• Archive for March, 2013

    Melting the planet the right way: Earl Blumenauer on Keystone XL

    by  • March 29, 2013 • Stephyn, The Shaming Room • 3 Comments


    Two days ago I demonstrated outside the Portland Business Alliance in downtown Portland. There are lots of good reasons to demonstrate against the PBA, but on this occasion my friends had learned that Earl Blumenauer, an alleged “climate hawk” and ally in Congress, was attending a luncheon sponsored by TransCanada. TransCanada, of course, is...

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    A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the TransCanada Luncheon.

    by  • March 27, 2013 • Hart, Rebel Cities, Sustainable Cities, The Shaming Room • 8 Comments


    Wednedsay, March 27 2013 • Portland, Oregon Several weeks ago, the Portland Business Alliance (PBA) posted notice for one of their semi-regular luncheons where cherished bicycle infrastructure and livable cities proponent U.S. Congressman Earl Blumenauer would be the noted speaker.  For many who were informed of this notice, the idea of Earl speaking in front...

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    Bicycle Raiders Redux: Blockade Solidarity In the Greenwash City

    by  • March 23, 2013 • Hart, Rebel Cities, Rebel Portland, Sustainable Cities, The Shaming Room • 0 Comments


    Saturday, March 23, 2013 • Portland, Oregon Like this Monday’s previous Tar Sands Blockade solidarity ‘Worst Polluters‘ tour, Friday evening saw a second critical mass of activists taking to the streets to challenge the corporate status quo and speak two-wheeled truth to corrupt capitalist power.  Once again the meet up point was Northeast Portland’s...

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    Rep. Blumenauer: Say No to Transcanada & the Portland Business Alliance

    by  • March 22, 2013 • Nicholas, No Coal, Rebel Portland, Sustainable Cities, The Shaming Room, Uncategorized • 3 Comments


    Representative Blumenauer, I stopped by your office yesterday to request, as a constituent, that you withdraw from the March 27th Portland Business Alliance members only luncheon, which is sponsored in part by TransCanada. TransCanada, of course, is the owner of the Keystone XL pipeline project which aims to transport oil from the Alberta Tar...

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    Capitalism Getting You Down? Then Ride Your Fucking Bike.

    by  • March 21, 2013 • Hart, Rebel Cities, Rebel Portland, Sustainable Cities • 0 Comments


    Originally printed in the Portland Radicle volume #8. •• The Earth is dying and our societal sense of self along with it.  We have an ever growing human population and ever diminishing resources. We don’t need smart growth, we need smart decline.  We don’t need the pursuit of wealth, we need an economy of...

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    Open Letter to ESCO Corporation

    by  • March 19, 2013 • Nicholas, Rebel Cities, Rebel Portland, Sustainable Cities, The Shaming Room • 0 Comments

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    This letter was delivered to ESCO Corporation as a part of March 18′s Tour of Portland’s Worst Polluters Ride – Tar Sands Edition: TO:           Calvin Collins, Corporate Officers, and ESCO Corporation Employees RE:           ESCO’s Legacy and Place in the Community DATE:      March 18, 2013 ESCO, we’ve come to...

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    Bicycle Brigade Raid On Portland’s Worst Polluters

    by  • March 18, 2013 • Austerity, Columbia River Crossing, Hart, No Coal, Rebel Cities, Rebel Portland, Sustainable Cities, The Shaming Room • 18 Comments


    March 18, 2013 • Portland, Oregon Today’s Tar Sands Blockade solidarity action consisted of some 60 cyclists touring the offices and headquarters of Portland’s worst polluters. While often lauded by the likes of the New York Times as being a bastion of sustainability and forward thinking green politics, Portland houses some of the most ecologically...

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    VIDEO RECAP & Next Assignments •• Class #6 (3/6) The Commons, The Public Domain, and the Sacred

    by  • March 17, 2013 • Rebel Cities, Right to the City / Free School, Sustainable Cities • 0 Comments


      Assigned from Hart: ‘Destroyed in a dramatic and highly-publicized implosion, the Pruitt-Igoe public housing complex has become a widespread symbol of failure amongst architects, politicians and policy makers. In the post-War years, the American city changed in ways that made it unrecognizable from a generation earlier, privileging some and leaving others in its...

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