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15 Now Rallies Workers for National Day of Action, Awareness

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April 20, 2015
15 Now Rallies Workers for National Day of Action, Awareness

Story and photos by Pete Shaw Over 300 Portland workers rallied on April 15  in solidarity with workers from 230 cities who took to the streets in a day of awareness, action, and strikes in support of increasing the minimum wage to $15 and fighting for the right to form a union. The event...
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Portland Commission Gives Propane Company Free Reign to Trample Environmental Conservation Zone

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April 10, 2015
Portland Commission Gives Propane Company Free Reign to Trample Environmental Conservation Zone

Story by Pete Shaw Despite the overwhelming number of people testifying in opposition, the Portland Planning and Sustainability commissioners voted 6-4 on April 7 to approve a zoning change that may pave the way for a propane storage and export terminal at the Port of Portland’s Terminal 6. Prior to the vote, the land...
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Inaugural Community Oversight Committee Meeting Hijacked By Police Dog & Pony Promenade

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April 7, 2015
Inaugural Community Oversight Committee Meeting Hijacked By Police Dog & Pony Promenade

Story and photos by Pete Shaw Interest is running high in the Community Oversight Advisory Board (COAB), which convened its inaugural meeting on April 2 with over 200 people in attendance. The COAB, according to the terms of the settlement agreement between the Department of Justice (DoJ) and the City of Portland  will “gather...
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Portland Mayor’s Abrupt Resignation Tipped by Housing, Police Injustice Issues

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April 1, 2015
Portland Mayor’s Abrupt Resignation Tipped by Housing, Police Injustice Issues

Story by Raymond D. Davies Shocking the Portland political establishment, Mayor Charlie Hales announced today his resignation, effective immediately. Hales was expected to run for reelection in 2016, but citing his “frustration with certain elements of city governance, particularly the lack of effectiveness in dealing with the police and people without housing,” he has decided...
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Activists Continue to Press for Wyden Pass on Fast Track

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March 16, 2015
Activists Continue to Press for Wyden Pass on Fast Track

Story and photos by Pete Shaw Senator Ron Wyden’s choice as to who he represents–the people of Oregon or the multinational corporations that stand to make huge profits at the expense of working people–is being pushed to a head over the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) . On Monday March 9 a collection of 200...
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$15 Minimum Wage Resolution Benefits Some Government Workers

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March 2, 2015
$15 Minimum Wage Resolution Benefits Some Government Workers

Story and photos by Pete Shaw With a unanimous vote, the Portland City Council on February 18 approved a resolution updating the City’s Fair Wage Policy to a $15 per hour minimum. Its passage will affect over 100 janitors, security guards, parking attendants, concessions workers, and others who work for companies that contract with...
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Anti-TPP Pressure Bearing Down on Oregon Politicians

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February 26, 2015
Anti-TPP Pressure Bearing Down on Oregon Politicians

Story by Pete Shaw More than 50 activists visited the offices of Congressman Earl Blumenauer and Senator Ron Wyden to demand the men vote against giving President Obama the Fast Track Authority he likely needs to gain passage of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). A so-called free trade agreement (FTA) between 12 countries in...
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Monthly Vigil Numbers High as Fifth Anniversary of Keaton Otis Murder Draws Near

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February 23, 2015
Monthly Vigil Numbers High as Fifth Anniversary of Keaton Otis Murder Draws Near

Story by Pete Shaw On May 12, 2010,  Keaton Otis, a Black man, was killed by the Portland police. Since that date there has been vigil in his honor and memory on the 12th of each month near the southwest corner of NE 6th and Halsey, just feet from the site of his murder....
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Local Vigil Honors Muslims Murdered in North Carolina

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February 19, 2015
Local Vigil Honors Muslims Murdered in North Carolina

Story and photos by Pete Shaw A Valentine’s night vigil was held in Portland’s Pioneer Square to reflect upon the lives of three young Muslims murdered in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, on February 10. Over 100 people held candles in memory of Deah Barakat, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha and to stand...
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Jefferson High School Focuses on Injustices Facing Black Women

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February 13, 2015
Jefferson High School Focuses on Injustices Facing Black Women

  Story by Pete Shaw Great courage is being show by Black people–particularly young Black women–leading the various groups demanding greater justice and, more specifically, those demanding police accountability and the abolition of the current police system built on a foundation of racism and brutality. Media focus, however, is often on Black men and...
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