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Community Church Providing Sanctuary for Immigrant Rights Activist Francisco Aguirre Fighting Threatened ICE Deportation

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September 30, 2014
Community Church Providing Sanctuary for Immigrant Rights Activist Francisco Aguirre Fighting Threatened ICE Deportation

Story by Pete Shaw Francisco Aguirre became alarmed when 12 federal agents appeared at his Fairview, OR home at 7 AM on September 19. They refused to state the purpose for their visit, but, when pressed, the lead agent said it had something to do with Aguirre’s business. Aguirre found it suspicious that a...
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Artesia, New Mexico Ground Zero for Inhuman Treatment of Asylum Seekers

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August 18, 2014
Artesia, New Mexico Ground Zero for Inhuman Treatment of Asylum Seekers

Story by Pete Shaw In recent weeks there has been widespread media coverage of the plight of refugee children entering the US after fleeing violence in Central America. While those numbers had been steadily increasing over the past few years, they jumped to crisis levels a few months ago. Despite its obligations under international...
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Activists Call for Moratorium on Retaliation Against Refugee Children

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August 16, 2014
Activists Call for Moratorium on Retaliation Against Refugee Children

Story by Pete Shaw Since last October over 57,000 unaccompanied children have been detained while crossing the Mexico-US border. About 75% of them are fleeing violence in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, countries where US foreign policy elements such as so-called free trade agreements and the drug war have often resulted in corrupt and...
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Rally Underscored Abysmal Treatment of Refugees, Need for New Immigrant Rights Policy

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August 11, 2014
Rally Underscored Abysmal Treatment of Refugees, Need for New Immigrant Rights Policy

Story and photos by Pete Shaw A crowd of 50 people gathered outside the Federal Building in downtown Portland on July 31 to demand an end to the deportations that have torn apart so many immigrant families. Those deportations have also engulfed children who are fleeing violence in Central America–much of it induced by...
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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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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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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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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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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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M1: Progress Brewing, Police Brutality Growing Stale

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May 3, 2012
M1: Progress Brewing, Police Brutality Growing Stale

This story is part of our feature about the many protest events on May 1, 2012. Visit the feature page to see more. by Rochelle The day began new–new blood infused into the Occupy Movement in the form of student protests outside of Portland Public School headquarters to highlight the financial inequities compromising youth...
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