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A person holds drug paraphernalia near the Washington Center building on SW Washington St. in downtown Portland, Ore., on April 4, 2023.

We Need to Modify—Not Trash—Oregon’s Trailblazing Drug Decriminalization Law We Need to Modify—Not Trash—Oregon’s Trailblazing Drug Decriminalization Law

Measure 110 made Oregon the first in country to decriminalize all drugs. The law was poorly implemented and should be changed, not discarded.

Dec 22, 2023 / Column / Sasha Abramsky

President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the late Senator John McCain at the Tempe Center for the Arts, Thursday, September 28, 2023, in Tempe, Ariz.

Biden Is Struggling to Gain Ground in the West Biden Is Struggling to Gain Ground in the West

In key swing states like Arizona, the president’s prospects in 2024 are hardly a sure thing.

Dec 15, 2023 / Left Coast / Sasha Abramsky

Hotel workers march to demand better wages Wednesday, October 25, 2023, in Los Angeles.

The New Labor Militancy of LA’s Hotel Workers The New Labor Militancy of LA’s Hotel Workers

UNITE HERE Local 11 is staggering its strikes across Los Angeles, targeting one out-of-contract hotel one day and another the next.

Dec 8, 2023 / Column / Sasha Abramsky

Leaders Group Photo At The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit

San Francisco’s Potemkin Village San Francisco’s Potemkin Village

For President Biden’s meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the APEC summit in San Francisco this week, Governor Gavin Newsom transformed the city into a façade of prosperi...

Nov 17, 2023 / Left Coast / Sasha Abramsky

Striking Kaiser Permanente workers hold signs as they march in front of the Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Medical Center on October 4, 2023, in San Francisco.

California’s Labor Victories Could Be Contagious California’s Labor Victories Could Be Contagious

After Kaiser Permanente agreed to a minimum wage of $25 for its employees in the state, will the rest of the country follow?

Oct 20, 2023 / Left Coast / Sasha Abramsky

Senator Dianne Feinstein on Capitol Hill

Dianne Feinstein’s Empty Seat Dianne Feinstein’s Empty Seat

After the California senator’s death, the balance of power in American politics is left uncertain.

Sep 29, 2023 / Left Coast / Sasha Abramsky

A homeless encampment of tents neatly sit underneath the I-5 freeway in Sacramento, Calif., on Sunday, April 3, 2022.

Fed Up With the Homelessness Crisis, the Sacramento County DA Sues the City Fed Up With the Homelessness Crisis, the Sacramento County DA Sues the City

Can DA Thien Ho’s lawsuit force cities to more effectively confront a growing humanitarian catastrophe?

Sep 22, 2023 / Left Coast / Sasha Abramsky

Garment workers rally at Los Angeles City Hall.

Garment Workers Are Getting Closer to a Fair Wage Garment Workers Are Getting Closer to a Fair Wage

Advocates are working to get a version of California’s Garment Workers Protection Act passed at the federal level.

Sep 15, 2023 / Left Coast / Sasha Abramsky

Rocky Anderson

A Progressive Icon Returns to Western Politics A Progressive Icon Returns to Western Politics

Former Salt Lake City mayor Rocky Anderson is running for his former office on a mission to confront the city’s housing crisis.

Aug 11, 2023 / Left Coast / Sasha Abramsky

AI Chat Illustration

Hollywood’s Robot Overlords Hollywood’s Robot Overlords

The tech-driven takeover of the film industry aims at squeezing maximum profit out of art, draining it of all its humanity in the process.

Jul 21, 2023 / Left Coast / Sasha Abramsky

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