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.

This week on Voices from the Edge, Jo Ann and Dave continue the conversation about the DOJ investigation, the importance of substantive community feedback and what the DOJ can do to allay community fears. The co-hosts are encouraging listeners with personal stories that would be relevant to the DOJ investigation to call in and share those stories. We will be providing the DOJ with a podcast of the program to make sure they hear your story as well (If you are calling with a personal story, please let our engineer know so he may place you at the head of the queue). We also encourage listeners with comments or concerns to contact the DOJ directly at 1-877-218-5228 or online at community.portland@usdoj.gov.

Jo Ann Bowman is a former state legislator, former executive director of Oregon Action and past board president of Portland Community Media as well as a long-time leader in the struggle for racial and economic justice. Dave Mazza is a freelance journalist and former editor of The Portland Alliance who has covered and been involved in Portland's civil rights, environmental, labor and peace movements for over 20 years

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Co-Hosts: Jo Ann Bowman and Dave Mazza
Producers: Dave Mazza and Jo Ann Bowman
Program Engineer: Steve Nassar
Audio Editor: Alicia Olson

 

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