Justified Rage In the Streets of Baltimore

Watching the local corporate news feeds and listening to the paid talking heads covering the protests in Baltimore on Saturday, one might be forgiven for thinking blocking traffic and smashing windows was somehow a greater act of violence than Baltimore police murdering Freddie Gray. This summer America got a much-needed wake up call about why people… Continue reading Justified Rage In the Streets of Baltimore

The Future Is Finally Here: Hoverboards, Mr. Fusion, and Social Justice

We’re finally here, the year 2015! After a quarter century we’ve finally reached the age of Mattel™ hover boards and Mr. Fushion powered flying cars. Thank you, Science! Thank you, Zemeckis! Okay, so maybe anti-gravity and cold fusion was a bit ambitious. The far-off tech of Back to the Future II is sadly nowhere to… Continue reading The Future Is Finally Here: Hoverboards, Mr. Fusion, and Social Justice

Shutting Down Streets to Celebrate a #CopFreeChristmas

Last Saturday, dozens of Portlanders took to the streets in opposition to police violence, and in opposition to the idea of police all together. Titled ‘A Cop-Free Christmas’ the event included creative acts of traffic blocking, as well as some equally creative remixed Christmas caroling up and down festive Peacock Lane, a wealthy Portland holiday institution. Full… Continue reading Shutting Down Streets to Celebrate a #CopFreeChristmas

1,000 Mike Browns Take Over Portland’s Downtown: PHOTO ESSAY

Last night saw an amazing local achievement within the justice movement for Ferguson and the supporters of Mike Brown, as well as opponents of police violence and institutionalized racism at large. Portlanders, like most the world, have watched events unfolding in Ferguson closely. After a grand jury refused to indict Brown’s killer, riots broke out across… Continue reading 1,000 Mike Browns Take Over Portland’s Downtown: PHOTO ESSAY

Portland Police Proudly Display Support for Child-Murderer

In March 1981, Portland police officers grotesquely killed several possums, then threw their dead bodies at a black-owned restaurant in North Portland in a sickening display of violence meant to terrorize a community. That was then. This is now. And nothing’s changed. In recent days, numerous Portland Police Bureau officers have taken to social media to show their support… Continue reading Portland Police Proudly Display Support for Child-Murderer

The Last Minute Preparations Before Hurricane Ferguson

The grand jury decision whether to indict killer cop Darren Wilson for the execution of Michael Brown could be mere weeks, or even days away. Almost everyone knows there’ll be no indictment – police officers are rarely disciplined for using deadly force, let alone prosecuted. Knowing this, law enforcement agencies have begun flaunting new military weapons as residents… Continue reading The Last Minute Preparations Before Hurricane Ferguson

Welcome to the Public/Private Partnership Totalitarian Police State

Weeks ago when the initial uprising in Ferguson was not yet an international news story, a white person whom I follow on Twitter declared that ‘Nothing like Ferguson has ever happened before‘. My response was one of bafflement. I asked how one could say such a thing. The dialog that followed was less than constructive, to say… Continue reading Welcome to the Public/Private Partnership Totalitarian Police State

Liberals and their Love of Law Enforcement

Growing up I’d always thought of being Liberal as a virtue. During the last Bush administration, it was liberals who were anti-war, who marched for peace, who demanded action on global warming, who were the backbone of the struggling labor movement. With Obama in the white house, being liberal now means making excuses for war,… Continue reading Liberals and their Love of Law Enforcement