Social Justice

Jamie Shupe

Last Friday an Oregon Circuit Court Judge ruled a person can legally change their sex to non-binary—not female or male. Transgender law experts say this is the first ruling of its kind in the United States.

Tiffany Eckert

Trailer parks can be a viable housing option for people living on low or fixed incomes. Nearly 63-thousand Oregonians live in these unique communities.  A tenant owns the home but rents the land it sits on. Mobile home park managers act as landlords--an arrangement that can work well-- or lead to trouble if power is abused. Sometimes tenants seek legal help over grievances.

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Stickers with racist messages were found this week on new light signals installed on Willamette Street in Eugene. And this isn’t the first time hate speech has been spotted in Lane County.

Recorded on: July 3, 2016

Air Date: July 6th, 2016

Speakers:

  • Tarik Richardson, UO Gilman Scholar
  • Shaniece Curry, Black Women of Achievement
  • Willie Mims, Trustee, Mims Historical Houses
  • Eric Richardson, President, NAACP of Eugene and Springfield

Coordinator:  Mary Leighton

Speakers:

  • Mark Gissiner, Eugene Police Auditor
  • Bernadette Conover, Chair, Civilian Review Board
  • Cooper Brinson, Staff Attorney, Civil Liberties Defense Center
  • Joel Iboa, Member, Integration Network

Coordinator:  Mary Leighton

Civil Discourse

May 16, 2016

Recorded on: May 13th, 2016

Air Date: May 16th, 2016

Civil Discourse

Speakers:

Bryon Beck

Springfield's largest employer, Symantec, is one of two Oregon businesses being recognized for its LGBT Inclusion in the workplace.

Basic Rights Oregon honored Symantec and Portland metro's New Seasons Market last week at a luncheon. Seven years ago, Symantec employee Cass Avrill told his manager he was transitioning. He says he was surprised by the companies' reaction.

Desmond O'Boyle

Today (Friday), April 15th, is traditionally when taxes are due. In conjunction with tax day a coalition of activists called on Congress to re-direct tax dollars to fight climate change, fund health care and education, and create jobs. About 25 people met at the Eugene downtown Post Office and participated in a “penny poll.” Poll participants are given 10 pennies to put in jars representing a 6-category breakdown of the Federal Budget.  Activist Susan Cundiff wants to bring awareness to the Federal Discretionary Budget.

Royal Blue Organics

The founder of an organic, fair-trade coffee company in Eugene has died. dahinda Meda passed peacefully at home Sunday afternoon, surrounded by loved ones.

dahinda founded Café Mam in 1989, with organic coffee beans imported from Mayan farmers in Mexico.

He also operated Royal Blue Organics, a blueberry farm in west Eugene.

The downtown economy of Ashland is heavily dependent on the tourists who flock to see the Oregon Shakespeare Festival or who come to hike, bike, ski, fish and boat the area’s mountains and waterways.

Last year, complaints from merchants, residents and visitors about aggressive panhandling and uncivil behavior by some homeless people reached a fever pitch.

Now, city officials are looking for fresh ideas to head off a new season of unpleasantness.

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