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Updated July 2020
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“This Week Back Then” is a podcast and blog series born out of Professor Catherine McNeur’s HST411/511 Public History Lab: Podcasts and History course. Students did research, wrote scripts and blog posts, produced and edited podcasts, and collaborated with classmates to bring history to a broad audience. The class worked with producers at KBOO (90.7) to learn recording and editing skills. The students’ podcasts, posted here, will be broadcast during KBOO’s news hour each Monday starting in J ...
 
www.knowthename.com SHARON LYNN WYETH graduated from the University of Redlands with a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics at the age of twenty. She began teaching that same year in a public Junior High School in California. During her three years there, she obtained her Master of Arts degree from Azusa-Pacific University in education administration with an emphasis in math. After her initial teaching assignment, Sharón moved to Germany where she taught for the Department of Defense Sc ...
 
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For the past month, Portland strippers have been organizing against racial discrimination in Portland clubs. They are calling on clubs to implement cultural sensitivity training, and provide equal opportunities for Black, indigenous, and other strippers of color. Strippers involved with the strike are refusing to work at clubs that have not met the…
 
Last week the city of Portland introduced a new climate resolution with a goal to have net-zero emissions by 2050. The resolution focuses on Black communities, Indigenous communities, and other communities of color that are most directly impacted by the effects of climate change. Director of planning and sustainability, Andrea Durbin says the resol…
 
The University of Oregon is among the colleges who object the Trump Administration’s edict this week mandating that international students must take at least one in person class in the fall or lose their student visas. Dennis Galvan, the dean and vice president for global engagement at UO joins us to talk about what he’s hearing from students and t…
 
Portland City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty has been leading the charge to change policing in Portland for decades. Now, during the global uprising against police violence and anti-Black racism, Hardesty is at the forefront of many police reform conversations in Portland and the state of Oregon. Last week, she wrote an open letter to Portland Mayor …
 
On Thursday evening, Open Signal will broadcast short films created by a group of young men incarcerated at MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility in Woodburn. They started working on their projects before Oregon Governor Kate Brown issued her “stay at home” order in March to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. The films include personal narrat…
 
Ekansh Mittal is an incoming freshman at West View High School in Beaverton. While he was in middle school, he came up with the idea that gut bacteria could be used to diagnose early stage cancer. He’s one of 10 finalists in the 3M Young Scientist Challenge. Mittal joins us to tell us more about his project and the promise the idea holds.…
 
There are only a few dozen living speakers of the indigenous language Ichishkiin. Keegan Livermore wants to change that. Livermore is a masters student in Language Teaching Studies at the University of Oregon and a descendant of the Yakama Nation. He created a smartphone keyboard in Ichishkiin to help others learn the language. He joins us.…
 
Nearly 13% of the population in Eastern Oregon is living without reliable access to enough food. In Malheur County, a recent emergency food drive saw over 150 families wait in line for hours in their cars to get boxes of food. Lindsay Grosvenor [GOVE-eh-nor] is a nutritionist for Valley Family Health Care in Ontario. She helped to organize the emer…
 
The controversial plan to expand Interstate 5 in Portland’s Rose Quarter has lost the support of the Albina Vision Trust. The Black-led community group sent an email to Oregon Department of Transportation officials June 30 saying that after engaging with the project for over two years, “we do not see our engagement resulting in meaningful changes t…
 
Eric Ward recently wrote an essay called “Hate Crimes: The Gateway Drug.” In it, the civil rights activist and executive director of the Western States Center argues that addressing hate crimes is key to reimagining community safety. We talk with Ward about his ideas and a recent experience with a hate crime in his own neighborhood.…
 
The only documented lynching in Oregon’s history was committed in 1902 in Coos Bay. Now, a group of Oregonians are working to create a memorial to Alonzo Tucker, the man who was killed. They say it’s a way to educate Oregonians about the state’s racist history and bring restorative justice to the community. Jay Brown is a co-founder of the Alonzo T…
 
The Crossroads Carnegie Art Center is used to being a hub for all kinds of activities in Baker City — First Friday art gallery openings, dance and craft classes for kids and adults, ragtime piano music, and more. The organization is finding creative ways to continue to offer as much as they can to the community. We talk with executive director Ging…
 
This week, the Oregon Supreme Court granted 2020 law school graduates the ability to practice law without passing the bar exam. In June, law students and law school deans sent letters to the Oregon Supreme Court asking the justices to waive the Bar exam requirement due to coronavirus health hazards, and stress from the pandemic. We hear from 2020 U…
 
Ableism and racism in law enforcement can put Black people with disabilities especially at risk of police violence. While there is no federal data on police violence against people with disabilities, experts believe that up to half of people who are killed by police have a disability. We hear from two Black people with disabilities, Kason O’Connor …
 
In a story that feels all too familiar for residents of the region, the Warm Springs Reservation has a water emergency. Many residents are under a boil-water notice after a break in the water system's main pipe. This is the same pipe where a break last summer caused problems that dragged on for months. Lack of clean water is an even more dire conce…
 
According to data from the Oregon Health Authority, Pacific Islanders have the highest COVID-19 infection rate per capita in the state. Pacific Islander communities in Oregon see policies restricting healthcare access and a lack of culturally-specific resources as barriers to care. We talk about the work nonprofit organizations and local government…
 
Earlier this year, a group of Black women in Portland founded the Equitable Giving Circle to provide resources to Black, Indigenous and other people of color in Oregon. The group works with Black and Indigenous farmers to provide food to families in need, and has also raised about half a million dollars in funds to help people with other immediate …
 
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted higher education in a number of ways. Many colleges went largely online with their classes, and some are still figuring out exactly how to handle fall enrollment. But university research of all kinds was arguably even more affected, with many projects paused, stopped or prevented altogether. And not all studies ca…
 
One year ago, Portland teenager Asukulu (AH-soo-koo-loo) Songolo (sawn-GOH-loh) started the Congo Peace Project. The grassroots non-profit provides resources for students and women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where Songolo’s family is from. Now, amid the global uprising against systemic racism, Songolo is organizing rallies in Portland…
 
Deschutes County Sheriff Shane Nelson recently created a safe firearm storage program. People can drop their firearms off at the sheriff’s office, store them for however long they need, and then pick them back up when they are ready. Nelson says some people may want to store their weapons if they are a safety hazard for a family member, or if they …
 
Last week, seven Oregon counties started requiring masks inside businesses. But one of those counties received a lot of national media attention. Lincoln County’s mask requirement included a clause that “people of color who have heightened concerns about racial profiling and harassment due to wearing face coverings in public” were exempt from the r…
 
Gov. Kate Brown issued an order yesterday requiring all Oregonians to wear a mask when indoors in a public space. All of Oregon’s 36 counties are in Phase 1 or Phase 2 of reopening, and the state’s coronavirus case count is rising steadily. We talk with Patrick Allen, director of the Oregon Health Authority about the new order, the latest on what t…
 
On Monday, Profile Theater releases the final episode of their new podcast series called “Clauda, A Viral Love Story.” It was written by 9 different playwrights creating a story that travels around the world following the path of the novel coronavirus, and a French-speaking pangolin named Claudia. Portland playwright Dan Kitrosser wrote one of the …
 
Ed Ray has been the president of Oregon State University since 2003. His last day in this job is June 30, 2020. He will continue to serve as an economics professor at the university. We talk with him about his legacy and what he sees on the horizon for OSU as the school works to combat racism and continues to deal with the challenges of the COVID-1…
 
It started out as a joke, just something fun to talk about. And then it really happened. Fifteen-year-old Aiden Bork worked with their local PFLAG chapter to organize Pendleton’s first Pride parade on June 24. After hearing from some speakers, about 75 people marched through downtown. Bork says they were inspired by the weekly Black Lives Matter pr…
 
Portland Hip-Hop artists Mic Crenshaw, Karma Rivera and C3 the Guru have performed at Black Lives Matter protests and block parties over the past few weeks. They all believe that music can be a revolutionary tool for BIPOC liberation from white supremacy, as well as an expression of Black joy, or a way to celebrate Black culture and history. We hea…
 
Going to sit in the audience at a theater isn’t an option right now, but Portland Center Stage has commissioned a series of plays aimed at bringing the theater into our homes. As a part of the Play at Home project, PCS commissioned four artists to write scripts for short plays that can be read and performed by anyone in the community in the comfort…
 
Gresham local government was rocked by a wave of resignations this month after a Black city employee sent a letter to city leadership alleging racism. The mayor, city manager and police chief all left their positions. The police chief has since reversed her decision, and city leadership is figuring how to fill the interim mayor and city manager pos…
 
This year, Pride month falls in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic and a worldwide uprising against police violence toward Black people. Many Pride parades and in-person celebrations have been canceled. For Flawless Shade, a Black, queer entertainer who is also Miss Gay Oregon, this year’s Pride is about fighting for the rights of her community.…
 
Oregon Governor Kate Brown has called lawmakers into a special legislative session starting Wednesday. The goals of the session are far-reaching, including police accountability and the ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Lawmakers will also be impacted by restrictions in place to slow the spread of COVID-19. All of this adds up to a special…
 
For the past several weeks, Portland faith leaders have been attending protests against police violence and systemic racism. We hear from three members of Portland's Interfaith Clergy Resistance: Cecil Prescod, reverend at Ainsworth United Church of Christ; Tara Wilkins, reverend at Bridgeport United Church of Christ; and Ariel Stone, rabbi at Cong…
 
As Oregon battles the COVID-19 pandemic and seeks a response to calls for police accountability, Gov. Kate Brown has called for a legislative special session. Rep. Janelle Bynum (District 51-Clackamas) and Sen. James Manning (District 7-Eugene) are two members of the legislative People of Color Caucus, which has called for action on police accounta…
 
All law enforcement officers in Oregon go through 16 weeks of initial training with the Department of Public Safety and Standards before they can be certified to work. Afterwards, officers must also complete training with their employer, which is different for every department. We hear from DPSST Director Eriks Gablicks about the initial certificat…
 
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled last week that President Trump cannot shut down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, a program that protects about 700,000 young immigrants known as Dreamers from deportation. Liliana Luna is a DACA recipient, who graduated last year from Portland Community College and now runs her own counseling center.…
 
A protest zone in Seattle is completely without police presence, after officers recently left the area after protests calling for accountability and an end to police violence. The area is now known as the Capital Hill Occupied Protest. Volunteers have defused fights, protected stores from vandalism and handled mental health crises. There was also a…
 
Brett Bigham became the first special education teacher to be named Oregon Teacher of the Year in 2014. He later lost his job after speaking publicly about being a gay man and filing a complaint about the discrimination he experienced. We hear Bigham's reflections on the recent apology he got from the school district that fired him and the U.S. Sup…
 
The city of Portland’s Black Male Achievement program was founded in 2014 to improve outcomes for Black men and boys. In 2018, the group pushed for the elimination of Portland Police’s database of suspected gang members. Now, as people around the world protest police violence and systemic racism, Black Male Achievement is advocating for divesting m…
 
When Clara Peoples arrived in Oregon from Oklahoma in 1945, she was surprised to find that no one was celebrating Juneteenth. She started the organization Juneteenth Oregon to bring the holiday to the state. Juneteenth Oregon is celebrating the holiday this year in the middle of a global pandemic and a social uprising against systemic racism. Media…
 
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