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REMEMBER THE FIFTH OF NOVEMBER- PROTEST POLICE BRUTALITY!

november fifth protest against police brutality.
when:5pm this sunday november fifth
where: north park blocks- near the elephant
-bring candles, signs, and pictures of the slain-
NOVEMBER FIFTH PROTEST AGAINST POLICE BRUTALITY.
WHEN:5PM THIS SUNDAY NOVEMBER FIFTH
WHERE: NORTH PARK BLOCKS- NEAR THE ELEPHANT
-BRING CANDLES, SIGNS, AND PICTURES OF THE SLAIN-

DIRECTIONS:
( link to www.mapquest.com)

Due to mounting police violence against Portland residents, we feel that it is necessary to demonstrate our anger and indignation at what Portland Police are doing. We are not alone, there are a variety of protests and dialogues that have been organized across this community to deal with reckless police violence. We support the variety of efforts being made to make our police more accountable.
Community members recently expressed their frustration in a demonstration at Portland Police Chief Rosie Sizer's home. This sparked her outrage, and the outrage of many officers, that protesters would dare violate the sanctity of an officers home with their concerns. We understand this. No one goes to sleep with the desire in their heart that they will be awakened by an angry community's cries for change. What Rosie Sizer, and every officer needs to understand is that there is a human impact and real cost to their force's brutality. More than a ruined trust, there is a real cost to our communities sanctity. Most decent members of this community do not go to sleep hoping that the police will kill their neighbor.
We do not feel safe. Many Portland residents do not feel safe, knowing that Portland's police officers may kill them with impunity. Will these officers be punished? Chances are, they will not. They are often rewarded, by the Portland Police Association, and the Beareau. This is one reason among many why Portland's Police can expect more protests. They cannot be allowed to feel secure while we do not. They cannot be allowed peace, without justice first.

What do we want? We will not rest until every cop lives in, and is accountable to the communities they police. It is not enough to call yourself community police. You must live in and be accountable to the communities you police. We are fed up with the Portland Police Bureau's disrespectful process of dealing with police accountability. We are fed up with the Portland Police Association's lack of willingness to admit the problem exists, and deal with it. Officers on the street are endangered by the Association's lack of leadership in dealing with the community driven processes for change, and endangered by our community's lack of trust in them.

We act in solidarity, and support the recommendations of the Northwest Constitutional Rights Center's listening secession report.
(  http://nwcrc.org/racialprofiling_final_draft.pdf) We demand that the Portland Police Bureau, and the Portland Police Association do the same. If PPA President Robert King, and the PPA do not engage in a community process to end police brutality and racial profiling, a process will engage them. Count on it.

In solidarity,
enough is enough
where 03.Nov.2006 07:11

can I

get a Guy Fawkes mask?

we have too! 03.Nov.2006 08:21

WRACK

no one has been murdered since our last protest! what kind of secret twist will we have this time? come down and see! the video of the Chief's house needs to be posted.

Whose City? Our City!


 WRACKiam@comcast.net

After the Protest..... 03.Nov.2006 09:38

Evey

We should go see the movie V for Vendetta at Clinton Street Theatre. The movie only plays one day at the theatre, Nov. 5th. Show times are 7 pm and 9:30pm.

thanks for organizing this! 03.Nov.2006 15:20

CaptainPlanet

I'll be with some friends watching "V for Vendetta" with a ballot discussion beforehand, on the chance that ours are counted properly when we turn them in. I'm definitely interested in helping with / attending future events like this one.

jail support 03.Nov.2006 18:01

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let the sky open and pour rain! 04.Nov.2006 10:38

WRACK

The pigs do not like to get wet, and we have reson to enjoy the Oregon Blessing of Rain. I hope it the water comes down hard. It will give us cover and more secrecy.

Please check this site for "World Still Waiting" Oct 5-10 comments 05.Nov.2006 06:37

Thank you for your part in making our world better

In case you have not read or heard or seen pictures or friends' injuries from the premeditated police brutality Oct. 5, 2006 in Portland on SW Yamhill Street, please look at the photos of cops shooting law-abiding, peaceful, unarmed, obediant citizens standing on the sidewalk where police blocked their departure and prevented their safety. Police shot and injured pedestrians with: 1. rubber bullets (steel bullets in a rubber coating); 2. tasers (guns that fire barbs as electrodes through which 20,000 to 200,000 volts of electricity incapacitate/immobilize and cause severe pain to victims, even through two inches of clothing; 3. bean bag guns which normally are about one inch wide like tea bags holding lead shot and scrapnel; 4. pepper spray within inches of the terror victim's eyes; an air gun of some type, etc. The police used batons and fists. Three girls were reportedly intentionally trampled by police horses. This is in violation of settlements over past crimes by Portland Police and why folks are asked to vote yes for the ballot measure to hold police accountable without getting enlarged pensions, retirement, and disability in reward for commiting violent crimes against law-abiding citizens. The use of tasers with pepper spray violates the manufacturer's warning that this could be flammable or explosive. The police also violated city requirements to file use of force reports promptly and correctly, so they also lied to the mayor's office. Copwatch and the independent police review are taking reports. 100% of the many police of various jurisdictions at the scene refused to obey or enforce the laws of the city of Portland, the state of Oregon, the USA Congress, the US Constitution, or international law. Portland Fire Bureau paramedics/firefighters whose truck blocked escape or witnesses driving by to report the police brutality refused to rescue victims, prevent injuries and chemical burns, or render first aid or make reports and 911 operators hung up on callers asking for help. The City of Portland Mayor Potter's office staff were called before the police brutality to stop it before it started and called during it with police gun shots heard in the background to stop it, and then called after the event to demand answers, yet the staff refused to allow access to the mayor and denied the facts documented by photos, videos, witnesses, medical records, etc. Many violent crime victims are afraid of police retaliation, false arrests and traffic tickets, job loss, etc. This reminds us too much of Nazi Germany/Europe and coutnries around the world with citizens terrorized by their corrupt militarized police and government.

The only thing that has ever changed this sort of injustice and oppression and violence has always been the collective unselfish courage and unamity of a group of people who won't allow it. These protests began with individuals and small groups and ended in laws and policies and public opinion changed, politicians removed and governments transformed. It happened with the revolt in the 1700's against the international corporation getting military protections from the British crown against colonists. It happened with the William Penn protests to treat native people fairly. It happened with the Quaker protests against public torture/humiliation, the prison reform protests, the farmer protests, newpaper boy protests, cotton mill protests, tenemant fire protests, mental institution protests, the protests against abuse of horses/women/children, the protest that native people and blacks and women get equal voting rights, miner's and factory workers protests, the meat industry mudrucking expose and protests, the silver protests, the homeless veterans protests, etc. etc. Argentine women in white head scarves took down the government demanding their disappeared family members be remembered and returned. Russian mothers ended for a while the war in Chechnya by taking their sons home. Prayerful citizens stood candle light vigils with prayers and hymns and took down the Berlin wall. Over and over one person's photos (as those of the US Great Depression or tenement slums or factory injuries), or books (Margaret Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin ending official slavery and Upton Sinclair's Jungle Street causing the USDA meat inspections and safer working conditions), or songs (countless folk songs), or videos and news articles made a difference. Remember the lone Chinese man stopping the long line of tanks, trying to plead with them to not shoot the students at Tianneman Square demanding the promised democracy. Two moms in Belfast, Northern Ireland, without college degrees or political experience or status decided to walk their prayers and dialogue until they ended the violence and began the healing forgiveness and community. Over and over people like you and me faced the overwhelming evil and gained their dominion over it for the greater good, again and again and again.

There is a mighty, power in doing what is our highest sense of right, standing up for life, truth, love, justice, peace. And it feels sooooo good!

So whether you choose to show up in person or stay home in prayerful support or whatever, please know you make a difference, you are essential, you matter. And we thank you in advance. Either way, please stay safe and in community. Keep alert and calmly loving. Beware mob-(non)think and scare tactics. Watch for escape routes, know your bottom line and purpose. Don't be provoked or conned or give any so-called excuse for violence against you and others nearby. Have a safety buddy, keep your water bottles and handkerchiefs to wipe each other's eyes, use a vinegar-soaked bandana in a Ziploc baggie to counteract pepper spray, keep your cell phone with jail support, NW Constitutional Law Center, Portland Indymedia, etc. Keep your cameras working. Bring some snacks and layered, comfy clothes. Remember the German song, "Thoughts are free, you can't put them in jail." And variations on the songs that peace and joy is yours and no one and nothing can take either from you. "We shall overcome." Keep up your spirits, rain or shine, with songs, prayers, inspiring stories, reminders of your life values and purpose, the bigger picture and longhaul good you are doing, and how much we thank you and cherish your idealism. Brave citizens like you have made our world better again and again, and we need you as never before. Thank you. THANK YOU !

thank you for doing your part to make our world better 05.Nov.2006 07:51

Grateful citizen

In case you have not read or heard or seen pictures or friends' injuries from the premeditated police brutality Oct. 5, 2006 in Portland on SW Yamhill Street, please look at the photos of cops shooting law-abiding, peaceful, unarmed, obediant citizens standing on the sidewalk where police blocked their departure and prevented their safety. Police shot and injured pedestrians with:
1. rubber bullets (steel bullets in a rubber coating);
2. tasers (guns that fire barbs as electrodes through which 20,000 to 200,000 volts of electricity incapacitate/immobilize and cause severe pain to victims, even through two inches of clothing;
3. bean bag guns which normally are about one inch wide like tea bags holding lead shot and scrapnel;
4. pepper spray within inches of the terror victim's eyes;
5. an air gun of some type, etc.
6. The police used batons and fists.
Three girls were reportedly intentionally trampled by police horses. This is in violation of settlements over past crimes by Portland Police and why folks are asked to vote yes for the ballot measure to hold police accountable without getting enlarged pensions, retirement, and disability in reward for commiting violent crimes against law-abiding citizens. The use of tasers with pepper spray violates the manufacturer's warning that this could be flammable or explosive. The police also violated city requirements to file use of force reports promptly and correctly, so they also lied to the mayor's office. Copwatch and the independent police review are taking reports. 100% of the many police of various jurisdictions at the scene refused to obey or enforce the laws of the city of Portland, the state of Oregon, the USA Congress, the US Constitution, or international law. Portland Fire Bureau paramedics/firefighters whose truck blocked escape or witnesses driving by to report the police brutality refused to rescue victims, prevent injuries and chemical burns, or render first aid or make reports and 911 operators hung up on callers asking for help. The City of Portland Mayor Potter's office staff were called before the police brutality to stop it before it started and called during it with police gun shots heard in the background to stop it, and then called after the event to demand answers, yet the staff refused to allow access to the mayor and denied the facts documented by photos, videos, witnesses, medical records, etc. Many violent crime victims are afraid of police retaliation, false arrests and traffic tickets, job loss, etc. This reminds us too much of Nazi Germany/Europe and coutnries around the world with citizens terrorized by their corrupt militarized police and government.

The only thing that has ever changed this sort of injustice and oppression and violence has always been the collective unselfish courage and unamity of a group of people who won't allow it. These protests began with individuals and small groups and ended in laws and policies and public opinion changed, politicians removed and governments transformed. It happened with the revolt in the 1700's against the international corporation getting military protections from the British crown against colonists. It happened with the William Penn protests to treat native people fairly. It happened with the Quaker protests against public torture/humiliation, the prison reform protests, the farmer protests, newpaper boy protests, cotton mill protests, tenemant fire protests, mental institution protests, the protests against abuse of horses/women/children, the protest that native people and blacks and women get equal voting rights, miner's and factory workers protests, the meat industry mudrucking expose and protests, the silver protests, the homeless veterans protests, etc. etc. Argentine women in white head scarves took down the government demanding their disappeared family members be remembered and returned. Russian mothers ended for a while the war in Chechnya by taking their sons home. Prayerful citizens stood candle light vigils with prayers and hymns and took down the Berlin wall. Over and over one person's photos (as those of the US Great Depression or tenement slums or factory injuries), or books (Margaret Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin ending official slavery and Upton Sinclair's Jungle Street causing the USDA meat inspections and safer working conditions), or songs (countless folk songs), or videos and news articles made a difference. Remember the lone Chinese man stopping the long line of tanks, trying to plead with them to not shoot the students at Tianneman Square demanding the promised democracy. Two moms in Belfast, Northern Ireland, without college degrees or political experience or status decided to walk their prayers and dialogue until they ended the violence and began the healing forgiveness and community. Over and over people like you and me faced the overwhelming evil and gained their dominion over it for the greater good, again and again and again. There is a mighty, power in doing what is our highest sense of right, standing up for life, truth, love, justice, peace. And it feels sooooo good!

So whether you choose to show up in person or stay home in prayerful support or whatever, please know you make a difference, you are essential, you matter. And we thank you in advance. Either way, please stay safe and in community. Keep alert and calmly loving. Beware mob-(non)think and scare tactics. Watch for escape routes, know your bottom line and purpose. Don't be provoked or conned or give any so-called excuse for violence against you and others nearby. Have a safety buddy, keep your water bottles and handkerchiefs to wipe each other's eyes, use a vinegar-soaked bandana in a Ziploc baggie to counteract pepper spray, keep your cell phone with jail support, NW Constitutional Law Center, Portland Indymedia, etc. Keep your cameras working. Bring some snacks and layered, comfy clothes. Remember the German song, "Thoughts are free, you can't put them in jail." And variations on the songs that peace and joy is yours and no one and nothing can take either from you. "We shall overcome." Keep up your spirits, rain or shine, with songs, prayers, inspiring stories, reminders of your life values and purpose, the bigger picture and longhaul good you are doing, and how much we thank you and cherish your idealism. Brave citizens like you have made our world better again and again, and we need you as never before. Thank you.

Monsoon? 05.Nov.2006 12:28

Penelope

According to the flawless reporting of the weather forecast, there's actually supposed to be the remnants of a monsoon coming over portland tonight...which could indeed mean less cowardly piggies, and not a lot of lit candles.