Here's a post about the activists who accepted the awards, with some discussion, and suggestions to write to PPRC and the Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility (whose Zander Patterson was among the three commended by Chief Kroeker):
"I can't believe "peace" activists would accept awards from Chief Kroeker--any explanation?"
Here's a repost of the Portland Tribune article about the awards:
"Police Award Peacekeepers/Crime Fighters"
Read up, get angry, write to PPRC and OPSR, and if you can, show up on Friday at 5:00 in Pioneer Square for PPRC's weekly rally and see if we can get some answers out of these people in person.
This is not an issue that can just be debated, like whether or not to get a permit or take to the streets. This action -- the accepting of awards from the Portland Police -- shows an incredible insensitivity to communities of color in this city, and reveals why white liberals have so much trouble attracting people of color to their causes. This action by these peace activists was a mistake -- straight up -- and an apology to the community and returning of the awards should be immediately forthcoming.
SHAME SHAME SHAME on Zander Patterson, David Zindel, and Jan Weston.