Willamette Bridge

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Willamette Bridge was a radical underground newspaper published in Portland, Oregon from June 7, 1968 to June 24, 1971. It was a member of the Underground Press Syndicate and the Liberation News Service. Printed in a tabloid format and initially biweekly, starting in 1969 it appeared on a weekly basis. [1] It was organized by members of Reed College SDS and its spinoff, the Portland Revolutionary Youth Movement collective. Editors and staffers included Michael Wells, Jimmy Beller and Maurice Isserman.[2] Mike Wells, the paper's founder and main editor, left in 1970, and it was taken over by a collective which put a greater emphasis on radical politics. The paper shut down a year later.[3] After the "Bridge" ended its run as Portland's local underground paper in 1971 it was succeeded by the Portland Scribe.


  1. ^ About this newspaper: Willamette bridge, Chronicling America, Library of Congress, retrieved April 13, 2010.
  2. ^ Maurice Isserman, “1968 and All That: Radicals, Hippies and SDS at Reed,” Reed Magazine, Winter 2007, pp. 26–30. Retrieved April 13, 2010.
  3. ^ "Bridge Lessons", The Eugene Register-Guard, Aug. 15, 1971, p. 14A. Retrieved May 16, 2012.