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Student Union United in Condemnation of Portland Police Chemical Weapon Attack

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November 8, 2012
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Story and photos by Pete Shaw Seventeen students converged on City Hall November 7 for a press conference to discuss the damage they recently endured at the hands of the Portland Police department. Their message to both the cops and City Council was that they will not be intimidated and intend to keep fighting....
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Chemical Weapon Attack & Heavily Militarized Presence Demonstrates Police Immune from Austerity Cuts

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November 5, 2012
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Story by Pete Shaw “I love these people more than anything.” Those words were uttered by a young man who was smiling beneath red and watery eyes at the end of the November 3 action to end austerity cuts. He was among the fifteen or so people directly pepper sprayed by the Portland Police...
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Protestors March Against Austerity, Get Pepper Sprayed By Police

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November 4, 2012
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Yesterday, a coalition of labor, education, anti-war, and community organizations took to the streets to protest against national, state, and local austerity measures that seek to put the burden of the financial crisis on the working class with budget cuts. During the march, the police indiscriminately pepper sprayed the front of the protest when...
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Solidarity Against Austerity on November 3rd: We the People Are Who Matter

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October 29, 2012
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By Pete Shaw On a summer Monday I was walking through downtown Kenton, excited at the thought of picking up John Coltrane’s Interstellar Space which was awaiting me on the hold shelf of the Multnomah County Library branch on North Denver Avenue. When I got to the library, however, it was closed. I later...
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Supporters Rally to Defend Homeowner Against Unjust Eviction

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October 25, 2012
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Story and photos by Pete Shaw “Five months later I am still in here, but now I’m not just fighting the developers and lenders. Now we have to face the city who is threatening to take my home.” Alicia Jackson spoke those words from her porch this morning, seven hours after the eviction notice...
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Grand Jury Resistors In Jail For Contempt Of Court

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October 22, 2012
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Story and photo by Pete Shaw “To live outside the law you must be honest.”  –Bob Dylan I am not sure why I am thinking of these words right now. I am trying to come up with some coherent thoughts, some wisdom about Leah-Lynn Plante, the courageous young woman cited for contempt of court...
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Workers Rally for Paid Sick Days Now!

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October 16, 2012
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By Pete Shaw In this campaign season, as candidates and a compliant corporate media again do everything possible to avoid real policy issues, it is guaranteed that, in lieu of substantive discussion, every stump speech will trumpet assurances that we are the greatest nation since Sliced Breadistan. So here’s a quick question: what is...
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Occupy Portland and Portland Action Lab Issue Call to Action Against Austerity on November 3rd

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October 5, 2012
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“Our dreams don’t fit in their ballot boxes” On November 3rd Occupy Portland and the Portland Action Lab invites all people to mobilize, march, and take direct action against austerity. Corporations control our governments, hoard wealth, privatize our community resources, and burden us with enormous debt — this is AUSTERITY and we say Enough...
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GM Hunger Strike Rally Proves Occupy Fueling High Endurance Solidarity Machine

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September 21, 2012
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Story and photos by Pete Shaw In coordination with actions in 11 other US cities, and in the spirit of the one-year anniversary of the Occupy movement, over 100 people gathered in Portland on September 17 to demand justice for General Motors workers on hunger strike in Columbia. “The fact that General Motors is...
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Metro Seasonal Workers Trampled Like Unwelcome Weeds

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September 20, 2012
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Story and photos by Pete Shaw Holding signs reading  “fairness,” “dignity,” “voice,” “security,” and “respect,” supporters of Metro’s seasonal park workers attended the September 13 Metro council meeting to demand it stop interfering with worker attempts to organize as part of Laborers Local 483. Metro seasonal workers have been trying to organize since December,...
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