More than fourteen percent of Oregonians are living in poverty.
Minority groups are affected even more.
More than 24 percent of the African-American community in Oregon is in poverty, and nearly 25 percent of the Hispanic community.
But even if you don't fall into what's called the poverty gap in Oregon, you are affected in some way.
Poverty affects our schools,our judicial system,and social services.
It is inextricably linked to homelessness.
We can't have healthy communities with poverty steadily increasing.
This week on "Straight Talk", we start the conversation about ending poverty and racial and social disparity in Oregon by the year 2020.
That's the ambitious goal of the Oregon League of Minority Voters.
The group will kick off its campaign to do that at a poverty conference on Friday, October 16th in Salem.
Saturday night on "Straight Talk",we let you in on the plan,and how you can be a part of the solution.
My guests this week: Former Oregon state treasurer and co-chair of the Oregon League of Minority Voters, Randall Edwards.
Anita Yap also joins us. She's the community affairs director for OLMV and will also address women's issues and poverty on the show.
Also joining us, Marcus Mundy, the president and CEO of the Urban League of Portland.
Mundy discusses the state of Black Oregon report, and what insights it offers for solving the poverty problem.
Join us Saturday night at 6:30 pm on KGW Newschannel 8 and Sunday night on Northwest Cable News at 8:30pm, and be a part of solving this crisis.
I'd be interested in hearing your thoughts.
Oh, and you don't want to miss this week's commentary from the left and from the right.
David Sarasohn and Lars Larson are in rare form on this weeks' topic.
What message does the University of Oregon's reversal of punishment for player Lagarrette Blount send?
Thanks for reading, watching... and let's keep talking.