Despite Portland’s status as one of the best Northern cities for race relations. the more predominantly black areas of North and Northeast Portland still have specific needs beyond what the City can now provide.
One organization that has been working quietly and with little publicity to meet those needs is the Islamic Center for Self Improvement near Jefferson High School.
On March 16, KBOO reported concerns about police operations in this area. In today,’s segment KBOO’s Ethan Scarl speaks with Minister Rahsan Mohammed about the Center’s role in the community.
The local branch of the Service Employees International Union held a rally in Salem today in which they handed out their annual Halliburton awards to commemorate government privatization gone bad.
The union, one of the largest unions for public sector employees, is pushing for legislation that would put an end to the privatization of public services.
The ‘awards’ they issued today are named for Halliburton, a company formerly headed by Dick Cheney, and currently one of the largest contractors in Iraq.
Sonia Reichwein was at the rally in Salem, and spoke with KBOO news
The smoke could soon be clearing in Oregon restaurants and bars—the Senate passed a bill Yesterday that would expand the state’s smoke free workplace law—and most Oregonians are applauding the move.
Kboo’s Spencer Raymond reports, in conjunction with the Oregon News Service.
Today, the Portland-Colombia Working group assembled in Pioneer Courthouse Square to honor victims of U-S funded violence in Colombia. The event is part of the 2007 National Action Day on Colombia.
According to the group, the U-S has provided over Five (B) billion dollars since 2000 to Colombia, mostly in military and police aid. Only the middle east ranks higher in terms of a destination for U-S military aid.
Amnesty International U-S-A has cited numerous human rights abuses by the Colombian Military and has called for a cut-off of U-S Military aid to that country. The victims include union leaders, church workers and non-violent activists. Supporters of Colombian President Alvaro Uribe (oo-REE-bay) have been linked to right-wing militias responsible for much of the violence.
KBOO news spoke today to Beth Poteet (po-TEET) of Witness for Peace Northwest, an organizer of the event:
As disaster relief groups organize to aid those affected by tornadoes in Kansas earlier this month, some volunteers have been told by the authorities that their help is not wanted. KBOO’s Scott Pham reports:
A group of volunteers with the organization Kansas Mutual Aid has been prevented from participating in relief efforts in the town of Greensburg
The town was ravaged by a tornado on May 4th.
Kansas Mutual Aid, based in Lawrence, is an anarchist collective involved in prisoner support, tenant organizing, and police oversight. Following the tornado, the group immediately began a disaster-relief effort.
Kansas Mutual Aid members worked side-by-side with volunteers from AmeriCorps, and the Mennonite Disaster Services in bringing supplies and rebuilding homes. They also started a small relief center on the land of a supportive local farmer.
But on Saturday, the group was forced out of town by local police and officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency or FEMA, who have blocked off all entrances to the town and declared it a closed zone.
Hundreds of relief volunteers have been denied entry, and the United Way, which is overseeing the relief effort with FEMA, has told people not to come to Greensburg to help.
After Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and the Gulf Coast in 2005, FEMA officials and large aid agencies also turned away many volunteers, despite the massive, desperate cry for help from the flooded city.
As in New Orleans after Katrina, the first response of the government in Kansas has been to secure the affected area using military force before providing any relief.
Greensburg is a small town of mostly white working people. In the tornado, 97% of the buildings in the town of 1500 were destroyed or damaged beyond repair. Nearly every single resident was left homeless, jobless, and devastated. At least eleven people died in the storm, and hundreds of companion animals, livestock, and wild animals were killed as well.
85% of Oregon fields are tended by guest workers, most of them from Mexico. Dan McGrath, a Professor with OSU Extension Services in Corvallis shares what he learned on his recent sabbatical in Oaxaca, Mexico. We also speak with local food activists, Beth Poteet, Katie MacKendrick, Katie Kolker, Beret Halverson and Nancy Franke who talk about their recent delegation to Oaxaca, Mexico to investigate the Roots of Migration with the organization Witness for Peace. Marliese Franklin hosts.
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