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July 29th *today the "Independent" Police Review Division will hold its third community outreach meeting to hear from the public what kind of oversight system YOU would like to see in Portland. This time it will be at the Q Center in N Portland at 5:30 PM
City Auditor's Independent Police Review
Information and Community Engagement Session
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
5:30pm - 7:30pm
4115 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97217
Copwatch [June Meeting] Analysis
The June meeting wasn't as well attended as the May one, and the IPR and
CRC took way too much of the time explaining how the "Byzantine" system
works. The professional facilitator they hired ended up cutting off one
person who was trying to tell her story. I expect this time will be better
organized as a result.
Here again are some suggestions we (Portland Copwatch) put out before; lots more ideas can be
found in the Stakeholders report from 2010 and the original Mayor's Work
Group report from 2000 (which led to IPR being created)[...]
ANALYSIS: Semi-annual Police Review Board report shows amazing misconduct, mixed discipline, little about shootings (July 2015)
After reading the January 2015 Police Review Board (PRB) report posted sometime about July 16, Portland Copwatch finds that the range of misconduct identified is astounding. We also are left with the impression that while some of the application of discipline was appropriate, others seemed to minimize very serious matters.
This article is posted at http://www.portlandcopwatch.org/PRBanalysis0715.html
January 27, 2015
Mr. Paille and Chief O'Dea:
After reading the January 2015 Police Review Board (PRB) report (posted sometime about July 16 at ), we find that the range of misconduct identified is astounding. We also are left with the impression that while some of the application of discipline was appropriate, others seemed to minimize very serious matters [...]
Upcoming Events in Portland Oregon - July and August 2015.
This (email) list is for women in Portland Oregon to organize Code Pink gatherings in favor of peace and justice. The (email) list is moderated, and is limited to actions directly involving Code Pink Portland.
Code Pink Portland Peace
Calendar for the Week of
July 25th 2015
In this digest
July 25th Peace Park Cleanup 9:30am
July 25th VFP Summertime Garden Party with David Rovics 2pm
July 26th Jobs More Justice Performing 10am
July 27th HCAO Forum: Universal Health Care, Why Oregon Won't Be First 6pm
July 28th NW Interfaith Peace Walkers 9am
July 30th Medicare 50th Anniversary Rally Noon
August 2nd 5th Annual Arab Festival
August 2nd Willamette River Revival Festival
August 5th This War We Are Living 1pm Film
August 6th Hiroshima/Nagasaki Vigil 6pm
August 7 Iraq War III One Year Later March and Rally 5pm
Here on portland indymedia are two videos from the June 17 "Justice for Janitors and the Fight for $15!" event. A protest and rally with speeches and interviews on the steps of Portland City Hall, then the march to the Pittock Building on 10th street. This was a march and rally to demand a just wage for janitors, city workers and laborers in the city of Portland.
On Justice for Janitors Day 2015 (June 17), Janitors joined Portland City Workers, striking workers at Instafab and the fight for $15 in an exciting day of action. The day began with a rally for $15 at Portland City Hall and marched to other locations from there, finishing with the Justice for Janitors rally at 921 SW Washington Street.
(1) Rally at City Hall before the march:
https://youtu.be/e\_zC0Y2em2g [26:49 min video]
(2) 10th street march & rally:
https://vimeo.com/131067381 [2:34 min video]
Without us noticing, we are entering the postcapitalist era. At the heart of further change to come is information technology, new ways of working and the sharing economy. The old ways will take a long while to disappear, but it's time to be utopian.
www.openculture.com gives us 700 free movies, 700 free E-books and 450 free audio books. The information economy is an economy of abundance that challenges the past economy of scarcity.
to read Paul Mason's "The end of capitalism" published on July 16, 2015 in The Guardian, click on
Why should we not form a picture of the ideal life, built out of abundant information, non-hierarchical work and the dissociation of work from wages\?
Baldock Solar Highway Project - In January 2012, PGE and the Oregon Department of Transportation brought their second joint solar highway project online — the nation's largest solar highway project!
With farm fields on one side and a safety rest area on the other, the Baldock Solar Highway Project is a 1.75-megawatt solar array at the Baldock Safety Rest Area, south of Wilsonville on Interstate 5. The 6,994 panel array sits on approximately seven acres at the northbound rest area, producing about 1.97 million kilowatt-hours of renewable energy annually.
These are the tallest trees in Eastmoreland, and probably the oldest. (based on my Google Earth canopy height survey project). I measured the foremost of the 3 giants, at 153- 154 ft with inclinometer from 4 different angles. This matches the Google Earth 3D model of 147 -150 ft. They are approx. 60 feet ins spread, and range from 78 to 83 inches DBH, diameter. No trees in Eastmoreland match or exceed 150 feet, based on my survey. You have to go out 1 to 2 miles radius to find taller trees than this in South East Portland.
Neighbors have raised $50,000 to protect the giant trees, but this only delays their harvest. Neighbors are trying to raise an additional $900,000 to to puchase the property from the developer and possibly turn it into a small park or green space.
This is an out-take video clip from the public comment & discussion from the last Portland Human Rights Commission Meeting (July 1st 2015) The out take centers around my concern (mentioned during public comment) of the HRC staff's lack of following of the Public Meeting Laws and not providing community access to their meeting minutes or announcing their proposed agenda and meetings times.
Demo to counter the presence of AZ Sheriff Joe Arpaio
PCUN and Accion Politica PCUNIsta invite you to a counter-rally we are organizing against Sheriff Joe Arpaio who will be the feature speaker for a fundraiser hosted by the Oregon Republican Party and sponsored by OFIR in front of the Capitol this Saturday at 3 p.m.
Among other topics, Arpaio will be talking in support English Only and E-Verify.
For those who don't know who Sheriff Arpaio is, looking him up. He is " The Anti-Immigrant".
See you there at the State Capital Water Fountain at 2:30.
Questions: 503-302-6549 | http://www.pcun.org
To help publicize the proposed LNG pipeline in SW Oregon, the Cascadia Forest Defenders and are doing a publicity float starting at where the pipeline is proposed to cross the South Umpqua River.
Cascadia Forest Defenders launches "Float the Pipe", a floating protest of the Pacific Connector LNG pipeline, at the precise location the pipe would cross the South Umpqua river.
With the fight against the LNG pipeline and export terminal heating up in Oregon, CFD has decided to lead a flotilla of activists down a threatenend stretch of the South Umpqua. They will stretch a banner across the point where the pipeline would be bored underneath the river, then set off on their 12 mile, 2 day float through the waters that would flow downstream of the pipe. They will document the watershed they see along the way.
What: Press conference at the launch of Float the Pipe
Who: Cascadia Forest Defenders and friends
When: Friday, June 19 at 10am
Where: The proposed location that the pipeline would cross underneath the South Umpqua river. Just south of the Rivers West South Umpqua campground, 1-5 exit #112, on the east side of I-5. We will be putting boats in the water on Booth Ranch Rd. Myrtle, OR 97457
Why: To protest the Pacific Connector Pipeline and Jordan Cove energy terminal and to get to know a threatened section of the South Umpqua river.
Commissioner Novick (and members of City Council):
We were quite disturbed to receive information from your aide Bryan Hockaday that final decisions had been made about adding more exceptions to the "Sidewalk Management Ordinance" without broad public input, and particularly without apparent outreach to actual homeless persons who might be affected by the decision.
Portland Copwatch contacted you on January 26th after learning that the Portland Business Alliance was asking for a large number of new "homeless-free zones." (That email is attached, below.) In that letter we recommended that decisions about adding exclusions should be considered publicly, perhaps by the oversight committee that was required when the SMO was adopted but which was disbanded in 2012. Yet now we've read in the Portland Mercury that outreach was done to a small number of homeless advocacy organizations and the decision was made behind closed doors.
The goings-on in Salem are hard to follow.
Those organizations (like police associations and district attorneys, for instance) who have paid lobbyists hanging out in our state house all the time have a huge advantage over ordinary folks.
So it's not a surprise, in many ways, that (for instance) SB 871, which was supposed to include a provision for an independent prosecutor when a police officer kills a civilian, was gutted of that provision and now only talks about having an agency not involved in the killing take lead in the investigation:
On Monday, two bills relating to recording the police will be going back to the House floor to reconcile amendments made in the Senate. One is very beneficial to the public and in particular to copwatchers: It makes an exception to the "interception of communications" law for those taping police interactions in public places, it is HB 2704.
It passed the house 51-8 the first time and the senate 23-6. Portland had been unique in allowing such recording because of a policy in place after Joe Anybody sued the cops in 2008.
The other bill is something that may be futile to try derailing, but goes against even Portland Copwatch's neutral stance on the issue of police body cameras. HB 2571 has provisions in it that will severely limit the abiilty of local jurisdictions to set their own rules on how to use the body cameras [...]
The monthly meeting of the Portland Human Rights Commission.
Video is here: https://youtu.be/GjV0xDYx\_7o (2 hrs 30 mins)
This meeting is open to the public.
Portland Human Rights Commission Meeting June 3 2015
Public Meeting held on the first Wednesday of every month at 4:00 PM in downtown Portland.
The Portland Human Rights Commission [PHRC] website is here:
Archives of previous portland Human Rights Commission meetings and more information are available on my website here:
An ~ Out Take "public comment" video clip from this meeting is here:
This June HRC meeting video is also on Archive (dot) org where you can watch it or download it:
The June proposed agenda was never posted by the HRC, I have a pdf copy that you can download here:
Last months meeting 5/6/15 was posted on portland indymedia here:
Updated Post: 6.12.15 | 6.19.15
A weekly 30 minute review of international news and opinion, recorded from a shortwave radio and the internet.
This week's show features stories from Radio Deutsche-Welle, Radio Havana Cuba, NHK World Radio Japan, and Sputnik Radio.
The latest Shortwave Report (June 5) is up at the website http://www.outfarpress.com/shortwave.shtml in 3 forms- (new) HIGHEST QUALITY (160kb)(33MB), broadcast quality (13MB), and quickdownload or streaming form (6MB) (28:59) Links at page bottom.
On June 2, 2015, Food Front Cooperative Grocery Workers voted to rejoin United Food and Commmercial Workers Union, Local 555.
After a 6 month organizing effort, Food Front Cooperative Grocery workers voted to rejoin UFCW, Local 555. Out of a possible 91workers eligible to vote, 75 workers voted and 64 workers voted for the union. An over 80 per cent voter turn out resulted in a 85 per cent union vote.
Food Front workers had previously been a union shop for a ten year time period. In August of 2007, Food Front workers voted to decertify and ended their association with UFCW. The discussion that appeared on Portland Indy Media about the decertification is archived at:
The unionization effort follows a controversial 7 months for the cooperative which began last November with the public airing of staff discontents in the Northwest Examiner neighborhood newspaper. http://nwexaminer.com/co-op-crash
The subsequent coop owners concerns about the financial stability of the coop, led to the resignation of the Board of Directors chair person, the retirement of the general manager, and the use of an interim general manager from the National Cooperative Grocer consulting group. [...]
"The bottom line is that we wish to be respected, heard, treated equally and most of all supported," said Kira Davis, a store worker. "I believe that creating our union can help strengthen us. As a union, we will empower everyone through education, communication and action."
"Crisis children" can't find a job despite study, four foreign languages and four hundred applications. They are the house cleaners, hair stylists and nurses without their own health insurance who earn one-thousandth what atop manager rakes in. Youth unemployment has reached unbearable levels in Greece and Spain. The top one percent of Americans earns a quarter of the total income and owns half of all securities and national wealth.
Rage Grows with its Challenges [...]
THE IDIOTS WITHDRAW INTO THEIR SHELLS
The danger is withdrawal into the private, not falling voter turnout [...]
[translated from the German on the Internet.]
Updated Post: 5.8.15 | 5.14.15 | 5.22.15 | 5.29.15
A weekly 30 minute review of international news and opinion, recorded from a shortwave radio and the internet. With times, frequencies, and websites for listening at home. 3 files- Highest quality broadcast, regular broadcast, and slow-modem streaming. Radio Deutsche-Welle, Radio Havana Cuba, Sputnik Radio, and NHK World Radio Japan.
The latest Shortwave Report (April 3) is up at the website http://www.outfarpress.com/shortwave.shtml in 3 forms- (new) HIGHEST QUALITY (160kb)(33MB), broadcast quality (13MB), and quickdownload or streaming form (6MB) (28:59) Links at page bottom [...]
Don't Shoot PDX has an event planned at 2pm outside PSU Smith Memorial Ctr
South Park Blocks Map: Google Map
Post your pictures, first hand stories and videos on indymedia!
[T]he current info for May Day this year in Portland is to gather [in the South Park Blocks] at 2pm, rally at 3pm, and march at 4:30pm from the South Park Blocks for social & economic justice.
via FB event:
links to flyers b&w:
Don't Shoot PDX has an event planned at 2pm outside PSU Smith Memorial Ctr. in solidarity with "protestors around the globe fighting back against excessive force by Americas trained Law Enforcement". Bring the noise! Wear red and black or only black or red to signify the bloodshed of Americas black women, men, and children.
Info via FB again:
The Portland Radicle is look for contributors.
The Portland Radicle* is looking for community members who would like to join other clever and talented ass-kickers in our project of collective liberation.
The Radicle is an anarchist print project that kicked off in 2012. We once had a good rhythm for solicitation and publication, as well as a robust editorial collective. At present, we're down to four people, and we've struggled to publish consistently. While the paper is in no danger of being discontinued, we believe that we would be stronger with more participation and more ideas. [...]
*"Radicle" means the embryonic root growth of a plant from a seed. It is from the Latin word "radix," meaning "root" or "origin". Radix is the word that "radical," one who seeks fundamental change, is also derived from.
If you are interested in applying your talents to destroy that which harms us and build a world which sustains us, we would love to have you. We will work with contributors at any level; no previous experience in media is necessary.
To learn more about our project, send an email to: email@example.com.
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