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Posts Tagged ‘ Voting ’

Fighting for the Soul of the Carpenter’s Union

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July 1, 2012
Fighting for the Soul of the Carpenter’s Union

by Shamus Cooke All working people should pay attention to the egregious assault on union democracy happening in the Pacific Northwest Regional Council of the Carpenters Union, covering all Carpenter’s Locals in Oregon, Idaho, Washington, Wyoming, and Montana. The United Brotherhood of Carpenters has a proud history and should take immediate action to overturn...
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We Need A Third Option

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June 14, 2012
We Need A Third Option

by Chris Bergsten I have a radical proposal for Occupiers: let’s support a Presidential candidate. Barack Obama rose to the presidency by appealing to the nation’s desire for progress and change. In a time when eight years under President George W. Bush saw us embroiled in illegitimate wars, belligerent foreign policy, a growing police...
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A Few Good Democrats are Not Enough

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May 10, 2012
A Few Good Democrats are Not Enough

This piece is from the Occupied News Wire. It originally appeared in the Occupied Wall Street Journal. by Max Berger As long as there has been a thing called Occupy Wall Street, there have been people who’ve suggested it should become the left’s version of the Tea Party. Josh Harkinson’s piece is a notable contribution to...
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An Open Letter to the Reformists Within Occupy Portland

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May 4, 2012
An Open Letter to the Reformists Within Occupy Portland

David “Däv” O’Bryant “The notion of “policy” presumes a state or governing apparatus which imposes its will on others. ‘Policy’ is the negation of politics; policy is by definition something concocted by some form of elite, which presumes it knows better than others how their affairs are to be conducted. By participating in policy...
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Radical/Anti-Capitalist Caucus Rejects Legitimacy of Elections

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April 26, 2012
Radical/Anti-Capitalist Caucus Rejects Legitimacy of Elections

by the Radical Anti-Capitalist Caucus With state primaries on the horizon, the Radical/Anti-Capitalist Caucus of Occupy Portland rejects the legitimacy of this year’s elections. We believe city problems are inadequately addressed by local elected officials. These problems can only be addressed by a politics of popular liberation and direct community empowerment. Regardless of who...
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(Only a Few) Candidates Gone Wild

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April 20, 2012
Photo by Paul

By Elona Trogub “Candidates Gone Wild”, an event organized by the Bus Project, was not only an exercise in democracy, it was a blatant slap in democracy’s face–a reminder that our democracy only goes as far as the thickness of a candidate’s checkbook. Although poignant questions about racism and equity were raised–for example, why...
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Practicing the Politics of the Impossible

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March 24, 2012
Practicing the Politics of the Impossible

This story is from the Occupied News Wire. It was originally published in the Boston Occupier. by Doug Enaa Greene The U.S. electoral system is all about what the system deems possible. During each election season we are given the choice between a few politicians who promise change; we vote and then things remain...
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Citizens and Candidates Participate in Democracy

February 1, 2012
photo by Lauriel

By Christina Schüll I walked into Portland’s 2012 Town Hall “Voices of the City” meeting in Hoffman Hall at PSU, expecting to see half a dozen candidates in the middle of discussing their grand ideas of how they promise to make our city a better one. What I found was the soft buzzing of...
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Observations on the Portland Local Candidate’s Forum

January 28, 2012
Observations on the Portland Local Candidate’s Forum

By Vargus Pike Members of the Green Party and the Oregon Progressive Party in conjunction with members of Occupy Portland held a local candidates forum Friday January 27th. The event, in a room above the People’s Co-op on SE 21st Avenue, was an opportunity for Portland mayoral candidates and city council candidates to meet,...
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A Night at the Portland Candidate Forum

January 26, 2012
A Night at the Portland Candidate Forum

by Simon Travis When I showed up at the “Portland Candidate Forum” on January 19th, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. It was held at St. Philip Neri Church on SE Division and 16th. The League of Women Voters of Portland, and the Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Coalition along with many other co-sponsors organized...
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