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More Seattles, Please

More Seattles, Please by Shamus Cooke, April 17, 2014
Shamus Cooke

You’d think unions would accept the enthusiastic public support for a $15 minimum wage as a gift-wrapped campaign sent from the heavens. If unions organized campaigns for $15 nationwide, they’d win the support and admiration of hundreds of thousands, who would then be ripe for joining. A labor movement on life support would receive a […]

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Opposition Grows Fierce to Austerity Cuts in Portland

2013-04-16
Mark Vorpahl

This article is co-published with Occupy.com. On April 11 over 400 people packed the third public Portland Budget Hearing, which was organized by the City of Portland and which left many spilling out beyond the room where the hearing took place. More importantly, for the City Council there was an unexpected critical outpouring from the vast […]

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The Choice In Portland: Austerity Versus a People’s Budget

2013-03-04
Mark Vorpahl

This article is co-published with Occupy.com. It’s no secret that most cities, counties, states and school districts in the U.S. are facing big deficits. What is less understood is the extent to which austerity cuts have become politicians’ bi-partisan response to the situation. The dramatic measures being implemented in Portland, Oregon are no exception. By “austerity” […]

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Portland, Oregon Prepares for Pre-Election Anti-Austerity Protest

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Shamus Cooke

On November 3rd Portland community and labor groups will declare “enough is enough” by organizing a first for the U.S. — a large demonstration against government austerity cuts. (more…)

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Oregon’s Anti-Teacher Offensive

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Workers.Action

Teachers Fight Back Today But What About Tomorrow? An Introduction by Workers Action The brave teachers and community members out at Reynolds School District in the city of Fairview, near Portland, are fighting passionately against a cuts-only contract put forth by the school board. Their strike must be supported and aided by all working people. A key political […]

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The Portland Community Begins to Fight Austerity

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Shamus Cooke

On May 5th in Portland, Oregon, a group of 80 activists from a broad array of labor and community groups met to discuss the region’s ongoing budget crises. Instead of simply complaining of cuts, however, the meeting was meant to discuss alternatives, both immediate and more structural. Groups that endorsed the event included the Service Employees […]

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A Corporate Versus a People’s City Budget

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Shamus Cooke

How are government budgets created, and in whose interests? In Portland, Oregon the city recently held the second and last of its public budget forums, where the community could offer feedback to help craft the city’s budget. Over 200 people attended the meeting at Cleveland High School, much more than city officials anticipated based on the […]

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The Story of Portland Today

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Tobias Michaels

Tobias Michael Rising up out of the South Waterfront in Portland, Oregon are two gleaming condominiums that make a perfect metaphor for the New Economy that has been promoted by urban planners since the 90s. Beneath the foundations of those condos, buried underneath several layers of concrete, is the sediment and debris of the past. Where […]

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Will Occupy Spring Forward Or Meltdown?

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Shamus Cooke

A healthy debate has finally gripped the Occupy Movement: there is now a discussion over strategy. Most Occupiers have learned that raw enthusiasm alone cannot bring victory to a social movement; ideas matter too. Action divorced from strategy equals wasted energy, divisiveness, diversions and unnecessary mistakes. Not all tactics push the movement forward. (more…)

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Police Apologize to Occupy Portland

Portland Police Apologize to Occupy Portland
Mark Vorpahl

As this article indicates, he was clearly in a position to try to use the respectability of the police force to blame poor police response times on Occupy Portland. This has been the City’s strategy all along and with the nationwide consultation of other mayors, police groups and law enforcement agencies including President Obama’s U.S. […]

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The Battles of Occupy Portland

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Shamus Cooke

Occupy Portland has been given a reprieve by working people, but it must learn from the above mistakes. “We are the 99%” is a powerful uniting slogan, but the various issue-based activism of years past directly contradict the uniting principles of the larger Occupy Movement. Most of the issue-based activists have not yet realized their […]

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Occupy Portland Is Born with Ten Thousand Strong

Shamus Cooke

It should be no surprise that a city dubbed “Little Beirut” by President Bush Senior — due to the large protests against him — began its “occupation” on a level on par with Wall Street. On October 6th, in Portland, Oregon, ten thousand people assembled at noon at Waterfront Park on a workday, where the […]

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The Labor Movement in Portland, Oregon, Takes a Step Forward

Shamus Cooke

On only the second sunny weekend of the year in Portland, Oregon, 60 plus labor activists decided to spend their Saturday at the Electricians union hall (IBEW Local 48), at the United Labor Strategy Meeting — an event unlike any other happening in the country. What made the meeting unique was both its perspective and […]

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