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Activism Results in Easing of Restrictive and Inhumane Mother, Child Detentions at US Border

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June 26, 2015
Activism Results in Easing of Restrictive and Inhumane Mother, Child Detentions at US Border

Story by Pete Shaw Early 2014 saw a marked upsurge in the number of mothers and children fleeing violence in Central America. Troubles with family, gangs and drug cartels (to name a few) in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala has pushed these families to seek asylum in the United States–the country ultimately responsible for much...
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Torturous Path of the Trans Pacific Partnership: Legislation Creeping Toward Passage

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June 24, 2015
Torturous Path of the Trans Pacific Partnership: Legislation Creeping Toward Passage

Story and photos by Pete Shaw The good news is that Senator Ron Wyden keeps backtracking on his support for Fast Track legislation that would let the Congress abdicate its constitutionally mandated authority over trade and give that power to President Obama. The bad news is that he is backtracking further toward the multinational...
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15 Now Rally Riding Momentum of Worker Pressure to Raise Wages

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June 22, 2015
15 Now Rally Riding Momentum of Worker Pressure to Raise Wages

Story and photos by Pete Shaw Building janitors, City workers, and supporters held two coordinated rallies in downtown Portland on June 17 demanding a raise in the minimum wage to $15 an hour and greater respect for workers’ rights to unionize. The rallies marked the most recent of many local actions and were also...
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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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New School Breakfast Program a Healthy Alternative to Dominant Culture Pablum

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May 12, 2015
New School Breakfast Program a Healthy Alternative to Dominant Culture Pablum

Story by Pete Shaw Of all things that bring people together, food is among the most potent. Beyond it being necessary for survival, eating can be pleasurable. When done as a community, those pleasures expand and further buttress the values that support that community. Sharing, caring, and understanding—just to name a few—are fostered. Conversations...
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Sweetness and Light

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May 2, 2015
Sweetness and Light

by Peter Shaw May Day, 2015, 2:12 AM   Let us sing songs of remembrance Let us praise great people Not the ones in the great books But the ones of the great stories The stories we tell The stories we write The stories we create and re-create   My Friend Greg does not...
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Workers Expose Cruel Underbelly of Portland’s “Friendliest” Store

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April 24, 2015
Workers Expose Cruel Underbelly of Portland’s “Friendliest” Store

Story by Pete Shaw The friendliest store in town is not so friendly after all. At least not to its workers. That was the message sent by a over a crowd of 30 people outside the New Seasons on SE Hawthorne on April 21. Coming together on April 21 in support of raising Oregon’s...
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15 Now Rallies Workers for National Day of Action, Awareness

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April 20, 2015
15 Now Rallies Workers for National Day of Action, Awareness

Story and photos by Pete Shaw Over 300 Portland workers rallied on April 15  in solidarity with workers from 230 cities who took to the streets in a day of awareness, action, and strikes in support of increasing the minimum wage to $15 and fighting for the right to form a union. The event...
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Activists Continue to Press for Wyden Pass on Fast Track

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March 16, 2015
Activists Continue to Press for Wyden Pass on Fast Track

Story and photos by Pete Shaw Senator Ron Wyden’s choice as to who he represents–the people of Oregon or the multinational corporations that stand to make huge profits at the expense of working people–is being pushed to a head over the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) . On Monday March 9 a collection of 200...
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$15 Minimum Wage Resolution Benefits Some Government Workers

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March 2, 2015
$15 Minimum Wage Resolution Benefits Some Government Workers

Story and photos by Pete Shaw With a unanimous vote, the Portland City Council on February 18 approved a resolution updating the City’s Fair Wage Policy to a $15 per hour minimum. Its passage will affect over 100 janitors, security guards, parking attendants, concessions workers, and others who work for companies that contract with...
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