Category: Essays & Letters

Portland Police Bureau’s Press Release Stripped Naked

by Vargus Pike The Portland Police Bureau’s press release in response to accusations of police brutality on May Day is a masterful piece of propaganda. Its author knew full well that the local news and radio stations would parrot the high points of the press release that cast the police as shining examples of truth,…

A Few Good Democrats are Not Enough

This piece is from the Occupied News Wire. It originally appeared in the Occupied Wall Street Journal. by Max Berger As long as there has been a thing called Occupy Wall Street, there have been people who’ve suggested it should become the left’s version of the Tea Party. Josh Harkinson’s piece is a notable contribution to the…

How Far Would You Go, Eileen Brady? An Open Letter

By Stephen Quirke Updated 5/12/12: with edits by the author. Hey Eileen, it’s Stephen. We spoke a few weeks ago on Earth Day. I’m writing to you because, to my great surprise, you recently brought me up at a mayoral debate on KGW TV (see the linked video at the 18:18 mark). A moderator with…

Raising Liberty

by Eric Iseman “If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget…

An Open Letter to Oregon Legislators

by Stephanie Hampton Dear Oregon legislator, As you may know, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has received a great deal of negative press in the mainstream as well as alternative media to the point where ALEC membership has become a distinct public relations and election year liability.  Corporations and nonprofits as well as state legislators…

Power and Politics: A Breakup Story

This article is from the Occupied News Wire. It was originally published in the Occupied Wall Street Journal. by Simon Critchley The truth is we are not in control. But that’s not the worst of it. We suspect, indeed we know, that no one is in control: no God, no glorious leader, no benevolent dictator,…

Two Fingers Away from Safety

By Lauren Paulson My brother and I sat uneasily on two wooden milk bottle boxes in the back of a 1937 Pontiac coupe. This car only had a front seat, so when we came along, father cut out the hat shelf and put two boxes for us to sit on to make it a family…

Welcome to Monte Rio: A Bay Area Occu-Venture

by Ryan Bartek The yellow brick road doesn’t end in glory, but rather the fatal remains of rust belt sacrifice. I have traversed Gary (Indiana), Cuba (Missouri), the rottenest urban decay of three dozen postmodern metropolises. As a taxi driver, I scoured every inch of war-zone Detroit. But despite these disjointed manifestations of grimness, it…

An Open Letter to the Reformists Within Occupy Portland

David “Däv” O’Bryant “The notion of “policy” presumes a state or governing apparatus which imposes its will on others. ‘Policy’ is the negation of politics; policy is by definition something concocted by some form of elite, which presumes it knows better than others how their affairs are to be conducted. By participating in policy debates,…