Vol. XXXV, No. 4 April 2015 The Portland Alliance


ThePortlandAlliance.org/police   PDX Police Updates

Homeless in America!

More coverage of the Homeless Bill of Rights Chip Shields
is proud to be co-sponsoring…

for more information:

AllianceBeaconIn 2015, are there still
Whites Only signs
in Portland, Oregon?

If so, what do they look like? As I drove down Interstate Avenue
this morning I noticed a new yoga studio open up at the bottom
of brand new multistory housing complex…



For Immediate Release:      Contact: Lindsey Hortenstine: 504-827-8169 / 404-520-3087 / Tony Papa: 646-420-7290

Saturday in New Orleans: Rally Calls for Clemency for Bernard Noble

Father of Seven Serving 13 Years for Simple Marijuana Posession

marleyNew Orleans- Criminal justice stakeholders, New Orleans city Council members, sentencing reform advocates, community activists, concerned citizens, friends and family will gather Saturday to rally for clemency for Bernard Noble, currently
serving 13.3 years 2.8 grams for simple possession of marijuana.  This is nonsense.

more info on this insanity:  No Fear, No Compromise, & No Surrender!

Marijuana Reform Portal

“Police violence comes at what Imarisha, echoing Angela Davis, calls “the intersections of intimate andsocial violence.”
Police are not killing unarmed Black people because the thought occurs to them out of the blue. Behind these murders lie all sorts of institutional forms of violence. Likewise, poverty and gentrification do not form from thin air. They are the result of laws, regulations, contracts, red lines, predatory loans, and other systemic oppression made in the name of a society hiding behind a cloak of equality, freedom, and the American dream.
They are the by-products and enforcement tools of white supremacy.”
read more: NW Alliance Portal for police accountability! 

878Police Shooting Missouri VigilAttending these forums could mean life or death to some (literally) its an important opportunity to Make A REAL Difference!

Save The Date!!

On April 2nd, the COAB will hold its first Public Hearing.

here is the rest of the story… ThePortlandAlliance.org/police       Police Updates

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 static1.squarespace.comEagles 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:  http://www.ThePortlandAlliance.org/blues


After 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:

Metro Areas With the Largest,

   and Smallest, Gay Populations

PDX in top Five! rest of the story: The NW Alliance Portal to the NY Times!    


   Servant Leaders vs. Empty Suits

by Winslow Myers

TOON2In a normal world, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech to a joint session of the U.S. Congress would have been roundly mocked by the audience for its hypocritical fear-mongering. In a normal world, 70 years beyond Hiroshima, major powers would have long since acceded to the wishes of their constituents and established far more extensive arms reduction treaties. In a normal world, there would be a single, not a double standard challenging the undiluted evil of nuclear weapons, no matter who possesses them. That single standard would underpin not only a regional but also a planet-wide effort at nuclear disarmament. And in a normal world, a foreign leader would not have been handed the most prestigious possible venue to undermine delicate, complex negotiations merely to allow him to score political points in two countries simultaneously.

more info:  Winslow Myers Portalhttp://www.ThePortlandAlliance.org/myers

OctaviaRelease Date:  April 2015        
Octavia’s Brood, co-edited by Walidah Imarisha
& Adrienne Maree Brown, is an anthology of
radical science & speculative fiction written by
organizers & activists, based in the idea that
those working to change the world are sci-fi/speculative thinkers!
PAGE INFO:  http://www.ThePortlandalliance.org/octavia
find out more at:  ThePortlandAlliance.org/walidah

A Defined Voice

A Poem by Herman Wallace

“They removed my whisper from general population
To maximum security I gained a voice
They removed my voice from maximum security
To administrative segregation
My voice gave hope

They removed my voice from administrative segregation
To solitary confinement
My voice became vibration for unity

They removed my voice from solitary confinement
To the Supermax of Camp J
And now they wish to destroy me

The louder my voice the deeper they bury me

visions4Free all political prisoners, prisoners of war, prisoner of consciousness”

more information and resources at:


Prison Radio Alliance Portal


Under fast track, when

the president presents a trade agreement,
Congress must hold an up-or-down
vote within 90 days, with limited
debate and no amendments.
more info:  http://www.ThePortlandAlliance.org/nwlaborpress

stopviolence                          Calling For a New Result
Who should analyze police misconduct? It’s time we take oversight out of cops’ hands.  Police accountability experts ARE available.
In other posts, we describe the role of a Community Oversight Advisory Board (COAB), installed as part of a Federal agreement that the City of Portland, Oregon eliminates illegal use of force in policing. Unfortunately, the prime influence on this body of political appointees and citizen volunteers have been the perpetrators of civil rights violations … and their agents.  the rest of the story:    www.ThePortlandAlliance.org/consulthardesty  A Portal to Consult Hardesty

ttdIf Congress passes fast track this time, the consequences could be enormous. TPP has been called “NAFTA on steroids” by its critics. It would cover almost 40 percent of the world’s economy, including Australia, Brunei,

TPP, Peace and Conflict – it’s not about trade, it’s about how we trade

By Patrick T. Hiller

Let’s get one thing straight to begin with. Trade is good. We do it all the time. Trade has been pretty much part of recorded human history and evidence reveals prehistorical trade routes in many parts of the world. It becomes a little bit trickier when we look at large-scale international trade agreements. The question as to whether foreign trade promotes peace and development or destructive conflict has been debated for a long time. One of the most current controversies on free trade agreements evolves around the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). The history of free trade agreements, the secrecy around TPP, and the leaked information of the actual agreement suggest tremendous potential for social conflict if implemented.

more info:  at Alliance PeaceVoice Portal     http://www.ThePortlandAlliance.org/peacevoice

endtortureA group of Senate Democrats accused the White House of trying to censor significant details in a voluminous report on the use of torture by the Central Intelligence Agency.

During a closed-door meeting on Capitol Hill with Denis R. McDonough, the White House chief of staff, the senators said that the White House was siding with the C.I.A. and trying to thwart negotiations over the report’s release.    read more:http://www.theportlandalliance.org/Munk

JWJ News and Updates

2015 Portland Jobs with Justice Annual Dinner

Join Jobs with Justice
more information:  http://www.theportlandalliance.org/jwjupdates

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