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Portland Trade Union Nixes City Proposal; Holding Out for Deal That Works

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February 14, 2014
Portland Trade Union Nixes City Proposal; Holding Out for Deal That Works

Story and photos by Pete Shaw The members of the unions making up Portland’s District Council of Trade Unions (DCTU) have soundly rejected the contract tentatively agreed to between the City of Portland and the DCTU bargaining team. In doing so, they have sent a message to both the City as well as the...
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TPP Fast Tracking Off the Rails; Activists Remain Cautious

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February 12, 2014
TPP Fast Tracking Off the Rails; Activists Remain Cautious

Story and photos by Pete Shaw What a difference a month makes. Back on January 9th when Senators Max Baucus and Orrin Hatch, and Representative Dave Camp introduced legislation that would give President Obama “Fast Track” authority over trade negotiations, it seemed a pretty good bet that it would breeze through Congress and be...
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Looming Worker Strikes Spell Need for Strengthening Solidarity Across Community

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January 30, 2014
Looming Worker Strikes Spell Need for Strengthening Solidarity Across Community

Story and photos by Pete Shaw When workers are fighting for their rights and dignity–and they are always fighting for those–the three most important words are solidarity, solidarity, and solidarity. With the possibility of at least three major strikes hitting Portland in the next few months, speakers at a recent Strikes on the Horizon...
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MLK Rally Honors More Radical King

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January 20, 2014
MLK Rally Honors More Radical King

By Pete Shaw Today, politicians of all stripes will step into celebration of the life and vision of Martin Luther King, Jr. The rhetoric of justice will be heavy, and praise for King’s dream will abound. Most pronouncements will overlook King’s latter years when he fought for the abolition of poverty and the redistribution...
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Students School PPS Board Amid Strong Show of Support for Teachers

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January 15, 2014
Students School PPS Board Amid Strong Show of Support for Teachers

Story by Pete Shaw The Portland Public Schools Board of Education received a lesson from the students it is supposed to serve on Monday night: we are people, not commodities, and we demand that our education serve us. It was a lesson for which most of the Board did not care. The students were...
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TPP Fast Track Legislation at Critical Crossroads

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January 13, 2014
TPP Fast Track Legislation at Critical Crossroads

By Pete Shaw Congress is poised to abdicate both its constitutional and ethical responsibilities. On Thursday January 9th, Senate Democrat Max Baucus, Senate Republican Orrin Hatch, and Republican Representative Dave Camp introduced legislation that would grant President Obama “Fast Track” authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Free Trade Agreement. Although the Constitution grants Congress...
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Forum Urges People to Sink Fast Tracking of Trans Pacific Partnership

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December 19, 2013
Forum Urges People to Sink Fast Tracking of Trans Pacific Partnership

Story and photo by Pete Shaw The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), for the moment, is faltering. The so-called free trade agreement (FTA) would dwarf all other FTAs that came before it. Trade negotiators and the multi-national corporations for whom they shill have been working in secret to hammer out the details, but so far...
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Hungry for Fair Pay, Fast Food Workers Push Back on Starvation Wage

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December 9, 2013
Hungry for Fair Pay, Fast Food Workers Push Back on Starvation Wage

Story and photo by Pete Shaw Demanding a pay hike for fast-food workers to $15 an hour, Portland activists rallied outside the McDonald’s on SW 6th and Main on December 5 as part of a national day of action. Portland was one of a hundred cities in the country that saw people demanding an...
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Undocumented Youths Pushing Boundaries to Remain in US

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December 6, 2013
Undocumented Youths Pushing Boundaries to Remain in US

Story by Pete Shaw Tired of waiting for the federal government to reform immigration law, a growing group of young people without documentation has decided to take matters into its own hands. Undocumented and Unafraid, they are taking the fight to the heart of the US immigration enforcement, challenging the system head on, and...
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Families of Detained People Without Documentation Fight to Reunite For Thanksgiving, Demand a Just and Humane Immigration Policy

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November 27, 2013
Families of Detained People Without Documentation Fight to Reunite For Thanksgiving, Demand a Just and Humane Immigration Policy

Story and photos by Pete Shaw This Thanksgiving Asbel Sanchez and Susana Garcia will likely not have their husbands. Their children–Asbel and Leonidas; and Yoliana and Victor–will probably not have their fathers. Those absences are because those husbands and fathers have been detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The situation is not unique....
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