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prisons & prisoners 02-May-2016 15:19

A Recent Letter from The GEO Group Inc. to Portland Books to Prisoners

Our Reply From the open publishing newswire: The GEO Group Inc. is a for-profit private corporation that manages over 50 prisons in the United States. A representative of GEO Group sent Portland Books to Prisoners the attached letter requesting books for the Phoenix West prison library

Email correspondence confirmed that GEO Group does not include book purchases for the library in their operating budget: "Although a private prison, we do not have a library budget and rely completely on donations for acquisitions for the prison library."

Despite not having any funds available to stock the Phoenix West prison library, GEO Group will be paying a dividend of 65 cents per share to their shareholders on May 12, 2016. [...]

Note: Prisoners requesting books should mail those requests to our parent organization in Seattle, which forwards requests to the Portland branch. The PDX B2P address in the letter is only for administrative purposes.
Books to Prisoners
c/o Left Bank Books
92 Pike Street, Box A
Seattle, WA 98101

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May 1 2016 01-May-2016 11:57

MAYDAY PDX 2016

From the open publishing newswire:

WHEN OUR HUMAN FAMILIES ARE UNDER ATTACK,
WHAT DO WE DO?
RISE UP! FIGHT BACK!


PORTLAND MAY DAY RALLY 2016
SHEMANSKI PARK, DOWNTOWN PORTLAND
12:00 - 2:00 PM : ASSEMBLY
2:00 - 4:00 PM : RALLY
[no march]

From the Philippines to Libya to the streets of the U.S., people are rising up against injustice. In response to this, the forces of global capitalism and imperialism are working overtime to pit the masses of people on the planet against one another. Racist police murders continue while the victims are painted as criminals and thugs. Families are deported daily and immigrants are dehumanized and labeled as terrorists. Working families find it increasingly impossible to make ends meet in the U.S., while workers around the world are struggling to stay alive. Meanwhile, corporate profits are setting records. [...]

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updated: 4/15 4/22 4/29 09-Apr-2016 08:20

The Shortwave Report 04/08/16 Listen Globally!

shortwave report From the open publishing newswire: A weekly 30 minute review of international news and opinion, recorded from a shortwave radio and the internet. With times, frequencies, and websites for listening at home. 3 files- Highest quality broadcast, regular broadcast, and slow-modem streaming. Spanish National Radio, Radio Deutsche-Welle, Radio Havana Cuba, Sputnik Radio, and NHK World Radio Japan.

The latest Shortwave Report (April 8) is up at the website  http://www.outfarpress.com/shortwave.shtml in 3 forms [...]

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April 9th @6PM 04-Apr-2016 13:14

Solidarity March with Texas Prison Strikers

From the open publishing newswire: Prisoners affiliated with the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) union have announced plans to enact major work stoppages in Texas on Monday April 4th if their demands are not met.

[4/9] We will be meeting at Chapman Square at 6pm where organizers with the Portland Anarchist Black Cross, IWOC and Portland General Defense Committee will share on recent organizing against Prison Slavery and the Prison Industrial Complex happening nationally and in Oregon, followed by a march. We will then reconvene back at the Justice Center for a noise demo in solidarity with prisoners incarcerated at the jail.

Prisoners affiliated with the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) union have announced plans to enact major work stoppages in Texas on Monday April 4th if their demands are not met. [...]

 http://pdxabc.org |  https://www.facebook.com/events/478604362332781/

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Memorial Service: 3/31 @6PM 31-Mar-2016 11:18

Stu Sugarman ...a eulogy

From the open publishing newswire: I woke up this morning to find out that an old friend of mine, an earth warrior, an activist attorney, and a truly gentle soul... has died. This man saved many of our asses in the Pacific NW during the various waves of repression and Green Scare machinations that swept through Cascadia over the past 2 decades, and I will not forget him. I don't think any of us will. We thought he would be there forever. None of us was prepared for this, it was so sudden and unexpected.

Read this full eulogy by Cat Jones on her blog here:
 https://beyondthebarbs.wordpress.com/2016/03/30/stu-sugarman-a-eulogy/

Stu passed away in his home Monday of apparent diabetes-related causes. He was 52 years old.

A memorial service has been scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, March 31 at Laurelhurst Park, 3756 S.E. Oak St., in Portland. A group will gather north of the pond, at picnic area" E."

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Protest announced: April 1 @ 8AM 13-Mar-2016 11:56

Citizens Crime Commission Supports Violent Police Tactics for Fundraiser in Portland

From the open publishing newswire: As the DOJ is looking at the Portland Police and their use of "force" and as local communities join together to bring police accountability issues to the front of the table for real change, transparency and justice the ex police chief of Portland is ratcheting up his new job promoting "police tools" at an invitation only firearms and tactical show in Portland on April Fools Day.

In the shadow of the US Department of Justice Agreement with the City of Portland to reduce unnecessary use of force, this seems an ill-advised means to attract donors who wish to support law enforcement and reduce crime. It looks more like an ad for a "Lethal Weapon" sequel.

Portland Copwatch calls upon the CCC to cancel or re-focus the event on real ways the Portland Police can help make the community safer without glamorizing the violence which we are told is only used in a fraction of all police contacts.

For more information contact Portland Copwatch:
(503) 236-3065 (office) |  copwatch@portlandcopwatch.org

Updated article about protesting this event on April 1st:
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2016/03/431919.shtml

Updated video posted from this event:
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2016/04/432062.shtml

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community building | human & civil rights 13-Mar-2016 11:44

Video: Portland Human Rights Commission March - full meeting

From the open publishing newswire: The Portland Human Rights Commission (HRC) Meeting 3.2.16
The commission holds their meetings on the first Wednesday of the month at 4:00 PM in downtown Portland.
The Human Rights Commissioners are all volunteers and the public is invited.


These meetings are open to the public and there is a public comment component to their meetings

The 2.hr 11.min video of the Portland Human Rights Commission meeting is available on these two video websites:

[1]  https://youtu.be/06aeijkssw0 [youtube]
[2] [...]

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actions & protests | economic justice 01-Mar-2016 23:17

Weekly Anti-TPP Gathering

From the open publishing newswire: This is an ad hoc group with diverse attendees and supporters that has been meeting on a weekly basis for quite some time. Just across the river off I-5 and Mill Plain, the Evergreen overpass is within easy walking distance from the Senators' offices. Extra signs are likely available, as are handouts for those driving by (on the overpass, not beneath it.)

The campaign in Vancouver against the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal (TPP) continues. We will meet in front of Murray and Cantwell's office, 1313 Officer's Row on Thursday March 3rd @ 2 PM. AT 3 PM we will move over to the Evergreen I-5 overpass for banner waving. Hope to see you there.

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actions & protests | human & civil rights 22-Feb-2016 12:44

Oregon SOS | Fight High Rents and Low Wages Photo Essay

From the open publishing newswire: Photo Story Essay Participants and organizations from all over Oregon came together in unison on February 18, 2016, for the Oregon SOS - Fight High Rents and Low Wages rally demonstration, outside and inside the State Capitol Building in Salem, Oregon.

Their messages ranged from raising minimum wage, local control of rent costs and stopping Oregon Department of Transportation sweeps of the houseless.
Oregon SOS | Fight High Rents and Low Wages | Photo Essay by Mary Anne Funk

As economically repressed people we must unite in solidarity to address the laws that perpetuate and maintain this economic repression. ~ Kelsey Schomberger, Oregon SOS participant and disabled activist in Portland, Oregon.

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actions & protests | imperialism & war 20-Feb-2016 08:33

Sandy Peace Vigil Continues 3-4-16

From the open publishing newswire: Friday, March 4, 2016 4 PM until 5 p.m (PST)
We are on the shoulder of HWY 26 at 362nd Ave (in Sandy Oregon).

We welcome anyone to come and join us on March 4th. Thanks to those who are just joining in, and thank you all who live in a peaceful manner, to bring about a more peaceful world.

Other vigils in the Metro area: [...]

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human & civil rights | police / legal 20-Feb-2016 08:28

Video: Portland Police: Use Of Force Training 1.13.16 Training Advisory Council

From the open publishing newswire: The Portland Police "Use of Force" presentation to the [citizen] "Training Advisory Council" was filmed on January 13th at the the NE Training Facility. This meeting was open to the public.

https://youtu.be/83OmvRXjbkw [video 2 hr 10 min]

Published on Jan 24, 2016

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gender & sexuality | labor 06-Feb-2016 09:56

Video: Portland Labor Defend Abortion Rights Rally

From the open publishing newswire: On Sunday, January 17, a group of 50 union activists in the Portland area picketed a "youth rally" held by Oregon Right to Life, an anti-abortion group that held a day of action nationally to "mourn" the anniversary of Roe v. Wade and attack women's right to abortion.
With a banner calling on labor to defend abortion rights, Class Struggle Workers - Portland led a determined picket with members of at least seven local unions as well as solidarity and leftist groups.

See the video: https://youtu.be/2\_ZrBPvulb8
homepage: http://www.internationalist.org

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Updates 2/12 2/19 2/26 - 3/4 05-Feb-2016 08:42

The Shortwave Report 02/05/16 Listen Globally!

From the open publishing newswire: A weekly 30 minute review of international news and opinion, recorded from a shortwave radio and the internet. With times, frequencies, and websites for listening at home. 3 files- Highest quality broadcast, regular broadcast, and slow-modem streaming. China Radio International, NHK World Radio Japan, Radio Deutsche-Welle, Radio Havana Cuba, and Sputnik Radio.

The latest Shortwave Report (February 5) is up at the website  http://www.outfarpress.com/shortwave.shtml in 3 forms [...]

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