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human & civil rights | police / legal 26-Aug-2015 13:57

Citizen (police) Review Committee - Community Input Wanted on August 26 [today]

CRC From the open publishing newswire: City of Portland, Independent Police Review Division City Auditors Independent Police Review

Information and Community Engagement Session Wednesday, August 26, 2015 5:30pm - 7:30pm IRCO Asian Family Center @ 8040 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97213

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2 out take video clips from the Human Rights Commission meeting on 8.5.15

(1) CRC - 8.5.15 - out take Human Rights Commission Meeting (police accountability / oversight) - 23:14 min video
 https://youtu.be/9MP-4VeDD5A

(2) Directors Report - 8.5.15 - out take Human Rights Commission meeting (Human Rights and Equity Director) - 6:38 min video
 https://youtu.be/9dQrN-yfqW4

{full meeting here}  https://youtu.be/I7gygnuhjog

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8.28.@6pm 18-Aug-2015 15:34

Housing Rights For All Rally & March!

From the open publishing newswire: Housing Rights For All Rally & March Friday August 28th, 6pm @ City Hall

The Portland Renters Assembly is calling for a rally and march to demand housing as human right and in protest of the many injustices that define our housing system, especially in rapidly gentrifying Portland. We will meet at the 4th Street entrance to Portland's City Hall in downtown. After hearing from some speakers, we will march across the Hawthorne Bridge to the Multnomah County Building just on the other side, where we will hold an assembly for individual stories, group discussion, and music making.

This event is two days after the 4th Portland Renters Assembly at the Midland Library:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1623285144595291/ To find out more go to our website: www.portlandrentersassembly.info

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actions & protests | human & civil rights 13-Aug-2015 19:35

Blackout America protest headed to downtown Portland

From the open publishing newswire: Blackout PDX,in solidarity with the nationwide Blackout America protest, will take place at 11 am, Saturday Aug. 15, downtown Portland. The protest will be peaceful, and will be followed by a rally.

Aug.10, 2015 was the 1-year-anniversary of the killing of Mike Brown by former Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson, and the discussion of police brutality and racism in America has been reignited — though really the conversation never stopped. To increase awareness for these issues a national protest movement called Blackout America has recently emerged. Its goal is to help "educate the public on racial issues in the United States as well as pressure authorities to respond to the cry for racial equality," says the Blackout America founder who goes by Indigo(@\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\_indigomoon on Twitter). The movement has branches in at least 27 cities, including Portland and even London. The different Blackout America branches will hold simultaneous protests on Aug. 15 with Portland's Blackout PDX protest joining in.[...]

Attendees will meet at the Battleship Oregon Memorial at 11 am and march to O'Bryant Square for the rally. The event should last about 90 minutes, Shelley says. Local protest group Don't Shoot Portland also supports the event and will be attending. Black Lives Matter Portland did not respond to an inquiry seeking comment. .

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community building | environment 06-Aug-2015 11:33

Internships Opportunities with Portland Fruit Tree Project.

From the open publishing newswire: Internships Opportunities with Portland Fruit Tree Project.
Portland Fruit Tree Project is a small nonprofit that empowers neighbors to share in the harvest and care of urban fruit trees. Our mission is to increase equitable access to healthy food in our community. We work with fruit tree owners interested in donating their harvest to those in need by organizing trained work groups to harvest on site and distribute fruit to local food banks.

Portland Fruit Tree Project is currently recruiting for three internship positions - [...]

Go to  http://portlandfruit.org/jobs for links to the full position descriptions & application instructions. Application deadline is Thursday September 3rd.

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police / legal 29-Jul-2015 08:35

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
Q Center
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)[...]

human & civil rights | police / legal 29-Jul-2015 08:30

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 [...]

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actions & protests | community building 29-Jul-2015 08:27

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

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In this digest
Upcoming Events-

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

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actions & protests | labor 29-Jul-2015 08:24

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]

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government | human & civil rights 07-Jul-2015 11:37

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.

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government | human & civil rights 17-Jun-2015 00:00

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.

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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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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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actions & protests | community building 01-May-2015 11:05

MAY DAY 2015

From the open publishing newswire:
GATHER 2:00pm

RALLY 3:00pm

MARCH 4:30pm


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!

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