Tired of pigz and feds abusing their collective powers to squash your voice? Tired of your friends' social weaknesses being used as a tool to undermine your work? Tired of Meyers following you with a tape recorder at protests(what is he whispering in to those things anyway?...hmm)? Well, we actually have a chance at making these activites more challenging for them! In the past, the city council members have been very supportive of the Portland Joint Terrorism Task Force. All reformist tactics were destined to be in vain. This time three of them are having their doubts. Especially after all of the negative media attention surrounding the Brandon Mayfield case. Dan Saltzman, Erik Sten, and Randy Leonard have all issued statements expressing their concerns. |
So what should we do about this? As a community we need raise our voices together again(despite all our stark differences as of late, which the feds I'm sure have thoroughly enjoyed exploiting). We need to write letters or postcards(they are cheaper & more eye catching), everyone must testify, and we need all the people we can possibly fit into the chambers.
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some stories on previous hearings: [ How did Nazi Germany happen? Here's how: Portland City Council renews PJTTF today (Oct. 29, 2003) | PJTTF hearing: Vera Katz takes us one step further down the road of fascism (Sept. 20, 2002) | Portland Joint Terrorism Task Force renewed (Oct. 17, 2001) | Mayor Katz forced to back-pedal: Joint Terrorism Task Force not renewed after all (Oct. 4, 2001) ]