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City Rampage Against Houseless Ramps Up With Arrest of R2DToo Co-Founder

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March 3, 2014
City Rampage Against Houseless Ramps Up With Arrest of R2DToo Co-Founder

Story and photos by Pete Shaw Mayor Charlie Hales’ war against people without housing has taken an unexpected turn with the arrest of Right 2 Dream Too (R2DToo) co-founder Ibrahim Mubarak, on the night of February 27. Mubarak was arrested while questioning increased police and security surveillance underneath the west side of the Burnside...
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Justice For All? Public Demands Police Accountability

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February 26, 2014
Justice For All?  Public Demands Police Accountability

  Story by Pete Shaw A TALE OF TWO PORTLANDS TAKE ONE On Tuesday February 18th Federal Judge Michael Simon began hearing testimony regarding the proposed settlement agreement between the Department of Justice (DoJ) and the City of Portland. The agreement concerns the DOJ finding that the Police Bureau (PPB) “engaged in an unconstitutional...
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Will R2DToo Come in from the Cold? City Council Deliberates Financial Option

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February 18, 2014
Will R2DToo Come in from the Cold? City Council Deliberates Financial Option

Story and photo by Pete Shaw A few steps forward, one back. That was again the story for Right 2 Dream Too (R2DToo), the rest area for people without housing that has been located at the corner of Burnside and NW 4th  for over two years. At a City Council meeting on February 12,...
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Portland Trade Union Nixes City Proposal; Holding Out for Deal That Works

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February 14, 2014
Portland Trade Union Nixes City Proposal; Holding Out for Deal That Works

Story and photos by Pete Shaw The members of the unions making up Portland’s District Council of Trade Unions (DCTU) have soundly rejected the contract tentatively agreed to between the City of Portland and the DCTU bargaining team. In doing so, they have sent a message to both the City as well as the...
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TPP Fast Tracking Off the Rails; Activists Remain Cautious

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February 12, 2014
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...
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Court to Judge “Fairness” of Department of Justice Settlement Agreement with City of Portland

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February 3, 2014
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...
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Looming Worker Strikes Spell Need for Strengthening Solidarity Across Community

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January 30, 2014
Looming Worker Strikes Spell Need for Strengthening Solidarity Across Community

Story and photos by Pete Shaw When workers are fighting for their rights and dignity–and they are always fighting for those–the three most important words are solidarity, solidarity, and solidarity. With the possibility of at least three major strikes hitting Portland in the next few months, speakers at a recent Strikes on the Horizon...
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MLK Rally Honors More Radical King

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January 20, 2014
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...
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Students School PPS Board Amid Strong Show of Support for Teachers

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January 15, 2014
Students School PPS Board Amid Strong Show of Support for Teachers

Story by Pete Shaw The Portland Public Schools Board of Education received a lesson from the students it is supposed to serve on Monday night: we are people, not commodities, and we demand that our education serve us. It was a lesson for which most of the Board did not care. The students were...
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TPP Fast Track Legislation at Critical Crossroads

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January 13, 2014
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...
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