People say a prayer around Allan Bros. Fruit employees Maribel Medina, center left, and Cesar Traverso, center right, as they begin a hunger strike Tuesday, May 19, 2020, in Naches, Wash. Some Allan Bros. workers have been on strike since May 7 because of safety concerns related to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

People say a prayer around Allan Bros. Fruit employees Maribel Medina, center left, and Cesar Traverso, center right, as they begin a hunger strike Tuesday, May 19, 2020, in Naches, Wash. Some Allan Bros. workers have been on strike since May 7 because of safety concerns related to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

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  • We get opinions and analysis of some of the week’s big stories with our news roundtable. This week we’re joined by former Oregon legislator Julie Parrish, political scientist Jim Moore and Lisa Bates, associate professor of urban studies and planning at Portland State University.

 

  

  • Hundreds of workers in fruit packing plants in Washington’s Yakima Valley are on strike. They say they are not being adequately protected against the new coronavirus or being compensated for the increased risks they face. We hear more from Yakima Herald-Republic reporter Mai Hoang and talk with fruit packer Julieta Pulido about her working conditions and what it would take for her to feel safe enough to go back to work.

 

  

  • Five different neighborhood associations in North Portland have asked the city to get more involved in the creation of sanctioned homeless camps. That’s one of the suggestions in a new proposal from the groups, who want to meet with city leaders to discuss proactive solutions. Tom Hickey, chair of the Bridgeton Neighborhood Association, tells us about the collaborative work they have been doing.

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