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August 2010 Newsletter

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Bloody Electronics and the Congo

[Masikini Maguy Kavila] The violence in the Congo is the largest conflict since WWII, with estimates of over four million dead. Yet many people in the U.S. are unaware of the extent of the carnage, as it receives little coverage from mainstream media. In "Congo: Dying for Our Convenience" (VB #75.12 & 13), Portland residents, many from the Congo, relate the atrocities that have been and still are being committed there and discuss how our increasingly electronic culture and negligence contribute to the conflict. At stake is the blood prize: mining minerals, including coltan (short for columbite-tantalite) which is used to make capacitors in cell phones, computers and video cameras. These and other items are produced at the expense of many lives. Featured are an Amnesty International panel and an interview with a Congolese American activist detailing the harm to the people trapped in the war-torn area. A panel of media activists at the 2009 EcoNvergence discusses the environmental devastation caused by the mining and the conflict, among other issues. The show was taped by PC Peri with help from Yvonne Simmons and edited by Barb Greene.

Masikini Maguy Kavila, founder of Amani,
talks about atrocities in the Congo in VB #75.12

How N/NE Portland Became Gentrified

A new program features Carl Talton, who spoke to the Restorative Listening Project on Gentrification (RLP) on June 15, 2009 at Concordia University. Talton, currently the CEO of Portland Family of Funds, is a community-focused businessman. He grew up in Portland and worked for both Pacific Power and PGE, as well as the Portland Development Commission. Tarlton has seen North and Northeast Portland change from an area that was "redlined"--where people of color and others were unable to get loans to buy or improve houses-- to one of economic prosperity. Unfortunately, the consequences have been that most of the African Americans who once made up the cohesive neighborhoods there have been forced to move further from urban support structures. Although economic incentives for the geographic area were promoted by people with great intentions, the people who should have been able to maintain their homes and neighborhoods were forced out or swindled. The show, titled "Development of Gentrification in N/NE Portland" (VB #75.4 & 5), was taped by Flying Focus member P