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    Dear Fossil Fuel Industry: Thanks, But No Thanks

    by  • October 28, 2015 • 0 Comments

    In 2015, Portland was twice the subject of national news. In July, the New Yorker published an article about the potential for an enormous earthquake in the Northwest. Later that month, local activists teamed up with Greenpeace climbers to dramatically blockade the Fennica, a ship carrying mission critical equipment for Shell’s Arctic oil drilling...

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    The Morality of Protecting Shell Oil

    by  • August 1, 2015 • 9 Comments

    Photo Credit: Gregory Sotir

    For almost 40 hours, Portland was the epicenter of the global struggle to prevent climate chaos as thirteen Greenpeace climbers, a flotilla of kayaks, and local activist Jonah Majure attempted to block Shell’s Fennica icebreaker vessel from reaching the Arctic. As the community rallied in support of the direct action, lending supplies and their...

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    Let My City Go!

    by  • November 6, 2014 • 0 Comments


    The election story in Oregon is about the Democratic gains in the state legislature, which ensure a solid majority and eliminates the Betsy Johnson “I’m against everything” roadblock to progressive legislation. Already, I’m intrigued by what I hear from the rumor mill regarding carbon taxes, background checks, and especially a potential repeal of the...

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    Mystery Science Food 2000

    by  • November 4, 2014 • 0 Comments

    Three weeks ago the EPA approved the production of genetically modified corn that would survive applications of 2,4-d, a toxic herbicide associated with cancer, reproductive problems, and cell damage. 2,4-d is a key ingredient of Monsanto’s infamous agent orange, which was indiscriminately dumped and sprayed in rural South Vietnam, with some 12 million gallons...

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    The Leviathan Reaches the Pacific Northwest

    by  • August 8, 2014 • 0 Comments


    Staving Off the Monster Oregon has a complicated history. Perhaps it is its distance from DC, or its proximity to the wildlands of the Pacific Northwest that has defined its rugged and unpredictable history. It was a stronghold of “radically-led” unions—in particular the ILWU—but at the same time deeply segregated. Even the Portland longshore...

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    Le Tour de Gentrification: My First Pedalpalooza Experience

    by  • June 11, 2014 • 0 Comments

    Photo Credit: Hart Noecker

    Submitted by Jason Merritt Gentrification. That was the theme of Le Tour de Gentrification, a Pedalpalooza bike tour of areas affected by gentrification led by lawyer and former city council candidate Nicholas Caleb and Rebel Metropolis writer/editor Hart Noecker. Arriving at Col. Sumner’s Park early Monday evening, about 100 people were already gathered for...

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    Spring Bloom Justice Campaign

    by  • March 20, 2014 • 0 Comments


    via Jonah Majure, Chief Petitioner of the People’s Water Trust initiative campaign Today is the first day of Spring, but you’ve probably been noticing its approach for some time now. The buds are transforming into blossoms, your neighbors are out walking their dogs a little more, families are spending time together over games of basketball...

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    Snow Anarchy is the Best!

    by  • February 8, 2014 • 4 Comments

    Photo Credit: Hart Noecker

    If, as Michel Foucault tells us in Discipline and Punish, rulers dream of a state of plague in order to exercise full emergency powers over society, what state of affairs can the anti-coercive among us hope for? We dive into history and bygone eras to construct lost Edens that we can look to for...

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    What is Portland? Response #4

    by  • January 10, 2014 • 1 Comment

    Credit: PortlandMonthlyMag.com

    Submitted by Roger David Hardesty Mr. Walsh Goes to City Council What is Portland? For containing more than half of a state’s population, the Portland metropolitan area plays an outsized role in national affairs. Portland is sometimes portrayed as a big, ‘small’ town (referencing Pioneer Square as the city’s ‘living room’). Local activists have...

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