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Portland Copwatch asks City Council to improve oversight and policies of the Portland Police
Hearing today at 2pm at City Hall
The proposals and Bureau policy issues will be discussed at City Council on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 2 p.m. The meeting takes place at City Hall (1221 SW Fourth Ave.). People of this community who have been mistreated by the police -- and who do not partake of the civilian oversight system because of its weaknesses -- have a rare chance to make a difference. PCW hopes to see a renewal of the enthusiasm for police accountability as was saw at Council in March, 2010, after the death of Aaron Campbell.
The class war by the 1% against the Occupy movement is in full throttle. Last night, cops raided OWS at Liberty Plaza without warning, attacking protestors with pepper spray and batons. Two days ago (Nov. 13), facing a similar eviction threat from Mayor Adams, it was Occupy Portland in the crosshairs. Other Occupy camps have been brutally attacked in Oakland, Berkeley, Denver, Chapel Hill, and elsewhere. Even as they dismantle the camps, we are not giving up the fight.
Dan Savage has released a response to his being glitterbombed here: < link to slog.thestranger.com. We're back to set the record straight.
y building a progressive police organization, created by rank-and-file officers, "civilian" employees and community representatives. Such an effort would include plans to flatten hierarchies; create a true citizen review board with investigative and subpoena powers; and ensure community participation in all operations, including policy-making, program development, priority-setting and crisis management. In short, cops and citizens would forge an authentic partnership in policing the city. And because partners do not act unilaterally, they would be compelled to keep each other informed, and to build trust and mutual respect—qualities sorely missing from the current equation.
Good leaders and clear agendas must, indeed, emerge, but the best things that Portlanders did on Saturday night were that a) they found the courage to turn out in great numbers and b) they refused to be baited into giving critics an excuse to point accusing fingers at the protesters, but not at their predators.
The "experts" are either responsible or irresponsible.
The Occupy Portland website has gone out of its way time and time again to needlessly vilify anarchists and anyone else who dares to be so insolent as to promote or practice basic self-defense. How can we combat this fear-mongering and divisiveness?
Open Letter to Mayor Adams and others
Recently it has come to my attention that the global Occupations are being blamed
for the disorderly behavior that is taking place at many of our protest sites. This
is understandable, given that the power structure is hell bent on discrediting us by
any means at their disposal. It is also laughable.
People have demonized this guy all across the internets. What a damn shame. He's a local hero.
This afternoon the cards collapsed for TransCanada, the corporate giant behind the proposed 1700-mile tar sands pipeline. It looks like we've dealt a critical, and perhaps fatal, blow to the Keystone XL.
While the rainbows have been gathering at Occupy Portland, David Burgess has been sitting in jail. His arrest was an act of racist violence on the part of the Portland police and if that doesn't bother Occupy Portland, then the movement is already dead.
Here's the open letter from Alliance of Community Trainers, my training collective, about issues of nonviolence and tactics. Please spread it around widely. To comment or endorse, go to http://trainersallaince.org/ and its also on my blog, starhawksblog.org/, love Starhawk
long live the oakland commune!
death to capitalism!
free all prisoners!
When it comes to continental integration, much of the focus has shifted to greater convergence bilaterally which over time could move back to a more trilateral approach. There is an overwhelming sense that one way or another, the U.S. is going to get a North American security perimeter on their own terms, one that its NAFTA partners will have to conform to, whether they like it or not.
We can no longer dance around difficult issues, or subjects of relative subjectivity. To deny an ultimate truth, is deny any hope or movement forward.
"Our apologies, good friends, for the fracture of good order, the burning of paper instead of children... ."
"Know your garden." -- the Hopi Elders
Now, as the cold rains fall, things aren't looking good for Occupy Portland or for the thousands of Portland's homeless. If the sleet doesn't break them, our icy inattention will.
"Power concedes nothing without a demand." - Frederick Douglass
In a movement based on general anger about inequality and the domination of big banks, it becomes difficult to focus the rage into something concrete. For many Occupiers, being concrete is a mere distraction, meant to shift the movement into something 'less radical," since their targets — big banks and inequality — are at the root of the problem. Why mess with the tree when you could go for the roots?
But, as any tree-removal worker will tell you, the tree comes first, then the roots. The roots cannot be the immediate goal of the Occupy movement because pulling them out would require tens of millions of hands, and the vast majority of working people are not yet directly involved in the movement, though many of them are giving approving nods from a distance. Bringing these more distant people into the movement requires they be given a good reason to join. And although a general anti-1% sentiment sounds appealing to the 99%, a struggle to win worker-friendly demands can help pull these people into the streets.
"We aren't making economic progress," says Stewart Alexander, Presidential Candidate for the Socialist Party USA, "we are simply going through a long term process of replacing poorly paying jobs with even worse jobs while corporate profits soar. The only 'change' Obama has given us jingles in our pockets."
I'd like to invoke a quote taken from a statement of solidarity with the occupy movement written by Egyptian activists and rebels
A simple but powerful suggestion to enhance the
impact of "occupy" and similar activism events.
This statement comes from Portland, Oregon following the solidarity actions that occurred nationwide on wednesday. Despite references to specific occurrences here, I feel assured that others elsewhere are warming themselves elsewhere with similar thoughts on this particularly chilly night.
Stewart Alexander, Socialist Party USA nominee for President, says the Occupy movement is to the left of the Democratic Party. More so, Alexander claims that Barack Obama represents the 1%, not the 99%.
take the bridges
Bill to protect seniors a whitewash
movetoamend.org Sign the petition to amend the Constitution by revoking corporate personhood.
I am not for "communism." The present economic disaster has come about because everybody ignored the obvious fact that a nation that allows 1% to own almost everything, while 99% own almost nothing, cannot be free. The 1% exists because they have have accumulated so much power that they do not get taxed at all. Meanwhile, people with normal jobs, even minimum wage jobs (few are informed of this) are required to give up at least 25% of their income to taxes!
We are back in the Gilded Age of 1931; the 1% rich own it all; the 99% non-rich own virtually nothing. But there is a difference now. All of our productional industry has been sent off-shore, and our workers are without skills and sound education. Beware!
"George Washington famously said, 'Government is Force.'" Well he was as slave owner, wasn't he? But there is more to it than that. Force is not government. Owning slaves is real force! Property implies force, in fact. Too much property implies too much force! What right do the super-rich have to use GOVERNMENT FORCE to "protect" their extravagant wealth? Wealth is force without democracy. Money + information (about other people) = power.
In Portland, Oregon, all the promise and pitfalls of the Occupy Movement are on public display. Portland is second only to New York when it comes to sustained Occupy power, but in a newly born social movement strength is not something to take for granted. The vast amounts of public support in Portland, earned through large demonstrations and strategic outreach, can be frittered away by the internal contradictions of the movement.
Portland began its occupation with a 10,000-person rally that shook the city's foundation and disorientated the Mayor, who had no choice but to "allow" the occupation to stay at the park they had taken without asking. There has since been several large Portland rallies and marches that have proven the wider population's support: On October 26 a labor union-led Occupy march turned out thousands of union members with ecstatic morale; the same week showcased a "This Land is Our Land" Occupy rally by Portland band Pink Martini, which attracted nearly 10,000 people.
openly raceist campers
We got no more money, honey. Go to the fucking church. Say all their fucking prayers. Shake their soft privileged hands. Get their lousy "sandwich" with one slice of cheap cheese.
Live 12 more hours.
Horror made in USA
"Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or both."
- Frederick Douglass
it is time to call for a general strike
The next step: A new-old idea -- there is no point in re-inventing the wheel. Find a model that worked in the past and use that. Find a mentor or mentors who have already succeeded in a peaceful revolution, even if you need to bring them from overseas.
Different statements have been released by the more than 1,500 solidarity groups and occupations throughout the world..... the Move Your Money Project and Bank Transfer Day, both in solidarity with the Occupy movement, have called for people to remove their money from large corporate banks by Nov. 5, moving their money to local banks and credit unions. Excerpts from two occupations' statements of grievances and demands follow.
Trying to be as Anonymous as I can
....we are unlikely to see major policy or infrastructure changes until our new movement hits the 1% where it really hurts -- in their pocketbook..... This is where #OccupyWallStreet differs significantly from the major uprisings in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, where mass demonstrations were accompanied by general strikes that shut down economic activity. In Egypt, it was the unions' threat to shut down the Suez Canal that ultimately forced Mubarak to step down.
people are genvinly interested
This level of community angst (there were a lot of people marching and a lot of occupied cities) is not so much about capitalism as a form of economic viability as it is about how criminality infiltrates capitalistic tendencies. There is probably "no" country more corrupt that our current empire here in the United States. That is the main issue. Not just corporate greed but its caustic effects in bribing Congress, the news media, the Executive branch of government, and the alienation of the majority of other countries against our lies, deceit, our government corrupting other peoples, the wars, and the torture, etc.
I wrote this while studying with the Zapatistas in Chiapas last semester. I believe many aspects of the Anti-War movement apply to the Occupy movement in Portland. Let me know what you think.
On March 23rd 2003, only hours following the illegal invasion of Iraq, over 30,000 Portlanders had blocked off the majority of the city's bridges and Interstate Highway Five, effectively shutting down the city for several hours. Portland's anti-war movement was subsequently labeled as one of the most progressively radical movements in the United States by media outlets worldwide. During the next five years, I witnessed a struggle once recognized for its organization and strength deteriorate into a movement plagued by paranoia and the alienation of many different sectors of the movement. The text of this essay offers a critical analysis of the radical war resistance effort in Portland during this time frame and furthermore provides a prescriptive template to improve organizational strategies in future mobilizations. The basis of this essay emphasizes the importance of the formation of a collective identity through establishing alternative educational means, efficiently representing both sides of a dialectal praxis, maintaining an organized structure, and safely analyzing security culture as the underpinnings for any successful popular uprising.
Upping the ante?
Yen remains strong after hitting record high in NY
What bank/s do/es the City of Portland have their money in?
portland parks and wreck
The occupation movement's greatest challenge will be overcoming the deep distrust of white liberals by the poor and the working class, especially people of color. Marginalized people of color have been organizing, protesting and suffering for years with little help or even acknowledgment from the white liberal class. With some justification, those who live in these marginalized communities often view this movement as one dominated by white sons and daughters of the middle class who began to decry police abuse and the lack of economic opportunities only after they and their families were affected. This distrust is not the fault of the movement, which has instituted measures within its decision-making process to make sure marginalized voices are heard before white males. It is the fault of a bankrupt liberal class that for decades has abandoned the core issue of economic justice for the poor and the working class and busied itself with the vain and self-referential pursuits of multiculturalism and identity politics.
Walking through the camp of Occupy Portland, it is hard to believe it has only been a few days since it began. The transformation of the space is nothing short of miraculous: from a few scattered tents, some cardboard signs, and a tarp or two, a miniature city has arisen, crafted with the energy, creativity, and good intentions of us all. Together, we are learning first-hand the difficulties, frustrations, and joys of democracy and of the experience of power.
I always take note when I hear three MENA-related stories in a row on the radio
Should Occupiers be concerned that the Nazi Party has given official "support" to the Occupy Movement? Or be worried that other far-right groups — including sections of the Tea Party — are "pro occupy?" Absolutely. These groups have no place in an anti-corporate, pro-worker movement. The Occupy Movement's greatest strength — its broad appeal — can quickly become an exploitable weakness, and the far right smells blood.
Luckily, expelling the right wing isn't so difficult once you understand their motives and strategy. Right-wing populism's greatest strength is also the vague nature of their demands, which intend to connect with broad sections of the population. However, their demands are vague not because they are a fledgling movement — like Occupy — but because they strategically try to conceal their radically right-wing goals.
What is the difference between an occupation and a protest?
mens agitat molem
a little graphic - occupied nationwide - visual and a little revolution music.
"Something in the air" by Thunderclap Newman....link to youtube video. Great music, great words.
"We have got to get it together-now.!
When I first wrote in defense of the Occupy Wall Street protests a couple of weeks ago, I suggested that much of the scorn then being expressed by many progressives was ¡°grounded in the belief that the only valid form of political activism is support for Democratic Party candidates.¡± Since then, even the most establishment Democrats have fundamentally changed how they talk about the protests ¡ª from condescension and hostility to respect and even support ¡ª and The New York Times today makes clear one significant factor accounting for this change:
Another trophy for the International Buttonman
Having no money their purse, and no jobs with which to bind; nor winter condo's in Florida
The occupiers stayed in NYC unperturbed.
They have no where else to go anyway
The one percenters erroneously believe the protesters, like themselves, will soon get sick of the cold weather and flee to their winter homes in the Bahamas or San Diego. The one percenters just really don't get it do they?
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