Thousands of people took to the streets for a third night in largely peaceful protests on May 31, 2020. The protests ultimately ended with police using tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the crowd gathered around the Justice Center in downtown Portland.

Thousands of people took to the streets for a third night in largely peaceful protests on May 31, 2020. The protests ultimately ended with police using tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the crowd gathered around the Justice Center in downtown Portland.

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  • Like many cities around the nation, Portland saw peaceful protest over the weekend, as well as more violent demonstrations. The events were sparked by the death of George Floyd, a black Minneapolis man who was killed by a police officer. We talk with Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler and City Commissioner, Jo Ann Hardesty about the weekend’s events and where to go from here. And community organizer Lilith Sinclair tells us about why they are protesting and the changes they want to see. 

 

  

  • Many parents are figuring out how to work and facilitate distance learning for their children at the same time during the coronavirus pandemic. For some, juggling a job and helping with hours of online schoolwork is taking a toll. Others have been forced to reduce their hours or stop working altogether to keep their children on track. We hear how three parents — Freddy Kennedy, Ellie Hayes and Dorothy Anderson — are coping.

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