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James Chasse was murdered by the Portland police. He was tazed, kicked in the head, beaten, jumped on, and hog tied. And then he "mysteriously" died in police custody. I saw a picture of him on the "beat goes on" thread on this site. It made me want to know more about him.
When the police kill someone in this city, too often they are allowed to define who that person was. Through the police officers' apologist mouthpieces in the corporate media, all we ever learn is a few extraneous facts, usually not even accurate. Whether the person ever did drugs or not, we are fed snippets to make us believe they were a drug addict. If they were ever in trouble with the law, we are told that. If they were poor or homeless or somehow different than the Brady Bunch family, we are told those details. But never anything more. We are never given a real picture of the real human being whose living and breathing flesh was so terribly assaulted by the police state that they have been added to the long list of people who gave their lives to the Force. The brute force of power crazed thugs in uniform.
related: James Chasse - "accidental" death by cop | "Oh jeez, I think we killed him. Who's gonna write this one up?" | Murdering cops do not exist in a vacuum | But, we are told, cops have a dangerous job | The Beat Goes On
On Thursday September 21, 2006, 9 people attempted to deliver a Declaration of Peace, which calls for an end to the war in Iraq, to Senator Gordon Smith's office in Portland, OR. They were stopped from entering the building by police and security, so they sat down, refusing to move until they were all allowed in.
As the building (The Portland World Trade Center) is on private property, they were were later charged with trespassing. So much for being able to petition our representatives.
The Grandmother of Glen Lukas feared for her life inside her apartment when shots rang out and went through her walls and window almost striking her! There is a lot going on here. The parents were interrogated for 6 hours afterwards WITHOUT an attorney. They have not been told when the Grand Jury is meeting or anything! This is going to be one hell of a fight, for I am going to help them through this. Yamhill County police are upset over the actions taken by the Hillsboro Police, and so are ALOT of people in that county, for if Yamhill Police would have came as should of been, Lukas would still be with us.
4/22/88 - 9/16/06 Justice for Lukus GlennDo not make an opinion as the media has, for there is much more than what is being reported. They are trying to say things like "by the book", and even "suicide by police", but I tell you, it was murder by police.
Murder by police. For among cries from his family and friends to the police were "Don't shoot him! Use a tazor or something! Leave him alone! Lukus baby, come here to me, I won't let anyone hurt you", and Lukus yelling to his father and mother, "They are going to kill me!" It was seconds after the police shot him with beanbags, after crumpling to the ground, that he turned towards his mother and took a step out of fear for his life, Yes, even people in a suicidal mental state still value their life; otherwise, they would kill themselves immediately, when the police shot him in the back.
Excerpt from UN speech 9/16/05: Friends of the world...the United Nations has exhausted its model, and it is not all about reform. The XXI century claims deep changes that will only be possible if a new organization is founded. This UN does not work. We have to say it. It is the truth.
Excerpt from UN Speech 9/20/06: Yesterday, ladies and gentlemen, from this rostrum, the president of the United States, the gentleman to whom I refer as the devil, came here, talking as if he owned the world. Truly. As the owner of the world. I think we could call a psychiatrist to analyze yesterday's statement made by the president of the United States. As the spokesman of imperialism, he came to share his nostrums, to try to preserve the current pattern of domination, exploitation and pillage of the peoples of the world.
Initial report from 11:53am: Reports from the street that there are demonstrators at the World Trade Center on sw Second and Salmon. There are speakers and a display called "the rolling rebels." Cops and corporate media. 50 protestors. [ read subsequent updates ]
Report from 2:40pm: 10 arrests at 2:00pm at the World Trade Center. People had been protesting, demanding that Gordon Smith come outside and sign a "peace petition". We will be following what happens with these folks today and posting updates to the site. We will post updates as people get released. [ contribute or discuss this action ]
From the press release: Declaration of Peace: Nine Peaceful Protestors Arrested at Senator Smith's office in Portland as part of national week of action; insist Senator Smith work to end the war in Iraq. [ read the full press release ]
Bite Back is reporting that 23 rabbits were liberated from the dungeons at Capralogics, a vivisection lab in Massachusetts. The liberators dedicated this action to the SHAC 7 defendants, who were sentenced this week to years in prison for the crime of talking. As one of the SHAC 7 said in a recent interview, "If we're facing prison just for talking, then we may as well be out committing the acts of sabotage that tend to be more effective." So be it.
In spite of the government's best efforts, animal rights activists have not been silenced, and are as effective as ever. Twenty three rabbits, whose lives would otherwise have ended in a pool of blood, have been saved. They are now free and loved, and will live happy lives. Other rabbits were also freed, and it is hoped that they, too, will survive and flourish. Please see the complete communique here: http://www.directaction.info/news_sep20_06.htm
I work in the public schools. I think this is utterly reprehensible and horrific. I will never comply with 'warrantless' searchs on my students. These kids are in my care for their education, not demonization. I would lead them on the path of joy and enlightenment, not despair and entrapment.
I remember when stop and search laws were passed for cars. I was shocked and horrified that any person can be stop because some one thinks there is a problem. Well, I think there is a probelm in the House - let's all go search there - every nook and cranny.
This week's "Rogue" article slams the ODE (Oregon Department of Education) for seeking to provide FREE online education to Oregon students. The real "Rogues" here are the Wilammette Week, The Scio School District and Sylvan Learning.
This "Rogue of the Week" piece seeks to spin a yarn about the Big Bad Public sector and how it's muscling out the Poor Old Scio School District and it's Poor Old partner and online education provider, the Oregon Connections Academy. The article fails to mention that the Poor Old online education provider, Oregon Connections Academy (ORCA), is a subsidiary of the uber-icky Sylvan Learning Systems, that beloved corporate army of national tutoring racketeers.
ORCA/Sylvan is smart and has gone straight to the public trough here. Instead of billing students and parents directly, they bypass these "middle men" and stick a feeding tube directly into State education funding -- greedily sucking dollars that were earmarked for local schools. See, each student in the public school system is given State dollars -- those dollars go to local schools to pay for important things like teachers and vomit cleanup in the hallways. More students = more funding. However, when these students enroll in the Connections Academy, those dollars are yanked from the student's local school and given directly to Sylvan! Less students = less money for YOUR local school.
Thousands of angry demonstrators occupied the state television headquarters on Liberty Square in the heart of Budapest, Hungary. They also attacked the parliament. Some police cars were burned. more than 100 police men were injured. The people had been gathering at Kossuth square (in front of the parliament, pretty near to Liberty square) since Sunday evening, with the strong will to send away the government. Before that on the same day a record was leaked with a speech from Gyurcsány Ferenc, the prime minister. He hold a secret speach to members of his party and the government, declaring that the politicians in hungary, including him, have betrayed the hungarian people for years and lied about the true state of the county. He announced that massive social cuts were necessary. The tape was recorded during a closed meeting of the ruling parties fraction in may, after they have won the elections.
At a lecture by Michael Shuman (Author of The Small-Mart Revolution) last week at First Unitarian Church, he analyzed how much one "saved" shopping at WalMart. One of the "hidden" expenses are overcharges at the cash register which he claimed amounted to 7% for WalMart. Please note they aren't the only corporation overcharging unknowing customers.
Yesterday I bought a headset and microphone for my computer at Office Depot. I bought two other computer related items as well so I was sure I would have everything I need when I got home. The price of the headset was $41.99 on the shelf. Thankfully I was paying attention because it rang up at $49.99. Had I not been paying attention, I probably wouldn't have noticed since it was just one or three items and I hadn't added them up in my head to know what total to expect.
I went to vote today. I had a cloth sign taped to my shoulder bag that simply read:
I went to the check-in table and was about to sign my name to receive my ballot when one of the poll workers noticed the sign on my bag. I wasn't allowed to sign and was told no political messages were allowed.
I didn't get irate, but I did state that I had 1st amendment rights and would they please show me an RCW (Washington State law) or a Federal law that prevented me from displaying such a sign.
For over four years, the Korean villages of Daechuri and Doduri have defiantly resisted the seizure of their homes and fields for the expansion of an United States Army base. On September 13 at dawn, 22,000 riot police invaded and occupied the villages. Police demolition equipment managed to wipe out 68 empty houses. But the vastly outnumbered villagers and supporters put up a fierce resistance, and managed to stop the cops from destroying many of the houses that the Ministry of Defense had threatened to destroy.
Fifty years ago these communities lost their land as 2 foreign forces (first Japanese, then American) built and expanded the base. Now the US military wants to push them off their land again. The US base expansion is part of an aggressive transformation of US global military strategy. The main mission of the US Forces in Korea will be not just to defend against North Korea, but to contain China and act as a rapid deployment force for the entire Asian-Pacific region.
The Kurisu family submitted a proposal to the Bureau of Development Services (BDS) for a four story mixed use building near the corner of Mississippi and Shaver. The BDS has denied their proposal.
In early August the Kurisu's submitted thier proposal to the BDS and I received it at my home. It took me awhile to find the words to respond to the proposal, but heres what i said:
"I am writing in opposition to this proposal...
These are audio files from an event sponsored by Gifford Pinchot Task Force which took place at the Hollywood Theatre on August 29, 2006, concerning the application for a 3000 acre lease to mine copper just north of the Mt. St. Helens Volcanic Monument.
In March of 2005, Idaho General Mines, Inc. of Spokane, WA applied for a lease from the federal government to land just north of Mount St. Helens. The mining company has stated in press reports that they hope to construct a 3,000 acre copper mine at the site. The federal government is expected to release a draft Environmental Assessment in consideration of the lease application in the coming weeks.
Despite Bernie Giusto's efforts to hide Deputy Green in some bureau until his groping activities were forgotten, thanks to his victims, and of course some public outcry, it seems that DA Schrunk has reoppened the case.
Never mind the fact that long before the shit hit the fan, and the victim's outcry over the fact that Green was back on patrol, deputy district attorneys had served Sheriff Bernie the good ol boy Giusto with notice that they would no longer be calling Green as a witness in any case that they were called upon to prosecute. Shrunk finally felt the need to proceed, "when several more witnesses/victims came forward."
I visited Middle Eastern Festival at St George Church. (I love Lebanese food!) I hesitated going, not wanting anyone to divert from being happy. I planned to eat a small spinach pie, say "Hi", & leave. Not to be. The wonderful Kaady family spotted me & treated me like a member of the family & gave me much more than a little pie to eat. My God, i love those people. So warm & generous & strong. And, i will tell you, determined!
We must support them, & one another, as we work for Justice, for ALL. I promised Fouad's Mom & Dad that we will never forget Fouad, or them.
Yet Another Miscarriage of Justice: Clackamas County deputy gets off easy with 13 years
Once again, the stenographers in the MSM have shown how the scales of justice are gamed by the heavy thumb of the state.
The mentality and philosophy of modern law enforcement was plain to see once again in the recently quoted comments of Clackamas County deputy David Verbos, his wife, friends, superiors, and colleagues. And, as usual, the MSM dutifully records their callously arrogant and ethically corrupt views without question.
Since the end of WWII, the U.S. policy in the Middle East has created only "more anger-more hatred for our county," said Kevin Zeese. Speaking on 09/13/06, at the Palestine Center, in D.C., Zeese ripped the Bush-Cheney Gang for giving Israel the "green light" to terrorize Lebanon for 33-days. Zeese also took it to task for abandoning the Palestinians and for its hostile attitude towards Iran. "It's time to try diplomacy in the Middle East," he said.
This is a twelve minute interview with Styve, who has been diligently on the streets of Portland for many months now with signs encouraging the Impeachment of George W. Bush.
I videotaped these interviews on the corner of SE Madison and Grand, where Steve and Kathy were standing with their signs encouraging motorists to stand up for impeachment. Styve, who has "been protesting Bush since before he was elected," gives a brief synopsis of the process which led him to his present stand, and both Styve and Kathy give their reasons why Bush deserves to be impeached. Among them, lying us into war and warrantless wiretapping of American citizens, in any sane society, should give the population and their legislators cause to indict.
"What I started doing this for was to raise some awareness, to try to motivate people to say, DAMN!, if this guy cares this much, that he's doing this to and from work, why aren't I doing this?"
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