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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?
Portland Benefit Iftar with Amer Zahr!
From the open publishing newswire: Show your solidarity with refugees & send Ramadan food packages to Syrian & Palestinian families. A full-course dinner will be served and ANERA's Director of Donor Development, Hani Almadhoun, will be speaking about the current refugee crisis in Lebanon and conditions in Gaza and the West Bank [...]
TICKETS & INFO http://www.anera.org/portland
Join ANERA at Taborspace in Portland, OR, for a #RamadanSolidarity Iftar!
The Killing of Quanice Hayes by officer Andrew Hearst - AMA
From the open publishing newswire: Press Statement For Immediate Release - March 22, 2017
The Grand Jury decision not to indict Portland Police Officer Andrew Hearst for the killing of 17-year-old teenager Quanice Hayes is like a recorder repeated over and over again especially when it comes to Black Lives.
The District Attorney and Grand Juries have never indicted a White Police Officer for killing or using excessive force against a Black person or Latino in the history of the City of Portland.
Whether Quanice Hayes was guilty or not of personal robbery it is not the responsibility of the Police Officer to act as Judge or Jury and carry out the sentence.
Video: Portland Human Rights Commission meeting 10 5 16
From the open publishing newswire: Video recording: The Portland Human Rights Commission meeting on October 5th 2016.
Four New HRC members attended this meeting.
Standing Rock discussion has held during the public comment time frame
Discussion & planning for Emily G. Gottfried Human Rights Awards happens at the end of this meeting.
The commission is still one person short.
This video is also available on https://archive.org/details/HRCMeeting10.5.16 to view or download.
TO COUNCIL: Allow testimony, be on the right side of history, reject the contract
From the open publishing newswire: We urge you to reconsider the heavy-handed, undemocratic position you have taken to hold a City Council meeting without the public present. You should allow testimony on the Amendments to the Portland Police Association contract. The Amendments were introduced after a 2.5 hour recess on September 28 when a number of groups / individuals had already testified, including ours. When Council left the chambers on October 5 to avoid listening to what probably would have amounted to 1 hour of testimony, those of us awaiting to speak spent over 2 hours waiting for you to reconvene. Meanwhile, the allegedly desperately thin ranks of the Police Bureau were largely inside City Hall arresting and intimidating those who remained inside. We were also treated to a fleet of Department of Homeland Security vehicles parked in the street and several federal officers inside the hall. These measures and others listed below are indicators that Mayor Hales is willing to use any heavy handed tactic he can to push through the inadequate PPA contract. Portland Copwatch urges you not to be on the wrong side of history. You must delay this vote and let the next Mayor negotiate what his police will do.
Video: Lac-Mégantic commemoration in Portland Oregon - Train Wreck Kills 47
From the open publishing newswire: An event was held around noon time in Pioneer Square, Portland Oregon on July 6th.
This was the third year that Portland has honored those that have lost their lives at the tragic oil train accident in 2013 in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec. This event was in memory of those 47 people and also served as a reminder to what danger lies in having oil trains in our communities.
https://youtu.be/C6TLRq4IxvM (Video 46:25 minutes)
"Tragedy struck in the wee hours of July 6, 2013, when a train transporting crude oil derailed and exploded, causing 47 deaths and the destruction of much of Lac-Megantic's downtown core."
#DontshootPDX organizers children's march, briefly blocks intersections
From the open publishing newswire: Around 200 people marched in the streets of North/Northeast Portland to demand police accountability
Around 200 people met at North Portland's Dawson Park to take part in a march organized by Don't Shoot Portland. The march briefly, blocking intersections along the way, traveled east to NE MLK Jr. Blvd and then back to Dawson Park via N. Vancouver Ave. Don't Shoot Portland organizer Teressa Raiford said before the march that police in riot gear were spotted nearby, though they did not appear during the march.
Some tweets of the event.
Video: Race Talks - PDX Makes Me Wanna Holla 6.14.16
From the open publishing newswire: "PDX MAKES ME WANNA 'Holla':
Challenging the Narrative for Kids of Color in America's Whitest City". A film and discussion with Eric Knox, Featured Star of the Film and Sebastian Rogers, Director.
Filmed on June 14 2016 at Kennedy School
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNbgROqSsmU [video 47 minutes]
Following the film, (which is not shown in this video) there is a Question & Answer session with the Producer, attorney Barbara Diamond and small group discussions facilitated by trained volunteers from Resolutions Northwest [...]
Video: Portland Human Rights Commission March - full meeting
From the open publishing newswire: The Portland Human Rights Commission (HRC) Meeting 3.2.16
The commission holds their meetings on the first Wednesday of the month at 4:00 PM in downtown Portland.
The Human Rights Commissioners are all volunteers and the public is invited.
These meetings are open to the public and there is a public comment component to their meetings
The 2.hr 11.min video of the Portland Human Rights Commission meeting is available on these two video websites:
 https://youtu.be/06aeijkssw0 [youtube]
Oregon SOS | Fight High Rents and Low Wages Photo Essay
From the open publishing newswire: Photo Story Essay Participants and organizations from all over Oregon came together in unison on February 18, 2016, for the Oregon SOS - Fight High Rents and Low Wages rally demonstration, outside and inside the State Capitol Building in Salem, Oregon.
Their messages ranged from raising minimum wage, local control of rent costs and stopping Oregon Department of Transportation sweeps of the houseless.
Oregon SOS | Fight High Rents and Low Wages |Â Photo Essay by Mary Anne Funk
As economically repressed people we must unite in solidarity to address the laws that perpetuate and maintain this economic repression. ~ Kelsey Schomberger, Oregon SOS participant and disabled activist in Portland, Oregon.
Video: Portland Police: Use Of Force Training 1.13.16 Training Advisory Council
From the open publishing newswire: The Portland Police "Use of Force" presentation to the [citizen] "Training Advisory Council" was filmed on January 13th at the the NE Training Facility. This meeting was open to the public.
https://youtu.be/83OmvRXjbkw [video 2 hr 10 min]
Published on Jan 24, 2016
conference to end child sex trafficking, Troutdale Jan 26, 6 pm
From the open publishing newswire: Please come to Troutdale, OR city council conference on ending child sex trafficking, hosted by Larry Morgan, Tues., Jan. 26th, starting at 6 pm.
For more information, message Troutdale City COuncilman Larry Morgan via his facebook
Video: Portland Human Rights Commission Jan 6 Meeting
From the open publishing newswire: The public monthly meeting for the Portland Human Rights Commission was on Jan 6 2016. They hold their meetings on the first Wednesday of the month at 4:00 PM in downtown Portland. The Human Rights Commissioners are all volunteers.
January 6 2016 - Portland Human Rights Commission [HRC] meeting.
https://youtu.be/cixrTjOYwSo [VIDEO 1 hour 30 minutes]
There were not enough members present at this meeting to make up a quorum, and thus nothing official was voted on.
The meeting continued in spite of the lack of a quorum.