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Video: Portland Human Rights Commission Meeting Jan 8 2020
From the open publishing newswire: This is the first meeting of the year for the Portland Human Rights Commission (PHRC).
It was 2. 5 hours and it was open to the public.
The public has a few minutes to speak during the public comment section at the beginning of the meeting.
https://youtu.be/jYn-33qz4xs (2 hrs 18 mins video)
JBLM Soldier Arrested in Oregon
From the open publishing newswire: JBLM uses false police reports to cause Oregon police to arrest AWOL soldier.
Christopher Lee Gardner deserted his post at Joint Base Lewis-McChord after being targeted and continuously harassed [...]
The JBLMATO stated that Gardner was a potential homegrown violent extremist (HVE) because he had expressed disagreement with government policies and potential upcoming deployments. JBLM officials sent out a state-wide bulletin claiming that Gardner was armed and dangerous - a common practice to get civilian police agencies to apprehend military deserters - although there was not any evidence that Gardner actually posed a threat to himself or others.
Video: Emily G. Gottfried Human Rights Awards - Portland Or 12.11.19
From the open publishing newswire: The Portland Human Rights Commission annual awards honors community human rights champions who work to eliminate discrimination and bigotry; strengthen inter-group relationships; and foster greater understanding, inclusion, and justice for those who live, work, study, worship, travel and play in the city of Portland.
https://youtu.be/xUw2Yi-NR_M [video 57 minutes]
The Portland Human Rights Commission held their Emily G. Gottfried Human Rights Awards on 12.11.19 at the Tiffany Center in Portland Oregon. It included a lunch buffet and the award ceremony for three categories in 2019 (Lifetime Achievement, Emerging Leader, and Outstanding Organization.) This event was free and open to the public.
No Fair is Fair
From the open publishing newswire: This was my first protest I have been to in a long time. I went cause of what is happening around the world right now and a new class consciousness emerging we have not had a class consciousness in this country in a long time. When I arrived there were a few young people dressed in black standing on the edge of pioneer square. After a few minutes more continued to arrive I would say a few dozen came. One participant asked me if I had a mask I said I did and thanked them for their concern. There was some right wing agitators and trolls but many people came up and asked me what was happening and I told them the best I could, but they needed to talk to the Youth Liberation Front. Seriously a great group of youth dedicated and passionate. After being there for a while I had to leave afterwards they marched on trimet and took free ride.
Say no to Trimet cops they way to fund trimet is to not criminalize the poor!
The Shortwave Report 10/25/19 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.
This week's show features stories from Radio Deutsche-Welle, Sputnik Radio, Radio Havana Cuba, and Spanish National Radio.
KBOO Members Demand Resignation of Prez, VP
From the open publishing newswire: For misappropriation of funds, intimidation of Staff, and creating an oppressive atmosphere at the Station....
Last night, the KBOO Board room was, for the fourth month running, full of concerned KBOO members seeking explanations and remedies from the Board for the crisis at the Station. The Board, however, was not present. The explanation was that it was not possible to get a legal quorum, as so many Board members were out of town. Instead, there was a general discussion touching on the current crisis, and a consensus was reached to demand that the President and Vice President step down, or failing that, follow bylaws legal requirements in the wake of the successful petition to set up a Special Membership Meeting to force their resignation.
To sign the petition (if you are a KBOO member in good standing), follow this link:
Save the Downtown Food Carts! Letter to Mayor Wheeler and the Portland Commissioners
From the open publishing newswire: A desolate parking lot became vibrant food carts two decades ago! Building a 35-story 5-star hotel is an out-of-scale monstrosity that will disable downtown for years. Elected leaders are responsible to house and feed. Trump should resign gracefully like Nixon. City councils should resist Trump's cutting everything but the military! FDR built 170K public buildings, social security, and minimum wage? Have we fallen asleep? Are we being entertained to death?
Building a 35-story 5-star hotel is an out-of-scale monstrosity that will disable downtown for years. Similarly, building a baseball stadium on the Fremont bridge would turn driving and traffic into a nightmare. This would lead to epic traffic jams and people cursing baseball.
On the positive side, Portland could lead in resisting the Trump attacks on the poor, seniors, the disabled, children and students. The funds should be returned to HUD, Meals-on-Wheels, WIC, The Legal Corporation, Pell Grants, Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security and the Departments of Education and the EPA. The Great Unraveling provokes the Great Refusal. [...]
Global Climate Strike-Eugene Oregon
From the open publishing newswire: Video clip from the Global Climate Strike in Eugene Oregon on March 15, 2019. Video features three youths who are part of the youth climate lawsuit, suing the government for failing to protect their future. This has been ongoing since before the Trump administration, who has been fighting it in court and so far managing to keep the trial from taking place.
These high school students bring the gathering up to date on the status of the lawsuit, asking people to go to www.joinjuliana.org and add their name in support of the Amicus Brief. https://youtu.be/DomQ1UxlTww
VIDEO: CLOSE GITMO 17 YEARS protest in Portland Oregon
From the open publishing newswire: January 11, 2019 marks 17 years since the opening of the US prison camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Local human rights, peace and justice organizations had a visibility action, rally and march on Friday, January 11 to mark the occasion with the message "Close Guantanamo: Still America's Shame."
In Portland Oregon, over a dozen people stood with signs and information regarding the 17 years of GITMO's operation in Cuba, demanding it be closed down.
https://youtu.be/yORvfaNO8zI (video 14 min)
We all get it. Houselessness is a crisis in Portland.
From the open publishing newswire: There is a better way!
A wide community coalition led by Right 2 Survive asks the CEIC to adopt an innovative Compassionate Change District model that tackles the shared root problems of all neighbors—housed and unhoused.
This New Year, Portland's Central Eastside stands at a crossroads. Much has happened, and all will be decided in THE NEXT THREE WEEKS.
The Team from Onward Oregon
Christmas Dinner 12 noon to 3 pm
From the open publishing newswire: Free Christmas dinner noon to 3pm
Hosted by Potluck in the Park
Location: 1119 SW Park Ave Portland
At the Portland Art Museum
The Shortwave Report 12/14/18 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, Spanish National Radio, and Sputnik Radio.
Dear Radio Friend,
This week's show features stories from NHK Japan, Radio Havana Cuba, Spanish National Radio, and Sputnik Radio.
Video: Armistice Day 2018 - 11 AM in Portland Oregon
From the open publishing newswire: Around a couple dozen people met at 11 AM on Nov 11th in Directors park to recognize the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day at 11:11 AM.
[Armistice Day is commemorated every year on 11 November to mark the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiègne, France at 5:45 am, for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I, which took effect at eleven o'clock in the morning—the "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month" of 1918]
11 11 18 ARMISTICE DAY - Portland Oregon Directors Park - aka Veterans day
https://youtu.be/ZCkvdVL_BrM (YouTube video 42 minutes)