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“Maybe in 20 years Texas will no longer be Red. Nor will it be Blue. Texas in 2030 will be Green...On a Westside second-story patio, a guy is singing about the innocuous-sounding School of the Americas, our very own torture academy serving political despots across Latin America. We're here for beer and tamales (at least I am) and to hear from Kat Swift, Green Party candidate for County Comissioner..."We keep telling people we're not fringe, we're marginalized," says Swift from the roof-top microphone. There are former La Raza Unida members and a good shake of Democrats here too. It's just revolutionary enough to cause me to wonder about surveillance on this tranquil evening...”
“Portland’s Victory Garden Project organized a protest march on Friday, September 15. The rally, in response to President Richard Pattenaude’s decision to have Thomas Manning’s art exhibit, “Can’t Jail The Spirit,” removed from campus, boasted the banned artwork. More than fifty people participated in the march through Portland’s streets. In a statement the Victory Garden Project (VGP) said, “In censoring the art show, Pattenaude is limiting campus discussion on the definition of the term political prisoner – a complete reversal from the art exhibit’s original intention!” Several speakers were present at the Congress Street rally, including members of the Jericho Group, Portland’s Victory Garden Project, and the National Lawyer’s Guild. Dan “Chill Breeze” Martinez and Richard Cambridge of the Massachussettes-based performance-activist group Presente provided songs and poetry related to free speech.”