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END COOPERATION WITH THE FBI'S TERRORISM TASK FORCE

To Mayor Ted Wheeler, Commissioners Eudaly, Fish, Fritz and Saltzman,
and Commissioner-elect Hardesty:

One year ago, November 8, 2017, a number of organizations presented
before City Council with a letter urging Portland to once again withdraw
its officers from the Joint Terrorism Task Force.
Members of the media:
We sent this letter to City Council this afternoon; a .pdf of the
community letter can also be found at
 http://www.portlandcopwatch.org/JTTF_community_statementV1.pdf

-----------------forwarded message-------------------

Date: Thu, 8 Nov 2018 12:12:52 -0800
From: Portland Copwatch < copwatch@portlandcopwatch.org>
To: Portland City Council Commissioner Dan Saltzman < dan@portlandoregon.gov>,
Commissioner Amanda Fritz < amanda@portlandoregon.gov>, Commissioner
Nick Fish < nick@portlandoregon.gov>, Commissioner Chloe Eudaly
< chloe@portlandoregon.gov>, Mayor Ted Wheeler
< mayorwheeler@portlandoregon.gov>
Cc: Commissioner Elect Jo Ann Hardesty < hello@joannforportland.com>, News Media
< newsmedia@portlandcopwatch.org>
Subject: ONE YEAR LATER: End cooperation with the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task
Force

To Mayor Ted Wheeler, Commissioners Eudaly, Fish, Fritz and Saltzman,
and Commissioner-elect Hardesty:

One year ago, November 8, 2017, a number of organizations presented
before City Council with a letter urging Portland to once again withdraw
its officers from the Joint Terrorism Task Force. In April, the ACLU and
former FBI agent Michael German testified to Council about reasons the
Portland Police do not need members assigned to the Task Force on an
ongoing basis. Below is the updated version of the 2017 letter with a
number of new signators. It is very important for Council to
re-consider this issue in light of Oregon voters affirming that law
enforcement should not be doing the work of the federal government to
enforce immigration laws. As noted in the letter and many times in the
past year, Immigration and Customs Enforcement is part of the JTTF,
meaning participation threatens Portland's status as a sanctuary city.

As the organization coordinating the campaign's logistics, Portland
Copwatch is the author of this email, but we are forwarding this letter
on behalf of the campaign. Network Against Racism and Islamophobia also
supports the above statement.

--dan handelman
portland copwatch

cc: News Media

END COOPERATION WITH THE FBI'S TERRORISM TASK FORCE

We, the undersigned, call on Portland City Council to withdraw the two
Portland Police Officers from the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) and
cancel the Memorandum of Agreement with the FBI.

--Portland was not part of the Task Force from 2005-2011 based on the
inability of the Police Chief and Police Commissioner to have the same
"Top Secret" clearance as the officers they oversee. That issue has not
changed.

--After Portland re-joined the JTTF fully in 2015, the public stopped
receiving annual reports, so there has been no indication whether PPB
officers have reported violations of provisions of ORS 181A.250
prohibiting law enforcement from collecting or maintaining information
on people's "political, religious or social" affiliations without
reasonable suspicion of criminal conduct.

--President Trump has made it clear he plans to target people based on
their religion (Muslims), national origin (immigrants), and political
beliefs (protestors), not to mention the media and others. Any JTTF
activity along these lines would violate not only ORS 181A.250 but would
also be in apparent violation of HB 2002's restrictions against
profiling-- police targeting people solely based on race, national
origin or a host of other characteristics.*

--Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is a member of the JTTF,
meaning Portland's pledge to be a Sanctuary City is threatened by PPB
officers participating in the Task Force.

--San Francisco pulled out of its Joint Terrorism Task Force on February
1, acknowledging that working with the FBI in its current form would
lead to violations of state and local laws and policies.

As was the case from 2005-2015 when Portland formally re-joined, this
would not restrict Portland Police from working on legitimate law
enforcement investigations when actual criminal activity is suspected
and detected on a case-by-case basis.

The time is ripe for Portland to be part of a national movement to
protect residents and citizens from further potential civil liberties
abuses.

Signed
ACLU of Oregon
Unite Oregon
Portland Japanese American Citizens League
Albina Ministerial Alliance Coalition
for Justice and Police Reform
Peace and Justice Works/Portland Copwatch
Brandon Mayfield
League of Women Voters of Portland
Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility
Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO)
Iraq Veterans Against the War
Veterans For Peace Chapter 72
Council on American-Islamic Relations of Oregon
Islamic Society of Greater Portland
Jewish Voice for Peace-Portland
Portland Immigrant Rights Coalition
Enlace (Portland)
Portland National Lawyers Guild
Portland Jobs with Justice
Sisters Of The Road
Oregon Progressive Party
International Socialist Organization (Portland)
Individuals for Justice
Network Against Racism and Islamophobia
350 PDX

Additional signers after November 8, 2017 include:
Basic Rights Oregon
Portland Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines
Empower Portland Ad Hoc Committee
Portland Democratic Socialists of America
NAACP Portland Branch
Peace Action Group of First Unitarian Church
Chinese American Citizens Alliance Portland Chapter
Portland's Resistance
Ainsworth United Church of Christ

Endorsers include:
Defending Rights & Dissent Washington DC
(on behalf of their members in Portland)
Duell Wealth Preservation

For more information or to add your organization's signature to this
letter contact Portland Copwatch at 503-236-3065 or
< copwatch@portlandcopwatch.org>.

*-HB 2002 (2015), now ORS 131.920

Last updated October 11, 2018

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