Larry Cwik, AMA Portal, NY Times, Tom Engelhardt, Bette Lee, Too Much Coffee Man, Kucinich, Mumia, Missoula, Munk, Clyde List, and much more! SEE PAGE TWO
A Portland Alliance Portal for Solidarity
Thursday, November 19
CALL ON CITY COUNCIL TO END DISPLACEMENT through the new PORTLAND COMPREHENSIVE PLAN.
at 2:00pm - 4:00pm in PST
Portland City Hall, 4th Ave entrance
- Gather to rally at 2pm!
- City Council hearing on the Comprehensive Plan at 3pm!
- Audience choreography in City Council chambers!
- WEAR PINK!
We have had three beautiful actions in DC against the TPP. Here is a short video on last night, the second action, when we took over the lobby of Morgan Stanley, blocked multiple streets including the nation's lobby street, K St, shut down major intersections, protested at Monsanto, the Koch Brothers and ended at the Reagan International Trade Center. We had multiple light displays -- light projections onto buildings, panels with messages and people carrying lanterns that looked like toilet paper with a Flush The TPP message. The Capitol City definitely knows there is opposition to the TPP. A Video and more at:
Munk's Musings: http://www.theportlandalliance.org/Munk
TPP activists storm Morgan Stanley office in Washington (VIDEO)
Activists united against the Trans Pacific Partnership deal disrupted the Washington, DC offices of investment firm Morgan Stanley.
WELCOME CAMERON WHITTEN
AS OUR NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
WELCOME CAMERON WHITTEN AS OUR NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Photo courtesy of Mark Colman Photography more info: http://www.ThePortlandAlliance.org/knowyourcity
Testing, Charters, & Strikes Panel at NWTSJ
Published on Oct 31, 2015
Testing, Charters, and Strikes, Oh My!: Resisting Corporate Education Reform in Seattle and Beyond -
Oct 17, 2015 at the Northwest Teaching for Social Justice conference.
The Seattle area has been a hotbed of education activism in recent months, including significant victories in the
defense of democracy and public education. In this panel discussion and conversation, local education activists
Dora Taylor, Jesse Hagopian, and Wayne Au will talk about the local movement to opt out of high-stakes
testing, the political gains earned during the Seattle educators’ strike, and the recent Washington State Supreme
Court ruling declaring charter schools unconstitutional here. Local strategies as well as implications and nation
connections will be discussed. find out more here:
The Far North, Portrait of the Arctic Summary: In his first solo Portland exhibit in 3 1/2 years, Portland artist and photographer Larry Cwik will present
his newest project, The Far North, Portrait of the Arctic, at the Northview Gallery of Portland Community College – Sylvania Campus. The show will
run from October 5 - November 7, 2015. It will include 25 large framed limited edition color photographic works.
Cwik will also debut at the Northview Gallery a four minute and 10 second high-definition color video with sound as part of the project.
more info: http://www.ThePortlandAlliance.org/cwik
Trusting a Rat, by Don Dupay
Trusting a rat: The Police and the Dilemma of Confidential Informants
Snitch, rat, and cheese-eater. These are all words that describe people who have betrayed a confidence. The police call these folks “confidential reliable informants” which has always seemed like an oxymoron to me. Informants are people who are looking for a favor from the police, a shorter sentence, or a pass on prosecution for a serious offense that might earn them a long stint in prison. Or they’re just looking to get revenge on a former criminal companion they feel did them wrong. The idea with many informants is, “if you let me off this time officer I’ll tell you what you want to know, for that case you’re working on. I’ll snitch on John/Jane/Joe and tell you what they may or may not have told me.” Then the cop can go and happily arrest them, claiming the “pinch” for themselves.
Eritrean Refugee and 33-Year Portland Resident in Fourth Year of Detention, Faces Deportation
Story and photos by Pete Shaw
The Center for Intercultural Organizing (CIO) and the Portland Immigrant Rights Coalition held a rally in front of Portland’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) prison on Wednesday October 7 calling for the release of Thomas Amanuel, an Eritrean refugee. Amanuel, 38, has lived in Portland for 33 years. He left Eritrea when he was one year old and has almost four years in prison for refusing to sign travel documents that could lead to his deportation back to Eritrea.
“We have one goal,” said Kayse Jama, Executive Director of the CIO. “We want to make sure Thomas comes home to his family. It is completely inhumane to hold someone in indefinite detention and threaten to deport them back to a country with no regard for human rights.”
rest of story: http://www.ThePortlandAlliance.org/theoccupier
THE AMAC WELCOMES DOJ ASSESSMENT OF CITY COMPLIANCE WITH POLICE REFORM AGREEMENT
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
Published on Tuesday, September 08, 2015
by Tom Dispatch
Mantra for 9/11:
Exceptional Pain Dispensed
by the Indispensable Nation
Fourteen Years Later, Improbable World... by Tom Engelhardt
Fourteen years later, the 9/11 attacks and the thousands of innocents killed represent international criminality and immorality of the first order. On that, Americans are clear, but -- most improbable of all -- no one in Washington has yet taken the slightest responsibility for blowing a hole through the Middle East, loosing mayhem across significant swathes of the planet, or helping release the forces that would create the first true terrorist state of modern history; nor has anyone in any official capacity taken responsibility for creating the conditions that led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands, possibly a million or more people...
here is the rest of the story. at The Portland Alliance Tom Engelhardt Portal http://www.theportlandalliance.org/engelhardt,
Portland Activists say No to Shell Drilling: see more: at the
Bette Lee Portal ThePortlandAlliance.org/bettelee
Unions are Tools for Economic Mobility
"When we talk about rebuilding the middle class, we’re talking about economic mobility. The dream for so many hardworking parents is to be able to give their children a prosperous future, but in today’s economy where recovery has not been a certainty, that dream can be all too elusive.
A study released today from the Center for American Policy dug deep into the issue of economic mobility, showing that the dream of children finding prosperity is hard to reach for many in our country. “A U.S. child born in the bottom 20 percent of the income distribution, for example, has a 7.5 percent probability of reaching the top 20 percent as an adult, compared to 11.7 percent in Denmark and 13.4 percent in Canada.”
Find out more at http://www.ThePortlandAlliance.org/aflcio
Shannon Wheeler's Cuba Expedition:
The fact can't be refuted:
"Nothing better illustrates the bankruptcy of the Obama administration's foreign policy than funding groups that turn on the U.S. again and again, a neo-con fueled cycle of profits for war makers and destruction of ever-shifting "enemies."
ISIS was born of Western intervention
in Iraq and covert action in Syria.
This Frankenstein-like experiment of arming the alleged freedom-seeking Syrian opposition created the monster that roams the region. ISIS and the U.S. have a curious relationship -- mortal enemies that, at the same time, benefit from some of the same events:
a) Ousting former Iraqi President Nouri al Maliki for his refusal to consent to the continued presence of U.S. troops in his country.
b) Regime change in Syria.
c) Arming the Kurds so they can separate from Iraq, a preliminary move to partitioning Iraq.
What a coincidence for war-profiteering neo-cons and the war industry, which has seen its stock rise since last week's congressional vote to fund the rapid expansion of war. We have met the enemy and he isn't only ISIS, he is us.
Phase two of the war against Syria is the introduction of 5,000 "moderate" mercenaries (as opposed to immoderate ones), who were trained in Saudi Arabia, the hotbed of Wahhabism, at an initial installment cost of $15 billion. These new "moderates" will replace the old "moderates," who became ISIS, just in time for Halloween.
The administration, in the belief that you can buy, rent, or lease friends where they otherwise do not exist, labor under the vain assumption that our newfound comrades-in-arms will remain in place during their three-year employment period, ignoring the inevitability that those "friends" you hire today could be firing at you tomorrow.
One wonders if Saudi training of these moderate mercenaries will include methods of beheading which were popularized by the Saudi government long before their ISIS progeny took up the grisly practice.
The U.S. is being played. http://www.ThePortlandAlliance.org/kucinich Checkout The Kucinich Korner at The Alliance
“Mei Mei” Wins Oregon Independent Film Festival
Best Historical Documentary Award
Dmae Roberts’ Personal Story Featured
at Clinton Street Theatre
Sept. 26th at 4pm
— Dmae Roberts
, executive producer of MediaRites
, a film a nonprofit organization that provides innovative, award-winning radio, theater and documentary programs, today announced that her film,
Mei Mei: A Daughter’s Story,
received the Best Historical Documentary Award by the
Oregon Independent Film Festival
find out more at:
Please listen to Mumia on Charleston if you haven't already.
On July 8, 2014, Israel launched air strikes on
Hamas-controlled Gaza, followed by a ground invasion.
The ensuing fifty-one days of war left more than 2,200
people dead, the vast majority of whom were Palestinian
civilians, including over... more at: ThePortlandAlliance.org/mumia
Missoula Magic Music, Writing & Creative Arts:
"The Cutting Edge of Social Change"
101 unarmed people killed by police in 2014. Checkout their stories...
101 unarmed people killed by police in 2014.
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:
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
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
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.
Find out more... It's getting tougher to ignore the numbers:
Morris Dees says, "Victims are piling up around us."
"African Americans are incarcerated at six times the rate of white people … cities have revived debtors’ prisons that punish and exploit the poorest, most vulnerable among us. While perhaps its most visible and horrifying signpost, the criminal justice system is merely one part of a larger, structural problem."
the whole story: www.ThePortlandAlliance.org/consulthardesty A Portal to Consult Hardesty
More about Clyde at: Clyde List Portal http://www.theportlandalliance.org/clydelist
Northwest Writers & Publishers Association
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
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.
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
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/
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
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