Category Portland

Portland Paper Whitewashes Role in WWII Internments as State Honors Rights Champion, Former Internee Minoru Yasui

(Published on March 29, 2016 in The Huffington Post) The Oregonian photo page from May 10, 1942 somehow, someway found smiling young internees effortlessly going about their daily lives behind barb wire and armed soldiers. A year later, President Roosevelt appointed the paper’s editor and publisher Edwin Palmer Hoyt as director of the Domestic Branch […]

Portland City Council should officially welcome refugee children

(Published on July 27, 2014 as a guest commentary in The Oregonian. Generated 589 online responses.) The following day, I appeared in studio on the Lars Larson radio show: Tuesday was one of those days that remind me why I’m proud to call Portland home. A handful of local nonprofit advocates led by the Portland […]

Taking a stand for justice in Palestine

  I wrote the following article back in 2000 during the Second Intifada. I try to provide some historical background to the conflict then, and not much really has changed. Except the body counts. The video here was my impromptu public address just before Obama took office for his first term. Again, not much has […]

When Portland did more than follow orders 

(Published October 2, 2013, Blueoregon.com) September’s passing has witnessed yet another unrecognized anniversary of our city’s landmark episode of wholesale ethnic cleansing which remains unequaled in Portland history. September 1942 saw the close of the Portland Assembly Center prison camp when every local citizen and immigrant resident of Japanese ancestry was at last forced out, […]