Monthly Archives: December 2012

Good-Bye, Felony Flats: Southeast Residents Develop a “No-Tolerance Attitude” 

(Originally appeared 02/28/08. Portland Mercury) “When I first started coming here, this neighborhood was more or less a meth capital. Methamphetamines were rampant, especially on 65th and Foster. “Right here, you could get meth,” Kenny Sadler said as he straddled his mountain bike and gestured to the intersection a few feet away. “You could get […]

Darius Rejali: Portland-based expert on state-sponsored torture answers some painful questions.

(Originally appeared 11/28/07, Willamette Week) Darius M. Rejali became an internationally recognized expert on torture and interrogation in part due to his childhood growing up under an authoritarian regime in Iran, and the personal revelations that a powerful ancestor and government official regularly used torture. Rejali, 47, chair of Reed’s Political Science Department, has an […]

Portland’s Newest Labor Movement? SE 6th & Ankeny Day Laborers May Relocate to New Center 

(Originally appeared 06/05/07, Portland IndyMedia) If everything moves according to an evolving set of plans, day laborers searching for work in the unsheltered streets along SE 6th Avenue near East Burnside and SE Ankeny Street may soon get the chance to find similar jobs under more hospitable conditions, most probably at a different location. Until […]

PORTLAND BUSINESS OWNER AT “GROUND ZERO TO DAY LABOR MOVEMENT” SAYS IT’S WORKED OUT BETTER THAN ANTICIPATED

(Originally appeared 06/13/07, Portland IndyMedia) Alejandro is an immigrant from Oaxaca, Mexico whose weathered, toughened hands betrayed his experience with construction jobs. In a recent interview, he said visiting the de facto day labor corners at SE 6th and Ankeny every morning has been his ongoing task for at least a month, every time landing […]

PORTLAND OFFICIALS SHOW LITTLE INTEREST IN, AND SAY NOTHING CAN BE DONE ABOUT, POSTED DEATH THREATS AGAINST SOLDIER EFFIGY BURNERS 

(Originally published 04/30/07, Portland IndyMedia) This May Day the downtown streets of Portland promise to be a vibrant mix of demonstrators protesting everything from the Iraq War to corporate capitalism to immigration restrictions to US-sponsored terrorism. Portland Police will no doubt be out in force to crack down on the willful jaywalkers, unpermitted marchers, disobedient […]