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Black Lives Matter Rally Reaffirms Commitment to Stand Against Threat of Police Brutality

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August 14, 2015
Black Lives Matter Rally Reaffirms Commitment to Stand Against Threat of Police Brutality

Story and photos by Pete Shaw “They think we’re stupid and we’re just going to accept community court and stop struggling.” Don’t Shoot Portland organizer Teressa Raiford uttered these words a few minutes after pleading not guilty to two misdemeanor charges stemming from her August 9 arrest after a rally marking one year since...
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Shell No! Action Rolls On As Protestors Stymie Arctic Support Ship, Delay Departure

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July 30, 2015
Shell No! Action Rolls On As Protestors Stymie Arctic Support Ship, Delay Departure

Story and photos by Pete Shaw “It looks like a festival out here!” That cry came from one of the 75 kayakers Wednesday evening on the Willamette River, off the shore of Cathedral Park. Over 350 people had gathered in the park in support of those kayakers and the 13 Greenpeace climbers suspended from...
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Shell NO! Local Activists Delay Drilling Support Rig in Effort to Halt Arctic Oil Exploration

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July 29, 2015
Shell NO! Local Activists Delay Drilling Support Rig in Effort to Halt Arctic Oil Exploration

Story and photos by Pete Shaw A flotilla of kayaks and motorcraft took the Willamette River at 2:30 AM this morning to prevent Shell Oil from sending the icebreaking boat Fennica from Portland to the Chukchi Sea in the Arctic where it would help the petroleum company explore for oil. The boat is in...
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Opponents Doubling Down Against TPP in Wake of Fast Track

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July 8, 2015
Opponents Doubling Down Against TPP in Wake of Fast Track

Story and photos by Pete Shaw While Congress has given President Obama Fast Track authority for negotiating trade laws, the fight against the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) continues with a tighter focus. Prior to Fast Track’s approval, opponents were concentrating on both it and the TPP, understanding that Fast Track was the linchpin since...
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Activism Results in Easing of Restrictive and Inhumane Mother, Child Detentions at US Border

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June 26, 2015
Activism Results in Easing of Restrictive and Inhumane Mother, Child Detentions at US Border

Story by Pete Shaw Early 2014 saw a marked upsurge in the number of mothers and children fleeing violence in Central America. Troubles with family, gangs and drug cartels (to name a few) in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala has pushed these families to seek asylum in the United States–the country ultimately responsible for much...
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Torturous Path of the Trans Pacific Partnership: Legislation Creeping Toward Passage

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June 24, 2015
Torturous Path of the Trans Pacific Partnership: Legislation Creeping Toward Passage

Story and photos by Pete Shaw The good news is that Senator Ron Wyden keeps backtracking on his support for Fast Track legislation that would let the Congress abdicate its constitutionally mandated authority over trade and give that power to President Obama. The bad news is that he is backtracking further toward the multinational...
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15 Now Rally Riding Momentum of Worker Pressure to Raise Wages

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June 22, 2015
15 Now Rally Riding Momentum of Worker Pressure to Raise Wages

Story and photos by Pete Shaw Building janitors, City workers, and supporters held two coordinated rallies in downtown Portland on June 17 demanding a raise in the minimum wage to $15 an hour and greater respect for workers’ rights to unionize. The rallies marked the most recent of many local actions and were also...
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Second COAB Town Hall: Police Accountability: Reforms Remain an Elusive Dream

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June 8, 2015
Second COAB Town Hall: Police Accountability: Reforms Remain an Elusive Dream

Story and photos by Pete Shaw The second Community Oversight Advisory Board (COAB) town hall took place on May 27 at Portland Community College’s Cascade Campus. While it was a decidedly more sedate and better planned affair than the first town hall held in early April, it once again highlighted significant structural problems with...
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Keaton Otis Memorial Marks Five Years in Ongoing Struggle for Justice, Police Reform

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May 18, 2015
Keaton Otis Memorial Marks Five Years in Ongoing Struggle for Justice, Police Reform

Story and photos by Pete Shaw “How on God’s green earth does justice reconcile it?” Emmett Wheatfall asked that question at least three times while reading his poem at a memorial service marking the five years that have passed since the Portland police executed Keaton Otis at the corner of NE 6th and Halsey....
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New School Breakfast Program a Healthy Alternative to Dominant Culture Pablum

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May 12, 2015
New School Breakfast Program a Healthy Alternative to Dominant Culture Pablum

Story by Pete Shaw Of all things that bring people together, food is among the most potent. Beyond it being necessary for survival, eating can be pleasurable. When done as a community, those pleasures expand and further buttress the values that support that community. Sharing, caring, and understanding—just to name a few—are fostered. Conversations...
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