For more than two decades, Chuck Hudson has been an advocate for both salmon and Indigenous people in his role as the intergovernmental affairs director for the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission. As he starts his retirement, we talk with Hudson about his legacy and his hopes for the future.
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.
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.
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 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.