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On August 22, 2002 pResident Bush visited Portland, Oregon, and was greeted by thousands of protesters. Forest activists kicked off the day of dissent with a tree-sit in the North Park Blocks. The Portland chapter of the Pacific Green Party held a rally on the Waterfront. Hundreds of police, including many in full riot gear, staked out a nine square block area around the Hilton Hotel where Bush was speaking, giving protesters free reign throughout the rest of downtown where they took the streets, blocked intersections, and made a joyful noise.

In the late afternoon, police declared a state of emergency, and threatened to arrest anyone who did not disperse. Very few people heard these announcements and police did not give the crowd time to comply. The police then turned violent, shooting people with rubber bullets and pepper-spraying many others. Children were among the victims of chemical attacks, including a 10 month old baby.

Corporate media accounts of the day betrayed an institutional bias against democratic action and in favor of police brutality, but indymedia readers were quick to call out their lies, slanders, and mischaracterizations.

The original page created to chronicle these events can be found here: A22 Archive Page

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THE TRUTH CANNOT BE STOPPED! 12-Jan-2006 13:22

Portland Police Surveillance Video to be Released to Public by PDX Indy Video Collective

Officer Jones From the open publishing newswire: In partnership with a network of activists across the city, the pdx indy video collective has procured a stash of police surveillance footage which will be released to the public at the end of this month in a new video, edited by Cat, entitled, "Eye of the Storm." The backbone of this expose is a cache of secret video tapes shot by "Portland's finest" as they rampaged through the streets in defense of the Empire.

Aside from proving, once and for all, that the police riots of 2002 and 2003 were unjustifiable, this footage has other, very dark, implications. Because in the course of their surveillance, the officers' cameras show a scary pattern of intentionally zooming in on people's faces, blatantly gathering personal information about people who are committing no crimes but are merely expressing political dissent.

Given recent revelations about the corporate police state's willingness to spy on peaceful, law abiding citizens,(not to mention the fact that the US govt is openly willing to incarcerate political opponents without due process of law, and to torture those in their custody), this footage should make you shudder. Because if you've ever participated in a demonstration in Portland, you'll be startled to learn just how much information they have been gathering about you. Are you in their sights? Come to the show and see if you can spot yourself. (I did.) You will never look down the chasm of officer Jones' lens in the same way again.

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el estado policial y las cárceles 06-Dec-2004 21:21

"Lloyd Marbet Is Not Alone": The Belmont Law Center writes about the $300k A22/Iraq War protests settlement

From the open publishing newswire: As you all know, Alan Graf, a number of other lawyers, and the NW Center for Constitutional Rights (Plaintiff's Lawyers) recently settled a civil rights lawsuit against the City of Portland for police brutality. As a result of that settlement, Alan on 2 December wrote a piece he posted here entitled "Fast Food Activism." The Belmont Law Center publishes here its response to that piece, and the settlement generally.

As you also may know, Paul Loney and Stu Sugarman, aka The Belmont Law Center, have been fighting for various lefty causes since attaining adulthood, in a variety of roles. Since 1992, they have been at the forefront of Green Party politics, run a state wide nonprofit environmental group, fought for legalization of marijuana, defended forests and the environment, and defended animal rights. The Belmont Law Center has defended or helped defend every forest protester, and then every Oregon protester, in criminal court since 1995.

We would like to make it clear upfront we are impressed with the commitment of time and energy by the Plaintiff's lawyers in this case. Only lawyers who have sued the cops and other governmental entities, as have we, can understand the immense amount of work that goes into prosecuting such a case.

In "Fast Food Activism," Alan writes "all of the Plaintiffs and lawyers, other than Lloyd, have committed to funding the Northwest Constitutional Rights Center, a project of the National Lawyers Guild." In fact, Paul and Stu are members of the legal team on this suit but have not committed to funding the NWCRC at this time.

Other settlement stories: [ Team of Activists and National Lawyers Guild Attorneys Bring City of Portland to its Knees (12/1/04) | Katz and Council humbled, but unapologetic about $300k A22 settlement (12/2/04) | Alan Graf's Press Conference Speech rebutted (12/2/04) | Fast Food Activism: Some thoughts from Alan Graf on the A-22 and Iraq war settlements (12/2/04) ]

Aug. 22, 2002 Bush protest: [ A22 action page | A22 archive page ]
Iraq invasion protest stories: [ Day X (Mar. 20, 2003) | Week of Bombing (Mar. 21-29, 2003) ]


USING THE MASTER'S TOOLS 16-Aug-2003 14:21

A22/DAY X SHOW ON CABLE ACCESS STARTING TODAY

imctv From the open publishing newswire: Hardly the brightest bulb you never did see George Dubya Bush is coming back to Portland on August 21 almost a year to the day that he came to Portland last time. As he looks forward to his warm reception this time you can, now for the first time on cable TV, see what the welcome wagon looked like last year on the Video Collective's A22 protest video. Portland cable access will be showing the A22 and Day X protest video six times between 08/16/2003 and 08/31/2003. Be sure to set your VCR (or a friend's) so you can tape it.

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BENEFIT | FIGHTING THE POLICE STATE 28-Jun-2003 10:45

Sat June 28 - 7pm !! Benefit for A22 (Bush Protest) Lawsuit

From the open publishing newswire: cops pepperspraying On August 22, pResident Bush visited Portland, Oregon, and was greeted by thousands of protesters. Forest activists kicked off the day of dissent with a tree-sit in the North Park Blocks. The Portland chapter of the Pacific Green Party held a rally on the Waterfront. Hundreds of police, including many in full riot gear, staked out a nine square block area around the Hilton Hotel where Bush was speaking, giving protesters free reign throughout the rest of downtown where they took the streets, blocked intersections, and made a joyful noise.

In the late afternoon, police declared a state of emergency, and threatened to arrest anyone who did not disperse. Very few people heard these announcements and police did not give the crowd time to comply. The police then turned violent, shooting people with rubber bullets and pepper-spraying many others. Children were among the victims of chemical attacks, including a 10 month old baby.


Lovely Beulahland Benefit for Bush protest lawsuit
Saturday, June 28 @ 7:00 pm
Beulahland - NE 28th, between Couch & Davis
$6 - $20 suggested donation
Age: 21 and over


Come to a benefit for the Bush protest lawsuit! Starting at 7pm, the Portland Indymedia Video about the 2002 Bush Protest will be shown, and Alan Graf will talk about the lawsuit he's pressing against the city for police brutality. Then the ever-kickass Digital Knife and Del Toros will play, hopefully followed by Riot Cop if they're not dead or in Sacramento [why would they be in Sacramento? see here: http://portland.indymedia.org/en/action/sacramento/] All the proceeds from the benefit will be used to hire experts on pepper spray and police brutality, to pay deposition fees, etc, not to the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) attorney pressing the case, nor to the volunteer legal team. [ Read More ] [ Portland Indymedia A22 coverage | Pictures of the Benefit | Alan Graf's site ]

PUNK ROCK DISSENT DEFENSE 17-Jun-2003 20:43

Sat Jun28 @ 7pm Benefit for A22 (Bush protest) lawsuit

From the open publishing newswire: June 28, 2003 @ 7:00 pm
Beulahland
NE 28th, btw. Couch & Davis
$6-$20 donation

Starting at 7pm, we'll be showing the Portland Indymedia Video about the 2002 Bush Protest, and Alan Graf will talk about the lawsuit he's pressing against the city for police brutality. Then the ever-kickass Del Toros and Digital Knife will play, hopefully followed by Riot Cop if they're not dead or in Sacramento [why would they be in Sacramento? see here:  http://portland.indymedia.org/en/action/sacramento/]

The proceeds from this benefit will be used to hire experts on pepper spray and police brutality, to pay deposition fees, etc, not to the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) attorney pressing the case against the city for police actions during the Bush protest on August 22, 2002, nor to the all-volunteer legal team.

HISTORY:
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NLG attorney Alan Graf filed the lawsuit in Federal District Court in October 2002, naming as defendants the City, Mayor, Police Chief and about 25 individual Portland police officers for violently attacking a peaceful crowd of demonstrators with pepper spray and shooting rubber bullets at the Bush protest on August 22nd 2002.

The crowd was young and old: the youngest person pepper sprayed by the police was a 10month old baby. The parents of the baby were also sprayed, and the entire family, including two other young children, are plaintiffs in the suit. There are four other plaintiffs besides the family. Among the demands of the lawsuit is the creation of an independent, civilian police review board with the authority to punish those responsible for use of improper or excessive force.
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Following are two links, one to the site of the attorney pressing the case, the second to background on the August 22nd protest:

Alan Graf's site:  http://www.hippielawyer.com
A22 PDX IMC:  http://portland.indymedia.org/archive/a22/

A22 BUSH DEMONSTRATION PHASE 2 27-Oct-2002 16:39

Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit Filed Against the City of Portland

From the open publishing newswire: From the open publishing newswire: A press conference announcing the filing of a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city, the mayor, chief of police and up to 50 unnamed police officers for their violent actions against peaceful demonstrators on August 22 was held Friday at lunchtime in front of Portland City Hall. Among the 9 plaintiffs in the federal civil rights lawsuit are Don Joughin and Corrina Andrews and their young children Sophie, Kiernan, and Daschle. All of them, including the youngest, 10 months old at the time, were pepper gassed by Portland police officers while standing peacefully at 2nd Avenue and Alder Street on August 22, after being blocked in by the police. [ Read More... ]

AUDIO: The Press Conference, including questions and answers was a little under 20 minutes. This is the entire Conference, unedited. Though at about a half dozen occasions the audio stutters and skips a bit, it is clear and intelligible. [ Streaming audio | Read More... ]


A22 BUSH PROTEST -- CITIZEN RESPONSE 08-Sep-2002 03:09

This is What Democracy Looks Like: Citizens Forum in Eugene

From the open publishing newswire: From the open publishing newswire: "A group of protestors from Eugene who attended the Bush Protest in Portland held a Citizens Forum to inform the community about the real story behind the outbreak of (police) violence that occurred on August 22 (A22). There were perhaps 50 people (not including the protestors) in attendance.

"As per common practice, the corporate media spun and skewed the story, leaving the public at large with the impression that protestors became unruly and were violent towards the police who were 'just doing their job' of protecting Mr. Bush.

"The event had three primary purposes. One was to set the record straight, to tell the truth about what happened that fateful day when Bush visited Portland. The second intent was for the protestors to share their personal accounts of what they saw, what happened to them, and the feelings that they were left with. And thirdly, the forum was to address the crucial issue of our (diminishing) right to dissent." [ Read more... ]


A22 BUSH PROTEST -- CITIZEN RESPONSE 06-Sep-2002 23:12

Notice of Intent to sue filed with the City of Portland -- Witnesses and evidence needed

From the open publishing newswire: From the open publishing newswire: "Alan Graf, speaking at a Press Conference held at City Hall on September 5, 2002, announced the intention to sue the City and Police Chief Kroeker. The suit concerns violent actions taken by the police against non violent protesters during the August 22, 2002 demonstration against the fund raising visit of pResident Bush. He is suing in the name of at least 6 people who sustained injuries from unprovoked macing by Portland police, or other officers acting under PPD orders." [ Audio of press conference ]

Excerpts from speech: "Lloyd Marbet, Don Joughin, Corinna Andrews and their children, along with Evelyn Moyo and Sunny Walters and other yet unnamed plaintiffs announce their intent to sue the city of Portland, Mayor Katz and Chief Mark Kroeker for their unprovoked assault and attack on peaceful law abiding protestors who were exercising their First Amendment rights on August 22nd at the Bush protest."

"We will be asking for both monetary damages and injunctive relief. In particular, we will ask the court to order the police to cease and desist from using pepper spray, tear gas and rubber bullets for crowd control?similar, I might add, to what Mark Kroeker concluded over two years ago in his post May Day report."

"We now ask the courts, who have acted as the protectors of the constitution and bill of rights, to fulfill their historical duty and protect our bill of rights and save our struggling democracy." [ Full speech, legal details and photos ]

"[W]e are looking for witnesses and evidence to help us put together our law suit---Our email address is a-22-law@aracnet.com and phone number is 503-772-9989."

[ A22 Bush Protest ]


INDEPENDENT MEDIA 05-Sep-2002 09:40

A22 Video Project Underway

From the open publishing newswire: From the newswire: "Currently, a group of local folks have been gathering in order to make a documentary of the A22 Bush Protest. Our aim is to tell the story you don't get from the corporate media as well as to show the importance and rewards of dissent. We hope to collect unedited audio or video footage from the Portland protest, and any protest that followed the Bush tour, such as the ones in California or in Houston(at Bush's ranch). We're also looking for footage of the corporate media's coverage of the protests, and any recording of Goerge Dubya's speech in Portland." [ Read More ]

"Please send any related info to pdx-video@lists.riseup.net."

10 Minute A22 Video
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A30 CRITICAL MASS POLICE RIOT 03-Sep-2002 21:48

Open meeting to discuss and cope with Critical Mass casualties

From the open publishing newswire: From the open publishing newswire: "friday september 6th 7pm at laughing horse books [3652 SE Division St.], the victims of critical mass aug 30 are welcome to come and have some love and healing about all the fucked up police terrorism. We victims need to come together support one another and talk about our defense. Because even though they have all the weapons of fear and terror we have the power, not to mention love. Anyway death to new-fuedalism and We hope to see everyone there. Also we all need to work together to make it the safest forum that we can so if you were not ther you need to be at another meeting." [ Announcement ]

[ A30 Critical Mass Police Riot, collected posts ]


BUILDING COMMUNITY IN ADVERSITY 02-Sep-2002 01:31

Eugene citizens to hold forum on A22 Bush Protest

From the open publishing newswire: From the open publishing newswire: "Several from Eugene OR who participated in the Portland A22 protest of the unelected pResident will hold a citizen's forum to discuss outrageous police reaction to our few thousand dissenters... [i]ncluding photographs of the police attack (we hope!) and testimony from those who were pepper sprayed and shot at with rubber bullets."

"It's time for us to speak out to stop the kind of police brutality that interrupted citizens from dissenting our government on August 22 in Portland. Our public servants, the police, cannot be permitted to attack peaceful protesters as they have done in Eugene, Portland and other U.S. cities. Democracy requires that citizens have the right to exercise free speech without punishment.

"Our protest is the last voice we have left; we cannot afford to lose it." [ Announcement ]

Tuesday, Sept. 3
7 to 9 p.m.
Harris Hall (125 E. 8th) Eugene


AUG. 30 CRITICAL MASS POLICE RIOT 01-Sep-2002 10:56

Cops pepperspray a small group of women

From the open publishing newswire: From the open publishing newswire: "...There was one large bulky officer who was getting out of control. He threw a bike to the ground and later threw it at my bike, then screamed at me to start moving, which was impossible since I had a bike tangled with my own. A fellow cyclist tried to calm the cop down, to no avail of course, as another helped me untangle my bike. At this point, I got on my bike and began to ride off. I had only pedaled a couple of times when I was hit full on in the face, twice, with pepper spray. As I was paralyzed and blinded, I had no choice but to drop my bike and find the nearest wall to lean against for support. I heard the large fat cop screaming "When will you learn? You have to learn!", a statement that still leaves me perplexed becuase I was following police orders at the time, and the only thing I learned from this instance was that our police force is absolutely unrational, irate, and uncontrollable..." [ Read more... ]

MORE STORIES FROM A30 MASS: [ Has anybody set up jail support? | Photos of brutal arrest at Critical Mass | One less car defense | Critical Mass ride - Text and Photos | Mayor Katz takes on Critical Mass and loses (Story & Photos) | Critical Mass Gone Insane!! | A fun game: make up critical mass newspaper headline--closest one wins prize! | Get off your ass Its Critical Mass! ]

[ Critical Mass online forum | PDX Critical Mass website ]


THE PORTLAND POLICE STATE 31-Aug-2002 02:11

Mayor Katz responds to A22 Bush Protest by subjecting Critical Mass to pepperspray and police violence

From the open publishing newswire: From the open publishing newswire: "The police riot at last week's A22 Bush Protest outraged many people in Portland and around the U.S. Mayor Vera Katz delivered her response on Friday by subjecting Critical Mass riders to pepperspray and police violence. With this choice, she has made it clear that she stands with tyranny and against freedom. Katz's track record of affronts against civil liberties includes the Joint Terrorism Task Force, the Sit-Lie-Stand Ordinance, and the humiliation of Dignity Village. Her committed opposition to basic human decency has never been more obvious. She is a disgrace to the caring, progressive, justice-seeking people of this city and if she had a shred of honor, she would step down...

"800+ riders showed up for this Friday's Critical Mass, the biggest of the year so far. Just before arriving, we heard over the police scanner that the cops were bringing vans and pepperspray. We figured that the city was somehow planning 'revenge' for the victory that the people of Portland enjoyed on A22, which sent positive ripples out across the nation. And while the city certainly tried to use the cops against us -- and certain cops were brutally dedicated to the cause -- the Critical Mass was not deterred." [ Story & Photos ]

Another account on the newswire: "This was my first critical mass. It would have been wonderful to ride all around Portland, with many hundreds of people, enjoying a beautiful and relaxed afternoon and evening without the police. Even so, I am very glad I went, because Portland activists have sent a message back to Vera: We will not be intimidated and bullied. When Bush comes to town, we will protest his visit and his mad war policies, and once a month, we will have a community bike ride." [ Story & Photos ]

MORE STORIES: [ A fun game: make up critical mass newspaper headline--closest one wins prize! | Critical Mass Gone Insane!! ]


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