Sunday, October 11, 2015

October 2015 Portland Alliance Speaks Truth to Power...

The October 2015 Portland Alliance

Speaking Truth to Power Since 1981

This issue includes critical information about  what happened at Oaks Park on Labor Day, Doctors Without Borders, A Peace Rally coming up, Homeless Action Day, commentary on the Twin Towers, Keaton Otis Vigil and much more...
    October Vigil for Keaton Otis


Monday, October 12, 2015 at 6:00 PM
NE 6th and Halsey  Portland, Oregon
more info: 

Sunday, July 12, 2015

The July 2015 Portland Alliance!

The July 2015 Portland Alliance!
Join us to honor Keaton Otis July 12!

           PDX Police Updates

         Speaking Truth to Power Since 1981

July Vigil for Keaton Otis

Date/Time:  Sunday, July 12, 2015 at 6:00 PM
Location:   NE 6th and Halsey
Portland, Oregon  more info:  at Keaton Otis Portal

Black Churches Are Burning Again in America

There were fires in at least six predominantly African American churches.  Arson at religious institutions has decreased significantly over the past two decades, but this remains haunting.
Here Are the Navy’s Plans to Bomb the ArcticLituya Bay, Gulf of Alaska
by Dahr Jamail
on May 21, 2015 – 10:54AM ET
[This essay is a joint TomDispatch/Truthout report.]

America’s war on black girls:
“But Black girls are never deemed feminine enough for their sexual and adolescent vulnerability to register for white people. They are frequently viewed as aggressors by both police and regular citizens alike, even for doing very adolescent things like mouthing off to those in authority. This is the reason why education scholars suggest that Black girls are suspended from school six times as often as white girls, because even simple adolescent forms of testing boundaries are perceived as far more aggressive based on race.”

endtorturefind out about: Absolute Power
By Robert C. Koehler
“The existence of the approximately 14,000 photographs will probably cause yet another delay in the military commissions at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as attorneys for the defendants demand that all the images are turned over and the government wades through the material to decide what it thinks is relevant to the proceedings.”
This was the Washington Post a few days ago, informing us wearily that the torture thing isn’t dead yet. The bureaucracy convulses, the wheels of justice grind. So much moral relativism to evaluate.
“They did what they were asked to do in the service of our nation,” CIA director John Brennan said at a news conference in December, defending CIA interrogators after a portion of the 6,700-page Senate Intelligence Committee report was made public.
Serving the nation means no more than doing what you’re told. Really?

Stop-TPPWhat Is the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP)?
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a secretive, multinational trade agreement that threatens to extend restrictive intellectual property (IP) laws across the globe and rewrite international rules on its enforcement. The main problems are two-fold:
(1) Intellectual Property Chapter: Leaked draft texts of the agreement show that the IP chapter would have extensive negative ramifications for users’ freedom of speech, right to privacy and due process, and hinder peoples’ abilities to innovate.
(2) Lack of Transparency: The entire process has shut out multi-stakeholder participation and is shrouded in secrecy.

  • “People have only as much liberty as they have the intelligence to want and the courage to take.”    Emma Goldman

The right to rebellion is the right to seek a higher rule… GEORGE ELIOT
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Thursday, April 30, 2015

The May 2015 Portland Alliance!

Vol. XXXV, Number 5    May 2015

Speaking Truth to Power and Distressing the PDX Elite Since 1981 Of, by and for the People!
  Obama want's to be your Big Brother
"After denouncing his predecessor's warrantless wiretapping, Obama presided over the construction
of a surveillance state more expansive than any democracy has ever known.  What he hid includes...

People continue to die in Afghanistan, Algeria,
Iraq, LIbya, Somalia, Pakistan and Yemen.
These are not accidents. And they will not end until we insist.

Tomgram: Nick Turse, How Washington Creates Global Instability | is for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of our
post-9/11 world and a clear sense of how our imperial globe actually works.

    The Portland Alliance Celebrates MAY DAY!
                          International Workers' Day

Celebrate International Worker's Day Friday, May 1st  
Celebrate International Worker's Day 
Friday, May 1st
at 1:00pm - 5:30 pm in PDT
South Parks Blocks! Human Rights are Civil Rights! 
Rally at 3:00 PM   /   March from 4:00-5:30 PM

and here is the May Issue of The Portland Alliance!

Monday, April 6, 2015

The April 2015 Portland Alliance: Distressing Portland Elites Since 1981

Of, By and For the People

Calling For a New Result

Who should analyze police misconduct? It’s time we take oversight out of cops’ hands....

Nothin but the Blues!
SAVE THE DATE! The 4th Annual Inner City Blues In a new location this year. The 4th annual “Healing the Healthcare Blues Festival” is happening on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at North Portland Eagles Lodge 7611 N. Exeter & Lombard St. Once again Norman Sylvester has asked some of his talented friends to join him in this cause; Andy Stokes, King Louie & Friends w/ LaRhonda Steele, Tevis Hodge Jr., Strangetones w/ Volcano Vixons, Bloco Allegria, Steve Cheseborough, Bill Rhoades,Bill Rhoades, Newell Briggs, Jay Koder, Richard Arnold, Dave Kahl & Sarah Billings. 
more info:

AState of the Black Union
fter the shooting of two police officers in Ferguson,
Glen Ford, senior editor with Black Agenda Report, says the
goal of the Black Lives Matter Movement is to establish
Black community control over the police in the US.

here is the rest of the story:
JWJ News and Updates

2015 Portland Jobs with Justice Annual Dinner

2015 Dinner web news image

Join Jobs with Justice 
more information:

Monday, February 23, 2015

  Vol. XXXV, Number 3  March 2015
PDX Police Updates

       Speaking Truth to Power Since 1981
Feb 2015Jan 2015Dec 2014Nov 2014Oct 2014
Featuring: Healthcare, War & Peace, Earth Day-Mayday, Wal-mart, Postal, News Bytes, Immigration, a fossil free future for Portland:

The fate of the socialist left is tied
to that of the working class movement
—and the last four decades of one-sided class war have had dire consequences for both. The thread linking today’s generation of young workers to U.S. labor’s proud history of class struggle has been effectively broken and must be developed anew. This is a daunting but necessary task for rebuilding the working-class movement. Get the whole story:
  An ISO View of the Future of the Left  by Jennifer Roesch and Sharon Smith__________________________________________________________________________________
A community forum of
     leaders and activists
   discussing vision and
   strategy for liberation

   Sunday, March 1 at 1pm - 4pm at
          3536 SE 26th Ave,
        Portland, Oregon 97202

more info:


"Winter Blues" Music Festival is pleased to announce that after three successful years,
WBMF is returning with another weekend of great music to chase away the wintertime blues.

The Fourth Annual "Winter Blues" Music Festival will be held on
March 14, 2015
more info:
                    A Portal to Winter Blues Music Festival

Native American Tribes
Take on Pot, Consider Gambling on Legalization:

Studies and possible votes loom on American Indian lands. 

A budtender pours marijuana from a jar at Perennial Holistic Wellness Center medical marijuana dispensary, which opened in 2006, on July 25, 2012 in Los Angeles

The Department of Justice has said federally recognized tribes may grow and sell marijuana. 
By Steven Nelson + More

Native American tribes are eyeing marijuana legalization as a potentially lucrative business opportunity in the wake of a green light from the Department of Justice in December.

Will the U.S. Government Stand Alone
in Rejecting Children’s Rights?

By Lawrence S. Wittner

Within a matter of months,
the U.S. government seems
likely to become the only nation
in the world still rejecting the 1989 UN Convention on the Rights
of the Child
.  Sometimes called “the most ratified
human rights treaty in history,” the Convention has been ratified by 195
, leaving the United States and South Sudan as the
only holdouts.  South Sudan is expected to move forward
with ratification later this year.   But there is no indication
that the United States will approve this children’s defense treaty.

How the US Helped
Create Al Qaeda and ISIS

vol 22 no 1 coverthumbMuch like Al Qaeda, the Islamic State (ISIS) is made-in-the-USA, an instrument of terror designed to divide and conquer the oil-rich Middle
East and to counter Iran’s growing influence in the region.
The fact that the United States has a long and torrid history of backing terrorist groups will surprise only those who watch the news and ignore history.
...The director of the National Security Agency under Ronald Reagan,
General William Odom recently remarked, “by any measure the U.S. has
long used terrorism. In 1978-79 the Senate was trying to pass a law against international terrorism – in every version they produced, the lawyers said
the U.S. would be in violation.”

         the rest of the story:
               at the NW Alliance Portal to Counterpunch
03/06/2015 7:30 pm
A Portland Police Memoir,
with foreword by crime writer Phil Stanford, is a fascinating first-hand account of the Portland Police Department during the gritty 60s & 70s. DuPay's compassionate and insightful book paints compelling--and sometimes disturbing-- portraits of a cop, a police department and a city.  Join us for the launch of this book, enjoy treats with us, and hear Don's anecdotes about the St. Johns of 40 years ago.
Location: 8622 N Lombard St / Portland, Oregon
97203-3731   /   United States

Sterling Trial Opens in Security-State Matrix

jeffrey-sterlingWhen the trial of former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling got
underway Tuesday in Northern Virginia, prospective jurors
made routine references to “three-letter agencies” and
alphabet-soup categories of security clearances. In an
area where vast partnerships between intelligence
agencies and private contractors saturate everyday life,
the jury pool was bound to please the prosecution.
...From what I could tell, none of those with direct connections to intelligence agencies ended up in the jury box. But affinities with agencies like the CIA seemed implicit in the courtroom. Throughout the jury selection, there was scarcely a hint that activities of those agencies might merit disapproval.
                  more info:
Alliance Prison Radio Portal 

America has Got a Prison Problem    (5:35) by Kenneth Hartman

spend five  minutes at:

..Audio evidence has Keaton Otis screaming, his are hands up. An officer shouts, “Let’s do it!” and three members of Portland's anti-gang HEAT Team open fire...
Keaton Otis Portal
Rally for Justice: March 12, Thursday 6pm

An Obituary:  Preserved in Memory:
I wanted to pass along the message
so that others who knew Chris
through the Portland
Central America
Solidarity Committee
could help us all
remember him.

I was working with PCASC
when Chris got involved
as a volunteer.
He was brilliantly
creative and always
challenged himself
to learn new things.

C-bear was a friend- a loving and fun-loving friend. The kind
who would make you a mix-tape and find a bed on the side of
the road for you. He gave great hugs, even though I could
pretty much only reach his waist.

He was gentle. He listened. He loved his Grandma. In fact,
I think there is a story-corp interview somewhere that he
did with his Grandmother. There were moments when he
would share a little of the pain he felt. That vulnerability
was a gift. C-bear, know you are loved my soooo many.
I hope you have found the peace you were looking for. xxoo, Megan
more on Chris:

The Northwest Writers & Publishers Association (NWPA)
and the Tualatin Public Library are proud to present:
Tuesday, March 10, 2015     Producing Pitch-perfect Project Promotion
Where: Tualatin Public Library at 18878 SW Martinazzi Ave. / Tualatin, OR 97062
     When: Tuesday, March 10 from 6:30 - 8:30pm

with J. Wandres  more info:

Book Review   American History 101 
Conspiracy Nation
by Mike Palecek ... art by Allison Healy
"Mike Palecek writes with passion, wit, and always with a strong social conscience."   — Howard Zinn

"Terse and funny and dry as a dead Iowa corn snake baking in the sun. Palecek delivers a quick, deadpan slap to reactionary, mindless post-9/11 America. The sting is delightful."   — Mark Morford, San Francisco Chronicle

More Alliance Book Reviews!

"People have only as much liberty as they have the intelligence to want
and the courage to take.”
Emma Goldman

The right to rebellion is the right to seek a higher rule... GEORGE ELIOT
Help support local media!

                    And Checkout The Alliance Community Action Calendar

Too Much Coffee Man
Checkout the newest information on challenging the TPP!

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       New Page!  Silicon India Portal

Sunday, February 22, 2015

March Issue of The Portland Alliance!