SI SE PUEDE
Flanked by banners for the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, VOZ, and Seattle's Casa Latina day laborer center, Portland's "jornaleros" took to the mic on Monday morning, June 25, at SE 6th and Ankeny, to speak out against the June 5 Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raid in North Portland.
"We are here fighting for our rights as immigrants and workers," said Leo Barragan, from Casa Latina. A Portland day laborer named Jorge—translated through another volunteer—publicly thanked Mayor Tom Potter for his "generous support of a day laborer center in Portland," and his lambasting of the federal raid.
Other jornaleros and advocates spoke out against proposed immigration reform—currently circulating in Congress—that excludes day laborers because they don't have a fixed employer. "We are asking for comprehensive reform that includes all day laborers," a woman from Casa Latina said in Spanish. "Viva los jornaleros!" AMY J. RUIZ
GREENING THE COUNTY
This Thursday, June 28, Multnomah County Commissioner Jeff Cogen is scheduled to bring forward a plan to get much of the county's municipal energy from solar power—from panels that will be built on top of county-owned buildings.
According to Cogen, the project won't cost the county a dime in either start-up costs or increased energy rates. The Energy Trust of Oregon is constructing the panels on a half a dozen buildings—and the agreement is that the county won't pay more for solar electricity than it does for "dirty" energy.
It's a sort of precursor to his delayed idea to get all of the Portland's municipal energy from wind power, which is still in negotiations. SCOTT MOORE
NAKED JUSTICE, FINALLY
Late last week, "naked biker" Rev. Phil Sano got some good news—the district attorney was dropping its case against him stemming from last summer's Naked Bike Ride.
Sano says he was holding off traffic for his fellow naked bikers when an SUV knocked him off his bike, leading to an altercation. He was charged with indecent exposure, criminal mischief, disorderly conduct, and having an open, empty container of beer on his bike.
He faced more than two years in jail if convicted on all counts, but according to his attorney, Stu Sugarman, the DA has decided to no longer pursue the case. SM