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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

The War at Home: Boston and the Repression of Muslims and Radicals

by Mike On Monday, April 15, two bombs exploded at the finish line at the Boston Marathon, killing three and wounding 264 more, some with gruesome injuries. What followed seemed like September 11 in miniature, as a panicked public was reassured by authorities and the press went into overdrive. A tense week lead up to … Continue reading

We’re All in This Together

by Relating Ships  A few years after I got married I realized how selfish my decision was. How could I privilege one person over everyone when I hold the capacity to simply, love? Now, I want to be your wife because I think it has potential as a social and political construct. I don’t want … Continue reading

Climate, Coal and Confrontation

by Paul Messersmith-Glavin In a previous essay (Capital and Climate Catastrophe, November, 2012), I outlined how capitalism is responsible for the current climate crisis and how it is not capable of solving it. Here I talk about the local effects of climate change, the effort to export coal through the Pacific Northwest, and about bringing … Continue reading

Happy May Day from The Radicle!

Last May, protests occurred in Seattle that involved scores of people destroying property in Seattle’s downtown core. While the financial damage of those protests totaled thousands of dollars, the state used its considerable resources to not only monitor the protest, but also to bring indictments for the damage. After federal agents with the FBI, and … Continue reading