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Black Lives Matter Rally Reaffirms Commitment to Stand Against Threat of Police Brutality

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August 14, 2015
Black Lives Matter Rally Reaffirms Commitment to Stand Against Threat of Police Brutality

Story and photos by Pete Shaw “They think we’re stupid and we’re just going to accept community court and stop struggling.” Don’t Shoot Portland organizer Teressa Raiford uttered these words a few minutes after pleading not guilty to two misdemeanor charges stemming from her August 9 arrest after a rally marking one year since...
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Keaton Otis Memorial Marks Five Years in Ongoing Struggle for Justice, Police Reform

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May 18, 2015
Keaton Otis Memorial Marks Five Years in Ongoing Struggle for Justice, Police Reform

Story and photos by Pete Shaw “How on God’s green earth does justice reconcile it?” Emmett Wheatfall asked that question at least three times while reading his poem at a memorial service marking the five years that have passed since the Portland police executed Keaton Otis at the corner of NE 6th and Halsey....
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Portland Mayor’s Abrupt Resignation Tipped by Housing, Police Injustice Issues

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April 1, 2015
Portland Mayor’s Abrupt Resignation Tipped by Housing, Police Injustice Issues

Story by Raymond D. Davies Shocking the Portland political establishment, Mayor Charlie Hales announced today his resignation, effective immediately. Hales was expected to run for reelection in 2016, but citing his “frustration with certain elements of city governance, particularly the lack of effectiveness in dealing with the police and people without housing,” he has decided...
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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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Jefferson High School Focuses on Injustices Facing Black Women

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February 13, 2015
Jefferson High School Focuses on Injustices Facing Black Women

  Story by Pete Shaw Great courage is being show by Black people–particularly young Black women–leading the various groups demanding greater justice and, more specifically, those demanding police accountability and the abolition of the current police system built on a foundation of racism and brutality. Media focus, however, is often on Black men and...
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Local Advocates Echo Dr. King’s Call for Justice

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January 26, 2015
Local Advocates Echo Dr. King’s Call for Justice

  Story by Pete Shaw Members of Right 2 Dream Too and Don’t Shoot PDX appeared before the Portland City Council on January 21 to demand action to ensure people without housing and people of color receive the same justice afforded the most privileged members of society. Their demands were laced with quotes from...
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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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Current Institutional Prison, Policing Failures Rooted in Larger Historical Narrative of Oppression

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December 24, 2014
Current Institutional Prison, Policing Failures Rooted in Larger Historical Narrative of Oppression

  Story by Pete Shaw Walidah Imarisha was winding down a late November presentation about alternatives to police and prison at Portland Community College when a person in the audience announced the failure of a Ferguson, Missouri grand jury to indict Officer Darren Wilson for murdering Michael Brown. Imarisha paused, then shook her head....
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Facets of a Movement

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December 3, 2014
Facets of a Movement

Story and photos by Pete Shaw Protests and others actions, ranging from peaceful gatherings to more militant non-violent marches, as well as the rare–but widely reported by the corporate media–examples of rioting and looting, began around the country on November 24 in the wake of the failure of a Ferguson, Missouri, grand jury to...
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Filmmakers Create Feature Length Documentary to Spotlight Egregious Local Police History

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December 1, 2014
Filmmakers Create Feature Length Documentary to Spotlight Egregious Local Police History

  Story by Pete Shaw In 2013 local filmmakers and activists Jodi Darby, Julie Perini, and Erin Yanke produced Safe and Sound?, a short video to educate people about police violence, not as the product of a few rogue officers, but one that is inherent to the current system of policing. The film, which...
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