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Vigil Organizers See Hope in Large Turnout for Transgender Women of Color Violence Victims and Survivors

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August 28, 2015
Vigil Organizers See Hope in Large Turnout for Transgender Women of Color Violence Victims and Survivors

Story and photos by Pete Shaw Say their names. Lamia Beard. Keyshia Blige. Kandis Capri. Say their names because their lives mattered. London Chanel. India Clarke. Taja DeJesus. Tamara Dominguez. Say their names for their memories and for their friends, families, and lovers. Papi Edwards. K.C. Haggard. Mya Hall. Amber Monroe. Say their names because...
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Ahjamu Umi’s “The Courage Equation” Probes Race, Violence

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August 26, 2015
Ahjamu Umi’s “The Courage Equation” Probes Race, Violence

  By Pete Shaw Frederick Douglass once stated that power concedes nothing without a struggle, and history certainly bears that out. The struggle to wrest power away from those who hoard it in vast disproportion is a story that is given short shrift in US history textbooks, the preferred narrative being a combination of...
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Black Lives Matter Rally Reaffirms Commitment to Stand Against Threat of Police Brutality

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August 14, 2015
Black Lives Matter Rally Reaffirms Commitment to Stand Against Threat of Police Brutality

Story and photos by Pete Shaw “They think we’re stupid and we’re just going to accept community court and stop struggling.” Don’t Shoot Portland organizer Teressa Raiford uttered these words a few minutes after pleading not guilty to two misdemeanor charges stemming from her August 9 arrest after a rally marking one year since...
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Parachutes and Sea Shells

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August 3, 2015
Parachutes and Sea Shells

Story by Pete Shaw I was recently on a train from Denville, New Jersey to Pennsylvania Station (Penn Station as the locals have it) in New York City (The City as those same fellas have it), my balance bent. I grew up in New Jersey, not far from The City, and at least once...
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The System Fiddles While We Burn

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July 31, 2015
The System Fiddles While We Burn

Story and photos by Pete Shaw The Fennica has left Portland despite the noble and courageous efforts of the kayaktivists and Greenpeace climbers whose blockade cost Shell Oil two days of profits. But while ultimately failing to keep the boat moored in Portland, they showed people that they can stand up to the large...
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Shell No! Action Rolls On As Protestors Stymie Arctic Support Ship, Delay Departure

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July 30, 2015
Shell No! Action Rolls On As Protestors Stymie Arctic Support Ship, Delay Departure

Story and photos by Pete Shaw “It looks like a festival out here!” That cry came from one of the 75 kayakers Wednesday evening on the Willamette River, off the shore of Cathedral Park. Over 350 people had gathered in the park in support of those kayakers and the 13 Greenpeace climbers suspended from...
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Shell NO! Local Activists Delay Drilling Support Rig in Effort to Halt Arctic Oil Exploration

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July 29, 2015
Shell NO! Local Activists Delay Drilling Support Rig in Effort to Halt Arctic Oil Exploration

Story and photos by Pete Shaw A flotilla of kayaks and motorcraft took the Willamette River at 2:30 AM this morning to prevent Shell Oil from sending the icebreaking boat Fennica from Portland to the Chukchi Sea in the Arctic where it would help the petroleum company explore for oil. The boat is in...
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Opponents Doubling Down Against TPP in Wake of Fast Track

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July 8, 2015
Opponents Doubling Down Against TPP in Wake of Fast Track

Story and photos by Pete Shaw While Congress has given President Obama Fast Track authority for negotiating trade laws, the fight against the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) continues with a tighter focus. Prior to Fast Track’s approval, opponents were concentrating on both it and the TPP, understanding that Fast Track was the linchpin since...
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Activism Results in Easing of Restrictive and Inhumane Mother, Child Detentions at US Border

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June 26, 2015
Activism Results in Easing of Restrictive and Inhumane Mother, Child Detentions at US Border

Story by Pete Shaw Early 2014 saw a marked upsurge in the number of mothers and children fleeing violence in Central America. Troubles with family, gangs and drug cartels (to name a few) in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala has pushed these families to seek asylum in the United States–the country ultimately responsible for much...
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Torturous Path of the Trans Pacific Partnership: Legislation Creeping Toward Passage

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June 24, 2015
Torturous Path of the Trans Pacific Partnership: Legislation Creeping Toward Passage

Story and photos by Pete Shaw The good news is that Senator Ron Wyden keeps backtracking on his support for Fast Track legislation that would let the Congress abdicate its constitutionally mandated authority over trade and give that power to President Obama. The bad news is that he is backtracking further toward the multinational...
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