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The demonstration has come and gone. So where do we go from here?
The Anti-Police demonstration last night was many things. First off, it was... well, it was long. But more than that, it was a sign that Portlanders would not be deterred by the torrential rain that poured down from the clouds for nearly the entire day. And it was a sign of a potential larger movement being born, comprised of different communities uniting under their shared goal of freedom from the police state of america.
I was pleased to see a decent turnout - about 100 people at the start, eventually growing to 150 people by 10pm that night, though from what I could tell, the crowd wasn't extremely diverse. The debates over tactics that heated up on Indymedia and elsewhere in the days before the march were, as usual, pretty pointless. People ended up doing their thing, and caused no more harm or provocation from the cops than everyone's mere presence did. Some of the most violent actions by the cops, including arrests, were not directed at and in fact had nothing to do with the black bloc. Instead, their frustration was aimed at Indymedia videographers, students and even a random passerby.
Juan Melendez-Colon spent 17 years, 8 months and 1 day on death row for a crime he did not commit. He will be sharing his story as part of a larger discussion on the death penalty and the criminal justice system on Wednesday, April 14th at 7pm at the First Unitarian Church in downtown Portland. Please join us and bring your family and friends.
One individual's right thinking and revolutionary morally courageous action can profoundly change events and has changed history.
Misfit Moses with the speech impediment, a fugitive wanted for murder, member of a slave colony, a lonely shepherd, almost murdered in infancy, distrusted or resented by all sides, boldly faced his greatest fears and demanded freedom to worship his God, and after a lot of plagues, finally, the thousands of intimidated, self-centered slaves moved in mass from all they found comfortable and familiar for the scary and hard unknown wilderness. After forty years the survivors outgrew the slave mentality. The most powerful military empire, wealthiest global trading center, most advanced technology, most sophisticated culture and enforced religion was not strong enough to defeat this one man and those he led to freedom.
Everyone who was assaulted by the police in tonights march should file charges against the officers who assaulted them. They jailed someone for assaulting a police officer with a bike, then the same week use the same tactic against civilians. We have video of the police using their bicycles as weapons against unarmed nonviolent protesters. Even the mainstream media posted video of the police hitting people with their bikes. Lets get a roll call of all the assaulting officers, they were all repeat offenders. Lets coordinate some actions against the Portland Police Bureau. Infringing on freedom of assembly, and freedom of speech, use of excessive forces, assault...
We can't just let them get away with these tactics!
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Send your stories from tonight's protest to the Portland Alliance
Tonight was an amazing experience. I'm in the middle of putting together the April issue of the Alliance and it will be filled with stories and photos showing the many facets of this growing movement for police accountability. I would like to print short statements and photos from as many people who were at this rally as possible. You can submit anonymously or use your real name, whatever makes you comfortable. Send any contributions to editor@thePortlandAlliance.org. I can give folks until Wednesday to get stuff in. Thank you for being in the streets! Solidarity Forever! Andrea, Editor
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Breaking News Archive Anti-Police Brutality/Murder March 3/29/10
5:52PM PDT: bike cops beginning to catch up, banner is blocking some cops way. cops again slamming bikes into people to push them out of the road
5:52PM PDT: moving away from back-up destination. marchers very angry. heading up columbia running, broken free from police line. YEAH
5:50PM PDT: on 3rd and salmon heading to main police presence ridiculously overwhelming, bike cops, horse cops, motorcycle cops.
5:50PM PDT: marchers not being allowed to approach justice center destination, cops blocking that area. back-up area may be used
5:49PM PDT: almost to destination, people attempting to cross the street are being slammed by police's bicycles over and over again
5:45PM PDT: police slamming bikes into peoples bodies, even though they are on the sidewalk they aren't riding, but holding these bikes no provocation by protesters, no property destruction, police acting pre-emptively
5:42PM PDT: march taking off, cops already getting agressive, pushing people back onto sidewalk with their bikes... forcing people onto sidewalk
5:25PM PDT: Jail support numbers are (503)246-4270 & (503)493-6050
5:13PM PDT: currently about 100 people gathered at the park blocks between SW Salmon and Main. lots of corporate media. LOTs of cop
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Portland Police Bureau News Report of Portland 03/29 Protests
Portland Police Respond to Downtown Protest - 03/30/10
Last night Portland Police Officers responded to protesters in Downtown Portland. The protest went on for several hours and eight people were arrested for various crimes that included Disorderly Conduct, Criminal Mischief and Riot. Officers are continuing to investigate property damage that did occur but a report was taken for damage to broken windows at the Bank of America located at 1001 SW 5th Avenue.
Three officers were injured during the protest and investigators are continuing to investigate these assaults in order to make future arrests of the individuals that assaulted the officers.
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Legal Support For Protesters
Lawyers for last night's arrestees Thanks everyone for your participation in last night's protest. For those who are arrested, your contact to get hooked up with a lawyer is Paul Loney, 503.234.2694. If you need to get through to someone right away, my cell number is 503.944.9779. I'm out of town at the moment, but Paul's agreed to coordinate during my absence.
Please call Paul and he'll hook you up with an attorney for free, as always.
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An hour of audio from tonight.
VIDEO: stop the killing "police anti violence protest"
Activists keep 24-hour vigil over sea lion killing program; more sea lions may be
trapped this morning in a "fishy situation" behind a visual barrier on the trap.
Cascade Locks, Ore.-In Defense of Animals and Sea Lion Defense Brigade has launched
a volunteer based vigil to track government trapping and killing, with the "Sea
Wolf," an RV mobile monitoring vehicle stationed on the Washington side of Columbia
River near the Bonneville Dam. The Sea Wolf is painted with a beautiful river
wildlife mural depicting salmon and sea lions swimming. (see attached photos of the
Sea Wolf on site at the dam.)
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BREAKING: WHAT IS HAPPENING AT THE TRAPS?
Our monitor witnessed something strange going on late last night. She was concerned because there were a number of sea lions hauled out in one of the traps. She saw them going in shortly before sundown, and could still hear them murmuring in the dark. Then.... She saw a vehicle pull slowly along the bank on the island above the traps. As it approached the traps, the headlights were turned off, and the vehicle slowly crept along to the area directly above the traps, from which they are usually sprung. It was a heart wrenching experience for the monitor who stood on the opposite bank, unable to help the sea lions in this moment of danger. The same monitor also witnessed three pick up trucks sitting along the bank on the Washington side, in the rain and dark of night, as the area was supposed to be closing to visitors.
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TWO SEA LIONS ABOUT TO BE KILLED
We have now confirmed that two sea lions on the hit list are caught in the traps. C805 and C934. The State wants to do this out of the public view. Will the corporate media care enough to get up there and get the story? That remains to be seen.
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Tenant Rights Project, together with community allies, on March 24 held a second picket and protest at downtown Portland nonprofit slumlord admin office, of Central City Concern, over retaliatory eviction notices, and violations of Oregon's landlord-tenant law. Activists also talked at Portland City Council before the picket.
The informational picket included housing activists, students from Reed and Willamette, and included a number of picket signs protesting recent retaliatory eviction notices against tenant activists, lack of livability and habitability in CCC housing units and buildings, and lack of transparency by the CCC board of directors.
CCC is a $33,000,000 per year landlord, with about $50,000,000 in capital projects in addition. Tenant organizers have sent three demand letters to the CCC board of directors requesting better pest control, better repairs, safety improvements to the buildings, and requesting that tenants be allowed to attend and speak at CCC monthly board meetings, held on a Wednesday evening once a month at the CCC admin office where last Wednesday's picket was held, at the corner of NW 6th and Everett streets.
Anti police violence vigils were held this afternoon all over the city. The Everyday People coalition stopped for short rallies and prayers at 5 different spots where lives have been lost due to the Portland Police using excessive force.
This rolling vigil stopped at where the following citizens were killed:
(1) Deontae Keller
(2) Kendra James
(3) Jahar Perez
(4) Dickie Dow
(5) James Chasse
(6) Aaron Campbell
The vigil lasted from 3 - 7 PM
I will have some video footage... soon it will be posted right here on PIMC. I did arrive minutes late at the start and missed the very first vigil ceremony
More actions and more vigils as well as State legal addressees are all coming in the very near future.
Portland, OR?On Tuesday, March 23, Joel Dow, artist, activist, anarchist, musician, and Rochestarian, was arrested for allegedly throwing a bicycle at a police officer who was driving his motorcycle into demonstrators at a police accountability march. Dow has been charged with assault II, a class B felony; assault of a police officer, a class C felony; recklass endangerment, a class A misdemeanor; and disorderly conduct 2, a class B misdemeanor. His bail is set at $259,000 and he is currently being held at the Multnomah County Inverness Jail. He was arraigned yesterday morning where he plead not guilty to all charges and was assigned Gary Gedrose from the Public Defender's Office. Supporters in Portland stated that Joel has been in contact with activist lawyers who may represent him pro bono. Dow is not receiving vegan meals and supporters are urged to call the jail and demand he be given things he can eat: 503-988-5060
Today marks the 2 month anniversary of the execution of Aaron Campbell at his doorstep by officer Ronald Frashour. Aaron, a father of four, had been taking care of his brother Timothy who was slowly passing away from kidney failure, in the months prior to his death. Daily Aaron nursed him and kept his brother company at his bed side at OHSU. On January 29th Aarons brother passed. The intense grief and stress of months of slowly watching his brother fade led Aaron to a break down. Having no one else to turn to his girlfriend made a call to the Portland Police in hopes that they would calm Aaron; instead, officer Ronald Frashour murdered Aaron at his door step. Shooting him in back with his AR-15 assault riffle.
Reporting on the Peace of the Action (POTA) attempt to go to a hearing on war funding gets nixed ...Cops follow activists and eventually stifle free speech
POTA were dogged and followed the moment they stepped on to the Capital property. They were informed they couldn't protest at all inside or it would be a federal crime and you would be put in jail overnight and not released till they seen a judge. The group was met standing in the tour line outside ...singled out with at least 5 cops informing (intimidating) them of what they were not able to do. As Cindy told them ...are you telling this to everyone or just us?.
Cindy Sheehan at one point went up some stairs and was taken to the exit immediately. One member took a picture of a cop and he demanding her to delete the picture.
In response to the brutal murder of a PDX community member we encourage all people who desire to protect and avenge their communities to form affinity groups.
These affinity groups will act as small autonomous groups taking actions they feel are appropriate.
Affinity groups allow for more efficient communication between folks involved in the attack and defense of themselves, their comrades and all involved with the march or action. Creating spokes councils to coordinate with other affinity groups (who you know and trust) also encourage more successful actions.
Forming affinity groups also encourages the use of a diversity of tactics. Each group can safely and securely decide what are appropriate actions for them to participate in. These groups do not take actions on behalf of anyone but themselves therefore are free to do what they feel is most effective.
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Independent Police Review- Wednesday, March 31 to City Hall (1221 SW 4th Av)
Please come out next Wednesday, March 31 to City Hall (1221 SW 4th Av) for
the continuation on the hearing regarding strengthening the "Independent"
Police Review Division (IPR). There will be public testimony allowed--it's
just not clear whether the people who spoke on the 18th will be able to
We're still trying to make sense of the fact that a Portland Police
Officer shot and killed a homeless man carrying what's been described as a
crafts knife inbetween the historic March 18 first hearing about
strengthening the IPR (the professional office in the Auditor's portfolio
that includes the city's "police review board," the Citizen Review
Committee) and the continuation of that hearing, which is coming up next
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Get your Fliers Here
MARCH 29th MOBILIZATION AGAINST POLICE VIOLENCE
Another Flyer for the Monday Mobilization
FLYER FOR MARCH 29TH MOBILIZATION
For those who believe that the latest killing by the police was indeed justified
Free Joel Dow
Joel need your help! Legal team call out for witnesses! We need to gather testimony from people who were victims of the police violence on Tuesday night, or who witnessed it. Read on for details.
If you were the victim of police violence on Tuesday night, or witnessed it, we are interested in gathering info for possible testimonies. A criminal grand jury may be called to examine the charges against Joel, which is a potential chance to get the assault II dropped or changed. So again, if you have any information please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get you in contact with Joel's legal team.
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Support Joel Dow Demo!
There has been a call out for a demonstration on behalf of Joel at the Multnomah Detention Center in downtown Portland: 1120 Southwest 3rd Avenue, Portland @ 3pm tomorrow- Friday March 26th! Bring signs! We have tons of fliers/pins/stickers to hand out tomorrow.
Spread the word!
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Support Demo for Joel @ Multnomah County Jail!
Come out and support Joel!!
Friday, March 26th, 3p.
Multnomah County Justice Center (MCDC)
1120 SW 3rd Ave
Bring friends! Bring signs! Bring drums!
Make some noise that Joel can hear to show that we are in support and solidarity!!
Fuck the Police- For Shooting Our Fellow Citizen!
Fuck the Police- For Imprisoning Our Comrade!
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Joel Dow's Arraignment
Joel David Dow-Cop Protest Arrestee
Dirty anarchists queers of Portland, OR, alongside other anarchists, have spent the last two nights in the streets exploring the rupture caused by the second murder by the Portland Police in as many months. We have been engaged in direct confrontation with the force of the police state while sharing our rage at our social conditions and the organized campaign of violence enacted upon our city by the armed enforcers of the Totality.
Comrade Arrested at Last Nights Protest
One of our comrades on a bicycle last night is currently in Multnomah County Detention Center. His bicycle was partially run over by a pig last night, and shortly after being assaulted he was arrested and charged with 2 felonies and 2 misdemeanors. He needs our support and his bail has added up to $259,000.
A Clarification on "Cascadia Convergence Networks March" post on the update wire
CCN takes no ownership over the march or anyother actions or decisons of the individuals at the peoples assemblys called in response to the second murder in 2 months by the Portland Police Department. The decision to march was arrived at by the peoples assembly earlier today and not CCN. In our comunique we intened to get the word out about the peoples assembly and regret the mis-communication that we possibly had ownership of the peoples decision to march. Again this was not our march rather it was a response to the recent waves of police violence community members who participated in the assembly felt was necessary.
I-5 Banner Drop- "Police Murder Again. This Must End. Take Action!"
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There are about fifty people currently gathered (as of 9:45pm) at Colonel Summers Park on 20th and Belmont. Community members angered at ongoing murders by police will be marching to send a message--we refuse to take it anymore. Please add details to this thread as they are known.
Police murder in Portland, anarchists respond with vengeance
Many expected this march to be only symbolic. Few were prepared for anything more. But we encountered a collective force that amplifies the individual rather than smothering each one of us in the mass. The two who took the initiative to drag a dumpster into the street changed the history of this city. This small sign of sabotage spread. We all made it our own.
Cops, Pigs, Murderers! (A Cascadia Convergence Network Communiqué)
About fifty community members angered at the ongoing murders by Portland Police gathered at the SE 47th and Burnside police precinct. On Monday March 22 at Hoyt Arboretum, yet another person was killed by the Portland police. The killing comes in wake of the recent homicide of Aaron Campbell who was shot in back multiple times at his door step by officer Ronald Frashour on January 28 2010. The enraged dissenters sent a clear message that the recent swell of police violence in the city will not be tolerated any longer. Infuriated the community members blocked traffic as they marched and tossed newspaper receptacles and dumpsters in to the streets.
Six sea lions have already died at the hands of the ODFW this year, added to the tremendous death toll from the past two years. This is the reality and the fallout from the government's War on Nature that is taking place up at Bonneville dam. Aside from the state-sanctioned murders, inside sources tell us that the death toll associated with illegal vigilante killings has skyrocketed since the lethal removal program began - apparently angry fishermen feel it's open season now that the government has given its tacit wink and nod to the killing of protected marine mammals. Sea lion defenders are tired of the killings, tired of government lies and cover-ups, and tired of excuses for negligence and cruelty. So last week, the Sea Lion Defense Brigade launched Sea Wolf One, a mobile monitoring station set up to keep an eye on the Columbia river sea lions and their would-be nemeses.
Portlanders to Protest 7 Years
Since Iraq Invasion with Rally, March, and Teach-In
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Student feeder march at 11:00am, PSU Park Blocks
12:00 Noon: Rally at Terry Schrunk Plaza, SW 3rd and Madison
1:00 pm: Teach-in at First Unitarian Church
Iraq, Seven Years Later:
Change US Foreign Policy-Bring All the Troops Home!
With the uncertain outcome of the March 7 elections continuing to delay the withdrawal of US combat troops from Iraq, Portlanders are gearing up to protest the ongoing presence of the US military and contractors on the anniversary of the 2003 invasion.
The themes addressed throughout the day will include the expansion of US military presence and US support for military occupations throughout the Middle East:
* End the Occupations of Iraq, Afghanistan, and Palestine
* Stop the Expanding Attacks in the Middle East: No Drone Strikes in Pakistan
* No War on Iran
* US Out of Latin America
For more information: Peace and Justice Works 503-236-3065 email@example.com www.pjw.info
After spending a few weeks in the Gaza Strip, Corrie described the Palestinians as "surrounded by murderous towers, tanks, armed 'settlements' and now a giant metal wall".
March 16, 2010 -- Today marks the anniversary of the tragic death of International Solidarity Movement (ISM) activist Rachel Corrie. On March 16, 2003, Corrie was killed by an Israeli Defense Force (IDF) bulldozer while non-violently resisting the destruction of a Palestinian home. Her death came to symbolize the daily violence faced by Palestinians in the occupied territories as well as the spirit of international solidarity that democratic socialists throughout the world draw political strength from.
Read the words of Rachel Corrie here: http://rachelswords.org/.
Hear a song by David Rovics about Rachel Corrie: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMpuP2Yyo-c
Come hear live music (to be announced), see a slideshow of eastern Oregon forest ecology & threats to Eastern Oregon forests, check out photo displays of proposed timber sale forest areas at stake, buy books that will help you understand & fight corporate rule!
Sliding scale donation, but no one will be turned away. Find out how you can spend the summer hiking & camping with us in eastern Oregon and help save the forests in the process! Look forward to seeing you at the benefit and in the forest!
For more info. leave a message for Karen at (541) 385-9167.
FBI agents and law enforcement from multiple agencies have raided a well-known activist group house in Salt Lake City, Utah, today in connection with an investigation of Animal Liberation Front crimes in Iowa.
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link to davenportgrandjury.wordpress.com
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