Vol. XXXV, Number 3 March 2015
Living in America,
sometimes makes me think
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The Fight for $15 Finally Comes to Portland
Like the Occupy movement before it, the “fight for $15” came to Portland as a transplant. Portland activists watched events in Seattle with a skeptical eye, but Seattle’s “fantasy” of $15 was transformed into an emerging reality, now replete with the support of the Mayor and City Council who are working on a plan to implement the new minimum wage.
Salt and Terror in Afghanistan
by Kathy Kelly
In late January in a room in Kabul, Afghanistan, I joined several dozen people, working seamstresses, some college students, socially engaged teenagers and a few visiting internationals like myself, to discuss world hunger. Our emphasis was not exclusively on their own country’s worsening hunger problems. The Afghan Peace Volunteers, in whose home we were meeting, draw strength from looking beyond their own very real struggles.
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"Winter Blues" Music Festival is pleased to announce that after three successful years,
WBMF is returning with another weekend of great music to chase away the wintertime blues.
The Fourth Annual "Winter Blues" Music Festival will be held on
March 14, 2015
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Native American Tribes
Take on Pot, Consider Gambling on Legalization:
Studies and possible votes loom on American Indian lands.
Native American tribes are eyeing marijuana legalization as a potentially lucrative business opportunity in the wake of a green light from the Department of Justice in December.
more info: http://www.theportlandalliance.org/nativeamericanportal
Single-Payer: It's What the People WantPublished on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 by Common Dreams
Will the U.S. Government Stand Alone
in Rejecting Children’s Rights?
By Lawrence S. Wittner
Within a matter of months,
the U.S. government seems likely to become the only nation
in the world still rejecting the 1989 UN Convention on the Rights
of the Child. Sometimes called “the most ratified human rights treaty in history,” the Convention has been ratified by 195
nations, leaving the United States and South Sudan as the
only holdouts. South Sudan is expected to move forward
with ratification later this year. But there is no indication
that the United States will approve this children’s defense treaty.
find out why at: http://www.ThePortlandAlliance.org/wittner
Much like Al Qaeda, the Islamic State (ISIS) is made-in-the-USA, an instrument of terror designed to divide and conquer the oil-rich Middle
East and to counter Iran’s growing influence in the region.
The fact that the United States has a long and torrid history of backing terrorist groups will surprise only those who watch the news and ignore history.
...The director of the National Security Agency under Ronald Reagan,
General William Odom recently remarked, “by any measure the U.S. has
long used terrorism. In 1978-79 the Senate was trying to pass a law against international terrorism – in every version they produced, the lawyers said
the U.S. would be in violation.”
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When the trial of former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling got
underway Tuesday in Northern Virginia, prospective jurors
made routine references to “three-letter agencies” and
alphabet-soup categories of security clearances. In an
area where vast partnerships between intelligence
agencies and private contractors saturate everyday life,
the jury pool was bound to please the prosecution.
...From what I could tell, none of those with direct connections to intelligence agencies ended up in the jury box. But affinities with agencies like the CIA seemed implicit in the courtroom. Throughout the jury selection, there was scarcely a hint that activities of those agencies might merit disapproval.
more info: http://www.theportlandalliance.org/solomon
by Marsha B. Cohen
There’s been considerable media buzz in the past several days about Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer’s role in engineering an invitation from Republican leaders for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address both Houses of Congress about Iran. Dermer’s partisan machinations deliberately excluded the White House and State Department from any knowledge of the invitation.
... Netanyahu is scheduled to speak before Congress on March 3, two weeks before Israel’s parliamentary elections.
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America has Got a Prison Problem (5:35) by Kenneth Hartman
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..Audio evidence has Keaton Otis screaming, his are hands up. An officer shouts, “Let’s do it!” and three members of Portland's anti-gang HEAT Team open fire...
I wanted to pass along the message
so that others who knew Chris
through the Portland
could help us all
I was working with PCASC
when Chris got involved
as a volunteer.
He was brilliantly
creative and always
to learn new things.
C-bear was a friend- a loving and fun-loving friend. The kind
who would make you a mix-tape and find a bed on the side of
the road for you. He gave great hugs, even though I could
pretty much only reach his waist.
He was gentle. He listened. He loved his Grandma. In fact,
I think there is a story-corp interview somewhere that he
did with his Grandmother. There were moments when he
would share a little of the pain he felt. That vulnerability
was a gift. C-bear, know you are loved my soooo many.
I hope you have found the peace you were looking for. xxoo, Megan
more on Chris: http://www.ThePortlandAlliance.org/chris
The Northwest Writers & Publishers Association (NWPA)
and the Tualatin Public Library are proud to present:
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 Producing Pitch-perfect Project Promotion
Where: Tualatin Public Library at 18878 SW Martinazzi Ave. / Tualatin, OR 97062
When: Tuesday, March 10 from 6:30 - 8:30pm
Book Review American History 101
"Mike Palecek writes with passion, wit, and always with a strong social conscience." — Howard Zinn
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