Chris Lowe

Raised by a book designer father and psychologist mother active in civil rights community organizing near Boston, Massachusetts, I first came to Oregon in 1977 to study at Reed’s Fine College ™, where I was recruited based on my surname to hit the drums for the college’s first punk rock band, Lotek (William Gibson cribbed our name). I have a Ph.D. from Yale in History – African, U.S., & comparative slavery – and lived and researched in Swaziland and South Africa. Work: college teacher, editor, OPB project research director. Activism has included abortion clinic defense, anti-apartheid, campus labor support, the Labor Party and Africa policy advocacy. Today I am active in the PDX Peace Coalition and the MoveOn PDX Council & belong to Physicians for Social Responsibility and the Coalition for a Livable Future, while completing an MPH program at OHSU, and trying to be a half-decent divorced dad. I resist anti-intellectualism, and still want to learn to make my own music.

July 04, 2014Equality on Independence Day
June 02, 2014If not the hyper-regressive TUF to fix streets and sidewalks, what?
June 02, 2014Novick and Hales: Regressive taxation is "doing the hard thing." No soap, guys
January 13, 2014School Board must not impose a contract
January 12, 2014Portland School Board: Don't impose a contract! Stay at the table! Don't force a strike!
September 06, 2013The Oregon delegation on Syria, and a demo
July 12, 2013BlueOregon Action: Hands Off KBOO!
February 08, 2013Earl Blumenauer calls for end of Federal marijuana prohibition
December 15, 2012... that's when I reach for my revolver
December 12, 2012Defeat the Bad Nike Bill so questions can be aired
December 10, 2012Kitzhaber's Nike gambit: Horrible policy or just bad reporting?
November 15, 2012Multnomah County to sue MERS over mortgage recording fee evasion
November 07, 2012A bad night for reactionary sex/gender politics (yay!)
October 19, 2012Vote No on Portland Arts Tax Measure 26-146
August 13, 2012Paul Ryan and the Democratic Safety Net Rubicon
May 17, 2012Kucinich won't run in Washington
May 02, 2012Health care system still in crisis, regardless of Supreme Court
May 01, 2012Will mayoral candidates be tribunes of the people?
February 27, 2012Rick Santorum: Not just a snob, but an arrogant, patronizing snob
February 17, 2012CCO footnote for wonks: Malpractice cap amendment failed due to divided House
February 15, 2012Update: Hostage released! CCO bill moves forward as Senator Johnson changes her mind
February 10, 2012Senator Betsy Johnson joins Republicans in holding CCOs hostage to tort reform
December 16, 2011Oregon progressives and the DPO should repudiate Wyden-Ryan Medicare sell-out
August 08, 2011Could Mark Hatfield start in Oregon politics today?
August 01, 2011Debt ceiling deal is a defeat -- what next?
December 17, 2010Portland and the Joint Terrorism Task Force
November 30, 2010Hands Off Social Security & Medicare!
October 07, 2010Anti-war stirrings among Oregon officials, grassroots peace movement
October 17, 2009If it's jobless, it's not a recovery
October 02, 2009Portland City Council endorses single payer bill, calls for action from Congress and citizens
September 21, 2009Pushback on health care reform, in Oregon and the country
September 12, 2009Is a weak public plan option better than none?
September 12, 2009What is a strong or robust public plan option?
July 20, 2009Single payer roundup: Everybody In, Nobody Out!
July 05, 20092010: John Kitzhaber's health politics, the governorship, and why he might not seek it
June 27, 2009To Jeff Merkley on health care reform politics
June 18, 2009Lents Park & stadium: Outrageous travesty of public process
June 13, 2009Sex with ducks
May 11, 2009Honest health care debate must include single payer
January 31, 2009The economic crisis, political space and the political moment for left-progressives
January 19, 2009Misremembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: Let's not
October 25, 2008Caging and vote-fraud zombies: Montana defeats scam, plus CPI nonsense
October 16, 2008The personal and the political in an age of brass
October 16, 2008"Winter Soldier Northwest": Veterans' testimonies in Portland Sat Oct 18
October 15, 2008Elections fightback on racism & homophobia
October 13, 2008McCain-Palin haiku
October 08, 2008What Oregon races should be donation priorities?
October 01, 2008Big finance bailout: What we can't afford
October 01, 2008Bailout smoke and mirrors; JwJ calls for protest today
September 19, 2008In case you're still undecided ...

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