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Action Against Police Violence requests volunteers, donations and feedback

The Recall Vera Katz Committee continues its signature-gathering campaign (1) to oppose police violence and to promote the idea that the way to reform the police department is by changing the paramilitaristic structure of Katz's police bureau to one based on a civilian model, and (2) to oppose a competing right-wing recall effort that says the police aren't aggressive enough.

[ Part 1 | Part 2 ]

This report provides an update on the efforts of the Recall Vera Katz Committee: a volunteer meeting, our successful complaint about election-law violations by the right-wing group and another complaint to follow, signature-gathering and outreach needs, and a request for feedback. VOLUNTEER MEETING More volunteers are needed to help with signature-gathering and outreach to keep the issue of police reform in the public spotlight. Our third organizational meeting for volunteers will be held on Wednesday, July 2, at 7 p.m., at Laughing Horse Books, 3652 S.E. Division Street. ACTION AGAINST THE RIGHT-WING RECALL GROUP The Elections Division has acted on our first complaint against the right-wing Better Portland Alliance by discontinuing the committee's status as a state and local PAC. This means that contributors will not be able to claim the state political-contribution tax credit because the group was not properly formed under election law. (The Recall Vera Katz Committee, on the other hand, is in full compliance with the law.) In addition, later this week we will file another complaint against the BPA and its companion group, recallvera.com, for what we allege to be an improper, incomplete, and fraudulent campaign-finance report. This could result in substantial monetary fines. The BPA scapegoats mass transit, bicyclists, skateboarders, and peace activists, and its main petty gripe is, "Protesters are allowed to shut down the City when the Mayor agrees with their views. Oh,yeah, uh-huh. Tell that the the people who were pepper-sprayed or arrested, not just cited, for jaywalking when inadvertently stepping off the curb. We think that just because a few commuters were delayed by peace marchers when Bush began illegally mass-murdering Iraqis is a really petty reason for the right-wingers to want to recall the mayor. Indymedia is not allowing us to continue past this point, so we'll try the rest as a separate post...

homepage: homepage: http://www.recallvera.org
phone: phone: 503-972-8177
address: address: P.O. Box 1851, Portland, Oregon 97207


Seems Like 02.Jul.2003 15:13

wants to know

Seems like you are more interested in stopping the "right wing" group than you are in conducting a successful recall. What is your real agenda, Marvin?

Why don't you just vote? 02.Jul.2003 15:53

Syn

What is all this nonsense? People laid off and have nothing better to do? Freaking just vote against Katz if you don't like her so much. Thats the way this stuff works. People think Portland is bad - they should travel to the Deep South some time..... Wake up - get a hobby!