• Terrorists and Rainbows

    by  • April 17, 2013 • 2 Comments

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    Like with the Sandy Hook shootings this winter, I awoke late Monday morning to read headlines of massacred Americans.  Once again, out East, all hell had broken loose.  Somebody had bombed the world famous Boston Marathon at the finish line.  Two bombs.  Three dead.  Hundreds injured.  Dozens lost limbs, mostly legs, as the bombs...

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    “Austerity is Insane”

    by  • April 12, 2013 • 1 Comment

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    Last night, the City of Portland held budget hearings at Montgomery Park. Several hundred people attended; so many that testimony had to be limited to a minute. There was incredible energy in the room and impassioned testimony by community members highlighted the programs that will be severely impacted if cuts proceed as expected. One person in...

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    Fluoride Lobby Fumbles at Public Debate

    by  • April 11, 2013 • 16 Comments

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    Thursday, April 11, 2013 • Portland, Oregon Wednesday night’s debate to discuss the pros and cons of adding fluorosilicic acid (aka fluoride) to the Bull Run water supply that Portland depends upon saw an excess of 240 concerned citizens pack the Matt Dishman Community Center’s auditorium.  The event was sponsored by the Multnomah County Democrats.  Moderator...

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    The Battle For Bull Run: Fighting Against Fluoridation

    by  • April 8, 2013 • 11 Comments

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    Monday, April 8, 2013 • Portland, Oregon With the amount of media blitzing that’s bombarded Portland’s airwaves, interwebs, and neighborhood front yards, you’d have thought the dual campaigns for and against fluoridating Bull Run fresh water had been going on for years.  In fact, this fight started in earnest just last fall, when the...

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    Radical Accountability vs. Security Culture: An Unconditional Apology for My Racism

    by  • April 3, 2013 • 47 Comments

    What Happened This past weekend, Veloprovo had its inaugural ride. It was quite an awesome experience — a long, educational ride throughout the city, culminating with a radically positive direct action. Afterwards, we gathered for a celebratory beer, before heading our own respective ways. It was a positive, uplifting experience. Some of the people...

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    VELOPROVO Launches, Car Culture Trembles.

    by  • April 1, 2013 • 4 Comments

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    Monday, April 1st, 2013 • Portland, Oregon Sunday saw the inaugural launch of a new league of tactical urbanists calling themselves VELOPROVO.  Expanded from the Dutch word for ‘provocateur’, the group has formed in response to big money interests pushing auto-centric infrastructure, and due to the  ineffectiveness of compromised “nonprofit” franchises who no longer...

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

    by  • March 29, 2013 • 3 Comments

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    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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