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Sheriff Ousts Family, Spends Tax Dollars To Maintain Their Houselessness

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January 21, 2013
Sheriff Ousts Family, Spends Tax Dollars To Maintain Their Houselessness

Story and photos by Pete Shaw On the morning of January 16, soon after Ron Austin had gone to work, Debbie Austin and her two children awoke to the sound of the Multnomah County Sheriffs and Portland Police banging on their door. At the demand of Fannie Mae, the police forces entered the Austins’...
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Longshore Struggle Brews On Both Coasts

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January 14, 2013
Longshore Struggle Brews On Both Coasts

By Mark Vorpahl First of two parts It’s a familiar pattern: those on top of the economic ladder enjoy massive profits while expecting workers to sacrifice even more for the “greater good.” This storyline weaves itself into every justification for anti-worker policies. From Washington’s potential Grand Bargain that would cut trillions from needed social...
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Bob Dylan’s Latest Album to Bring More Jobs, or How to Distract from the Truth About Coal Exports

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December 20, 2012
Bob Dylan’s Latest Album to Bring More Jobs, or How to Distract from the Truth About Coal Exports

Story and photos by Pete Shaw Over 800 people packed themselves into the Abridge ballroom of the Ambridge Event Center on NE Martin Luther King Boulevard on Thursday December 6th for the last of three Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) hearings prior to DEQ determining whether it will issue a draft permit to...
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“We Want Safe Communities!”: Community Tells Sheriff Not to Work with ICE

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December 17, 2012
“We Want Safe Communities!”: Community Tells Sheriff Not to Work with ICE

Story by Pete Shaw Highlighting the growing national movement away from blanket policies to honor Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) holds, over 75 people gathered outside the Multnomah County Building on December 10th to urge Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Staton to limit the use of ICE holds in Multnomah County jails immediately. The rally...
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Threat to ILWU Rallying Point for All Workers

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December 10, 2012
Fencing and warning signs have been put up around the publicly owned Port of Portland Terminal 5 in preparation for a possible labor conflict.  Photo by Pete Shaw.

Story and photos by Pete Shaw The contract being offered to the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) by the Pacific Northwest Grain Handlers Association (PNGHA) has little effect on wages, but seeks vast changes to workplace rules, particularly those dealing with hiring and safety. Though the contract signing deadline of November 28 has...
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The Power Is With The People

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December 7, 2012
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Story and photos by Pete Shaw Sindy Avila is a member of the Oregon Dream Activists, a group working to advance immigrant rights and the rights of all people of color. Speaking at a forum about creating community control and putting radical politics into practice in communities of color, she noted that as the...
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Why Aren’t There More Black People in Oregon?

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November 28, 2012
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Story by Pete Shaw “When is history not history?” asks Walidah Imarisha, at a recent Why Aren’t There More Black People in Oregon? presentation sponsored by the Oregon Humanities Conversation Project.  Imarisha, a Portland State University and Oregon State University instructor, poses the question to our group after we have spent 90 minutes examining,...
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Foreclosure Resister Unbowed Under Thanksgiving Eviction Threat

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November 26, 2012
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Story and photos by Pete Shaw November 20 — “As you can see, I’m packed up and ready to go.” Debbie Austin doesn’t quite have the sarcasm thing down, at least by my Northeast pedigree, but nonetheless her sardonic tone is underscored by a quick look around the house which bears the hallmark of...
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Workers Protest At Fund For Public Interest Research

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November 21, 2012
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Story and photos by Pete Shaw Banging pots and pans and getting the support of passing cars honking horns, 160 supporters of workers from the Fund for Public Interest, the paid fundraisers for OSPIRG and Environment Oregon, marched along SE Grand and Morrison on November 14th, demanding employees be treated with dignity and respect....
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Standing in Solidarity Against Israel’s War On Gaza

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November 21, 2012
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Story and photos by joyofresistance About 200 people showed up Saturday to stand in solidarity with the Palestinians in Gaza and demand an end to Israel’s ongoing attacks on Gaza. On November 14, two days after a truce agreement between Israel and Hamas, Israel fired a missile into Gaza, targeting and killing Ahmed Jabari,...
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