When Portland police swept in to close off the street around a hip hop concert Saturday night, one of the artists stepped off the stage and decided not to perform.
Concerns around police intimidation have been a long-standing issue in Portland’s black community, and the incident on Saturday raised a number of questions.
Some local hip hop artists question the motives behind police activities at hip-hop events.
The Portland rapper ILLMACULATE made the decision to NOT perform in protest of the gang task enforcement presence at the event.
He spoke with KBOO’s Sekoynia Wright this afternoon. 4:20 minutes (3.97 MB)
A new report on job growth in the U-S suggests that the bulk of subsidies being granted to business to spur job growth go to large corporate tax breaks, rather than small, local businesses.
Leigh McIlvane is a research analyst with Good Jobs First, who issued the report.
Their organization describes itself as a resource center for promoting accountability in economic development.
She discussed the report and the upgraded Subsidy Tracker tool with KBOO Reporter Robin Ryan. 3:56 minutes (3.6 MB)
In the fall of 2014 Oregonians will vote on two initiatives about the issue of marriage equality:
Ballot Measure 8 would overturn a previous measure and allow people to marry as they choose.
Ballot Measure 52 would allow businesses and individuals to discriminate against same sex couples.
In 2004, Oregonians passed Ballot Measure 36, which defined marriage as between one man and one woman.
KBOO’s Joe Meyer spoke with both backers for both 2014 initiatives and filed this report. 3:44 minutes (1.71 MB)
The teachers at Portland State University face a possible strike by early April, after declaring impasse in their negotiations with the university administration last week.
Thursday Feb. 27, over 600 P.S.U. students walked out of their classes to support the Portland State chapter of the American Association of University Professors, who held a rally on the P.S.U. Park Blocks at noon. The teachers’ union has been bargaining with the P.S.U. administration for a new contract for 11 months.
The A.A.U.P - PSU also filed an unfair labor practice charge with the Oregon Employment Relations Board. 4:05 minutes (3.74 MB)
The USDA Committee on 21st Century Biotechnology has released policy recommendations for what they call the “co-existence” of genetically modified (GMO) and non-GMO crops.
The policies were necessitated by a lack of data regarding GMO crop contamination and its effect on non-GMO farmers.
To fill in these data gaps, Food and Water Watch and the Organic Farmer’s Agency for Relationship Marketing (OFARM) conducted a survey to analyze how non-GMO farmer’s are being affected by crop contamination.
KBOO's Raechel Bennett spoke with Patty Lovera, Assistant Director for Food and Water Watch, for more about the survey. 5:26 minutes (2.49 MB)
KBOO's Robin Ryan speaks with Portland houseless advocate Ibrahim Mubarak, who was arrested last Thursday while documenting police and private security violating the rights of houseless individuals underneath the Burnside Bridge in Portland. 9:16 minutes (4.24 MB)
The legalization of marijuana is back in the news.
In the past two years, businesses in the new legal marijuana industries in Washington State and Colorado have been unable to access banks or other financial institutions.
This prevents them from opening bank accounts, charging credit cards or taking out significant loans.
Today, the federal government made all of that easier.
KBOO Reporter Ryan Katz has more. 4:15 minutes (3.89 MB)
Comcast Corporation and Time Warner Cable announced their intention to merge today and the proposed forty five billion dollar deal is expected to draw scrutiny from both the justice department and the federal communications commission.
Media Reform advocacy group Free Press issued a scathing response to the potential alliance, referring to the acquisition as disastrous in their call on regulators and the justice department to block the merger.
KBOO reporter Robin Ryan spoke with the watchdog group about what to expect in terms of timing as well as how those opposed can take action to put a stop to these two media conglomerates joining forces. 6:28 minutes (5.93 MB)