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PORTLAND, OR - The Arissa organization today spoke out against a public inquest, which begins Wednesday, into the killing of James Jahar Perez by Portland Police Officer Jason Sery. Calling the inquest "a sick attempt at pacification," Arissa condemned the process as meaningless and ineffectual.
"The public inquest is, like all Mayor Katz's responses to police brutality, a half-hearted attempt to dupe citizens into believing officials are taking real accountability for their actions," said Arissa spokesperson Craig Rosebraugh. "In reality, a public inquest, no matter what its outcome, has absolutely no power to impose any kind of disciplinary action or criminal charges against the party being investigated—which is in this case, the out-of-control, murderous police officer Jason Sery."
James Jahar Perez, who was unarmed, was shot and killed by Portland Police Officer Jason Sery on March 28, just 24 seconds after being pulled over for a minor traffic violation.
On April 25th, I arrived in DC after a 12 hour journey. I went down on a bus filled with people I had never met before. I bought the ticket from a woman selling them in front of a local coffee shop. There was a group who identified with the International Socialists Organization (ISO) on the bus. There was a small group of older women (50s and 60) who had been to the march 1992 and an earlier march in DC as well (not sure of the year). There was a group of younger organizers (20s and 30s) who had met on the internet discussing the march and who (along with the socialists) had done the bulk of the organizing.
There were also a large number of college women from the local state college. They were very bright and very impressive. I did not get the impression that they had been to many (or any) protests before. Why did these younger women go? One of them told me she went for her mother who was pro-choice. Her mother had had an abortion before she was born. She honored her mother's choice and wanted to have the same freedom for herself. These women made signs about Christian fanaticism. They saw the problem as a fundamentalist Christian right that was attacking their freedom. One explained to me "We are going to Washington to fight for our freedom!" I tell you this to give you one view into the demographic of the over one million people who came to DC this past Sunday. [ read the full article... ]
Tonight [April 25, 2004], at 6:10pm, a man was lying on the sidewalk on 5th Avenue, between Morrison and Yamhill, in between the busstops. At first I thought he may have been hit in a fight and knocked out, then that he may have been sick, then that he may have a serious medical condition in effect, or that he may be dead. I was sure that someone had seen him before me, and had called for an ambulance already. I saw a cluster of popo at the Meier & Frank end of the block. They looked really wierd, because they were like a group of children getting excited about sneaking up on Santa Claus, while at the same time looking like a bunch of people coiled to hunt down a rabid tiger with bubonic plague. I thought this is just unexplained, it doesn't fit, and I didn't even connect what was going on. Then, from their cluster around the construction fence corner at the end of the block, they started yelling orders at the people at the busstops to leave. At least one woman said that she wasn't doing anything wrong and that she didn't have to leave. They became verbally abusive of her, scared her, and she left. They had what I first thought to be large sticks. I thought they were really in caveman mode now!! Then I saw they were rifles.
After the march, walking back to the square, I was feeling pretty good about the day's events. What I saw a few minutes later, though, really made my day, and indeed my whole week. My friend and I went to her car, which was parked next to the fancy-pants Governor Hotel. And what did we spy? A wedding party getting their pictures taken - WITH THE RIOT COPS!
It seems that the riot cops took a break behind the hotel, and when the wedding party saw them in their gear, they couldn't help but ask to get their picture taken with the cops - to which to riot cops gladly obliged! I couldn't believe my luck! I did my best to not laugh too loud, and blended in with the other family members taking pictures of the bride and bridesmaids, with the black-clad riot cops on their knees brandishing their weapons and handcuffs. The cops were loving it! They were smiling, laughing, posing, and having a GREAT time, all at the expense of the taxpayers. It was really too much. I tried to get their names, but I only had time to snap a few pics and got the hell out of there before they realized I wasn't with the family and arrested me and/or confiscated my camera.
Today in Vancouver, British Colombia, and Tre Arrow was denied 'refugee' bail. Although a 'criminal judge' approved a bail of $2500.00(Canadian) just last week, this 'immigration/refugee' judge denied him bail. Tre, who has been on hunger strike for 44 days, was denied bail because the courts were worried about him not appearing at his next court date. Even though the 'criminal judge' believed Tre's word that he would show up for his criminal trial (April 29th, 2004), this politically appointed 'immigration/refugee judge' did not believe.
On April 19, 2004 a forum/teach-in was held at Reed College with activists Che Lopez (San Antonio, Texas), Fides Chades (Tanzania-East Africa), and Gloria Vilma Ortiz (El Salvador) speaking about how the World Bank and IMF policies impact their work in their respective communities in this the 50th year of the World Bank/IMF.
The vigilantes of the PPD have once again murdered an unarmed person of color on the streets of Portland. Less than a year after the brutal murder of Kendra James, Portland Police officers Jason Sery and Sean Macomber performed an execution style killing on James Jahar Akbar Perez, 28 of North Portland. According to Portland Police and witnesses, the officers pulled Perez over for failure to signal within 100 feet of making a turn. Perez turned into a laundry matt parking lot off of North Fessenden Street and rolled down his window. Sery stepped out of the squad car with his gun already drawn. One of the officers asked for Perez's license.
Perez had no license and no identification on him at the time and made the officers aware of the situation. Officer Macomber proceeded to slam open the car door and begin groping for Perez's shoulder, attempting to remove him from the vehicle. It has yet to be fully reported what happened next but witnesses at nearby shops saw Macomber step back as Sery dropped into a crouch and fired three shots into Perez's torso. The two officers then rushed the now lifeless body and proceeded to tazer him for a full three minutes. It was 24 seconds between the time the officers radioed in the stop to the time Sery opened fire on Perez. After literally hours of vehicle inspection it was determined that James Jahar Perez was unarmed at the time of his slaughter, still strapped in his car by his seatbelt. [ read more... ]
The newest issue of Little Beirut hits the streets on tuesday or check it out online. There will be a Little Beirut Release Party and May Day kick off this friday April 30th at the back to back cafe and IWW Hall (616 e burnside) with bands and djs to be announced. [ read more... ]
There were about 200+ people gathered at Pioneer Square to attend the rally and march. I would guess many people were kept away by the fear tactic that it was going to be violent that was employed by the police, media, and other activists.
In speaking to some of the organizers, I learned that there was an impressive amount of organizing done for this march. Something like 10,000 pieces of mail were sent out, hundreds and hundreds of flyers posted, quarter sheets handed out, an ad in the Willy Week, and outreach to the African American community including the families of some of those murdered by the police.
It was shocking to hear stories from various sources of how people were being told not to go to this event, and how other activists were making efforts to deter participation. The organizers from the march of the previous day were saying this was going to be a violent event. Of course it wasn't. [ read more... ]
Sergeant Robinson, Public Information Officer, Takes Me Into the No Spin Zone
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The mid-week pub crawl met at Lucky Lab, then proceeded to upstairs at the Goodfoot. After the Goodfoot, we went to the Triple Nickel.
(I didn't witness this next paragraph first hand) When the first three (or so) cyclists had almost arrived at the Triple Nickel, they were nearly hit by an automobile that took a turn fast and wide. When they parked at the Goodfoot, the same automobile was observed to be parked in front of the Goodfoot, and the driver and his passengers were identified inside. At some point, I believe right after the near collision, the cyclists spoke to the driver and his passengers, and the passengers offered some apology and shared concern that the driver had been going too fast.
Inside the bar, there was some discussion and concern that this driver was too intoxicated to safely operate an automobile and that someone was going to get hurt(like a cyclist or pedestrian). With two sites of drunk driver caused fatalities right around the corner from the Triple Nickel, the danger seemed particularly real. The consensus among the pub crawlers was that we had to take some action. So one of the cyclists confronted said driver and told him that he believed the driver was too drunk to drive and should make other transportation plans. The driver became defensive to this, and did not respond positively at all. After more discussion among the cyclists, and some talking with the bouncer, it was decided to let the air out of the tires of the driver's car, in the hopes that this would force them to find alternate (safe) means of transportation.
PORTLAND OREGON- In response to the recent murder of James Perez by the Portland police, the Arissa organization, citizens that support it, will occupy key intersections to demand justice and police accountability. Today starting at 1pm will occupy key intersections that enter and exit this city (Portland).
It is not difficult to demonstrate a patten of state repression. People of color, the homeles, disabled, poor, and politically radical have been iolently targeed by "Portland finest." Couching this discussion in the context of party politics is abusive at best. The political machinations of this local goverment have supported, and have continued to aid in repressive acts across party lines. The murder of James Perez is just one in a string of unjustifiable homicides by the Portland police. It is time to recognize that the politial systems of this country are fundamentally corrupt, and act accordingly. [ read more... ]
Grand Jury: black skin, un co-operative and hand in pocket = JUSTIFIED DEATH!
Perez, 28, was killed by a bullet to the heart. Two other bullets hit him in the left arm and left side of his chest. Dr. Larry Lewman, deputy state medical examiner, said Perez had an "extremely high level" of cocaine in his system. Police radio logs show the shots were fired 24 seconds after the officers called in the stop. [ read more... ]
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At American Legion Post #1 veterans and the Portland Police Bureau honored officer Jason Sery last Saturday as Portland's top cop, an award handed out to one officer every year.
It pays to be a killer cop in the Portland Police Dept. While the grand jury is still sitting, hearing evidence to decide if a crime has been committed, it has been announced that Portland Poice have chosen their latest trigger happy cop for the highest honor of the year. [ COMMENT ]
Conservative talk show host, Lars Larson takes issue with the "Day Of Silence", a day that students take a day long vow of silence to protest discrimination and harassment that many Gays and Lesbians have suffered in schools around the nation.
Lars Larson equated the day as to being no different than wearing a bathing suit to school and calling it "Bathing Suit Day". I am glad Mr. Larson understands the bigotry, discrimination and violence that many students have suffered because of their sexual preference. Likewise, it is quite disturbing that Larson along with the brunt of his conservative listeners see it fit to promote gun rights over equal rights in schools. [ read more... ]
Tre was shipped to van Tuesday and is being held at the North Fraser Detention Centre there ( a max security facility) There was an immigration hearing Wednesday, which was essentialy adjourned until this Monday, April 25th, at 10am. 16th floor of the Federal building on the corner of Georgia and Hamilton - it is unclear at this time whether it will be public or private. We will likely need more bail for this monday - if anyone can donate (the current estimate is another $2500,) then please email me to let
If the hearing does turn out to be public, several friends and supporters from both the US and Canada are planning to attend, and be available to atteset to Tre's character, also the amazing 75 letters that were written last week will be offered into evidence at Monday's hearing as well. [ Read more... ]
Tre seeks refugee status in Canada
According to Canadian law, Refugee claim hearings are not public hearings, since the courtroom was already packed with supporters, and those pesky media people, the room was cleared. Tre is embarking upon a path which may keep him in Canada for many months, possibly years. It is expected that he will be kept in Vancouver BC, as all the hearings will take place there. [ Read more... ]
Active logging continues at the Blue River Face Timber Sale in the Willamette National Forest. Massive Douglas Firs 400-500 yrs old and 4-6' across are hitting the ground in this frontal assault on public lands by Roseboro Lumber Co. and the US Forest Service. Activists were on the ground this morning and fellers were confronted, resulting in a temporary halt in logging in unit 5e where a large population of rare lichens has been documented by citizen activists. Cutting is also beginning in unit 5d, where 39 acres of classic old-growth forest is located, a beautiful area where huge Douglas Fir and Western Red Cedar trees have stood for many hundreds of years along with rare lichens, Tree Voles and Spotted Owls. There is still a large portion uncut and resistance will continue.
It was discovered just this morning that many trees within units 5c and 5e were re-marked to "cut" trees from "leave" trees, and it is unclear at what point this happened. The timber sale was being promoted by USFS as an "understory thinning"-evidently they felt they could get away with converting the sale to an old-growth slaughter without this being noticed. That and the fact that USFS ignored a huge amount of survey data documenting the presence of sensitive species within the area, collected by citizen surveyors- makes this a prime example of the failure of USFS to protect biological diversity on public lands. If this concerns you please contact the following people and demand an immediate halt to the cutting at Blue River Face Timber sale:
On Monday, April 19, 2004, I arrived at work to find someone has glued an Arissa "anti-war movement" poster on to our front business street sign. Scrawled across the front of the large poster in black in were the words "Craig Rosebraugh is a scab" At the bottom of the poster the address "1914" was also written. Instantly I suspected that someone involved with the 1914 Burnside space had been involved. This morning (Tuesday) there was an attempted arson attack at Calendula. Sometime between 5:00am and 6:00am our recycling dumpster was lit on fire. This dumpster was full of paper and sat next to others that were also full of paper. They were sitting next to the restaurant at 3257 SE Hawthorne when set aflame, which if it hadn't have been for the fire department could have easily lit our entire building on fire as well as the adjacent house.
I consider this attack a response to the political work Arissa is conducting in Portland.
one commenter posted:After the attempted arson of Calendula, I luckily ran into a member of the 1914 collective (which is located at 1914 Burnside), and we had a very important conversation. The word "scab" scrawled across the poster glued to Calendula's sign refers to a disagreement between a member of 1914 and Craig and myself that happened about a year ago. Since then, there's been only a little communication between the two sides. But in talking to this same member of 1914 yesterday, he and I realized that some other party is trying to exploit this division.
The member of 1914 denies that he had ANYTHING to do with either action.
Matthew McDaniel is a Human Rights activist that has been living and working with the Akha tribe in Northern Thailand since 1991. Recently he also got involved in setting up an Indymedia in Thailand. Last week he got arrested at the border between Thailand and Burma and he is now being detained at a deportation centre in Bangkok.
According to an activist that recently travelled through Thailand Matthews arrest puts not only his family but the whole village in danger. "By his sheer presence and loud mouth he was the "protector" of the village, the police and military were reluctant to enter the village." According to a friend of Matthews the "village might be under attack" he said he doesn't know what the "Thai and the Burmese government are capable or willing to do".
Matthew McDaniel was arrested on 11:00 AM Thursday, April 15th at the Maisai Immigration Checkpoint while going to deliver vitamins to an Akha friend in Burma. Matthew McDaniel was fighting to save the land of Aooh Yok Akhe that was being taken by the government.
Timber sale monitors have just discovered active logging is underway at the Blue River Face timber sale in the Wilamette National Forest. The area is a classic old-growth stand rich with mosses, lichens, and huge trees. Most of unit 5c has been felled(16 acres). Units 5d and 5e have not been cut. These are the units with 500 year old trees and the largest known population of Pseudocyphellaria Rainierensis, Spotted Owls,and much more. It is unknown if units 5a and 3 c,d,e are being cut at this time. About 100 acres of the timber sale remain.
These are the same stands of trees where our dear brother Sparrow climbed trees with brave dedication to document the presence of The Oregon Red Tree Vole. Blue River Face was indeed the first place he came to do upper canopy surveys and he found substantial data, which was turned into the Forest Service. Many activists spend hundreds of hours documenting the presence of sensitive and threatened species within this area. All this is being ignored by the US Forest Service and Roseboro Lumber Company.
According to Willamette Week's Rogue(s) of the Week activists who demand reform when police kill unarmed people are rogues.
"...inflamed rhetoric such as likening a police killing to "murder" does not help the relationship between the Portland police and the community it serves--it only hurts it. Get a grip, people." EVERY TIME AN UNARMED PERSON IS SHOT BY A POLICE OFFICER Willamette Week, other ineffectual press people and so-called community leaders (they) insist that we "should discuss the problem and see what changes we can make to stop this kind of tragedy from happening again."
That is complete bullshit. They sure have talked about it enough. How many reports and commissions do they need? They know what needs to be done but they don't insist on the changes. They have blood on their hands because change would happen if the they would stop protecting these murderers.
"crazed" leftist writes: According to the Willamette Week it's anti-cop hysteria be critical that cops shoot down unarmed people in cold blood several times a year. So I guess I'm hysterical to thinkg that cops killing an unarmed man 24 fucking seconds after a traffic stop is murder.
Screw you Willamette Week.
I'm scared that me, my friends, my family, my neighbors and my fellow citizens will be shot down for no reason and you assholes think that's hysterical. Murder is murder no matter how you try to spin it.
CatWoman writes: I can't say these words enough. Let me say it again: Fuck the Corporate Media.
WW has just proved, once again, whose side they're really on. They play hip and cool, but we know what they really are. One more corporate mouthpiece trying to co-opt the masses.
The only voices in town out there really interested in the truth are our own. The corporate media is still trying to protect McCollister by hiding his face, even as they plaster the faces of every "suspect" the police name across their pages and their screens. Thank God the people no longer need the corporate media to keep informed. They've lost their grip on our minds: we have real alternatives. Thanks to Rose City Copwatch, to whomever found the photo, and to all the people who continue to post that fucker all over town, we know what this "armed and dangerous" criminal looks like without their help.
And thanks to Arissa for stepping up. No matter how much corporate media whining issues forth from the pages of WW or the studio at KATU, we will all be there for the action next week. Fuck killer cops, fuck killer cop apologists, and fuck the corporate media.
Wednesday evening, April 14, 2004, the Oxygen Collective pesented their Fire and Forest Roadshow at Portland State University. It was an incredible event, combining music, poetry, slide show presentations and video.
The Oxygen Collective, from Ashland Oregon, are touring the West Coast from San Francisco to Seattle in a biodiesel bus, spreading awareness about devastating projects proposed by the Forest Service and the BLM. Specifically, the Bush Administration's proposal to "salvage" the 2002 Biscuit fire, seeking to log 20,000 acres of old growth reserves. This timber sale would be be the largest timber sale in modern history. Quoting from Rolf Skar, who also works with Siskiyou Project. Excerpted from an information page on the Oxygen Collective website:
I followed the WBC to three different churches this morning before they went to PSU. At each church, members of the congregation came out to usher worried church-goers inside and to smile and greet passers-by. At the church on SW 14th and Columbia, one person showed up with a huge sign which read "God Loves Us All" and at the 1st United Methodist Church on SW 18th and Jefferson, a girl had a sign that said "God Loves All," which the members of the WBC threw shit on.
More than their hateful messages, passers-by seemed to be upset by one loud member of the WBC dragging an American flag around on the ground and standing on it, calling it a "filthy fag symbol." One man with "Marines" embroidered on his jacket got in the guy's face and another man had to be held back from hitting the hate-monger.
PSU had the biggest turnout for counter-protesters with loud music and plenty of pro-queer signs. Through a benefit that contributed money for every minute that the WBC was there protesting, they (I'm not sure of the organization" raised over $200 for SMYRC. Tomorrow, 4/19 at 9:15 am, the WBC is going to return to PDX after a stint in Salem to protest at the PDX City Hall. All are encouraged to come and to show your support for queers and queer allies or just your hatred for Phelps' evil message! [ read more... ]
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