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Occupy Portland Is Re-occupying Chapman Park

PORTLAND, Ore. – Occupy Portland is back and setting up camp again across from the Justice Center. They are promising to fill Chapman Park.  The group is protesting repression, war, injustice, poverty, joblessness, homelessness and inequity. They stand in support of basic civil rights and against police brutality. This reoccupation is part of a Worldwide Wave of Action that started Friday and includes former Occupy sites in at least ten cities across the nation. Liberation and civic-engagement groups occupied
the parks in front of the PDX Justice Center for nearly two months in 2011.


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How to Fan the Flames
March 31, 2014 / Alexandra Bradbury and Jane Slaughter -

We troublemakers keep hoping for the spark that will set a wildfire of workers in motion.  The worse our situation gets—economically, politically, ecologically—the more we yearn for a vast movement to erupt and transform the landscape.
,,, It will take large-scale bravery to reverse the giant mess capitalism has made of everything—massive inequality, our unions sliding to near-extinction, our planet on the verge of eco-catastrophe.

That’s why, in the long term, a movement with a troublemaking spirit—the kind that inspires people to bravery—is the only kind with a chance to win.

These ideas, struggles, and more will all be up for discussion at the Labor Notes Conference next weekend in Chicago.  A full version of this article appeared in Labor Notes #421, April 2014.   - See more at:

It will take large-scale bravery to reverse the giant mess capitalism has made of everything—massive inequality, our unions sliding to near-extinction, our planet on the verge of eco-catastrophe.

That’s why, in the long term, a movement with a troublemaking spirit—the kind that inspires people to bravery—is the only kind with a chance to win.

These ideas, struggles, and more will all be up for discussion at the Labor Notes Conference next weekend in Chicago.

A version of this article appeared in Labor Notes #421, April 2014. Don't miss an issue, subscribe today.
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Every Wednesday at Portland City Hall we will gather to fight for and demand a $15 per hour minimum wage!

SeaTac passed a $15 per hour living minimum wage last year. Yesterday 87% of voters in Chicago approved an advisory referendum to raise the minimum wage to $15. A mayor and councilwoman are moving Seattle toward a $15 per hour living minimum wage. And with the recent $15 Now March and the recent press conference announcing the candidacy of Nicholas Caleb for Portland City Council the push for a $15 per hour living minimum wage began here in Portland, OR, as supporters held signs in front of City Hall that read "15 Now."

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 Oodles of Wage Theft:
Confrontation Leads to Victory
in Oodles of Noodles Campaign

Wage-theft seems, because of the virtue of its status as “illegal,” that it would be one of the less common types
of labor grievances.  A whole range of monstroPicket in front of Oodles of Noodles, protesting their wage-theft practices.us behaviors taken up by
management against its employee subjects are labeled “legal,” yet wage-theft
continues to persist. It should be targeted by various state agencies
to combat different types of business criminality.  Anyone who has worked in 
consumer, food service, retail, construction, the arts, and other industry,
can tell you that wage-theft is so common that there is hardly a career
history that is without it at some point. 
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Mental Health Centers,
Part of Police Reform Deal,
Now Called "Aspirational"

Posted by Denis C. Theriault
on Tue, Feb 18, 2014 at 4:04 PM

I'm finally ducking out for air and food—and wireless internet—some seven hours into a "fairness hearing" on the Portland Police Bureau's proposed settlement with the feds on accusations our cops engage "in a pattern or practice" of using excessive force against people in a mental health crisis.

I'd been talking to sources ahead of the hearing about one of the quieter components of the deal: an ostensible exhortation to work with CCOs (coordinated care organizations) to build one or more walk-in or drop-off treatment centers for people with mental illness. It turned out to be prescient.

Officials with the city and US Department of Justice and others acknowledged in court for the first time today that the call to build those centers is merely "aspirational." The feds have no power to compel the state or Multnomah County to pay for or manage those centers—and the language in the settlement was deliberately crafted to ensure the city wouldn't be responsible in their stead.

"This agreement has no influence on those services," said Chris Bouneff, director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness Oregon.

Bouneff was called as a friendly witness by the US Department of Justice. The state and county, he said, "are not at the table and there's nothing to compel them to be at the table to increase the type of services necessary."

“That element will be missing in this agreement,” he said. 
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US Supreme Corporate Court ruled in favor of plutocratic rule today, April 3rd, with the McCutcheon v FEC decision,

saying that aDavid E. Delk's photo.ggregate limits on campaign contributions are an unconstitutional infringement on the free speech rights of the super wealthy.

Here in Portland we rallied this evening at 5 PM at Pioneer Courthouse Square to voice our disapproval of the corporate court (5-4 decision written by Roberts, and joined by Alita, Thomas, Scalia and Kennedy) and call for a 28th constitutional amendment to end corporate personhood and money equals speech. We were joined by Portland City Councilperson Amanda Fritz.

Now is a great time to call our elected US Representative and our Senators (yes, both of them) and demand that they support and co-sponsor HJR29, the We the People proposed constitutional amendment which is not a half-way measure but declare clearly that CORPORATIONS ARE NOT PEOPLE and MONEY IS NOT SPEECH.

40 to 50 folks gathered at Pioneer Courthouse Square following the US corporate Supreme Court's McCutcheon decision, ending aggregate limits on individual political contributions to candidates, political parties and PACs. This decision will pour even more money into the political races in America, which not exactly been suffering a drought. This decision, coupled with the past :free" trade agreements and the upcoming Trans Pacific Partnership, spells the end of democracy in America. Welcome to Plutocratic America.


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Mic Crenshaw & Monica Beemer Hired to Run KBOO Radio

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After a year of leadership upheavals, KBOO Community Radio in Portland has hired two respected community organizers as co-station managers of the 45-year-old institution.

Mic Crenshaw is a conscious hip-hop recording artist, educator, writer and community activist; Monica Beemer is the former executive director of Sisters of the Road, a local nonprofit group that operates a café for low-income communities and organizes locally for affordable housing and nonviolence.


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A snowstorm, a tent city & PDX Police Chief Mike Reese

by Israel Bayer | 7 Feb 2014             full story:  http://www.theportlandalliance.org/streetroots
A woman sleeps in a doorway in downtown Portland the morning after the snowstorm

What a week on the homeless front. A partnership between some of the most powerful interests in the city and a group of homeless activist, a snowstorm and the Portland police chief announcing a plan to address homelessness downtown. Wow.


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Right 2 Dream Too Breakthrough? $1 Million Transaction Will Give Pearl Group Lot 7, Pay for Relocation

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With almost disquieting speed, city officials now say they're preparing to vote next week on the latest stab at a breakthrough in a months-old impasse over what to do with Old Town homeless rest area Right 2 Dream Too.
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The rats are jumping ship. Obama’s strongest allies can’t stomach the stench of lies that are the foundation of the war effort against Syria. Even England, whose entire foreign policy is reduced to asking “how high?” when the U.S. says “jump,” opted to stay grounded for Obama’s war...

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No Justice, No Peace!
Time to March, Rally, Organize
George Zimmerman ignored the dispatcher's instruction to leave Trayvon alone. He then tracked down the 17 year-old kid because he was black. Trayvon was unarmed and just walking home. George accosted the young man and after a scuffle pulled a gun on him.

Instead of ending the fight, George shot Trayvon, because he knew he could get away with it. George was found not guilty of any crime, but a 17 year old child is dead. He was guilty of walking while black. We are all Trayvon and cannot let this injustice stand. Time to stand up, March, Speak Out, and Demand Justice.  
 
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Colonel Summers Park
by Lindsey Walker
There was an article in the local paper on May 24, 2013, entitled “At Colonel Summers Park," neighbors and the city are working to stem drug use and underage drinking.” Because I prefer to avoid subjecting myself to the corporate media I was not aware of this article. The article cites a meeting that occurred with the local community association where neighbors and city officials, likely Parks and Recreation and possibly the police, indicated that “the park has also become a popular haven for drug users, underage drinkers and vandals nearly every night of the week,” and the chairperson was quoted as saying “It’s a great park, but somehow it’s taken on a darker edge.”see whole article at: 

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On May 9, 2013, the Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, revered by Tibetan Buddhists the world over, visited Portland and spoke on Spirituality and the Environment.   He spoke to a capacity crowd of almost 5,000 people at the University of Portland’s Chiles Center and captivated the audience.

Anchorwoman Laural Porter of Portland’s KGW television moderated a panel which included the Dalai Lama, representatives of the Christian, Jewish, and Muslim religions, and a practitioner of Native American spirituality.

 

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Obama's Social Security Cut Proposal Sparks Backlash,
Reaction is not good when Obama betrays his base....Again!

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How to Legally Resist an Illegal, Unconstitutional, Checkpoint...

When stopped by officers and asked to produce id:
Useful Statements:

I have the right to travel. It is my right to film you. I refuse to exit the vehicle. No thank you. Respectfully, I choose not to answer any more questions. I do not have to answer you. No thank you, I intend to proceed. I have the freedom to travel unmolested. I want to freely travel down the road. I have every right to travel. I have every right to film you. You are not getting in this vehicle without a warrant. I plead the fifth amendment. No.

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