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    Charlie Hales Propane Scheme Contradicts Portland’s Climate Action Plan

    by  • December 3, 2014 • 0 Comments

    This article was originally published on Blue Oregon. This September, a few noteworthy news stories broke that seemed to escape public consciousness. One was on Portland winning global honors for it’s Climate Action Plan. From a city press release: “Portland is among 10 cities worldwide to receive the C40 City Climate Leadership Awards 2014. Portland is developing ‘complete...

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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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    Jac and Jo Went Up the Hill…to Crush Monsanto!

    by  • May 23, 2014 • 0 Comments

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    If you’re like me, your attention during this election cycle was probably focused on the burgeoning fight for a $15/hr livable minimum wage here in Portland, the skirmish over control of our Bull Run watershed, and the ascendency of Nicholas Caleb, with whom I helped run an insurgent campaign for city hall against 16 year...

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    PRT Tug-o-War at the DEQ

    by  • April 28, 2014 • 0 Comments


    Earlier today, as part of the Global Climate Convergence, activists with Portland Rising Tide staged a direct action in the lobby of the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality in protest of the agency’s complacency with corporate polluters poisoning the planet. From the action’s event page: “Join Portland Rising Tide and others Monday, April 28th...

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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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    How Corrupted is the OLCV?

    by  • February 17, 2014 • 2 Comments

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    Last week at a public hearing over the proposed Columbia River Crossing freeway expansion, Oregon League of Conservation Voters executive director Doug Moore sat down in the capitol building in Salem to testify against the bloated mega-project. After refusing to oppose the CRC during the 2013 legislative session, and after refusing to even sign...

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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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    Unmerciful Insanity: the Columbia River Crossing

    by  • January 12, 2014 • 2 Comments

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    In the last two years I’ve written over 20 articles breaking down why the Columbia River Crossing freeway mega-expansion isn’t just failed transportation policy, but why it’s an outright nightmare totally out of line with the values our community champions.  From historical precedent, to strange-bedfellow political opposition, to austerity, to the growing climate crisis, to Charlie...

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