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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.

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:

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


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


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.


Friday, January 17
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.)


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


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.

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.



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/


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

Video: Human Rights Commission Meeting 10.2.13

From the open publishing newswire:

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

A full Archive of their past meetings is here:


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


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


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".


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


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.


human & civil rights | prisons & prisoners 21-Aug-2013 12:16

Inside California’s Prison Hunger Strike

From the open publishing newswire:
Statement by Brutha Sitawa: "I would like to reiterate that the Agreement to End All Hostilities, August 12, 2012, is significant for all prisoners because CDCR has encouraged prisoners in their 33 prisons to not only engage in self-destructive behavior but have also helped heighten racial hostilities - the catalyst for internal warfare, racial warfare and gang warfare. all of which all has been magnified inside the prisons and throughout our communities."

"We decided to address these contradictions head on by engaging in a dialogue that was meaningful, sincere and honest with each respected entity. We realized that our responsibility was to end actions that were contrary to the growth and development of each and every prisoner..."

Sitawa Jaama has been held in the "Security Housing Unit" (SHU) of California's Pelican Bay State Prison for 29 years. Along with hundreds of other prisoners throughout the California prison system Sitawa has been on hunger strike for 43 days. Sitawa is a member of the Short Corridor Collective, an interracial group of prisoners based in the Pelican Bay SHU. The Short Corridor Collective has been influential in calling for 3 hunger strikes in the past 2 years, as well as authoring the 'Agreement to End Hostilities' document (Full PDF), a political call for prisoner unity, and an end to all violence between different groups of prisoners throughout the state, from maximum security prisons to county jails.


Prisoner Hunger Strike: Day 44 - Outrage Over CDCR Force Feeding Plans

"CDCR justifies asking for the order to force feed by claiming that the widespread hunger strike is 'orchestrated' by gangs, that the massive participation and support for the demands is coerced and that prisoners have signed 'do not resuscitate' directives under duress," according to Claude Marks of the Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition. "This order violates all international laws and standards and gives the medical director of each prison authority to violate human rights laws instead of reasonably negotiating with prisoners." Thousand of prisoners have united to challenge the torture of prolonged isolation, demanding an accountable process to challenge the gang validations that have kept them in security housing for decades.


Related Articles: Action Alert: We need a Emergency Hearing to address the Hunger Strike | My Friend Todd Ashker, Hunger Striker at Pelican Bay

Previous Features: Latest on California Prisoners' Hunger Strike | Largest Prisoner Rights Protest in California History Ongoing

human & civil rights | prisons & prisoners 03-Aug-2013 16:38

Latest on California Prisoners' Hunger Strike

From the open publishing newswire: Mediators working on behalf of California prison hunger strikers just concluded their meeting with CDCR Secretary Jeffrey Beard. Today's meeting comes on the heels of nearly 100 family members of hunger strikers visiting the Capitol Tuesday, where they presented a petition signed by over 60,000 people demanding negotiations with hunger strikers to Governor Brown's office.

The hunger strike mediators' statement included, "We gave [Secretary Beard] ideas that would help bring the prisoners' hunger strike to a just end in short order. We provided input for revisions to CDCR's Security Threat Group Policy and Step Down pilot program. Our revisions are intended to create more humane conditions and circumstances. We urged him to follow the lead from other states, such as Illinois, Colorado and Mississippi, to end harsh and long term isolation practices."

Previous Feature: Largest Prisoner Rights Protest in California History Ongoing


economic justice | human & civil rights 02-Aug-2013 23:57

Transcribed Talk by Chris Hedges: "Markets and Morals"

From the open publishing newswire:
And Obama is cut precisely out of that mold of Clinton. The Democratic party, in Europe, would be considered a far-right party. Obama's assault on civil liberties has been far worse than under George W. Bush: an absolutely remarkable fact. The FISA Amendment Act, which retroactively makes legal what, under our Constitution, has traditionally been illegal: the warrantless wiretapping, monitoring, and eavesdropping of tens of millions of American citizens. The radical - and I think most dispassionate legal scholars would go, inappropriate -interpretation of the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force act as giving the government the right to assassinate American citizens... and of course I'm speaking about Anwar al-Awlaki, the Yemeni cleric... and not, incidentally, his 16-year-old son, two weeks later, who was on no terrorism list at all.

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