Category US society

Anti-Hillary Left Easily Hands Election to Trump: personal vanity politics remain dismissive of US reality

(Published November 16, 2016 in The Huffington Post)  No hope for a progressive administration, courtesy of the holier-than-thou Left. No, it wasn’t the rise of the disaffected white workers in the Midwest Iron Belt that put Donald Trump in the White House. Not by a long shot. No, the driving force that kept Hillary Clinton […]

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 […]

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, […]

My Holiday in Iran 

(Published June 2, 2013, The Guardian) I recently returned from a vacation in Iran, (why does that phrase always trigger “Holiday in Cambodia” by the Dead Kennedys in my head?) my third time there since 1998. Time spent in the Islamic Republic and other regions around the world always motivates me to question why so […]

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 […]

Another American Massacre 

( 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 […]

Not on my bus, not in front of me 

( 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 […]