Monthly Archives: January 2013
Will justice ever play in Peoria? Paper does wrong by slain civil rights activist & Black Panther chapter founder Mark Clark.
(Originally appeared 01/26/13, EmergePeoria.com) Fallout continues more than four decades after Hoover-connected cops kill Black Panthers Mark Clark and Fred Hampton during infamous Chicago raid. In 2011, the late Peorian Mark Clark was inducted into the local African American Hall of Fame. Last year, that honored position with the Hall found its way into the […]
( Originally appeared 08/08/12, Portland IndyMedia) On Monday afternoon I came across two different Sikh truck drivers during my day-job as a security guard at a north Portland warehouse on Swan Island. The two encounters afforded me the chance to offer my condolences and beg their forgiveness for the senseless evil committed on their co-religionists […]
( Originally appeared 08/26/12, Portland IndyMedia) Three days ago I was on a packed #72 Portland city bus running north on 82nd Avenue trying to deal with my broken car. I was sitting in the very back facing a big 20something guy with greased-back black hair talking to anyone who would listen. “I really like […]
(Originally appeared 04/18/12, Portland IndyMedia) The situation screams McCarthy-era thought police that here in 2012 we have such a crystal clear example of spineless American public commentary and discourse, all in unified lockstep behind the apoplectic and cowardly smears against Cuba’s former leader and revolutionary icon Fidel Castro. Ever since Miami Marlins baseball manager Ozzie […]
(Originally appeared 07/24/11, Portland IndyMedia) Unlike most of us, I know more about scleroderma than I ever desired or imagined. This autoimmune disease that touches an estimated 300,000 in America alone comes in two forms, localized and systemic, and generally afflicts four times as many middle-age women than men. Children, however, are not immune. Scleroderma […]
Requiem for a War: Portland’s peace community responds with silence and contempt to US troop pullout from Iraq.
(Originally appeared 12/29/11, BlueOregon.com) President Barack Hussein Obama has made good on the promise and commitment that got him elected: ending the war in Iraq. In a place like Portland, Oregon, that should mean something. For years, there was an opportunity almost every weekend in the Rose City to participate in a public antiwar […]
OHSU leads with treatment of torture victims; so why are they honoring Condi Rice, who authorized waterboarding?
(Originally appeared 10/12/11, BlueOregon.com) How can OHSU operate a renowned torture treatment center on one hand, and sponsor a local event featuring a former high government official who reportedly authorized torture on the other? There is a rather curious side note to the growing controversy surrounding the October 19 keynote speech by former US Secretary […]