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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!" [...]
Rally & March for Justice for Trayvon!
From the open publishing newswire:
The Portland Campaign to End the New Jim Crow is calling for a
RALLY, SPEAKOUT & MARCH
Sunday, July 14, 4pm, Penninsula Park (N. Ainsworth & Albina)
Justice for Trayvon!
End Racist Killings!
No Justice, No Peace!
End the New Jim Crow!
Noon - sign making, phoning lists (bring lists & phones), plan the action! at Penninsula Park, band shell
Know Your Rights Workshop: April 27
From the open publishing newswire: Know Your Rights Workshop
April 27, noon-2pm
6401 SE Foster
Sponsored by the Committee Against Political Repression and the Portland Central American Solidarity Committee.
What to do if the cops of ICE try to talk to you -- at home, in the street, or while driving.
Presentation in English and Spanish.
Conozca a su Taller de Derechos
27 de abril de mediodía a 14:00
6401 SE Foster
Auspiciado por el Comité Contra la Represión Política y el Comité Centroamericano de Solidaridad Portland.
¿Qué hacer si la policía de ICE intentan hablar con usted - en casa, en la calle, o mientras se conduce.
Alien Boy: the Life and Death of James Chasse
From the open publishing newswire: The documentary film Alien Boy: the Life and Death of James Chasse explores James Chasse's life and the police actions and decisions that led to his death. What emerges is an intimate and complex story of one man's life, the Chasse family's struggle for justice, and a city and a system grappling with accountability.
On Sept. 17, 2006 James Chasse was stopped by three law enforcement officers on a busy streetcorner in Portland, Oregon. A dozen witnesses watched in horror as officers tackled, beat, kicked, and tasered James until he lay motionless on the pavement with 16 broken ribs and a punctured lung. He died in the custody of Portland police about two hours later.
James had not committed a crime, so why did the officers attack him? Who was James Chasse? Officers told eyewitnesses he was a drug dealer, a homeless person, a non-person, a ghost. But that wasn't true at all. James was a writer, an illustrator, and a musician; he had a home and a family and friends who loved him. He was a small, shy, gentle person who had been living with schizophrenia for most of his life.
Alien Boy: The Life and Death of James Chasse examines his childhood, his intense involvement in the early Portland punk music scene, the heart-breaking teenage onset of his schizophrenia, and his brave efforts to avoid institutionalization and maintain his independence. [...]
Want to see the trailer? It's at http://alienboy.org
Alien Boy: the Life and Death of James Chasse plays at Cinema 21, February 24-28.
Affidavit indicates FBI targeted anarchists for being anarchists
From the open publishing newswire: The newest document released in the Pacific Northwest Grand Jury case reveals the federal government's criminalization of anarchists. On January 30, a redacted affidavit was unsealed by order of Judge Richard Jones. The affidavit can be found at: http://nopoliticalrepression.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/redacted-warrant.pdf
Throughout the document Geoffrey Maron, an FBI Special Agent assigned to the Joint Terrorism Task Force, repeatedly refers to individuals under investigation as being "known anarchists," as if the ideology alone is evidence of a crime. Maron admits that "many anarchists are law-abiding," but continuously points to the "Oregon Conspirators" as being known as part of the anarchist community. Similarly, Maron notes that some of the Portland police had seen many of those individuals at squats in Portland ? as if that had any relevance to the investigation other than that it might corroborate that the targeted individuals are, in fact, anarchists. [...]
Furthermore, according to Maron's statement, law enforcement used information gleaned from electronic records to identify "associates and conspirators" of the anarchists under investigation. By referring to "associates" (in addition to "conspirators"), Maron as much as admits that the FBI is casting its net over the entire anarchist movement, not narrowly investigating specific illegal acts.
UPDATE: POSTED TO PIMC ON 3/1/13: Good News reported: Two released for refusing to cooperate in a federal grand jury:
Mohamed Mohamud Trial: Day 4
From the open publishing newswire:
UPDATE: Day 5 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2013/01/421437.shtml
Defense is doing serious damage to undercover FBI Agents' credibility
What is emerging from the last four days of testimony by the two undercover FBI operatives known only as "Youssef" and "Hussein" is that every single action that Mohamed Mohamud took in the furtherance of his alleged crime was taken on the explicit orders of the FBI. Mohamed's knowledge of explosives was limited to "Piccolo Pete" backyard firecrackers. Youssef gave him a hand-written shopping list of bomb components to purchase, a list that Mohamed failed to heed orders to destroy after using and which has now been duly entered into evidence.
Something else of interest in yesterday's proceedings was defense attorney Wax's effort, albeit a failed one, to convince Judge King to allow the jury to hear an "outtake" of FBI agent "Hussein" who apparently forgot to turn his wire off before using "colorful language" to express his glee at having "hooked" Mohamed following their August 19 meeting.
The defense has also begun to lay a foundation for asserting that the very idea of using Pioneer Square as the setting for an attack may have been introduced to Mohamed by the FBI agent "Youssef" during their meeting on July 30, 2010. This, by the way, would be the meeting that was not preserved on tape due to the equipment's "malfunction."
Related Previous PIMC Posts:
"Impressions of An Inexpert Witness"
"Federal "justice" center FBI Entrapment of Mohamed Mohamud"
Michelle Alexander - The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
From the open publishing newswire: Michelle Alexander (author) in Portland on Jan 16th at 7pm Doors Open at 5PM - opens w/ a speaker panel before author speaks. Emmanuel Temple Church (1033 N. Sumner St.) near the Cascade Campus
Michelle Alexander is an associate professor of law at Ohio State University, a civil rights advocate and a writer.
Michelle Alexander is coming to PCC at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 16 to discuss her new book, "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness."
There will be a community tabling fair in the multipurpose room from 5-6 p.m., and a community panel will discuss topics of Alexander's lecture from 5:45-6:45 p.m. At 7 p.m., she will speak and be followed by a Q-and-A session and book signing.
UPDATE: The Full Video from this event is now online here:
Federal "justice" center FBI Entrapment of Mohamed Mohamud
From the open publishing newswire: please come down to the court for the ongoing SHOW trial.
if you want to come in, you must get through security. pepper spray can be checked at the door. laptops can be checked at the courtroom, or the overflow room with the video feed.
cells phones must be powered down, because, you know, technology may outsmart their show trial system. [...]
if the rest of the world knew how bogus this trial is, and what a lifeless spectacle it is, and how poorly the US GVT's lawyer's are representing the Outrageous Predatory FBI Bomb Plot, Portland would be the laughing stock of legal communities all the way to to London.
the case is taking place in 9A of the federal Courthouse in downtown portland. the overflow room is at 12A.
arrive at least at 8, for a guaranteed seat, perhaps earlier, it's a little bit of a stampede.
US District Court
1000 Southwest 3rd Avenue #740 Portland
Family of the entrapped Youth is present. Anyone who is good with media, video, sketches should come.
Courtroom seating is extremely limited (possible 20 seats beyond what the media and GVT attys get).
It is considered likely that the trial go on for 4 weeks at least. there is tons of media present but almost zero activists, or outside street demonstration. some banners would look great on the nightly news perhaps saying "FBI TRAPS" "Stop the FBI" "FBIWatch" or "FBI Predators Leave our Children Alone" or "FBI Oversight Now!" [...]
It was extremely interesting to hear a long phone call with the FBI Fake identity trying to persuade Mo to help with the FBI's Fake Bomb.
[RELATED] PIMC UPDATES: http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2013/01/421398.shtml
Sheriff Staton fails to end deportations in Multnomah County
From the open publishing newswire: On Monday, December 10th, various organizations from the ACT for Justice and Dignity network held a rally and press conference to call on Multnomah County Sheriff Daniel Staton to stop honoring Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) holds. ICE holds and deportations are responsible for separating families and causing local and state governments to pay the cost for federal immigration enforcement. Local organizations have been working for years to stop the Multnomah County Sheriff from deporting people in our communities. After the meeting with organizers, Sheriff Staton said that he would announce his decision the following Monday at 3pm.
Today [12.17.12] activists returned to 501 SE Hawthorne Blvd. to show their ongoing support towards ending collaborations between the Multnomah County Sheriff and Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. Earlier in the day, a group that included Commissioner Amanda Fritz had met with Sheriff Staton and expected a follow-up response at 3pm. A number of people gathered on the ground floor where the Portland Radical Choir sang revised Christmas carols, harmoniously calling for an end to deportations. At 3pm the group went up to Sheriff Staton's office, crowding the lobby and spilling into the hallway. The sheriff was a no-show at press time, opting instead to send two representatives, one of whom remarked (emphasis mine):
"He (Sheriff Staton) feels like for today he's made his statements and received your information," adding "He has more information to consider now."
Not at all satisfied with his I-don't-feel-like-it-attitude, members of the crowd insisted that Sheriff Staton come out to speak to them directly, and the Radical Choir kept everyone entertained as his representatives were sent to try and summon him from his office. The sheriff still refused to show and it was clear that he had no interest in addressing the community, even though he had confirmed that he would during the previous meeting. [...]
Related PIMC VIDEO POSTS
[1.] VIDEO: Sheriff Staton Fails To Respond To Citizens On ICE Holds On 12/17
[2.] VIDEO: Sheriff Staton NO SHOW and the ICE Holds continue - Portland Oregon 12.17.12
VIDEOS: Sheriff Daniel Staton & Jeff Cogen Respond To Delegates On I.C.E. Holds 12/10
From the open publishing newswire: On human rights day in Portland Oregon, protesters and local activists occupied three key locations with one of them being the east Multnomah building in southeast Portland where they aimed to hold Sheriff Daniel Staton accountable for the county ICE immigration holds that target hispanic americans as well as other minorities and often times ends in deportation and separation of familys.
joeanybody.com Report-Back Newswire
The california law that has now spread into federal law, mandates that those deemed "suspicious" of being illegal aliens be subject to federal INS holds under the "discression" of the county, and is not mandatory. Over 100 people attended this rally and demonstration, and all of them proceeded to enter the building as it was verified that Sheriff Staton was in his office. A conference was arranged by a staff member and delegates met with him to discuss his role in placing the ICE holds and to ask him to stop the federal-county collaborations. County Commission Chair Jeff Cogen was also notified and came down to address the mass of citizens with a positive statement. This action was organized by Portland Jobs With Justice, ACT, Dream Activists, VOZ, PCASC, and other Portland Occupiers. A decision will be made on monday 12/17 by Sheriff Staton and protesters plan to rally once again at 3pm in hopes that his decision will be to not comply any longer with ICE holds.
Trailer (Short) | Sheriff Staton Meeting Video | Full Length Video