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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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Workers Expose Cruel Underbelly of Portland’s “Friendliest” Store

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April 24, 2015
Workers Expose Cruel Underbelly of Portland’s “Friendliest” Store

Story by Pete Shaw The friendliest store in town is not so friendly after all. At least not to its workers. That was the message sent by a over a crowd of 30 people outside the New Seasons on SE Hawthorne on April 21. Coming together on April 21 in support of raising Oregon’s...
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15 Now Rallies Workers for National Day of Action, Awareness

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April 20, 2015
15 Now Rallies Workers for National Day of Action, Awareness

Story and photos by Pete Shaw Over 300 Portland workers rallied on April 15  in solidarity with workers from 230 cities who took to the streets in a day of awareness, action, and strikes in support of increasing the minimum wage to $15 and fighting for the right to form a union. The event...
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Portland Commission Gives Propane Company Free Rein to Trample Environmental Conservation Zone

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April 10, 2015
Portland Commission Gives Propane Company Free Rein to Trample Environmental Conservation Zone

Story by Pete Shaw Despite the overwhelming number of people testifying in opposition, the Portland Planning and Sustainability commissioners voted 6-4 on April 7 to approve a zoning change that may pave the way for a propane storage and export terminal at the Port of Portland’s Terminal 6. Prior to the vote, the land...
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Inaugural Community Oversight Committee Meeting Hijacked By Police Dog & Pony Promenade

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April 7, 2015
Inaugural Community Oversight Committee Meeting Hijacked By Police Dog & Pony Promenade

Story and photos by Pete Shaw Interest is running high in the Community Oversight Advisory Board (COAB), which convened its inaugural meeting on April 2 with over 200 people in attendance. The COAB, according to the terms of the settlement agreement between the Department of Justice (DoJ) and the City of Portland  will “gather...
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Activists Continue to Press for Wyden Pass on Fast Track

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March 16, 2015
Activists Continue to Press for Wyden Pass on Fast Track

Story and photos by Pete Shaw Senator Ron Wyden’s choice as to who he represents–the people of Oregon or the multinational corporations that stand to make huge profits at the expense of working people–is being pushed to a head over the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) . On Monday March 9 a collection of 200...
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$15 Minimum Wage Resolution Benefits Some Government Workers

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March 2, 2015
$15 Minimum Wage Resolution Benefits Some Government Workers

Story and photos by Pete Shaw With a unanimous vote, the Portland City Council on February 18 approved a resolution updating the City’s Fair Wage Policy to a $15 per hour minimum. Its passage will affect over 100 janitors, security guards, parking attendants, concessions workers, and others who work for companies that contract with...
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Anti-TPP Pressure Bearing Down on Oregon Politicians

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February 26, 2015
Anti-TPP Pressure Bearing Down on Oregon Politicians

Story by Pete Shaw More than 50 activists visited the offices of Congressman Earl Blumenauer and Senator Ron Wyden to demand the men vote against giving President Obama the Fast Track Authority he likely needs to gain passage of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). A so-called free trade agreement (FTA) between 12 countries in...
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Monthly Vigil Numbers High as Fifth Anniversary of Keaton Otis Murder Draws Near

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February 23, 2015
Monthly Vigil Numbers High as Fifth Anniversary of Keaton Otis Murder Draws Near

Story by Pete Shaw On May 12, 2010,  Keaton Otis, a Black man, was killed by the Portland police. Since that date there has been vigil in his honor and memory on the 12th of each month near the southwest corner of NE 6th and Halsey, just feet from the site of his murder....
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