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Inequalities, Taxes, and More Inequalities

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August 11, 2012
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By Ann Robertson and Bill Leumer Thanks to Occupy, most working people are well aware of the growing inequalities in wealth. But for those who lack the specifics, former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich provides a useful overview: “…the rich have been getting a larger and larger portion of total income. From 9 percent...
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The Dark Heart of the Libor Scandal

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August 10, 2012
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By Mark Vorpahl Though, for most, the London Interbank Offer Rate (Libor) interest rate fixing scandal appears distant and far too complex to understand, its potential consequences may be as economically devastating as a world war. Accountingdegree.net has created a fantastic infographic explaining the gist of the scandal. The Libor is used to set...
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Oakland’s FTP Street Party at Art Murmur

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August 9, 2012
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By the Oakland Commune , hundreds of Oakland rebels gathered during the monthly first Friday event to take over Telegraph for a rowdy street party with the aim of keeping things uncontrollable, spontaneous, bad for local developers and capitalists, subversive and fun. In recent weeks, the city administration and local business district...
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Wells Fargo Makes Bank On The Big House

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August 8, 2012
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Story by Pete Shaw A swelling prison population is money in the bank for Wells Fargo, one of the top shareholders in Geo, the second largest prison company in the country. In their continued campaign to urge the company to divest from the for-profit prison industry — particularly Geo Group and Correction Corporation of...
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Metro Seasonal Employees Inhabit Unprotected Wilderness

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August 7, 2012
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Story and Photos by Pete Shaw Jeff Locke spent years in the Metro parks system and was by most standards an excellent worker. He was a volunteer roving naturalist at Oxbow Park for five seasons,  restored and maintained natural areas in Metro’s Open Space Program for two, and went on to Blue Lake Park...
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Unity in Community Land Liberation Following Arrest

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August 6, 2012
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Story and Photo By Pete Shaw Nearly 75 members of Portland’s Rapid Response Network (RRN) assembled outside Alicia Jackson’s home at noon today, within ten minutes of receiving a text message calling for their assistance. “The cops were acting fools in the front and backyard,” said Lobo, co-founder of the Blazing Arrow Organization (BAO)....
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Block Party for New Community Center

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August 6, 2012
Block Party for New Community Center

by Pete Shaw On May Day, local housing rights activists, including many Occupiers, helped Alicia Jackson take back her NE Portland home. Next door to Jackson’s house a duplex was under construction, which – unbeknownst to many of those helping Jackson – was being built on land that also had belonged to her. At...
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The Next Stage in the Destruction of Syria

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August 5, 2012
The Next Stage in the Destruction of Syria

by Shamus Cooke The U.S. media has made its intentions clear: the ‘rebels’ attacking Syria’s government must have more support to advance Syria’s “revolution.”  This was the result of the much-hyped advance of Syria’s rebels into the country’s two largest cities, which the western media portrayed as a defining moment in global democracy. But...
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Celebrating the 14th Amendment: Long May It Stand?

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August 4, 2012
Celebrating the 14th Amendment: Long May It Stand?

by Michael Hulshof-Schmidt On July 9, 1868 the 14th Amendment was passed to the United States Constitution.  Not only did the 14th Amendment overturn one of the worst U.S. Supreme Court rulings, the Dred Scott case which precluded African Americans from voting by denying them the status of U.S. citizenship, it also helped to pave the...
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Houston Janitors Strike for Economic Justice

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August 3, 2012
Houston Janitors Strike for Economic Justice

by Mark Vorpahl Echoing the story of David vs. Goliath, janitors in Houston are on strike and taking on such corporate giants as JPMorgan Chase and Exxon Mobil in an effort to pressure the janitorial companies they employ to agree to the workers’ modest demands. It is these big business behemoths that are the...
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