December 2019

GTFF Resists UO Admin to Secure Contract and Readies for Broader Struggle

After a yearlong contract fight, the Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation reached an agreement with the University of Oregon administration. The contract was ratified in a vote in which 73 percent of GTFF members participated and 93 percent voted in favor of ratification In attaining a new contract, GTFF members successfully resisted a severe attack by…

Raging for the Rojava Revolution @ Wandering Goat REVIEWS Silence Mill / Hoarder / Broken Dead

The first act of this November 20th benefit show was Silence Mill, a local punk band who got their name from ‘Le Moulin a Silence,’ an old fashioned name for the guillotine. Why the guillotine? The guillotine represents the disconnect between punk music and the masses. This is the sort of thing Malcolm McLaren’s son…

What’s Going on in Bolivia?

Over the course of the last few weeks, Bolivia has shifted from its most stable and socially productive administration since the establishment of the state in the early 19th century to an oppressive Military regime. After three successful elections in favor of Evo Morales, the state of Bolivia has moved from the second poorest country…

ICE in Oregon

Across the U.S., anti-Immigration and Customs Enforcement protests continue in many forms. In Portland, hundreds of protesters shut down an ICE field office in 2018 as part of a nationwide campaign called Occupy ICE. In August 2019, 100 people were arrested for partially shutting the West Side Highway in Manhattan in protest of ICE mass…

Solidarity, a poem

I need you to understand that I resent labels.I don’t think they represent anyone’s true soul.Instead they pick and pull apart the fabric of your narrative in order to create theirs. Your story is yours to own and change. To paraphrase Shaun King: change has existed after a period he labels the integration of innovation…

FUCK THIS PIPELINE: Jordan Cove Must Die

On November 21 st a glorious bald eagle soared above the crowd of several hundred people amassed on the Oregon capital steps to protest the Jordan Cove LNG pipeline project. Hundreds simultaneously inhaled and then erupted in celebration at the auspicious omen. No sooner had the noble creature passed than Yakama Elder Ed Edmo who…

Chelsea Manning Still Jailed Over Contempt in Grand Jury on Julian Assange

Recently, I wrote a research paper on the mainstream media’s opinion of Chelsea Manning and its influence around LGBT individuals within the U.S. military. My findings were that it will never matter what major news corporations think of Manning. She is a unicorn among those who have, or still, serve their country. The Williams Institute…

Direct Action Is Our Last Chance To Stop Irreversible Climate Chaos

The blaring horn of the speeding ship coming up the Columbia River reverberated through my tired bones. The repetitious be low drowned out the heckling of individuals standing above me on the dock “go home, environmentalists!”, and the beating of my heart. I checked the security of my harness and gazed out across the fog…

University of Oregon Expands! Eugene’s Housing Crisis

In 2016, The University of Oregon announced plans to host the Olympic Trials in 2020 and subsequent championships in 2021. Between the two events, our small riverside city expects an influx of over 80,000 transients: roughly half of the city’s overall population. That same year, the Oregon legislature passed Senate Bill 1533, which authorized Oregon…

Homelessness in Portland’s Lents Neighborhood

Portland, Oregon has become known around the world as a hipster paradise. The music scene is thriving. You can grab a $9 vegan meal from a food cart on any corner downtown. “Ready for Hillary” signs and “Bernie for President” stickers decorate lawns and Subaru bumpers throughout the neighbourhoods. Portlandia, a popular show starring Fred…