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Persistent Protester Pressure Provokes ICE Prisoner Release

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April 15, 2014
Persistent Protester Pressure Provokes ICE Prisoner Release

Story and photos by Pete Shaw With the Obama Administration having reached its two millionth deportation, fifteen people gathered outside the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) building in Portland on April 9 to demand the release of Sugey Carrazco. Sugey has been held since March 18 at the Otay Detention Center in San Diego,...
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Equal Pay Day Rally Flush with Bluster, Bankrupt on Plan of Action

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April 11, 2014
Equal Pay Day Rally Flush with Bluster, Bankrupt on Plan of Action

Story and photos by Pete Shaw At a Portland City Hall rally on Tuesday in celebration of Equal Pay Day, most of the City’s commissioners and some state-level politicians spoke of the great gains that have been made toward leveling the pay gap between women and men, as well as the need to go...
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Immigrant Rights Activists Fight to Keep Families Together, Demand Justice for All

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April 7, 2014
Immigrant Rights Activists Fight to Keep Families Together, Demand Justice for All

Story by Pete Shaw As President Obama edges closer toward deporting 2 million people during his time in office–he will likely hit that mark in April–people without documentation, their families, and their communities have decided to take him on head first. One of the most interesting tactics has been the Bring Them Home campaign...
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Cops Police Their Own, Hales Hails

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April 1, 2014
Cops Police Their Own, Hales Hails

Article by Euripides Q. Steinfelt In an unforeseen move, Mayor Charlie Hales, who oversees the Portland police, announced this morning that all officers will have a video camera on their persons that records their every move while in uniform. The move was inspired by Rialto, California whose 66 police all wear cameras mounted on...
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TPP Foes Maintain Dogged Resistance, Lobby Wyden to Shun Fast Track Legislation

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March 31, 2014
TPP Foes Maintain Dogged Resistance, Lobby Wyden to Shun Fast Track Legislation

Story by Pete Shaw Dressed in their best floral polyesters that somehow made the cherry blossoms seem bland, a group of 30 activists opposed to the Trans Pacific Partnership and the renewal of Fast Track legislation that would greatly ease its passage, delivered a bag of floppy disks with the signatures of fair trade...
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More from News & Current Events

What a Disgrace

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February 28, 2014
What a Disgrace

by Daryl Turner, President, Portland Police Association Perhaps you have been following the horrible treatment of the Portland Police Bureau while the fair city that we serve has been negotiating a “settlement” with the Department of Justice about the...
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ILWU Strength Imperiled by Dangerous Course

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March 25, 2013
ILWU Strength Imperiled by Dangerous Course

Story and photos by Pete Shaw A crowd of over 200 Longshore workers, other union members, and community supporters rallied at Esther Short Park in Vancouver, WA, on March 8 in support of ILWU Local 4 grain handlers locked...
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Movements and Mobilizations: Reflections on N3

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January 8, 2013
Movements and Mobilizations: Reflections on N3

By Kari Koch There were several critical successes of N3—the November 3rd Solidarity Against Austerity mobilization—including mobilizing 1200 people in the streets, putting the concept of austerity into mainstream conversation in Portland as a program of an economic system...
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Labor’s Call to Action: The Grand Bargain Betrayal

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December 13, 2012
Labor’s Call to Action: The Grand Bargain Betrayal

By Shamus Cooke The labor movement is in terminal crisis. After decades of declining membership the union movement has been targeted for destruction: private sector union membership is near eradication, and now the corporations are on a public-sector mopping...
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A Contemplation on the Building Blocks of a Successful Movement

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November 14, 2012
Photo by Bette Lee

By Gina Ronning The Portland Action Lab is currently embarking on what is sure to be a difficult conversation exploring group purpose, structure, and other aspects of self-evaluation. This dialogue is a crucial component for any group in assessing...
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More from Essays & Letters

Art/Fiction/Poetry

The Dream of Sleep

The Dream of Sleep

A Light in the Commons Illumines a Truth Entropy of ordinance Makes for horrid experience   Miles of empty real estate Heated for the plumbing Souls shiver on sidewalks Denied legal bedding   Shattered Realities And Neighborly Angst Breed environment of Fear No politician will stand against A cadre of neighbors Riddled . ....

Getting Ready for the Beat Down

Getting Ready for the Beat Down

by Vargus Pike I’m getting ready for the beat down I know it’s on the way. I’m getting ready for the beat down Just a matter of time. Uppity freedom talkers dare to talk freedom Saying he has a RIGHT to be an individual. She claims the right to determine her OWN destiny They...

Can You Hear the Droning?

Can You Hear the Droning?

by Benjamin D. Bricker Can You Hear the Droning? there’s no place like rome vomit like you got a pair there’s no place like rome waving the fascist standard like you just don’t care there’s no place like rome all we have we stole whole hog pay the toll there’s no place like home...

Chimes Times and Pithy Rhymes

Chimes Times and Pithy Rhymes

by Robin Ryan I daresay yo to the powers that be You are not going to like the likes of me I like less the likes of you As one who has been done unto The differences between us are indeed vast As I contend deeper values be and are bound to outlast I...

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Protestors March Against Austerity, Get Pepper Sprayed By Police

Yesterday, a coalition of labor, education, anti-war, and community organizations took to the streets...

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Occupy Wall Street One Year Anniversary: #S17 Day of Action

By Adriane, Chops and the B:Media Collective After a weekend of 20+ hour days...

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Truth To Power News Talks to Retired Police Captain About Occupy

Truth To Power News talks to a retired police captain about the significance of...


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