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Clutter, Cobweb, Love, and Oranges

Every conversation in a perfect end Would finish with the touch of two lips Time is perfect, and it never slips away Underneath Big Blue Sky   Story and photos by Pete Shaw Seven April 18s ago I was in Seattle when, after a cascade of phone messages left on a cell phone that I barely…

City Council Votes to Divest From All Corporate Bonds; Years of Organizing, Public Pressure Bears Fruit

Story by Pete Shaw Leaving Wednesday’s City Council afternoon session, Enlace’s Interim Director Amanda Shank seemed beside herself, still not sure she believed what she had just heard. Only a few minutes earlier City Commissioners Chloe Eudaly, Nick Fish, and Dan Saltzman approved Saltzman’s amendment that would require the City to divest from all of…

Wheeler Announces Plans to Abolish Police; Leads Rally to Burn ICE

Story and photos by John G. Mellor In a shocking turn of events late yesterday, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler announced that he would be taking steps to abolish the Portland Police Bureau and called upon Portland’s citizens of conscience to burn down the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) prison on Southwest Macadam Avenue. Speaking before…

Immigrants and Immigrant Justice Groups Fight Back Against Persecution; Work to Provide True Sanctuary

  Story and photos by Pete Shaw In the days following Republican Donald Trump’s inauguration, many US cities and states–including Portland and Oregon–declared themselves to be sanctuaries. The term was meant to imply safety for people without documentation. However, it is one thing to make a declaration and something else entirely to enforce it. This…

75 Years On, Story of Japanese American Incarceration Disturbing Mirror for Current Immigrant and Refugee Policies

Story and photos by Pete Shaw It’s been 75 years since President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which resulted in the forced incarceration of over 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry. The order, which in an immediate sense was a response to Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, resulted in a…

A Shining Light Rolls On

“Days up and down they come Like rain on a conga drum Forget most, remember some But don’t turn none away”                                –Townes Van Zandt   Story by Pete Shaw At the end of this month Portland will be losing organizer…