Tag: actions

Portland Renter State of Emergency Called in Wake of Runaway Real Estate Market

Story and photos by Pete Shaw The Community Alliance of Tenants (CAT) declared a renter state of emergency in Portland at a September 15 press conference in Peninsula Park. The CAT–a grassroots, tenant-controlled, tenants rights organization that educates, organizes, and develops the leadership of low-income tenants–called on local officials and landlords to agree to immediate…

Vigil Organizers See Hope in Large Turnout for Transgender Women of Color Violence Victims and Survivors

Story and photos by Pete Shaw Say their names. Lamia Beard. Keyshia Blige. Kandis Capri. Say their names because their lives mattered. London Chanel. India Clarke. Taja DeJesus. Tamara Dominguez. Say their names for their memories and for their friends, families, and lovers. Papi Edwards. K.C. Haggard. Mya Hall. Amber Monroe. Say their names because they…

The System Fiddles While We Burn

Story and photos by Pete Shaw The Fennica has left Portland despite the noble and courageous efforts of the kayaktivists and Greenpeace climbers whose blockade cost Shell Oil two days of profits. But while ultimately failing to keep the boat moored in Portland, they showed people that they can stand up to the large energy…

Opponents Doubling Down Against TPP in Wake of Fast Track

Story and photos by Pete Shaw While Congress has given President Obama Fast Track authority for negotiating trade laws, the fight against the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) continues with a tighter focus. Prior to Fast Track’s approval, opponents were concentrating on both it and the TPP, understanding that Fast Track was the linchpin since it…

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 part…