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An Attack on All of Us

The 2016 November ballot will feature some of the worst attacks Oregon’s immigrants have seen. Any time working people face threats or fall under attack, it’s an attack on all of us. Too many communities and working families in Oregon will suffer should these dangerous policies be enacted.

With their victory on Measure 88 (driver’s cards), anti-immigrant forces in the state now feel they have the momentum to pass even more hateful policies to make the lives of many Oregonians even more difficult. These groups have filed several statewide ballot measures that Oregonians could potentially vote on this November. The measures do three things:

  1. Require E-Verify: Some proposals would require every business in Oregon to run every current and future employee through the flawed E-Verify program, or risk losing their business license.
  2. English-Only: Another measure would make English the official language of Oregon. All government information and documents (including those at schools) could only be published in English. No government job could require applicants to be competent in a language other than English.
  3. Restricting Voting Rights: A final measure would cancel every Oregonian’s voter registration until they could re-prove to the county clerk they were citizens in Oregon.

A coalition of local organizations – including the Oregon AFL-CIO– has come together to defeat these measures, and do everything it can to protect our most vulnerable in this state. To succeed in 2016, we will need your help. It starts by making a pledge and sharing with your friends and family that you will not sign any ballot proposal that attacks immigrants.

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War, What Is It Good For? Absolutely Nothing.

And no kidding, that’s the literal truth when it comes to war, American-style

Tom Engelhardt

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“Modernizing” the Opportunities for Nuclear War

By Lawrence S. Wittner

A fight now underway over newly-designed U.S. nuclear weapons highlights how far the Obama administration has strayed from its commitment to build a nuclear-free world.

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we got some great news!
Joe Walsh won an Injunction against city hall which prevents them from excluding him! 

WE WON!!!!!!!!!!!


Defendants Bryant Enge, Mayor Charlie 
Hales, and City of Portland’s Motion for 
Summary Judgment (Dkt. 17) is

Plaintiff’s Motion for Summary Judgment (Dkt. 23) 
is GRANTED. Accordingly, the Court GRANTS 
Plaintiff’s request for 
injunctive relief and a 
declaratory judgment as to 
the City’s prospective exclusion 
ordinance, Portland City Code 
§ 3.15.020B.5.b.

DATED this 31st day of December, 2015
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Update on the Sandra Bland Murder: 
Nobody is held accountable for the death of Sandra Bland:
And we all lose!

Cannon Lambert, a lawyer for the Bland family, called the grand jury proceedings a “sham of a process,”
and that family members first learned there was no indictment through news reports.

“We would like very much to know what in the heck they’re doing, who they’re targeting and if it has anything
to do with Sandy and her circumstances,” Lambert told The New York Times Monday night.


ail; the trial is scheduled for January 2017.

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Peace Journalism
by Don Dupay


        Peace Journalism is the Answer for Writers and for Nations

At this time in history, war rages in numerous countries across the globe. Many people wonder what they can do to create any kind of positive difference to change the war machine that wastes so many resources and takes so many lives. How can we spread peace, when so much of war is reconstituted propaganda and stereotypes instead of truth? When the war machine rages with energy and fervor, we need an alternative that can produce a more positive effect. That alternative is peace journalism.             
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From a Nigerian TV station Can't vouch for authenticity-MM
                                     Gaddafi’s Last Speech

In the name of Allah, the …beneficent, the merciful…

For 40 years, or was it longer, I can’t remember, I did all I could to give people houses, hospitals, schools, and when they were hungry, I gave them food. I even made Benghazi into farmland from the desert, I stood up to attacks from that cowboy Ronald Reagan, when he killed my adopted orphaned daughter, he was trying to kill me, instead he killed that poor innocent child. Then I helped my brothers and sisters from Africa with money for the African Union.
                                    Gaddafi captured and tortured to death by US-assisted jihadists
I did all I could to help people Understand the concept of real democracy, where people’s committees ran our country. But that was never enough, as some told me, even people who had 10 room homes, new suits and furniture, were never satisfied, as selfish as they were they wanted more. They told Americans and other visitors, that they needed “democracy” and “freedom” never realizing it was a cut throat system, where the biggest dog eats the rest, but they were enchanted with those words, never realizing that in America, there was no free medicine, no free hospitals, no free housing, no free education and no free food, except when people had to beg or go to long lines to get soup.

 No, no matter what I did, it was never enough for some, but for others, they knew I was the son of Gamal Abdel Nasser, the only true Arab and Muslim leader we’ve had since Salah-al-Deen, when he claimed the Suez Canal for his people, as I claimed Libya, for my people, it was his footsteps I tried to follow, to keep my people free from colonial domination – from thieves who would steal from us.
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The Art of Misdirection

Oregon AFL-CIO President Tom Chamberlain wrote an article featured in The Oregonian this week which explains how the art of misdirection is being used by those who oppose raising Oregon’s minimum wage:

“When you know you don't have logic or public opinion on your side, you try to divert the audience's attention. As the 2016 legislative session quickly approaches, this is exactly the tactic that opponents of raising the minimum wage are relying on. Instead of making an honest defense why it's okay for full-time workers to live in poverty, they're attempting to change the subject by conjuring confusing claims about inflation and poverty reduction.”

We have had three beautiful actions in DC against the TPP. Here is a short video on last night, the second action, when we took over the lobby of Morgan Stanley, blocked multiple streets including the nation's lobby street, K St, shut down major intersections, protested at Monsanto, the Koch Brothers and ended at the Reagan International Trade Center. We had multiple light displays -- light projections onto buildings, panels with messages and people carrying lanterns that looked like toilet paper with a Flush The TPP message. The Capitol City definitely knows there is opposition to the TPP.  A Video and more at: 
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TPP activists storm Morgan Stanley office in Washington (VIDEO)
Activists united against the Trans Pacific Partnership deal disrupted the Washington, DC offices of investment firm Morgan Stanley.

Big minimum-wage hikes not newBig minimum-wage hikes are nothing new in Oregon (OPINION)

Activists pushing for a $15-an-hour minimum
wage attend a Senate hearing Nov. 16 at
the Capitol in Salem.

(Picture: Ian Kullgren/Staff)

on December 18, 2015
at 3:10 PM

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Testing, Charters, & Strikes Panel at NWTSJ

Published on Oct 31, 2015
Testing, Charters, and Strikes, Oh My!: Resisting Corporate Education Reform in Seattle and Beyond -

Oct 17, 2015 at the Northwest Teaching for Social Justice conference.
The Seattle area has been a hotbed of education activism in recent months, including significant victories in the
defense of democracy and public education. In this panel discussion and conversation, local education activists
Dora Taylor, Jesse Hagopian, and Wayne Au will talk about the local movement to opt out of high-stakes
testing, the political gains earned during the Seattle educators’ strike, and the recent Washington State Supreme
Court ruling declaring charter schools unconstitutional here. Local strategies as well as implications and nation
connections will be discussed. find out more here:

Trusting a Rat, by Don Dupay 
Trusting a rat:  The Police and the Dilemma of Confidential Informants
           Snitch, rat, and cheese-eater. These are all words that describe people who have betrayed a confidence. The police call these folks “confidential reliable informants” which has always seemed like an oxymoron to me. Informants are people who are looking for a favor from the police, a shorter sentence, or a pass on prosecution for a serious offense that might earn them a long stint in prison. Or they’re just looking to get revenge on a former criminal companion they feel did them wrong. The idea with many informants is, “if you let me off this time officer I’ll tell you what you want to know, for that case you’re working on. I’ll snitch on John/Jane/Joe and tell you what they may or may not have told me.” Then the cop can go and happily arrest them, claiming the “pinch” for themselves.

Eritrean Refugee and 33-Year Portland Resident in Fourth Year of Detention, Faces Deportation

October 14, 2015


Story and photos by Pete Shaw

The Center for Intercultural Organizing (CIO) and the Portland Immigrant Rights Coalition held a rally in front of Portland’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) prison on Wednesday October 7 calling for the release of Thomas Amanuel, an Eritrean refugee. Amanuel, 38, has lived in Portland for 33 years. He left Eritrea when he was one year old and has almost four years in prison for refusing to sign travel documents that could lead to his deportation back to Eritrea.

“We have one goal,” said Kayse Jama, Executive Director of the CIO. “We want to make sure Thomas comes home to his family. It is completely inhumane to hold someone in indefinite detention and threaten to deport them back to a country with no regard for human rights.”

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--Take Action!

The City of Portland is appealing U.S. District Judge Michael Simon's court order,
which requires the City to appear at annual hearings assessing implementation of
the Settlement Agreement between the United States Department of Justice (DOJ)
and the City of Portland. The Settlement Agreement seeks to address allegations
that the Portland Police Bureau has engaged in a pattern and practice of excessive

force against community members with mental health issues.

While the City claims the appeal seeks "clarification" on the "frequency, scope, procedure, and evidentiary burdens" that the Court can apply in those hearings --including what evidence can be brought forward by the parties, including the Portland Police Association and the Albina Ministerial Alliance (AMA) Coalition for Justice and Reform -- the paperwork filed clearly shows the City intends to challenge the Judge's authority to hold those hearings at all to ask questions about implementation of the Agreement.  

Sign our petition calling on the Portland City Council to Rescind The Appeal!
check it out:
Albina Ministerial Alliance (AMA) Coalition for Justice, Police Reform and Action

Published on Tuesday, September 08, 2015 by Tom Dispatch

Mantra for 9/11:
Exceptional Pain Dispensed
by the Indispensable Nation

Fourteen Years Later, Improbable World... by Tom Engelhardt

Fourteen years later, the 9/11 attacks and the thousands of innocents killed represent international criminality and immorality of the first order.  On that, Americans are clear, but -- most improbable of all -- no one in Washington has yet taken the slightest responsibility for blowing a hole through the Middle East, loosing mayhem across significant swathes of the planet, or helping release the forces that would create the first true terrorist state of modern history; nor has anyone in any official capacity taken responsibility for creating the conditions that led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands, possibly a million or more people...
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Portland Activists say No to Shell Drilling:  see more: at the 
Bette Lee Portal


  Unions are Tools for Economic Mobility

"When we talk about rebuilding the middle class, we’re talking about economic mobility. The dream for so many hardworking parents is to be able to give their children a prosperous future, but in today’s economy where recovery has not been a certainty, that dream can be all too elusive.

A study released today from the Center for American Policy dug deep into the issue of economic mobility, showing that the dream of children finding prosperity is hard to reach for many in our country. “A U.S. child born in the bottom 20 percent of the income distribution, for example, has a 7.5 percent probability of reaching the top 20 percent as an adult, compared to 11.7 percent in Denmark and 13.4 percent in Canada.”

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cuba_DONE_01[2]  Shannon Wheeler's Cuba Expedition:



"Nothing better illustrates the bankruptcy of the Obama administration's foreign policy than funding groups that turn on the U.S. again and again, a neo-con fueled cycle of profits for war makers and destruction of ever-shifting "enemies."

  The fact can't be refuted:
ISIS was born of Western intervention
in Iraq and covert action in Syria.

This Frankenstein-like experiment of arming the alleged freedom-seeking Syrian opposition created the monster that roams the region. ISIS and the U.S. have a curious relationship -- mortal enemies that, at the same time, benefit from some of the same events:

a) Ousting former Iraqi President Nouri al Maliki for his refusal to consent to the continued presence of U.S. troops in his country.
b) Regime change in Syria.

c) Arming the Kurds so they can separate from Iraq, a preliminary move to partitioning Iraq.

What a coincidence for war-profiteering neo-cons and the war industry, which has seen its stock rise since last week's congressional vote to fund the rapid expansion of war. We have met the enemy and he isn't only ISIS, he is us.

Phase two of the war against Syria is the introduction of 5,000 "moderate" mercenaries (as opposed to immoderate ones), who were trained in Saudi Arabia, the hotbed of Wahhabism, at an initial installment cost of $15 billion. These new "moderates" will replace the old "moderates," who became ISIS, just in time for Halloween.

The administration, in the belief that you can buy, rent, or lease friends where they otherwise do not exist, labor under the vain assumption that our newfound comrades-in-arms will remain in place during their three-year employment period, ignoring the inevitability that those "friends" you hire today could be firing at you tomorrow.

One wonders if Saudi training of these moderate mercenaries will include methods of beheading which were popularized by the Saudi government long before their ISIS progeny took up the grisly practice.

The U.S. is being played. Checkout The Kucinich Korner at The Alliance


Please listen to Mumia on Charleston if you haven't already.

On July 8, 2014, Israel launched air strikes on

Hamas-controlled Gaza, followed by a ground invasion.

The ensuing fifty-one days of war left more than 2,200

people dead, the vast majority of whom were Palestinian

civilians, including over... more at:

Missoula Magic  Music, Writing & Creative Arts: 
"The Cutting Edge of Social Change"

101 unarmed people killed by police in 2014. Checkout their stories...

101 unarmed people killed by police in 2014.

checkout this list!  It is a list of people (most people of color, many unarmed and some mentally ill) who were killed by cops in 2014. darrian
Some cases are more clear-cut than others, but all of them raise questions about the use of force — like shooting to kill — in policing. They also prompt scrutiny of how cops confront people with mental illnesses:

1. Darrien Hunt; Saratoga Springs, UT: Hunt was shot six times and killed after someone reported a man with a suspicious sword. Hunt, who had a fascination with Japanese anime characters, was carrying a toy sword. A recent autopsy report found the shots hit him in the back, suggesting he was running away from police on the scene.


America's war on black girls:

"But Black girls are never deemed feminine enough for their sexual and adolescent vulnerability to register for white people. They are frequently viewed as aggressors by both police and regular citizens alike, even for doing very adolescent things like mouthing off to those in authority. This is the reason why education scholars suggest that Black girls are suspended from school six times as often as white girls, because even simple adolescent forms of testing boundaries are perceived as far more aggressive based on race."

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Edward Snowden has been charged by the Justice Department with communicating national-defense information without authorization, and revealing classified information -- under the World War I Espionage Act.

If he came back now, that is, he would be tried as a spy -- though if he was a spy, it's clear who he was spying for: us, the American people.

find out more:  at The Portland Alliance Tom Engelhardt Portal 


Wars in Afghanistan, Algeria, Iraq, Libya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia, & Yemen.

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An interview with Michael Munk:

The Truth About Diego Garcia: 
50 Years of
Fiction About an American Military Base

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Police Body Cameras: A Tool for or against the People

BannerCams-Final01-622x390Oregon legislators to put video evidence from body-worn cameras SOLELY in the hands of police. Were this a police accountability tool, you’d expect broad access to the evidence.  Broadcasters and the press are the only voices in opposition.  Please consider this information and contact your representatives, senators and community leaders.

Find out more... It's getting tougher to ignore the numbers:
Morris Dees says, "Victims are piling up around us."

"African Americans are incarcerated at six times the rate of white people … cities have revived debtors’ prisons that punish and exploit the poorest, most
vulnerable among us. While perhaps its most visible and horrifying signpost, the criminal justice system is merely one part of a larger, structural problem."  

the whole story:  A Portal to Consult Hardesty

clydeburger signature Detail of Oil Portrait

Museum Quality
 Oil Paintings

More about Clyde at:   Clyde List Portal

Northwest Writers & Publishers Association
Every time we pick up our pens, we’re haunted by our teachers and editors and colleagues and supposed friends, regaling us with countless rules designed to keep our writing in check and prose on the straight and narrow. But literature is chock-full of examples that subvert the laws of writing to bring the printed word to life and in the process force those ghosts to eat their thesaurus-thumping words. Join author and editor R. H. Sheldon as he takes us down the forbidden path to discover why writers break the rules when they do and what they hope to achieve by doing so. rest of story-

US Presidential Elections 2016:!

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United organizations against violence

We come to mark it on our calendar every year.

It comes as the annual chance to bring issues together,
meet and greet and have an action that is often more about
getting re-energized than about getting something done.

This has gotten many May Day actions locally criticized for taking a huge amount of time, energy, and money, yet not resulting in movements that are any stronger. However, the last two years have really started to buck this trend, with last year really drawing issues of immigration together with the high profile fight between the ILWU and United Grain. This year Portland joined with cities around the country in identifying an overarching theme that effectively dominated the messaging: Black Lives Matter.

Behind the Badge in River City: A Police Memoir"

by Don DuPay

"Behind the Badge in River City:  A Police Memoir, is a revealing, unique and important book."

Most days, most people just take cops for granted. They assume the police are more or less like everyone else, putting in their hours and doing their jobs. At one level this is true. 

Some of us may say hello to officers we happen across or we might encounter them briefly when getting a ticket or asking for directions. Regardless of these brief glimpses, few of us know a great deal about the men and women who serve as peace officers with The Portland Police Bureau. Perhaps it's time we found out.

Don Dupay served with the bureau from 1961-1978 as an officer and detective. After resigning from his position in 1978, Mr. Dupay worked as Director of Security for a well-known hotel in Portland, co-hosted a cable access TV show, "Cannibus Common Sense," and he still lives and writes in Portland, Oregon.

Checkout the review of his book:
and this interview with Don:

Netanyahu’s Day, and Israel’s Future

       Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s election victory will keep an extreme

right-wing government in power in Israel. Having crushed the hopes for an open-minded, enlightened, peace-inclined alternative to his government, days of darkness lie ahead, as promised by his rejectionist and fear-inducing expressions during the campaign.
       The small, fanatical settlements beyond the security fence not only prevent the Palestinians from building a viable national home (well, their leadership is not exactly angelic itself), but they also prevent the creative and industrious young Israelis from building their homes as well (unless they join the bandwagon to the settlements, or leave the country).  here's the rest of story:

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He works with mixed media on a variety of surfaces,
creating surrealistic images invested with intricate detail...

Missing the point
on Professor BeemanIran’s nuclear breakout time

Analysis: Five common misperceptions on the metric that has dominated debate over a nuclear deal with Tehran
  Bill Beeman Portal

Working families across Oregon and throughout America share some common goals.
We want to protect advances in worker health and safety, environmental protection and tackle
major issues like low wages and economic inequality.  The looming Trans-Pacific Partnership
TPP) trade agreement threatens to move every one of those priorities in the wrong direction.  

By Karly Edwards   more info:  


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