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Portland State Faculty Senate Passes Resolution

Portland State Faculty Senate passes resolution condemning government's attack on political dissent.
Resolution of the Portland State University Faculty Senate

Whereas Portland State University considers itself an important and integral part of the City of Portland, "where knowledge serves the city;" and

Whereas PSU faculty and administration consider the encouragement of active democratic participation central to our mission, and are committed to making the university a model for the promotion of civic engagement by both faculty and students; and

Whereas there has been a disturbing trend since September 11, 2001, of federally elected officials and law enforcement personnel making statements that imply that political dissent is suspect or unpatriotic; and

Whereas this trend includes local officials, especially those involved with PortlandŐs Joint Terrorism Task Force, who have made a number of statements linking nonviolent political dissent to terrorism; and

Whereas both federal and local law enforcement officials and prosecutors have used inflammatory terms such as "terrorism" and "ecoterrorism" which could serve to prejudice judge, jury and public, and to dramatically increase potential sentences;

Therefore be it resolved:

That the Faculty Senate of Portland State University affirms that active political participation is not only the right but the responsibility of all citizens of a democratic country; and

That the Faculty Senate finds that statements and actions of public officials which explicitly or implicitly question the legitimacy of political dissent or which gratuitously link activism to terrorism have a predictably chilling effect on the willingness of PSU students, faculty, and staff, and other residents of Portland to exercise their democratic and constitutional rights; and

That the Faculty Senate calls upon all public officials, national, state and local, including PortlandŐs Mayor and City Commissioners to refrain, and to direct all others in their employ to refrain from making any further statements or taking any actions which discourage political participation, dissent, or nonviolent political action, or which prejudice the right to a fair trial of any accused persons.

Passed 11/4/02 by the PSU Faculty Senate
IMAGE 05.Nov.2002 13:25



Political dissent 05.Nov.2002 13:56


This seems courageous, in these days of budding fascist police state takeover of the country.

Who got it up and why? What is the faculty senate responding to?

Am I crazy, or is it really true that this is all scripted by Orwell?

Thanks PSU 05.Nov.2002 16:18


This is cool. Does anyone know how to contact them with letter/e-mails of support? Are there plans or campaigns to have similar statements put out by other colleges (LC/Reed...)?

Biting the hands that feed you 05.Nov.2002 23:25

U.S.A. P.A.T.R.I.O.T.

The very government these traitors accuse of attacking their so-called freedom to be anti-American and to abet terrorists is the one who's funding this Portland State University. There are plenty of private schools if they want to be anti-government. I question their ethical integrity. How can one shamelessly criticize the government and not affect their own conscience?

Biting the hand that starves us 09.Nov.2002 06:05


Thats right,we're biting the hand that starve's us.
did you know the average rock in the "gaza strip" has been thrown thousands and thousands of times, not for recreation, or physical fitness but because of years and years of oppression from the US/Israel marriage.
And as a student of PSU i stand in unity with the PSU faculty in there resolution to protect our constitutional rights without fear of political oppression. Also you might also pull your head out of your @ss!!! and remember the people that initiated the boston tea party were patriots unlike yourself who feel that as long as you get to drive your SUV, its alright to kill human beings in the name of oil.$$$$$$$UNITED WE STAND ON THE REST OF THE WORLD$$$$$$$$$