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Plight of Local Activist Mirrors Nationwide Immigration Siege Mentality

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October 28, 2014
Plight of Local Activist Mirrors Nationwide Immigration Siege Mentality

  Story by Pete Shaw Supporters of Francisco Aguirre gathered outside the Portland Field Office of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) the day after USCIS cancelled the activist’s visa appointment. Aguirre has been taking sanctuary in Augustana Lutheran Church since Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials showed up at his home on the...
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Movement to Raise Minimum Wage to $15 Keeps Growing; Activists Demand Change to State Law

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October 23, 2014
Movement to Raise Minimum Wage to $15 Keeps Growing; Activists Demand Change to State Law

Story by Pete Shaw “I’m here, and I’m tired, and I’m speaking out with all the strength that I have. We need 15 now.” Those words, spoken by Janice Niag, a First Student bus driver, demanding changes to the City’s Fair Wage Policy summed up the feeling at SEIU Local 49 Hall on October...
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Citizens Continue to Agitate for Immigration Reform

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October 14, 2014
Citizens Continue to Agitate for Immigration Reform

Story and photos by Pete Shaw Activist and faith community members rallied outside Portland’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) prison on October 10 to demand that President Obama immediately end the deportations that have torn apart the immigrant community. An insistent crowd called for ICE to cease its recently ramped up–and arguably illegal–efforts to...
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Community Church Providing Sanctuary for Immigrant Rights Activist Francisco Aguirre Fighting Threatened ICE Deportation

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September 30, 2014
Community Church Providing Sanctuary for Immigrant Rights Activist Francisco Aguirre Fighting Threatened ICE Deportation

Story by Pete Shaw Francisco Aguirre became alarmed when 12 federal agents appeared at his Fairview, OR home at 7 AM on September 19. They refused to state the purpose for their visit, but, when pressed, the lead agent said it had something to do with Aguirre’s business. Aguirre found it suspicious that a...
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Activists Protest Smart Track–Wyden’s Rebranding of Fast Track

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September 5, 2014
Activists Protest Smart Track–Wyden’s Rebranding of Fast Track

Story and photos by Pete Shaw Portland and Eugene activists disguised in Groucho Marx glasses and mustaches turned in over 3000 signatures to Senator Ron Wyden’s office to demand Wyden cease the undemocratic processes found in Fast Track legislation. Fast Track, which is used to ease the way for  passage of trade agreements such...
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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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