Lane County Jail inmates on hunger strike for COVID-19 protections, access to services

Inmates at the Lane County Jail have been on a hunger strike for more than six weeks. They are demanding the jail provide stronger protections against COVID-19, as well as better access to religious services, meetings with lawyers and family, and lower bail. We hear from Momo Wilms-Crowe, an organizer with Lane County Mutual Aid, about what prompted the strike, and how the inmates are doing.

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The Wayne Morse Federal Courthouse, Sept. 16, 2013, is within sight of a temporary location of the Whoville Homeless Camp in Eugene, Oregon.

Lane County struggles to meet the needs of unhoused residents through pandemic

Kris McAlister was homeless in Lane County as a teenager. He’s now bringing that experience to his advocacy and policy work, helping lead the nonprofit Carry It Forward. We talk with McAlister and Lane County Joint Housing & Shelter Strategist Sarai Johnson about how the plan to meet the needs of unhoused people is coming together, and what still needs to be done.


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Gov. Kate Brown sends Umatilla County back to baseline status

Umatilla County is experiencing one of the worst coronavirus outbreaks in Oregon. We talk to Umatilla County vice chair George Murdock about how the community is dealing with the setback, and how it’s approaching the political and public health challenges to get COVID-19 cases down.




Mike Schmidt becomes Multnomah County district attorney 5 months ahead of schedule

Mike Schmidt campaigned for Multnomah County District Attorney on a platform of criminal justice reform, one of a number of similarly progressive DAs around the country who won office. His predecessor Rod Underhill stepped down early, so Schmidt could get started on enacting his agenda.


Portland protesters continue to push to defund police

Portland activist and hip-hop journalist Mac Smiff tells us about how the presence of federal officers changed the protests, and what comes next for him if they leave the city.


How race affects the way we talk about the Wall of Moms

As the Portland Wall of Moms begins to crumble, questions have been raised about race, motherhood and why white women are going viral now when Black women have been protesting since the beginning.


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New executive director of Oregon Black Pioneers

Zachary Stocks recently started as the Oregon Black Pioneers’ first-ever executive director. As the latest Black Lives Matter movement has sparked efforts to rename racist geographic locations across Oregon and take down racist monuments, Stocks has been reflecting on the role of his organization in uncovering and preserving the history of Black Oregonians.


Inspired by protests, Salem woman organizes events for racial justice

After Portland protests and federal law enforcement’s treatment of protesters made national headlines, stories and photos of predominantly white mothers in the Portland Wall of Moms received national attention. But Black mothers like Julianne Jackson have been involved with the protests against systemic racism and police violence since the beginning. Jackson, an activist in Salem, has organized several events for racial justice and is advocating for the removal of school resource officers in Salem schools.

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