Portland's Austerity Resistance Movement Sparks Changes to City Budget

Silver's picture, By: Solidarity Against Austerity, 06/28/2013

On June 20, Oregon's Portland City Council unanimously voted to approve a budget that had been one of the most grassroots-contested examples of austerity in recent memory. Weeks earlier, in a vote to approve the framework of this budget on May 29, the City Council's long-maintained show of consensus was broken when Commissioner Amanda Fritz voted "No.” (More on her vote later). However, by the final budget vote last Thursday she had been compelled to change her mind. How has the 2013 budget developed? When the Portland Budget process began several months ago, newly elected Mayor Charlie Hales announced a $25 million deficit in the city's General Fund. Each bureau was told to submit budgets with 10 percent cuts, signaling Hales's determination to oversee mass lay-offs and the slashing or elimination of essential programs that many Portlanders have come to rely on. This latest round of cuts promised to be the worst of several successive years of austerity measures. Each time city officials have told the public that "temporary" sacrifices need to be made now to enable the economy to turn around tomorrow. Each time there was no turn-around and more cuts were, predictably, peddled the next year despite this economic "tonic's" miserable record.


Portuguese wage major strike against austerity measures

Silver's picture, 06/27/2013

Portuguese protesters (file photo)

Public service workers in Portugal have engaged in a general strike to protest government austerity measures that have led to the nation’s worst economic slump since the 1970’s. The Thursday protest effort, which was called by Portuguese trade unions, began peacefully although it brought the nation’s public transport system to a halt, prompting anger and despair among those who decided to go to work but still blamed government policies for record unemployment levels.


Previous protest efforts and strikes against the harsh terms of Portugal's 78 billion euro ($100 billion) bailout by the European Union and IMF in 2011 have mostly been non-violent, unlike the protest events in Greece and more recently in Brazil and Turkey.


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The Nerve: The Cuts Don't Work

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Published on Sep 6, 2012 by Austerity Fail

A musical history of Britain's ConDemolition.
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Based on The Verve's classic number one single, "The Drugs Don't Work"
Backing track: the Ameritz Karaoke band
Video editing and vocals: Jack Morgan
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