Laurie King challenges PDX City Hall!

Mayor Wheeler- 503-823-4120, mayorwheeler@portlandoregon.gov;
Chloe Eudaly,      503-823-4682, chloe@portlandoregon.gov;
Nick Fish,             503-823-3589, nick@portlandoregon.gov;
Amanda Fritz,    503-823-3008, amamda@portlandoregon.gov;
Dan Saltzman,    503-823-4151, dan@portlandoregon.gov

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Laurie King


Many thanks to comrades who came to City Hall 
today to support my testimony that challenged the Mayor and Council members to be out on the streets with us on Sept 10th and to do what they can to publicize the Portland Stands United Against Hate rally and march!!

It was a challenge to me to get comments into three minutes. Whew. If you can, make some phone calls and write some emails to keep the pressure on them. I pasted on my testimony below.

Mayor Wheeler- 503-823-4120, mayorwheeler@portlandoregon.gov;
Chloe Eudaly,      503-823-4682, chloe@portlandoregon.gov;
Nick Fish,             503-823-3589, nick@portlandoregon.gov;
Amanda Fritz,    503-823-3008, amamda@portlandoregon.gov;
Dan Saltzman,    503-823-4151, dan@portlandoregon.gov

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Hall Testimony

On Sept 10th, Portland is slated yet again to be the site of a white supremacist event. Joey Gibson is mobilizing a “Portland Freedom March” featuring a prominent Confederate monument defender.

I believe, and many would agree, that as the people who were elected to be in charge of the City of Portland, you have an ethical obligation to clearly and definitively demonstrate that you are against white supremacy.

In the August 16th message from elected leaders in the Portland area, it is great that you all say that each of us can take a stand against racism.

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Two clear ways for you to take a stand against racism on September 10th are:

 

 


1. Join the Portland Stands United Against Hate Rally and March at Terry Shrunk Plaza at 1pm.
And, 2. Publicly encourage Portland residents to be at this protest and to come out in their thousands.

Get on the media!

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67 racist rallies were recently cancelled, not because people stayed home, or marched on a different day, or marched far away, but because people came out in overwhelming numbers, and were visible to those white supremacists.

 


I believe that it is critical for you all to show, by your public actions, which side you are on because at this point , Joey Gibson and other white supremacists feel ALL TOO COMFORTABLE in our city. Just a few of the things that I’m sure they’ve noticed:

– On May 25th, the night before the racial assaults and murders on the MAX by Jeremy Christian, an African American women was attacked by Christian. The police officer who arrived at the scene did not apprehend him. Imagine if this woman were white and Christian were black.

cbd6fa31e1dacf6df040eafaadc3e158On May 26th after having stabbed two heroes to death, police officers let Christian keep ranting and drinking a beer before arresting him. Again, imagine if Christian were black.

– The double standards are all too clear. On May Day and at the June protest against white supremacists, peaceful participants were met by militarized police in riot gear with concussion grenades and more. Hundreds of May Day participants had their free speech curtailed in collective punishment. On June 4th, anti-white supremacists were rounded up and forced to have their IDs recorded before they could leave Chapman Square, while nothing like this happened to the white supremacists, whose free speech was assiduously protected by police.

On the positive side, many of us noticed that the Aug. 18th Eclipse Hate Rally and March was not met with militarized police. And, it worked well!

Will you join the Portland Stands United Against Hate Rally that is endorsed by more laurieking2than 35 groups, including the Portland Association of Teachers, SEIU 503 E-Board, SEIU 49, Voz, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon and Main St. Alliance? Will you use your bully pulpit to help make Portland like Boston!

We all can and must do our parts!

Would the people who agree with me stand or raise hands?

We’d love to hear your responses, or let us know when you can get back with us. I am submitting a long list of organizations that have so far endorsed the Portland Stands United Against Hate Rally and March.

 

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Revolution is the cure!

Corporate wars and profiteering have already bankrupted the nation. If we continue down this road, a global recession will occur and we will be in full retreat from 800 military bases while dying oceans flood all shores. 
 We need a Green New Deal

Republicans brag about dozens of wars of choice and Democrats lie about dozens of lauriewars of choice, while we spend trillions killing millions for billionaires, munitions firms and war profiteers.

The corporate parties have merged… and we must not be moved. 

How can we create a sustainable green future that includes economic equity and social justice?”

“How can agendas for economic rights and environmental protection become more integrated and more successful?”

Seventy-five years after the start of the New Deal, and nearly 40 years after the first Earth Day, the need for basic change on behalf of social justice and ecology is clear.

But ideas are the easy part. In an era of massive environmental damage and vast economic inequality, we’ve got to organize.

https://revolutionresource.org/2017/02/25/green-new-deal-economic-justice/

It is time for a Green New Deal to revitalize the nation and invest in a sustainable future. 

http://www.gp.org/green_new_deal


Green Party of the United States

 

ingersoll2“The Green New Deal is a four part program for moving America quickly out of crisis into a secure, sustainable future. The Green New Deal Program was inspired by the New Deal programs that helped America recover from the Great Depression of the 1930’s, The Green New Deal will provide similar relief. We can shut down wars costing trillions and invest in peace, people and planet Earth. This will create an economy that can sustain healthy and just communities.”
 
This includes an Economic Bill of Rights, A Green Fiscal Transition, Real Financial Reform and a Functioning and Sustainable Economy on a healing planet.

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We are grassroots activists, environmentalists, advocates for social justice, nonviolent resisters and regular citizens who’ve had enough of corporate-dominated politics. Government must be part of the solution, but when it’s controlled by the 1%, it’s part of the problem. The longer we wait for change, the harder it gets. Don’t stay home on election day. Vote Green.

 

Everything we do is based on our four pillars:

Peace, Ecology, Social Justice and Democracy

Our country’s long wars and worldwide military presence are immoral and unsustainable. Our military budget must be cut dramatically.

The human cost of climate change is too high. We need to get off fossil fuels and on to renewable energy.

Falling wages and rising bills are hitting most of us, and the most vulnerable are hit the hardest. We demand a living wage and a real safety net.

We demand public financing of elections, open debates, and more representative voting systems.

…and our ten key values

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Corporate wars and profiteering have already bankrupted the nation. If we continue down this road, a global recession will occur and we will be in full retreat from 800 military bases while dying oceans flood all shores. 

https://thewordsmithcollection.wordpress.com/2016/08/24/america-is-bankrupt/

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We had a solution!  We could have voted for Jill Stein and the Green New Deal.

“Establish a foreign policy based on diplomacy, international law, and human rights. End the wars and drone attacks, cut military spending by at least 50% and close the 800+ foreign military bases that are turning our republic into a bankrupt empire. Stop U.S. support and arms sales to human rights abusers, and lead on global nuclear disarmament.”

https://thepeaceresource.wordpress.com/2016/01/20/our-new-president-dr-jill-stein/

But instead we are in dangerous waters with a racist chump at the helm. 


We can vote values instead of fear…

puppetRonnie Reagan, George Herbert Walker Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Jon Ellis (JEB) Bush, Bernie Sanders and “The Don” D. J. Trump are on the same page when it comes to attacks on Gaza, drones killing innocents, capitalism, the military-industrial complex, profiteering and extralegal wars of aggression (orchestrated by the CIA and the Pentagon) against smaller and less powerful nations who have not attacked us. These avoidable wars have already bankrupted the nation.

https://thepeaceresource.com/2015/08/14/we-can-vote-our-values-instead-of-voting-out-of-fear/


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Fidel Castro: An International Hero

“A revolution is a struggle to the death between the future and the past,” Fidel once memorably said. Though the man has died, the ideas for which he struggled and to which he dedicated his life will undoubtedly live on, not just in Cuba but anywhere imperialism and the exploitation of the weak by the strong is a fact of life.”

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Castro was a flawed man, but he saved lives in Cuba, Africa and across the planet. He rescued Cuba from the Batista dictatorship and provided free health care and the highest literacy rates on the planet.

 
These accomplishments were huge, in spite of billions of U. S. dollars spent to isolate and harm
the Cuban people and their revolution.


Some facts you may not know…

Less than 20% of U. S. congress members are women.
Nearly half of the Cuban Parliament seats are held by women.
Cuba has a higher GDP growth rate than America.
 
Cuba has a lower unemployment rate than America.

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According to a study conducted in late April by the U.S. Department of Education and the National Institute of Literacy, 32 million adults in the U.S. can’t read. That’s 14 percent of the population. 21 percent of adults in the U.S. read below a 5th grade level, and 19 percent of high school graduates can’t read.

The American literacy rate is around 86%

Cuba has the highest literacy rate on the planet: 99.8%

(along with Latvia and Estonia)


Fidel Castro was a great friend to Africa, to countries in the Global South and to the Non-Aligned Movement. His place in history is assured.
 

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“Fidel, as he is known to all in Cuba and worldwide, is recognized as the principal leader of the Cuban Revolution, for his relentless struggle in overthrowing the dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista on January 1, 1959.

 


Most importantly, Fidel inspired Cuban workers, students and peasants to carry on the fight against U.S. imperialism and go forward to build socialism.

Despite all their propaganda, U.S. imperialists know that it is not Fidel Castro alone who made and sustained the Cuban revolution. The Cuban people as a whole worked and struggled to defend their socialist revolution and their liberation.


Then Cuban Prime Minister Fidel Castro attends manoeuvres during the 19th anniversary of his and his fellow revolutionaries arrival on the yacht Granma, in Havana in this November 1976 file photo. REUTERS/Prensa Latina/File Photo
Then Cuban Prime Minister Fidel Castro attends manoeuvres during the 19th anniversary of his and his fellow revolutionaries arrival on the yacht Granma, in Havana in this November 1976 file photo. REUTERS/Prensa Latina/File Photo


Fidel’s unique capacity as an audacious military and political leader earned him the rightful title of “Comandante en Jefe,” and the deep admiration of the Cuban people.

Despite a relentless CIA campaign of demonization and assassination plots, Fidel not only survived, but emerged defiant as an immensely popular and revered leader in the worldwide anti-imperialist movement.



…Cuba’s alliance with Venezuela’s revolutionary process following Hugo fidel-castro-gives-rare-possible-farewell-speech-at-cubas-communist-party-congressChávez’s election as president, has breathed new life into the hopes and aspirations for all Latin America and the oppressed peoples of the world.

 
“This is why the U.S. empire demonizes Fidel Castro.
But it is also why his stature grows and the Cuban revolution continues to inspire others to fight for liberation.”

“By defying Yankee imperialism for 50 years, instituting the best healthcare, child immunization and literacy systems in the Western Hemisphere (surpassing the US and Canada), exporting doctors to countries in need all over the globe (the Bush administration turned down his offer to send medical teams to New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina), and being an unrepentant advocate of the poor and exploited it is no surprise that millions will mourn his passing.”


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Fidel Castro passed away at age 90.
Standing well over 6 feet (1.8m) tall, the bearded Castro was for years a cigar-chomping bulwark of ideological resistance to the United States.

HAVANA: Flag-waving Cuban students broke into a mass chant of “I am Fidel” to salute Fidel Castro as nine days of mourning began for the combative Cold War icon, who dominated the Communist island’s political life for generations.tribute ceremony. (Reuters Photo)A photograph of Cuba’s former President Fidel Castro is seen during a tribute ceremony. (Reuters Photo)

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Native Americans Under Assault

https://revolutionresource.org/2016/11/20/stand-up-for-standing-rock-sioux/

Stand up for Standing Rock Sioux

This assault on native American tribes is illegal, immoral and an abomination. This is not who we are. Resist!

sr5Cannon Ball, ND– Hundreds of water protectors were injured at the Standing Rock encampments when law enforcement blasted them with water cannons in freezing temperatures Sunday evening.   The attacks came as water protectors used a semi-truck to remove burnt military vehicles that police had chained to concrete barriers weeks ago, blocking traffic on Highway 1806.  Water protectors’ efforts to clear the road and improve access to the camp for emergency services were met with tear gas, an LRAD (Long Range Acoustic Device), stinger grenades, rubber bullets, and indiscriminate use of a water cannon with an air temperature of 26 degrees Fahrenheit. Some flares shot by law enforcement started grass fires which were ignored by the water cannons and had to be extinguished by water protectors. Law enforcement also shot down three media drones and targeted journalists with less lethal rounds.

sr3National Lawyers Guild legal observers on the frontlines have confirmed that multiple people were unconscious and bleeding after being shot in the head with rubber bullets.  One elder went into cardiac arrest at the frontlines but medics administered CPR and were able to resuscitate him.  The camp’s medical staff and facilities are overwhelmed and the local community of Cannonball has opened their school gymnasium for emergency relief.

2016-09-16-1474044012-2676960-defend_the_sacredUnarmed people are brutalized by thugs with badges. Obama does nothing. When will he send Federal Troops to restrain these thugs from illegal and unconstitutional assaults on innocents.

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War is not Peace. Ask the victims.

If we continue expanding unprovoked wars of aggression, before 2030 we will be in full retreat while rising seas flood nuclear reactors and our coastal cities.

hillarynutI am flabbergasted that otherwise intelligent progressives are willing to pretend Hilary Clinton is not a corporate shill and war-monger.

 

obama_yes_we_can_murderReasons why Hillary Clinton won’t be good for women… or anyone else. “It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realise why Hillary Clinton’s hawkish foreign policy might be a problem when it comes to women’s rights. Unless you believe that the lives of women elsewhere don’t matter…”

 
 
…Clinton has been much more than a bit player in the Syrian crisis. Her diplomat Ambassador Christopher Stevens in Benghazi was killed as he was running a CIA operation to ship Libyan heavy weapons to Syria. queen hillaryClinton herself took the lead role in organizing the so-called “Friends of Syria” to back the CIA-led insurgency.
 
 
In a climate in which war-weary Americans are making their opposition to U.S. intervention and war profiteering heard, Clinton, who served in the U.S. Senate from 2001 to 2009 and as Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013, has supported every major recent U.S. war and intervention.
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton . (AP Photo/ Alexander Zemlianichenko)

a look at her record: https://thepeaceresource.wordpress.com/2015/04/29/the-skinny-on-hillary/

 
Hillary: The Amoral Laughing Ghoul: Hillary has spent trillions, killing millions for billionaires who support her.
 
Facts remain. If we keep pretending… this will end the American experiment.
 
If we continue expanding unprovoked wars of aggression, before 2030 we will be in full retreat while rising seas flood nuclear reactors and our coastal cities.
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And we will be wishing we had not spend trillions killing millions for billionaires invested in munitions, drones and murder.
 
About Hillary
scaryclintonHillary’s crimes cannot be erased…
“In March 2011, Clinton supported the NATO attacks on Libya to aid rebels in their attempts to overthrow Moammar Gadhafi, which … led to Libya becoming the failed state that it is today.”
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton looks on as she speaks during a town hall meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton looks on as she speaks during a town hall meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada August 18, 2015. REUTERS/David Becker – RTX1OPKY

Hillary Clinton is a war hawk. Is this what we need?

Hillary Clinton advocates American aggression against nations whose people have not attacked us.
She supports CIA destabilization tactics, unprovoked attacks, invasions, illegal wars, occupations, exploitation and overt imperialism
Neither Hillary nor Trump will do.
We cannot continue unprovoked American aggression for profit.
hillaryhawkWhen asked about moral scruples, Hillary the hawk’s response was:
“What difference, at this point, does it make?”
“Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.”
― Aldous Huxley
Donnie and Hillary may have royal ambitions, but they are not presidential material. And we do not need a king or queen.
https://thepeaceresource.wordpress.com/2016/07/22/trump-or-clinton-will-sink-all-ships/



International Day of Peace: Sept. 21st

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The day was established in 1981 by the United Nations General Assembly and in 2001, the General Assembly voted to designate the day as a period of non-violence and ceasefire.

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Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September.

The day was established in 1981 by the United Nations General Assembly and in 2001, the General Assembly voted to designate the day as a period of non-violence and ceasefire.

 To mark the day, here’s some famous quotes about peace.

1. “Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures.”  – John F. Kennedy

2. “Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.”
 Albert Einstein  

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3. “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
 Martin Luther King, Jr.

4.  “Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us, and the world will be as one”
– John Lennon   

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5. “It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“Peace is something we must all work for, every day.” – Ban Ki-moon at @UN event in New York

 


peace4On 16 September 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., the Secretary-General celebrated the Day in the Peace Garden at United Nations Headquarters by ringing the Peace Bell and observing a minute of silence. Women Nobel Peace Prize laureates and the United Nations Messengers of Peace were invited to participate in the ceremony. The United Nations Education Outreach Section held a global student videoconference on the same day, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., also at United Nations Headquarters.

Check out videos by youth from around the globe on how the Goals can help build peace!


https://www.facebook.com/peaceday/



 
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A flower blossoms for its own joy.”
Oscar Wilde

War and Peace

We can rebuild sustainable infrastructure and restore human resources by choosing peace over war.

jsmill“A person may cause evil to others not only by his actions but by his inaction, and in either case he is justly accountable to them for the injury.”
― John Stuart Mill, On Liberty
 

Systems and isms do not attack anyone or start any wars. Hitler was a madman and needed to be stopped.  But in waging war against the Nazis, Americans became like their enemies.  We brutalized and murdered prisoners and then dropped two bombs which could have been avoided.

abombDropping the first atomic bomb was sick, the Japanese were ready to surrender. And dropping a second bomb was perverse.  But that these American atrocities took place, does not imply it would have been OK to allow Hitler’s genocide and murders to continue.

And recently, when Obama spent 1.5 trillion building more nuclear weapons while engaged in unprovoked attacks across the globe…. we have become the ones who need to be stopped.  Unfortunately Trump is on board with dozens of wars.

The solution is not a surrender to war, but to stand up and secure the peace.
But political “reality” intervenes.

Reality is not all it’s cracked up to be. Some say life is merely an illusion. But over time we find small truths, big lies, radical science and brilliant ideas.
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Unfortunately, most of the time war trumps peace, aggression spreads and myths abound.  Too many live in personal fictions and find facts too great a burden to bear.
“Reality denied comes back to haunt.”

“At home, militarized police departments allow officers to kill unarmed citizens at will with zero accountability, two weeks paid vacations and get out of jail free cards. And our leaders export this aggression overseas with illegal drones known to kill an average of 50 innocents per strike.”

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It is critical that we shut down corporate wars and reinvest in jobs with justice. We can rebuild sustainable infrastructure and restore human resources by choosing peace over war. These are the tasks at hand.
The pirates in charge of ongoing U. S. wars of choice are profiteers, pure and simple. Their military arrogance and disdain for the public and the law is astounding. But there are more of us, by a long shot… than there are of them.  This is our time.
 
“Pessimism becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy; it reproduces itself by crippling our unionswillingness to act.”
― Howard Zinn, You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train:
A Personal History of Our Times
“Peace is the only battle worth waging.”
― Albert Camus
 
“The greatest purveyor of violence in the world : My own Government, I cannot be Silent.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.
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