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YIMBYism Doesn't Work YIMBYism Doesn't Work

In cities like San Francisco, where housing crises rage, a new movement of rich and upper middle class liberals has risen. YIMBYs, which stands for Yes In My Backyard, adhere to a pro-building, pro-developer philosophy that alleges that if we just build more housing—even if that housing is almost entirely expensive…

Portland Police Criticized for
Charging Counterprotesters at Patriot
Prayer Rally Portland Police Criticized for Charging Counterprotesters at Patriot Prayer Rally

Police in Portland, OR are facing criticism for their handling of a white supremacist rally on Saturday organized by the extremist groups Patriot Prayer and Proud Boys. Four people were arrested and several were injured, but the scale of violence was considerably less than many had expected.

Heavily Armed Federal Officers Move in To Close Down Portland's #OccupyICE Camp Heavily Armed Federal Officers Move in To Close Down Portland's #OccupyICE Camp

Department of Homeland Security officers, some decked out in full riot gear, moved in early Thursday morning to shut down an encampment of protesters who had been posted outside Portland’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement headquarters for more than a week to protest child detentions.

ICE Protests Spreading As Demonstrators Block Buses
Transporting Migrant Children ICE Protests Spreading As Demonstrators Block Buses Transporting Migrant Children

A protest movement to disrupt the activities of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and border authorities in response to the Trump administration’s family separation crisis is spreading from coast to coast.

Protesters Force ICE to Shut Down Portland Facility Protesters Force ICE to Shut Down Portland Facility

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency announced on Wednesday that it had temporarily shut down one of its facilities in Portland, OR. The move was a victory for protesters who had spent three days rallying outside the building.

ICE Enters a Private Home Without a Warrant to Detain a Man
They Later Released ICE Enters a Private Home Without a Warrant to Detain a Man They Later Released

Among the numerous disgraceful tactics used by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials lately, we can add illegal, warrantless entry into a private home, which lawmakers say is a serious violation of constitutional rights.

White Supremacist Accused of Killing Two Men in Portland Walked Into the Courtroom Ranting About Free Speech White Supremacist Accused of Killing Two Men in Portland Walked Into the Courtroom Ranting About Free Speech

Welcome to WHAT NOW, a morning round-up of the news/fresh horrors that await you today.

Portland’s Mayor Begs Alt-Right And Their ‘Free Speech Rally’ To Stay Away After Killings Portland’s Mayor Begs Alt-Right And Their ‘Free Speech Rally’ To Stay Away After Killings

Days after two men were killed while trying to stop a white supremacist harassing two women on a Portland city bus, the city’s mayor asked organizers of an upcoming pro-Donald Trump “free speech rally” to cancel their event for fear of further racial animus.

Trump's Budget Would Gut Office That Investigates Civil Rights Violations in Schools Trump's Budget Would Gut Office That Investigates Civil Rights Violations in Schools

Welcome to WHAT NOW, a morning round-up of the news/fresh horrors that await you today.

Teen in Portland Attack Issues Gut-Wrenching ‘Thank-You’ to
Victims Who Saved Her Life Teen in Portland Attack Issues Gut-Wrenching ‘Thank-You’ to Victims Who Saved Her Life

It’s almost unbearable to watch. But teenager Destinee Mangum summoned the courage to go on television to thank the families of the two good Samaritans who lost their lives protecting her and her friend.

Victims of Portland Train Killings Identified as Taliesin Namkai Meche and Ricky Best Victims of Portland Train Killings Identified as Taliesin Namkai Meche and Ricky Best

One was a recent college graduate and the other a retired, 23-year Army veteran. On Friday evening, Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche, 23, Ricky Best, 53, and a third man, Micah David-Cole Fletcher, 21, tried to stop a raging white supremacist from harassing two teenage Muslim women on a Portland train.

2 Men Killed in Portland While
Trying to Stop an Anti-Muslim Rant on a Train 2 Men Killed in Portland While Trying to Stop an Anti-Muslim Rant on a Train

Portland’s eighth and ninth homicide victims this year are two men who tried to stop a suspect from verbally attacking two young Muslim women on a train, just before the start of Ramadan. Portland Police Bureau spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson called Friday’s knife attack “horrific.”

An Oregon resident just made gender identity history An Oregon resident just made gender identity history

A Portland resident was granted "agender" status by an Oregon judge earlier this month, in what is likely the first-such decision of its kind.

Stunning scenes from anti-Donald Trump protests from around the country Stunning scenes from anti-Donald Trump protests from around the country

While numerous protests around Donald Trump's inauguration in Washington, DC got most of the national limelight–and where more than 200 protesters were arrested in clashes with police–protesters took to the streets on Friday around the country and around the world.

Criminal charge dropped against Portland immigration activist, but he still could face deportation Criminal charge dropped against Portland immigration activist, but he still could face deportation

The U.S. Department of Justice has dropped a charge of illegal re-entry against Francisco Aguirre, an immigrant activist who hid in an Oregon church to avoid deportation.

These 111 Methodist ministers defied their church to come out as LGBT These 111 Methodist ministers defied their church to come out as LGBT

As the United Methodist Church meets this week for its 10-day quadrennial General Conference, a group of more than 100 UMC faith leaders have come out in defiance of official church rules, openly declaring themselves as gay, lesbian, transgender, and intersex in a letter posted online just one day before the…

Meet XO Jasen: Gender fluidity set to a dance beat Meet XO Jasen: Gender fluidity set to a dance beat

As much as I love how widespread discussions of gender have become in recent years, I'm often irked by the nuance that's lost in translation—as if mainstream discourse cannot help but erect new binaries in the rubble of those demolished. Take Zara's new line of "ungendered" clothing, for instance. Despite its claims…

Oregon’s new minimum wage law gives city-dwellers a bump in salary Oregon’s new minimum wage law gives city-dwellers a bump in salary

Oregon currently has one of the highest state minimum wage rates in the U.S. at $9.25 an hour. That’s still a tough amount to live on and state lawmakers have decided they can do better.

How housing in America became a four-letter word How housing in America became a four-letter word

Experts are baffled that so many Americans in their prime home-buying years of 25 to 34 are opting to rent rather than buy. The villain? While some blame out-of-control student loan payments, the soaring cost of rent is an even bigger hindrance to buying a home. Most cities with booming job markets feature sky-high…

Asian-American woman asks white residents of Portland to pay for her therapy Asian-American woman asks white residents of Portland to pay for her therapy

A Portland native of Thai-Cambodian ethnicity has set up a fundraising page asking the city's white residents to pay for her mental health care support, saying her problems have been caused by pervasive racism in Rip City.

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