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Occupy is Dead — Long Live Bike Swarm! We Ride This Friday!

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July 5, 2012
Photo by Hart Noecker

By GyroProtagonist Occupy is dead! This is what the media would like us to believe. Even some in the movement have taken to proclaiming this. Clearly, the old encampment is no more. In that sense, Occupy is indeed no longer. But to judge whether a movement is alive or not based on the status...
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TPP: Free Trade Detritus Swells Pacific Rim

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July 5, 2012
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Story and photos by Pete Shaw Another year, another so-called free trade agreement. The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is almost 20, while its younger sibling, the Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) is nearing seven years old. They sure grow up fast, don’t they? And now coming down the pike is the...
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Day 30: Cameron Whitten Adjusts Agenda, Presses On

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July 4, 2012
Photo by Paul

By Jerry Bruce After 30 days of going hungry, a thinner, weaker Cameron Whitten had something to say. An expectant crowd of some 70 supporters gathered Sunday night in front of city hall to hear him. “I’m ending my hunger strike,” he said, and the crowd applauded. But after explaining why he’s not satisfied...
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Coming Out Of Rio: Green’s Dead, Movement’s Alive

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July 3, 2012
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Story and photo by Kari Koch We all knew it, but now it’s official. The Green Economy and the green-washing of industry is not going to solve the global climate crisis, protect our communities from harm, or manage our common resources. Most importantly though, Rio+20 has made it clear that a Green Economy is...
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No Nukes NW Action: Shut Down, Not Meltdown!

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June 30, 2012
No Nukes NW Action: Shut Down, Not Meltdown!

by Beth Rakoncay May 5, 2012 – Japan shut down all 52 nuclear reactors following Fukushima, the worst meltdown in history last year. June 7, 2012 – About 70 women, including 10 women from Fukushima,  did a “die-in” in front of the Prime Minister’s Official Residence to protest against the restart of Ooi Nuclear...
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PDX Bike Swarm Rides In Opposition To The Columbia River Crossing

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June 28, 2012
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By Hart Noecker On Sunday, June 24, 2012 the PDX Bike Swarm rode through Portland Sunday Parkways in opposition to the Columbia River Crossing, a 10-12 lane, 9 mile long, $4-10 BILLION dollar proposed mega-freeway from Oregon to Washington. For those unfamiliar, Portland Sunday Parkways is a 9 mile loop of streets closed to...
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Rally for Our Water, Not Nestlé’s

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June 28, 2012
Photo by Pete

Story and Photos by Pete Shaw Governor Kitzhaber got a message. A very loud message from 120 people in Schrunk Plaza demanding Nestlé not be allowed to plunder water from the Columbia River Gorge, chanting “Water is a human right! Don’t let Nestlé win this fight!” Nestlé wants to erect a bottling plant in the gorge and...
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Labor, Environmentalists Come Together To Build On Common Ground

June 27, 2012
Jeremy Hays, Jana Gastellum, and Ben Nelson at the labor and environmental workshop.  Photo by Pete.

By Pete Shaw Labor unions and environmentalists have sometimes been at each other’s throats. A workshop on jobs and the climate held June 20 at Musician’s Union Hall in Northeast Portland was about building common ground and strategies for the two groups to work together for some shared goals, as they did when their...
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#Occupied: Reports From the Front Lines

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June 27, 2012
Members of the Cruz family and Occupy Homes MN hold up petitions of support signed by 175,000 people. Photo: Occupy Homes MN

This story is from the Occupied News Wire.  It originally appeared in the Occupied Wall Street Journal. YOUR WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF OCCUPY MOVEMENT NEWS By Jennifer Sacks This week in Occupy, the Cruz family was rebuffed by PNC Bank, Rio + 20 was mic-checked and #occupied, Egyptians took to the streets to demand an election...
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Corporate Fish In A Wretched Bay — Report From Rio+20

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June 26, 2012
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Story and photos Kari Koch The fish on the Botafogo Beach in Rio have been getting a lot of attention this week and many beautiful pictures have been posted proclaiming the genius of building lovely art out of plastic water bottles. I too was interested in these fish and today went to go see...
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