Sunday, July 12, 2015

The July 2015 Portland Alliance!

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

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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
http://www.ThePortlandAlliance.org/keatonotis


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.]
http://www.theportlandalliance.org/environment

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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