Tag: Portland

Caleb or Saltzman?

By Pete Hybertsen For the first time in too long, Portland voters have a viable, independent candidate to support in this election. Nicholas Caleb’s campaign has tapped into a well of discontent with Portland’s current leadership. In just a few weeks, his campaign has turned a few thousand dollars and the energy of volunteers into…

Opposition Grows Fierce to Austerity Cuts in Portland

By Mark Vorpahl On April 11 over 400 people packed the third public Portland Budget Hearing, which was organized by the City of Portland and which left many spilling out beyond the room where the hearing took place. More importantly, for the City Council there was an unexpected critical outpouring from the vast majority who…

Pussy Rioters on Bike Swarm Portland in Solidarity

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By Elona Trogub Three members of Pussy Riot, the anonymous feminist group that’s half performance art, half punk band, have been found guilty of hooliganism, motivated by religious hatred. Now Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, Maria Alyokhina, 24, and Yekaterina Samutsevich, 30 will spend two years in a medium security prison for their ‘crime’–a one minute performance…

Transition from “Listening” to Action on Coal

By Nicholas Caleb Senator Ron Wyden held a “listening session” in Portland on Monday to discuss the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, the latest in a line of sneaky, corporate, anti-democratic policymaking. Although the US Trade Representative is currently keeping all the details of negotiation secret from the public and most of Congress, we know (from leaks)…

Community Groups In Solidarity Against FBI Raids

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By Pete Shaw A growing number of groups, many of which are based in Portland, have signed on to a statement written by the Committee Against Political Repression condemning the FBI’s recent raids against activists in Portland, Olympia, and Seattle. During the raids the FBI seized computers, black clothing, and anarchist literature. The most recent…

Day 30: Cameron Whitten Adjusts Agenda, Presses On

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By Jerry Bruce After 30 days of going hungry, a thinner, weaker Cameron Whitten had something to say. An expectant crowd of some 70 supporters gathered Sunday night in front of city hall to hear him. “I’m ending my hunger strike,” he said, and the crowd applauded. But after explaining why he’s not satisfied with…

Symbolism of the Cascadian Flag

Bioregional flag of Cascadia, lovingly referred to as “the doug”

By Alexander Baretich I designed the Cascadian flag, aka the Doug, way back in the mid 1990s when I was a graduate student studying in Eastern Europe.  Though I totally love the people, cultures and landscape of Eastern Europe, I was deeply homesick for the forests of Cascadia, specifically the Willamette Valley forests I grew…

Celebrating Our Interdependence on Summer Solstice

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By Liam Doherty-Nicholson The Occupy movement has been and continues to be a diverse array of beneficial experiences for me and for so many others.  At first the movement was something of an angry, fearless yet vulnerable cry out against oppressive forces.  The hope was that those who were suffering from similar oppression would flock…

Bus Riders Unite! Rally for Fair Trimet Fares

by Pete Shaw Marching to chants including “Riders have no more to give/Read our budget alternative”, over 70 people with the activist group Bus Riders Unite rallied outside the TriMet office in Southeast Portland. Later that day they attended the TriMet Board Meeting where many testified about the pain and hardship the current TriMet budget…