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Submitted by Philip on Thu, 02/17/2011 - 17:40
March 10 RALLY OUTSIDE CITY HALL DAY OF JTTF VOTE!
Say No to Portland Joining the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF).
Say Yes to Civil Rights!
PLEASE FORWARD WIDELY!!!
If your group wants to co-sponsor this event please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
DATE: Thursday March 10
RALLY: 12:30 pm
SPEAKERS: 1:00 pm
CITY COUNCIL VOTE: 2:00 pm (public testimony will be taken)
LOCATION: Outside City Hall Council Chambers 1221 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97204
On March 10 the Portland City Council will be voting on whether the City of Portland should re-enter the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF).
We strongly oppose Portland joining the JTTF, because we value our civil rights. We don't want roving wiretaps, secret access and domestic spying on non-violent activists & community groups.
Further, Portland police officers cannot comply with Oregon law (ORS 181.575) and at the same time operate as deputized FBI JTTF agents. The most recent FBI 2008 Guidelines--as well as documented abuses uncovered by the ACLU across the country--show that FBI monitoring of individuals and organizations engaged in lawful First Amendment activity has only increased since 2005, when the City of Portland left the JTTF.
The City of Portland has a shameful history of spying on civic organizations, activists, and concerned citizens. As written by Ben Jacklet in the Portland Tribune (Sept 12, 2002; updated Oct 30, 2009), the Portland Police engaged in political spying for 3 decades (that we know about): 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s.
[The Portland] police kept watch over a broad range of harmless political and civic organizations. Intelligence officers built files on the People’s Food Store co-op, the Northwest Oregon Voter Registration Project and the Women’s Rights Coalition -- even the Bicycle Repair Collective, a city program offering a $24 course on how to fix flat tires and adjust brakes.
The files obtained by the Tribune focus on organizations, not individual Portlanders. But in the files appear the names of at least 3,000 people from 576 organizations. The names are presented in formal intelligence reports, appear on lists of participants in meetings and groups, are highlighted on posters that advertise events and are underlined in newspaper clippings.
Along with militants and activists are hundreds of regular citizens who were included simply for practicing everyday democracy -- writing letters, signing petitions, joining organizations and attending lectures or school board meetings.
Let's not revert to the Portland Police as political spies. We said NO in 2005 and we say NO now!
CO-SPONSORS: Oregon Progressive Party, Oregon Jericho, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Veterans for Peace, NW Student Coalition, Portland Central American Solidarity Committee, the Portland Coalition Opposing Political Repression, Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights, International Socialist Organization and you...
For more information visit:
Oregon ACLU: aclu-or.org/content/fbis-joint-terrorism-task-force-0
Committee to Stop FBI Repression: StopFBI.net
Oregon Progressive Party: ProgParty.org/repression
CONTACT CITY COUNCIL and TELL THEM WHY WE DON'T WANT the JTTF in PORTLAND
They are elected officials. If they vote for the JTTF, then we won't vote for them!
Mayor, Commissioner of Finance and Administration
Commissioner of Public Utilities, Position Number 1
Commissioner of Public Works, Position Number 2
Commissioner of Public Affairs, Position Number 3
Commissioner of Public Safety, Position Number 4
Submitted by Philip on Tue, 08/24/2010 - 15:22
Progressives: American Buffalo - The Spirit of America:
As Buffalo were the lords of the prairie, Progressives were once the lamplighters of the dawn of a revolution that brought constitutional representative democracy. This constitution brought together ideas from enlightenment along with concepts found in tribal co-operative agreements of the The Constitution of the Five Nations - or - The Iroquois Book of the Great Law. In it, you will find close parallels to our Executive, Legislative and Judiciary branches of government as originally described in our U. S. Constitution.