bolobaau has written 89 posts for The Portland Radicle

May Days: A Worldwide Reportback

  May Day is a celebration of working class struggle observed worldwide. It’s also called International Worker’s Day. The holiday began in the United States, to commemorate the struggle for an eight-hour workday. On May 1, 1884, hundreds of thousands of workers marched nationwide to demand an eight-hour day. May Day also commemorates the lives … Continue reading

From Ferguson to Portland: Stop the Police Killing of Black and Poor People

On August 9, a white police officer in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri shot and killed an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown. Accounts by police and witnesses differ as to how it happened. Ferguson police said that Officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Brown after Brown attacked him in his cruiser. Witnesses at the scene said that Brown was attacked by Wilson and had his hands up in surrender as he was shot. That day Brown’s dead and bleeding body lay on the concrete where he fell, uncovered for four hours, before it was removed. Continue reading

On Kiki

Preface A note before we start: I do not know Sergey Turzhanskiy, herein referred to as “Kiki,” which is how a lot of people know them. Because I have never met this person, and acknowledging this person will be in an extremely vulnerable position, I want to say that I am not addressing Kiki’s conviction … Continue reading

Towards an Anarchist Public Transit

by Polynya Our public transportation systems are on the verge of big change, but whose?  This spring Portland saw government transportation agencies, workers unions, riders advocates, and rival taxi companies all scrap and struggle for their stake in the game.  The stark realities of these fights were laid bare in February when Trimet General Manager … Continue reading

Right 2 Dream Too: A New Hope?

by Andrew Lee On October 3, Portland City Hall decided to postpone a vote on homeless rest area Right 2 Dream Too’s proposed move from Fourth and Burnside to the affluent Pearl District. At a public hearing, scores of R2DToo supporters as well as Pearl residents and business representatives contended in front of City Council. … Continue reading

From Sanford to the SHU: White Supremacy and Criminality in an Age of Mass Incarceration

by Andrew Lee SCENE 1: Sanford, Florida. February 26th, 2012. It’s raining as dusk falls in Sanford. Seventeen-year old Trayvon Martin is walking home from the convenience store through his father’s fiancee’s gated community. He’s talking to his girlfriend on his cell phone as he notices an SUV slowly following him. Inside is George Zimmerman, … Continue reading

Hales, PBA, Pigs: Fuck the Poor

by Mike Klepfer On July 22, Mayor Charlie Hales announced that the long-standing houseless vigil in front of City Hall would be moved. The vigil, which began as a protest against the city’s camping ban, which is routinely used to target houseless people, has seen the most impoverished people in the city occupy the sidewalk … Continue reading

“Sometimes We Had a Brick” An Interview with former SHAC 7 prisoners Jake Conroy and Josh Harper

by Mike Klepfer Jake Conroy and Josh Harper are two former prisoners. Part of the animal rights campaign Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC), the two were engaged in an international effort against the private animal experimentation laboratory Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS), which drew activist ire after undercover video showed HLS workers abusing animals; punching beagle … Continue reading

Crimethinc’s Rolling Thunder: A Review

A look at issue 10 of Crimethinc’s “anarchist journal of dangerous living” by Mike Klepfer Like many anarchists roughly my age, I remember being captivated by the Seattle World Trade Organization protests in 1999. The short, confrontational period that followed at trade summits all over the world, when coupled with radical environmental actions by the … Continue reading

Dr. Marie Equi: A Portland Firebrand

Marie Equi was a lesbian, anarchist, feminist, abortion and birth control advocate and lifelong radical. by Matt Marie Equi was born in 1872 in New Bedford, Massachusetts. She dropped out of school at age 8 to work in the textile mills until age 13, briefly leaving the states for a few years to live in … Continue reading