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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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Gaza Atrocities Called Out

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August 15, 2014
Gaza Atrocities Called Out

  Story by Pete Shaw They have names. Mohammad ‘Atwa Khattab. Hasan Abdul-Majid al-Bayyoumi. Arwa Mahmoud Dheir. You might not know that from the corporate media’s coverage of Israel’s assault on the people of Gaza. But they do have names. Maha Raed Abu Suleiman. Ismael Shahin. Marwa Ahmad Abu Amer. Ahlam No’man Zo’rob. Their...
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Rally Underscored Abysmal Treatment of Refugees, Need for New Immigrant Rights Policy

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August 11, 2014
Rally Underscored Abysmal Treatment of Refugees, Need for New Immigrant Rights Policy

Story and photos by Pete Shaw A crowd of 50 people gathered outside the Federal Building in downtown Portland on July 31 to demand an end to the deportations that have torn apart so many immigrant families. Those deportations have also engulfed children who are fleeing violence in Central America–much of it induced by...
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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 see linearity or even a sort of feedback loop that links past with present and...
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R2DToo Founder Guilty of Trespass, Police Interference; Probation Stipulates Community Service

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July 17, 2014
R2DToo Founder Guilty of Trespass, Police Interference; Probation Stipulates Community Service

Story by Pete Shaw Ibrahim Mubarak has been found guilty of trespass and interference with a police officer stemming from a February 27 incident in the parking lot under the west end of the Burnside Bridge. Mubarak is the co-founder of Right 2 Dream Too, the downtown rest area serving people without housing. After...
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Portland Activist Commits Civil Disobedience in Effort to Disrupt Oil Transport

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July 3, 2014
Portland Activist Commits Civil Disobedience in Effort to Disrupt Oil Transport

    Story by Pete Shaw Police arrested Portland Rising Tide (PRT) activist Irene Majorie on June 30 for locking herself to a 55 gallon barrel filled with concrete that was placed on the railroad track leading to the ArcLogistics crude oil terminal in Northwest Portland. Majorie was arraigned at the Justice Center on...
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TPP Remains Major Threat: GMO Labeling Coming to Oregon Ballot

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June 25, 2014
TPP Remains Major Threat: GMO Labeling Coming to Oregon Ballot

Story and photos by Pete Shaw Fair trade advocates scored a major victory earlier this year when Congress failed to hand over fast track authority on trade issues to President Obama. That triumph, which currently has quashed hopes of passing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), was due to extensive and effective organizing on the part...
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Activists Show Path to Increasing Minimum Wage; City Council Stands Still

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June 16, 2014
Activists Show Path to Increasing Minimum Wage; City Council Stands Still

Story and photos by Pete Shaw Just how unpalatable the Portland City Council finds 15 Now PDX, the activist group working to raise Portland’s minimum wage to $15 an hour, was made known about a half hour prior to the council session on June 11. One City Hall official approached about 20 of the...
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Da Vinci Students Stand Against PPS; Model Values Learned from Well-Designed Education

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June 10, 2014
Da Vinci Students Stand Against PPS; Model Values Learned from Well-Designed Education

Story and photos by Pete Shaw Chanting “1-2-3-4, we are not a test score! 5-6-7-8, let our teachers educate!” about 75 da Vinci Arts Middle School students gathered on June 2 to demand their principal respect them and their school. The lunchtime rally on da Vinci steps was in protest of a proposed change...
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