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1040 For Peace
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
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- 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
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To heighten the pressure for the abolition of nuclear weapons, nuclear disarmament groups are staging a Peace and Planet mobilization, in Manhattan, on the eve of the NPT review conference. Calling for a “Nuclear-Free, Peaceful, Just, and Sustainable World,” the mobilization involves an international conference (comprised of plenaries and workshops) on April 24 and 25, plus a culminating interfaith convocation, rally, march, and festival on April 26. Among the hundreds of endorsing organizations are many devoted to peace (Fellowship of Reconciliation, International Peace Resource Center Library, Pax Christi, Peace Action, Peaceresource.org, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Veterans for Peace, and Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom), environmentalism (Earth Action, Friends of the Earth, and 350NYC), religion (Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, The Portland Alliance, Unitarian Universalist UN Office, United Church of Christ, and United Methodist General Board of Church & Society), workers’ rights (New Jersey Industrial Union Council, United Electrical Workers, and Working Families Party), and human welfare (American Friends Service Committee and National Association of Social Workers). (see more at A Portal for the Writings of Lawrence S. Wittner: www.theportlandalliance.org/wittner"
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
Look at this group of First Unitarian Church memberst the No Fast Track/No TPP rally outside Sen Wyden's
office on Wednesday. About 100 people were there.
If you haven't called Sen Wyden's to remind him that
he is up for reelection in Nov 2016 and your vote depends
on his opposition to Fast Track, please do so.
503.326.7525. Call today.
PRESS RELEASE ON RACE TALKS
The Department of Justice cleared Darren Wilson
of all charges in the killing of Michael Brown.
Protests at US Attorney offices around the country are encouraged
Prosecutors cannot disprove that the officer who shot Michael Brown "feared for his safety”
The Department of Justice has cleared Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot and killed
teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., of committing civil rights violations in the August
confrontation that sparked sometimes violent local and national protests.
A separate report from the Justice Department did find, however, that the Ferguson Police
Department was in frequent violation of several provisions of the Constitution.
The report, one of two released on Wednesday, broadly corroborates Wilson’s account of what happened in the St. Louis suburb on Aug.9. The officer said he spotted Brown and a friend walking in the middle of the street. Wilson told prosecutors and investigators he suspected the pair in the theft of cigarillos from a nearby convenience store, and called for backup before pulling to a stop near them.
The officer and some witnesses said Brown reached into Wilson’s police car to punch and grab him. Even though other witnesses stated that Wilson had reached out of his vehicle to grab Brown by the neck, prosecutors said their accounts were “inconsistent with “inconsistent with physical and forensic evidence.”
Wilson said he took out his weapon while still in his vehicle and shot Brown in the hand as the teenager attempted to gain control of the gun. The report found “no credible evidence to disprove Wilson’s account” of what happened inside the vehicle. TIME TO TAKE ACTION!!!!
In a huge victory for the Fight for $15 in the City of Portland, the State of Oregon,
and across the nation, Portland's City Council unanimously approved a $15 Fair
Wage Policy today. Congratulations to the City of Portland, and to the working people
who will benefit from a $15 minimum wage!
University of Oregon commits frightening abuse of power in rape victim case
When a University of Oregon rape survivor sued the school earlier this year for bungling her case,
campus officials dug into the student's confidential therapy records in order to counter her claim.
It's a total invasion of privacy that also appears to be legal, writes attorney and social justice advocate
Katie Rose Guest Pryal.
more info: http://www.ThePortlandAlliance.org/univoregon
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
Postal Service shows 1.1 billion dollar surplus,
yet cuts and closures slated
The US Postal Service continues to turn a profit for three years in a row, releasing numbers last Friday showing a
$1.1 billion surplus for the first quarter of fiscal year 2015 and an increase to $7 billion in available cash.
The CFO called it “a fantastic quarter.”
This is great news for Americans throughout the country and for the millions of businesses that rely on a strong Postal Service.
The continuing rise in both letter and package revenue—and now even in overall mail volume—is leading to growing revenue.
This is a time to strengthen—not degrade—the now-profitable networks.
Nevertheless, massive cuts and closures of post offices and mail processing plants continue.
As of Feb. 6th, the USPS POS plan has eliminated 13,000 full-time postmaster jobs in the past two years,
as a result of cuts of 25% to 75% in hours of service at half our rural post offices.
Tens of thousands of mail processing jobs have also gone away as 141 plants were “consolidated,” resulting in mail delays.
get the rest of the story here: www.theportlandalliance.org/postoffice/updates
- Written by Donovan M. Smith Special to The Skanner News
- Published: 20 January 2015
This is a volunteer gig. I’m a broad-based community organizer. I hope readers will understand our leadership team intends to be inclusive and coalitional. 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 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.
Photo provided by Joann Hardesty
see more of the story and part of the inteview: http://www.ThePortlandAlliance.org/skanner
Teen Girl Fatally Shot by Cops at Texas Police Station
January 27, 2015 by thewordsmithcollection |
A teen girl in Longview, Texas, was fatally shot by police officers
last Thursday after showing up at the Longview Police Department.
In interviews and official statements, the department has been vague
about what kind of weapon Kristiana Coignard, 17, was carrying
—a news release from LPD is titled “Longview Police
Identify the Suspect in January 23rd Shooting,” giving the
impression our suspect/victim was wielding a gun herself.
But Longview Mayor Jay Dean saidhe was told that Coignard was carrying a knife.
Here the rest of the story: https://thewordsmithcollection.wordpress.com/2015/01/27/teen-girl-fatally-shot-by-cops-at-texas-police-station/
Revolutionary Communists in the US of A
It is difficult to believe today, even for someone like me who was there, that a substantial Marxist movement existed
in the United States forty years ago. It is even harder to believe that this movement was seriously engaged
in the process of fomenting revolution —building a vanguard party and writing programs for that party.
read the rest of the story: http://www.ThePortlandAlliance.org/counterpunch NW Alliance Portal: to Counterpunch
Michael Meo's Hunger Strike is over! But no progress on Police Reform Yet! Another Arrest, and Jail Time, for Hunger Striker Michael Meo
"Say this for Michael Meo's strategy: He's avoiding the unpleasantness of jail food.
Meo, a retired Portland high school teacher and three-time Pacific Green Party
congressional candidate, has been starving himself since December 1. "
... he says he's prepared to die unless Mayor Charlie Hales takes "substantive action" to rein in the city's police force.
Read the rest of this story here: Green Shadow Cabinet Portal
(Find out more about Michael here:)
This country owes Black citizens nothing less
than full recognition of our human rights.
The White House’s current racial justice initiative, My Brother’s Keeper,
ignores too many members of our communities. It does not address the
inhumane conditions we collectively experience living in a white
The issues facing Black women, immigrants, trans and queer people must be included and we demand a full expansion of My Brother’s Keeper to do so.
We demand the same inclusion from our movement.
None of us are free until all of us are free. Our collective efforts have
exposed the ugly American traditions of patriarchy, classism, racism,
and militarism. These combined have bred a violent culture rife with
transphobia, and other forms of illogical hatred. r
This corrupt democracy was built on Indigenous genocide and chattel slavery.
And it continues to thrive on the brutal exploitation of people of color.
We recognize that not even a Black President will pronounce our truths.
the rest of the story: http://www.ThePortlandAlliance.org/blacklivesmatter
Selma and the Struggle
Selma isn’t just a great movie. Its sense of history and justice is deeply politicizing.
Selma is clearly intended to resonate with
the current moment, in particular the rise of
the Black Lives Matter movement. Even without
the closing credits song “Glory” — which ties explicitly
what happened in Selma to what happened in Ferguson
— the film’s immediate relevance would be recognizable.
Some critics have marveled at the almost uncanny
synchronicity of the film’s timing, and even director
Ava DuVernay has acknowledged the shock of seeing
variations on scenes from the movie replayed in the
streets today. But even if the timing of Selma was
fortuitous, its consciousness-raising aim is intentional
more on Selma: http://www.ThePortlandAlliance.org/movies
Greek Elections and the Euro Leper Colony
By Greg Palast for το χωνί (Greece)
[updated January 20, 2015]
Europe is stunned, and bankers aghast, that polls show the new party of the Left, Syriza,
will win Greece’s parliamentary elections to be held this coming Sunday, January 25.
Syriza promises that, if elected, it will cure Greece of leprosy.
Oddly, Syriza also promises that it will remain in the leper colony.
That is, Syriza wants to rid Greece of the cruelty of austerity imposed
by the European Central Bank but insists on staying in the euro zone.
The problem is, austerity run wild is merely a symptom of an illness.
The underlying disease is the euro itself.
the rest of the story: http://www.theportlandalliance.org/palast
Historical memory and place: Reflecting on police shootings in Portland Does place retain trauma? Can it heal?
see the rest of the story: An Alliance Portal for Street Roots http://www.theportlandalliance.org/streetroots
The rise of the #BlackLivesMatter movement
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--
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
223 Arrested as Protesters, Police Clash
in New York City Over Eric Garner Decision
New York City Police arrested 223 people in overnight protests, the second consecutive night of demonstrations in opposition to a grand jury’s decision not to indict officers in the choke hold death of Staten Island man Eric Garner.
Many of the arrests involved charges for disorderly conduct or refusal to clear the streets, authorities told ABC News.
the rest of the story:http://www.ThePortlandAlliance.org/ericgarner
City of Portland Notification Service Portal at the NW Alliance:
40 Years In 40 Days: Moments that made Portland
From work by Willamette Week Staff, November 5, 2014 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Homeless dragged down by belongings, as cities view keepsakes ‘trash’
(Renee Lewis in AlJazeera America, November 7, 2014)
Portland Mayor Charlie Hales favors out-of-state team
to monitor police reforms (Maxine Bernstein in The Oregonian, November 7, 2014)
Alliance Art Portal in Portland, Oregon...
The People's Art of Portland
700 SW 5th Avenue, Suite 4005, Portland, Oregon 97204
Find out Why Kate Resigned! Joe Anybody has uploaded Kate Lore HRC, DOJ and the city
Mayor Hales and Commissioners Fish, Fritz, Novick and Saltzman:
The AMA Coalition for Justice and Police Reform now seriously questions
the City's resolve to implement the DOJ Agreement to reduce Portland
Police Use of Force. Just two weeks after defying the unanimous voices of
community members who urged you not to file an appeal of Judge Simon's
annual hearings, Council announced that it would, despite the advice of
your appointed citizen advisory committee, choose the one applicant for
the Compliance Officer position that advisory committee rejected.
Read more at: http://www.ThePortlandAlliance.org/AMAPortal
An Alliance Portal for Street Roots
"So "we" are decreasing our goals for affordable housing in South Waterfront, we've changed the guidelines
for developers in the River District (which will lead to less affordable housing) and we have no affordable housing
incentives for developers currently scheduled to build tens of thousands of new market rate units in Portland.
Housing got the smack-down on short-term rentals and we were told not to ask for anything in the fall budget bump.
But yes, friends, we are going to end veterans' homelessness relying on a market that has historically
shut us out." see more at: http://www.theportlandalliance.org/streetroots
"The shot that killed Darrien, which was straight in the back,
did not have an exit wound,” Edwards told the Guardian.
“It raises the question as to how you can lunge at someone and
be shot in the back at the same time.”
“They killed my son because he’s black. No white boy with a little sword
would they shoot while he’s running away,” Mrs. Hunt told the Desert News.
The names of the officers from the Saratoga Springs Police Department who were involved
in the shooting of Darrien Hunt (pictured) last week have not yet been released. Screen shot from CNN
$15 Minimum Wage... Now!.... ThePortlandAlliance.org/15NowPDX!
"We the people are ordered
to constantly walk or we're
threatened with arrest
during the mike brown protests!
It's the same unlawful order day after day!
No rights of assembly for anyone in the new
constitution being written in the streets of Ferguson!
She will not comply!
“The main constant of US foreign policy is that we always have to bomb people...”—Glenn Greenwald
“Ferguson shares a border with a little black town, Kinloch. And along this border between 1940 and 1960, Ferguson puts up a chain on the main drag,
that connects the two towns. So you literally can not drive from Kinloch into Ferguson. And this signals to black folks that we don’t want you.”
—Jim Loewen, author of “Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism
"Climate change will significantly affect the sustainability of water supplies in the coming decades.
As parts of the country get drier, the amount of water available and its quality will likely decrease
- impacting people's health and food supplies."
Dennis Kucinich On Gaza Massacre
Fortunately people are beginning to speak out worldwide.
But as we speak out, let us do so without condemning a people
in whose name a government may act.
We must distinguish between governments and the people who are governed.
We must reconnect with each other’s humanity.
The plight of the Palestinian people is ultimately the plight of the entire world, locked into endless conflicts
which make no sense, which could be avoided, which constitute an enormous abuse of power and which bring
the slaughter of innocents.
Let our hearts be moved by the desire to end war once and for aDennis Kucinich On Gaza Massacrell. ~ Dennis Kucinich