Murmurs: Homesteaders, Fundraisers and the Spirits of Giving

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HEY, YOU KIDS! GET OFF MY ANCESTOR’S LAWN! Randy Panek, a descendant of W.W. Chapman, who sold the land for Chapman Square to the City of Portland 141 years ago, was so upset by Occupy Portland’s    More
 
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 WW Editorial Staff

Portland Schools Campaign Nears $200,000 Mark

Portland Public Schools

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If you're keeping track of fund-raising for Portland Public Schools' money requests this May, there have been some large corporate donations in the past week. Portlanders for Schools, the campaign fund to pass both a $548 million bond measure and renewal of a local-option levy, collected $25,000 apiece from Portland General Electric and Howard S. Wright Constructors. And Nike donated $15,000.The latest ...   More
 
Monday, February 7, 2011 HANK STERN

Phil Knight: Puzzled by Oregon Politics


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Today's Oregonian features a lengthy interview with Nike co-founder Phil Knight, in the wake of the University of Oregon's 37-20 football victory over Oregon State University on Saturday. In past years, the Nike chairman has given tens of millions to U of O athletic programs and also been unusually politically active. He contributed $770,000 to a variety of causes and candidates since last October, ...   More
 
Monday, December 6, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Portland Schools Advocates Resurrect Campaign Fund


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The Portland School Board votes tonight whether to refer a $548 million construction bond measure to voters this May. But supporters of the construction bond, including board member Bobbie Regan, have already started raising money under the auspices of "Portlanders for Schools," the campaign fund that supported the successful 2006 local-option levy. Besides Regan—who gave $1,000 to ...   More
 
Monday, December 13, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Wieden+Kennedy Got the Nike Slogan from Gary Gilmore?


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He coined Nike's best slogan. Then he immediately died. In a preview of the advertising documentary Art & Copy," the New York Times revealed Wednesday that Portland ad agency Wieden+Kennedy borrowed its Nike motto "Just Do It" from somebody who wouldn't need it back: Gary Gilmore. Mr. Gilmore, the notorious spree-killer, uttered the words “Let's do it” just before a firing squad ...   More
 
Friday, August 21, 2009 AARON MESH

Why Nike And Michael Vick Would Be a Strange Relationship


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Earlier reports of a endorsement deal between Nike and Michael Vick —now denied by Nike— caused a WW reader to remind us of why a deal would have been a curious move for Phil Knight's company. Vick was reinstated this season by the NFL to play for Philadelphia after serving prison time for being part of a dogfighting ring. Obviously, Vick has served his time and should be allowed to ...   More
 
Thursday, October 1, 2009 JONATHAN CROWL

Who in Oregon is Donating to Referendum 71 in Washington


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With one week to go until Washington voters decide whether to retain their state's domestic partnership rights for same-sex couples, we were curious which Oregonians and Oregon companies are donating their cash to the campaign across the river. Washington Families Standing Together, the group urging a yes vote Nov. 3 on Referendum 71 to retain domestic partnership, has collected more than $1.3 ...   More
 
Tuesday, October 27, 2009 HANK STERN

Election 2010: Nick Fish, Jeff Cogen Pull Big Bucks From Nike


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Ex-Gov. John Kitzhaber, running in the Democratic gubernatorial primary for his old job, isn't the only one getting political donations from Nike. The company also swooshed into Portland politics last week when it gave $2,000 apiece to two candidates who each have little-financed challengers in the May primary. The recipients of the Nike contributions are City Commissioner Nick Fish and Multnomah ...   More
 
Monday, April 19, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

What Hondurans Say About Nike's Subcontractors In Their Country


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Nike's activities in Honduras were condemned as “monstrous” this week by two factory workers from that Central American country who alleged abuses by the sportswear company. Speaking Tuesday night at Portland State University, the two Honduran workers told an audience of about 100 people that Nike's subcontractors violated Honduran law by withholding severance payments totaling $2.2 ...   More
 
Thursday, April 29, 2010 Ott Tammik

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