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Government Workers Face Erasure by For-Profit Companies

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November 8, 2013
Government Workers Face Erasure by For-Profit Companies

Story by Pete Shaw Photos by Farrell Richartz The first item on the agenda as City Council went into session on Wednesday October 30th was a remembrance of Nohad Toulan, the founder of Portland State University’s School of Urban Studies and Planning, and his wife, who died on Monday. During the memorial, Councilman Nick...
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Protesters Drive Home Unfair General Motors Practices at Local Dealership

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November 5, 2013
Protesters Drive Home Unfair General Motors Practices at Local Dealership

Story and photo by Pete Shaw After two years of attempts to receive compensation for injured General Motors workers, protesters are bringing the fight to GM dealerships, the real points of profit for GM. On Saturday November 2, a group of 15 activists gathered at Wentworth Chevrolet on SE Grand Avenue as part of...
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Protest Underscores Continuing Privatization of Oregon Schools

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October 31, 2013
Protest Underscores Continuing Privatization of Oregon Schools

Story and photos by Pete Shaw The Oregon Business Association (OBA) held its annual Statesman Dinner on October 17 to honor the Statesman of the Year. The event was fraught with anomalies, not least of which was the fact that the award went to Sue Levin, the Executive Director of Stand for Children Oregon. According to...
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Portland Tax Dollars Supporting For-Profit Prisons; Group Demands Divestment

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October 22, 2013
Portland Tax Dollars Supporting For-Profit Prisons; Group Demands Divestment

Story and photos by Pete Shaw On Tuesday October 15th about 40 people gathered outside the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) building on NW Broadway demanding that the City of Portland divest from the for-profit prison industry, and as well that Sheriff Staton drop the ICE Hold on Oregon Dream Activist Manny Perez. The...
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Fast Food Workers Forcing Fight Over Fair Wages

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October 17, 2013
Fast Food Workers Forcing Fight Over Fair Wages

Story and photo by Pete Shaw “If food is essential for survival, then why are the people who bring it to us paid so little?” That question was recently asked at a forum regarding the many fast food worker strikes across the country over the past year. Those workers, many of whom make the...
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Immigrants Enduring Brutal Road to Citizenship; Determined to Prevail

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October 8, 2013
Immigrants Enduring Brutal Road to Citizenship; Determined to Prevail

Story and photos by Pete Shaw The Obama Administration is barreling toward a milestone, one it probably would like kept in the shadows. Sometime in the next few weeks, the number of people without documentation deported since President Obama took office in 2009 will exceed 2 million. It’s an astounding number–far more than the...
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Class Warfare, Compassion Emerge at R2DToo Hearing; Move Hangs in Balance

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October 5, 2013
Class Warfare, Compassion Emerge at R2DToo Hearing; Move Hangs in Balance

CLASSLESS AND CLASSIST Story by Pete Shaw Since Right 2 Dream Too (R2DToo) and the City of Portland came to an agreement in July to move the rest area for people without housing to a spot in the Pearl District, those opposed to the move have been trying to walk a tightrope. On the...
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“Dream” Move Challenged by Ugly Reality of Class Politics

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September 30, 2013
“Dream” Move Challenged by Ugly Reality of Class Politics

Story and photos by Pete Shaw The Portland City Council will be hearing testimony this Thursday, October 3, as it considers granting Right 2 Dream Too a permit to continue its work helping people without housing at a new location. The group is planning a move from West Burnside to NW Lovejoy Court and...
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City Takes Whack At Populist Services; Golf Unscathed by Austerity Cuts; Part 2

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September 27, 2013
City Takes Whack At Populist Services; Golf Unscathed by Austerity Cuts; Part 2

By Barbara G. Ellis and Pam Allee The Taxpayers’ Budget Committee The real values and priorities of City leadership tend to be revealed when hard times force significant financial cuts. Research by the Taxpayers’ Budget Committee into the Portland Parks and Recreation’s Enterprise unit—the Golf Fund—strongly indicates that city wide reach in recreation activities...
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Protesters Occupy Postal Management Offices; Demand End To Privatization

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September 19, 2013
Protesters Occupy Postal Management Offices; Demand End To Privatization

By Jamie Partridge Eleven protesters invaded the office space of Portland’s senior US Postal Service management on September 18.  Slipping past security barriers on the third floor of the Main Post Office, the group occupied the hallway outside the offices of Brenda Jackson, transportation manager for the Portland district.  Demanding a meeting with Jackson,...
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