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Torturous Path of the Trans Pacific Partnership: Legislation Creeping Toward Passage

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June 24, 2015
Torturous Path of the Trans Pacific Partnership: Legislation Creeping Toward Passage

Story and photos by Pete Shaw The good news is that Senator Ron Wyden keeps backtracking on his support for Fast Track legislation that would let the Congress abdicate its constitutionally mandated authority over trade and give that power to President Obama. The bad news is that he is backtracking further toward the multinational...
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15 Now Rally Riding Momentum of Worker Pressure to Raise Wages

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June 22, 2015
15 Now Rally Riding Momentum of Worker Pressure to Raise Wages

Story and photos by Pete Shaw Building janitors, City workers, and supporters held two coordinated rallies in downtown Portland on June 17 demanding a raise in the minimum wage to $15 an hour and greater respect for workers’ rights to unionize. The rallies marked the most recent of many local actions and were also...
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Anti-TPP Pressure Bearing Down on Oregon Politicians

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February 26, 2015
Anti-TPP Pressure Bearing Down on Oregon Politicians

Story by Pete Shaw More than 50 activists visited the offices of Congressman Earl Blumenauer and Senator Ron Wyden to demand the men vote against giving President Obama the Fast Track Authority he likely needs to gain passage of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). A so-called free trade agreement (FTA) between 12 countries in...
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Monthly Vigil Numbers High as Fifth Anniversary of Keaton Otis Murder Draws Near

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February 23, 2015
Monthly Vigil Numbers High as Fifth Anniversary of Keaton Otis Murder Draws Near

Story by Pete Shaw On May 12, 2010,  Keaton Otis, a Black man, was killed by the Portland police. Since that date there has been vigil in his honor and memory on the 12th of each month near the southwest corner of NE 6th and Halsey, just feet from the site of his murder....
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Local Vigil Honors Muslims Murdered in North Carolina

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February 19, 2015
Local Vigil Honors Muslims Murdered in North Carolina

Story and photos by Pete Shaw A Valentine’s night vigil was held in Portland’s Pioneer Square to reflect upon the lives of three young Muslims murdered in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, on February 10. Over 100 people held candles in memory of Deah Barakat, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha and to stand...
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Protesters Disrupt Wyden Town Hall Meeting; Hold Their Own When Wyden Runs

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January 9, 2015
Protesters Disrupt Wyden Town Hall Meeting; Hold Their Own When Wyden Runs

Story and photos by Pete Shaw Very early in Senator Ron Wyden’s town hall meeting on January 3 he proudly announced that he had held over 700 of these meetings since becoming a senator. As events turned out in this surprising evening, It may have been the first one where he actually had no...
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Immigrant Rights Prospects Slowly Brightening In Wake of Continuing Community Pressure

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November 27, 2014
Immigrant Rights Prospects Slowly Brightening In Wake of Continuing Community Pressure

A year ago, inside the lobby of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) jail on SW Macadam Avenue, a group of 20 people gathered to protest President Obama’s deportations, conducted through ICE, that had resulted in about 1.5 million people being torn away from their families and communities.  They were demanding that immigrants detained...
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Plight of Local Activist Mirrors Nationwide Immigration Siege Mentality

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October 28, 2014
Plight of Local Activist Mirrors Nationwide Immigration Siege Mentality

  Story by Pete Shaw Supporters of Francisco Aguirre gathered outside the Portland Field Office of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) the day after USCIS cancelled the activist’s visa appointment. Aguirre has been taking sanctuary in Augustana Lutheran Church since Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials showed up at his home on the...
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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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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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