Bill Resnick talks with Angela McWhinney, an organizer with We Are Oregon, and Terran Connolly, with Unsettle Portland. Earlier this month Angela and Terran's organizations helped stand up to foreclosures with homeowners. They articulate a vision of community control over housing and land, and an economy not dominated by financial prorities.
Paul Cienfuegos has been passionate about social change all his life and has devoted most of his adult life to this important work. In 1995, he founded Democracy Unlimited of Humboldt County (DUHC), which works to dismantle corporate constitutional so-called "rights" and strengthen the rights of communities to govern themselves. He moved to Portland in April in order to greatly expand the work of this critical new movement across the state of Oregon. You can connect with his extensive writings, speeches and workshops at PaulCienfuegos.com or on facebook.
On Saturday, around 100 people marched through downtown Portland to protest certain provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act passed by Congress last week. Most of the protesters are part of the Portland branch of the Occupy Wall Street Movement. At one point they occupied a mall to urge shoppers to read about the bill.
Pacifica reporter Africa Jones brings us the sounds of the protest:
Over the weekend, hundreds of supporters of immigrant rights gathered in downtown Portland to commemorate International Migrants Day. Speakers at the rally in the South Park Blocks Saturday morning spoke of the need for national legislation providing a real path to citizenship for immigrants, and encouraged the passage of the DREAM Act to allow children born abroad but raised in the U-S to be able to become citizens.
KBOO’s Anna Preble was there, and spoke with some of the participants in the march and rally:
The battle to keep Oregon’s rural post offices open continued today with a rally in Scappoose.
Although Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley on Friday claimed credit for saving twenty of Oregon’s post offices from closure, twenty one more are still scheduled to be shut down by the end of the year.