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U.S. Department of Justice Finds Portland Police Guilty of Using Excessive Force Against People With Mental Illness

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September 15, 2012
Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division Thomas E. Perez speaks to an audience of reporters and Portland Police Bureau command staff.  To the right is U.S. Attorney for Oregon Amanda Marshall, Police Chief Michael Reese, and Mayor Sam Adams.

Chief Reese Deletes “I disagree with the Department of Justice’s findings” From His Online Statement   Story by Pete Shaw At a crowded press conference on the 14th floor of the Portland Justice Center on Thursday, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) announced its findings of an investigation, launched on June 8, 2011....
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Code Pink Sending U.S. Peace Goodwill Delegation To Pakistan

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September 14, 2012
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By Trudy Cooper The U.S. is not at war with Pakistan. Yet U.S. drones hover overhead in the tribal regions of North and South Waziristan. Almost daily, there are strikes.  Since 2004, these drones have killed as many as 3,000 people in Pakistan.  Hundreds more are wounded. Nearly all of them are civilians. These...
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GM Workers In Columbia Continue Their Hunger Strike Against Deplorable Working Conditions

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September 13, 2012
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Story and photos by Pete Shaw Lunch time in the Summer is usually a festive occasion at Pioneer Square. People take to the tables or bricks with their brown bags or a hot dog bought at a nearby cart and there is often some kind of music scene going down. Wednesday August 15th was...
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Grand Jury Resistance Rally Daylights Secret Government Tool of Oppression

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September 12, 2012
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Story and photos by Pete Shaw Back in the day, civics class taught us that the grand jury was among the government institutions that made the United States the greatest country on Earth. It was a shining example of our commitment to justice – a body that ensured you could not be accused of...
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Citizen Support Cracks Bureaucratic Inhumanity Against Homeowner

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September 11, 2012
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Story and photos by Pete Shaw The notice on the door of Room 3000 at 1900 SW 4th Avenue –  home of Portland’s Bureau of Development Services (BDS) — listed the various administrative hearings that would be taking place on September 6, 2012.  I was present because I expected a 9 a.m. hearing between...
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Supporters Rally Around Chicago Teachers Union as Ten-Day Strike Notice Issued

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September 8, 2012
Attendees at the August 29 town hall meeting to support the Chicago Teachers Union.  Photo by Sarah Jane Rhee/Chicago Indymedia, Creative Commons.

This story originally appeared at the Occupied Chicago Tribune. By Nick Burt News of the Chicago Teachers Union’s declaration of a ten-day strike notice spread across the city’s evening news broadcasts Wednesday. As Chicagoans prepared for the first schools shutdown in twenty-five years, hundreds rallied at the downtown Chicago Temple to build community support for the prospective...
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Citizens Demand Their Government Stand Up To Coal

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September 6, 2012
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Story and photos by Pete Shaw A boisterous crowd of over 100 people descended on the Northwest Headquarters of the Army Corps of Engineers on August 28 to demand an environmental and public health impact study for all four possible export coal terminal sites, as well as planned routes for the trains and barges...
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A Competitive Race to the Lowest Wages

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August 30, 2012
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Story and photos by Pete Shaw “Protecting a competitive race to the lowest wages is crucial,” said Tom Chamberlain, President of the Oregon AFL-CIO. After a confused pause, Chamberlain restated himself, replacing “protecting” with “preventing.” It was a slightly awkward moment at this strange gathering billed as a “Listening Session on the Trans-Pacific Partnership...
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#Occupied: Reports From the Front Lines

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August 28, 2012
Michelle Mantone raises a fist at the Occupy Gracie Mansion for All Abilities action in New York. Photo by Mickey Z-Vegan.

This week in Occupy, Pussy Riot was sentenced to two years in Russian prison, we expressed solidarity with General Motors hunger strikers in Colombia, activists far and nigh set their sights on Tampa and the Republican National Convention, and the one-year Occuversary is approaching. #After a short trial, three members of Pussy Riot, an...
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Community Continues to Speak Out Against Coal Trains

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August 27, 2012
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Story and photos by Pete Shaw The Lombard Overpass of the railroad cut that bisects St. John’s – from the Willamette River to the Columbia Slough – was the site of an August 18 demonstration, with over 75 activists protesting and educating people about the proposed transportation of coal through Oregon and Washington. With...
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