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State Legislature Lobbied to Extend Driving Rights to All

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April 6, 2013
State Legislature Lobbied to Extend Driving Rights to All

Story and photos by Pete Shaw The Oregon DMV currently allows driver’s licenses to be issued only to documented US citizens and immigrants with work permits under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) a 2012 executive order issued by President Obama. Various immigrant rights groups and other groups supportive of immigrants’ rights have been...
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Activist Targets Need to Reform Unchecked Police Power

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April 2, 2013
Activist Targets Need to Reform Unchecked Police Power

By Pete Shaw Jo Ann Hardesty, a local activist and tireless voice in the struggle for police reform, was the featured speaker at a recent Justice Social Happy Hour. The March 12 gathering, hosted by the McKenzie River Gathering Foundation (MRG) at Portland’s Queen of Sheba restaurant, included a discussion on the movement to...
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Occupy Portland is Moving Out

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April 1, 2013
Occupy Portland is Moving Out

By Daniel Hong Occupy Portland is moving, out ­­ but it’s not for certain where they’re moving to. Their last day with St. Francis Parish is April 15th, with plans to move on this International Workers’ Day, May 1st. While it might seem rushed, it’s actually been a long standing collaborative effort representing several...
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Former Black Panther Remains Committed to Legacy of Party

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March 14, 2013
Former Black Panther Remains Committed to Legacy of Party

Story by Pete Shaw There are few groups in the annals of US history more willfully misunderstood than the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense. According to the FBI line pushed by the corporate media, the Black Panthers became the face of everything white people should fear:  black men with guns. The Panthers hold a place...
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The Choice In Portland: Austerity Versus a People’s Budget

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March 11, 2013
The Choice In Portland: Austerity Versus a People’s Budget

By Mark Vorpahl It’s no secret that most cities, counties, states and school districts in the U.S. are facing big deficits. What is less understood is the extent to which austerity cuts have become politicians’ bipartisan response to the situation. The dramatic measures being implemented in Portland, Oregon are no exception. By “austerity” is...
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Judge Releases Grand Jury Resisters; Declares Their Due Process Rights Violated

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March 7, 2013
Judge Releases Grand Jury Resisters; Declares Their Due Process Rights Violated

By Pete Shaw Matt Duran and Katherine “Kteeo” Olejnik, the two grand jury resisters who were imprisoned in September 2012 after refusing to testify about the anarchist movement, were released from the Sea-Tac Federal Detention Center on February 28. Maddy Pfeiffer, who also was found in civil contempt, remains in prison. United States District...
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Rise Up, Strike Down Sexual Violence Against Women

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February 25, 2013
Rise Up, Strike Down Sexual Violence Against Women

Story and photos by Pete Shaw Only Alaska has more dismal state statistics regarding women and sexual violence: Fifty-five percent of Oregon women will be the victims of sexual or domestic violence and 27% will be raped. With numbers this mind-numbing, it would have been heartening to see thousands flooding the streets in protest....
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Taking Responsibility for Racial Injustice a Necessity for All Americans

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February 19, 2013
Taking Responsibility for Racial Injustice a Necessity for All Americans

Story and photo by Pete Shaw Not one person in a Portland crowd of over 1200 dissented when Michelle Alexander recently told them, “We’ve got to admit we’ve allowed a human rights nightmare to occur on our watch.” Alexander, an associate professor of law at Ohio State University and the author of The New...
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Students Test School District Will To Maintain One Size Fits All Standards

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February 11, 2013
Students Test School District Will To Maintain One Size Fits All Standards

Story and photos by Pete Shaw Standing in solidarity with Seattle’s Garfield High School teachers and all instructors in the Seattle Public Schools who have refused to administer Washington’s Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) Test, a crowd of 30 Portland Public Schools (PPS) students and about 5 parents gathered in front of PPS headquarters on...
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Houseless, Immigrant & Worker’s Rights Rally Showcases MLK Legacy

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February 3, 2013
Houseless, Immigrant & Worker’s Rights Rally Showcases MLK Legacy

Photos and story by Pete Shaw By the end of his life, Martin Luther King had come to the conclusion that the gains of the Civil Rights Era were nothing if they were not part of a larger human rights movement, one that brought together all the disparate struggles for justice. On January 19,...
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