Rebels, Resisters, and the Condominium Revolt

Kevin Keating walked the streets of San Francisco wheat-pasting posters urging vandalism against ‘yuppie’ infrastructure infesting the Mission district some 15 years ago. Alise Munson floated balloons 85 feet in the air to illustrate the height of a proposed 8-story condominium on N. Williams Ave. in Portland earlier this summer. While their tactics obviously differ, their target… Continue reading Rebels, Resisters, and the Condominium Revolt

Cops Search and Destroy in the Streets of Istanbul

This weekend, the ongoing street battle between the people of Istanbul, Turkey and their shockingly violent police force flared up again. Once more, tear gas, water canons, batons, and rubber bullets were used to injure peaceful protesters as a new wave of dissent has gripped the city. It’s been over a month since the debut… Continue reading Cops Search and Destroy in the Streets of Istanbul

The PSU Foundation Board: Fossil Fuels, Wall Street, and a McDonald’s Analogy.

With the exception of a copy-and-paste press release in the Oregonian, the appointment of eight new members to the Portland State University Foundation’s Board of Trustees elicited zero press coverage last month. One might expect such appointments at our state’s largest educational institution ought to warrant a modest amount of coverage, even if only to… Continue reading The PSU Foundation Board: Fossil Fuels, Wall Street, and a McDonald’s Analogy.

My Response to a Cascade Policy Institute ‘Outsider’ Take on Portland.

I was recently asked for feedback by a self-described “conservative libertarian” colleague of mine on a guest op-ed for the right-leaning Cascade Policy Institute (CPI). Happily, I agreed, delving into the piece, and replyied on the article itself (which may still be pending moderation). The op-ed was penned by John Glennon, a research associate at CPI. Like… Continue reading My Response to a Cascade Policy Institute ‘Outsider’ Take on Portland.

‘Jesus Was Black And Wore A Hoodie’

Portland’s second rally and march for Justice for Trayvon Martin in one week took place this weekend. His killer, George Zimmerman, walks free due to racist ‘stand your ground’ laws that have been proven to punish black people while excusing the crimes of whites. Again, good people of moral conscience gathered in a beloved park to speak… Continue reading ‘Jesus Was Black And Wore A Hoodie’

The Ascendancy of Camp Cascadia

In protest of an EPA mandate to bury Portland’s historic water reservoirs, activists and organizers together with the neighbors of this city launched Camp Cascadia at the base of Mt. Tabor last Friday. After years of stagnation from City Hall in procuring a waiver to the plan know as ‘LT2’, the people of this community… Continue reading The Ascendancy of Camp Cascadia

Aqua Team Waiver Force!

A showdown is about to happen on Mt Tabor. Activists and neighborhood organizers are preparing to set up Camp Cascadia in protest of city hall’s failure to secure an LT2 waiver to the costly mandated burying of Portland’s historic water reservoirs. According to organizers, this protest is about far more than just the reservoirs themselves. This… Continue reading Aqua Team Waiver Force!

Tumblr: A Nexus of Subversive Cognition

Limitless animated cat GIFs. Celebrity obsession, celebrity shaming. Star Trek fashion comedy blogging. An ocean of NSFW pornography. TUMBLR has more hypnotic distraction material than any other social media site to date. And the best part is, you don’t have to worry about regressive paid safety-patrollers deleting your profile for uploading a pic of a nipple.… Continue reading Tumblr: A Nexus of Subversive Cognition

Forget It, Jake. It’s Chinatown.

Possibly the most famous closing line to a film, the last utterance of Roman Polanski’s neo-noir Chinatown was meant to convey the sense that no amount of truth-telling or investigative light-shining can stop corrupted bureaus of city government. For anyone who hasn’t seen the film recently or isn’t familiar, Chinatown is loosely based around the real… Continue reading Forget It, Jake. It’s Chinatown.

The Rights of Cities

What is the Right to the City movement?  Where did it come from?  Where is it going?  Who are the actors and organizers sculpting this new social structure?  In asking these questions and studying their answers, it’s impossible to not recognize one’s own role in this current wave of civil unrest across the globe.  If… Continue reading The Rights of Cities