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What a Disgrace

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February 28, 2014
What a Disgrace

by Daryl Turner, President, Portland Police Association Perhaps you have been following the horrible treatment of the Portland Police Bureau while the fair city that we serve has been negotiating a “settlement” with the Department of Justice about the levels of violence we police are accused of using against people with mental problems as...
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Court to Judge “Fairness” of Department of Justice Settlement Agreement with City of Portland

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February 3, 2014
Court to Judge “Fairness” of Department of Justice Settlement Agreement with City of Portland

Story by Pete Shaw • Photos by Bette Lee A “Fairness Hearing” about the Settlement Agreement resolving the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) lawsuit against the City of Portland is scheduled for February 18th. The agreement arose out the the DOJ’s yearlong investigation that found the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) had “engaged in an unconstitutional...
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Fred Bryant Crusaded for Police Accountability; Survivors Recommit to Quest for Justice

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November 18, 2013
Fred Bryant Crusaded for Police Accountability; Survivors Recommit to Quest for Justice

Story by Pete Shaw Fred Bryant was laid to rest on November 9, 2013. Bryant, who had suffered a stroke in early October, passed away on October 29th, in the 53rd year of his life. He is remembered by many Portlanders for seeking justice for his son, Keaton Otis, who was killed by the...
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Mulugeta Seraw Murder Intimately Woven Into Oregon History

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November 13, 2013
Mulugeta Seraw Murder Intimately Woven Into Oregon History

Story by Pete Shaw How could this happen here? That was the question on many Portlanders’ lips on November 21, 1988, when three white supremacists were arrested in connection with the death of Mulugeta Seraw. Seraw, a 28-year-old Ethiopian immigrant who came to the US to attend college, was beaten with a baseball bat...
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Jobs and Freedom Remain Powerful Touchstones 50 Years after Historic March

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August 28, 2013
Jobs and Freedom Remain Powerful Touchstones 50 Years after Historic March

Story by Pete Shaw When Barack Obama took the podium at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, the then Senate candidate from Illinois told the nation, “There’s not a Black America and White America and Latino America and Asian America. There’s the United States of America.” It was an affirmation of the myth of inclusion,...
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Portlanders Gather in Support of Justice for Trayvon Martin

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July 17, 2013
Portlanders Gather in Support of Justice for Trayvon Martin

Story and photos by Pete Shaw A crowd of over 400 people gathered in Peninsula Park on Sunday July 14th in response to the verdict that acquitted George Zimmerman of second degree murder and manslaughter charges. Zimmerman was on trial for killing 17 year old Trayvon Martin on February 26, 2012 in Sanford, Florida....
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People Rally Around the Country in Support of Pelican Bay Prison Inhumanity

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July 16, 2013
People Rally Around the Country in Support of Pelican Bay Prison Inhumanity

Story and photos by Pete Shaw On July 8th in Chapman Square over 100 people joined numerous rallies around the country in support of the Pelican Bay Prisoners Hunger Strike. The hunger strike–the third called by inmates in Pelican Bay prison in California–was called over the same demands that propelled the other two strikes....
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California Inmates Undertake Hunger Strike to Protest Inhumane Conditions

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July 1, 2013
California Inmates Undertake Hunger Strike to Protest Inhumane Conditions

Story by Pete Shaw In July, 2011, approximately 1000 of the 1100 prisoners in the Security Housing Unit (SHU) of California’s Pelican Bay State Prison began a hunger strike to protest conditions. The strike lasted  three weeks, spreading to another 13 state prisons to include over 6600 inmates. The Pelican Bay prisoners issued five...
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State Legislature Lobbied to Extend Driving Rights to All

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April 6, 2013
State Legislature Lobbied to Extend Driving Rights to All

Story and photos by Pete Shaw The Oregon DMV currently allows driver’s licenses to be issued only to documented US citizens and immigrants with work permits under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) a 2012 executive order issued by President Obama. Various immigrant rights groups and other groups supportive of immigrants’ rights have been...
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Taking Responsibility for Racial Injustice a Necessity for All Americans

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February 19, 2013
Taking Responsibility for Racial Injustice a Necessity for All Americans

Story and photo by Pete Shaw Not one person in a Portland crowd of over 1200 dissented when Michelle Alexander recently told them, “We’ve got to admit we’ve allowed a human rights nightmare to occur on our watch.” Alexander, an associate professor of law at Ohio State University and the author of The New...
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