The notorious humiliation of immigrant workers by Sherrif Joe Apaio in Arizona's Maricopa County is only part of the story of how local law enforcement is being given increased power to enforce federal immigration law. The Old Mole's Denise Morris tallks with Elena Machuca of Jobs With Justice about these issues and about organizing for immigrant rights. For more about the issues go here and here.
Roberta Hall hosts another installment of Health and Health Care Forum. Her guest is Melissa Cheyney, academic, researcher and certified midwife, who serves on an Oregon State panel on midwifery. She discusses midwifery as a practitioner and from the perspective of evolutionary medicine.
People of color continue to be stopped and searched by the police than other Portlanders. Racial profiling has not abated according to a draft 36-page report released February 18 by Portland Police Bureau Chief Rosie Sizer. The report, long awaited by the community, outlines Sizer's assessment of the problem as well as steps to eliminate racial profiling by making the police bureau better reflect the community it is supposed to serve. Jo Ann and Dave review the draft plan's strenths and weaknesses.
This month, The Digital Divide looks at ways people are putting communications back in the hands of the community and how technology is shaping the future of how we work.
First, we speak with the Personal Telco Project, a Portland nonprofit dedicated to the idea that people should have a bigger say in how their electronic networks are operated. They began in 2000 by turning people's houses and apartments into wireless hotspots (or "nodes"), and then set about building networks in public locations such as parks and coffee shops. We'll also take a look at the failed MetroFi attempt to cover Portland and hear recent news about another wireless provider, Clearwire.