The Independent Police Review Commission of Portland (IPR) has released the findings of its report on the alleged targeting of hip hop shows for code violations and police presence.
The Commission said that there is an appearance of discrimination, but stopped short of accusing the city of actually discriminating against hip hop performers and venues.
One of the artists interviewed for the investigation was Glenn Waco, a rapper from Saint Johns, who has also been active in the recent protests in Portland against police brutality and the grand jury decision in Ferguson Missouri and New York City.
KBOO's Sam Bouman spoke to Glenn Waco this afternoon about the IPR’s report. 9:38 minutes (8.82 MB)
The city of Denton Texas passed a ban against hydraulic fracturing (fracking) on November 4th. Despite being overspent 10 to 1 in campaign funding, the anti-fracking initiative passed by a wide margin of 18%, which included a majority of both Democratic and Republican voters.
The city is now being sued by big oil and gas industry interests. State regulators such as Railroad Commissioner Christi Craddick are encouraging drillers to disobey the ban. And Texas State Representative Phil King, a self-proclaimed proponent of local control and limited government, is trying to pass a state law prohibiting municipalities from banning fracking.
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Nicole Grant and Alysabeth Alexander, union leaders from Seattle and San Francisco respectively, tell a Portland union audience how they won a $15 minimum wage in their cities. Their presentations are followed by Q & A from the audience and a presentation by Anne McDonnell, a low-wage, union worker and 15 NOW pdx steering committee member. The event was sponsored by the NW Labor Notes Organizing Committee and 15 NOW pdx. 52:48 minutes (48.34 MB)
Colorado poet and former Portlander Tyler Atwood reads from his new book, "An Electric Sheep jumps to Greener Pastures" on KBOO's spoken word show. University of Hell founder Greg Gerding discusses with Tyler about his radical change in poetics for this book, including the use of found poetry. Patrick Bocarde hosts.
"What Really Happened in Ferguson, MO" -- Race & Police Accountability Forum, sponsored by the Albina MInisterial Alliance for Justice and Police Reform at Maranatha Church on Nov. 1, 2014, featuring Rev. Robert O. White of Ferguson's "Clergy United". This audio is the entire 2 hour program, including uplifting music by Marilyn Keller, the featured speaker, questions and answers, and a local panel including Jo Ann Hardesty, Dan Handleman, Rev. Dr. LeRoy Haynes, and Rev. Dr. T. Allen Bethel. 125:13 minutes (114.64 MB)
Miho Aida is an enviromental educator, acivist, and film maker. She started the project titled "If she can do it, You can too!" which is a collection of short films and interviews with women of color who are fighting to make the world a better place. In this interview she speaks about her latest film "The sacred place where life begins: Gwich'in women speak" which covers the efforts of the Gwich'in tribe to save a sacred place near their reservation in alaska from big oil.
More info @ http://www.mihoaida.com/ 22:20 minutes (20.44 MB)
The oil giant Chevron, which operates a refinery in the small city of Richmond, CA, has been pumping millions of dollars into local mayoral and council elections. To find out why, KBOO's Sam Bouman spoke with Sukey Lewis, a reporter and editor with the Richmond Confidential, a local news website founded by the Berkeley School of Journalism. 14:32 minutes (6.65 MB)