending Korea Free Trade Agreement on October 7. Join us in exploring why "free" trade is anything but free.

Voices from the Edge on 09-23-2010

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Thu, 09/23/2010

Jo Ann and Dave talk with Nancie Koerber of Good Grief America about the foreclosure crisis. 

During the second half of the show, they take a look at the upcoming rally for police accountability happening Saturday, 9-25-10, at 10:30 in Pioneer Courthouse Square.

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 09/16/2010

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Thu, 09/16/2010

Voices from the Edge Jo Ann Bowman hosts a debate between Multnomah County Commissioner candidates Karol Collymore and Loretta Smith

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.


  • Title: VFE 09-16-10
  • Genre: Other
  • Year: 2010
  • Length: 55:13 minutes (50.56 MB)
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Voices from the Edge on 09/09/2010

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Thu, 09/09/2010

Dave and Jo Ann look at the flap over the City of Beaverton supporting a Mexican independence celebration and other current local events.

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.

  • Title: VFE 09-09-10
  • Genre: Other
  • Year: 2010
  • Length: 54:27 minutes (49.85 MB)
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Voices from the Edge: Will Portland's new police chief fire the officer responsible for fatally shooting Aaron Campbell?

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Thu, 09/02/2010

Will Portland's new police chief fire the officer responsible for fatally shooting Aaron Campbell? The city's independent review board recommended that action, but will Chief Reese - as well as his boss, Mayor Sam Adams - oppose the Portland Police Association?

This week on Voices from the Edge Jo Ann and Dave explore the likelihood of Officer Frashour's firing as well as developments in the city-police contract negotiations.

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.

  • Title: VFE 09-02-10
  • Genre: Other
  • Year: 2010
  • Length: 55:59 minutes (51.26 MB)
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Voices from the Edge: Hurricane Katrina

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Thu, 08/26/2010

Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans five years ago this week. Katrina's impact went beyond the loss of life and property to reveal deeply rooted attitudes about race many Americans thought had withered away. Jo Ann and Dave talked about the various aspects of Katrina's impacts, including the permanent displacement of over 100,000 residents, the reshaping of the city and the federal indictments against the New Orleans police.

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.

  • Title: VFE 08-26-10
  • Length: 53:18 minutes (24.4 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)

Voices from the Edge: Is the party really over? Alberta Street Last Thursday.

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Thu, 08/19/2010

Is the party really over?  JoAnne and Dave discussed Alberta Street Last Thursday in NE 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.

  • Title: VFE 08-19-10
  • Genre: Other
  • Year: 2010
  • Length: 54:16 minutes (49.69 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

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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