- Columbia Grain, a grain exporting company owned by Japanese conglomerate Marubeni, has locked out its unionized workforce of grain handlers from the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU).
- KBOO, Portland’s community radio station, held a membership meeting last Saturday, with station manager Lynn Fitch saying she will not oppose the formation of a staff union. Some KBOO supporters, however, remain unconvinced.
- After some Seattle anarchists offered financial support for businesses smashed on May Day, it raised the hackles of some who say the money should be used for jail support for those still imprisoned and facing felonies from the protests last Wednesday. A call has gone out to pack the courtroom for those still in jail, today.
- A bill giving local governments oversight of vacant, foreclosed homes is being considered in the Oregon senate after passing the House last month. In no way would it allow people to live in them, which is because of, you know… Capitalism. Meanwhile, local housing justice organizers, who have worked to resist evictions have joined a nationwide campaign called Housing Is For Everyone.
- Anarchist anthropologist and author David Graeber is in the New Yorker talking about Occupy Wall St. and his new book.
- Israel has bombed Syria twice this weekend, near its border with Lebanon, saying they were responding to weapons being transported. This has caused a bit of a row.
- Protests calling for the creation of a blasphemy law in Bangladesh turned deadly, with 24 dead so far, as protesters fought police.
- Shane Bauer, who was formerly imprisoned in Iran after being captured by soldiers near the Iraq border in 2009 wrote a column comparing Iran’s prisons with those in the U.S. Guess which are worse.
- Explosions killed 15 people at a rally in Pakistan and 11 were killed in a string of bombings in Baghdad.