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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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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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Community Activist Emerges from Sanctuary, Feds Move in to Arrest

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November 7, 2014
Community Activist Emerges from Sanctuary, Feds Move in to Arrest

Story and photos by Pete Shaw Francisco Aguirre, the community leader and immigrant justice activist who has been taking sanctuary in Augustana Lutheran Church since September 19, was arrested yesterday. Aguirre was taken into custody inside the Clackamas County Courthouse on a warrant for “illegal entry”, issued through collaboration between the US Attorney’s Office...
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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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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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