Vol. XXXV, Number 2  February 2015

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A man comforts a wife of a killed civilian in shelling in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. (Photo: AP/Vadim Braydov)
Numerous civilians are reported dead and wounded Friday from heavy fighting in eastern Ukraine, as aid workers warn that the situation is growing increasingly dire for non-combatants—especially children—following the disintegration of a ceasefire between Ukraine and opponents of Kiev earlier this month. In one incident on Friday, a bomb hit a...
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New York Police Department commissioner Bill Bratton on Thursday unveiled plans...
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In late January in a room in Kabul, Afghanistan, I joined several dozen people, working seamstresses, some college students, socially engaged teenagers and a few visiting internationals like myself, to discuss world hunger. Our emphasis was not exclusively on their own country’s worsening hunger problems. The Afghan Peace Volunteers, in whose home we were meeting, draw strength from looking beyond their own very real struggles.

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This is a volunteer gig. I’m a broad-based community organizer. I hope readers will understand our leadership team intends to be inclusive...  We’ll recruit mindful of folks’ passions.  Whether it’s fair wages, climate justice, immigration reform, campaign finance restructuring, or concerns over New Jim Crow’s school-to-prison pipelines that has turned out thousands to hear my sister Michelle Alexander. The Portland Chapter seeks influence it hasn’t had in a while. To do that, we’re going to need all hands on deck.

JoAnn Hardesty, new NAACP presidentJoAnn Hardesty gears up to galvanize
some new energy into the Portland
chapter of the NAACP, now it its
101st year of operation. One of her first moves to rebuild the organization is to recruit 101 new members in commemoration of the renowned organization’s tenure.

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Mult. Co. Sheriff to preserve in-person visitations

by Street Roots Staff | 27 Jan 2015                                                         Photo by Steve Brase
This Securus video visiting terminal is similar to the
terminals going into Multnomah County jails.
Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Staton says he will
continue in-person, “through the glass” visiting for
visitors to Multnomah County jails, bowing to pressure
from public concerns over replacing all visits with video kiosks.
rest of story:  http://www.ThePortlandAlliance.org/streetroots 

 Portland police officer resigned after testing positive for steroids

"A Portland police officer tested positive
for steroids during a random drug test last February and resigned last spring, months before the Police Review
Board unanimously recommended that he be fired, according to bureau documents released this month.

The officer is the second to have a drug test come back positive since the Police Bureau started random drug
testing in 2012. But the officer who resigned is the first
to do so after results showed evidence of steroids.

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This week marks the fifth anniversary of the death of Howard Zinn who is best known for his “People’s History of the United States” which looks at history from the bottom up, through the lenses of classism, racism and sexism.

Bill Bigelow writes about Zinn’s concerns about nationalism, American exceptionalism and militarism. Zinn said that patriotism does not mean blind obedience to government because that is “the definition of patriotism in a totalitarian state.”

1ziinquoteZinn believed it was essential for students to learn the true history of the US so that they could question and debate whether they want to stay on that same path. Those in power work to hide this true history and to foster obedience without questioning so that the machine of American empire continues to run.

We remember Zinn for the advice he gave activists a year before his death. When he was asked what should people be doing, he gave advice that is good no matter what the era:

  1. Go where you are not supposed to go;
  2. Say what you are not supposed to say; and
  3. Stay when they tell you to leave.
    for more:  http://www.ThePortlandAlliance.org/occupation

Really Walmart? 
Calling the police on your own workers.

2015 January 25
by admin

ishMeet Ismael Nunez, an 11 year associate who has been standing up for better working conditions at Walmart for it’s associates and customers. Understaffing in the store and associates earning a living wage are just some of the things Ismael has been speaking up about.

Recently, Ismael was disciplined for productivity despite being tasked to do the job of several people. What’s more, a manager called the police on Ismael and had him escorted from the store. Walmart managers at the Klamath Falls store wanted to send a clear message to workers: if you speak out, you will be disciplined.

Walmart should be rewarding hardworking associates like Ismael not calling the police on them.

more info at  The Walmart Portal at The Alliance



The groundbreaking
"Community/Police Forums"
were developed to help improve
communication between the
Portland Police and the Public. 

To this end, RACE TALKS 2 is working in cooperation with the
Albina Ministerial Alliance and the Portland Police Bureau to
sponsor a series of Community-Police Forums.

Events will be held monthly at different locations throughout the Portland area. 
Details will be posted on the RACE TALKS Facebook page and in our Social
Justice Alerts as they are scheduled. All events will follow the same timeline:

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U.S. ground troops could be needed in Iraq: Chuck Hagel --Deployment would be in addition to 4,500 U.S. troops already in Iraq | 30 Jan 2015 | Outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in an interview on Friday the United States might eventually need to send non-combat ground troops to Iraq to help turn back Islamic State forces. Hagel, who announced his resignation under pressure in November, told CNN all options must be considered in Iraq, including sending troops for non-combat roles such as gathering intelligence and locating Islamic State targets. Hagel's comments echoed testimony by General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to Congress last fall when he said U.S. troops might have to take a larger role on the ground in Iraq.
U.S. Appears Edging Toward Arming Ukraine's Military Forces, Officials Say | 1 Feb 2015 | Gen. Philip M. Breedlove now supports providing defensive weapons and equipment to Kiev's [Nazi] forces, and an array of administration and military officials appear to be edging toward that position, American officials said Sunday. President Obama has made no decisions on providing such lethal assistance. But after a series of striking reversals that Ukraine's forces have suffered in recent weeks, the Obama administration is taking a fresh look at the question of military assistance...Fueling the broader debate over policy is an independent report to be issued Monday by eight former senior American officials, who urge the United States to send $3 billion in defensive arms and equipment to Ukraine, including anti-armor missiles, reconnaissance drones, armored Humvees and radars that can determine the location of enemy rocket and artillery fire.

the rest of the story: The Portland Alliance Portal to: CLG Breaking News..


Amanda Fritz with Harriet Tubman STEM familiesPortland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz, at left, chats with Jyothi Pulla, at right, and a group of students from the former Harriet Tubman STEM school, during a reception for the city's new Office of Equity and Diversity held in April, 2012. Fritz testified on the school's behalf before the Portland Public Schools board, as did State Sen. Chip Shields and Rep. Lew Frederick, but it was shut down anyway. Photo by Lisa Loving

 Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz announced this week she is running for a third term in office.

The former community organizer and registered nurse is the only official in office who was first elected through a publicly-funded campaign; that system was shut down by voters in 2010 by a margin of less than one percent.

 “I plan to keep doing what I said I would do when Portlanders elected me in 2008, and re-elected me in 2012—prioritizing basic services and spending taxpayers' money wisely,” she said Wednesday in a press statement. “I have been a consistent voice for fiscal responsibility, equity, community involvement, and common sense for the past six years.”

rest of the story:           http://www.ThePortlandAlliance.org/skanner

 The Invisible Man: Jeffrey Sterling, CIA Whistleblower

The Invisible Man: Jeffrey Sterling, CIA Whistleblower

  The mass media have suddenly discovered Jeffrey Sterling — after his conviction Monday afternoon as a CIA whistleblower.

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cropped-pinkkarylee.jpgLove matters…

Ancient times, artifacts, rituals and superstitions
protected us from angry gods demanding mysterious sacrifices.
But healing comes from the heart: we all seek peace.

Banners wave and shepherds tend their flocks,
but morals and righteousness
are about who we are and what we do…
And love speaks joy to me when the sun rises and sets.


Love is a weapon of Light, and it has the power to eradicate all forms of darkness.                                                                                    Picture by Karylee Harrison
That is the key. When we offer love even to our enemies,
we destroy their darkness and hatred…
What’s more, we cast out the darkness inside ourselves.”
― Yehuda Berg