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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What’s the Point?

“We can flood our years with sunshine — with the divine climate of kindness, and we can drain to the last drop the golden cup of joy.”

what is point“What’s the point of all this?”
 

A legitimate notion and reasonable question. Many have questioned the nature and purpose of the human condition. Why are we here?   What point indeed.

Charles Mingus – Pedal Point Blues:  https://youtu.be/FgzheEIzjlE?list=RDFgzheEIzjlE

The “point” has nothing to do with myths
about blind-faith deism, atheism or death.


“I shall tell you a great secret my friend.  Do not wait for the last judgement, it takes place every day.” 
― Albert Camus

https://revolutionresource.org/2015/02/26/death-may-be-the-greatest-of-all-human-blessings-socrates-00/

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But we can scatter joy…

“Like the most of you, I was raised among people who knew – who were certain. They did not reason or investigate. They had no doubts…
 
We can be as honest as we are ignorant. If we are, when asked what is beyond the horizon of the known, we must say that we do not know. We can tell the truth, and we can enjoy the blessed freedom that the brave have won.
 
We can destroy the monsters of superstition, the hissing snakes of ignorance and fear. We can drive from our minds the frightful things that tear and wound with beak and fang. We can civilize our fellow-men.
 
ingersoll2We can fill our lives with generous deeds, with loving words, with art and song, and all the ecstasies of love. We can flood our years with sunshine — with the divine climate of kindness, and we can drain to the last drop the golden cup of joy.

― Robert G. Ingersoll, The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol 1: Lectures

Robert Green “Bob” Ingersoll was an American lawyer, a Civil War veteran, politician, and orator of the United States during the Golden Age of Free Thought, noted for his broad range of culture and his defense of agnosticism.

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Born: August 11, 1833, Dresden, NY

Died: July 21, 1899, Dobbs Ferry, NY
Spouse: Eva Parker (m. 1862)
Influenced by: William ShakespeareThomas PaineVoltaire, and others… 

“Happiness is the only good. The time to be happy is now. The place to be happy is here. The way to be happy is to make others so.”

https://youtu.be/wCIahbfaEVM?list=PLd0ZSFpYbNTObZ3MYjsJ3ZvEAxF1Cy7nK

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“It is a thousand times better to have common sense without education than to have education without common sense.”

https://revolutionresource.org/2016/11/15/common-sense/

“Nowadays most people die of a sort of creeping common sense, and discover when it is too late that the only things one never regrets are one’s mistakes.”

― Oscar Wilde


Bob Geldof

“The meaning of life is life itself.”

― Bob Geldof



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Albert King…

Albert King…

(April 25, 1923 — December 21, 1992)

…was an American blues guitarist and singer.
 
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albert-king-c-1960s-everettAlbert King…

(April 25, 1923 — December 21, 1992)

…was an American blues guitarist and singer.

 

In 1966 he signed with the Stax record label. Produced by Al Jackson, Jr., King with Booker T. & the MGs recorded dozens of influential sides, such as “Crosscut Saw” and “As The Years Go Passing By“, and in 1967 Stax released the album, Born Under a Bad Sign.

 

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The title track of that album (written by Booker T. Jones and William Bell) became King’s best known song and has been covered by many artists (from Cream to Homer Simpson).

King was a left-handed “upside-down/backwards” guitarist. He was left-handed, but usually played right-handed guitars flipped over upside-down so the low E string was on the bottom.

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In later years he played a custom-made guitar that was basically left-handed, but had the strings reversed (as he was used to playing).

 

He also used very unorthodox tunings (i.e., tuning as low as C to allow him to make sweeping string bends). Some believe that he was using open E minor tuning (C-B-E-G-B-E) or open F tuning (C-F-C-F-A-D).

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A “less is more” type blues player, he was known for his expressive “bending” of notes, a technique characteristic of blues guitarists.



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Funny Business…

The United States Government has been run like a branch of organized crime: a special sort of American business… Funny business that ain’t so funny.

peace5The United States Government has been run like a branch of organized crime: a special sort of American business…  Funny business that ain’t so funny. 
 
 
For more than than 36 long years, corporate and military elites have run the show: spending trillions killing millions for billionaires, while withholding health care from the American people…
and bankrupting the nation.

https://youtu.be/Cm8ktxzaumg

Endless war is unsustainable.

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Time to shut down wars on people who have not attacked us and begin to secure the peace, rebuild the nation ;and heal the planet.

 
https://thepeaceresource.com/2017/02/05/imagination-is-the-cure/



We can shut down wars of choice and reinvest those funds in infrastructure, alternative energy, education, health care, housing and peace. We have solutions.81-kpqrfqzl-_sl1500_

https://youtu.be/4bY0vcg2F-I?list=RDGOFbfY-wY1I



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“Nothing to fear but fear itself”

Voting for war has not been working for 36 years. When voting for Democrats or Republicans advocating war, you better think about the consequences of your actions.

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A Green New Deal is what America needs…


We have had enough “great” pretenders.
We need a Green New Deal…
 
We have nothing to fear, but fear itself.
 
fdr-color-a“This is preeminently the time to speak the truth, the whole truth, frankly and boldly. Nor need we shrink from honestly facing conditions in our country today. This great Nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and will prosper. So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself—nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance. In every dark hour of our national life a leadership of frankness and vigor has met with that understanding and support of the people themselves which is essential to victory. I am convinced that you will again give that support to leadership in these critical days.”
~FDR
stein3“The Democrats take their marching orders from the economic elite, and they know that if they don’t have fear as a weapon against us in order to extort our votes, then they can’t win our votes. So they are permanently attached to fear-based voting and work very hard to ensure that we remain their captives. In my opinion, that alone is cause for them to lose your vote.
 
fearAnd let me say further that this fear is our worst enemy. We have 43 million Americans trapped in predatory student loan debt without a real shot at getting out of it. There are 27 million Latinos who see so plainly that Republicans are the party of hate and fear, but Democrats are the party of detentions, deportations and night raids.”
~Dr. Jill Stein

http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/jill_stein_democrats_govern_by_fearthat_should_cost_them_your_vote_20161018




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The Political Circus

While stepping back from governing to politic, look pretty and tell lies… Obama allowed the CIA, the Pentagon, profiteers and criminals to attack dozens of nations who have not attacked us for destruction, extraction, exploitation and extortion. This shameful display of aggression, in our name, has made America a pariah state.

Obama was an abject failure as president and Trump embraces Barack Obahow-isma’s military-industrial formula:  spending trillions to kill millions for billionaires.
This has not been working for the past 36 years …
 
Obama was to the right of George Bush on War, Torture and Civil Rights. Bush only claimed it was his “right” to render people for torture, rape and murder. Obama went further.
Barack claimed it was his right to murder anyone, anywhere, any time, for any reason or without providing any reason at all. He went on to murder innocent Americans who had committed no crimes without due process of law. Congress did not respond.
 
obamabushKing Obama took the throne of a Global American Murder, Inc. a corporate entity which has expanded to include 800 military bases in 134 countries.
(At a time when NOBODY attacked us.)
Sometimes America was invited to establish military bases, but other times the CIA and the Pentagon established these bases with bombings, drones killing innocents, invasions and forcible military occupation.
While stepping back from governing to politic, look pretty and tell lies… Obama allowed the CIA, the Pentagon, profiteers and criminals to attack dozens of nations who have not attacked us for destruction, extraction, exploitation and extortion. This shameful display of aggression, in our name, has made America a pariah state.
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Exporting terror, munitions, war, profiteering and war crimes has not been working out so well for the past 36 years. We are bankrupt.


http://www.forbes.com/sites/mikepatton/2012/07/23/is-america-bankrupt/#4d10c3c25384

FACT: The U.S. government is bankrupt!

The government has an “official” debt of $15.8 trillion and mounting. But wait, there’s donald_trump_august_19_2015_croppedmore. This doesn’t include the liability from Social Security and Medicare. When you factor these in, the amount according to some, exceeds $120 trillion. With U.S. Federal tax revenue of just over $2.3 trillion, that puts our debt-to-income ratio somewhere around 5,082%. .

And bankruptcy is only the tip of the iceberg…

We continue spending trillions to kill millions for billionaires, sinking further and further into debt, and our current president, Don John Trump, is too busy building walls and enforcing racism to pay attention.”A sociologist credited with predicting the fall of the Soviet Union has warned that US global power is in a phase of accelerated decline under the leadership of Donald Trump — and will collapse while the property mogul is the White House.”http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/donald-trump-us-power-to-collapse-predicted-ussr-fall-johan-galtung-a7460516.html

…Pretending will not change facts.

And while we plunge into fiscal disaster, environmental disaster looms…

vietnam_formosa_enviromental_500x279Our war record (unprovoked aggression) does not inspire national pride. Our shameful export of terror, munitions and war has crippled the planet through neglect. And now we are facing  environmental disaster.

One in 10 people, globally, do not have clean water. The Earth is experiencing mass extinctions and species decline. Earth’s dying oceans are demonstrably rising to flood all shores.

This bankrupt shell of a nation is sinking fast. Now Trump wants to speed up our spiraling decline, with more wars, invasions and attacks for the corporate bottom line.

While calling for a declared war on ISIS mercenaries (armed and trained by the CIA), Trump wants to restart the nuclear arms race.

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“Trump stunned nuclear experts Thursday by proclaiming in a tweet that “the United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes.”

And on Friday, Trump himself weighed in again, saying in a statement to “Morning Joe” host Mika Brzezinski of MSNBC: “Let it be an arms race. We will outmatch them at every pass and outlast them all.”

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/trump-tweets-apparent-call-more-us-nuclear-weapons-n699221

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The orange clown in the White House, kind-of elected by a curious 19% of the nation, has taken the throne to pout and shout about racism, misogyny and hate.

Feels like a circus without a ringmaster, going the way of Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey. Now we have clowns running the show, the big top is gone and we may be folding up the tents sooner instead of later. And nobody is left but everyday American people us to clean up the mess created by our so-called leaders.
 

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We are in a heap of trouble…

Today’s explosive increase in human CO2 emissions and warming of the oceans are recreating the conditions of the great Permian extinction 300 million years ago

resistWe are in a heap of trouble and things will get much worse before they get better.

Forest loss is the tip of the iceberg… 663 million people – 1 in 10 – lack access to safe water and we have declining air quality, collapsing fish stocks and are suffering extinctions and species loss while oceans are dying and seas rise.


dyingoceans1Our oceans are dying,

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/sep/20/fish-are-dying-but-human-life-is-threatened-too

Today’s explosive increase in human CO2 emissions and warming of the oceans are recreating the conditions of the great Permian extinction 300 million years ago

https://thepeaceresource.wordpress.com/2015/05/16/environment/


So, instead of addressing these issues we spend trillions killing millions for billionaires… in American wars on nations whose people have not attacked us.occupy
The United States of America is officially bankrupt and our pretend money will not support official fictions. We know dozens of unprovoked and expanding wars of aggression will result in the economic bottom falling out between 2025 and 2030. This will lead to a global economic depression unlike any in recorded human history.
In response to these collective threats, a bold and daring 18% of the American people elect a narcissist, neo-fascist, clueless, racist, ranting, orange misogynist.
 
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The whole planet knows this hot-tempered, socio-pathic, orange, man-child and chump has no skills for leadership.

He’s like a teenager on steroids with his finger on the red button.

 
Sigh… A heap of trouble indeed.

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“Because you can’t argue with all the fools in the world. It’s easier to let them have their way, then trick them when they’re not paying attention.”

― Christopher Paolini

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cropped-rainy-day-reading.jpgSo what do you think? Let us know…

False Choices? : Tell us what you think…

https://thepeaceresource.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/false-choices/


Stand Up, Speak Out, Take Action! Contact Elected Officials!

https://thepeaceresource.wordpress.com/2013/09/16/stand-up-speak-out-take-action-contact-elected-officials/


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