Tomorrow is May Day and Street Roots is marking the day and with a package of stories reflecting on the immigrant labor experience during these remarkable times. It’s the perfect read before or after the march, or on Saturday morning over coffee, or Sunday after the morning spin. It’s all waiting for you Friday morning in the welcoming hands of your trusted neighborhood vendor. Here’s a preview of what’s inside:
The Raid: Two years after a devastating raid at the Del Monte plant in Portland, the women who came together to survive the aftermath push for greater understanding of the immigrant experience. Guest writer Robin Schauffler reports, along with featured artwork by Adam Arms.
Immigrant workers face extremes of economic crisis: Some of the lowest-wage workers face being blamed
for the economic downturn as they struggle to survive it. Mara Grunbaum and Joanne Zuhl report.
Squatters rights in the age of foreclosures: Cassandra Koslen interviews Max Rameau while he tours Portland talking about his work in Miami to connect the rising numbers of homeless families with the rising numbers of empty houses.
Not like the others: An interview with Jay Cowen, a friend of Hunter S. Thompson who has released a new book on the famous writer.
The economics of happiness: It’s not as much about what you have, as what other people don’t have.
Plus, updates on the sit-lie debate in City Council, commentary from Washington County, the Western Regional Advocacy Project, and a great picture of Vance Schweigert, our vendor profile for this edition. A big thank you to all our volunteers who make the paper possible (and awesome!). Stop by your vendor and say hello, toss a smile and pick up the latest Street Roots. As always, we love to hear from you on our blog, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted by Joanne Zuhl