Vol. XXXIV, Number 5 May 2014 http://www.ThePortlandAlliance.org/2014/May
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Tom Engelhardt Dangers of GMO foods Marijuana: What's the Story?, by Don Dupay Mayday, International Workers' Day!
Lots of Poetry!
Jan Underwood: After Disembarking / Before Departure
New Poetry from Mary Ought Six
Two Poems by Walidah
Three by Buddy Bee
Living in America,
sometimes makes me think
I live in a luxurious concentration camp. I can have anything I want as long as I obey certain rules.
How Privatization Perverts Education
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Drone Killing the Fifth Amendment: How to Build a Post-Constitutional America One Death at a Time
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Excessive Radiation Levels Detected at New Mexico Waste Site
Read the Article at Reuters
Cartoons, Cartoons by Shannon Wheeler, Clyde List, & Steve Amy
Letters, and more!
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Eyes Wide Shut!
by Yugen Fardan Rashad
By Norman Solomon
Now the shoe is on the other foot. It is Obama defending the principle of “national sovereignty”while Putin is using the military “humanitarian intervention” rule promulgated most outspokenly by Obama’s UN Ambassador Samantha Power and National Security Advisor Susan Rice.
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"Juggling the Numbers"
Instead of armed extra-legal storm troopers, we need effective public servants who can create safe and secure streets without precipitously resorting to violence and acrimony. We need peace officers who
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can live up to the name and do us proud.
The Fight for $15 Finally Comes to Portland
Like the Occupy movement before it, the “fight for $15” came to Portland as a transplant. Portland activists watched events in Seattle with a skeptical eye, but Seattle’s “fantasy” of $15 was transformed into an emerging reality, now replete with the support of the Mayor and City Council who are working on a plan to implement the new minimum wage.
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Salt and Terror in Afghanistan
by Kathy Kelly
In late January in a room in Kabul, Afghanistan, I joined several dozen people, working seamstresses, some college students, socially engaged teenagers and a few visiting internationals like myself, to discuss world hunger. Our emphasis was not exclusively on their own country’s worsening hunger problems. The Afghan Peace Volunteers, in whose home we were meeting, draw strength from looking beyond their own very real struggles.
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Obama won the ‘08 primary because he opposed the invasion while Hillary defended it. He tried to keep the US occupation going but the Iraqis
refused to immunize US troops who commit war crimes as Obama demanded. Any Obamatons left after this disgraceful rant?-MM
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Cheating on tests!
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"the most sacred cow of the press is the press itself."
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America’s Peace Ship
By Lawrence S. Wittner
Is there an emotional connection between the oceans and the pursuit of peace? For whatever reason, peace ships have been increasing in number over the past century.
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MAY DAY! International Workers' Day
The Supreme Court upheld Michigan’s ban on affirmative action at state colleges and universities. The case centers on a 2006 voter referendum in Michigan that barred race and sex-based preferences in admissions. An appeals court previously ruled the ban violates the Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause. But in a 6-to-2 decision, the Supreme Court overruled the lower court. The ruling will likely bolster similar anti-affirmative action measures in several other states. In a statement, the American Civil Liberties Union said: "This case is ultimately about whether students of color are allowed to compete on the same playing field as all other students. Today, the Supreme Court said they are not."
Jim Crow in the Classroom: Segregation Lives on in U.S. Schools / http://www.democracynow.org/2014/4
By Don L. Dupay
May Day rally coming to Missoula!
Canadian ‘Experts’ "Comfy" with
Radioactive Pollution of Great Lakes
By John LaForge
“No matter how cynical you become, it’s never enough to keep up.” — Lily Tomlin
As scholars and activists whose careers have focused on improving working people’s quality of life, we have long lamented this disturbing fact: The United States stands alone among the world’s most developed nations in not providing paid sick days for its workers.
...The consequences are profound. The lack of sick days has helped create a phenomenon known as “presenteeism,” whereby people go to work even though they are ill. These workers — especially those in occupations with high degrees of public contact such as restaurants, hospitals and schools — expose others to illness and create health hazards.
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Future Hope column, April 27, 2014
The New “CIA”
By Ted Glick Photo from Occupy Sandy
As I write this, a new CIA, the Cowboy and Indian Alliance, is completing six days of a tipi encampment on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Throughout the past week Indigenous people from Canada, Idaho, South Dakota, Minnesota, Oklahoma and elsewherThis page: e have joined with ranchers and farmers from Nebraska to dramatize and bring to public consciousness their historic alliance to stop the Keystone XL pipeline. They and their supporters have had meals together, have prayed together, have taken action every day together and have built connections and relationships that are a deep source of hope for our wounded earth and all of its life forms.
Yesterday several thousand people rallied and marched in DC in support of this alliance. We marched for a clean energy revolution away from fossil fuels to a renewables and efficiency-based economy, and we marched in support of the historic righting of the great wrongs to Indigenous peoples that have been done over the last five centuries, since the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the Americas.
We also marched in support of ranchers and farmers up and down the planned route of KXL whose homes and lands will be put in danger if tar sands oil is carried over their property.
For many of us this historic coming together of seemingly unlikely allies may look like a once-a-century type of thing, but it really isn’t. In an article published several days ago by author and organizer Zoltan Grossman he writes of the examples down through US history of European Americans standing with Native Americans in support of their rights and lives:
“The Cowboy Indian Alliance is part of a long, proud tradition that has been conveniently covered up in American history. Our history books present Manifest Destiny as inevitable and uncontested in the 19th century, so we never read about the white Wisconsin settlers who opposed the forced removal of Ho-Chunk and Ojibwe, the Washington settlers put on trial for sympathizing with Coast Salish resistance, or other atypical stories that highlight the ‘paths not followed’ of cooperation rather than conflict.”
The rest of the story: http://www.ThePortlandAlliance.org/glick
"Commemorating" the Vietnam War: One Marine's Perspective
Camillo Mac Bica, Truthout: "March 29 has been designated 'Vietnam Veterans Day,' according to a proclamation issued by President Obama in 2012. Now, I have no problem acknowledging the debt owed to all whose lives were affected by this war. What I find intolerable is that our leaders are incapable of telling the truth about the war."
Read more about this and other issues: http://www.ThePortlandAlliance.org/truthout
Socialist Council member Kshama Sawant's response to Obama's
State of the Union address in January. Please listen!
Ibrahim Bilal Mubarak came up with the idea, that those who embrace community might get together and embrace one another.