Voices from the Edge on 06/21/12

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Thu, 06/21/2012 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Why are Portlanders so upset about flash mobs?

Why are Portlanders upset about flash mobs?

Silent disco. Worldwide pillow fights. These and other unusual, satirical or artistic acts have become part of the social phenomenon known as "flash mobs." Using social networking sites like Facebook, flash mob participants have often used these spontaneous events to poke fun at a culture that elevates conformity while obsessing over being part of "the next big thing." As flash mobs have increased in frequency and diversity, they have also evoked a range of responses, from local governments that are labeling them as dangerous disruptions, to white supremacists who cite these events as validation of their racial views.

This week, Jo Ann and Dave will look at how this phenomenon is playing out in Oregon. Joining them in the conversation is long-time gang outreach specialist and community activist John Canda. Should Portlanders be concerned about flash mobs? Are youth of color participating in flash mobs at risk? If you've participated in flash mobs, we encourage you join the conversation and share your view on this growing social phenomenon.

Jo Ann Hardesty is a former state legislator, former 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 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 Hardesty and Dave Mazza

Producers: Dave Mazza and Jo Ann Hardesty

Program Engineer: Steve Nassar

Audio Editor: Alicia Olson

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