Forgetting isn’t always a bad thing. The planet’s coming apart at the seams, and hey, weed is legal now. But even in a nation as ahistoric as America—led by a president who never got the memo about poverty, slavery, or … Continue reading Insanity and Family: Creating Typhoon’s New Dystopian Magnum Opus
Each year, US cities give thousands of homeless people one-way bus tickets out of town. An 18-month nationwide investigation by the Guardian reveals, for the first time, what really happens at journey’s end Quinn Raber arrived at a San Francisco … Continue reading Bussed out: How America moves its homeless
Disability Rights Oregon’s Sarah Radcliffe talks about her new report about juvenile incarceration at NORCOR Kids disciplined for leaving an orange pip on the floor, falling asleep, using a tissue as a bookmark or “being needy.” Kids locked up for … Continue reading The ‘heart-wrenching’ youth detention conditions in The Dalles
Tim Boyle, CEO of Columbia Sportswear, has threatened to relocate the Portland headquarters of one of his brands, citing safety concerns. How to resolve the issue is leaving the city divided Threats by the billionaire CEO of Columbia Sportswear to … Continue reading Portland homeless crisis: sportswear CEO’s threat prompts soul-searching
Leonard Higgins faces up to 10 years for his role in the nation’s biggest takeover of fossil fuel infrastructure On Nov. 20, 350Montana.org hosted a mock trial of “Valve Turner” Leonard Higgins at the University of Montana in Missoula. One … Continue reading ‘I had no choice’: Portland ‘Valve Turner’ convicted in climate fight
It’s a Costly Side Effect of Portland’s Housing Crisis THE HAND SANITIZER-FUELED Bunsen burner was a form of streetwise ingenuity to make MacGyver proud—but it may have cost a life. When the body of Rachael Edwards was found in Oregon … Continue reading As Winter Approaches, the Homeless Are Using Dangerous Methods to Keep Warm
The soft voice from inside the tent could barely be heard over the howling wind, freeway noise and wild flapping of the tarp. So Tiffany Grigg, perched on a milk crate in the mud, leaned in to listen. It was … Continue reading She used to get high on heroin and lived in a tent. Now she’s helping homeless people get off the streets
Released in November 2017, “Baralku” by Emancipator shot immediately to the top of the iTunes Electronic album charts. I play the lead hook on the title track and a blues solo on the album’s first single, “Goodness.” Billboard’s review notes … Continue reading ‘Baralku’ tops iTunes electronic charts
Margarita Reyes Pacheco’s story is one of immigration, family and hard work If cranberries decorate your Thanksgiving table or a Christmas wreath adorns your home, you might have Margarita Reyes Pacheco to thank. She’s a Mexican immigrant farmworker who spends … Continue reading Divided by deportation: ‘Hope is what I lean on’
A group of roughly 20 immigrant detainees being held by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in a privately run facility in the Dalles will go on hunger strike today, according to a clergyman working with the inmates. Rev. Richard … Continue reading ICE Detainees in the Dalles Are Planning Another Hunger Strike, Advocate Says
The Strip is gone… The “Strip,” a stretch of North Lombard Street in St. Johns where approximately 20 homeless people lived in a dozen RVs, is gone. In July, WW explored the location, a favorite dumping ground for abandoning RVs … Continue reading As City Officials Tow RVs Off the Portland Streets, People Priced Out of Apartments Wonder Where to Go Now
Despite Increased Enforcement—and Misinformation—the Agency No Longer Has Public Information Staff in the Pacific Northwest AROUND the same time US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) was sending out erroneous media releases about mass arrests in Portland and Seattle last month, … Continue reading Why Is It So Hard to Figure Out What ICE is Up To?
A lack of data has led to funding cuts for some programs that otherwise might support these individuals, while others — such as OHSU — seek to boost their offerings In her 31 years, Willow Paloma has had many identities: … Continue reading Homelessness Compounds Health Challenges for Transgender Portlanders
Lawsuits, political resistance, immigrant rights and the state’s sanctuary law are forming a perfect storm over the Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Facilities Charles, the manager of a Hood River restaurant, wants his sous chef back. When Immigration and Customs Enforcement … Continue reading What’s the problem with NORCOR?
In September of 2017 Emancipator released a single, “Goodness,” in advance of a full album due in November called “Baralku,” on the artist’s own Loci Records. The song, on which I play a slow bluesy doublestop shuffle on violin and … Continue reading Emancipator releases ‘Goodness’ in advance of full album ‘Baralku’