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Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders suspends his campaign for president. And COVID-19 is ravaging the black community in some areas, including Milwaukee.

2020Talks - April 9, 2020 


Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders drops out of the race for president, though he assured supporters yesterday his movement will continue. A federal judge ruled this week a lawsuit in Florida awaiting trial will apply to all people with former felony convictions, not just the 17 plaintiffs.

Public News Service - OR: Civil Rights

Among Portland airport workers' demands is a call for three paid sick days. (EchoGolf Photography/Adobe Stock)

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Challenges due to the COVID-19 outbreak are showing why employees at the Portland International Airport need more support, workers say. Airport workers, including the folks who push wheelchairs, clean airplane cabins and help with baggage, are calling on the Port of Portland to i

Some opponents of Oregon's cap-and-trade bill say it could allow the state to pursue a more aggressive approach to fighting climate change. (Portland General Electric/Flickr)

SALEM, Ore. – Could the death of the cap-and-trade bill in the Oregon Senate be an opportunity for the state to design stronger action on climate change? Senate Republicans haven't returned to Salem, even after Democratic Party Senate President Peter Courtney announced the proposal no longer

Oregon sheriffs disagree about how the state's sanctuary law effects crime. (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement/Wikimedia Commons)

PORTLAND, Ore. – Tensions are building among law enforcement in the fight over Oregon's sanctuary law, which voters could decide to repeal in November. Recently, 16 county sheriffs announced support for Measure 105, which would get rid of the state's 31-year-old statute that prohibits use of

The Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for a Moral Revival recalls the campaign Martin Luther King, Jr. started in 1968. (Warren K. Leffler/Library of Congress)

SALEM, Ore. — A movement Martin Luther King, Jr., started 50 years ago near the end of his life is getting a revival today. The Poor People's Campaign is kicking off 40 days of action in 40 states, including Oregon's capital. The national campaign brings together faith leaders, community lea

People in Oregon prisons are required to work 40 hours a week because of a measure passed in 1994. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

EUGENE, Ore. — After an uproar on campus over prison labor used to make the University of Oregon's furniture, one student reporter decided to see the prison for herself. Frankie Benitez writes for the Daily Emerald and was inspired to check out the the Oregon Corrections Enterprises furnitur

Attorneys general in 22 states, including Oregon, are suing to reverse the FCC's decision on net neutrality. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

SALEM, Ore. — A bill in the state House aims to restore net neutrality as a priority in Oregon after the Federal Communications Commission repealed the policy late last year. House Majority Leader Jennifer Williamson said she will add a net neutrality amendment to House Bill 4155, legislatio

Sexual harassment and assault are pervasive in the janitorial industry, women's and workers' advocates say. (deepcove/Flickr)

SALEM, Ore. – Months before the #MeToo movement gained steam, Oregon lawmakers passed legislation to protect women working in the shadows, literally. Now that law is in effect. At the beginning of this year, janitorial contractors started joining a registry that ensures they're in complian

The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing a case that could undermine the Oregon Equality Act, which ensures anti-discrimination protections for the LGBTQ community. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

PORTLAND, Ore. – The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments today on a case that could affect protections for Oregon's LGBT community. The case will determine whether the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Colorado was justified in his refusal to bake a cake for a same-sex couple because o

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