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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]
Discussion and film screening about Police Brutality. March 8th Red and Black
From the open publishing newswire: Police brutality discussion at the Red and Black [7:00 PM]
Come out to share your thoughts about the police and how we address brutality as a community. We will be showing a couple short films about the militarization of the police and how that inevitably affects all of us. There will be a few speakers, addressing the recent Department of Justice settlement and the "pat down"(stop and frisk) policies that are being pushed into Portland neighborhoods, and other Police violence related topics. We know this is last minute, so help us have a good conversation about transcending police violence. A serious conversation like this is long overdue. Let's start figuring this out.
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
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/
Video: Solidarity Protest at Portland Mexican Consulate for Nestora Salgado 12 10 13
From the open publishing newswire: Solidarity Protest at Portland Mexican Consulate for Nestora Salgado on 12 10 13
Nestora Salgado is being punished for being a strong female leader in her hometown, where the local authorities have become oppressors of her people and social justice fighters.
Salgado was arrested by federal police on August 21, 2013, on bogus kid- napping charges. Demonstration protests were held at numerous consulates
Video 34 min: http://youtu.be/XVKrmvw_Wn8
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
A full Archive of their past meetings is here:
Independent Media (Mexico City) take the floor in their own defense
From the open publishing newswire: On September 11, these independent media collectives [from Mexico City] spoke at a press conference to tell what they experienced that day, denounce the alarming scenario of repression that exists in the city under Miguel Mancera, defend their comrades facing charges, and defend their journalism that has been denigrated both in the mainstream media and the 23rd misdemeanor courtroom of judge Fausto Favela Ayala; it's no exaggeration to say that the independent media themselves are on trial.
Published on September 16, 2013 in Mexico City, Oaxaca
[reposted from here]
When they took to the streets to support the struggle of dissident schoolteachers last September 1, more than twenty people were grabbed by the Mexico City riot police and jailed unjustly, including Estela Morales of Regeneración Radio, Pável Alejandro Primo of Multimedios Cronopios and Gustavo Ruiz Lizárraga of the SubVersiones Autonomous Communications Agency, who were arrested as they documented police abuses.
In moderating the press conference, SubVersiones reporter Rafael Camacho pointed out that even though arbitrary detentions and irregularities have been documented in the cases, the judge continues to compound the excesses. "We presented videos showing the innocence of Gustavo Ruiz, but the judge disregarded them while accepting the statements of cops who failed to present evidence, photos, videos, or anything at all indicating Gustavo's guilt. . . And furthermore, they're still inventing charges."
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
Seattle Journalist Threatened with Arrest for Taking Photos; Vows to Take Action
From the open publishing newswire: For more than two decades, King County Sheriff's Officer Patrick "K.C." Saulet has been able to keep his job despite a string of sustained complaints that prove he is a thug, a bully and a genuine asshole.
So it's no wonder he was the first cop to approach a Seattle journalist Tuesday and threaten him with arrest for having the gall to take photos of a group of cops surrounding a man in typical intimidating fashion.
Not to be outrivaled, Seattle police officer John Marion then approached the reporter and threatened to harass him at work for daring to ask questions about Saulet.
But Dominic Holden, reporter for Seattle's weekly newspaper, The Stranger, did not allow those two to deter him from publishing his photos and his article. In fact, it empowered him to file official complaints against the two officers and vow to keep readers informed of the developments of those complaints.
Here is how he described yesterday's encounter in The Stranger:
From 20-25 feet away, I couldn't discern exactly what was happening, but the man eventually stood up to leave. That's when one of the officers eyed me and yelled something like, "He's got a camera!" [...]