- Yesterday was May Day, with marches occurring worldwide. Portland hosted a sedate rally focused on immigrants rights. On the same day, the Oregon passed a law granting drivers licenses to undocumented immigrants.
- Around the world, however, a variety of May Day events occurred. Confrontational May Day protests happened in Chile, Colombia, and Argentina, as well as in Bangladesh, where workers were infuriated over the collapse of a garment factory in Dhaka, which killed over 400 people last month. Rallies which were forbidden by the government led to clashes in Istanbul, Turkey and in Greece, a second general strike in less than a year stalled transit in the country. In Cuba, hundreds of thousands of people marched to commemorate their country’s revolution and the death of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez.
- Lastly, anarchists in Seattle mixed things up last night, with protests near the city’s community college leading to property damage and 17 arrests. After everything that the Northwest has experienced last year, it was a goddamn welcome sight. Stay safe, Seattle.
- Portland settled a lawsuit against a man shot repeatedly with live shotgun rounds by a Portland police officer who assumed the rounds were “less-lethal” beanbag rounds. The $2.3 million settlement is the largest ever paid out by the city. It comes after a lengthy legal battle in which William Kyle Monroe, a man who in 2011 was suffering a mental health episode near the south waterfront, was shot repeatedly and at close range by Portland officer Dane Reister. Monroe nearly died and is permanently disabled. Reister had also accidentally shot a fellow officer with a gas canister projectile during a training exercise, leading to a reprimand.
- The Obama administration and the Food and Drug Administration is appealing a ruling which ordered them to end age restrictions on the emergency Plan B “morning-after pill” contraceptive. The FDA is going against their own ruling that the contraceptive is safe for all women.
- Supporters of KBOO, Portland’s community radio station have started a “Save KBOO” campaign, calling for management recognition of union representation of staff in order to halt the possible imminent firings and a reorganization of the station. At a membership meeting on Saturday, station manager Lynn Fitch will announce her new plans dubbed “KBOO 2.0.” Contrary to previous reports, this will not be a special membership meeting and members will not be empowered to vote on any proposed decision.
- A memorial service will be held for Kendra James on Sunday. James was shot and killed in North Portland by police ten years ago.
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