Art on a Protest: From N Edison, St. Johns

A plein-air perspective of the Greenpeace protest.

Visual Arts
When Gabriel Liston painted the Greenpeace protesters dangling from the St. Johns Bridge on July 29, he made art history and outmatched all the photographs of the event. Painting en    More
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 MEGAN HARNED

Photos: Activists Protest Shell by Suspending Themselves off the St. Johns Bridge


This morning, 26 climbers from Greenpeace suspended themselves from the St. Johns Bridge to create a human wall to stop a Shell ship from leaving Portland, where it is stopped for repairs. "Our goal is to basically demonstrate as much community resistance to Shell's plans to drill for oil and secure new oil reserves in the Arctic," Meredith Cocks with environmental group Portland Rising Tide told NBC ...   More
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 LIZZY ACKER

Rep. Lew Frederick Introduces 11 Police Reform Bills in Salem


Rumblings of police reform are making their way from the streets of Portland to the halls of the Oregon Legislature. Protests against police violence jammed Portland streets this winter as young African-American activists call for stricter cop oversight in the wake of the deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of police in Ferguson, Mo., and New York City. Now state Rep. Lew Frederick (D-Portland) ...   More
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 AARON MESH

Mayor Charlie Hales is Probably Not Going Undercover as a Homeless Man

"That was a topic discussed. And nothing more."


Portland Mayor Charlie Hales met for nearly three hours Tuesday with protesters against police violence. His office then released a written list of the "action items" Hales could start tackling as he continues to meet monthly with protesters for the next six months.One of those action items stood out like a sore thumb: "Go undercover as a homeless person, 'Undercover Boss' style."Could this actually ...   More
Friday, December 12, 2014 AARON MESH

Bring the Noise

Young African-Americans are leading the Portland protests against police violence. But can they make a real difference?

News Stories
Glenn Waco had just shut down Pioneer Place. He marched 500 protesters into the downtown mall, pressed through groups of holiday shoppers and led them in a chant of “I can’t breathe! I can   More
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 AARON MESH

"Rose Garden Forever" Movement Has a T-Shirt and 4,700 Digital Signatures


A week after the Portland Trail Blazers announced the franchise had sold naming rights to the Rose Garden arena to a dental insurer, a team of signature gatherers is refusing to acknowledge the Moda Center. Instead, they are holding fast to a Portland tradition: protesting. The "Rose Garden Forever" movement has gathered 4,700 digital signatures on a letter to team president Chris McGowan asking him ...   More
Thursday, August 22, 2013 by Aaron Mesh

Occupiers Get Clever With May Day Flyers

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Occupy Portland activists have called for a general strike tomorrow, in honor of May Day.Portland Mayor Sam Adams this afternoon put out a press release saying he expects a "peaceful, family-friendly" May Day march by organized labor groups—but noted "the Portland Police Bureau are charged with keeping the peace."The bureau, for its own part, said in an April 22 release that "mildly aggressive" demonstrators ...   More
Monday, April 30, 2012 COREY PEIN

Occupy Portland: Notes From a Protest


First things first: I did not attend the Occupy Portland protest on purpose; I was in Old Town for my own reasons.--- Like many who stayed away, I have always been leery of large masses of people shouting for one side or another, whether at stadiums or in street marches, even if the side they’re on is my own. The reason is less the suffocating claustrophobia of such crowds—though this is also true—but ...   More
Friday, October 7, 2011 MATTHEW KORFHAGE


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