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Confronting Low Wages and No Renter Protections in Oregon

On Thursday, February 18, minimum wage and housing justice activists in Oregon descended on Salem to protest a weakened wage proposal and delayed renters’ rights legislation. $15Now Oregon – the state wing of the larger Fight for $15 movement sweeping the country – saw opposition over the last several months coming from the much more […]

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A Socialist on City Council: A Look at the Career of Kshama Sawant 

The case of Kshama Sawant shows that no matter how good the candidate, business as usual rules in elected office This article is part of an ongoing series called “Socialist faces in high places” looking at the left in relation to the electoral path and state power.  By Michael Reagan, Counterpunch 2016 is shaping up to be […]

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Solidarity In Action: Housing and Labor Groups Support Workers at Janus Negotiations [VIDEO]

The chants barely subsided as they pushed their way into the main office. Workers at the Janus Youth Shelter had seen their negotiations almost entirely halted as they saw the prospect of miniscule raises, layoffs, and cuts in services for the homeless at-risk youth they serve. As they moved into the office with a group […]

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Portland Demands a Raise: PDX Joins the Fight for $15 Day of Action

We don’t live in the world we were promised. With hard work we could achieve dreams, the kind of which our parents never could have seen. Instead we have collectively headed into a “lost generation” where we will be the first generation to be poorer than our parents. The concept of preparatory work, or jobs […]

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