Rogue Valley Community Press September Edition

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Images and video from Ashland’s Hiroshima/Nagasaki vigil

Rogue Valley candlelight vigil for Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church

On the evening of the summer solstice, around 200 people gathered for a candlelight vigil to remember the 9 people killed at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. At the plaza in Ashland, Oregon. Rogue Valley neighbors sing and pray for the innocent victims.

Ashland Police arrest Southern Oregon University trespasser

On April 29, 2015 during our Independent Media Week events, SOU security and Ashland Police detain and arrest Scott Green, who was accused of trespassing on SOU property.  Prior to the arrest, Green was sitting quietly during the IMW workshop at the Hannon Library on campus. Security had been alerted to his presence and APD ordered the room cleared.  As we attempted to clear the room, Green got agitated and grappled with an event organizer, police separated Green and that is where the video begins…

This is part two of an arrest at Southern Oregon University.

inmateOn April 29, 2015 during Independent Media Week events. Scott Green was taken to Jackson County Jail and booked on charges of Criminal Trespass, Resisting Arrest and Assault on a Police Officer.

Ashland City Council will hear a report  on crime in Ashland, Use of Force by the Ashland Police Department, the Enhanced Law Enforcement Area and on-going issues on Will Dodge Way. at the May 5 city council meeting, 7 pm at Council Chambers, 1175 E. Main Street.

Get involved! Ashland Independent Media Week

Ashland Oregon’s 11th annual Independent Media Week  showcases  a coalition of independent media producers, local activists and community groups organized around the theme “A well-informed citizenry is a cornerstone of democracy”

Traditionally running the third week in April, Independent Media Week is a grassroots campaign to inform and empower citizen by showcasing local efforts and to expand and inspire hyper-local media production.

This year’s Independent Media Week will be celebrated in the Rogue Valley the last week of April from April 26th to May 2nd.

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Interview with Ashland Police Chief Terry Holderness


KSKQ Morning Show interview with Ashland Police Chief Terry Holderness. Holderness has been chief in Ashland since 2007. We talk about his tenure and ideal qualities of our next candidate. We also discuss the state of recent high-profile crimes, the murder of David Grubbs and disappearance of Hannah Thomas-Garner.

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The City of Ashland has a petition asking what are the personal and professional characteristics of Ashland’s ideal police chief?


KSKQ Interview: Fair Shot Campaign

Interview with Alex Budd, organizer with Oregon Action about the Fair Shot Campaign.

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Rogue Valley Community Press – September 2014


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Interview: Danger of single employee train crews.

communityaudioOn the Brain Labor Report we talk with Ron Kaminkow, an engineer and general secretary of Railroad Workers United about the problems of single employee train crews. Federal legislation HR 3040 would mandate full crews. We are also joined by J.P Wright an engineer with CSX Transportation. He shares his story about organizing with RWU, current RR technology and the campaign to improve cooperation and safety among railroad unions.

“They are always going to need someone in that seat when something goes wrong.” ~JP Wright

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Recorded live on 8.20.2014 at KSKQ 89.5 FM community radio.

Rogue Valley Residents Stand for Peace in the Middle East

On Friday, July 25 in Medford, over 30 people stood in solidarity with and protested the new war against Gaza launched by the Israeli government and military resulting in hundreds of deaths, including many children. Call the White House and our members of Congress and demand they put pressure on Israel to withdraw and to negotiate a ceasefire with Hamas. reports: “At least 985 Palestinians, mainly civilians, have been killed and more than 6,000 wounded over the past 19 days, according to Palestinian officials. Israeli strikes have destroyed hundreds of homes, including close to 500 in targeted hits, and forced tens of thousands of people to flee, according to Palestinian rights groups.

“More than 160,000 displaced Palestinians have sought shelter at dozens of U.N. schools, an eight-fold increase since the start of Israel’s ground operation more than a week ago, the U.N. said.” (

The same article said: “Gaza militants have fired close to 2,500 rockets at Israel since July 8, exposing most of Israel’s population to an indiscriminate threat that has killed three civilians.” Only three Israeli non-combatants have been killed, the article said.