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Secretary Of State Dennis Richardson | Ibrahim Mubarak | Cyber Security

Secretary of State Dennis Richardson joins us to explain a letter he wrote to the President Oregon's voter system. One of the leaders of Portland's Right 2 Dream, Too homeless camp has left the organization. Also, a futurist looks at possible cyber threats.

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Under the Bridges Tours

Longtime homeless advocate Ibrahim Mubarak leads "Under the Bridges" tours of Portland's homeless camps. He says the tours give people a rare glimpse into the lives of those who make their homes under Portland's iconic bridges. Think Out Loud took the tour on Tuesday and took some photos:
Photo credit: Rachel Sapin/OPB Mubarak helped to start Right 2 Dream Too, a semi-permanent encampment in Old Town/China Town for Portland's homeless. He was also one of the co-founders of Dignity Village a decade ago. He says,

"My tour is to take people into areas they normally don't go, and normally wouldn't go to. When I was sleeping on the streets, sometimes I found refuge sleeping under the bridges, especially in the industrial Southeast area."
The Under the Bridges walk happens every first and third Tuesday of the month. Starting at Right 2 Dream Too, the tour makes stops at the Union Gospel Mission and the Portland Rescue Mission before crossing the Burnside Bridge and winding south along the East Bank Esplanade toward the Hawthorne Bridge. Mubarak says the walk takes roughly two hours, as he hands out flyers on homeless rights to people camped under the bridges. He also encourages tour participants to interact with the people they meet at each stop. Mubarak believes people walk away from these tours seeing homeless people in a more empathetic light. "They hear their stories and realize this person is human too," he says. Still, the idea of bringing non-homeless people into the places where homeless people live has been criticized as "class tourism."

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News Roundtable: August 30, 2013

It's Friday, so it's time for the news roundtable, our chance to review the big news of the week with a panel of journalists, editors and news watchers. This week, our discussion topics include:

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R2D2 Ruling Could Sink Plan For Terminal 1 Homeless Shelter

A state decision rejecting plans to move the Right 2 Dream Too homeless camp could also be bad news for a homeless shelter along the Willamette riverfront.

local | News

Portland Council Delays Vote To Move Homeless Camp

At the last minute Thursday, the Portland City Council postponed a vote on whether to move the Right 2 Dream Too homeless camp to a city owned lot on Portland’s east side.

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Owners, Tenants Of Homeless Camp Sue City Of Portland

The owners and tenants of the Right 2 Dream Too homeless camp in downtown Portland filed suit against the city Monday. Right 2 Dream opened on a plot of vacant land last year. On any given day up to 80 homeless people can be found there.

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