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An Open Letter To Mayor Charlie Hales
From the open publishing newswire: An Open Letter To Portland Mayor Charlie Hales:
Last week you released a statement addressing the Ferguson protests in Portland. Of the several concerns you have for future demonstrations you seem fixated on demonstrators blocking streets, intersections and highways. You add that blocking highways is "foolish and dangerous." There seems to be some confusion on your end in this regard. Blocking traffic is a sign of civil disobedience. It is illegal and it can also be dangerous but the reason demonstrators are doing it, and have been since the struggle for civil rights, is because it brings attention to your everyday, perhaps apathetic, citizens. It inconveniences them and therefore gets their attention. Many people standing on a highway making it clear they will not be moved easily could be seen as dangerous because motorists could decide to run them over or hit them with their vehicles. But which is more dangerous, standing with many citizens on a highway making a statement or allowing citizens to continue to live a country where police kill without reason or impunity? Is it more dangerous to jaywalk or be charged at by bicycles, motorcycles and horses for standing on a sidewalk?
I think you're relinquishing, yet again, your responsibility for keeping your citizens safe. When thousands of Portlanders are taking to the streets and highways without laying a finger on police or personal property, the statement is clear: You will see to it that demonstrations will be violently suppressed by police outfitted in military wear and equipment. You will see to it that "those who do not disperse immediately will be subject to [internationally banned] chemical or less lethal weapons." [...]
One of the other concerns expressed in your statement is about vandalism. Where is this coming from? What property has been damaged during the Ferguson protests? The answer again seems clear: You are vilifying those engaged in civil disobedience to serve your own agenda. Your reasons for doing so are publicly evident. The citizens of Portland have known you are more concerned with rampant commercial development then protecting the people.
Here's the evidence: [...]
Jesse is live streaming the Garner demo [12.4.14]
From the open publishing newswire: Live at 7:16...Pioneer square
Rally tonight @ 6:00 @ the justice ctr. [12.4.14]
All are welcome to join in the Portland response to the Eric Garner killing non-indictment
blazer game ending 9:02 PM (chanting) "I Cant Breath"
police are there (inside and out) - protesters move closer to doors
VIDEO: Ferguson Solidarity: Not Guilty 11.25.14. out-take. 2 Arrested in Portland Oregon -
From the open publishing newswire: After a long march through NE SW and NW PDX in the streets (The 2nd) Ferguson Solidarity march (Not the AMA march) was in front of PGE park on the sidewalks and spilling into the street when this video was taken.
Portland Cops arrest 2 protesters at Ferguson Solidarity march on Tuesday night. Not sure why these 2 people were "snatched" or singled out. The bike police casually sneak along the side to bum rush the crowd. The protesters apparently had ended their march and were standing around for about 20 minutes.
Around 8:30 PM a gang of Cops On Bikes slide in from north side and snatch / attack the protesters - 2 arrested.
http://youtu.be/M7s1HRqELkI (OUT-Take video 4:33 minutes)
RECENT PIMC FERGUSON RELATED POSTS:
*Is The Michael Brown Tragedy Actually A Psyop? | *12 things white people can do NOW re. Ferguson & Portland | *Breaking News 11.25.14 | *Where & when is the protest against police oppression in Ferguson ? | *Rally, march and resistance in solidarity with the people of Ferguson | *Portland Ferguson Protests
RECENT PIMC FERGUSON RELATED VIDEO POSTS:
Video: PDX Ferguson Solidarity Protest Open Carry Man w Rifle Detained | Video: Ferguson Solidarity Arriving at Justice Center Rally in Portland 11.25.14 | VIDEO: Ferguson Solidarity AMA Speeches at Justice Center Rally in Portland. | VIDEO: Ferguson Solidarity AMA March in Portland 11.25.14 | Video: Ferguson Solidarity 2nd March in Portland 11.25.14 - Not Guilty
The Gruesome Murder of James Chasse - 8 Yrs Ago
From the open publishing newswire: James P. Chasse Jr. was murdered by three bastard-ass cops on Sept. 17th 2006. Eight years later, the monsters responsible for Chasse's death have YET to have been indicted for murder. These criminals continue to walk the streets. They are as much a public threat as they ever were!
James P. Chasse Jr. was murdered by three bastard-ass cops on September 17th 2006. Chasse, whome had dealt with mental illness for most of his adult life, was chased after, ran down like a dog, beaten, kicked, bludgeoned, and stomped bloody until he stopped screaming and fell unconscious. He was denied medical care. He was cuffed and thrown in a cell. A jailhouse nurse claimed that Chasse was "fine", even though he had more than a dozen broken ribs and blood was pouring out of his face. He was later taken to the hospital, more than and hour later... except he never made it. He died from blood loss and severe internal injuries in the back of a Portland police patrol car. Chasse NEVER committed a crime. [...]
Fouad Kaady -- NOT Forgotten
From the open publishing newswire: Tomorrow (s/8) is the ninth anniversary of a horrible crime committed by two uniformed thugs in Oregon's clackamas county. Those who knew Fouad, & those of us who did not but feel that we did, will not forget the man, & his beautiful family. Peace!
- 2005 pimc re-posting
Video: Hands Up Don't Shoot - Portland Solidarity w/ Ferguson - Traffic Stopped 8.1.14
From the open publishing newswire: Hands Up Don't Shoot - Portland Solidarity w/ Ferguson Protest.
Labor Day Solidarity Traffic Shutdown Protest at 2:30 pm.
Around 100 people gathered in Holladay Park for the protest march: Hands Up Don't Shoot"
The PDX march went across the street (in the street), then through the biggest indoor mall on the West coast (Lloyd Center) and then back into the streets, (NE Broadway) blocking the entire street with no police in sight (thus no violence!!) the 100 people walked toward the Broadway bridge, at 2:30 pm in solidarity w/ the request fro those in Ferguson the group stopped and blocked traffic. Although talk was to 'head to the bridge' a quick change in plan resulted in the "freeway on-ramp going north to I-5 was shut down by a "Sit-In" for about 10 minutes".
http://youtu.be/McuPnI18TiM (58 minute video)
Labor Day of Rage
From the open publishing newswire: Monday (9/1) at Holladay Park, 1pm.
Large scale civil disobedience in solidarity with Ferguson & all who are harassed, harmed, and brutalized by the police.
As part of a series of continuing actions in solidarity with Ferguson, MO, [...]
Video: Free Nestora Salgado. One year later - Portland Protest 8.21.14
From the open publishing newswire: A protest rally in front of the Mexican Consulate in Portland Ore.
A demand to free Nestora Salgado after being held for over one year in solitary, in a Maximum-Security Prison in Mexico.
A small group gathered in Portland Oregon around noon on August 21 2014 in front of the Mexican Consulate office in downtown Portland.
This was an hour protest in front of the Mexican Consulate; asking the (Mexican) State authorities, who are holding a US citizen in prison to release her.
http://youtu.be/bnsL9jP8Adc (25 minute video)
The previous protest in Portland was in December 2013 and it was recorded, you can watch it here:
http://youtu.be/XVKrmvw_Wn8 (34 minute video)
Nestora Salgado is an indigenous leader, a naturalized U.S. citizen and political prisoner in Mexico. She was seized without an arrest warrant by Mexican federal soldiers last August and as a result of her leadership role in community policing against organized crime, which has swept through the indigenous communities of the state of Guerrero over the last several years.
Nestora was held incommunicado and transferred to a maximum security prison far away from her home community of Olinalá. For weeks, she was denied access to her attorney and visits from her family. She is being denied pain medication and physical activity she requires due to her rehabilitation from a severe auto accident.
Please sign the petition to free Nestora at --> www.tinyurl.com/nestora
Video: Stop Dont Shoot. Portland Dawson Park Ferguson Solidarity 8.16.14
From the open publishing newswire: A rally in Dawson Park 1- 4pm on Saturday 8.16.14 Citizens of Portland Oregon gather in the park, out of concern for police accountability and community safety. The stood in unity and in Solidarity with the community of Ferguson Missouri in public... to demand and end to police violence and the abuse of their authority leveraged on the people they were sworn to protect and serve.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5gsvp_A-t8 [video 2hr 35min]
A rally in Dawson Park 1- 4pm on Saturday 8.16.14
Citizens of Portland Oregon gather in the park, out of concern for police accountability and community safety. The stood in unity and in Solidarity with the community of Ferguson Missouri in public... to demand and end to police violence and the abuse of their authority leveraged on the people they were sworn to protect and serve. This gathering was open to anybody who wanted to speak. The rally started slowly and eventually grew in size with over 100 people. There is a Facebook page "Stop Don't Shoot Portland" and there will be an email list anybody can join to stay in contact and to unite. [more info and links forthcoming asap]
The group intends to meet next Saturday in the same park to share food, conversations, ideas, tactics, education & facts and networking for a safer community.
Video: Portland Rally in Solidarity With the People of Ferguson
From the open publishing newswire: Portland action on a national day of solidarity with the people of Ferguson Missouri, where an unarmed teenager was recently gunned down by the local police.
Solidarity Rally with Ferguson
This excerpt from the speakers at the Portland event is from the remarks by Jo Ann Hardesty, long time activist for human rights and opposing abuse of power by Portland Police.
Jo Ann exhorts the crowd not to be confused by the outcry against the militarization of the police. Though this is a tangential issue, the bottom line is in reality the open season on people of color everywhere in this country. "This isn't about what weapons they have; this is about a mind set. This is about a mind set that devalues black life... .when did it become okay for police in the U.S. to just willy nilly say, 'I was scared and shoot someone 28 times.'"
And further, i don't want you to get confused, because I understand they are asking the Federal government to investigate the latest killing, Michael Brown... ..who do you think gave those military weapons to the police department? Don't get confused. This about whether or not you stand for justice This is about whether or not you value every black, brown, white red, yellow life on this planet."
Hardesty eloquently continues to address the wider issue of injustice in the United States of America and what the citizens are going to have to do to shift the current to justice and respect for human life.
Link to full video from rally: http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2014/08/427933.shtml
Video: Portland Solidarity w Ferguson Community - Pioneer Square 8.1.14
From the open publishing newswire: Ferguson Missouri shooting and the Portland solidarity gathering - interview / opinion
http://youtu.be/CLr-9H3JZww [5. 1/2 minute video]
I was walking by Pioneer Square and recorded a quick interview with Teresa, who was just ending her interview w/ corporate media regarding the Ferguson Missouri police shooting, protests and police reactions to the community that is fed up with the injustice.
PORTLAND COPWATCH GROUP DENIED MEETING WITH MAYOR 7/23/14
From the open publishing newswire: NEWS ITEM: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 23, 2014
LONG-TIME POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY GROUP DENIED MEETING WITH MAYOR
Portland Copwatch, an organization promoting police accountability since 1992,
has been denied a meeting with Mayor/Police Commissioner Charlie Hales after
three months of back-and-forth with his scheduler and police liaison. Although
the group has met with every Chief and Mayor since its creation, the current
Commissioner seems to be shutting out the organization, after meeting with them
a year ago on July 22, 2013
Police Brutality March 15th, flyers
From the open publishing newswire: Two flyers for the [March 15th 8:00 PM] event.
un-related International Day Against Police Brutality PDX event 4:30 PM:
[Updated video report backs 3.23.14]