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Today - CRC Police Accountability public meeting 5:30PM 26-Aug-2015 13:57

Citizen (police) Review Committee - Community Input Wanted on August 26 [today]

CRC From the open publishing newswire: City of Portland, Independent Police Review Division City Auditors Independent Police Review

Information and Community Engagement Session Wednesday, August 26, 2015 5:30pm - 7:30pm IRCO Asian Family Center @ 8040 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97213

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2 out take video clips from the Human Rights Commission meeting on 8.5.15

(1) CRC - 8.5.15 - out take Human Rights Commission Meeting (police accountability / oversight) - 23:14 min video
 https://youtu.be/9MP-4VeDD5A

(2) Directors Report - 8.5.15 - out take Human Rights Commission meeting (Human Rights and Equity Director) - 6:38 min video
 https://youtu.be/9dQrN-yfqW4

{full meeting here}  https://youtu.be/I7gygnuhjog

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actions & protests | political theory 26-Aug-2015 13:52

(A-Radio) Audio documentation: CrimethInc presentation in Prague 2015 - To Change Everythi

From the open publishing newswire: As Anarchist Radio Berlin we documented a CrimethInc presentation on "To Change Everything", recorded at the anarchist bookfair in Prague, Czech Republic.

Length: 57:39 min

You can find other English and Spanish language audios here.

You can contact us at aradio-berlin/at/riseup(dot)net!

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8.28.@6pm 18-Aug-2015 15:34

Housing Rights For All Rally & March!

From the open publishing newswire: Housing Rights For All Rally & March Friday August 28th, 6pm @ City Hall

The Portland Renters Assembly is calling for a rally and march to demand housing as human right and in protest of the many injustices that define our housing system, especially in rapidly gentrifying Portland. We will meet at the 4th Street entrance to Portland's City Hall in downtown. After hearing from some speakers, we will march across the Hawthorne Bridge to the Multnomah County Building just on the other side, where we will hold an assembly for individual stories, group discussion, and music making.

This event is two days after the 4th Portland Renters Assembly at the Midland Library:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1623285144595291/ To find out more go to our website: www.portlandrentersassembly.info

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actions & protests | human & civil rights 13-Aug-2015 19:35

Blackout America protest headed to downtown Portland

From the open publishing newswire: Blackout PDX,in solidarity with the nationwide Blackout America protest, will take place at 11 am, Saturday Aug. 15, downtown Portland. The protest will be peaceful, and will be followed by a rally.

Aug.10, 2015 was the 1-year-anniversary of the killing of Mike Brown by former Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson, and the discussion of police brutality and racism in America has been reignited ¬ó though really the conversation never stopped. To increase awareness for these issues a national protest movement called Blackout America has recently emerged. Its goal is to help "educate the public on racial issues in the United States as well as pressure authorities to respond to the cry for racial equality," says the Blackout America founder who goes by Indigo(@\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\_indigomoon on Twitter). The movement has branches in at least 27 cities, including Portland and even London. The different Blackout America branches will hold simultaneous protests on Aug. 15 with Portland's Blackout PDX protest joining in.[...]

Attendees will meet at the Battleship Oregon Memorial at 11 am and march to O'Bryant Square for the rally. The event should last about 90 minutes, Shelley says. Local protest group Don't Shoot Portland also supports the event and will be attending. Black Lives Matter Portland did not respond to an inquiry seeking comment. .

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new post: 8.21 13-Aug-2015 19:28

The Shortwave Report 8/14/15 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. NHK World Radio Japan, Sputnik Radio, Radio Deutsche-Welle, Spanish National Radio, and Radio Havana Cuba.


The latest Shortwave Report (August 14) is up at the website  http://www.outfarpress.com/shortwave.shtml

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12-Aug-2015 19:32

(A-Radio) Interview: Week of solidarity with anarchist prisoners August 2015

From the open publishing newswire: In the following interview we talk about the "Week of solidarity with anarchist prisoners", who is promoting it and what it is about. For security reasons, this interview has been re-recorded using our own voices.

You'll find the audio (to listen online or download in different sizes) here:
 link to aradio.blogsport.de

Length: 4:47 min

You can find other English and Spanish language audios here:  http://aradio.blogsport.de/englishcastellano/

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community building | environment 06-Aug-2015 11:33

Internships Opportunities with Portland Fruit Tree Project.

From the open publishing newswire: Internships Opportunities with Portland Fruit Tree Project.
Portland Fruit Tree Project is a small nonprofit that empowers neighbors to share in the harvest and care of urban fruit trees. Our mission is to increase equitable access to healthy food in our community. We work with fruit tree owners interested in donating their harvest to those in need by organizing trained work groups to harvest on site and distribute fruit to local food banks.

Portland Fruit Tree Project is currently recruiting for three internship positions - [...]

Go to  http://portlandfruit.org/jobs for links to the full position descriptions & application instructions. Application deadline is Thursday September 3rd.

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actions & protests | gender & sexuality | immigration 06-Aug-2015 11:29

Trans and/or Women's Action Camp Blocks Seattle Street to Call for Justice for Immigrants

From the open publishing newswire: Today the Trans and/or Women's Action Camp (TWAC) blocked a road in downtown Seattle in solidarity with the Northwest Detention Center Resistance and Not1More movement! The action was in opposition to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the GEO group corporation that operates private prisons and detention centers for profit.

Seattle, WA- "Trans and/or Women's Action Camp (TWAC)" in solidarity with NWDC Resistance and the Not1More movement to end detentions and deportations, today did a civil disobedience action to bring attention to the ICE presence in downtown Seattle. TWAC called attention to ICE, located on 1000 Second Ave where they have a large presence and headquarters, and their local quota that guarantees a minimum of 800 beds to be filled at the immigration jail in Tacoma (aka Northwest Detention Center) operated by Geo group corporation. [...]

TWAC brought attention to the inhumane treatment of transgender detainees at all detention facilities, including the one located in Tacoma as well as the inhumane treatment of all other detainees.

 http://www.notonemoredeportation.com/2015/08/03/seattle-2/

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actions & protests | alternative media | environment 31-Jul-2015 09:36

A Day of Tears: Report from the "sHell No!" Action in Portland

From the open publishing newswire: A report from Thursday's "sHell No!" actions at Cathedral Park, with analysis.

As has been well-documented, Royal Dutch Shell has plans to drill for oil in the Arctic, despite their knowledge that such extraction will exacerbate Climate Change [...] President Obama has given these plans his blessing, as could be expected of a politician beholden to the extraction industries. In order to commit such an ecocidal act, Shell has to transport many different resources to the area by ship, and activists have attempted to slow the process by blocking, if only temporarily, a couple of these key transports. In Seattle, kayakers delayed the departure of a Shell oil rig in June.

In Portland, the Fennica, a Shell ship carrying a key piece that is required on site before¬ drilling can legally begin, docked for repairs about ten days ago, giving local activists some time to put together a response. Another kayak blockade was quickly planned, and to the surprise of most locals, Greenpeace pulled a surprise action a little after 3:00 a.m., early on the morning of July 29th. Thirteen people with climbing equipment lowered themselves off the St. John's Bridge, downriver from the Fennica, and positioned themselves in harnesses about a third of the way down, with ropes strung between themselves. This simple, even elegant, set-up made passage of the Fennica impossible without injuring the climbers. They were provisioned with enough food and water to stay there for days.

This bold action quickly caught the attention of the media, as Greenpeace actions are designed to do [...]

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alternative media | imperialism & war 31-Jul-2015 09:31

The Shortwave Report 7/31/15 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. Spanish National Radio, NHK World Radio Japan, Sputnik Radio, Radio Havana Cuba, and Radio Deutsche-Welle.

The latest Shortwave Report (July 31) is up at the website  http://www.outfarpress.com/shortwave.shtml in 3 forms [...]

NEW ARTICLE about the Shortwave Report in the Boulder Weekly by Gavin Dahl-
 http://npaper-wehaa.com/boulder-weekly/2015/03/26/#\?article=2478097

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actions & protests | environment 30-Jul-2015 09:14

Activists Hang from Bridge in Portland to Block Shellís Arctic vessel

From the open publishing newswire: A group of environmental activists have rappelled off a bridge in Portland, Oregon, in a bid to block a key vessel in Shell's Arctic drilling fleet leaving the city's port.

"Our goal is to basically demonstrate as much community resistance to Shell's plans to drill for oil and secure new oil reserves in the Arctic," Meredith Cocks, of local green group Portland Rising Tide, told Reuters.

link to earthfirstjournal.org

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police / legal 29-Jul-2015 08:35

Police Accountability Discussions - Portland Public Invited to Share on July 29th

From the open publishing newswire: July 29th *today the "Independent" Police Review Division will hold its third community outreach meeting to hear from the public what kind of oversight system YOU would like to see in Portland. This time it will be at the Q Center in N Portland at 5:30 PM

City Auditor's Independent Police Review
Information and Community Engagement Session
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Q Center
4115 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97217

Copwatch [June Meeting] Analysis

The June meeting wasn't as well attended as the May one, and the IPR and
CRC took way too much of the time explaining how the "Byzantine" system
works. The professional facilitator they hired ended up cutting off one
person who was trying to tell her story. I expect this time will be better
organized as a result.

Here again are some suggestions we (Portland Copwatch) put out before; lots more ideas can be
found in the Stakeholders report from 2010 and the original Mayor's Work
Group report from 2000 (which led to IPR being created)[...]

human & civil rights | police / legal 29-Jul-2015 08:30

Semi-annual PDX Police Review Board report shows amazing misconduct

From the open publishing newswire: ANALYSIS: Semi-annual Police Review Board report shows amazing misconduct, mixed discipline, little about shootings (July 2015)

After reading the January 2015 Police Review Board (PRB) report posted sometime about July 16, Portland Copwatch finds that the range of misconduct identified is astounding. We also are left with the impression that while some of the application of discipline was appropriate, others seemed to minimize very serious matters.

This article is posted at  http://www.portlandcopwatch.org/PRBanalysis0715.html

January 27, 2015

Mr. Paille and Chief O'Dea:

After reading the January 2015 Police Review Board (PRB) report (posted sometime about July 16 at ), we find that the range of misconduct identified is astounding. We also are left with the impression that while some of the application of discipline was appropriate, others seemed to minimize very serious matters [...]

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