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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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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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