On May 24, the same day the blockbuster “military-entertainment complex” film Top Gun: Maverick came out, a man shot and killed nineteen students and two teachers in Uvalde, Texas. Continue reading ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Is Just a High-Budget Military Recruitment Tool
The news of the closing raises questions about a dozen existing and planned officially-sanctioned homeless villages in the region, as well as a key local services provider. By Thacher Schmid May 28, 2022 at 4:35 pm PDT in Willamette Week Old Town’s homeless village is permanently closing, Multnomah County officials say, after its services provider, All Good Northwest, decided it could not continue running the site. The director of the nonprofit, Andy Goebel, blames its decision on “daily and nightly gunfire and gun activity” in the area. The decommissioning, which officials confirmed after an inquiry from WW, also comes a … Continue reading Old Town Homeless Village Will Close After Nonprofit Operator Says Conditions Too Dangerous
Homelessness is one of the most grotesque horrors of US capitalism. And even worse, according to new reporting by Jacobin, the rate of murders of homeless people has spiked to appalling new highs. Continue reading Homeless People in the US Are Being Murdered at a Horrific Rate
The city’s scene may not have a coherent sound, but from hip-hop to alternative, and jazz to reggae, Portland music packs a protest-fueled punch THACHER SCHMID | GRAMMYS | APR 18, 2022 – 10:51 AM In front of a Black … Continue reading ‘Portland Goes Harder’: How PDX’s Disparate, Diverse Music Scene Has Coalesced Around Progressive Politics￼
Even as the numbers keep growing, Portland and Multnomah County officials have repeatedly failed to create a program or location where people living in vehicles can legally park overnight. Continue reading Hundreds of Portlanders Are Living in Their Cars. Here’s How They Do It.
Graham Pruss On Why More People Are Living In Cars And RVs BY THACHER SCHMID • OCTOBER 2021 By some accounts individuals who reside in vehicles make up the fastest-growing subpopulation of homeless people in the U.S. They occupy an ambiguous public space, … Continue reading Displaced
By Thacher Schmid In recent years, American homelessness has been on the rise again. In 2015, West Coast cities declared homeless “emergencies.” Since 2017, “Point in Time” counts have risen; some measures see unhoused populations at all-time highs. Now, due to Covid-19, the numbers could … Continue reading The Village Alternative: Andrew Heben and Tim McCormick Have a Democratic Solution to Houselessness
On the dark streets of a college town, two teenagers hoisted a rock and ended a man’s life. His loved ones want to know when we’ll finally value the lives of homeless people. Continue reading An American Tragedy: The Colorful Life and Shocking Death of Ovid Neal III
Portland-based electronic/down-tempo producer Emancipator, a.k.a. Doug Appling, just released his sixth full-length album, “Mountain of Memory,” on Loci Records. I play violin, viola and mandocaster on two songs, “Iron Ox,” which was released as a single, and “Awakenings.” It hit … Continue reading Emancipator releases ‘Mountain of Memory’
A week after Willamette Week published this Q&A, the source, Rick Turoczy of Portland Incubator Experiment, took the unusual step of putting the entire text of the Q&A on his blog, Silicon Florist. During the late stages of the editorial … Continue reading Rick Turoczy publishes unedited text of Willamette Week Q&A on blog
The godfather of Portland startups talks about what’s special in Rose City tech—and what it must improve. To Portland startup founder Mara Zepeda, he’s the “north star of Portland’s entrepreneurship scene”—or just “Yoda.” To Wieden + Kennedy managing director Renny Gleeson, he’s … Continue reading Rick Turoczy Says the Myth of the Unflappable Entrepreneur Is “All Bullshit”
An exploration of the musical arts by and about DACA recipients and other immigrants, as a bridge over America’s confused immigration policies. Continue reading Building A Bridge Over Troubled Waters
A “unicorn” is a company that sells for $1 billion. In May, an Oregon company almost did just that. By Thacher Schmid |Published July 3 Updated July 3 This spring, Oregon almost saw its first unicorn. A “unicorn” is a company that … Continue reading Is Oregon Home to the Next Billion-Dollar Company?
This past Valentine’s Day, Lillian Blackwolf was sleeping in her tent in a place locals call the Pillars, named for the concrete columns that hold up the Interstate 205 overpass above the Springwater Corridor. That’s when a Rapid Response Bio … Continue reading Oversight Questions Arise as Portland Pays to Clean Up Homeless Campsites
Ric Shreves Says Cryptocurrency Could be the Key to Providing Aid to Refugees. Hear Why at TechfestNW. When one thinks of helping refugees, cryptocurrency is not the first thing that comes to mind. But Ric Shreves, a senior technology advisor … Continue reading Techfest NW speaker previews: Blockchain, smart cities, sports tech, AI