Category: News & Current Events

Mulugeta Seraw Murder Intimately Woven Into Oregon History

Story by Pete Shaw How could this happen here? That was the question on many Portlanders’ lips on November 21, 1988, when three white supremacists were arrested in connection with the death of Mulugeta Seraw. Seraw, a 28-year-old Ethiopian immigrant who came to the US to attend college, was beaten with a baseball bat on…

Government Workers Face Erasure by For-Profit Companies

Story by Pete Shaw Photos by Farrell Richartz The first item on the agenda as City Council went into session on Wednesday October 30th was a remembrance of Nohad Toulan, the founder of Portland State University’s School of Urban Studies and Planning, and his wife, who died on Monday. During the memorial, Councilman Nick Fish…

Protest Underscores Continuing Privatization of Oregon Schools

Story and photos by Pete Shaw The Oregon Business Association (OBA) held its annual Statesman Dinner on October 17 to honor the Statesman of the Year. The event was fraught with anomalies, not least of which was the fact that the award went to Sue Levin, the Executive Director of Stand for Children Oregon. According to the…

Fast Food Workers Forcing Fight Over Fair Wages

Story and photo by Pete Shaw “If food is essential for survival, then why are the people who bring it to us paid so little?” That question was recently asked at a forum regarding the many fast food worker strikes across the country over the past year. Those workers, many of whom make the federal…

“Dream” Move Challenged by Ugly Reality of Class Politics

Story and photos by Pete Shaw The Portland City Council will be hearing testimony this Thursday, October 3, as it considers granting Right 2 Dream Too a permit to continue its work helping people without housing at a new location. The group is planning a move from West Burnside to NW Lovejoy Court and NW…

City Takes Whack At Populist Services; Golf Unscathed by Austerity Cuts; Part 2

By Barbara G. Ellis and Pam Allee The Taxpayers’ Budget Committee The real values and priorities of City leadership tend to be revealed when hard times force significant financial cuts. Research by the Taxpayers’ Budget Committee into the Portland Parks and Recreation’s Enterprise unit—the Golf Fund—strongly indicates that city wide reach in recreation activities continues…