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human & civil rights | police / legal 14-Jun-2015 11:26

Police Body Cameras - Two Bills now in Salem | HB 2571 and HB 2704

From the open publishing newswire: 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:
 https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2015R1/Measures/Overview/sb871

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.

 https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2015R1/Measures/Overview/HB2704

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.
 http://www.portlandcopwatch.org/ppr46web.pdf

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 [...]

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community building | human & civil rights 14-Jun-2015 11:00

Video: Portland Human Rights Commission Meeting June 3 2015

From the open publishing newswire: 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:
https://www.portlandoregon.gov/oehr/6

Archives of previous portland Human Rights Commission meetings and more information are available on my website here:
http://www.joeanybody.com/id4.html

An ~ Out Take "public comment" video clip from this meeting is here:
http://youtu.be/M7S0qz8XT5U

This June HRC meeting video is also on Archive (dot) org where you can watch it or download it:
https://archive.org/details/HumanRightsCommissionJune32015

The June proposed agenda was never posted by the HRC, I have a pdf copy that you can download here:
http://www.joeanybody.com/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderfiles/hrcagenda6.3.15.pdf

Last months meeting 5/6/15 was posted on portland indymedia here:
http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2015/05/429929.shtml

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Updated 6.12 6.19 09-Jun-2015 19:22

The Shortwave Report 6/05/15 Listen Globally!

From the open publishing newswire:

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.

Dan Roberts
Shortwave Report-
www.outfarpress.com
YouthSpeaksOut!-
www.youthspeaksout.net

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labor | neighborhood news 07-Jun-2015 08:30

Food Front Cooperative Grocery Workers Vote Again To Unionize

From the open publishing newswire: 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:
portland.indymedia.org/en/2007/07/362674.shtml\?discuss

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."

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labor | political theory 30-May-2015 11:52

Political Disobedience

From the open publishing newswire: "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.

POLITICAL DISOBEDIENCE
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.]

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Updated 5.8 - 5.14 - 5.22 - 5.29 02-May-2015 13:24

The Shortwave Report 05/01/15 Listen Globally!

From the open publishing newswire:

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 [...]

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alternative media | animal rights 19-Apr-2015 13:13

A Growing Concern: No New Animal Labs

From the open publishing newswire: Recent Public Access program, "A Growing Concern," interviewing a member of the No New Animal Lab Campaign.

No New Animal Lab is a new pressure campaign to stop the University of Washington from building a proposed underground Animal Research and Care Facility, which would expand the number of animals that the UW can torture and kill by thousands. The No New Animal Lab campaign's primary target is Skanska, a multi-billion dollar international construction firm and the general contractor of the project.

A Growing Concern: No New Animal Labs

[...] Skanska is one of the biggest construction firms in the world; it operates internationally with billions in revenue from its projects. The construction budget for the lab is $90 million, which makes it a comparatively minor project. This is small change to them.

Skanska is also not new to controversy. They have a track record of terminating contracts and canceling projects when their image is on the line. Their long-term branding matters more to them than short-term small cash flows. They know that this lab does not fit their desired image. They even neglected to issue press releases about it, despite a tradition of boasting about their projects to the media.

The No New Animal Lab campaign revealed their dirty secret. Consistency will make them fold. It all hinges on our commitment to animal liberation. The lab will not be built if we sustain enough pressure. So what are you going to do\\\\\\\?

http://nonewanimallab.com

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Updated: 5 Year Memorial video posted 17-Apr-2015 12:02

Video: Keaton Otis Vigil on 4.12.15 in Portland Oregon

From the open publishing newswire: Keaton Otis Vigil on 4.12.15 in Portland Oregon.
This vigil is at the exact place where Keaton was shot 23 times by the Portland Police in 2010.

https://youtu.be/LGa0OnhYXr0 (Vigil video: 47 minutes)

This monthly vigil is on the 12th in NE Portland and its held at 6:00 PM on NE 6th and Halsey.
In May (next month) there is yearly memorial for Keaton "We Remember"... more info on where and when will be posted here on Indymedia.

The 2010 cellphone video of the murder is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch

There is archived information on this sad tragic death on Portland Copwatch (PCW) here: http://www.portlandcopwatch.org/PPR51/shootingsportland51.html

PIMC Video Post: Video: 5 Year memorial

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corporate dominance | environment 17-Apr-2015 12:00

Fast Track, TPP and TTIP Should Be Scrapped!

From the open publishing newswire: How scandalous that communities and states should lose their sovereignty to corporations! In the TTIP, corporations can sue states for lost profits. The threat of a lawsuit can have a chilling effect on labor and environmental protective regulations. A parallel private arbitration system (ISDS) is created that privileges foreign investors over labor and the environment. Public interest legislation is called a trade barrier or indirect expropriation. [...]

The increasingly aggressive statements of those who welcome the planned agreement imply there are only a few ideologically wrong-headed conservationists, social state dreamers and eternal opponents of globalization who oppose the TTIP with their non-governmental organizations driven by a mixture of anti-Americanism and conspiracy theories. But that is wrong. Millions of people, Americans and Europeans, prominent and non-prominent, US congresspersons and German mayors, unionists from Philadelphia and consumer protectors from Marseille, Spanish entrepreneurs and Austrian academics see the TTIP as dangerous. [...]

Call Sen Wyden at 503-326-7525

UPDATE: April 18: Oregon Rallies to Stop Fast Track! 1:00 PM
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2015/04/429618.shtml#442517

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updates 4/10 4/17 4/24 05-Apr-2015 10:49

The Shortwave Report 04/03/15 Listen Globally!

shortwave report From the open publishing newswire:

Updated Posts: 4.10.15 | 4.17.15 | 4.24.15
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, NHK World Radio Japan, and Sputnik Radio.

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 [...]

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actions & protests | government 05-Apr-2015 10:36

Ukrainians \?

I just like this From the open publishing newswire: Wednesday 4/1/2015

Today was a kind of fun day one rarely enjoys; most of the time others seem to have all the fun. It started by meeting with Jose, Lightning, and Steve to go over some things and plan out strategy for the future. Yes, believe it not Mr. fish, we do have a strategy to rid ourselves of this city council. Off to the council chambers and there seemed to be more suits than normal, the Ukrainians were waiting to go into the hall of sulfur. It was like being in a foreign country there were so many, maybe 20 people who came to listen and thank our mayor, (or yours, I don't want him) for supporting their cause, but what cause\? They even had a magazine with a smiling hale on its cover [...]

We can't get the mayor to sit down with citizens who have major problems with police accountability and yet there he is taking sides on an issue that is guaranteed to blow up in our faces. I do not understand why he does the things that he does and I continue to be amazed by the lack of shame of this council. We need to throw all of them out as they come up for re-election. And this my friends was just Communications, it gets worse. Moving to item *333, this looked innocent but then we read the supporting documentation and found out that the city was going to go after a grant of $200,000.00 for the cops to expand the capacity of the Portland Police Bureau Behavioral Health Unit. [...]

Bottom line we do not want the Portland Police anywhere near a person who is experiencing a mental breakdown, we want the County to respond to a call for help, not the cops. This grant will keep the PPD responding to people who need help and they will send some aggressive ass that will kill you if you don't shape up and act normal. If you call 911 you will get a cop, if you call the County Emergency number you will get a professional medical person to respond. Here is that number 503-988-4888. [...]

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actions & protests | homelessness 15-Mar-2015 13:41

Out & About

From the open publishing newswire: Out & About With The Troublemakers! 3/13/2015
Going backwards is always my way. We attended the County Meeting on 3/12/2015 and offered the position of Individuals For Justice, (IFJ) on the problem of cell phones for the homeless. When your phone goes dead or you need a jump for it to continue working you plug it into your computer or outlet and you are good to go. What do you do if you live on the streets\? Street Roots did a wonderful job reminding us that José Serrica, a member in good standing, spoke of these a few months ago. So we used our 3 minutes of communication time to tell the Commissioners that it costs less than a penny to charge a cell phone from dead to let's make some calls. They seem to know what we were talking about, maybe because we sent them the article and gave them a heads up that we would be pressing them on this. We also sent copies to the 5 sh-ts at city hall and did receive a note back from our favorite of the 5, Comm. Amanda Fritz, who says they are working or talking about working or thinking of doing something to help. She is one of the few who try and in most cases answers her messages, we like that. "Trust what a politician says and you will get screwed, praise them only when they actually do something." (Joe Walsh 1971) Here is the video of our testimony/communication with the good county commissioners:
http://multnomah.granicus.com

This day only two of us spoke and I am about 4 minutes in, the woman who talked before me is worth listening to because she also is talking about the homeless/houseless. We will keep the pressure on but you can call the chair of the commissioners here and just ask how they are doing with offering a safe place to allow citizens to charge their cell phone. Thank you Street Roots again for reminding us of this important issue. Chair of County Commissioners Kafoury's number: 503- 988-3308 City Commissioner Fritz's number: 503-823-3008

We went to the City Council Gathering of the 5 sh-ts on 3/11/2015 and had a time; they are so weird! The morning session was kind of boring, except for the wonderful kids who came from Harrison Park Elementary school to talk about leadership and the arts, we enjoyed their presence. We also did speak on item 258 concerning the Park Ranger Program. We like the rangers in general and ask that they act as ambassadors and not as cops, we objected to them excluding people from the parks for 30-60-90 days, somebody else should make that decision and not them. There are only 7 permanent rangers for over 200+ parks, we thought that was shameful, we need more rangers, less cops. On to the afternoon session which surprised me with the large number of people coming out to express their views on item 266 commonly called "Remove the Box" [...]

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actions & protests | human & civil rights | police / legal 11-Mar-2015 18:27

two snatched by Portland police at rally Tuesday 3/10 for Africa, recent victim of LAPD

From the open publishing newswire: Two people were arrested by police at the end of tuesday evenings solidarity rally and march downtown in honor of Africa, shot and killed by the LAPD.
In the longer ustream video the two people targeted were standing calmly nearby, without provocation the police arrest both, they say for disorderly conduct. Earlier an officer attempts to coerce someone's identity by threatening to give a citation for being in the street. Seems to me they were targeted for concealing their identity. What do you think\\\?

Clip of arrest:  http://youtu.be/2zNQYQN\\\_UeI
Better context:  http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/59762313

Relate pimc video post:  http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2015/03/429362.shtml#441796
Here's a better quality shot of the arrests yesterday  https://youtu.be/pgWdHLL5hD0 , thanks for being there videographers.

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