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U.S. Department of Justice Finds Portland Police Guilty of Using Excessive Force Against People With Mental Illness

Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division Thomas E. Perez speaks to an audience of reporters and Portland Police Bureau command staff.  To the right is U.S. Attorney for Oregon Amanda Marshall, Police Chief Michael Reese, and Mayor Sam Adams.

Chief Reese Deletes “I disagree with the Department of Justice’s findings” From His Online Statement   Story by Pete Shaw At a crowded press conference on the 14th floor of the Portland Justice Center on Thursday, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) announced its findings of an investigation, launched on June 8, 2011.  The…

#Occupied: Reports From the Front Lines

Michelle Mantone raises a fist at the Occupy Gracie Mansion for All Abilities action in New York. Photo by Mickey Z-Vegan.

This week in Occupy, Pussy Riot was sentenced to two years in Russian prison, we expressed solidarity with General Motors hunger strikers in Colombia, activists far and nigh set their sights on Tampa and the Republican National Convention, and the one-year Occuversary is approaching. #After a short trial, three members of Pussy Riot, an all-girl…

Occupy Trials Lined Up on Fall Court Docket

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By Andrea Townsend The Multnomah County Courthouse was buzzing with Occupiers and their lawyers on August 16 as they awaited Judge Cheryl Albrecht’s latest ruling on matters relating to numerous Occupy Portland arrests, interactions and altercations over the past year. Beginning on August 23 and continuing through November, Occupiers and their supporters will flood the…

#Occupied: Reports From the Front Lines

Members of the Cruz family and Occupy Homes MN hold up petitions of support signed by 175,000 people. Photo: Occupy Homes MN

This story is from the Occupied News Wire.  It originally appeared in the Occupied Wall Street Journal. YOUR WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF OCCUPY MOVEMENT NEWS By Jennifer Sacks This week in Occupy, the Cruz family was rebuffed by PNC Bank, Rio + 20 was mic-checked and #occupied, Egyptians took to the streets to demand an election and…

Indefatigable Activist Ralph Nader Drives Occupy Message into Portland

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By Christina Schüll and Paul Cone Tireless citizen activist Ralph Nader spoke Monday night, April 9, to an overflowing crowd in the Agnes Flanagan Chapel at Lewis and Clark College, as part of their 50th International Affairs Symposium. Nader followed Jamie Fly, who served in George W. Bush’s National Security Council, and is now the executive…

A Corporate Budget or a People’s Budget?

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By Shamus Cooke How are government budgets created, and in whose interests? In Portland, Oregon, the city recently held the second and last of its public budget forums, where the community could offer feedback to help craft the city’s budget. Over two hundred people attended the Wednesday evening meeting at Cleveland High School, many more…

Protests Kick Off Across North America

Home Sweet Home: Occupy Wall Street has regrouped in Union Square Park, with no plans to leave. Photo by Jed Brandt.

By Adam Rothstein During the celebration of the six-month anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, the phrase was repeated again and again: “See you in May.” The phrase refers to the plans for this coming May Day–the historical workers’ holiday and a day of action for many causes around the world–which this year will bring Occupy…

Peace and Justice Works Protests Continued US Presence in Iraq

By Mungen Cakes On Tuesday March 20, a Visibility Action was organized by Peace and Justice Works’ Iraq Affinity Group to mark the nine year anniversary of the US occupation of Iraq. Titled “Casualties of Iraq Nine Years Later: US Out!”, the object of the action was to remind people that there are still 16,000…