Greetings Cascadia! My name is Steve, and this is the KBOO Community Calendar for Wednesday, June 24th, 2009.
The Beaverton Athiest Meet-up is tonight, Wednesday, from 7:00 - 10:00 PM, at the Moonstruck Chocolate Café at the Beaverton Town Square. Meet local atheists, agnostics, secular humanists, scientific naturalists and other friends of reason for conversation and friendship! We often meet on Portland's West side but welcome people from anywhere. Meetings are informal and social. Conversation is spirited and polite.
Several incidents of violence against the LGBT community were reported over Gay Pride weekend here in Portland. In part one of a two part interview reporter Geoff Watland speaks to Jose Cruz about an incident at the dance party Blow Pony.
PDX Pop Now! is dedicated to stimulating and expanding participation in Portland music. As an all-volunteer organization committed to being accessible, current, and local, they provide and support live performances and recorded materials. They aspire to advance a sustainable community which values inclusivity and a high caliber of artistry to enable a creative dialogue between artist and audience.
In the fall of 2008, the United States was plunged into a financial crisis more severe than any since the Great Depression. As banks collapsed and the state scrambled to organize one of the largest transfers of wealth in history, many — including economists and financial experts — were shocked by the speed at which events unfolded. In this new book, John Bellamy Foster and Fred Magdoff offer a bold analysis of the financial meltdown, how it developed, and the implications for the future.
While President Obama called for sweeping new regulations on the financial sector today, he continues to move forward with free trade agreements begun under the Bush administration.
One of the trade agreements currently in process being considered by the US Congress is the US-Colombia Free Trade Agreement, although Obama retains ‘fast track’ power to push the trade agreement through at his will.
Larry Burns, the head of the Council on Hemispheric Affairs, told KBOO that he sees very little change between Bush and Obama in regards to Colombia and free trade agreements.
The Israeli Supreme Court has ruled that a Palestinian home which has already been demolished by the Israeli authorities four times can be demolished yet again.
Since 1967, the Israeli authorities have demolished more than 24,000 Palestinian homes in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.Today, At least a dozen more Palestinian families in East Jerusalem received demolition orders by the Israeli military.
Jeff Halper with the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions told KBOO that the issue of home demolitions is one indication of the larger injustice of the Israeli occupation.
The recent arrest of a Portland police officer for making hundreds of harassing phone calls to women has raised some disturbing question about police conduct in the city.
Dan Handelman, with Portland Copwatch, believes that many abuses by police continue to go unaddressed:
A recent internal report on racial profiling by Portland police found that the Department is taking sufficient measures to address the problem, but many in the community feel that racial profiling and abuse by the police continue to be an issue in Portland.
The Oregon state Senate recently passed a bill requiring burial facilities and death care consultants to be licensed by the state mortuary and cemetery board.
While this may appear at first to be an uncontroversial regulatory measure, local ‘green burial’ groups say the new bill is meant to put them out of business. KBOO’s Melati Kaye has more.
Two weeks ago, the Peruvian military attacked a group of non-violent indigenous activists in the Andean mountains.
The attack left over fifty dead, including several police officers, and brought international attention to the plight of the indigenous Peruvians.
KBOO’s Jenka Soderberg spoke with Andrew Miller of Amazon Watch to get an update on what’s happened in Peru since the attack.