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Breaking Down Poverty's Barriers: An Interview with Dr. Donna Beegle

Poverty is more than a lack of resources. It creates barriers that isolate the poor from the rest of the community and from opportunities to break free from its grip. That isolation also extends to having a voice in research and program development for breakding down poverty's barriers.

Dr. Donna M. Beegle, a national expert on poverty, grew up in a migrant labor family. At 15 she dropped out of school, married, and after ten years of abject poverty became a homeless divorced mother with two children. Through a pilot program that helped her gain self-confidence as well as connections to resources and mentors, she returned to school, eventually achieving a doctorate in educational leadership. For the past 17 years she has conducted research on poverty, authored See Poverty...Be the Difference, and founded the non-profit PovertyBridge to work directly with people impacted by poverty. On March 7, she will be holding an "Opportunity Conference" with 200 Portlanders living in poverty. Her own experience with poverty is part of a PBS documentary, Invisible Nation which will air later this year.

Join Jo Ann and Dave this Thursday as they discuss with Dr. Beegle how to reach across the barriers of poverty to build a more equitable Portland. Can't call in during the program? Send us your questions for Dr. Beegle in advance through the comments section of this blog!

Do you Facebook? Find Out Loud Radio there too!

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Another networking site? Another way to find other homos? Whatever your take on all your networking opportunities, many people are finding eachother online. That said, Out Loud Radio has finally entered the world of Facebook. Find Out Loud Radio as a group.

We recruit.

Find us in the Entertainment & Arts type, and Radio as the focus. A few other KBOO radio show also have Facebook pages, if you are so inclined to check 'em out....

What about myspace? Check out Out Loud Radio there too.

Trans & Womyn's Action Camp 2009 Needs Workshops!

Trans & Womyn's Action Camp 2009 Needs Workshops!

author: TWAC e-mail: twac@riseup.net

We are happy to announce that there will also be a Trans' and Womyn's Action Camp gathering of eco-activists, who are also working to bring down patriarchy. This will be a 6 day training and workshop event in the Cascadia bio-region from June 20th-26th, 2009. We need workshop presenters!

As you may know, organizing for the Earth First! Round River Rendezvous 2009 in Cascadia has already begun.

Do You Twitter?

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We do!  In our "tweets" not only do we let you know whats coming up and announce when we've uploaded a great podcast, but we're also giving away tickets!  Follow us on twitter here.

chapters 4 and 5!

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Hi again!  These chapters introduce my protagonist.  Yes, I stole the name from Garrison Keillor!  You're welcome, Garrison!

(Go down a few posts to start where you like in the book.  It's "Jeezus!," by the way.)

--Theresa

 

FOUR

Praise Song Sitting in a Room

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In response to a remix call-out on WFMU's Beware of the Blog, I submitted my version of Elizabeth Alexander's ill-advised reading of her poem Praise Song for the Day. There are so many cool versions of this poem there - my favorites are Fatty Jubbo's manic reading where he channel's Elizabeth Claire Prophet, the one by Jonathan Wall's where he simply alphabetizes every word in the poem and People Like Us' language removal version. Mine was more or less a piss-take where I turned it into an avant-garde inside joke (with apology to Alvin Lucier).

Here it is:

Livability or Big Brother: Portland Police's Secret List

The Portland Police Bureau is keeping a list of people arrested most often downtown. The police say that the list, which has grown from 35 to nearly 400, is part of a coordinated strategy to improve livability in Old Town and surrounding neighborhoods by arresting chronic offenders and holding them in jail where they can receive drug, acohol and other treatments to end their criminal behavior. Defense attorneys say that people are being labeled as chronic offenders based on arrests rather than convictions.

chapter three already!

Want to start at the beginning?  Go down two more blogs. 

In this chapter the "rapture" hits the cruise liner, and the libido hits the fan.

 

THREE

 

Profile of Brooks Nelson, Guest on 1/27 Gender Blender

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I recently profiled Brooks Nelson in my TransNation column.  Brooks is a Portland, Oregon filmmaker and a guest on tonight's show, where we will be discussing his new documentary, Switch:  A Community in Transition

Here's more about Brooks from TransNation,which appeared on NationalGayNews.com, Wednesday, January 14, 2009.

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