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TPP Fast Tracking Off the Rails; Activists Remain Cautious

Story and photos by Pete Shaw What a difference a month makes. Back on January 9th when Senators Max Baucus and Orrin Hatch, and Representative Dave Camp introduced legislation that would give President Obama “Fast Track” authority over trade negotiations, it seemed a pretty good bet that it would breeze through Congress and be signed…

Court to Judge “Fairness” of Department of Justice Settlement Agreement with City of Portland

Story by Pete Shaw • Photos by Bette Lee A “Fairness Hearing” about the Settlement Agreement resolving the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) lawsuit against the City of Portland is scheduled for February 18th. The agreement arose out the the DOJ’s yearlong investigation that found the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) had “engaged in an unconstitutional pattern…

MLK Rally Honors More Radical King

By Pete Shaw Today, politicians of all stripes will step into celebration of the life and vision of Martin Luther King, Jr. The rhetoric of justice will be heavy, and praise for King’s dream will abound. Most pronouncements will overlook King’s latter years when he fought for the abolition of poverty and the redistribution of…

TPP Fast Track Legislation at Critical Crossroads

By Pete Shaw Congress is poised to abdicate both its constitutional and ethical responsibilities. On Thursday January 9th, Senate Democrat Max Baucus, Senate Republican Orrin Hatch, and Republican Representative Dave Camp introduced legislation that would grant President Obama “Fast Track” authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Free Trade Agreement. Although the Constitution grants Congress power…

Undocumented Youths Pushing Boundaries to Remain in US

Story by Pete Shaw Tired of waiting for the federal government to reform immigration law, a growing group of young people without documentation has decided to take matters into its own hands. Undocumented and Unafraid, they are taking the fight to the heart of the US immigration enforcement, challenging the system head on, and even…