Five hundred international trade negotiators met the week of Dec. 5th, 2012 in secret in New Zealand to hash out the terms of the Trans Pacific Partnership.
Non-governmental organizations and trade unions have been locked out of the meetings except for a so-called ‘stakeholder day’ this Friday. In the Pacific Northwest, a solidarity protest was held December 3rd at the Washington-Canada border to say No to the trans pacific partnership.
KBOO’s Jenka Soderberg spoke with one of the organizers of the weekend’s protest
Three local women have taken a stand to protect an old Sequoia tree in Pier Park in St. John’s. Today, they stood in the way of chainsaws despite being threatened with arrest. They are calling for people to come to Pier Park again tomorrow to help support this action. KBOO’s Jenka Soderberg went to the park this morning and brings us this report:
Live broadcast of the forum held at Portland State University on the Portland Women's Movement of the 1970s to the present day - from activism to institutions.
The Portland women’s movement of the 70s began with protests and consciousness raising but quickly expanded to include projects and services: bookstores, abortion information and referral, a rape hotline, women’s studies at PSU, a feminist school, a building, a health clinic and more.
New information has come out this week that could have an impact on the upcoming May twenty-first vote on water fluoridation in Portland.
A lab test of the fluoridation compound proposed for Portland’s water supply found high levels of arsenic in the compound. The test was commissioned by the anti-fluoridation group ‘Clean water Portland’.
In addition, the Oregon Health Authority just released the latest figures on children’s dental health in Multnomah County, showing significant improvements in all categories, and bringing into question the county’s claim that fluoridation of water is necessary to improve dental health.
Ed Washington was a child living in Vanport, Oregon, in 1948, when the Columbia River flooded into the largest public housing project in the U-S at the time, leaving 18,500 people homeless, a large number of whom were black. The event changed race relations in Portland forever.
He speaks with KBOO's Jenka Soderberg about life in Vanport, and the Memorial Day flood of 1948.
Negotiations began for this latest effort in the late nineties, but it wasn’t a first attempt, and according to Bob Salinger from the Audubon society of Portland, it’s not likely to be the last, as he explained to KBOO Reporter Robin Ryan.