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JTTF Rally

On February 24th the Portland City Council will be voting on whether or not the City of Portland should re-enter the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF). We strongly oppose the JTTF because we value our civil rights and we need Portland Police officers to be held accountable to Oregon State Law. We don't want roving wiretaps, secret access and domestic spying on non-violent activists & community groups.
Portland Says NO to the JTTF
RALLY OUTSIDE CITY HALL DAY OF JTTF VOTE!!!

DATE: Thursday February 24th
RALLY: 12:30pm
SPEAKERS: 1:00pm
CITY COUNCIL VOTE: 2pm (public testimony will be taken)
LOCATION: Outside City Hall Council Chambers 1221 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97204

On February 24th the Portland City Council will be voting on whether or not the City of Portland should re-enter the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF). We strongly oppose the JTTF because we value our civil rights and we need Portland Police officers to be held accountable to Oregon State Law. We don't want roving wiretaps, secret access and domestic spying on non-violent activists & community groups.

We said NO in 2005 and we say NO now.

CO-SPONSORS: Oregon Progressive Party, Oregon Jericho, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Veterans for Peace, NW Student Coalition, Portland Central American Solidarity Committee, the Portland Coalition Opposing Political Repression, Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights, International Socialist Organization, Freedom Socialist Party, Individuals for Justice, and you...

CONTACT:  civilrights@progparty.org or  pdxcopr@gmail.com

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
StopFBI.net, Oregon Progressive Party <www.ProgParty.org>
Oregon ACLU < http://aclu-or.org/content/fbis-joint-terrorism-task-force-0>

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Press Release: No to JTTF rally 22.Feb.2011 23:27

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Press Release:


Feb 24 Rally: Portland Says No to JTTF (Joint Terrorism Task Force)

Rally in Support of Civil Liberties and Against Portland Rejoining the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF)

Outside Portland City Hall, Thursday February 24 at 12:30 pm.

Portland, OR - Indignant Portlanders and a broad coalition of local organizations have planned a rally opposing the City of Portland rejoining the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) on February 24 at 12:30 pm outside City Hall, prior to the final public hearing and vote by the City Council.

Organizations such as Oregon Progressive Party, Veterans for Peace Chapter 72 and Oregon Jericho, are among several of groups that strongly oppose joining the JTTF because of the continued evidence and facts surrounding issues of profiling, wiretapping, spying and arresting of activists in organizations and immigrant and Muslim communities in Portland and other U.S. cities.

Partnered with the JTTF, Portland Police officers could not comply with Oregon law (ORS 181.575), because they would certainly be involved in the monitoring and collection of data on "the political, religious or social views, associations or activities of" Oregon citizens and groups. Not only would select Portland officers be given special FBI clearances and duties, but the mayor would not have the ability or clearance to effectively monitor or supervise these officers. This was a key reason for former Mayor Tom Potter's original historic decision to have Portland be the only U.S. city to leave the JTTF.

Supporters hope a "no" vote on rejoining the JTTF will be a signal to other cities that they can stand up to the FBI and stand up for civil liberties.

"We aren't afraid to say no to the FBI and the Joint Terrorism Task Force in order to stand up for our civil liberties and the democratic tradition. We are the only U.S. city that does not sponsor the JTTF; we kicked them out in 2005 and we see no reason to bring them back now. We will not stand by silently as undercover antagonists assault our civil liberties, our political dissidents, our peaceful activists, or our Muslim and Arab brothers and sisters." said Progressive Party Organizer, Alaina Melville.

The FBI has a shameful history of domestic spying and abuses of civil liberties. A large group of protesters are planning to demand that Portland stay independent of the FBI and maintain its status as the only major U.S. city not joined with the JTTF in order to maintain civilian control of the police and the protection of civil rights.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation discovered over 40,000 violations by the FBI of U.S. citizens' constitutional rights since 9/11/2011. As recently as September 2010 the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Justice found the FBI to have consistently violated civil liberties by actively investigating peace groups, animal rights activists, Palestinian rights activists, environmental groups, and anti-war protesters, without any evidence of crimes.

Speaking at the event will be Tom Nelson, lawyer for Oregonian Brandon Mayfield, a local adherent of Islam who was falsely detained by the FBI due to a misidentified fingerprint from the Madrid terrorist bombings. Also speaking is local author and activist Michael Munk, Wael Elasady (the founder of Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights (SUPER)), and Portland trial attorney Greg Kafoury.

The event is co-sponsored by the Oregon Progressive Party, Oregon Jericho, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Veterans for Peace Chapter 72, NW Student Coalition, Portland Central American Solidarity Committee, Portland Coalition Opposing Political Repression, Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights, International Socialist Organization, Portland Animal Defense League, Freedom Socialist Party, and Individuals for Justice.

Contact:

Alaina Melville
Oregon Progressive Party
 alaina@progparty.org
503-201-9398www.ProgParty.org
Progressive Party of Oregon
ProgParty.org
320 SW Stark Street #202
Portland, OR 97204
503-548-2797
 info@progparty.org
PLEASE FORWARD WIDELY!!!
If your group wants to co-sponsor this event please  contactcivilrights@progparty.org

RALLY OUTSIDE CITY HALL DAY OF JTTF VOTE!!!

DATE: Thursday February 24th
RALLY: 12:30pm
SPEAKERS: 1:00pm
CITY COUNCIL VOTE: 2pm (public testimony will be taken)
LOCATION: Outside City Hall Council Chambers 1221 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97204

On February 24th the Portland City Council will be voting on whether or not the City of Portland should re-enter the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF). We strongly oppose the JTTF because we value our civil rights. We need Portland Police officers to be held accountable to Oregon State Law. We don't want roving wiretaps, secret access and domestic spying on non-violent activists & community groups.

We said NO in 2005 and we say NO now.

CO-SPONSORS: Oregon Progressive Party, Oregon Jericho, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Veterans for Peace, NW Student Coalition, Portland Central American Solidarity Committee, the Portland Coalition Opposing Political Repression, Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights, International Socialist Organization and you...

For more information visit:
StopFBI.net, Oregon Progressive Party <www.ProgParty.org>
Oregon ACLU < http://aclu-or.org/content/fbis-joint-terrorism-task-force-0>

contact:  civilrights@progparty.orgorpdxcopr@gmail.com

CONTACT CITY COUNCIL and TELL THEM
WHY WE DON'T WANT the JTTF in PORTLAND

They are elected officials and if they vote for the JTTF then we won't vote for them!

Sam Adams
Mayor,
Commissioner of Finance and Administration

(503) 823-4120
E-mail: Samadams@portlandoregon.gov

Amanda Fritz
Commissioner of Public Utilities, Position Number 1
(503) 823-3008
E-mail: amanda@portlandoregon.gov

Nick Fish
Commissioner of Public Works, Position Number 2
(503) 823-3589
E-mail: Nick@portlandoregon.gov

Dan Saltzman
Commissioner of Public Affairs, Position Number 3
(503) 823-4151
E-mail: dan@portlandoregon.gov

Randy Leonard
Commissioner of Public Safety, Position Number 4
(503) 823-4682
E-mail: randy@portlandoregon.gov

LaVonne Griffin-Valade
City Auditor
(503) 823-4078
E-mail: lavonne.griffin-valade@portlandoregon.gov

UPDATE --> protest Moved to March 10th same time 23.Feb.2011 20:41

Ben Waiting

Rally Update

Hello Friends!


City Hall has rescheduled the hearing and vote on Portland rejoining the Joint Terrorism Task Force to March 10th at 2pm so we are moving our rally right along with it.
All the rally details will stay the same, only the day will change. We will still have people who will be at City Hall tomorrow to protest the JTTF and to help facilitate the change in
schedule but the main rally will now be Thursday, March 10th at 12:30pm.


We apologize for any inconvenience. We believe that this change in schedule (the second one so far) is tactic to try and demoralize us and make it more difficult toorganize.
We are ready to be nimble and responsive and we will not let schedule changes effect our ability to mobilize opposition to Portland rejoining the JTTF.


We had some good press for our rally and the City Council hearing on the JTTF right on the main page of the Willamette Week website that also communicates the change in the
schedule for the vote.


< link to www.wweek.com
< link to www.wweek.com