Danny Welch is a carpenter foreman at Blanchet House, a farm in Carlton that provides housing and food for men recovering from addiction.

Danny Welch is a carpenter foreman at Blanchet House, a farm in Carlton that provides housing and food for men recovering from addiction.

Courtesy of Blanchet House

 

  

  • Oregon’s secretary of state is using Facebook to reach out to inactive voters about updating their voter registration. The office is also encouraging people to weigh in on legislation they hope to introduce in the 2019 session, including an effort to move the 2020 primary from May to March. We’ll hear about both of these initiatives from Steve Elzinga, governmental and legal affairs director for the Oregon Secretary of State’s office.

 

  

  • A recently formed alliance of mental health advocates wants to give their input on the city of Portland’s settlement with the Department of Justice over police use of force. We talk with Juan Chavez, a lawyer with the Oregon Justice Resource Center who is representing the Mental Health Alliance.

 

  

  • A 63-acre farm in Carlton provides housing and food for men recovering from addiction. In return, the men work on the farm. We talk to Danny Welch, who is one of those recovering farmworkers, and the executive director of the Blanchet House, Gregory Baker.

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