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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.
Video: PSU Teachers Contract Rally 2.27.14
From the open publishing newswire: The PSU faculty (and students) held a rally for a better teacher contract during mid day on Thursday. Their rally with speeches was recorded on 2.27.14 in the park blocks by Portland State University. The reasonable demands are for a student-centered budget, educator-led higher education and a stable faculty for the benefit of everyone at PSU.
2 videos in full
[video 1] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ycfliui75-c "The Rally Before the Speeches" (26 min)
[video 2] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8KpMgO4meU "The Speeches" (28 min)
Portland Human Rights Commission - Next Meeting on Housing Rights held SE Portland 3.5.14
From the open publishing newswire: FYI Update: Upcoming HRC Meeting topic will be on housing rights and displacement.
Next Portland Human Rights Commission Meeting will be:
OFF SITE in South East Portland: DAVID DOUGLAS SCHOOL DISTRICT
Exact address not known - will be posted asap here or check their website: [update] Ron Russell Middle School, 3955 SE 112th Ave, Portland
Meet Your Commissioners
[update location] Ron Russell Middle School, 3955 SE 112th Ave, Portland
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
VIDEO: Housing justice, immigrant worker's rights protesters attempt to enter Portland City Hall
From the open publishing newswire: Short video of protesters attempting to enter City Hall, and being met by security guards
Here's some brief footage of protesters marking Western Regional Advocacy Project's Day of Action, which saw events and marches organized by Sisters of the Road, Voz Day Laborer's Center, Right 2 Dream Too, and Right 2 Survive, among others. When they tried to move the rally at City Hall indoors, they were met by security guards.
Related Video Post: a full video of the march to city hall is here: http://youtu.be/K88CwK9WOrw [video 1.hr 39.min]
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No corporate media in sight anywhere
Jefferson students Walk Out in support of teachers
From the open publishing newswire: Jefferson students showed everyone today how a great walk out looks like. Full of passion, energy, determination, spirit and guts, they walked out of Jefferson High School around noon today, taking over one lane of Killingsworth. Police cars soon appeared and followed them, but fortunately, the cops remained in their cars and didn't intervene.
Jefferson students showed everyone today how a great walk out looks like. Full of passion, energy, determination, spirit and guts, they walked out of Jefferson High School around noon today, taking over one lane of Killingsworth. Police cars soon appeared and followed them, but fortunately, the cops remained in their cars and didn't intervene. Many motorists honked and waved in support of the students. For more photos, here's the link: Jefferson students showed everyone today how a great walk out looks like. Full of passion, energy, determination, spirit and guts, they walked out of Jefferson High School around noon today, taking over one lane of Killingsworth. Police cars soon appeared and followed them, but fortunately, the cops remained in their cars and didn't intervene.
[Related Video Post]
Students demonstrate their passion for education and descry the lack of progress made during contract negotiations between the teachers union and Portland Public Schools. They walk out to support their teachers and demand access to the education all children deserve.
VIDEO: Jefferson High Student Walk Out
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.
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.)
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 email@example.com 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.
Individuals For Justice Report for week ending 12/14/2013
From the open publishing newswire: WEDNESDAY: December 11, 0930-CITY HALL
I thought the City Council meeting would be boring; wrong. I decided to pull two items off the Consent Agenda because they both were really hidden items that should be discussed but the 4+1 s---s wanted to move alone, nothing to see here. The first item was listed as 1167 and of course, "It was an emergency. " http://www.portlandonline.com/auditor/index.cfm?c=50265&a=472882
Acting City Attorney was asking for ten thousand more to be given Black Helterline LLP for outside legal counsel. This caught my eye because we have about *30-35 lawyers in the City Attorney's office and I could not figure out why we are not using them in place of an outside contractor? So I asked. I was taken back when the Mayor told me that we have no attorneys who have experience in Immigration law and the reason was we have no immigration problems in the city of Portland. I laughed but don't think the mayor got it. Immigration is one of the biggest issues on the west coast and here in Portland we have people being picked up by ICE and the police department. There was just a protest about the Sheriff arresting people and turning them over to ICE for deportation.[...]
The rubber stamp council voted for this extra money, well hell not their money it is yours.
The second item was 1169, which create a new represented classification of information Security Architect and establish an interim compensation rate for this classification. "It was an Emergency."
I argued against this because we are laying-off **firefighters and creating new classification at the same time, seem psychotic to me. The fact that we have firefighters pissed because they are concerned that they can't do their job and answer calls with all due dispatch is freighting to this old veteran. Do one or the other, cut and try to save money or keep our firefighters and get rid of this nonsense of reclassifying position and paying people more. [...]
Thursday was a full day; it started out with meeting Lightning at the County Board Meeting and ended with a vigil for Fred Bryant and Keaton Otis. In the afternoon I spent some time with the people who were arrested over two years ago and have been battling for justice. [...]
Updated Report Backs from 12/21/13 | 12/30/13
SISTERS OF THE ROAD CHILDREN'S TOY AND OUTERWEAR DRIVE
From the open publishing newswire:
HOLIDAY DRIVE FOR HOUSELESS CHILDREN AND CHILDREN FROM FINANCIALLY-STRESSED FAMILIES Sponsored by Sisters of the Road Cafe
Between the cuts to Housing Assistance and SNAP (food stamp) benefits, many, many families are struggling right now just to make ends meet and the holidays will be financially-stressful and bleak for their children. Sisters of the Road will be hosting a Family Community/Kids' Day on Wednesday, December 18. They would appreciate help in providing toys and children's outerwear at this event.
Items Sought: UNWRAPPED NEW toys and stocking stuffers; GENTLY-USED OR NEW children's outerwear donations (ages 2 - 12) -- gloves, hats, scarves, jackets, wool socks, etc. Ages: Suitable for ages 2 - 12
Time Period for Acceptance of Donations: Tuesday, December 3, through the afternoon of Tuesday, December 17
Between 9:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. at Sisters of the Road Cafe, 133 N.W. Sixth Avenue (corner of N.W. Sixth and Davis).
Ask for Catherine. If Catherine is unavailable, other staff can assist
Between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. -- Sisters of the Road Administrative Office, 518 N.W. Davis (between Davis and Broadway)
The donations are being collected for distribution at a Family Community/Kids' Day Party to be held at Sisters of the Road Cafe on Wednesday, December 18, between 10:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Black Friday Walmart Protest. 11:00am - respect your workers, stop paying poverty wages
From the open publishing newswire: On Black Friday in Portland Oregon, JwJ and UFCW555 are working with the "Making Change at Wal-Mart" national campaign to support wal-Mart workers in their dealings with Wal-Mart over labor rights and standards and their efforts to have Wal-Mart publicly commit to adhering to labor rights and standards. Meet at 11AM @ 4200 SE 82nd Ave., Portland, OR.
Meet in solidarity at 11AM @ 4200 SE 82nd Ave., Portland, OR.?
On Black Friday we will bring a strong message to WAL-MART "respect your workers, stop paying poverty wages!"
Portland Jobs with Justice is committed to supporting workers taking bold risks to demand better jobs and working conditions. That's why we bring together labor, community, faith, and student activists to support the courageous workers on strike at Wal-Mart
Walmart jobs don't allow workers to live better. Walmart pays its associates an average of just $8.81 an hour, so an employee who works Walmart's definition of full-time - 34 hours per week - makes just $15,500 per year, placing them squarely below the poverty line. And those full-time positions aren't the norm. To avoid having to pay employees benefits, the company increasingly hires part-time positions - subjecting associates to erratic schedules, limited job security, and even less opportunity to make ends meet. [...]
[Facebook] Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/236112673214899/
Previous PIMC Post on recent Wal-Mart Protest for Fair Wages in June 2013:
[includes 33 minute video]
Fubonn Protest on Black Friday, 29 November 2013, 13:30 - 14:30
From the open publishing newswire: Fubonn has been accused of forcing workers to work off the clock, work under dangerous condition, and refused proper breast feeding breaks. Two workers at Fubonn are owed thousands of dollars, and we demand that they be paid what is owed and that they start complying with all labor and safety regulations. A call out to protest the managements treatment will be at 1:30 to 2:30 on 11.29.13
Continuing our wage theft campaign at Fubonn, we are re-initiating the campaign with a Black Friday picket in front of the grocery store! On Black Friday we are coming out to show them that we will not back down, and that the campaign is going forward despite their attempts to silence us. We will not stand by while workers are abused and not paid fair compensation. Join us in this community picket, and stay tuned as we move forward!
You can learn more about this particular campaign below: link to wagingnonviolence.org
Location: Fubonn Supermarket and Shopping Center 2850 SE 82nd Ave, Ste #1, Portland, Oregon
Previous PIMC post from protest on September 9th:
Join or Lead a Tree Care Team in 2014 with Portland Fruit Tree Project
From the open publishing newswire: Join a Tree Care Team and receive instruction in organic methods of fruit tree care throughout the seasons, while caring for urban fruit trees that provide fruit for the community.
Each team will care for a cluster of PFTP-registered fruit trees, visiting each tree once per season to complete the full spectrum of care. Each team is instructed & guided by two 'Team Leaders' with experience and skills in organic fruit tree care. This is a unique opportunity to develop strong skills in organic fruit tree care, meet new people, and care for trees providing food to your community!
Members and Leaders will participate in ten 3-hour work-parties over an 11-month period (January-November, 2014). Topics/tasks will include: Winter & Summer Pruning, Young Tree Training & Care, Pest & Disease Management, Fruit Thinning, and more. At the end of the program you will receive a certificate of completion.
Click below for program overviews & position descriptions:
Tree Care Team Member - http://www.portlandfruit.org/2014-tree-care-team-member-position-description
Tree Care Team Leader - http://www.portlandfruit.org/2014-tree-care-team-leader-position-description
APPLY & MORE INFO: homepage: http://portlandfruit.org