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Police Accountability Discussions - Portland Public Invited to Share on July 29th
From the open publishing newswire: 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)[...]
Semi-annual PDX Police Review Board report shows amazing misconduct
From the open publishing newswire: 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 [...]
Code Pink Portland Peace Calendar PDX. July - August
From the open publishing newswire: 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
Videos: Justice for Janitors and the Fight for $15! - June 17 2015 in PDX
From the open publishing newswire: 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]
Open Meeting Laws & Portland Human Rights Commission - violations mentioned
From the open publishing newswire: 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.
Final decisions had been made about adding more exceptions to the "Sidewalk Management"
From the open publishing newswire: 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.
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:
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:
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:
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."
MAY DAY 2015
From the open publishing newswire:
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!
MAY DAY 2015
From the open publishing newswire: [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 Looking for Contributors
From the open publishing newswire: 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Board, staff, and internship opportunities with Portland Fruit Tree Project
From the open publishing newswire: An announcement by local non-profit, Portland Fruit Tree Project, about current opportunities (paid & volunteer).
Portland Fruit Tree Project has some exciting leadership opportunities to share! We're currently accepting applications for our Board of Directors, a part-time staff position as Community Involvement & Harvest Coordinator, and three exciting internships!
[...] Join PFTP's Board of Directors! Board Members play an important and rewarding role in PFTP's efforts to make healthy food available to all, strengthen communities, and ensure equity in access to our programs. In addition, the board openings present a valuable opportunity to build skills and experience in non-profit governance, strategic planning, fundraising, and organizational leadership.
Candidates with ties to business communities, philanthropic communities, low income communities, communities of color, and/or communities in outer East Portland are especially encouraged to apply.
The application deadline is Sunday May 3rd.
The full position description can be found here
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