Oregon Gay/Lesbian Vets Group Wants Obama To Go Faster on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

President Obama's pledge on Saturday at the annual dinner of the Human Rights Campaign to “end 'Don't Ask Don't Tell” comes at an opportune time for Veterans for Human Rights. The Portland nonprofit, which promotes equal rights in the Armed Forces, has scheduled a re-organizational meeting Oct 21 at 7 pm at the Q Center (4115 N. Mississippi Ave) to create new leadership. “Everything ...   More
Monday, October 12, 2009 Sasha Ingber

Obama Administration Announces New Pot Policy

For those who remember our interview last year with then-presidential candidate Barack Obama, today's news should come as no surprise. The Justice Department issued a memo to federal prosecutors telling them them not to target medical-marijuana patients and their sanctioned suppliers. While most of Oregon's Democratic leaders remain mealy-mouthed about the marijuana issue, it appears the ...   More
Monday, October 19, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

How To Help a Portlander's Global Fight Against Landmines

You might remember Portland lawyer John F. Bradach's efforts a few years ago to impeach then-President George W. Bush and then-Vice President Dick Cheney. Those came up short. But Bradach's work to honor his nephew, who was killed in Iraq, remains active. John Bradach tells us about his sister Lynn Bradach's appointment as the U.S. spokeswoman for the United States Campaign to Ban Landmines and ...   More
Monday, October 19, 2009 JONATHAN CROWL

Exec At Portland's Q Center Gets Invited to the White House

Q Center executive director Kendall Clawson was invited today to the White House to watch President Obama sign a significant new piece of hate crimes legislation into law. The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act takes its name from Shepard —a college student in Wyoming who was killed for being gay; and Byrd, an African-American man who was chained and dragged ...   More
Monday, October 26, 2009 Sasha Ingber

What Jeff Merkley Thinks About Time's Person of The Year

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke may be Time magazine's Person of the Year. But U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley doesn't seem too impressed with the man Time credited with preventing an "economic catastrophe." The Oregon Democrat announced this morning he would vote on Dec. 17 against Bernanke's nomination to a second term as Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. Merkley, ...   More
Wednesday, December 16, 2009 HANK STERN

Get Your War Off: 'Rethink Afghanistan' Coming to Portland

While President Obama is busy escalating U.S. involvement in Afghanistan, some Portlanders are taking it into their own hands to protest the troop surge. Next week they'll get a lift from a documentary film swinging through town that urges Americans to rethink the war. Rethink Afghanistan is showing at the Clinton Street Theater on Thursday, Jan. 14 at 7 pm. The film by the nonprofit Brave ...   More
Thursday, January 7, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

SF Homeless Protest Update: Caravan Delayed, Still Moving Forward

Here's an update on the travels of local homeless people and housing activists to San Francisco for a large protest scheduled tomorrow to demand that the Obama administration provide funding for affordable housing. Demonstrators are delayed by a snowstorm near Mount Shasta but have chained their vans and cars to arrive in San Fran for tonight's downtown rally sponsored by the Western Regional ...   More
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 Leah Dimatteo

Good News For The Artist Behind This Obama Cover

President Obama catches a lot of heat for not creating jobs fast enough. But here's a happy tale of how Obama's image above, courtesy of Lukas Ketner in WW's spring 2008 endorsement issue, has helped Ketner land a big comic book deal that will be introduced this week at Comic-con. And Ketner's partner in the comic book deal, Brandon Seifert, has freelanced for some time in WW's music and culture ...   More
Monday, July 19, 2010 HANK STERN

Protest and TriMet Alert: The Obama Edition

Here are a couple of things readers should know about President Obama coming to Portland this Wednesday Oct. 20 to campaign for Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Kitzhaber at the Oregon Convention Center. 1) Anti-war protesters plan to rally from 3:3o pm to 6:45 pm near the convention center urging the president to end both wars and close the Guantanamo Bay detention center. 2) TriMet ...   More
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 Jason Slotkin


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