Vol. XXXIII, October 2013 http://www.ThePortlandAlliance.org/2013/October
October  2013

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Absent Progressive Uproar, Social Security & Medicare Face Cuts!

The lines are being drawn for a 'Grand Bargain' and the Democrats' continued willingness to give away their role as defenders of safety net, is
deeply disturbing.

A few words

"Habeas Corpus, which dates back more than 600 years to the Magna Carta, remains currently suspended. People who are arrested, at the discretion of the DHS, NSA, or other operatives in the executive branch of the government, have no right to know the charges against them."

The BlueGreen Alliance... http://www.ThePortlandAlliance.org/bluegreenalliance ...unites 14
of our country’s largest unions and environmental organizations. Acting together, through more
than 15 million members
and supporters, we are a powerful voice for building a cleaner, fairer and more competitive American economy.

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Poetry: Mary Otte, Theresa Kennedy Duprey, Nicole Tayor, & more!

Mike Hastie Poetics

Always Cover Up The Madness The United States Government did not have concentration camps in Iraq. The Pentagon did not need them.

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Today, Kelly advises current members of the House to be more skeptical of another regime’s case for war and be more aware of the consequences of supporting war. Anybody who votes for it, “ she warns, “ will have to pay the price ... That is unnecessary blood on their hands.

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"In order to placate Israel and Saudi Arabia, the US must accept the lies both nations tell about Iran. The US must also ignore the self-serving reasons both nations have for calling for "action" against Iran. Both nations talk pious cant about protecting the world, etc., but they are entirely venal in their motives."

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Ellen Brown • www.webofdebt.com • July 31, 2011

"The debt ceiling crisis can be averted by enforcing the Fourteenth Amendment, which mandates the government to pay its debts already incurred, including pensions. That means Social Security, which IS an “entitlement,” in the original sense of the word. We’re entitled to it because we’ve paid for it with taxes."

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African Americans
are running in place

"Fifty years after the March on Washington, the sole surviving speaker from that day is Democratic Rep. John Lewis of Georgia. Lewis is a living symbol of "the Black struggle."

Mark Schwebke /
Norman Solomon /
"Whether sending missiles across borders or using the latest digital technology to spy on vast numbers of people, the U.S. government relies on military violence and chronic secrecy in an ongoing quest to exert control over as much of the world as possible. The agenda reeks of impunity and arrogant power. Revoking Edward Snowden’s passport is in sync with that agenda.
We should challenge it."

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Consult Hardesty was an active participant at the ACLU NW Civil Liberties Conference panel on ‘Can We Have Police Accountability?’  Some say we were hecklers.

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AFL-CIO: No Solidarity
Charters for ILWU

September 05, 2013
by Paul Bigman

Drawing on the principle that “an injury to one is an injury to all,” ILWU longshore and marine workers have used their port power to support the struggles of other unions. But jurisdictional disputes, most notably a 2011 battle with the Operating Engineers over work at a grain terminal in Longview, Washington, have driven a wedge between the militant union and the AFL-CIO. Photo: Dawn Des Brisay.

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Strike on horizon at City of Portland

Oct 16, 2013  |   Filed under: Collective Bargaining,Top Stories 

Both union and management appear to be preparing for a strike at the City of Portland, which could start in November. The seven-union 1,600-worker coalition known as the District Council of Trade Unions (DCTU
) has tentatively scheduled a “ready to walk” rally for 4:30 p.m. Nov. 6, at a location to be determined.

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Has Atlanta Georgia Changed
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Read a first person account by Barbara Payne!

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October 21, 2013
For Immediate Release
CONTACT: michael@michaeldembrow.com

 Dembrow Will Seek
Senate Appointment

State Representative Michael Dembrow (D—NE Portland, Maywood Park)
announced this morning he will seek to be appointed to the State Senate seat that will be vacated by the resignation of Jackie Dingfelder.
“Jackie has served residents of NE and SE Portland extremely well for the last 12 years.  She led the effort to keep  Oregon’s environment safe for our children and grandchildren,” said Dembrow. 
“I will do all I can to continue her good work, while bringing to the Senate my own strong background in education, human services, and workforce development.  I’ve worked closely with Senators of both parties during my time in the House of Representatives and know how to get important legislation passed."
"I've spent my time in the House fighting for working Oregonians -- for better jobs, a better public education system, and better healthcare.  I look forward to continuing this work in the Senate."
Dembrow was first elected to the 45th House District by voters in 2008.  He serves as Chair of the House Higher Education and Workforce Development Committees, and sits on the Rules and the Energy and Environment Committees.  He is the Assistant House Majority Leader for Policy.
During the 2013 session, Dembrow played a critical role in passing Tuition Equity legislation (HB 2787) and designing a reorganization of Oregon's public higher education system (HB 3120, SB 270).  He led the charge on Pay It Forward (HB 3472), an innovative solution to dealing with the student debt crisis.  Dembrow has been instrumental in securing additional funding for Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs in middle and high schools and has focused on improving Oregon's workforce pipeline.
Dembrow championed legislation this year (HB 2922, HB 3260) to create a Single Payer system to provide every Oregonian with access to healthcare. And he worked on efforts to require large employers to provide their workers with earned sick days
(HB 3390).  He was closely involved in crafting and passing a resolution (HJM 6) urging Congress to address the issues created by the Citizens United decision and allow states to regulate campaign finance transactions.
Michael Dembrow continues to teach part-time at Portland Community College's Cascade Campus, where he has taught writing and film studies for 32 years and previously served as the President of the faculty and academic professionals union.  He lives in NE Portland with his wife, Kiki, and their two whippets.
Arundhati Roy

“Our strategy should be not only to confront empire, but to lay siege to it. To deprive it of oxygen. To shame it. To mock it. With our art, our music, our literature, our stubbornness, our joy, our brilliance, our sheer relentlessness – and our ability to tell our own stories. Stories that are different from the ones we’re being brainwashed to believe. 

The corporate revolution will collapse if we refuse to buy what they are selling – their ideas, their version of history, their wars, their weapons, their notion of inevitability. 

Remember this: We be many and they be few. They need us more than we need them. 

Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.”

― Arundhati RoyWar Talk        http://www.ThePortlandAlliance.org/revolution

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Freedom is within our grasp...  Join the revolution!

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"Fast Food Workers Win a Union…through Zoolidarity
October 07, 2013 / Shamus Cooke

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Magarito Joy, who attended the rally with her young son, works a minimum wage job at a coffee shop. “I get paid minimum wage, but I can’t live on that. I have a kid. Minimum wage doesn’t cover the cost of food for us. Fifteen dollars an hour is a start. I’d like it higher. The money is being saved for the people at the top–CEOs, presidents. We want a more even distribution of the money.”

Shamus Cooke http://www.ThePortlandAlliance.org/cooke


  No War on Syria!

What are so many on the left doing advocating for war?
Syria poses no threat. The people are suffering and the nation is crippled. Bombing them will not help the situation.
What are these people thinking?

50th Anniversary Celebration of the March for Jobs and Freedom

500-700 Walk the Talk to
Commemorate the March on Washington
Photo by David E. Delk

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Fall 2013

A Portal to Mark Vorpahl

From Labor Notes:

As AFL-CIO convention delegates gather in Los Angeles this weekend to discuss, as President Rich Trumka has put it, how to “do things different,” and become “integrated in the community in every way,” they would do well to take a page from the book of the far feistier Jobs with Justice. Trumka says labor now needs to make common cause with other progressive organizations, from the Sierra Club to the NAACP; local JwJ chapters have been working in community coalitions for 25 years.

Reviewer Mark Vorpahl from the Portland, Oregon, chapter extracts some lessons from JwJ’s record, and points the way forward. –Eds.

What Can We Learn from 25 Years of Jobs with Justice?

September 04, 2013 / Mark Vorpahl
Spring 2013
Colonel Summers Park
by Lindsey Walker
There was an article in the local paper on May 24, 2013, entitled “At Colonel Summers Park, neighbors and the city are working to stem drug use and underage drinking.” Because I prefer to avoid subjecting myself to the corporate media I was not aware of this article. The article cites a meeting that occurred with the local community association where neighbors and city officials, likely Parks and Recreation and possibly the police, indicated that “the park has also become a popular haven for drug users, underage drinkers and vandals nearly every night of the week,” and the chairperson was quoted as saying “It’s a great park, but somehow it’s taken on a darker edge.”see whole article at:

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An American Awakening to the Addiction of War

by Erin Niemela

Spring 2013

                      Spirituality and the Environment
– the Dalai Lama, a Priest, Rabbi, Imam, and a Native American Elder

by Larry Cwik

On May 9, 2013, the Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, revered by Tibetan Buddhists the world over, visited Portland and spoke on Spirituality and the Environment.   He spoke to a capacity crowd of almost 5,000 people at the University of Portland’s Chiles Center and captivated the audience.
Anchorwoman Laural Porter of Portland’s KGW television moderated a panel which included the Dalai Lama, representatives of the Christian, Jewish, and Muslim religions, and a practitioner of Native American spirituality.
"Behind the Badge in River City: A Police Memoir"
by Don DuPay
Retired officer tells truth, names names, and holds fellow officers
accountable, find out how times have changed...
Checkout a book review in the Alliance!
Neo-Fascism at Home

Mother Jones

1:16 PM  -  Public
Obama can murder with drones on US soil,
US Attorney General writes. But only in, like, "extraordinary" circumstances. Comforting.

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News Release
For Immediate Release October 21, 2013
Direct Inquiries to: Bonnie Ratner, Executive Director, 503-954-3184 or bonnie@reddoorproject.org


 Portland, OR — How can the theatre stay vital and relevant in a shifting cultural environment?


is the Alliance Poetry Page
including poetry by Walidah Imarisha, Christopher Luna, Theresa Griffin Kennedy Dupay / Nicole Taylor / Dan Raphael /  & Max Linden Levy
And see two pages featuring Mary Otte ThePortlandAlliance.org/MaryOtte
New Poetry from  Mary Ought Six Page
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Inequality for All

Published on October 8th, 2013

inequalposterAt the heart of the film is a simple proposition: what is a good society, and what role does the widening income gap play in the deterioration of our nation’s economic health? We are endeavoring for Inequality for All to be a paradigm-shifting, eye-opening experience for the American public. We want to accurately show through a non-partisan perspective why extreme income inequality is such an important topic for our citizens today and for the future of America.

Starts Friday October 11th

 6 0

- See more at: http://hollywoodtheatre.org/inequality-for-all/#sthash.MLjShSBy.ZqntgYHh.dpuf

Inequality for All

Published on October 8th, 2013

inequalposterAt the heart of the film is a simple proposition: what is a good society, and what role does the widening income gap play in the deterioration of our nation’s economic health? We are endeavoring for Inequality for All to be a paradigm-shifting, eye-opening experience for the American public. We want to accurately show through a non-partisan perspective why extreme income inequality is such an important topic for our citizens today and for the future of America.

Starts Friday October 11th

 6 0

- See more at: http://hollywoodtheatre.org/inequality-for-all/#sthash.MLjShSBy.ZqntgYHh.dpuf

Inequality for All

simple proposition:

what is a good society, and what role does the widening income gap play in the deterioration of our nation’s economic health?

We want Inequality for All
to be a paradigm-shifting, eye-opening experience for the American public.
We want to accurately show, through a non-partisan perspective, why extreme income inequality is such
an important topic today and for the future of America.

Starts Fri. Oct. 11th

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Eyes Wide Shut!     
by Yugen Fardan Rashad

By Norman Solomon


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Colombia Nationwide Strike Against 'Free Trade,' Privatization, Poverty

Ignored by English-language media, rural uprisings spread across industries as hundreds of thousands protest US-backed govt

- Sarah Lazare, staff writer

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Book Review of Cheryl Strayed's memoir Wild,
by Theresa
Kennedy DuPay



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"Utterly Heartlesss,"
by Jan Underwood

"Who would kill a Latin professor and cut her heart out? A jealous colleague? A union-busting dean? Or a student, driven to violence by the treacheries of Latin syntax?"

Jan Underwood's funny second novel is a murder mystery, a satire on the high cost of college, a work of magic realism and a love song to the Romance languages.

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No Glory in War for this Veteran

By Andrew Larkin

"War damages everything associated with it, not only the sailors and soldiers but the civilians including the children, not only the body but the mind and the spirit.  Glorification of war becomes support for more war, for accepting the easy violence of war instead of the difficult peaceful resolution of human problems."nst those who would no more be defeated and mastered than would we.  Victory and vanquish no longer exist – only destruction – and the option of peace."

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In November, we will publish a copy of the front page of one of the first issues of the Alliance!
We need more writers to send in news stories, articles, letters, cartoons, etc.  Get published!
Send submissions to editor@theportlandalliance.org  We are especially looking for Art and Creative Writing.  Please submit short stories, photography, paintings, sculpture and more!.  Those accepted will be published in the Alliance and considered for a print publication as well.