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Communities Fight for History on Road to Justice

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May 20, 2014
Communities Fight for History on Road to Justice

Story by Pete Shaw Of all the forms of struggle against oppression, there is none more fundamental than memory. It is the substrate from which all resistance germinates.  Nurtured and nourished, those sprouts bloom, fruit, and scatter more seed upon ground both hallowed and fallow, their shoots pushing up with great tenacity against at...
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Populist Newcomer in Commissioner Race Insists City Work for Its Citizens

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May 9, 2014
Populist Newcomer in Commissioner Race Insists City Work for Its Citizens

Story by Pete Shaw With Election Day less than two weeks away, one of Portland’s most interesting races is City Commissioner Position 3 featuring Nick Caleb and incumbent Dan Saltzman. Caleb, a Concordia University professor of law and government, is running an upstart campaign against Saltzman, who is seeking a fifth term. Caleb’s campaign...
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Judge Upholds Eviction Against Home Defender; Jackson Appeals

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May 7, 2014
Judge Upholds Eviction Against Home Defender; Jackson Appeals

Story and photos by Pete Shaw On the eve of the second anniversary of taking back her house, Alicia Jackson El was told she was to be evicted. On April 30 Judge Marilyn Litzenberger of the Oregon Circuit Court ruled that Fox Capital Corporation, the “foreclosure flipping” corporation, was in legal possession of Jackson...
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Major Victory for ICE Detainer Foes; Battle for Immigrant Justice Not Over

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May 5, 2014
Major Victory for ICE Detainer Foes; Battle for Immigrant Justice Not Over

Story by Pete Shaw Watershed moments are always interesting. On the one hand, there is great cause for celebration. Raise a glass, take a bow, give a pat on the back–even your own–and revel in your moment. But no such moment is ever an end point. Morning becomes afternoon. Afternoon rolls into evening. Night...
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Trial Date Set for R2DToo Co-Founder; Mubarak Affirms Trial Important Challenge in Housing Justice Campaign

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April 30, 2014
Trial Date Set for R2DToo Co-Founder; Mubarak Affirms Trial Important Challenge in Housing Justice Campaign

Story and photos by Pete Shaw Housing Justice advocate and Right 2 Dream Too (R2DToo) co-founder Ibrahim Mubarak was arrested for trespassing and interfering with police  in late February while reaching out to help people without housing. He will be tried for these charges on June 9. The trial is expected to last two...
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Successful Home Reclamation Under Threat as Alicia Jackson El Faces Pressure from Court

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April 22, 2014
Successful Home Reclamation Under Threat as Alicia Jackson El Faces Pressure from Court

Story by Pete Shaw Nearly two years after taking back her house, Alicia Jackson El is having her day in court. On April 11, Jackson El appeared before Judge Steven Evans to defend herself against Fox Capital Corporation, the “foreclosure flipping” company that claims it owns her house. On May Day 2012, Jackson El,...
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Persistent Protester Pressure Provokes ICE Prisoner Release

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April 15, 2014
Persistent Protester Pressure Provokes ICE Prisoner Release

Story and photos by Pete Shaw With the Obama Administration having reached its two millionth deportation, fifteen people gathered outside the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) building in Portland on April 9 to demand the release of Sugey Carrazco. Sugey has been held since March 18 at the Otay Detention Center in San Diego,...
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Equal Pay Day Rally Flush with Bluster, Bankrupt on Plan of Action

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April 11, 2014
Equal Pay Day Rally Flush with Bluster, Bankrupt on Plan of Action

Story and photos by Pete Shaw At a Portland City Hall rally on Tuesday in celebration of Equal Pay Day, most of the City’s commissioners and some state-level politicians spoke of the great gains that have been made toward leveling the pay gap between women and men, as well as the need to go...
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Immigrant Rights Activists Fight to Keep Families Together, Demand Justice for All

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April 7, 2014
Immigrant Rights Activists Fight to Keep Families Together, Demand Justice for All

Story by Pete Shaw As President Obama edges closer toward deporting 2 million people during his time in office–he will likely hit that mark in April–people without documentation, their families, and their communities have decided to take him on head first. One of the most interesting tactics has been the Bring Them Home campaign...
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Cops Police Their Own, Hales Hails

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April 1, 2014
Cops Police Their Own, Hales Hails

Article by Euripides Q. Steinfelt In an unforeseen move, Mayor Charlie Hales, who oversees the Portland police, announced this morning that all officers will have a video camera on their persons that records their every move while in uniform. The move was inspired by Rialto, California whose 66 police all wear cameras mounted on...
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