There has been much lamenting the death of the anti-war movement since the election of Barack Obama. Gone are the rallies calling for the abolition of war – for morality and justice owed to the victims of America’s lethal colonial endeavors. Liberals who rightfully screamed holy murder during the Bush administration are now content to… Continue reading Portland Says “FUCK NO!” to War Against Syria
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.
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
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!
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.
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
This article was originally published on Mismanaging Perception. If you worked on the ‘Healthy Kids Healthy Portland‘ campaign promoting fluoridation of Portland’s legendary Bull Run fresh water, you’re probably not having the best week. You’re probably thinking, “I don’t understand, HOW could we have lost by 21 percent with the campaign manager/consultant duo of Evyn… Continue reading Rebel Portland: Clean Water Warriors Claim Victory
This article was originally published on Mismanaging Perception. Where Are the Slayers of the Mt. Hood Freeway Today? In the 1960s in Portland, Oregon the proposed Mt Hood Freeway was a done deal. By 1972 the plan for the freeway had perished. In 1967 the city proposed making the Harbor Drive highway even wider. Several… Continue reading Slaughter the Freeways: A Radical Livable Streets Movement