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Stiffing Working Stiffs

Lawmakers could have acted to shield day laborers from bosses who cheat them out of wages. Instead they turned their backs.

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Antonio Sanchez says he worked long hours for Enrique Hernandez in June 2009.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 NATHAN GILLES

Streets Of Death!

Stick to the neighborhood greenway—or else.

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The Portland Bureau of Transportation says the city is getting safer to bike in: Portland’s bicycle traffic increased 190 percent between 2000 and 2009, and accidents declined 39 percent, the bur   More
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 NATHAN GILLES

Clackamas Community College Bond Voted Down

School 2.0

Voters in Clackamas County have rejected the $130 million bond for Clackamas Community College (CCC). As of 7:30 this morning, the vote was 24,690 for and 39,927 against, according to the Clackamas County Elections Division.
The bond, which would have paid for a new building for the college’s manufacturing and engineering department and classroom modernizations, has been the subject...   More
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 by NATHAN GILLES

Tea Party-esque Rage Takes Over Clackamas Community College Race

School 2.0

 With the May 17 election just two days away, Tea Party-esque rage over spending and public-employee salaries is heating up what would otherwise be a sleepy race for a seat on the board of Clackamas Community College (CCC).
A small group of students from the school’s political science department has stirred up recent meetings by accusing members of the board of incompetence and financia...   More
Sunday, May 15, 2011 by NATHAN GILLES

Portlanders to Celebrate May Day Sunday


It’s spring. The flowers are blooming, the sun is shining (somewhere), and once again Portland's left-leaning populace is shaking its collective fist at the man.

This Sunday, May 1, the People’s Republic of Portland will be out in force to celebrate May Day, also known as International Workers’ Day, a commemoration of the mass protests in the 1880s and 1890s that brought the eight-ho...   More
Thursday, April 28, 2011 by NATHAN GILLES

Tea Party vs. Unions

Two groups, one public square.

Portland’s living room—a.k.a. Pioneer Courthouse Square—hosted two very different guests last weekend less than 24 hours apart. On a rainy Friday evening, April 15, the Oregon tea party held c   More
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 NATHAN GILLES, EVAN SERNOFFSKY

Oregon Unions Put Their Fists in the Air

Oregon unions protest budget cuts


Raising their fists and chanting, “Good jobs for all, ” about 2,500 Oregon union members and their supporters packed Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square today to protest stagnant job growth and government budget cuts.

Organized by Portland Jobs with Justice, the “Jobs, Not Cuts” rally is part of a larger campaign by local and...   More
Saturday, April 16, 2011 by NATHAN GILLES

Unions Protest the Economy and Budget Cuts

Dollar Bills

Ticked off about the economy and budget cuts? Join the crowd. At noon this Saturday, April 16, private and public sector unions angry with high unemployment and government budget cuts will meet in Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square for a “Jobs, Not Cuts” rally.

Organized by Portland Jobs with Justice,...   More
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 by NATHAN GILLES

Hotseat: Jody Williams

A Nobel Peace Prize winner who threatened to fry Canada’s prime minister.

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Nobel Peace Prize winner Jody Williams wasn’t always so anti-authoritarian and outspoken.  Williams, who is speaking in Portland this week, says she worried about getting in trouble growing    More
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 NATHAN GILLES

Do You Give a Rat's A*#?

New pro-animal research billboard hits Portland

FRB Rat Billboard

If you thought the battle over animal research had taken a ceasefire in Portland, think again. The city is one of six in the United States targeted in a new billboard campaign by The Foundation for Biomedical Research.

The billboards from the the pro-animal research group show a smiling child next to a lab rat and asks, “Who woul...   More
Wednesday, April 6, 2011 by NATHAN GILLES
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