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Protesters Drive Home Unfair General Motors Practices at Local Dealership

Protesters Drive Home Unfair General Motors Practices at Local Dealership
After two years of attempts to receive compensation for injured General Motors workers, protesters are bringing the fight to GM dealerships, the real points of profit for GM. On Saturday November 2, a group of 15 activists gathered at Wentworth Chevrolet on SE Grand Avenue as part of the final push for achieving justice for the Association of Injured Workers of General Motors-Columbia (ASOTRECOL). The workers of ASOTRECOL were fired from the GM plant in Colombia after suffering injuries–many permanent–and illness on the job. Their firings left them without severance pay and worker’s compensation insurance, clear violations of Colombian law.…

Immigrants Enduring Brutal Path to Citizenship; Determined to Prevail by Pete Shaw

Immigrants Enduring Brutal Path to Citizenship; Determined to Prevail by Pete Shaw
The Obama Administration is barreling toward a milestone, one it probably would like kept in the shadows. Sometime in the next few weeks, the number of people without documentation deported since President Obama took office in 2009 will exceed 2 million. It’s an astounding number–far more than the Bush Administration deported–and it is puzzling considering the amount of support Obama received in 2012 from voters of Mexican, Central American, and South American descent, as well as other immigrant groups. Of far greater magnitude, it’s also a devastating number. Many of the people deported are parents of children born in the…

Portland Tax Dollars Supporting Private Prisons; Group Demands Divestment by Pete Shaw

Portland Tax Dollars Supporting Private Prisons; Group Demands Divestment by Pete Shaw
On Tuesday October 15th about 40 people gathered outside the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) building on NW Broadway demanding that the City of Portland divest from the for-profit prison industry, and as well that Sheriff Staton drop the ICE Hold on Oregon Dream Activist Manny Perez. The rally, organized by the Portland Private Prison Divestment Campaign (PPPDC), was one of many over the past couple of weeks that have centered upon calling for new immigration legislation that leads to citizenship instead of the current law which is tearing apart families and endangering communities by making people without documentation less…