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Dear Cascadia: A Letter from the Great Beyond

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May 16, 2012
Dear Cascadia: A Letter from the Great Beyond

By Little Bear This is a follow-up to May 6th’s piece titled “RIP Ernest Callenbach, Good Morning Cascadia”. This letter was originally published in TomDispatch. Ernest Callenbach, author of “Ecotopia”, dreamt of a liberated and sustainable Pacific Northwest. He called it Ecotopia. We call it Cascadia. Epistle to the Ecotopians By Ernest Callenbach [This...
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Some Lies and Misinformation Surrounding Occupy Portland

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May 15, 2012
Some Lies and Misinformation Surrounding Occupy Portland

Lataya Dailey “The Occupiers Cost Thousands of Dollars of Damage to the Parks.” We’ve heard the estimate that over 85,000 dollars in damage was caused by Occupiers while the protest site was established in Chapman and Lownsdale Park. According to a press release from workers of LABORERS’ LOCAL 483 who maintain the parks “...
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Steve Novick Wants More Money in Politics – His Politics!

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May 14, 2012
Steve Novick Wants More Money in Politics – His Politics!

by Stephen Quirke Steve Novick is an odd fellow. He seems to fashion himself a rebel, a brave upstart pushing bold new ideas. But I’ve been noticing some weird things about Novick, a pattern that I’m finding it hard to ignore. That pattern is simply this: on the big issues – on the structural...
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Portland Police Bureau’s Press Release Stripped Naked

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May 12, 2012
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...
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A Few Good Democrats are Not Enough

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May 10, 2012
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...
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How Far Would You Go, Eileen Brady? An Open Letter

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May 10, 2012
Photo by Paul

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...
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Radical Geometry: A Constructive Critique of the Radical March on May Day

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May 9, 2012
Radical Geometry: A Constructive Critique of the Radical March on May Day

by Gina Ronning OK radicals–it’s time to sit down and have a serious conversation on what it means to have strategy and tactics in a political action. First, for those more timid about challenging the status quo I feel it imperative to remind our citizenry that despite local ordinances the right to peacefully assemble...
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Raising Liberty

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May 9, 2012
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...
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An Open Letter to Oregon Legislators

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May 8, 2012
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...
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Power and Politics: A Breakup Story

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May 8, 2012
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...
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