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PPRC 5 O'Clock NO WAR peace march 2/22/08 <video>

The Friday "NO WAR" Peace March on Feb 22 is now on a 29 minute Google video

 http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-3558887610173567969
Every Friday is the Weekly Peace March
Every Friday is the Weekly Peace March
The 5 O'Clock peace march is accompanied by the
NO WAR DRUM CORP's is leading the way in this lively peace anti-war march thorough 'our streets'

This march was full of energy as these citizens of Portland bring the message of "NO WAR" to the streets.

There is a message in the video from the local cop-watch group about police accountability that was delivered prior to march

And a request to be at City Hall to support the Police Accountability proposal to have citizen oversight "NOT POLICE" oversight on issues that need investigating regarding police conduct and unlawfully use of their power and position

This will be on Thursday at Portland City Hall - 2/28/08 at 2:00pm

This information was mentioned prior to the march, from the/our city living room

More info on that issue is here on  http://www.portlandcopwatch.org

This weekly peace march starts at 5:00 PM every Friday at Pioneer Square, and as a weekly group been standing up and speaking out against the occupations and wars the US is involved in.

Come show solidarity and support to the peace movement ..... make your public statement .....
Get active and push for peace .... if you don't who will?

More info here  http://www.pprc-news.org

See you at 5 PM in our "Portland Living Room" every Friday

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Thursday Police Review Meeting = canceled 27.Feb.2008 17:43

Joe Anybody (reposting update)

Regarding the Thursday @ 2PM "police accountability" meeting at city hall ** that is referenced in this video **
at the beginning and the end of clip ...HAS NOW BEEN CANCELLED (2/27/08)

Here is the email alert that I received from the copwatch organization regarding the canceling

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Date: Tue, 26 Feb 2008 10:19 AM
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This is a very unfortunate turn of events--the Mayor has canceled the Thursday hearing in favor of a "work session" at an unknown date in the future. We URGENTLY need you to call the Mayor's office at 503-823-4120 and tell them you want the hearing to go forward as planned. Email addresses for the Mayor and his police liaison staff are below in the email we just sent them.

It would be particularly helpful if you are one of the people who did rearrange his/her schedule to be there Thursday to let them know about this. I heard second-hand that the reasoning behind this is to give the issue more time, but the Council hearing could (and has in the past) go on until 5 or 6 PM if need be, regardless of the 3:30 "time certain."

But make no mistake about it--this is about Auditor Blackmer trying to find a way to keep the discussion out of the public eye and to poke a hole in the momentum he knows is growing out in the community for change. These "Work Sessions" are Council meetings the public can watch, but not necessarily testify at; they also can't make any formal decisions at them.

Write, call, visit the Mayor's office: DEMAND A PUBLIC HEARING ON THE IPR ASSESSMENT REPORT.
But do be polite about it. --Portland Copwatch
(a project of Peace and Justice Works)
PO Box 42456 Portland, OR 97242
(503) 236-3065 (office)
(503) 321-5120 (incident report line)

 copwatch@portlandcopwatch.org

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Date: Tue, 26 Feb 2008 10:09:10 -0800 AM
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From: Portland Copwatch < copwatch@portlandcopwatch.org>

To: Mayor Tom Potter < mayorpotter@ci.portland.or.us>Cc: Maria Rubio < mrubio@ci.portland.or.us>,Jared Spencer < Jared.Spencer@ci.portland.or.us>,  mdjaiona@aracnet.com

Subject: Urging the "Accepting the report" on IPR to be reinstated

Mayor Potter and staff ,
We are seriously concerned about the cancellation of the Thursday hearing at which Council was to accept the report from consultant Eileen Luna-Firebaugh on the Independent Police Review Division, and we urge you to keep the hearing on schedule for Thursday at 2 PM as planned.

Furthermore, the cancellation of the public hearing in favor of a Council "work session" only serves to re-enforce the findings of the consultant regarding the IPR: That the publics right to know the publics business is undermined by "behind the scenes" deliberations.

Although work sessions are open to the public, they do not carry the same weight nor have we ever seen more than one or two members of the public allowed to testify at them. We know several dozen people who were planning to attend this Thursday's hearing. Some canceled work, some rescheduled conferences, some made time in their terrificly busy schedules to weigh in on the future of Portland's civilian police review board.

We urge you to put the report acceptance back on the Council calendar for Thursday and schedule the "work session" as a follow up meeting--and to allow stakeholders including the public to participate in that work session and/or an implementation work group to implement the findings of Council regarding the report.

Thank you for your time
Portland Copwatch

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RECENT EMAIL ALERT from Wed 2/27 10:30 AM
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Hello all

Thanks to everyone who wrote in and called the Mayor's office yesterday to try to re-instate the public hearing on the IPR assessment report.

Unfortunately, the decision had been made and it appears that it will not be changing. Worse, the memo released by Mayor Potter late yesterday, which we just received, indicates that the "work session" they are planning sometime on or after March 6 will not include public testimony.

We're staying in touch with some of the folks we had lined up to testify and you will likely hear more tomorrow about how we can still get our messages to the Council about strengthening Portland's police review board.Meanwhile, if you still have our "All out!" email from last week, you can express your concerns about both the way the IPR runs and how the hearing was canceled to all the Council members.

Stay tuned....-