Portland ordinance to protect renters may be a model for other cities. But landlords are fighting back.

The idea seemed simple enough. Last year, Portland passed a law to ease the pain of renters being forced out of their homes or facing large rent hikes. Officials and housing advocates in particular were worried about those facing “no-cause” … Continue reading Portland ordinance to protect renters may be a model for other cities. But landlords are fighting back.

If Portland’s a Sanctuary City, Where Are All the Homeless Latino People?

Their struggles may be more hidden. Here’s why. Deportations, sanctuary and a possible end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or “Dreamer,” program are the big issues facing undocumented immigrants in the United States. But people in Portland’s Latino … Continue reading If Portland’s a Sanctuary City, Where Are All the Homeless Latino People?

Belize (Adbusters)

This is a piece I wrote about Belize, a tiny Central American nation with a horrendously high homicide rate, for Adbusters, a graphic art-oriented, activist magazine published out of Vancouver, B.C. My own trip to Belize in 2000 was marred by a double homicide right outside my hotel room, which may or may not have been connected to my friend’s wallet being stolen that same night — after we went to the only disco on Caye Caulker. Luckily, the thief left my friend’s passport, otherwise we might still be there. Continue reading Belize (Adbusters)