In this episode of Us As We Are, we attend the Gathering of Goodness music festival, which was held on July 3rd, 2021, at Bear Creek Park in Medford. The first major music event to hit the Rogue Valley since the official re-opening of Oregon, the festival made for an extreme fun day of music, art, and close interaction with members of the region's thriving music community. Featured artists included The Roomy Depth, Namid Wolf, Messenjah Selah, Cornflower, among others.
In this episode of Us As We Are, we explore the streets of Ashland on Independence Day 2021, the first major holiday since the re-opening of Oregon in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. As we go, we'll meet an overall random selection of Ashland's residents going about a wide range of interesting activities, including the Lithia Artisan Market, a lemonade stand, a grocery store late-night employee, and a collective of b-boys. To cap it off, we'll attend the firework display at the Jackson County Expo, which was the only officially organized event to have gone forward in a year where high risk of wildfire is heightened in the public consciousness.
In this episode of Us As We Are, we visit with representatives of the Southern Oregon Historical Society and Oregon Black Pioneers, who collaborated to hold a celebration for the renaming of "Negro Ben Mountain," which has been changed to "Ben Johnson Mountain." We'll learn about the history of Ben Johnson and other black pioneers in Oregon, followed by a hike to the top of the newly renamed geographic feature. Happy Juneteenth!
In this episode of Us As We Are, we visit Klamath Falls, where tensions over water rights are heating up in the wake of the federal government declaring a drought and denying irrigation to the famers of the Klamath Basin. This is a highly complex issue, with calls to protect endangered species on one side, and the desperation of farmers who stand to loose everything if their fields don't see water on the other. In this video we talk to the farmers and Klamath Falls citizens who have gathered in an encampment adjacent to the A Canal Headwaters. We plan to revisit this topic again soon in the future to explore it further as things progress.
In this episode of Us As We Are, we attend the delightful "Chalk It Up for Endangered Species" event in Phoenix, OR. The event was pulled together by Pollinator Project Rogue Valley, an organization which advocates for the protection of endangered pollinating insects and other animals. Residents were invited to the Phoenix Civil Center to draw their favorite endangered species on the surrounding sidewalks. The result: a wide array of genuinely impressive chalk art.
In this episode of Us As We Are, we once again attend a protest in the Ashland Downtown Plaza. This time, citizens gathered together to express their disapproval of the Israeli occupation of Palestine and the recently increased violence.
In this episode of UAWA, we attend a worker's solidarity rally held by Housing Now in recognition of international labor day, which is traditionally the 1st of May. While there, we got to talk to an array of interesting and friendly individuals who shared with us their beliefs about socialism, worker's rights, and the housing situation in Southern Oregon.
In this episode, we travel to the Jackson County Expo, where FEMA and the US DOD have constructed a temporary COVID-19 vaccine drive-through clinic. We're given a tour by a group of very forthcoming FEMA and Navy representatives who show us the different stages patients go through to receive vaccines, and then Keegan goes through the process himself.
In this episode, we attend a Downtown Ashland rally held in support of the City Council's Racial and Social Equity Commission, which seeks to create a forum for members of Ashland's diverse BIPOC, AAPI and LGBTQ communities. We talk to a wide range of individuals who supported the creation of the commission, including Ashland Mayor Julie Akins and City Councilor Gina DuQuenne. The commission was approved at the April 20th, 2021 City Council Business Meeting.
In this episode, we talk with members of Medford's homeless population on the subject of the city's new anti-camping ordinance, which seeks to ban all forms of tent camping within city limits as well as ban camping outright on the Greenway during the summer fire season. In addition to these new rules being more strict than what Medford has had on the books until now, the punishments for violators are more extreme. Naturally, this means the new ordinance is highly controversial. In this outing, we'll hear from the homeless themselves, as well as volunteers working in aid efforts, about how the ordinance might affect life in the city and surrounding area.
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