The Oregon Employment Department's Unemployment Insurance online claim system, pictured on Friday, April 17, 2020.

The Oregon Employment Department’s Unemployment Insurance online claim system, pictured on Friday, April 17, 2020.

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  • Americans across the country are protesting police violence against Black people after George Floyd was killed by a Minneapolis police officer who knelt on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes. Protesters are calling for more police accountability and many, including those in Portland, have called for defunding police. Portland Police Officer Daryl Turner is the president of the Portland Police Association, the union representing rank and file officers. He joins us to discuss the recent protests.

 

  

  • Last week, Governor Kate Brown fired the head of the Oregon Employment Department. Logistical and technical difficulties have led to tens of thousands of Oregonians waiting months for unemployment benefits to come through. The state has at least 200,000 unpaid jobless claims on file. Interim Director David Gerstenfeld joins us to talk about what the agency will do differently.

 

  

  • A number of temporary homeless shelters have been operating in Portland during the pandemic, but what will happen as the metro area begins to open up? How is the region’s most vulnerable population coping? We’re joined by Marc Jolin, the head of the Joint Office of Homeless Services, and Kaia Sand, the executive director of Street Roots.

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