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An Open Letter to Oregon Legislators

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May 8, 2012
An Open Letter to Oregon Legislators

by Stephanie Hampton Dear Oregon legislator, As you may know, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has received a great deal of negative press in the mainstream as well as alternative media to the point where ALEC membership has become a distinct public relations and election year liability.  Corporations and nonprofits as well as state...
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Power and Politics: A Breakup Story

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May 8, 2012
Power and Politics: A  Breakup Story

This article is from the Occupied News Wire. It was originally published in the Occupied Wall Street Journal. by Simon Critchley The truth is we are not in control. But that’s not the worst of it. We suspect, indeed we know, that no one is in control: no God, no glorious leader, no benevolent...
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Two Fingers Away from Safety

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May 7, 2012
Photo by Kristen Heldmann.

By Lauren Paulson My brother and I sat uneasily on two wooden milk bottle boxes in the back of a 1937 Pontiac coupe. This car only had a front seat, so when we came along, father cut out the hat shelf and put two boxes for us to sit on to make it a...
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Learning from Success: Civil Disobedience and Nuclear Power in the Northwest

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May 7, 2012
Photo by Tobin via Flickr.

by Sandy Polishuk During the national wave of anti-nuclear protests in the 1970s, Oregon’s Trojan Decommissioning Alliance (TDA) was the only group to target an operating nuclear plant for non-violent civil disobedience. Claiming headlines both for its demonstrations and its analysis of Trojan’s safety and costs, the work of the TDA was complemented by...
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The NYPD’s New Strategy: Sexually Assaulting Peaceful Protestors

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May 6, 2012
The NYPD’s New Strategy: Sexually Assaulting Peaceful Protestors

This article is from the Occupied News Wire. It originally appeared in the Occupied Wall Street Journal. by David Graeber A few weeks ago I was with a few companions from Occupy Wall Street in Union Square when an old friend—I’ll call her Eileen—passed through, her hand in a cast. “What happened to you?”...
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What if: A Collective Litany

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May 6, 2012

by A Musing What if the sheriff ‘s department delivered a foreclosure and said, “We’re delivering this but we will not enforce it” ? What if the locksmith company was booked well in advance and couldn’t come by to change the locks …. ever ? What if the policeman refused to arrest a six-year-old...
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RIP Ecotopia Author Ernest Callenbach, Good Morning Cascadia

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May 6, 2012
RIP Ecotopia Author Ernest Callenbach, Good Morning Cascadia

by Little Bear Cascadia, our bioregion here in the Pacific Northwest, stretches from the mighty Rocky and Kootenay mountains in the east to the Pacific Ocean, from the edge of the Northern Tundra to the deserts of the south. It’s the land of the Salmon. It’s the home of the fir. It’s our culture...
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No School, No Work, but in Chicago, No General Strike

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May 5, 2012
No School, No Work, but in Chicago, No General Strike

This story is from the Occupied News Wire. It was originally published in the Occupied Chicago Tribune. by Joe Macaré Before there was the NATO summit or the Occupy movement, there was May Day, born and bred in Chicago. This year, with leftists across the country crossing their fingers for an American Spring, Chicago’s May...
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What Really Happened at the Montréal May Day Protest? From Peaceful Protest to Police Brutality

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May 5, 2012
What Really Happened at the Montréal May Day Protest? From Peaceful Protest to Police Brutality

by Andrew Gavin Marshall On May 1, 2012, thousands of students and other protesters took to the streets for the Anti-Capitalist rally in downtown Montréal. I attended the protest with a couple friends, and having read the “news” emanating from the “stenographers of power” (the mainstream media), it’s important to set the record straight...
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Community Responds to May Day Police Brutality

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May 4, 2012
Community Responds to May Day Police Brutality

by Mungen Cakes Members of the May Day Coalition and Portland Liberation Organizing Council held a press conference May 4th on the steps of the Justice Center in downtown Portland to denounce the police brutality perpetrated by the Portland Police Bureau during the May Day protests. Led by PLOC spokeswoman Kari Koch, representatives of...
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