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Portland Welcomes Migrant Youth

Portland Welcomes Migrant Youth
Portland Welcomes Migrant Youth In the coming weeks, at least 90 unaccompanied migrant youth will be transferred from the border to shelters in Portland. Hundreds more youth will be transferred to Joint Base Lewis-McCord in Washington state. Nearly 39,000 unaccompanied minors were apprehended at the US-Mexico border in 2013, and 74,000 are projected to arrive in 2014. The majority of these unaccompanied migrant youth come from Central America. We realize that there are many complicated reasons why children leave their families and homes to brave a dangerous journey across the border. We further understand that our government’s policies and actions…

Elections and Peace Talks Won’t Stem Colombia’s Violence

Elections and Peace Talks Won’t Stem Colombia’s Violence
The presidential run-off this weekend and talks with the FARC are obscuring horrific violence in places like Buenaventura—and US multinationals are deeply implicated. Michael Norby and Brian Fitzpatrick June 13, 2014 Police in the San Jose neighborhood of Buenaventura have long been accused by locals of collusion with right wing death squads. (All photographs by Michael Norby and Brian Fitzpatrick) At his residence in the Colombian port of Buenaventura, Monsignor Héctor Epalza Quintero portrays in chilling detail the destruction of his city. He speaks softly and never breaks eye contact; it’s as if he is studying the reaction, making sure the level…

Communities Fight For History on Road to Justice

Communities Fight For History on Road to Justice
Story by Pete Shaw Of all the forms of struggle against oppression, there is none more fundamental than memory. It is the substrate from which all resistance germinates.  Nurtured and nourished, those sprouts bloom, fruit, and scatter more seed upon ground both hallowed and fallow, their shoots pushing up with great tenacity against at times seemingly insurmountable odds.  And if persistently tended to, one day there is a great blooming followed by a once unimaginable yield.  Apparently come from nowhere, that Spring and subsequent harvest is the product of years–even generations–of hard work by people, often left unnamed if not…

Major Victory for ICE Detainer Foes; Battle for Immigrant Justice Not Over

Major Victory for ICE Detainer Foes; Battle for Immigrant Justice Not Over
Story by Pete Shaw Watershed moments are always interesting. On the one hand, there is great cause for celebration. Raise a glass, take a bow, give a pat on the back–even your own–and revel in your moment. But no such moment is ever an end point. Morning becomes afternoon. Afternoon rolls into evening. Night falls. And tomorrow there is elation’s detritus to sweep away and begin the work anew, albeit building upon firmer ground. One of those watershed moments came for the immigrant rights movement on April 11 when Judge Janice Stewart of the United States District Court in Oregon ruled…

Successful Home Reclamation Under Threat as Alicia Jackson El Faces Pressure from Court

Successful Home Reclamation Under Threat as Alicia Jackson El Faces Pressure from Court
Story by Pete Shaw Nearly two years after taking back her house, Alicia Jackson El is having her day in court. On April 11, Jackson El appeared before Judge Steven Evans to defend herself against Fox Capital Corporation, the “foreclosure flipping” company that claims it owns her house. On May Day 2012, Jackson El, with the help of several hundred members of the community, moved back into her house after determining her foreclosure was illegal. Jackson El had fallen behind on her mortgage after losing her job with the City, and tried to get a loan modification. Her bank refused…

Now Hiring – PCASC Community Organizer

Now Hiring – PCASC Community Organizer
PCASC Community Organizer Job Description Executive Summary: Founded in 1979, the Portland Central America Solidarity Committee educates and mobilizes community members, workers, and students around struggles for human rights and social justice throughout the Americas. PCASC creates a space for those with anti-capitalist, anti-imperialist, feminist, and anti-racist values to build community power. Purpose: The PCASC Community Organizer advances the PCASC mission through recruiting new volunteers and members, developing the skills and leadership capacity of volunteers and members, and supporting the political work of sub-committees. Job Details Accepting application until May 15th Position Starts in early June Part-time position at 20…

A Community Response to Sheriffs’ Announcements to Limits on Police-ICE Collaboration

A Community Response to Sheriffs’ Announcements to Limits on Police-ICE Collaboration
After years of community pressure across Oregon and across the country, the Multnomah, Clackamas, and Washington County Sheriffs’ Offices have finally announced that, as of May 16, 2014, they will stop honoring requests from federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to hold undocumented individuals in jail for transfer to ICE custody. The Sheriffs’ decisions directly follow a federal judge's ruling that Clackamas County violated a woman's 4th amendment rights by holding her for immigration authorities. The ruling says that Oregon jails should not be holding noncitizens if the only reason to do so is an ICE hold (or detainer). And…

Immigration Reform Continues Border Militarization

Immigration Reform Continues Border Militarization
By Crystal Contreras This past March, 150 undocumented people from all over the United States participated in a mass border crossing; an act of civil disobedience which was meant to counteract the record deportations that have been happening under the Obama Administration. The events took place at the San Ysidro and Otay Mesa ports of entry in San Diego, California, bringing the treatment of our fellow human beings to the front and center of the immigration conversation. The actions couldn’t have happened at a more opportune time, especially when you consider that nearby just weeks before, a man was killed…

Immigrant Rights Activists Fight to Keep Families Together, Demand Justice for All

Immigrant Rights Activists Fight to Keep Families Together, Demand Justice for All
Story by Pete Shaw As President Obama edges closer toward deporting 2 million people during his time in office–he will likely hit that mark in April–people without documentation, their families, and their communities have decided to take him on head first. One of the most interesting tactics has been the Bring Them Home campaign which uses unjust US immigration laws to fuel greater justice for immigrants. From March 10 to 17, over 150 people without documentation voluntarily crossed the Mexico-US border from Tijuana, Mexico and voluntarily turned themselves into border patrol agents at the Otay Mesa Port of Entry in…