Speaking Truth to Power Since 1981
Please listen to Mumia on Charleston if you haven't already.
checkout this list! It is a list of people (most people of color, many unarmed and some mentally ill) who were killed by cops in 2014.
Some cases are more clear-cut than others, but all of them raise questions about the use of force — like shooting to kill — in policing. They also prompt scrutiny of how cops confront people with mental illnesses:
1. Darrien Hunt; Saratoga Springs, UT: Hunt was shot six times and killed after someone reported a man with a suspicious sword. Hunt, who had a fascination with Japanese anime characters, was carrying a toy sword. A recent autopsy report found the shots hit him in the back, suggesting he was running away from police on the scene.
America's war on black girls:
"But Black girls are never deemed feminine enough for their sexual and adolescent vulnerability to register for white people. They are frequently viewed as aggressors by both police and regular citizens alike, even for doing very adolescent things like mouthing off to those in authority. This is the reason why education scholars suggest that Black girls are suspended from school six times as often as white girls, because even simple adolescent forms of testing boundaries are perceived as far more aggressive based on race."
get the whole story: The Portland Alliance Tom Engelhardt Portal: http://www.theportlandalliance.org/engelhardt
Ongoing Wars in Afghanistan, Algeria, Iraq, Libya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia, & Yemen.
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The Truth About Diego Garcia:
50 Years of Fiction About an American Military Base
find more at Munk's Musings: http://www.theportlandalliance.org/Munk
Edward Snowden has been charged by the Justice Department with communicating national-defense information without authorization, and revealing classified information -- under the World War I Espionage Act.
If he came back now, that is, he would be tried as a spy -- though if he was a spy, it's clear who he was spying for: us, the American people.
find out more: at The Portland Alliance Tom Engelhardt Portal theportlandalliance.org/engelhardt
Police Body Cameras: A Tool for or against the People
Oregon legislators to put video evidence from body-worn cameras SOLELY in the hands of police. Were this a police accountability tool, you’d expect broad access to the evidence. Broadcasters and the press are the only voices in opposition. Please consider this information and contact your representatives, senators and community leaders.
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A Portal to Consult Hardesty
More about Clyde at: Clyde List Portal http://www.theportlandalliance.org/clydelist
The Northwest Writers & Publishers Association (NWPA)
and the Tualatin Public Library are proud to present:
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Screw the Rules and Let’s Have Some Fun
R. H. Sheldon
Every time we pick up our pens, we’re haunted by our teachers and editors and colleagues and supposed friends, regaling us with countless rules designed to keep our writing in check and prose on the straight and narrow. But literature is chock-full of examples that subvert the laws of writing to bring the printed word to life and in the process force those ghosts to eat their thesaurus-thumping words. Join author and editor R. H. Sheldon as he takes us down the forbidden path to discover why writers break the rules when they do and what they hope to achieve by doing so. rest of story- http://www.ThePortlandAlliance.org/nwpa
US Presidential Elections 2016:http://www.ThePortlandAlliance.org/election2016
The United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) invites you to two panels at the Left Forum
May 30-31, 2015, New York City more info: http://www.ThePortlandAlliance.org/unac
Ongoing Wars in Afghanistan, Algeria, Iraq, Libya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia, & Yemen.
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A Portal to PortlandSolidarity.org:
United organizations against violence
We come to mark it on our calendar every year.
It comes as the annual chance to bring issues together,
meet and greet and have an action that is often more about
getting re-energized than about getting something done.
This has gotten many May Day actions locally criticized for taking a huge amount of time, energy, and money, yet not resulting in movements that are any stronger. However, the last two years have really started to buck this trend, with last year really drawing issues of immigration together with the high profile fight between the ILWU and United Grain. This year Portland joined with cities around the country in identifying an overarching theme that effectively dominated the messaging: Black Lives Matter.
June Vigil for Keaton Otis
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 6:00 PM
NE 6th and Halsey
James Baldwin, Baltimore Police Thugs, Riots and Perhaps Justice?
May 1, 2015
James Baldwin, 1968
Q. How would you define somebody who smashes in the window of a television store and takes what he wants?
BALDWIN: Before I get to that, how would you define somebody who puts a cat where he is and takes all the money out of the ghetto where he makes it? Who is looting whom?….you’re accusing a captive population who has been robbed of everything of looting. I think it’s obscene.”
James was a brilliant man. The thugs I am most worried about are usually dressed in blue and sporting badges. (the police who routinely profile, beat and/or kill mostly unarmed citizens who are vulnerable)
In Baltimore, a young man died and six officers were punished with a paid vacation. Their names are Lt. Brian Rice, Officer Caesar Goodson, Sgt. Alicia White, Officer William Porter, Officer Garrett Miller, and Officer Edward Nero.
If this were my neighborhood, I would be angry.
Checkout the rest of the story... http://www.ThePortlandAlliance.org/breakingnews
Behind the Badge in River City: A Police Memoir"
by Don DuPay http://www.ThePortlandAlliance.org/behindthebadge
"Behind the Badge in River City: A Police Memoir, is a revealing, unique and important book."
Most days, most people just take cops for granted. They assume the police are more or less like everyone else, putting in their hours and doing their jobs. At one level this is true.
Some of us may say hello to officers we happen across or we might encounter them briefly when getting a ticket or asking for directions. Regardless of these brief glimpses, few of us know a great deal about the men and women who serve as peace officers with The Portland Police Bureau. Perhaps it's time we found out.
Don Dupay served with the bureau from 1961-1978 as an officer and detective. After resigning from his position in 1978, Mr. Dupay worked as Director of Security for a well-known hotel in Portland, co-hosted a cable access TV show, "Cannibus Common Sense," and he still lives and writes in Portland, Oregon.
Checkout the review of his book: http://www.ThePortlandAlliance.org/behindthebadge
and this interview with Don: http://www.ThePortlandAlliance.org/dupay
1040 For Peace (For all you late filers!)
by Jack Payden-Travers
"In the fiscal calendar this is Tax Time. In my church calendar it is the season of Easter, the holiest time of the year for all Christians. For my Jewish brothers and sisters it is Passover season. By my garden’s reckoning it is Spring.
...On my Induction day in 1970 I answered that question by refusing to step forward and fight in what my conscience told me was an unjust war. As fate would have it, I am once again confronted with that challenge each April 15th when I am asked to pay my taxes with the largest percentage going to current and past and future wars. As a conscientious objector to war, I believe that paying for war is participation in war. That is something that my religious beliefs forbid.
And so this year as I have done for four decades I will file my taxes. I will pay for roads, health care, social programs, government operations, education, etc. But I will also refuse a portion of my tax debt. ...
Jack Payden-Travers, Lynchburg, VA, writes for PeaceVoice serves as the Director of the National Campaign for a Peace Tax Fund in Washington, DC.
find out more: http://www.ThePortlandalliance.org/peace
Kathleen and Percy Hampton are happy they reached a resolution to the conflict last month over service in an Alberta street restaurant. Photo by Jerry Foster
Alberta Street Lawsuit Ends
Over Delicious Pan of Lasagna
- Written by Lisa Loving
Follow Lisa Loving on Google+
- Published: 08 April 2015
A lawsuit alleging denial of service brought by Alberta Street resident
Kathleen Hampton against Enzo’s Caffé Italiano has been amicably
settled over a pan of the restaurant’s famous homemade lasagna.
rest of story at: http://www.thePortlandAlliance.org/skanner
Netanyahu’s Day, and Israel’s Future
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s election victory will keep an extreme
right-wing government in power in Israel. Having crushed the hopes for an open-minded, enlightened, peace-inclined alternative to his government, days of darkness lie ahead, as promised by his rejectionist and fear-inducing expressions during the campaign.
The small, fanatical settlements beyond the security fence not only prevent the Palestinians from building a viable national home (well, their leadership is not exactly angelic itself), but they also prevent the creative and industrious young Israelis from building their homes as well (unless they join the bandwagon to the settlements, or leave the country). here's the rest of story: http://www.ThePortlandAlliance.org/nytpa
picture from: http://www.ummid.com/
The City of Portland is appealing U.S. District Judge Michael Simon's court order,
which requires the City to appear at annual hearings assessing implementation of
the Settlement Agreement between the United States Department of Justice (DOJ)
and the City of Portland. The Settlement Agreement seeks to address allegations
that the Portland Police Bureau has engaged in a pattern and practice of excessive
force against community members with mental health issues.
While the City claims the appeal seeks "clarification" on the "frequency, scope,
procedure, and evidentiary burdens" that the Court can apply in those hearings
--including what evidence can be brought forward by the parties, including the
Portland Police Association and the Albina Ministerial Alliance (AMA) Coalition
for Justice and Reform -- the paperwork filed clearly shows the City intends to
challenge the Judge's authority to hold those hearings at all to ask questions
about implementation of the Agreement.
Sign our petition calling on the Portland City Council to Rescind The Appeal!
check it out: http://www.theportlandalliance.org/AMAPortal
Albina Ministerial Alliance (AMA) Coalition for Justice, Police Reform and Action
Stephen Paul McCandless is an artist from the Pacific Northwest...
He works with mixed media on a variety of surfaces,
creating surrealistic images invested with intricate detail...
Missing the point on
Iran’s nuclear breakout time
Analysis: Five common misperceptions on the metric that has dominated debate over a nuclear deal with Tehran
Bill Beeman Portal: http://www.ThePortlandAlliance.org/beeman
Working families across Oregon and throughout America share some common goals.
We want to protect advances in worker health and safety, environmental protection and tackle
major issues like low wages and economic inequality. The looming Trans-Pacific Partnership
(TPP) trade agreement threatens to move every one of those priorities in the wrong direction.
By Karly Edwards more info: http://www.ThePortlandAlliance.org/workingfamilies