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NEWS: PPB used force at least 1582 times at protests up until June 30
From the open publishing newswire: On November 11, the Portland Police Bureau shared with its Training
Advisory Council the use of force numbers for 2nd Quarter 2020 related
to "crowd control." The data show that the PPB overall used force 2378
times at protests. While the Force Inspector claimed most of these were
"category IV" low level uses like "control against resistance" and
"resisted handcuffing," in fact 1582 uses-- or 66.5%-- were the use of
chemical agents, impact weapons or "strikes/kicks."
My Friend, The Lone Vet passed away 10/12/20
From the open publishing newswire: Many times it would be "just him" and his sign.... many other times there were dozens or more who stood together with Joe in solidarity for justice .
Joe worked tirelessly for the ending homelessness and helping the houseless and to Stop the Sweeps. Joe worked tirelessly to get the Police horses off the streets, which finally did happen in Joe's lifetime. For about 1 year he protested every week at Sen. Blumenhour's Portland office, to pressure for the Impeachment of Bush.
Joe Walsh was a warrior for Justice, Peace and Laughter.
Save the Library Staff
From the open publishing newswire: Libraries should hire additional staff to mitigate the unemployment. Because of the coronavirus, supply chains break off and sixty-percent of businesses cannot come back. The state should represent the public interest, not special or private interests, and give substantial support to small- and medium-sized businesses. Otherwise, we face exploding inequality, economic power becoming political power, & an oligarchy. Whoever sleeps in democracy, wakes up in a dictatorship.
Save the Multnomah Library Staff
The library should be hiring additional staff to redress the unemployment and uncertainty caused by the coronavirus!
Here is a letter I sent to: http://savelibrarystaff.org:
Related link: https://kboo.fm/media/82696-library-workers-organize-against-lay-offs
Federal Agents and JBLM Military Personnel Snatching People Off The Streets of Portland
From the open publishing newswire: Federal law enforcement officers, in unmarked vehicles, have been using information provided by the Joint Base Lewis-McChord Protection Division Anti-Terrorism Office to drive around downtown Portland and snatch protesters off the streets since at least July 14. The tactic appears to be another escalation in federal force deployed on Portland city streets, as federal law enforcement and JBLM military personnel have said they plan to "quell" nightly protests outside the federal courthouse and Multnomah County Justice Center that have lasted for more than six weeks.
The Youth Liberatin Front has arrived!!
From the open publishing newswire: The Youth Liberation Front has been holding it down in Portland for the last 49 days!!
Finally the Youth Liberation Front is getting their due acknowledgment! They have only been around for a couple of years but already have quite an impressive list of acomplishments. I helped cover the transit strike in Portland lasy November and they helped organize the High school lead climate strike last year.
Those were great actions but what they have been doing in Portland since the bginning of the George Floyd protests has been nothing short of amazing! They have been out there on the front lines everyday for the last 49 days and show no sighns of stopping! [...]
PORTLAND INFORMATION: Arbitration Bill Will Not Keep Fired Cops Fired
From the open publishing newswire: To the members of the Portland Committee for Community Engaged Policing, the media, and others in Portland:
Please visit http://www.portlandcopwatch.org/arbitration_bill0620.html
to download this fact sheet with images and full layout. We urge PCCEP
to examine this bill at its emergency meeting tonight as momentum is
building for it to be discussed and/or passed in Salem quickly.
The Shortwave Report 06/05/20 Listen Globally!
From the open publishing newswire: 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, and NHK Japan.
This week's show features stories from Radio Deutsche-Welle, Radio Havana Cuba, and NHK Japan.
Riot Riot Riot
From the open publishing newswire: This is what is going down on the streets of Portland get into the streets!
I have been in the streets of Portland every day since this started and I have been an activist in this city for a while and have never seen anything like this. The cops are now using LRAD sound cannons who knows what tonight's activities will bring get into the streets to find out...
RACE TALKS: 2.11.20 An Open Dialogue: Portland Parent Union & PPS Board of Education
From the open publishing newswire: Join PDX Race Talks on Tuesday 2/11/20 for an open forum in which board and union members will participate in facilitated discussion groups to hear the concerns of parents, students, and citizens regarding equitable opportunities and outcomes for our youth.
The Shortwave Report 03/27/20 Listen Globally!
From the open publishing newswire: 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.
This week's show features stories from NHK Japan, Radio Deutsche-Welle, Radio Havana Cuba, and Sputnik Radio.
Video: Portland Human Rights Commission Meeting Jan 8 2020
From the open publishing newswire: This is the first meeting of the year for the Portland Human Rights Commission (PHRC).
It was 2. 5 hours and it was open to the public.
The public has a few minutes to speak during the public comment section at the beginning of the meeting.
https://youtu.be/jYn-33qz4xs (2 hrs 18 mins video)
JBLM Soldier Arrested in Oregon
From the open publishing newswire: JBLM uses false police reports to cause Oregon police to arrest AWOL soldier.
Christopher Lee Gardner deserted his post at Joint Base Lewis-McChord after being targeted and continuously harassed [...]
The JBLMATO stated that Gardner was a potential homegrown violent extremist (HVE) because he had expressed disagreement with government policies and potential upcoming deployments. JBLM officials sent out a state-wide bulletin claiming that Gardner was armed and dangerous - a common practice to get civilian police agencies to apprehend military deserters - although there was not any evidence that Gardner actually posed a threat to himself or others.
Video: Emily G. Gottfried Human Rights Awards - Portland Or 12.11.19
From the open publishing newswire: The Portland Human Rights Commission annual awards honors community human rights champions who work to eliminate discrimination and bigotry; strengthen inter-group relationships; and foster greater understanding, inclusion, and justice for those who live, work, study, worship, travel and play in the city of Portland.
https://youtu.be/xUw2Yi-NR_M [video 57 minutes]
The Portland Human Rights Commission held their Emily G. Gottfried Human Rights Awards on 12.11.19 at the Tiffany Center in Portland Oregon. It included a lunch buffet and the award ceremony for three categories in 2019 (Lifetime Achievement, Emerging Leader, and Outstanding Organization.) This event was free and open to the public.