Hundreds of city workers including water treatment operators, street pavers, sewer cleaners, and mechanics will converge in downtown Portland’s Chapman Square on Wednesday afternoon for a free community concert and solidarity rally to draw attention to their current contract negotiations with the City of Portland. In support of their contract fight, union members and community supporters will call on City Council to weigh in on negotiations and direct management to bargain in good faith with the District Council of Trade Unions, a coalition of seven unions that operate jointly in bargaining with the City of Portland.
Host Lisa Loving speaks with some of the workers about their fight.
This weekend is Eid al Fitr, and the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Southwest Portland is -- like Muslim communities all over the world -- holding a big celebration. Our guest is Harris Zafar, National Spokesperson for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA - the oldest Muslim organization in the United States. He'll be talking about the Ahmadiyya Community’s nationwide “Muslims for Peace” initiative (www.MuslimsForPeace.org) . Active across its 70+ chapters throughout the country, the program encourages youth -- particularly Muslim youth -- to speak out about the true, peaceful and tolerant teachings of Islam.
New Research by the Public Interest Research Group shows people with cancer, heart disease, and other serious conditions are forced to pay ten times more than necessary for medication. Host Lisa Loving's guest is OSPIRG's Jesse O'Brien.
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On the eve of Independence day we take a look at ideas -- the political ideas that shape our government and our communities. Our guest is local novelist Robert Peate, whose newest book, 'Sisyphus Shrugged' http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17687581-sisyphus-shrugged is 'a response to Ayn Rand.' Which are the most critical ideas you see playing out in the daily headlines, in Congress and in the transit area of the Moscow airport?
This summer we have two chances to jump into the Willamette River with a thousand of our new BFFs with the World Float, Friday, July 5, and Big Float 3 on July 28. Our guests are event organizer Will Levenson and inspirational swimmer Michelle Macy on reclaiming the Willamette River.
The International Center for Traditional Childbirth in Portland is holding a special event for Black moms and moms to be this month. We spend the hour with founder Shafia Monroe, who has built connections between Black communities and county health workers to address the infant mortality rate in African and African American families -- the highest in our region.