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Movement to Raise Minimum Wage to $15 Keeps Growing; Activists Demand Change to State Law

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October 23, 2014
Movement to Raise Minimum Wage to $15 Keeps Growing; Activists Demand Change to State Law

Story by Pete Shaw “I’m here, and I’m tired, and I’m speaking out with all the strength that I have. We need 15 now.” Those words, spoken by Janice Niag, a First Student bus driver, demanding changes to the City’s Fair Wage Policy summed up the feeling at SEIU Local 49 Hall on October...
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Community Church Providing Sanctuary for Immigrant Rights Activist Francisco Aguirre Fighting Threatened ICE Deportation

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September 30, 2014
Community Church Providing Sanctuary for Immigrant Rights Activist Francisco Aguirre Fighting Threatened ICE Deportation

Story by Pete Shaw Francisco Aguirre became alarmed when 12 federal agents appeared at his Fairview, OR home at 7 AM on September 19. They refused to state the purpose for their visit, but, when pressed, the lead agent said it had something to do with Aguirre’s business. Aguirre found it suspicious that a...
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Activists Protest Smart Track–Wyden’s Rebranding of Fast Track

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September 5, 2014
Activists Protest Smart Track–Wyden’s Rebranding of Fast Track

Story and photos by Pete Shaw Portland and Eugene activists disguised in Groucho Marx glasses and mustaches turned in over 3000 signatures to Senator Ron Wyden’s office to demand Wyden cease the undemocratic processes found in Fast Track legislation. Fast Track, which is used to ease the way for  passage of trade agreements such...
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Artesia, New Mexico Ground Zero for Inhuman Treatment of Asylum Seekers

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August 18, 2014
Artesia, New Mexico Ground Zero for Inhuman Treatment of Asylum Seekers

Story by Pete Shaw In recent weeks there has been widespread media coverage of the plight of refugee children entering the US after fleeing violence in Central America. While those numbers had been steadily increasing over the past few years, they jumped to crisis levels a few months ago. Despite its obligations under international...
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Activists Call for Moratorium on Retaliation Against Refugee Children

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August 16, 2014
Activists Call for Moratorium on Retaliation Against Refugee Children

Story by Pete Shaw Since last October over 57,000 unaccompanied children have been detained while crossing the Mexico-US border. About 75% of them are fleeing violence in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, countries where US foreign policy elements such as so-called free trade agreements and the drug war have often resulted in corrupt and...
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More from News & Current Events

East Coast Roads Take Me Home

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August 1, 2014
East Coast Roads Take Me Home

  Story and Photos by Pete Shaw Every so often, when mentioning that I write for this publication, I get asked whatever happened to the Occupy Movement. The question often confuses me because it implies a singularity where I...
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Caleb or Saltzman?

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May 19, 2014
Caleb or Saltzman?

By Pete Hybertsen For the first time in too long, Portland voters have a viable, independent candidate to support in this election. Nicholas Caleb’s campaign has tapped into a well of discontent with Portland’s current leadership. In just a...
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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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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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