Protests, Part One
Last Wednesday, April 5, Linda and Gregg Schumacher—of Schumacher Fur Co.—stood up in front of the city council to ask why they haven't received help in stopping the anti-fur protests that have plagued their shop for months. Armed with emails from supporters, they delivered a lengthy speech demanding that the city "make the arrests in regards to the laws that have been broken."
"I wish you had been down there for the last 21 Saturdays to see what has gone on," Linda said. "To have people pounding on the windows, yelling at you, going naked, keeping your customers from coming in the store. I think you would be singing a different tune."
The protests continued the following Saturday, April 8—activists danced to live bagpipe music, and snacked on vegan cupcakes. AMY JENNIGES
Protests, Part Two
Immigrants' rights activists took to the streets around the country on Monday, April 10, for a National Day of Action for Immigrant Justice. The activists are protesting a proposed federal law that would turn illegal immigrants into felons.
In Portland, several thousand marched on the sidewalks from Terry Shrunk Plaza to Pioneer Courthouse Square, in a peaceful afternoon demonstration. As in other cities, Portland's activists shouted "Si, se puede" ("Yes, we can.") and waved American and Mexican flags. AJ
Saltzman Flip Flops
After spending weeks saying he wouldn't support any more city money going to the OHSU aerial tram—which is facing a $15 million budget gap—City Commissioner Dan Saltzman has changed his mind.
Under pressure from the mayor and city attorneys, Saltzman agreed to support an agreement that will see the city drop $5 million more into the project. His reason: If the city and developers couldn't agree on a budget to finish, the city could have been on the hook for roughly $36 million from the general fund. The council will vote on the agreement Wednesday, April 19. SCOTT MOORE