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actions & protests | human & civil rights | imperialism & war 26-May-2014 10:37

Video: CLOSE GITMO - Portland Protest - May 23 2014

From the open publishing newswire: On May 23rd of last year, President Obama again promised to close the detention facility at Guantánamo, One year later in Portland Oregon, Amnesty International USA Group 48 with Veterans For Peace chapter 72.and  http://www.closegitmo.net organized a noon rally in downtown Portland at Director Park. This years gathering in Portland on 5.23.14 was part of a National Protest and was documented on Portland Indymedia.
Global Day of Action to Close Guantanamo and End Indefinite Detention

Not Another Broken Promise! Not Another Day in Guantanamo!
 http://youtu.be/O2VndzktW9M [15 minute video]

Around 45 people gathered in the rain at Directors Park to bring awareness that GITMO prison in Cuba needs to close.
The group passed out flyers and small orange ribbons, sang protest songs and marched around the park with signs and banners, engaging in conversations and informing the public. The protest was organized by: Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) Social Justice Committee for First Unitarian Church. Veterans For Peace in Portland

A few park rangers looked over the protest from afar, no police showed up, while lots of kids and people watching from the covered seating area.

Currently there are 150 men still imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay.

Many of the "prisoners" have been proven innocent, yet still remained locked up in spite of being cleared of any crimes.

A flyer that was passed out provided phone numbers to call to oppose the illegal actions going on in GITMO:

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health | human & civil rights 23-May-2014 01:13

MARCH AGAINST MONSANTO this Saturday!

From the open publishing newswire: March against Monsanto is a global call to action aimed at informing the public, calling into question long-term health risks of genetically-modified foods and demanding that GMO products be labeled so that consumers can make informed decisions.

Saturday, March 24 - 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Rally and March Against Monsanto
Gather at Shemanski Park, S.W. Park and Main

Why we march?
-- Protect our food supply!
-- Support local farms!
-- Protect our environment!
-- Promote organic solutions!
-- Expose the cronyism between big business and the Government!
-- Bring accountability to those responsible for the corruption!

 https://www.facebook.com/MAMPDX

Together we can reclaim the Commons!
Save the bees! Save the seeds!

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human & civil rights | youth 01-May-2014 12:18

YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULT SUMMIT ON TRANSIT JUSTICE

From the open publishing newswire: Saturday, May 17
Youth and Young Adult Summit on Transit Justice
Open to youth and young adults between the ages of 13 and 21.
Free! Registration required.
Register at YOUTHTJSUMMIT.COM

Learn about Youth Pass and transit justice, inform policy makers on ideas and experiences, build voices and a community movement!

David Douglas High School, 1001 S.E. 135th Avenue, Portland
11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Check-in and breakfast start at 10:15 a.m.

Multnomah Youth Commission is hosting our first ever Youth Summit on Transit Justice.

Our goals:
1. Provide young people with an understanding of what Youth Pass is and how it relates to Transit Justice.
2. Inform policy makers with young people's experience with transit and the importance of transit justice for the success of young people in Portland and Multnomah County and provide Trimet with recommendations to expand service east of 82nd Avenue.

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human & civil rights | police / legal 16-Feb-2014 20:40

DOJ Hearing in Portland 2.18.14 - Judge wants the pubics testimony

From the open publishing newswire: Judge Michael Simon wants public testimony in USA vs. City of Portland. Consult Hardesty knows your commitment to attend will have political impact. We expect your passionate testimony to influence this judge. Believing The People can be relied on to protect their civil liberties, we request your input ... to reform these perpetrators of civil rights violations.

Feb 18th 2014 @ Mark O Hatfield Federal Courthouse, 1000 SW Third Ave., Portland, Oregon 97204

The City hopes to avoid trial, having been found by the Civil Rights Div. of the US DoJ, to employ police in illegal use of force. The City held two hearings after rushed, closed-door negotiations. The Mayor limited public testimony to 120 seconds on a settlement agreement now before the judge. They released the 77-page document at the beginning of that 2012 hearing. This is really our first chance to respond to the bargain.
 http://www.portlandonline.com/shared/cfm/image.cfm?id=424449

Simon has the authority to send a deficient agreement back to the parties. The Court invites members of the public to testify, in writing or orally, on the following topics:

Is the Agreement fair to everyone affected?
Is the Agreement reasonable?
Is the Agreement adequate to solve the problems identified in the Complaint?

REGISTER WITH THE COURT: Those who submit a Testimony Form by 31 January will be given preference, others participate 'as time permits.' Individuals will be allowed 5 minutes; groups with 3 members will receive 10 minutes each:
 http://ord.uscourts.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1046

Related Report Back Post:  http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2014/02/426511.shtml?discuss
Related Pictures Video Post:  http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2014/02/426550.shtml

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community building | human & civil rights 09-Jan-2014 18:31

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY OF ACTION/SOLIDARITY MARCH

From the open publishing newswire: Sisters of the Road's 2014 Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration will be part of a West Coast-wide weekend of Action and Resistance coordinated by the Western Regional Advocacy Project (WRAP) Coalition, calling attention to the wide-spread discriminatory and criminalizing practices against the poor and unhoused community members in our cities, towns and our state and to mobilize our community and partner organizations to pass a Homeless Bill of Rights to protect the basis civil and human rights of poor and socially-excluded communities.

 http://www.sistersoftheroad.org/programs/homeless-bill-of-rights-campaign
 http://www.wraphome.org/work/civil-rights-campaign

Friday, January 17
DAY OF ACTION/SOLIDARITY MARCH
in honor of the life, work and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Sponsored by Sisters of the Road Cafe and Right to Survive/Right2DreamToo
Free! Donations gratefully accepted.

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. -- Drop by Sisters of the Road Cafe (133 N.W. Sixth) to celebrate with food, music, theatre/arts and speeches by leaders from the Sisters' community, labor and grassroots organizations.

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. -- March to Right2DreamToo (319 W. Burnside) and then to City Hall. (It is anticipated that the City Hall rally will be at 3:00 p.m.)

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education | human & civil rights 04-Jan-2014 10:50

PACK THE SCHOOL BOARD MEETING IN SUPPORT OF TEACHERS AND STUDENTS

From the open publishing newswire: Support Portland teachers and students in their efforts towards quality and equity in education by rallying at the Portland School Board meeting on Monday, January 13.

PACK THE SCHOOL BOARD MEETING!
Rally in support of Portland teachers and students
Coordinated by Portland Student Union and Portland Teachers Solidarity Campaign

Monday, January 13
School Administration Building, 501 N. Dixon, Portland
Rally at 5:30 p.m.
March into School Board meeting at 6:00 p.m.

Please also contact the School Board at  schoolboard@pps.net demanding:
1. Smaller class sizes and workloads;
2. Wrap-around support services;
3. Rich curriculum in every school;
4. No school closures;
5. Less standardized testing; and
6. More academic freedom.

 http://www.portlandstudentunion.org

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human & civil rights | police / legal 01-Jan-2014 11:08

MOMS: A Mother's 40 Day Hunger Strike!

From the open publishing newswire: A Mother's 40 Day Hunger Strike! Culminating on Christmas Day!
by Cindi Fisher

Day 1of my Hunger Strike was and is dedicated to Seattle's Dominique Jamerson, age 23!
His court hearing is Tuesday, December 31, 2013. Please call today and leave a message. The contact info is below. It will take a Village Effort to Save Dominique Jamerson, age 23...Please Join Me!

Recent developments in Dominique's case, my son SIddharta Fisher's case, Hector ilias's case and other cases were key in catalyzing me to begin a Hunger Strike! It was a positive way to empower myself while channeling my outrage and also hopefully inspiring you to actively participate in being apart of the VIllage. Today's focus is on Dominique! It will take a Village Effort to Save Dominique Jamerson, age 23...Please Join Me!

Today, please call
1. Seattle's Chief Pros. Attorney, Daniel Satterberg 206-296-9000 and tell him to FREE DOMINIQUE JAMERSON!
2. Washington State Senator Patty Murray 206-553-0891 and leave a message: Tell her to Free Dominique Jamerson and investigate Washington State's Competency Restoration Process

You can read more on my website at:  http://www.mentalhealthrightsyes.org/

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human & civil rights | police / legal 19-Oct-2013 13:01

Video: Human Rights Commission Meeting 10.2.13

From the open publishing newswire:
UPDATEs: NEW BROADCAST POSTED TO PIMC ON: VIDEO: Meeting 11.6.13

The monthly meeting of the Portland Human Rights Commission This months topics at the meeting were on police training, IPR introduction and proposed changes, also there is the Director's Report Back, HRC leadership roles, Memorial Awards and Portland Housing Board information.

The monthly meeting for the Portland Human Rights Commission (HRC) filmed on October 2 2013

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwcE_I55O64 (Video: 2 Hours 35 Minutes)

The commission meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 4PM. 421 SW 6th Ave, Suite 500 Portland, OR 97204 Mission:
The Human Rights Commission works to eliminate discrimination and bigotry, to strengthen intergroup relationships and to foster greater understanding, inclusion and justice for those who live, work, study, worship, travel and play in the City of Portland. In doing so, the Human Rights Commission is guided by the principles embodied in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

[Related Post] Video Out-Take: Video: Report Back by Human Rights Director regarding Police Training Scenarios
http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2013/10/425372.shtml"

A full Archive of their past meetings is here:
http://www.joeanybody.com/id4.html

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10.5.13 - 3:00pm Director Park 01-Oct-2013 10:09

October 5th National Day of Dignity & Respect for Immigrant Families in Portland

From the open publishing newswire: On October 5th, communities across the country will bring families into the streets to press for dignity and respect for immigrant families and to send a message to the House of Representatives to: "Get Immigration Reform Done; and Get it Done Now. For our families, for our communities, for our country!" Join over 14 organizations in Portland at Director Park on October 5th at 3pm for the National Day of Dignity & Respect for Immigrant Families.

Immigrant rights organizations and allies nationwide will continue escalating pressure on members of Congress to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill by holding more than 100 events nationwide on Oct. 5 as part of the "Day of Dignity and Respect" for all immigrant families.

In Portland, people will gather for the October 5th National Day of Action by holding a rally for immigration reform in Director Park at 3pm.

"The Day of Dignity and Respect will show House Republicans why they must act quickly on passing an immigration reform bill that contains a path to citizenship and keeps families together," said Andrea Miller, Executive Director of Causa Oregon. "We will continue to put pressure on members of Congress until immigration reform is won."

October 5th National Day of Dignity & Respect for Immigrant Families
Saturday, October 5, 2013 - 3:00pm
Director Park (SW Taylor and SW Park) Portland, Oregon
homepage:  http://www.causaoregon.org/oct5

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human & civil rights | police / legal 14-Sep-2013 12:32

Portland Copwatch 20 years in PDX

From the open publishing newswire: 20 years of Portland Cop Watching in this Portland Area

Celebrating and moving forward. Portland Copwatch (PCW) is a grassroots group promoting police accountability through citizen action. Portland Cowpatch, originally known as POPSG* was formed as a project of Peace and Justice Works (formerly Portland Peaceworks) in June, 1992.

Portland Cop Watch PCW has been for 20 years keeping an eye, cameras and their legal trained eye on what the Portland police have been doing, and then sharing updates and reports in their quarterly newsletters.

Current issue #60 is available [only in print at this moment], at various locations (my favorite is the Red & Black cafe) and the current issue #60 is available by snail mail subscription (private) contact PCW for subscription.

Usually the latest issue goes "online a few months after the printed issue. These "Peoples Police Report" newsletters go out four times a year. August 22 was the latest day, and one of the days for new information from PCW to go out to subscribers and limited newsstands.

Check the website for the latest available online issues here:  http://www.portlandcopwatch.org/index.html

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human & civil rights 14-Sep-2013 11:49

Video: Portland Human Rights Commission Meeting 9.4.13

From the open publishing newswire: The monthly meeting of the Portland Human Rights Commission
A 2.5 hour meeting on local issues
This meeting had a presentation from Sisters of the road
The public gets 3 minutes to comment about concerning issues

The latest HRC meeting was video recorded and now posted on PIMC:
"Portland Human Rights Commission Meeting 9 4 13"
 http://youtu.be/3kSYgfPbsuw [Video 2hr 36 minutes]

The HRCommission is made up from volunteers who meet publicly on the first Wednesday of the month at 4pm on the 5th floor of the Common Wealth Building at 421 SW 6th Avenue Suite 500 Portland, OR 97201 <Google map>  http://g.co/maps/4y56w

In this meeting [19:35 in the video timeline] Sisters of the Road gave a special 30 minute presentation around the ideas of the Western Regional Advocacy Project, "Without Housing". The website www.wraphome.org has more information. Their known slogan is "House Keys Not Handcuffs". They handed out a thick packet of info {"Without Housing"} which Michael from "Sisters" said would soon be made into a "slide show".

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actions & protests | human & civil rights 01-Sep-2013 13:41

Video: NAACP: Audrey Terrell & Tony Funchess -PDX 50th Anniversary March on Washington DC

From the open publishing newswire: Audrey Terrell & Tony Funchess are both from the NAACP.
They spoke for 14 minutes at the "March on Washington DC 50 Year Anniversary" in Portland on 8.24.13

This march in Portland was a march and rally to celebrate the Historic 1963 March on Washington DC

http://youtu.be/zxNDMGn5vz4 [14 minutes video on YT]

Audrey mentions to the crowd that you would think these same issue 50 years later after that march on Washington, would not still be a problem. (yet) We still need today to demand civil rights accountability, a stop to racial profiling, and to duplicate that enthusiasm from the civil rights movement.

Tony brings the conversation around to the nightmare on hand now. He brings up the challenge of today, 50 years later the same issues are still prevalent and require our attention. In a riveting sincere call out... he asks us all:

How long ...

Related PIMC post: http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2013/08/424680.shtml

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human & civil rights 22-Aug-2013 11:25

THIS Saturday: 50th Anniversary of March on Washington in Portland

From the open publishing newswire: "The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom took place in Washington, D.C., on August 8, 1963. Attended by some 240,000 people, it was the largest demonstration ever seen in the Nation's capitol and one of the first to have extensive television coverage.

"Fifty years later, the issues of jobs, justice and equality for African Americans have not been realized. With the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling gutting Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act and the acquittal of the neighborhood volunteer in the death of an unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, we know there is still a lot of work to be done."

Saturday, August 24 (THIS Saturday)

Commemorative March and Rally
Gathering at Terry Shrunk Plaza at 10:00 a.m. for a rally and march.
Speakers and music at South Waterfront Park at 1:00 p.m.

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