Category: News & Current Events

Occupy Portland and Portland Action Lab Issue Call to Action Against Austerity on November 3rd

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“Our dreams don’t fit in their ballot boxes” On November 3rd Occupy Portland and the Portland Action Lab invites all people to mobilize, march, and take direct action against austerity. Corporations control our governments, hoard wealth, privatize our community resources, and burden us with enormous debt — this is AUSTERITY and we say Enough is…

Metro Seasonal Workers Trampled Like Unwelcome Weeds

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Story and photos by Pete Shaw Holding signs reading  “fairness,” “dignity,” “voice,” “security,” and “respect,” supporters of Metro’s seasonal park workers attended the September 13 Metro council meeting to demand it stop interfering with worker attempts to organize as part of Laborers Local 483. Metro seasonal workers have been trying to organize since December, 2011.…

Speaking Power to Truth: Brian Gard and Ambre Energy

Activists in Portland deliver a warning to Portland PR firm Gard Communications, demanding that they drop client Ambre Energy over the controversial Morrow Pacific coal export proposal.

  By Mike Losier The Pacific Northwest coal export debates are providing a subtle reintroduction to Brian Gard, a familiar Oregon quasi-political engine, formerly of the notorious ad agency Gard & Gerber. Now president of PR firm Gard Communications, he currently serves as one of the spokespersons for Ambre Energy’s Morrow-Pacific Project, an export proposal…

The Chicago Teachers and Their Students’ Test Scores

Teachers, parents, students and other allies rally downtown in Chicago on September 10, Day 1 of the Chicago Teachers Union Strike.  Photo by Sarah Jane Rhee/Chicago Indymedia.

By Ann Robertson and Bill Leumer Many crucial issues are at stake in the Chicago Teachers Union strike. But the school district’s insistence that student test scores constitute a major basis of teacher evaluations seems to have become a particularly contentious point, leading to the vilification of teachers by the mainstream media, particularly The New…

Occupy Wall Street Anniversary #S15 Truth to Power News

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Truth to Power News covers events at Occupy Wall Street September 15th day of action and education. Thousands gather throughout the day to participate in workshops, teachins and assemblies in preparation for the September 17th anniversary of the Occupy movement. For more coverage of Occupy Wall St. events, including day of news reports, interviews and…

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…