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Portland, Oregon: Winter Autonomous Convergence on January 23
From the open publishing newswire: Monday, January 23 from 4-7:30 pm at North Portland Library, 512 N Killingsworth, there will be an assembly to serve as a forum for strategizing and an entry point to get plugged into radical organizing.
On January 20, 2018, people around the US will host solidarity and outreach events to support defendants from Trump's inauguration, Standing Rock, and other ongoing struggles and to create new connections for the road ahead. [...]
"Build the Base, Take the Initiative."
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.
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
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.
Three Events to Participate In
From the open publishing newswire:
1) A presentation from former Political Prisoner Daniel McGowan about his experiences in the Earth
2) TILTED SCALES COLLECTIVE PRESENTS Fighting Charges, Strengthening Movements: A presentation and community discussion based on their new book, A Tilted Guide to Being a Defendant
3) Portland Rising Tide: Direct Action Training
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.
Four Arrested at Trump Protest in Olympia After Being Identified as Domestic Terrorists
From the open publishing newswire: Four people at a Trump counter-demonstration in Olympia, WA were arrested after being identified as domestic terrorists by members the Joint Base Lewis-McChord Force Protection Division that had infiltrated the counter-demonstration.
About 200 Trump supporters and a like number of anti-Trump demonstrators gathered in Olympia, WA over the weekend to express support for and opposition to the policies of the Trump Administration. Four individuals demonstrating against Trump's policies were arrested after being identified as 'domestic terrorists' by members of the Joint Base Lewis-McChord Force Protection Division that had infiltrated the anti-Trump demonstration.
The Murder of Quanice Hayes
From the open publishing newswire: Hayes was gunned down by officer Andrew Hearst, gang member of the Portland Police Gestapo, (PPG) on Thursday morning February 9th 2017. Hayes was 17 years old and Black. Hearst is White. This racial police murder took place near NE 82nd Ave. and Handcock. More than a week after Hayes' murder, details remain sketchy. With no apparent video recordings and no [known] witnesses, the only account from that day has come from the Portland Police regime. Hayes was shot by Hearst at least three times. On the Sunday following Hayes' murder, about 100 people gathered for a vigil in the teen's honor. Mourners included his mother Venus Hayes, who spoke on her son's behave. On Thursday February 16th, one week after Hayes' murder, hundreds of people held a rally and march demanding justice for Hayes and his killer to be brought to justice. The rally began in the South Park blocks then marchers made their way through down town Portland. Because the march had been "unpermitted" (i.e. you don't need permission from the city to protest injustice), cops in riot gear armed with war weapons harassed the marchers for several hours. One person was reportedly arrested.
Video: J20 Protest in Portland Oregon 3 to 6 PM
From the open publishing newswire: J20 Protest in Portland Oregon 3 to 6 PM
Pioneer Square and marching to Waterfront
This is video footage from the J20 protest in PDX Portland, Ore.
https://youtu.be/14cva-lJAwk (53 min video)
The protest started on Jan 20th in Pioneer Square.
I followed it up until around 6:00 PM (The protest continued for a few more hours) The Burnside bridge pepperspray footage is in the last 1/4 of the video
Portland Police "Bulldozing" Protestors Out Front Door Of City Hall - Any Reports?
From the open publishing newswire: lots of screaming and screeching on the YouTube videos as they're thrown out front door...
City Hall - Riot Cops 5 PM News Update Wednesday 10.12.16
https://youtu.be/Vl5YxvL470I (20 min YouTube video)
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.
BEARING WITNESS: James Chasse – a celebration of & conversation September 17
From the open publishing newswire: On Saturday, September 17th, Cerimon House joins the Mental Health Association of Portland and members of the community to offer a memorial, a documentary screening, and a community conversation marking the occasion of the passing of Chasse, who died in police custody ten years ago.
WHAT: BEARING WITNESS: James Chasse - a celebration of & conversation about the life of James Chasse Jr. on the 10th anniversary of his death
WHERE: CERIMON HOUSE - 5131 NE 23rd Avenue, Portland
WHEN: Saturday, 9/17/16 - Film screening @ 5:00 PM, Community Conversation @ 7:00 PM
HOW: Reservations: bearingwitness.brownpapertickets.com [FREE]
BEARING WITNESS: James Chasse begins with a 5:00 PM screening of Brian Lindstrom's powerful documentary Alien Boy: the Life and Death of James Chasse. [ http://www.alienboy.org/]