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homelessness | human & civil rights 04-Nov-2019 08:45

"PRICED OUT" Screening with Panel Discussion -- Sunday, November 10, at Midland Library

From the open publishing newswire: Sunday, November 10
"Priced Out"
Tabling, Film Screening; Panel with question and answer period
2:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Midland Library, 805 S.E. 122nd Avenue, Portland, Oregon
Free! Light refreshments will be served.
Co-presented by Multnomah County Library and Lents Strong! Housing Team


Join us for a film screening of "Priced Out," followed by a panel discussion with local housing justice advocacy community groups Lents Strong! Housing Team; Portland Tenants United; Right2Survive and Symbiosis PDX, who are organizing to prevent the displacement that often accompanies gentrification.

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environment | human & civil rights 12-Sep-2019 16:23

Vancouver (WA) Peace & Justice Fair Sept 14

From the open publishing newswire: Peace & Justice Fair
16th Annual, Esther Short Park, Downtown Vancouver WA, Free, 9am-4pm

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homelessness | human & civil rights 11-May-2019 08:27

March to Salem for houseless people's rights 5/23

From the open publishing newswire: The kick-off rally for the march to Salem for
houseless people's rights is on Thursday, May 23 5-9 PM
at Glenwood Park, SE 87th and Calybourne.


"Walk is 5 days, arriving (Tues) May 28th with lobby/rally day in Salem
on (Wed) the 29th."

 https://www.facebook.com/events/257906698448031/

Website: www.thegiveusshelter.com

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actions & protests | human & civil rights 11-Apr-2019 15:32

Legendary Civil Rights Leader James Lawson Assembles Institute on Nonviolent Civil Resist

From the open publishing newswire: "Building an Escalating Intergenerational U.S. Nonviolent Movement"


Portland, Ore., will be the site of a sixth assembly of a uniquely acclaimed program that prepares social justice advocates for effective civil resistance campaigns on a host of socio-political crises and predicaments across the nation. The Institute meets for portions of five days, starting Wednesday, April 24, 6-9 p.m. with a public talk by, Legendary Civil Rights Leader Dr. Lawson, Native American Center, Portland State University, to which the public is invited.

 http://jameslawsoninstitute.org/2019portland/

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human & civil rights 08-Sep-2018 10:36

Fouad Kaady Remembered

Fouad Kaady From the open publishing newswire: We have not forgotten.

We remember Fouad Kaady. Thirteen years ago on september 8, Fouad was murdered by a cop from Sandy Oregon & a deputy from Clackamas County, in a disgusting display of cruelty. I remember especially Fouad's wonderful parents, sisters, & other relatives, who in their grief showed much care for us who simply vigiled with them. Peace & blessings to you, Kaady family. We'll not forget Fouad or you.

Related:
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2009/09/393930.shtml
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2008/12/383155.shtml

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human & civil rights | police / legal 26-May-2018 10:06

Portland Police Directives: DIRECTIVE 650.00 SEARCH, SEIZURES AND INVENTORIES

From the open publishing newswire: DIRECTIVE 650.00 SEARCH, SEIZURES AND INVENTORIES
We last commented on this Directive in October, 2014. It appears that
none of our comments led to changes in the policy, and moreover no
changes were made at all to the policy.

As such, we will simply repeat our previous comments here albeit with some fine-tuning and updates:

--One term that jumps out in the directive is the exception to searches needing warrants called "stop and frisk" (Section 2.1). While the term "frisk" is defined ("a cursory pat-down type physical search of a person), the action of a police "stop and frisk" is not.

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community building | human & civil rights 09-Nov-2017 08:07

SUN's First Annual Nonviolence Conference at PSU

From the open publishing newswire: Sunday, November 12th, 2017
10AM - 6PM
PSU SMITH 338/55

FEATURING:
Jo Ann Hardesty - Building a Sanctuary City in a Time of Heightened White Supremacy
Alison Allen-Hall and Adam Vogal - Bystander Intervention and Deescalation Training
Parfait Bassalé - Live music and storytelling

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actions & protests | human & civil rights 10-Oct-2017 11:39

Modern Day Slavery

From the open publishing newswire: 1 dollar is slavery no matter how you slice it!

Modern Day Slaves!!! 10/7/2017

There seems to be a concept in corrections that we can use our inmate population as slaves. Inmates are excluded from coverage under Oregon's minimum wage laws and that creates an opportunity for evil people to pay them 1 dollar a day for 8 hrs work. It gets worse, the State of Washington is suing a corporation who runs 40 immigration detention centers, at least one being in their state because the corporation is doing the same thing, paying their charges 1 dollar per day. I testified, not just once, but a number of times at the Multnomah County Board Meetings against this and told Sheriff Mike Reese that he was a "Fascist Punk" for sending crews out to clean up homeless/houseless camps and paying them 1 dollar a day. He may be on legal ground, that is up to the courts, but not on moral grounds and I need help fighting this injustice. The local news media are too stupid or just can't take this issue on for some reason. Can I get a yell from you that says "No Slave Labor in Multnomah County?" Can anyone help us fight this by taking direct action against this abomination?

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human & civil rights | imperialism & war 06-Jun-2017 20:16

Portland Benefit Iftar with Amer Zahr!

From the open publishing newswire: Show your solidarity with refugees & send Ramadan food packages to Syrian & Palestinian families. A full-course dinner will be served and ANERA's Director of Donor Development, Hani Almadhoun, will be speaking about the current refugee crisis in Lebanon and conditions in Gaza and the West Bank [...]

TICKETS & INFO  http://www.anera.org/portland

Join ANERA at Taborspace in Portland, OR, for a #RamadanSolidarity Iftar!

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human & civil rights | police / legal 28-Mar-2017 13:11

The Killing of Quanice Hayes by officer Andrew Hearst - AMA

From the open publishing newswire: Press Statement For Immediate Release - March 22, 2017

The Grand Jury decision not to indict Portland Police Officer Andrew Hearst for the killing of 17-year-old teenager Quanice Hayes is like a recorder repeated over and over again especially when it comes to Black Lives.

The District Attorney and Grand Juries have never indicted a White Police Officer for killing or using excessive force against a Black person or Latino in the history of the City of Portland.

Whether Quanice Hayes was guilty or not of personal robbery it is not the responsibility of the Police Officer to act as Judge or Jury and carry out the sentence.

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community building | human & civil rights 21-Oct-2016 08:24

Video: Portland Human Rights Commission meeting 10 5 16

From the open publishing newswire: Video recording: The Portland Human Rights Commission meeting on October 5th 2016.
Four New HRC members attended this meeting.
Standing Rock discussion has held during the public comment time frame
Discussion & planning for Emily G. Gottfried Human Rights Awards happens at the end of this meeting.
The commission is still one person short.

This video is also available on  https://archive.org/details/HRCMeeting10.5.16 to view or download.

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human & civil rights | police / legal 06-Oct-2016 13:19

TO COUNCIL: Allow testimony, be on the right side of history, reject the contract

From the open publishing newswire: We urge you to reconsider the heavy-handed, undemocratic position you have taken to hold a City Council meeting without the public present. You should allow testimony on the Amendments to the Portland Police Association contract. The Amendments were introduced after a 2.5 hour recess on September 28 when a number of groups / individuals had already testified, including ours. When Council left the chambers on October 5 to avoid listening to what probably would have amounted to 1 hour of testimony, those of us awaiting to speak spent over 2 hours waiting for you to reconvene. Meanwhile, the allegedly desperately thin ranks of the Police Bureau were largely inside City Hall arresting and intimidating those who remained inside. We were also treated to a fleet of Department of Homeland Security vehicles parked in the street and several federal officers inside the hall. These measures and others listed below are indicators that Mayor Hales is willing to use any heavy handed tactic he can to push through the inadequate PPA contract. Portland Copwatch urges you not to be on the wrong side of history. You must delay this vote and let the next Mayor negotiate what his police will do.

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environment | human & civil rights 21-Jul-2016 09:33

Video: Lac-Mégantic commemoration in Portland Oregon - Train Wreck Kills 47

From the open publishing newswire: An event was held around noon time in Pioneer Square, Portland Oregon on July 6th.
This was the third year that Portland has honored those that have lost their lives at the tragic oil train accident in 2013 in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec. This event was in memory of those 47 people and also served as a reminder to what danger lies in having oil trains in our communities.

 https://youtu.be/C6TLRq4IxvM (Video 46:25 minutes)

"Tragedy struck in the wee hours of July 6, 2013, when a train transporting crude oil derailed and exploded, causing 47 deaths and the destruction of much of Lac-Megantic's downtown core."

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