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    Dear Fossil Fuel Industry: Thanks, But No Thanks

    by  • October 28, 2015 • Rebel Cities, Rebel Portland • 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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    Let My City Go!

    by  • November 6, 2014 • Rebel Cities, Rebel Portland, Right to the City / Free School • 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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    Le Tour de Gentrification: My First Pedalpalooza Experience

    by  • June 11, 2014 • Guest, Rebel Cities, Rebel Portland, Right to the City / Free School, Sustainable Cities, The Shaming Room • 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 • Jonah, Nature's Trust, Portland Water Trust, Public Trust, Rebel Cities, Rebel Portland, Sustainable Cities, Water Wars • 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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    An Opportunity for Real Change

    by  • November 2, 2013 • Guest, Nature's Trust, Portland Water Trust, Public Trust, Rebel Cities, Rebel Portland, Sustainable Cities, Water Wars • 0 Comments

    Bull Run

    This is a guest submission from Jonah Majure, Chief Petitioner in the Portland Water Trust initiative effort. The events leading up to the city-wide vote on whether or not to fluoridate our city’s water supply reconnected Portlanders with where our exceptional water comes from and how it is managed. Voters on both sides of...

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    Portland to DEQ: “NO COAL”

    by  • July 11, 2013 • Nicholas, No Coal, Rebel Cities, Rebel Portland, The Shaming Room • 4 Comments


    Rather than write my own account of the DEQ’s Coyote Island coal export terminal draft permit hearings, I’m going to embed my favorite videos of community members who spoke against the permits inside the hearings and at the People’s Hearing outside of the Oregon Convention Center. If you’re looking to be inspired and to...

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    From Resilience to #Blockupy and Back Again

    by  • June 26, 2013 • Austerity, Nicholas, No Coal, Rebel Cities, Rebel Portland, Sustainable Cities • 0 Comments


    At the beginning of June, I found myself in Germany. The formal purpose of the trip was to attend a congress in Bonn called Resilient Cities, which, since 2010, annually brings together a wide swath of important people — city officials, academics, members of state & international regulatory and financing apparatuses, non-profits, non-governmental organizations,...

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    Rudy Crew – Unabashed Neoliberal

    by  • May 19, 2013 • Rebel Cities, Rebel Portland, The Shaming Room, Tracy • 5 Comments

    Photo Credit MailTribune: http://www.mailtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20130125/NEWS07/130129981

    Recently, Oregon’s Chief Education Officer (CEO) Rudy Crew wrote an editorial in the Portland Tribune purportedly distancing his plans for education “reform” from the much-maligned standardized testing regime being foisted upon our youth. Here are some comments on his editorial I made in an email exchange that I’ve chosen to publish as a free standing...

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