Vol. XXXV, Number 1 January 2015        http://www.ThePortlandAlliance.org/2015/January
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The Ukraine
Wrong side of history’ plea
Russian billionaire sells stake in major firm a
day before sanctions
Putin completes expected annexation of Crimea
Putin bans US politicians,
Obama stiffens "sanctions"


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By Norman Solomon

Now the shoe is on the other foot. It is Obama defending the principle of “national sovereignty”while Putin is using the military “humanitarian intervention” rule promulgated most outspokenly by Obama’s UN Ambassador Samantha Power and National Security Advisor Susan Rice.

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The Fight for $15 Finally Comes to Portland


Like the Occupy movement before it, the “fight for $15” came to Portland as a transplant. Portland activists watched events in Seattle with a skeptical eye, but Seattle’s “fantasy” of $15 was transformed into an emerging reality, now replete with the support of the Mayor and City Council who are working on a plan to implement the new minimum wage. 
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Salt and Terror in Afghanistan

by Kathy Kelly

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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Obama won the ‘08 primary because he opposed the invasion while Hillary defended it. He tried to keep the US occupation going but the Iraqis
refused to immunize US troops who commit war crimes as Obama demanded.
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Martin Luther King
was assassinated
by the
United States Government according
to the
King Family
civil trial verdict

"Coretta Scott King: “We have done what we can to reveal the truth, and we now urge you as members of the media, and we call upon elected officials, and other persons of influence to do what they can to share the revelation of this case to the widest possible audience.”
– King Family Press Conference, Dec. 9, 1999.

Dr. Martin Luther King’s family and personal friend/attorney, William F. Pepper, won a civil trial that found US government agencies guilty of assassination/wrongful death. The 1999 trial, King Family versus Jowers and Other Unknown Co-Conspirators, is the only trial ever conducted on the assassination of Dr. King:
the rest of the story:  http://www.ThePortlandAlliance.org/MartinLutherKing

Remember Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
King sought workers’ justice and dignity
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The rise of the #BlackLivesMatter movement
Chicagoans take the streets to declare that Black Lives Matter

The inspiring resistance in the streets of Ferguson has gone national since last August. In a document written for discussion--and finished before the shootings of two NYPD offers faced activists with a right-wing backlash--Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor explains the background for this upsurge and analyzes the movement that has taken new shape over the last months of the year. Here, we print excerpts from that document, edited for general publication.

Chicagoans take the streets to declare that Black Lives Matter

A MOVEMENT has erupted against police brutality and shaken U.S. society to its core.
checkout the rest of the story here: http://www.ThePortlandAlliance.org/socialistworker

It’s Not Just the Cops

Public defenders know that the trouble with our justice system extends far beyond abusive policing

by Jonathan Rapping

Picture by (Flickr/Krystian Olszanski)

One has to admire the way we, as a country, have paid tribute to the lives of Rafael Ramos and Wenijan Liu, the two New York police officers shot to death while sitting in their police cruiser. We have rallied to support their families across ideological lines, demanding that they be remembered with dignity and honor.

But, juxtaposed against continued protests over police mistreatment of black men, they also help to highlight the fact that other lives are not valued at all.

Michael Brown was left dead in the street for four hours after being shot by a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer. Eric Garner lay dying on a sidewalk after being choked in Staten Island, surrounded by the NYPD police officers who exhibited no sense of urgency to help him. Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old boy, was playing with a toy gun when he was shot dead less than two minutes after being confronted by a Cleveland police officer.

Rather than unifying in similar grief over these deaths, news outlets helped to justify the killings by dehumanizing the victims

read more:  http://www.theportlandalliance.org/thenation

Published on Jan 7, 2015

St. Louis, MO – On January 5, 2015, this press conference was held at The Ambassador in St. Louis to announce that the Black People’s Grand Jury voted 11 to 1 to indict former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson on charges of first degree murder in the August 9, 2014 shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old black civilian.

Check out Chairman Omali Yeshitela's summation of these historic proceedings marking a new day in the struggle for self-determination and self-government for colonized African people.

Now it's time to organize for “Black Community Control of the Police”!. For more information, contact the International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement at 727-914-3619 or 727-3018143

St. Louis, MO - On January 4, 2015, the Black People’s Grand Jury voted 11 to 1 to indict former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson on charges of first degree murder in the August 9, 2014 shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old black civilian.

Unlike the “behind closed doors” white people’s grand jury that exonerated the killer cop, the Black People’s Grand Jury was a transparent process, free and open to the public who attended the proceedings as they were conducted at The New Ambassador center in St. Louis, and broadcast live on UhuruNews.com for the world to see.

The proceedings opened with statements from Lead People’s Prosecutor and People’s Advocate Chairman Omali Yeshitela, along with Assistant Prosecutors Attorney Aaron O’Neal of Washington, D.C. and Attorney Alex Morley of The Bahamas.

In his opening statement, Lead Prosecutor Omali Yeshitela brought out the fact that African people “can and must take matters into our own hands” following the “no true bill” determination of the St. Louis County grand jury under prosecutor Robert McCulloch that failed to indict Wilson.

Yeshitela stated that the convening of the Black People’s Grand Jury represents a criticism of the McCulloch’s grand jury. He exposed multiple breaches in McCulloch’s grand jury process, including the fact that McCulloch knew that Witness 40, Sandra McElroy lied during her two-day testimony. McCulloch was aware that McElroy is a known racist who was not present at the murder site and who openly backed and raised money for Darren Wilson yet he included her as a witness.

Police ticket man run over during ‘Don’t shoot’ protest

copwatchvid more info at: http://www.ThePortlandAlliance.org/dontshoot

Guilty for “improper position on a highway”.
(Still from Multnomah County Copwatch video)

Portland Police have issued a ticket to a protestor who was taking part in a march downtown yesterday.

The march was organized by Don’t Shoot PDX, a group of activists who have organized a sustained movement for more police accountability and justice following protests in Ferguson, Missouri.

According to people involved with the march, there was a collision on West Burnside near Powell’s Books between someone driving a car and one of the marchers. A man who has uploaded video footage from the scene alleges that the driver swerved into protestors and yelled, “Get a job” before running over a man’s foot. The driver did not stop.

Sterling Trial Opens in Security-State Matrix

When the trial of former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling got underway Tuesday in Northern Virginia, prospective jurors made routine references to “three-letter agencies” and alphabet-soup categories of security clearances. In an area where vast partnerships between intelligence agencies and private contractors saturate everyday life, the jury pool was bound to please the prosecution.

In a U.S. District Court that boasts a “rocket docket,” the selection of 14 jurors was swift, with the process lasting under three hours. Along the way, Judge Leonie M. Brinkema asked more than a dozen possible jurors whether their personal connections to the CIA or other intel agencies would interfere with her announced quest for an “absolutely open mind.”

From what I could tell, none of those with direct connections to intelligence agencies ended up in the jury box. But affinities with agencies like the CIA seemed implicit in the courtroom.
Throughout the jury selection, there was scarcely a hint that
activities of those agencies might merit disapproval.

see the whole story:  http://www.theportlandalliance.org/solomon

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: Last Year Was the Hottest Year on Record, and More

In today's On the News segment: According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, 2014 was hotter than any other year in its 120 years of record-keeping; California has big plans for reducing its carbon footprint; scientists have discovered the most Earth-like planet ever found outside of our solar system; and more.

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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
‘True religion is real living; living with all one’s soul, with all one’s goodness and righteousness.’
―Albert Einstein

“Keep love in your heart.
A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.”
― Oscar Wilde


Love is a name for what people call God.


So how does love speak to me?

“Love is the only sane and satisfactory
answer to the problem of human existence.”
―Erich Fromm

“Love takes off masks that we fear
we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.”
―James A. Baldwin
“What is love? It is the morning and the evening star.”
―Sinclair Lewis

“Love is the flower you’ve got to let grow.”
―John Lennon

“Love is the crowning grace of humanity, the holiest right of the soul, the golden link which binds us to duty and truth, the redeeming principle that chiefly reconciles the heart to life, and is prophetic of eternal good.”

“Love is a canvas furnished by nature and embroidered by imagination.”
“A loving heart is the truest wisdom.”
―Charles Dickens

“Love, having no geography, knows no boundaries.”
―Truman Capote

“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love
will have the final word in reality. “
―Martin Luther King, Jr.

“All, everything that I understand,
I understand only because I love.”
―Leo Tolstoy


“Who loves, raves.”
Lord Byron

Love is like a faucet,
it turns off and on.

Billie Holiday