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Grand Jury Resisters Boosted By Courthouse Rally

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September 16, 2012
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Story and photos by Pete Shaw As 45 people rallied and educated passersby outside the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse on SW 3rd Avenue last Thursday, Leah-Lynn Plante was readying to refuse to cooperate with the special grand jury in Seattle investigating the anarchist movement. The crowd had gathered to support Plante and...
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U.S. Department of Justice Finds Portland Police Guilty of Using Excessive Force Against People With Mental Illness

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September 15, 2012
Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division Thomas E. Perez speaks to an audience of reporters and Portland Police Bureau command staff.  To the right is U.S. Attorney for Oregon Amanda Marshall, Police Chief Michael Reese, and Mayor Sam Adams.

Chief Reese Deletes “I disagree with the Department of Justice’s findings” From His Online Statement   Story by Pete Shaw At a crowded press conference on the 14th floor of the Portland Justice Center on Thursday, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) announced its findings of an investigation, launched on June 8, 2011....
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Code Pink Sending U.S. Peace Goodwill Delegation To Pakistan

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September 14, 2012
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By Trudy Cooper The U.S. is not at war with Pakistan. Yet U.S. drones hover overhead in the tribal regions of North and South Waziristan. Almost daily, there are strikes.  Since 2004, these drones have killed as many as 3,000 people in Pakistan.  Hundreds more are wounded. Nearly all of them are civilians. These...
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GM Workers In Columbia Continue Their Hunger Strike Against Deplorable Working Conditions

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September 13, 2012
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Story and photos by Pete Shaw Lunch time in the Summer is usually a festive occasion at Pioneer Square. People take to the tables or bricks with their brown bags or a hot dog bought at a nearby cart and there is often some kind of music scene going down. Wednesday August 15th was...
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Grand Jury Resistance Rally Daylights Secret Government Tool of Oppression

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September 12, 2012
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Story and photos by Pete Shaw Back in the day, civics class taught us that the grand jury was among the government institutions that made the United States the greatest country on Earth. It was a shining example of our commitment to justice – a body that ensured you could not be accused of...
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Citizen Support Cracks Bureaucratic Inhumanity Against Homeowner

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September 11, 2012
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Story and photos by Pete Shaw The notice on the door of Room 3000 at 1900 SW 4th Avenue —  home of Portland’s Bureau of Development Services (BDS) — listed the various administrative hearings that would be taking place on September 6, 2012.  I was present because I expected a 9 a.m. hearing between...
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Supporters Rally Around Chicago Teachers Union as Ten-Day Strike Notice Issued

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September 8, 2012
Attendees at the August 29 town hall meeting to support the Chicago Teachers Union.  Photo by Sarah Jane Rhee/Chicago Indymedia, Creative Commons.

This story originally appeared at the Occupied Chicago Tribune. By Nick Burt News of the Chicago Teachers Union’s declaration of a ten-day strike notice spread across the city’s evening news broadcasts Wednesday. As Chicagoans prepared for the first schools shutdown in twenty-five years, hundreds rallied at the downtown Chicago Temple to build community support for the prospective...
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Citizens Demand Their Government Stand Up To Coal

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September 6, 2012
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Story and photos by Pete Shaw A boisterous crowd of over 100 people descended on the Northwest Headquarters of the Army Corps of Engineers on August 28 to demand an environmental and public health impact study for all four possible export coal terminal sites, as well as planned routes for the trains and barges...
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Tax the Rich or Privatize the State?

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September 4, 2012
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By Shamus Cooke   The Great Recession and its possible continuance has brought the issue of privatization to the forefront of American politics. But most Americans aren’t even aware that this debate is happening, because the media and politicians aren’t using the word “privatization”. Instead, less threatening substitutes are used to ram through a...
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Workers Must Take Control

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September 3, 2012
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By Mark Vorpahl Many of the social expectations and political outlooks of today’s Labor Movement, and workers in general, were formed during the post-World War II economic expansion. With a growing economy and steady job supply, many people seemed content to focus on improving their immediate community or individual union with the expectation that,...
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