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R2DToo In Court Fighting for Housing Rights

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August 1, 2013
R2DToo In Court Fighting for Housing Rights

Story and photo by Pete Shaw The thought of camping conjures images of freedom, romance, and perhaps even daring. Pitch a tent, lie under clear skies, sit in front of an open fire telling stories or picking a guitar. Forage for food that will become dinner. Hike down a trail to a pristine lake...
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Postal Activists Blockade Private FIrm USPS Sliding Out of Public Hands

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July 18, 2013
Postal Activists Blockade Private FIrm USPS Sliding Out of Public Hands

Story by Jamie Partridge Ten protesters blocked a private mail truck leaving the Mt. Hood Distribution Center (US Postal Service) today, demanding that postal management stop subcontracting the trucking of “the people’s mail.”  Claiming concerns about safety, cost and corruption, the blockaders left after police ordered them to disperse.  No arrests were made. ”Postal truckers are...
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Portlanders Gather in Support of Justice for Trayvon Martin

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July 17, 2013
Portlanders Gather in Support of Justice for Trayvon Martin

Story and photos by Pete Shaw A crowd of over 400 people gathered in Peninsula Park on Sunday July 14th in response to the verdict that acquitted George Zimmerman of second degree murder and manslaughter charges. Zimmerman was on trial for killing 17 year old Trayvon Martin on February 26, 2012 in Sanford, Florida....
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People Rally Around the Country in Support of Pelican Bay Prison Inhumanity

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July 16, 2013
People Rally Around the Country in Support of Pelican Bay Prison Inhumanity

Story and photos by Pete Shaw On July 8th in Chapman Square over 100 people joined numerous rallies around the country in support of the Pelican Bay Prisoners Hunger Strike. The hunger strike–the third called by inmates in Pelican Bay prison in California–was called over the same demands that propelled the other two strikes....
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Immigrants Rally to Keep Their Families Together

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July 8, 2013
Immigrants Rally to Keep Their Families Together

Story and photos by Pete Shaw Gathered around pairs of shoes representing fathers and father figures who have been detained and deported, over 70 people assembled in front of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office at 511 NW Broadway on Monday June 17th to demand Congress and President Obama create and pass immigration...
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California Inmates Undertake Hunger Strike to Protest Inhumane Conditions

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July 1, 2013
California Inmates Undertake Hunger Strike to Protest Inhumane Conditions

Story by Pete Shaw In July, 2011, approximately 1000 of the 1100 prisoners in the Security Housing Unit (SHU) of California’s Pelican Bay State Prison began a hunger strike to protest conditions. The strike lasted  three weeks, spreading to another 13 state prisons to include over 6600 inmates. The Pelican Bay prisoners issued five...
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Protesters Target Postal Privatization, Demand Corporate Mail Theft End

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June 17, 2013
Protesters Target Postal Privatization, Demand Corporate Mail Theft End

Story by Jamie Partridge • Photos by Jerry Atkin Over forty demonstrators, ten of whom blocked the entrance to the Portland Air Cargo Center (US Postal Service), declared victory against “postal privatizers”  today.  According to postal service managers, several morning mail runs by subcontractor Dill Star trucking were disrupted by the protest. ”Postal truckers,...
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Local Video Illuminates Harrowing Pattern of Police Violence

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June 6, 2013
Local Video Illuminates Harrowing Pattern of Police Violence

By Pete Shaw On May Day 2012, when a Portland police officer told the group of folks who had gathered in Waterfront Park for an unpermitted march on Portland’s streets that they should obey the laws, but if not, well, there would be consequences, I had a feeling there would be trouble. There were...
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History of the Portland Women’s Movement: Fighting for Ideas and Dollars

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May 21, 2013
History of the Portland Women’s Movement: Fighting for Ideas and Dollars

By Sandy Polishuk In May, History of Social Justice Organizing will present part three of its History of the Portland Women’s Movement: Fighting for Ideas and Dollars Join us on at 7pm on Thursday, May 22nd at Portland State University in the second floor gallery of the Urban Affairs Building, 506 SW Mill Street,...
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Housing Justice Advocates Land Trial Date

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May 16, 2013
Housing Justice Advocates Land Trial Date

Story and photos by Pete Shaw Local housing justice activists will go on trial in June for their attempts to help keep a foreclosed family in their home during an eviction in which police used pepper spray against protesters. In October 2012, deputies from the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) and Portland police evicted...
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