Something’s always troubled me about the attitudes and discourse in the US regarding Israel’s ongoing crimes against Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank – how otherwise caring, intelligent people rigorously maintain what Israel is doing is somehow justified, or that the conflict is somehow symmetrical. If you’ve seen people derail discussions by absurdly blaming “both sides” (while… Continue reading A Gift for Jeff Merkley and Cory Booker
A new bicycling brigade calling itself Bike Loud PDX has launched, and their inaugural ride has proven very much in line with the tactics and goals of protest rides from years past. Having come together out valid frustration with a bureaucratic status quo that puts cars first and people last, Bike Loud PDX first convened recently… Continue reading Bike Loud PDX Launches, Reclaims SE Clinton St.
As part of the 2014 ‘Forest for the Trees‘ mural-making festival, the Portland Street Art Alliance hosted a casual bike tour of works in progress. Thanks to legal hurdles blocking most public murals imposed by corporate advertisers Clear Channel, Portland has been a seriously blank city for sanctioned street art. PSAA and the artists of FFTT… Continue reading Bike Touring ‘Forest for the Trees’ with the Portland Street Art Alliance
Today, activists with the Boycott, Divest, and Sanctions movement staged a protest at the local office of G4S, a private prison and security firm, in opposition to their operation of apartheid prisons and checkpoints within Israel and of their support of Israel’s crimes against Palestinian people. Billed as ‘Rally Against the Profiteers: End the Occupation, Break the Siege‘ the… Continue reading BDS Targets G4S Prison Profits In Portland
How anyone can blog about bikes these days astounds me. Obviously, bikes consume my life, as they should yours. If you live in the city, this city, then you know why. All bikes, all funs, at all times. The multiple cultures and avenues of the urban cycling multiverse know almost no bounds. While this blog has… Continue reading How Can You Blog About Bikes at a Time Like This?
Last Thursday saw rallies, marches and actions taking place in over 90 cities across the United States in solidarity with the unfolding events in Ferguson, Missouri. While the situation is ongoing, there can be little doubt about a few basic facts. Michael Brown, a black teenager, was executed by the police for absolutely no reason. Officer Darren… Continue reading Portland Solidarity March for Ferguson: PHOTO ESSAY
The above headline might sound sensationalist. There’s a few other less alarming versions out there. Possibly due to recent world events rightfully dominating the news, this story didn’t garner nearly the exposure it should have when breaking weeks ago. Here’s the bare facts from Reason.com: “Debra Harrell works at McDonald’s in Augusta, South Carolina. For most of the summer, her daughter had stayed… Continue reading Police Worry Girl In Park Might Get Kidnapped, Do It Themselves, Arrest Mother