A Portland community leader facing deportation has spent the last seven days in sanctuary at a local church.
Francisco Aguirre from the Voz worker rights center headed to the Augustana Lutheran church with a group of his supporters after ICE agents showed up at his door.
He has no idea how long he’ll need to remain in the church.
Francisco spoke with KBOO’s Jenka Soderberg today, along with the Pastor of Augustana, Mark Knutsen, and supporters.
Saint Francis Park on southeast twelfth avenue in Portland, which has served as a haven for many people in the area, has been sold to Catholic Charities.
The non-profit group will bulldoze the park and construct a housing development for low-income Portlanders in its place.
The park is the only one between Buckman and the river, and many local residents are still hoping to save the park from the bulldozers.
Catholic Charities plans to reserve 25 units for women transitioning out of homelessness or abusive homes through the organization's assistance programs. 17:14 minutes (15.77 MB)
Part of an ongoing series investigating the role of the American Legislative Exchange Council in Oregon politics. KBOO reporters Yana Maximova and Mike Klepfer visited Kansas City in May 2014 to report on the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) Spring Summit, where state legislators from around the country and representatives of corporate interests discuss strategies and model legislation behind closed doors. However, our reporters were turned away at the door despite having secured press passes. Despite setbacks, they examine what goes on at these national meetings, and speak to Oregon and Wisconsin legislators in attendance as well as Missouri activists opposing ALEC's presence. 17:20 minutes (15.87 MB)
The Port of Portland has approved a new propane gas export terminal at the port. This project is the largest single private capital investment in the city’s history. The Mayor of Portland, Charlie Hales, applauded the new terminal, which he says will bring jobs to the city. The Pembina propane terminal will bring a total of thirty long-term jobs to the area. But environmental groups are concerned with the impact that this terminal may have.
For more, KBOO’s Sam Bouman spoke with Ted Gleichman, director of the Oregon Sierra Club, about these concerns. 5:33 minutes (5.08 MB)
Kurdish separatists in the northeast of the country are fighting to maintain their de facto independence in the face of assaults from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria or ISIS. For analysis of the current situation in Iraqi Kurdistan and the reaction of Kurds in the United States, KBOO’s Sam Bouman spoke to Chinar Hussein, Program Director of the Kurdish Human Rights Watch office in San Diego.
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Mohammed Omer from Gaza spoke with KBOO on Tuesday night 7/29 around midnight Gaza time. Planes were flying overhead, naval artillery was firing from the west and tanks firing from the east. Tens of thousands of Palestinians who followed Israeli orders to evacuate to Gaza City found themselves under fire there as well. As Mohammed reports, there seems to be a deliberate attempt to cut off all communication to and from Gaza - bombing of cell phone towers, the destruction of the power plant in last night's bombing, and the targeting of journalists. Mohammed told us that a busload of foreign journalists was seen leaving Gaza today - "always a bad sign", he said, as his phone crackled and cut. 8:06 minutes (7.42 MB)