Archive for April, 2012


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Photo: Indymedia Press

Photo: Indymedia Press

A mock fundraiser organized by Portland Jobs With Justice, Union leaders/members, and city workers. Cupcakes were sold for $2 to the attendees to help raise money to cover the city’s budget shortfall in the millions which is threatening to cut public service programs. Delegations of five people went in to City Hall with press and cameras and upstairs into council members’ offices.

Members of the group gave their statements to staff along with remaining cakes for council members to buy at prices representing the amount of the cuts. Surprisingly, None of them were in their offices and the chief of police (Mike Reese) was in the building.
Joe Anybody and I were present through this day of actions, and this being the second, it proved to be one of the best. Good speeches were made by community activists, citizens, Union members, and city workers who are being faced with cuts that could leave them jobless.

As only $50 worth of cupcakes were sold, the remainder were ushered into City Hall by groups of five delegates and they faced some opposition by staff as the final groups gained entry.However, we covered this from two camera angles so Joe maintained documentation of all delegates upstairs while I covered the interactions between organizers and City Hall staff below at the gate.

 

Video Link:
A17 City Hall Budget Cuts Bake Sale 4-17-12

Filmed & reported by Joe Anybody & Mobile T

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StreetNews Report:

Early on the morning of 4/17, a board meeting was held at 8:45am at the Parkrose District Office concerning teacher union negotiations between the school board and the Parkrose Faculty Association (PFA). The reentered contract was given a unanimous “No” vote and the board asked for a ten day extension under overwhelming opposition. With much media coverage and a large attendance of the public, outrage ensued. A strike is “inevitable” according to organizers.

VIDEO LINK:

http://youtu.be/luChOK0L4QY

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Its been two years since Ralph Nader came to Portland, but he made it worth the wait when he held an open to the public book signing at Powell’s City of Books yesterday (4/9). Naders new book, Getting Steamed to Overcome Capitalism, mesmorized the audience in the brightly lit Pearl room on the third floor of Powell’s. Attendance was enormous with people crowding even the aisles of books to get a glimpse of and hear the man the commonwealth and corporations are secretly afraid of. As I made my way to the media corner, I heard a thunderous deep voice gradually rising as Mr. Nader once again became enraged within himself and moved the book release into lecture mode.

This new book seems to reach into the psyche of the average person who is interested in learning about the shady practices that large Pac-Man corporations are using to exploit the people and hoard so called “capital”. Nader emphasised the “fire in your gut” or boiling point analogy after using cold hard facts to astonish his audience and talked numbers in the sense of our government spending excess money on foreign wars not neccessary or worth fighting. He also spoke about the statistics of those without healthcare and compared the US to other successful countries which utilize a broad universal healthcare system. Another representative of Occupy Portland (Cameron Whitten) was there and questioned Nader and he responded with positive motivation for the Occupy movement, stressing that Occupy does need some leadership and that we the people can make a difference.

Mr. Nader also held a Q&A about his book and many good questions and comments were offered up. My question to Nader was on his view of ALEC, and he responded with a firestorm shaming them on everything from corporate manipulation to enactment of bad legislature. Though the word “Occupy” was never included in the title or context of the book, it’s almost as if it was written with the intention of motivating those who are now joining forces as a social movement. Hence Occupy.

VIDEO LINK: Ralph Nader Speech & Book Signing Event @ Powell’s Books In PDX 4/9/12

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