First off, thanks to EVERYONE who attended the Albina Ministerial Alliance public forum on cop violence at First Unitarian Church last night! It was a great debate that NEEDED to happen, & I was glad to see alot of different people there who genuinly seemed to give a damn & were able to voice their opinions with respect, even if some folks were offended by calling a cop a pig, which they goddamn are. I was also very glad to see a SECULAR element represented on the panel along side AMA memebers. My personal thanks to JoAnn Bowman (KBOO radio host/former state rep.) & Dan Handelman (Portland CopWatch). Aaron Campbells' parents, Keaton Dupree Otis' dad, & others who've had family members murdered by cops were also present, which I was very glad to see. And much thanks to Anarchists for making their presence felt, too! Some announcements:
Portland Pig... i mean CopWatch will be holding a "YOUR RIGHTS & THE POLICE" seminar on Monday May 24th at 6:00pm. This will take place at the American Friends & Service Commitee Office - 2249 E. Burnside (N.side of street, #19 or #20 bus). The seminar is free, but you'll need a reservation. Call/contact Portland CopWatch for reservations & more info. (503)236-3065 firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.portlandcopwatch.org
Anarchists & Anti-racists/fascists will have a COMMUNITY PICNIC at the river front on SW Jefferson & Natio Parkway on Monday May 31st at 3:00pm (Memorial Day). Apparently, this is the same spot as a "fallen police memorial", which makes it all the more fitting (like salt in the eyes of those pigs). That's all the info. i have on that. You've got the date/time/place - it probably wouldn't hurt to bring food & bottled water.
Lastly, some awsome folks are starting their own campaign calling for the FIRING of killer cops such as Ronald Frashour & Ryan Lewton (the two pigs directly responsible for Aaron Campbell's murder), the 3 pigs who murdered James Chasse, & others. They'll be holding a protest somewhere on NE. Killingsworth this Sat. May 22nd at 11:00am. That's all i know for now, but yall should contact them at - email@example.com - to be kept in the loop for up-coming activism on their part. Personally, i feel that some of these pigs ought to be not only fired, but INDICTED/CHARGED with murder! At the very lest, cops should be suspended WITHOUT PAY, pending investigations whenever they kill un-armed citizens. No cop should be allowed to simply walk off killing another person with "paid leave"!
JoAnn Bowman mentioned that the police union contract is due to expire by June 30th & that negotiations are currently being held. These contract negotiations are actually OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. So anyone with info. on when/where they're being held should post that info. here, please. WE ALL have a stake in how the police union contract is worded, for reasons that are waaay too obvious for me to even bother mentioning here. We should ALL attend these meetings if we can!
Watch your back, folks.With their favorite new chief (Mike Reese) & a new commisioner who may prove to be even more ineffective that Saltzman was (Mayor Adams), Portland cops are even more emboldend than ever. Aaron Campbells' mother Marva Davis stated at the AMA forum that cops continuelly harass her family, monthes after her son was executed & that they constantly stalk/target her other son as well. Don't fear them, don't snitch on your comrades, & know your damned Rights! And if you're a cop or cop sympathizer reading all this... fuck you.