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Voices from the Edge 03-31-11 Sex Trafficking

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Thu, 03/31/2011

Oregon lawmakers are considering several bills aimed at sex-trafficking, including tougher sentences and fines, publicizing names of johns, and detention of child prostitutes. This week, Jo Ann and Dave took a look at these bills and at other strategies for stopping sexual exploitation of Oregon youth. 

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55:04 minutes (50.43 MB)

Voices from the Edge on 04/07/11

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Thu, 04/07/2011

Harming poor kids: a look at Gov. Kitzhaber's proposed "reform" of TANF

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, better known as TANF, provides poor families with cash assistance for basic necessities while also offering parents job training to get them into the workforce. Even in the best of economic times, it is an essential safety net for thousands of Oregon families. Governor Kitzhaber is proposing what has been called "draconian" changes to the program that would limit eligibility, reduce an already meager cash payment and impose an 18-month lifetime limit in the midst of a recession marked by record long-term unemployment. While the governor's plan may cut TANF costs, it may also swell the ranks of homeless families and children in foster care.

54:14 minutes (49.66 MB)

Voices from the Edge 04-14-11 Remembering the Power of Words: An interview with Avel Gordley

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Sat, 04/16/2011

Avel Gordley was the first African American woman elected to the Oregon Senate, a distinction earned through years of struggle. Gordley's experience growing up black in the Portland of the 1950s and 1960s illuminates an important piece of city and state history as well as casting a light on "the politics of being an African American woman."

This week, Jo Ann and Dave spoke with Avel Gordley about her life as a community activist, lawmaker and educator, and about her memoir, Remembering the Power of Words, which reflects on the personal and professional challenges Gordley has faced and overcome.

54:56 minutes (50.3 MB)

Voices from the Edge 04-28-11 Portland & the Joint Terrorism Task Force

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Thu, 04/28/2011
Has Mayor Adams fixed Portland JTTF's problems?
Thursday afternoon, Portlanders had an opportunity to air their feelings about a Portland joining the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force, or "JTTF." Mayor Adams has put forward a resolution that he, other council members and some groups say would preserve Oregon constitutional and statutory constraints on Portland police when working within the JTTF.
39:15 minutes (35.94 MB)

Voices from the Edge 05-05-11

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Thu, 05/05/2011

What's causing the migration of people of color from our North and Northeast Portland neighborhoods?  Where are they going?

Jo Ann and Dave discussed these drastic population shifts and some of the causes, including rent/ housing increases, transportation needs, availability of services, etc.

36:02 minutes (33 MB)

Voices from the Edge 05-12-11 Richard Wolff

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Thu, 05/12/2011

Hosts Jo Ann Bowman and Dave Mazza speak with professor and author Richard Wolff.

36:26 minutes (33.36 MB)

Voices from the Edge 05-19-11 How well do we support those with mental illness?

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Thu, 05/19/2011

How well do we support those with mental illness?

An estimated 137,000 Oregonians suffer from serious mental illness and nearly 39,000 children live with serious mental health conditions. How well do we support these individuals and their families?

Oregon's public mental health system provides services to only 43 percent of adults who live with serious mental illnesses, spending only $117 per capita or 2.1 percent of total state spending. With the legislature struggling with budget cuts, how will mental health services fare?

55:48 minutes (51.09 MB)

Voices from the Edge 05-26-11 Anti-White Bias?

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Thu, 05/26/2011

This week, Jo Ann and Dave discussing new study results by Michael I. Norton and Samuel R. Sommers Whites See Racism as a Zero-Sum Game That They Are Now Losing.

56:15 minutes (51.51 MB)

Voices From Edge 06-02-11 What has the Oregon legislature accomplished?

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Thu, 06/02/2011

What has the Oregon legislature accomplished?  Jo Ann  & Dave discuss the latest Oregon Legislative session.

53:40 minutes (49.15 MB)

Voices from the Edge on 06-09-11 Oregon's Foreclosure Crisis

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Thu, 06/09/2011

Foreclosure filings are soaring and lawmakers are balking.  Voices from the Edge hosts JoAnne & Dave talk with Economic Fairness Oregon's Angela Martin about what needs to happen to protect Oregonians from the foreclosure tsunami.

54:47 minutes (50.16 MB)

Voices from the Edge on 06-23-11 Understanding hunger in Oregon

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Thu, 06/23/2011

Each month, nearly a quarter million Oregonians ate meals from emergency food boxes provided by the Oregon Food Bank network. Last year, the network moved a record 72 million pounds of food to hungry people. Who are these Oregonians? Are their numbers growing? Are the resources available to meet this growing need?

55:07 minutes (50.46 MB)

Voices from the Edge 07-28-11 US DOJ investigation into police practices and policies

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Thu, 07/28/2011

How seriously will the Feds look at police practices?

The U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division is beginning an investigation into the policies and practices of the Portland Police Bureau to determine whether officers routinely use excessive force to violate Portlanders' civil rights. Community leaders who have been calling for such an investigation were finally joined in their request by Mayor Sam Adams and Commissioner Dan Saltzman following the January 2010 police killing of Aaron Campbell. While the DOJ determined no federal law had been violated in the Campbell case, the agency did feel a review of bureau policies and practices are needed.

53:21 minutes (48.86 MB)

Voices from the Edge 08-04-11 Turning up the volume for the DOJ

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Thu, 08/04/2011

Turning up the volume for the DOJ

The U.S. Department of Justice has announced that their plan for investigating policies and practices of the Portland Police Bureau to determine whether individual's civil rights are being violated allocates only six hours to meeting with the community. Such a narrow window has raised concerns with community leaders who have been pressing for the investigation and fears within the community that the investigation is yet another paper chase.

54:09 minutes (49.59 MB)


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