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- Portland Thorns captain and Canadian National Women’s Team player Christine Sinclair has published a book—giving OPB’s Geoff Norcross an opportunity to ask her a few questions on air. Here’s what “famously private” Sinclair has to say about the reported abuse within Thorns and US Soccer management: “I think it’s important for young girls to know that this isn’t a Portland Thorns problem. This isn’t an NWSL problem. It’s not a women’s soccer problem. It’s a cultural problem. This is how women are treated around the world. We had brave women come out and step forward and bring this to light. I know here in Portland, positive changes have been made, but there’s still more to be done.”
- The Oregonian took a look at how the “second look” bill passed by the Oregon Legislature last year has allowed district attorneys to successfully petition judges to reconsider charges for convicted individuals. The article chooses to highlight a few particularly grim cases, but leaves readers with a clear understanding of how the policy can truly help rehabilitate people convicted of a crime.
- Oregon Senate lawmakers meet today to decide whether to rescind a current policy restricting a senator with a history of calling for violence when he doesn’t get his way from accessing the Capitol building. The senator, Independent Dallas lawmaker Brain Boquist, specifically directed authorities to “send bachelors and come heavily armed” in 2019, when Gov. Kate Brown suggested she would call on state troopers to force Republicans to return to the Capitol if they walked out. Since then, Boquist has been required to give 12 hours’ notice before reporting to the state Capitol for work. That rule make be rescinded at today’s meeting.
- If you have a slow Tuesday night and want to hear some political nerds wax about Oregon election results…I may have the event for you:
Election DeBrief, What’s Next – November 29 7 p.m.— LWV of Portland (@LWVPortland) November 25, 2022
Anna Griffin, VP, news, OPB
John Horvick, Sr VP, DHM Research
Dr. Dan Qi, Visiting Asst Prof, Political Science, Reed
Alex Zielinski, News Editor, Portland Mercury
Register here: https://t.co/jbN36T6sMj
- Georgia is again seeing record voter turnout in early voting for its US Senate runoff race between incumbent Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock and ex-football Republican guy Herschel Walker. Polls show the two candidates are still neck-and-neck in the runoff race, which takes place on December 6.
- In the darkest timeline, a federal court has denied a 19-year-old’s request to witness her father’s execution on Tuesday by the state of Missouri. That’s because Missouri law prohibits people younger than 21 from witnessing executions. Kevin Johnson was arrested for murdering a police officer when his daughter, Corionsa Ramey, was only two years old. Ramey challenged the state’s law, with the help of the ACLU, to no avail. “I’m heartbroken that I won’t be able to be with my dad in his last moments,” said Ramey.
- Mauna Loa, the world’s largest active volcano—essentially the reason Hawaii’s big island exists—has begun to erupt. The timing significant:
Mauna Loa is erupting on Lā Kūʻokoʻa, Hawaiian Independence Day. Settler society sees her as a destructive threat for containment. This is true too for Hawaiian sovereignty. But we are irrepressible. It may be destructive, but it creates life to stand on for generations to come. https://t.co/X4jmLS2cLD— Uahikea Maile (@uahikea) November 28, 2022
- Iran leaders want the US kicked out of the World Cup after the United States Soccer Federation temporarily altered an Iranian flag on social media to show solidarity with Iranians protesting for women’s rights. (Apparently if you remove the Islamic Republic symbol in the center of the Iranian flag, it means you support activists). To be frank, the discussion is one of the few positives re: human rights that has taken place at the draconian World Cup this year.
- China’s intense and sustained COVID-19 regulations have led to frustration and upset among its citizens. China saw protests in eight cities Sunday, in which demonstrators expressed a “rare direct challenge” to the ruling Communist Party— and called for leader Xi Jinping to step down. Per the Associated Press, these protests erupted after a fire killed at least 10 people in an apartment building Thursday in a particularly locked-down city—raising questions about whether firefighters or people trying to escape were blocked by COVID-19 restrictions.