Category: News & Current Events

Grand Jury Resisters Boosted By Courthouse Rally

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Story and photos by Pete Shaw As 45 people rallied and educated passersby outside the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse on SW 3rd Avenue last Thursday, Leah-Lynn Plante was readying to refuse to cooperate with the special grand jury in Seattle investigating the anarchist movement. The crowd had gathered to support Plante and other…

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

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.  The…

Code Pink Sending U.S. Peace Goodwill Delegation To Pakistan

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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 civilian…

Citizen Support Cracks Bureaucratic Inhumanity Against Homeowner

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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 the…

Supporters Rally Around Chicago Teachers Union as Ten-Day Strike Notice Issued

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 teacher…

Citizens Demand Their Government Stand Up To Coal

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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 that…

A Competitive Race to the Lowest Wages

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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 (TPP)”.…

#Occupied: Reports From the Front Lines

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 all-girl…