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13 minutes | Jul 31, 2020
Portland protesters continue to push to defund police
For the first time in more than three weeks, federal law enforcement officers were not present at Thursday night’s protests in Portland. Portland activist and hip-hop journalist Mac Smiff has been out at the protests against police violence and systemic racism nearly every night since they began more than two months ago. He tells us how the presence of federal officers changed the protests, and what comes next for him if they leave the city.
24 minutes | Jul 31, 2020
News Roundtable Friday, July 31
We get opinions and analysis on some of the biggest news of the week with Camilla Mortensen, Lisa Bates, and Eric Fruits.
12 minutes | Jul 31, 2020
How race affects the way we talk about the Wall of Moms
When Portland protests and the federal law enforcement’s treatment of protesters received national media attention, the predominantly white women in the Portland Wall of Moms went viral. But, as activists and academics pointed out, stories of the Black mothers who’d been protesting long before did not get the same attention. Dani McClain is an independent journalist who covers race and reproductive health, and the author of “We Live For The We: The Political Power of Black Motherhood.” She joins us to discuss how race influences perceptions of motherhood, and why non-Black mothers at protests are getting more attention than Black mothers.
21 minutes | Jul 30, 2020
Portland-based nonprofit is at the intersection of race and health
The COVID-19 pandemic and the Black Lives Matter uprising have highlighted problems that Leslie Gregory has been working to change for a long time. Gregory is the founder and director of Right To Health, a Portland-based nonprofit that highlights health disparities that are the result of racial injustice and economic inequality. She has been pushing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to recognize racism as a public health crisis for years. She tells us what it’s like to find her work at the intersection of two historical world events.
15 minutes | Jul 30, 2020
New executive director of Oregon Black Pioneers
Zachary Stocks recently started as the Oregon Black Pioneers’ first ever executive director. As the latest Black Lives Matter movement has sparked efforts to rename racist geographic locations across Oregon and take down racist monuments, Stocks has been reflecting on the role of his organization in uncovering and preserving the history of Black Oregonians. We hear from Stocks about his new job, and how he plans to build on the historical work of the Oregon Black Pioneers. We also hear from Bruce Fisher, president of the Oregon Geographic Names Board, about why there are still geographic locations with racist names.
15 minutes | Jul 30, 2020
Inspired by protests, Salem woman organizes events for racial justice
After Portland protests and federal law enforcement’s treatment of protesters made national headlines, stories and photos of predominantly white mothers in the Portland Wall of Moms received national attention. But Black mothers like Julianne Jackson have been involved with the protests against systemic racism and police violence since the beginning. Jackson, an activist in Salem, has organized several events for racial justice and is advocating for the removal of school resource officers in Salem schools.
13 minutes | Jul 29, 2020
Portland cartoonist Matt Bors moving to Canada in the pandemic
Matt Bors lives and works in Portland as a cartoonist and founder of The Nib. Bors says making a living was challenging at the beginning of 2020, but with the pandemic, he says between childcare and healthcare, he just can’t make it work. We talk with Bors about his move to Canada, where his spouse is from, and how things will be different for him, his family and The Nib.
18 minutes | Jul 29, 2020
Oregonians of color disproportionately affected by COVID-19 as cases rise
As cases of COVID-19 continue to rise in Oregon, people of color are disproportionately testing positive for the virus. The Oregon Health Authority has pledged to increase outreach and testing to vulnerable communities. Dawn Mautner is the OHA senior health advisor. She tells us about how OHA is addressing racial disparities during the pandemic.
19 minutes | Jul 29, 2020
Oregon Ballet Theatre’s only Black dancer reflects on protests and pandemic life
Brian Bennett moved to Portland last year from Chicago. Bennett is the only Black dancer in the full company at Oregon Ballet Theatre. (There is also a Black dancer in the role of apprentice at OBT.) He says the artistic director who hired him was frank about the fact that he’d be coming in to a predominantly white institution. Now, he’s practicing his ballet moves at home, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and attending Portland protests against racism and police violence. Bennett joins us to reflect on this moment and how he thinks things might be different for him when he returns to the studio.
27 minutes | Jul 28, 2020
How many Portland restaurants will survive?
Some restaurants in Portland are slowly beginning to reopen. But will they be able to make money? Will they be able to hire back the staff they let go? What kind of food service makes the most sense until we get a vaccine? Lisa Schroeder (Mother’s Bistro and Bar), Peter Cho (Han Oak), and Kyo Koo (Danwei Canting) all own very different kinds of restaurants. They tell us what the last few months have been like, and what the future may hold.
6 minutes | Jul 28, 2020
Families of Inmates Protest Conditions Amid Pandemic
After COVID-19 cases spiked at the Eastern Oregon Correctional Institute in Pendleton, families of inmates have gathered at the prison to protest conditions there. Lydia Jarrell has been attending those protests. Her husband is an inmate at the EOCI, and has told her that the prison has not done enough to stop the spread of COVID-19.
17 minutes | Jul 28, 2020
Black community groups have a plan to dismantle racism in Oregon
A new group of Black-led community groups called a press conference today with Oregon elected leaders. They have developed a two-year plan to begin dismantling systemic racism in Oregon. Nkenge Harmon Johnson, President and CEO of the Urban League of Portland, is one of the organizers of today's press conference.
51 minutes | Jul 27, 2020
REBROADCAST - Min Jin Lee
Author Min Jin Lee’s latest novel, “Pachinko,” was a finalist for the National Book Award. It’s an epic story about four generations of one family through migration, heartbreak, oppression, financial success, and trauma. We spoke to Lee in front of an audience at Portland’s Franklin High School in January, 2020.
25 minutes | Jul 24, 2020
News Roundtable July 24, 2020
We get opinions and analysis on some of the biggest stories of the week on our news roundtable. This week our guests are Christopher McKnight Nichols, Marisa Zapata and Scott Bruun.
27 minutes | Jul 24, 2020
A 23-year-old civil rights activist from Alabama named John Lewis was the youngest speaker at the famous March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom led by Martin Luther King Jr, delivering a fiery speech to hundreds of thousands of marchers gathered on the Washington Mall. Lewis went on to serve on the Atlanta City Council, and was elected to Congress in 1986. Lewis died last week at the age of 80. We spoke to him in 2014 after he had completed a three volume graphic nonfiction series about his life titled “March.”
19 minutes | Jul 23, 2020
Teachers in rural districts bracing for school year
School districts all over Oregon are getting ready for the start of a new school year. But what that will exactly look like is still being determined in the midst of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Gov. Kate Brown has just expanded the mandatory mask requirement to include children 5 or older. One thing is certain, students will be learning differently in every school, whether rural or urban — some more differently than others. We talk with educators Laura Thomas, Toni Myers and Leanne Goff in the Grant, Baker and Umatilla school districts to hear how they’re preparing.
16 minutes | Jul 23, 2020
Oregon Court Initiative Aims To Bring Equity To The Justice System
Oregon Supreme Court Justice Adrienne Nelson says unconscious racial bias — or any kind of bias — has no place in jury trials. And yet, she acknowledges, every person has these biases. Nelson helped create a video that jurors can watch before a trial starts that’s designed to help them identify unconscious bias and minimize the effect those may have on their deliberations. At the same time, the Oregon Judicial Department is launching what it calls a strategic campaign, which includes partnering with organizations to bring equity to “underserved, vulnerable or marginalized” Oregonians, like juveniles and those with mental and behavioral health issues. It also includes training for judges and staff.
16 minutes | Jul 23, 2020
Yale Union Transfers Building To Native Arts Organization
A Portland contemporary arts center is transferring ownership of its building and land to the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation. Yale Union has held art events and exhibitions in an old brick building in Southeast Portland since 2010. The space will now be used to host Indigenous artists and exhibits, and promote conversations for social change. Flint Jamison is president of the board of Yale Union. Lulani Arquette is president and CEO of the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation.
25 minutes | Jul 22, 2020
Rural Black Lives Matter Protests Inspire Next Steps
Black Lives Matter organizers in rural Oregon are figuring out next steps for their movements. In Bend, Riccardo Waites started the Central Oregon Back Leaders Assembly, a nonprofit aiming to reduce police violence and racial discrimination in the community’s schools. In Umatilla, Selene Torres-Medrano is organizing to keep School Resource Officers out of school districts. And in Hermiston, John Carbage is pushing local officials to talk about systemic racism, and the racial profiling he has experienced from local law enforcement.
26 minutes | Jul 22, 2020
Portland Black Comedians Reflect On The Role of Comedy In Black Lives Matter Movement
For Portland Black comedians Christian Burke and Dahlia Belle, writing jokes can be a way to process traumatic events, challenge social norms, and build community through laughter. Many Portland comedy events have been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, but Black-owned production company Dirty Angel Entertainment has recently started holding socially distanced open mics again. We hear from Burke, Belle, and Dirty Angel Entertainment executive producer Courtenay Collins about the role of comedy in both the Black Lives Matter uprising and the pandemic.
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