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Modern Day Slavery
From the open publishing newswire: 1 dollar is slavery no matter how you slice it!
Modern Day Slaves!!! 10/7/2017
There seems to be a concept in corrections that we can use our inmate population as slaves. Inmates are excluded from coverage under Oregon's minimum wage laws and that creates an opportunity for evil people to pay them 1 dollar a day for 8 hrs work. It gets worse, the State of Washington is suing a corporation who runs 40 immigration detention centers, at least one being in their state because the corporation is doing the same thing, paying their charges 1 dollar per day. I testified, not just once, but a number of times at the Multnomah County Board Meetings against this and told Sheriff Mike Reese that he was a "Fascist Punk" for sending crews out to clean up homeless/houseless camps and paying them 1 dollar a day. He may be on legal ground, that is up to the courts, but not on moral grounds and I need help fighting this injustice. The local news media are too stupid or just can't take this issue on for some reason. Can I get a yell from you that says "No Slave Labor in Multnomah County?" Can anyone help us fight this by taking direct action against this abomination?
PRESS RELEASE: half dozen anti-fascist banners hung in rush-hour Portland traffic, Fri 9/8
From the open publishing newswire: On Sunday, September 10th, the white supremacist organization Patriot Prayer will hold a rally and march on Portland's Waterfront. This morning, Fri Sept 8th, A Concerned Alliance of Bannerers (ACAB) hung half a dozen banners from local overpasses to show support for and solidarity with all those confronting this alt-right group that allows nazis, klan members, and fascists to recruit and organize from their events.
On Sunday, September 10th, the white supremacist organization Patriot Prayer will hold a rally and march on Portland's Waterfront. This morning, Fri Sept 8th, A Concerned Alliance of Bannerers (ACAB) hung half a dozen banners from local overpasses; to show support for and solidarity with all those confronting this alt-right group that allows nazis, klan members, and fascists to recruit and organize from their events. [...]
The Shortwave Report 09/01/17 Listen Globally!
From the open publishing newswire: A weekly 30 minute review of international news and opinion, recorded from a shortwave radio and the internet. With times, frequencies, and websites for listening at home. 3 files- Highest quality broadcast, regular broadcast, and slow-modem streaming. NHK Japan, Sputnik Radio, China Radio international, and Radio Havana Cuba.
The latest Shortwave Report (September 1) is up at the website http://www.outfarpress.com/shortwave.shtml in 3 forms [...]
INTERNAL AFFAIRS RELATED AND "LAWS, RULES" DIRECTIVES, JULY 2017
From the open publishing newswire: Below are our comments on four Directives posted for review in late June
Our comments on the Force-related Directives are pending, but we have asked for more time on those and hope our request will be granted. We once again had to spend considerable time reviewing these Directives to see what was changed, made all the more challenging by the fact that "First Universal Review" are posted as text and "Second Universal Review" are posted as PDFs, making conversion to text and comparison challenging to say the least.
Another Violent Attack Downtown By White Supremacist Days Before Racist 6/30 Rally & March
From the open publishing newswire: Tuesday afternoon, in downtown Portland, OR, a man* was violently attacked by a white supremacist. The story originally broke on social media with a photo of the hospitalized man, appearing to be in serious condition with visible bruising. The man was kept in ICU until Wednesday. [...]
In our interview, he described coming across a man shouting racist and classist slurs at some houseless people of color, near Union Station. When he intervened, asking the man to stop and leave them alone, the man viciously attacked him with a 2 inch thick, 3 foot long, steel pole. [...]
Joey Gibson's next rally and march is planned to be held June 30 at the Salmon Street Fountains near the Blues Festival from 6-8pm. Local anti-racist organization, Rose City Antifa, has publicly called for a counter-presence from 4-8pm in the same location and a call-in campaign to speak with Joey Gibson's employer: Summa North.
POLICE BUREAU FAILS TO REPORT FORCE INCIDENTS, PEDESTRIAN STOPS 6|28|17
From the open publishing newswire: Portland, OR, June 28, 2017-- Portland Copwatch, a civilian group promoting police accountability, today accused the Portland Police of under-reporting information about Use of Force and stops of pedestrians.
Under the Settlement Agreement with the US Department of Justice (DOJ), the Bureau puts out quarterly statistics on Use of Force. The data for October-December 2016, released back in April, should include police uses of force at the protest against the police "union" contract at City Hall on October 12 as well as multiple protests following the election in November. Specifically, the report says [...]
Hands Up Don't Shoot Upstander Festival today 5/27
From the open publishing newswire: Upstander Festival today noon to 5pm
Portland Art Museum Mark Building
1119 SW Park Ave
Art - Music - Speeches
Information video interview with organizer Teresa
The Shortwave Report 05/12/17 Listen Globally!
From the open publishing newswire: A weekly 30 minute review of international news and opinion, recorded from a shortwave radio and the internet. With times, frequencies, and websites for listening at home. 3 files- Highest quality broadcast, regular broadcast, and slow-modem streaming. NHK Japan, Radio Havana Cuba, Sputnik Radio, and Spanish National Radio.
The latest Shortwave Report (May 12) is up at the website http://www.outfarpress.com/shortwave.shtml in 3 forms- (new) HIGHEST QUALITY (160kb)(33MB), broadcast quality (13MB), and quickdownload or streaming form (6MB) (28:59)
More Money Honey
From the open publishing newswire: rate increases for water and sewage.
Dear Members of the City Council,
On Thursday afternoon about 1400 you will be considering rate increases and we, Individuals For Justice will oppose all three items, 519, 520, and 521.
I am enclosing a statement by a citizen in arms who sees these rate increases as the height of arrogance and we concur with her assessment. We fully expect you to pass these ill-thought out rate increases but will go on record opposing all three so you cannot claim that no one objected. We objected to your ill-thought out move to cover the reservoirs and you spent hundreds of millions of dollars and could have left our water supply alone, due to the EPA being stopped by the mad-man in the WH.
We demand an outside audit before any more of our money is spent on these projects that only help developers and construction corporations.
Video: Mayday Portland 2017
From the open publishing newswire: Here is some picture[s] and video footage from Mayday in Portland Oregon
Video on YouTube: https://youtu.be/9I2hbAy0elI (1 hour 19 minutes)
Pictures on Tumblr: https://portlandmayday2017.tumblr.com/
A related post & discussion on black spiders can be found here:
And few more pictures on this post:
Video from the recent Montavilla Rally and March.
From the open publishing newswire: The event began with two speeches, both at first extolling the importance of free speech and then complaining how those who oppose their ideology are interfering with theirs. There was a large of amount of that going on, as one can hear on the video.
Much emphasis was put on taking the high road and refusing to interact with counter protesters, further claiming that the other side is afraid to engage in honest debate with them.
https://youtu.be/kIrt_oPkkrc [video link]
Though at first making valid points about the importance of the First Amendment, the first speaker rapidly descended into name calling, personal attacks on opposing ideologies and self righteous Nationalistic flag waving. Communists and Antifa were singled out to the general applause of the crowd.
Some might believe that uploading the content of their speeches is providing them with a platform to spread their mistaken and delusional ideas. This is a valid point, but I believe that their platform is being shaped and polished, slowing learning how to engage the general public with ideas and images that paint them more favorably.
They are beginning to use the violence and all first amendment interference against them to their advantage. This mechanism will be difficult to counteract without people hearing and understanding the threat from what seems like common sense arguments and accusations. [...]
Public Lands and the Elliott Forest - Update and Next Steps
From the open publishing newswire: Public lands are under attack all across the west, but perhaps one of the greatest threats to public ownership is right here in Oregon. The State Land Board appears to be moving closer to privatizing the Elliott State Forest, which means advocates of public lands need to get organized! Come learn about the wide array of threats to public lands and what we can do to help save the Elliott State Forest:
Monthly Wild Ones Meeting
"Public Lands and the Elliott"
6:30pm - 8:30pm, April 11, 2017
Base Camp Brewing (930 SE Oak St, Portland)
RSVP HERE: http://org.salsalabs.com/o/1780/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=99676
COMMENTS ON REVISED DIRECTIVE 635.10, CROWD MANAGEMENT/CROWD CONTROL
From the open publishing newswire: To Chief Marshman, Acting Chief Davis, Capt. Bell, Captain Krantz, PPB Policy Analysts, Compliance Officer/Community Liaison Team, Community Oversight Advisory Board staff, US Dept. of Justice, Citizen Review Committee and the Portland Police Bureau:
While we are thankful that the Bureau has asked for more input into Crowd Management/Crowd Control Directive 635.10, as we predicted, the sheer volume of changes made to the last draft posted in January is far too large for a 15-day comment period. We've repeatedly requested "red-line" versions of proposed Directives, and noted that when you began this new process, a list of general concepts about changes being made would make public input more meaningful. Now we find ourselves in the position of sorting through the revised draft almost from scratch.
While all references to pepper spray have been removed from the Directive, it's not clear if that substance (whether in canisters or projectiles) is covered by the generic term "riot control agents," which still appears in a few places in the new draft (including Procedure 5.1.6). We remain opposed to the use of impact munitions, tear gas, flash-bangs and other weapons at protests, as well as bicycles used as weapons and the Mounted Patrol Unit in crowds.