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Individuals For Justice Blog
Saturday, 10 August 2013
report from this old vet
Mood:  bright
Now Playing: This was a busy week
Topic: City Hall

August 8, 2013


This was a busy week with the politicians, we attended a Policy Board for Oregon Health on August 6th to blast them about not granting the variance the city and Commissioner Novick had requested. This was a long meeting, about 3 hrs. of process, I knew I was at the wrong station. This group had nothing to do with the covering of the reservoirs. They were dealing with things like, "Coordinated Care Model Alignment workgroup" but what the hell since I was there, and spent a few hours listening to them why not move to plan "B." Near the end about 3:45 they had public testimony and I talked about the homeless, the deaths on our streets and the lack of programs that would help the most vulnerable among us. They wanted to talk process, I talked about real life. It was good, and by the expressions on the doctor's faces they are not used to being told things, they are used to telling each other how wonderful they are and how wonderful it was going to be someday! These are good people but we need much more action and less process. After that I went over to the remembering of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This was a wonderful way to say that war is so wrong, there were dancers and the drum musicians made us all smile. There were speeches and people telling their stories about living on this place called earth. This is an event we go to every year at the Japanese Memorial, many of the best people in Portland attended; VFP-72 allowed me to hold one of their flags, it was a great honor. We wanted to go to the social after the ceremonies but I was going to get up early to attend the City Council meeting on Wednesday morning. I departed sad but glad I went to honor those souls who were killed in an instant, but their memory will haunt us into eternity.

Wednesday, Individuals For Justice did testify on an issue that we were pleased that was restored to the budget. There is a special task force that works to get under age women off the streets and into some type of program and get them away from pimps and other shits who are benefiting by the kids working on the streets. Commissioner Fritz has worked on this issue and fought to get funding replaced that the mayor cut. Not all of the money was restored but a lot of it was, that is good. We hope and will push for the full amount of money to be restored. We left early because I was very tired and needed some rest. Thursday morning was "Jeff Cogen Count- Down Day."
Thursday morning once again I got up early, and headed to let the County Board Chair Jeff (the sleaze) Cogen know he should resign. We met, but the board didn't; no reason given. We knew something was wrong when we walked in and the room where the meeting was to be held was dark. We found out from the security guard that the meeting was cancelled. Here I had my t-shirt on that said, "RESIGN WITH HONOR" on the back "REMAIN IN SHAME."

I had my day count----DAY 21. But no Cogen the sleaze, the room was dark. In a strange way I guess it was fitting; the dark room.

Today we will be back on the Hawthorne Bridge, Westside at 1st and Madison. We will have signs talking about the covering of the reservoirs and the rate increases etc. We should be there about 4:00 PM until about 5:15 PM, this wimp wears out fast on the bridge, but we make some noise and try to have fun. All are welcome and the only rule is be proud of what you put on your sign; no other rules. If you get a chance stop and say hello to a person who is living on the street, they are having a tough time and could use some cheer; just say Hi. That's all folks----

"If you are not pissed now---when?"


Posted by individuals4justice at 11:49 PM PDT
Updated: Sunday, 15 September 2013 10:18 PM PDT
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Tuesday, 23 July 2013
Fight Against Camping Ban Continues
Mood:  on fire
Now Playing: Solidarity with the Houseless Protest - Police Sweep Away Protesters
Topic: Houseless

 

 

(by Joe walsh)

http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2013/07/424146.shtml

I look to Jose for info and request the same from the ladies and gentlemen of the protest against City Hall and their stupid camping ban.  There was a call for help for 0700 on Tuesday, 7/23/2013 because the mayor was going to have maintenance wash down the area and force the people to move.  I hate getting up at 5:00 AM; don’t know much about where I am at 0500.  So I did get up and of course walked into my bathroom door and banged by old head.   “What did you do that for?” said Patty, our dog looked like she was laughing!


I was on my way to take a shower, it took some time to finish my cussing about the bump on my forehead, but “Onward you old shit and move your butt so that you can catch the 0600 #4 bus to downtown.The people on the bus looked like they did this traveling in the middle of night as a regular adventure.  I turned on my radio and put in my ear plugs to listen to some music, which would be good.  Think about a Mocha from your friend around the corner from the den of thieves, it did wake me up and with all my whining I got to city hall  about 0645, and the good people were already awake and across the street from city hall.  I did not understand why but talked to Jose and was told that the city wanted to power wash the sidewalks and they needed to protect their stuff.  I went over and saw some staff from the council and one person who works for the city attorney.  I like David and usually when he is around things go smoothly, I hope for the best.  I met a wonderful man whose name was Jim D. Whittenburg; he was prepared to be arrested and was not going to move off the sidewalk when ordered.  I came this morning to be a witness, lend support to the people who are forced to live on the streets, not to get arrested but I was not going to see the wonderful man stand alone, so I told him I would go where he went and if that was jail so be it.  There were the usual 50 or so cops in the area that I could see, they were going to do a clean sweep and we were going to get caught in the middle of the “Wave of Hales Corruption.”


We waited and waited and about 0900 the police approached and Jim announced he would not move voluntarily and I just said, “I’m with Jim.”  I had my USS Independence hat on and a jacket that says, Navy and Peace—Ha!  The police did not want to arrest two old guys who were willing to give up some of their liberties so that others have a chance at what we once knew as “Democracy.”


So, off we went to the big house, the justice center for processing and booking, my wife did not know I was going to push the issue, so she was not going to be happy.  We were allowed to walk with the two police who were friendly and professional and very uncomfortable about arresting us.  We were taken inside the entrance and told to wait on a bench and the police would get things started inside and be out in a few minutes.  After about an hour we were given some bottled water and told to wait.  We waited and were not handcuffed, could walk out anytime we wanted, it was a strange arrest.  I was watching my oxygen and it was getting near the red zone and that is not good, but from time to time I sit at home reading or watching TV and not use oxygen, so I was not in a panic but concerned.  Jim was a good companion and the time moved along, the one police officer came out and informed us that they talked it over inside and they were not going to charge us and we were free to leave.  Off we went!


I got back to city hall and found that the religious display was taken down; Lighnting’s sculpture was also taken apart, gone!  This was not a surprise, but sad.  I talked to the group and they seemed to be in good shape, the cops that I came into contact with were professional and that is good.  My hope is that because Jim and I were respectful that these two cops may see people who protest a little different considering their experience of today.  Patty was home when I arrived and was surprised that I stayed so long, “Well, honey…………………………………arrested” 


She seemed ok with the Tuesday event only saying, “You have a busy week coming up you know,”  “Yea, but some of it will be fun” I said.

I feel good about what we do,   I don’t like getting arrested but sometimes we old folks need to stand firm and not let these young whippersnappers push us around!


Into the streets I say, and bring me a mocha when you see this old grumpy guy standing with a sign for freedom, I love mochas!


Individuals For Justice will be at the City Hall for their meeting at 0930 Wednesday, the dog and pony show does feature the 4 s---s and Commissioner Amanda Fritz who is the only human remaining on this council.  We also will be at the County Commissioners meeting on Thursday at 0930 at the Multnomah headquarters on the East-side near Hawthorne & Grand.  We want to welcome back Cogen and ask him to resign.  Join us if you can! 

Posted by individuals4justice at 10:07 PM PDT
Updated: Tuesday, 23 July 2013 10:12 PM PDT
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Monday, 24 June 2013
Who You Gonna Call?
Mood:  sad
Now Playing: "We are beyond fascism" - by The Lone Vet
Topic: Politics

Who You Gonna Call?

 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2013/06/423822.shtml

                                            
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[Our Shame]         

"We are beyond fascism"- The Lone Vet

                                                                                  

 There is a moment in "Ghostbusters" that you hear the song, "Who you gonna call?" There really is no one to call because who could really fight against something that does not exist? We find ourselves in the same environment with our government, it does not exist.

Years ago when we were fighting against illegal wars in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos we thought we had the courts with us, many times a federal judge would side with one of our military people who had chosen to file as a Conscientious Objector and would order the military to release him/or her. We had some politicians who were out front against the wars, people like Congressman Ron Dellums,

 http://globetrotter.berkeley.edu/people/Dellums/dellums-con0.html

Robert Kennedy,

 link to www.history.com

We were blessed with people like the Rev. Martin Luther King,

 http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/1964/king-bio.html

Catholic Workers, The Berrigan Brothers, nuns who went to prison, Buddhist Monks who burned themselves to death in front of the White House and Pentagon.

 http://peace.maripo.com/m_jonah.htm

We had millions in the streets, we had an underground that helped get people to Canada, we had places that agreed with the simple concept that the Vietnam War was a lie and must be stopped. We had true hope, not something that a politician in the White House talked about. Today, there is no functional government left; there is mostly shills who will do the corporations bidding. Here is a dilemma for you, Sen. Feinstein has called Snowden a traitor but said nothing about Cheney being a traitor. Here are words from the 1%:

"I don't look at this as being a whistleblower. I think it's an act of treason," the chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee told reporters.

The California lawmaker went on to say that Snowden had violated his oath to defend the Constitution.

"He violated the oath, he violated the law. It's treason."

Read more:  link to thehill.com

Most of our politicians are in the hands of the corporations or they are lunatics. We do have some politicians who do not follow the corporate line, but they are so few and most of them are out to lunch-- nuts. People like Rep. Cantor, Rep. Cruz, Rep. Bachmann, Sen. Rand Paul, and Sen. Sessions.

There are a few, very few, who try to do the right thing, are sane, and not controlled by the corporations, maybe Sen. Sanders. I now believe that the corporate shills crossed political lines and it makes no difference if you are Sen. Wyden or Sen. Graham, you do what you are told. If you put your trust in any politician you are asking to be disappointed. They are mostly shills or nuts, take your choice. We, who are sad for the punishment that awaits people we consider heroes, Bradley Manning, Snowden, and others; will not rest until the people of the United States get off their asses and into the streets. We must have hundreds of thousands saying we are a peaceful nation and don't like what the corporations have given us, we will stand tall. The next revolution in the United States will not be about corrupt government, but corporate government vs. noble government. You are the noble government in waiting, will you look into the morning mirror and say "Yes!" count me in or just wait for another show about the Kardashians. It is your future!

Just received this from a man who is trying to change things, short video of why we old people are standing on a corner downtown. Thanks Jacob!

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzKBYqOQ4Xk&feature=youtu.be


Posted by individuals4justice at 8:31 PM PDT
Updated: Monday, 24 June 2013 8:42 PM PDT
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Sunday, 23 June 2013
It Will Be A Long Four Years For Portland, Oregon.
Mood:  celebratory
Now Playing: The most corrupt mayor in recent history
Topic: City Hall

It Will Be A Long Four Years For Portland, Oregon.



 

http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2013/06/423750.shtml

The city of Portland is now under the most corrupt mayor in recent history. I thought Sam Adams was sleazy; Mayor Charlie Hales makes Adams look like an altar boy. Each week there is another scandal and they seem to be ignored by the vast majority of the citizens. The local news has carried the stories but there seems to be little reaction on the streets.

First there was the time he said bye bye to the city even though he did only half of his obligation as a commissioner way back in 2002. He was on his third term as city commissioner but money and opportunity were calling in the private industry and off he went to HDR. When he decided to run for mayor in 2012 there was a problem about where he was living and did he pay taxes in Oregon. The Secretary of State said no problem but the case is now in court and may prove Charlie’s undoing as a politician. He was elected by over 60% of the vote after Smith’s campaign crumbled and crashed late in the election. I did not vote for Charlie and was disappointed with the two top vote getters last November. Charlie has been in office a mere 5 months and scandal after scandal has followed his swearing in. I have to do a new T-shirt with a message each week, sometimes I wear two.

He has acted like a dictator during the city budget meetings and few, if any, of the other commissioners are aware of what will happen at the next meeting. Commissioner Fish spends most of the weekly meetings with his mouth open and Commissioner Saltzman just looks totally lost. Commissioner Novick’s nick name is “Brutus” and he plays the part well. Commissioner Fritz is the bright light each week; she will fight and not just go along with the “suits.”

So, under Charlie’s watch we still have one of his top aides trying to move money out of the water department to the general fund which is illegal without doing some stuff first, like changing the city charter, he not only is still here, he got more responsibility. Then we have the idiot who was acting as a sit-in for the mayor and makes a sexual remark to a County Commissioner at the microphone, not very long ago. He is still at city hall and Charlie has called for an investigation. The man should be out of city hall on paid leave pending the results of the investigation. Our relationship with the county has not been enhanced due to this jerk’s actions. The next time we need help or a favor who are they going to send to ask the county? This entire mess was handled badly and I think we are in for a long four years. I did not like what Adams did on the council as mayor but this guy makes Sam look good and I did not think that was possible. You must attend the weekly meetings, even if you only stay for 30-60 minutes, it is important. There was one case that sent me off to protest outside and inside the den of the 4 suits +1 representative, and that was the Gallagher Smith v City of Portland.

I am not going to give you all the details of the case; you can look it up on Google. A jury awarded Mr. Smith $300,000 because he was beaten so badly by our wonderful cops that he sustained permanent damage. His crime was asking a question. The city attorney wanted to appeal the jury award and the council said, OK? The only one who stood tall on this issue was Commissioner Fritz; the suits slithered around and gave permission to tie the case up for years. There is no basis for an appeal, everyone is just covering their asses and hope the decision comes down when they have moved on, disgusting!

The old but new issue that will consume us is the covering of the reservoirs. This madness will cost anywhere from $500,000,000 to 1 billion dollars and you are going to pay through the nose for it by rate hikes. We are now #3 in the nation, paying for water. Apartment dwellers that don’t pay for water, you are getting screwed also, and the owners will raise your rents to pay for the rate increases. New York received a ten year postponement to cover their reservoirs but our city suits tell us, “We tried but lost.” This battle is just beginning and you’d better pay attention or someday you will wake up and some corporation will own our water. Think the oil companies have a monopoly on oil? If corporations control the drinking water the game is over. You can do without oil; you must have access to water.


Posted by individuals4justice at 5:49 PM PDT
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Sunday, 19 May 2013
Fasting for the GITMO Hunger Strike - Solidarity with Brian Willson
Mood:  down
Now Playing: Portland Solidarity - Hunger Strike - GITMO Torture Programs
Topic: Justice
Sometimes life is so interesting I want to live another 100 years. The week started out normal with us going to the City Council meeting and annoying the 4 shi-s + 1 but the security people were glad to see us, because we were going to argue on their behalf to save their jobs from Hales Budget, better known as his whining about a 21 million dollar shortfall that does not exist. There is money if they want to spend it, but you see politicians always do this kind of thing, say there is a shortfall and make the peasants fight over what programs get cut. 

There was a bright light in this whole exercise in bullshit and that was people from Occupy, Unions, and other groups who told the council to stop making shit up. The kids that were so nervous about the Sun Programs being cut got good news and as scripted thanked the council. The people who were concerned about the needle exchange program were also happy as the county came to their aid, but the programs for getting kids away from pimps seem to still be in jeopardy. Listening to the people who work so hard and seem to be having some success begging for funds was very painful. It would be tragic if there really was no way to get the money to fully fund these programs, however the fact that the council could support them if they wanted to, makes their pleas for help horrendous for us. 

Outside of the den of thieves, another action was going on, called by Brian Willson to protest the treatment of prisoners at Gitmo. Brian asked us, Individuals For Justice, to join him in protesting the conditions, torture, and ill treatment of the remaining people at Guantanamo, Cuba. Roberto and I were there and I joined Brian on a symbolic fast. 
My doctors said I could go for 24 hrs and that was my limit. I started at 10:00 PM Wednesday night and ended it 10:00 PM Thursday night and man, I was hungry. Before I left for the protest all the food in the house was whispering to me, “Joe don’t you just want to hold me, I am so lonely.” I made it through and Brian remains on a 300 calorie per day fast. We will join him as much as possible and that means my days protesting against fluoride are over. I hope we win, we have given much time to stop this madness, but people in Gitmo are near death because of their hunger strike, the decision to join Brian was a no brainier for us. So we have much to do, get together Unions, Church groups, Vet groups, Justice groups, lawyers, firefighters, homeless/houseless groups and stay focused, we are all getting screwed. “Storm the Bastille.”

When downtown, stop and say hello to the people who are protesting the camping ban in front of City Hall, if you don’t take a few minutes to say hello, you are risking becoming a “Cocktail Liberal.”

Posted by individuals4justice at 6:01 PM PDT
Updated: Sunday, 19 May 2013 6:08 PM PDT
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Monday, 15 April 2013
Police Corruption and Appeals for Justice in Portland 4.17.13
Mood:  bright
Now Playing: 4.17.13 Wednesday Protest Demonstration at City Hall
Topic: Justice

 THEY HAVE GONE MAD...

https://www.facebook.com/groups/occupypdx/permalink/597190630291264/ [posted on Face Book 4.15.13]

There will be a demonstration outside of City Hall on the 17th concerning their attempt to fund the continuation of the stalling crap on your case with Mr. Smith.

I will request that the item to be taken out of the consent agenda and that way we will be able to testify. I don't know if anyone from the office will be there but acting for Individuals For Justice, I will make a very angry statement. Dan from Copwatch can not be there, but will send it a written request, He asked me to be present, which I can do. Let me know what your thoughts are but also understand this is an issue we have been fighting against. Not sure how many people I can get, but will try my best.
Joe

Handout for protest:
“Don’t start your day with the broken pieces of yesterday. Every morning we wake up is the first day of the rest of our life.”


Portland City Council has gone mad, they want to appeal a jury verdict who awarded a young man who was pepper-sprayed, “tased,” beaten and punched in the face. His offense, he asked Portland Police why he was being ordered away from a club he was returning to after coming outside. The JURY heard the case and said they did not believe the cops and awarded the verdict in the man’s favor.

After months of stalling, the city wants to appeal this case, they have gone mad.

Individuals For Justice will yell as loud as we can to stop this waste of your money. Any fine, interest and penalties will come out of the General Fund. They are cutting jobs, they are laying off people and they will and have cut programs for kids because they have a short fall in the General Fund , yet they want to spend more money and they will lose and pay more than 9% interest and maybe 10% in penalties.

We will testify against this on Wednesday, April 17 at city hall at 0930 or when they call up the item to pay for the appeal. We are asking you to come and if you cannot attend call the City Council and ask them “Have you gone completely mad?”

City Council 503-823-4000


http://IndividualsForJustice.com

Lone Vet

For Justice,Peace and *Laughter,
Joe Walsh-Lone Vet
Individuals for Justice http://individualsforjustice.com
Proud member of Oregon Progressive Party, http://progparty.org/

War is failure, occupation a disgrace!

“Funding these wars is killing our troops”

http://www.mfso.org/


* Why laughter?? Because without it I would have gone insane years ago.


Sen. ** harry reid must be replaced as Majority Leader, call me when you agree or just go away!


An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching.

Mohandas Gandhi

Thoreau may have also brooded over the reaction of Emerson, who criticized the imprisonment as pointless. According to some accounts, Emerson visited Thoreau in jail and asked, “Henry, what are you doing in there?” Thoreau replied, “Waldo, the question is what are you doing out there?”


Molly Ivins, "It's like, duh. Just when you thought there wasn't a dime's worth of difference between the two parties, the Republicans go and prove you're wrong."


"I have no country to fight for; my country is the earth,

and I am a citizen of the world."
Eugene V. Debs

"So keep fighting for freedom and justice, beloveds..." -- Molly Ivins

 


Posted by individuals4justice at 10:52 AM PDT
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Saturday, 23 March 2013
Fluoride and the 'Healthy Kids, Healthy Portland' scam
Mood:  on fire
Now Playing: video -- who is behind pushing for fluoride in the Portland drinking water
Topic: FLUORIDE

'Healthy Kids, Healthy Portland'

& The Portland Fluoride Saga

- 9 min video -

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfbrLGwwZOM&feature=youtu.be

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfbrLGwwZOM&feature=youtu.be

 

 

 

 


Posted by individuals4justice at 2:06 PM PDT
Updated: Saturday, 23 March 2013 2:07 PM PDT
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Friday, 22 March 2013
City Council Report Back: Spending Time With The 5 Shi-s
Mood:  lyrical
Now Playing: There was a good moment {the picture tells the story}
Topic: City Hall


Spending Time With The 5 Shi-s

 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2013/03/422478.shtml

March 20, 2013, 4:03 PM

I attended the council meeting yesterday March 20,2013 and sure enough there was a guy there telling the council how wonderful it will be when we fluoridate our wonderful drinking water. He said that the difference between Portland tooth decay is 40% higher than Seattle's---Today! Right now! This very moment. I knew this was a lie, so once again I had to dig up the real figures and send them to the 5 shi-s who sat there looking like groupies eating up every BS thing he said. Here is some of what I found:

 http://www.fluoridealert.org/studies/caries01/

There are some good graphs showing the difference among many nations, remember that most of the western world will not touch this crap, they have resisted big US of A pressure to add Hydrofluosilicic Acid to their drinking water. He went on to say how this is the best thing for kids---I get a little angry when the lobbyists do this, because it is a lie. He did not mention that 40 % of kids are now showing signs of fluorosis, guess he forgot that part.

 http://children.webmd.com/fluorosis-symptoms-causes-treatments


So what about his claim of Portland vs. Seattle and the question of cavities. He lied.

Portland-------21%
All of Oregon 44% (see page 12)

Portland does much better than the rest of Oregon, this is a trick that the lobbyists use all the time. The use the higher figure of Oregon vs. Seattle. Makes their case seem more credible, this from a study that recommends using fluoride, not one of ours.

 http://public.health.oregon.gov/PreventionWellness/oralhealth/Documents/smile_2007.pdf

Seattle---------20%
Washington---19%

Again these figures are from an agency that recommends using fluoridated water.

 http://www.kingcounty.gov/healthservices/health/personal/OralHealth/faq.aspx

When representatives tell lies, it does not further what we should be doing about cavities and the problems with ingesting fluorides or Hydrofluosilicic Acid or whatever you want to label it. There are two important concerns one what to do about kids having too many cavities and second, what to do about the dangers associated with putting this stuff in our drinking water. Neither should be ignored.
There was a positive thing that happened, the council was dealing with fees that citizens pay to do remodeling and a number of people testified that the fees were higher than other cities and should be lower. Staff gave a good report but if you ask staff what they recommend they will offer you the best item. This sounds reasonable but if the cost is too high you force people to ignore the program and do the fixing up without proper permits. The council listened and is going to take another look at the issue. This is a problem that I find in most of the things the council does, so I was happy they decided to take another look at the issue. Sometimes I get the feeling they are trying and that makes me smile.

There were speakers from R2DToo concerned that the council continues to fine their safe place to rest. I just do not understand the council on this and wonder why Steve and Amanda are not leading the charge to fix this problem. I will write to them and ask, and will let you know what, if anything, they say. This is one issue that just makes me weep for our city, 60-80 people are not asking for a handout, they want and deserve a safe place to sleep and try to take advantage of the programs downtown. Seems so simple to me----why?

 

 homepage: http://IndividualsForJustice.com


Posted by individuals4justice at 6:58 AM PDT
Updated: Friday, 22 March 2013 7:03 AM PDT
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Saturday, 2 March 2013
the Columbia Gorge Protection Brigade (neé North Portland Coal-Ition Brigade) on distributing coal-fires at terminals in Boardman
Mood:  energetic
Now Playing: Organizations opposed to coal transit through the Columbia River Gorge
Topic: ACTIONS !

Report From Barbara Ellis & Taizz Medalia 

 

the 

Columbia Gorge Protection Brigade 

(neé North Portland Coal-Ition Brigade) on distributing coal-fires at

 

terminals in Boardman

 

 


 

 

February 25, 2013


To: Organizations opposed to coal transit through the Columbia River Gorge


From: Barbara Ellis and Taizz Medalia


Two of us veterans of the North Portland Coal-Ition Brigade—did that  165-mile trip to Boardman to distribute 100 anti-coal-terminal fliers Sunday, Feb. 24. A lot of pre-trip research was done on Boardman itself in preparation for this combination posting/canvassing direct-action effort.


We arrived around noon accurately figuring that’s when the most people would be in the downtown area on both sides of I-84.


In posting fliers, we lunched at the hugely popular C & D burger eatery, posted the flier on its bulletin board, atop Nickel Ads stack, handed out a half-dozen, and left a pair in the uni-sex bathrooms. From there, it was posting it on the sides of 3 food-carts on Main street, distributing them to patrons of Boardman's busy laundromat, people outside the town’s outside the only supermarket and on its community billboard. Other spots were slipping fliers under the doors of the Senior Center and Head Start headquarters, and posting them on the door and on an inside bulletin board of a super-busy bodega.


We then went down to the fire station to hand a flier to one of the 7 paid firefighters (they have near ly 60 volunteers scattered from 11-50 miles away in Ione, Irrigon, Lexington, Hermiston, etc.). He and a colleague seemed totally unaware about information on the flier and admitted they had never had training in quenching a coal-fire. This well-known common hazard from stored coal evidently has never come up in public or private discussions/forums in Morrow County about Ambre’s proposed Boardman terminal. At least a half-dozen national companies are involved in quenching coal fires and training programs for firefighters.


He ensured the flier would be in the hands of the chief first thing Monday; hopefully, that will stir city officials to recognize either Ambre Energy provide a team of coal-fire specialists or that they’ll have to spend a small fortune on training the firefighters and buying the equipment/chemicals vital to putting out fires.


The last half of our nearly four-hour expedition was spent in canvassing nearly 40 houses/apartments in the low-income north side of I-84. Boardman has a heavy Latino/Pacific Islander population that seem to be working as part of the 500 employees at the ConAgra frozen potato complex; others may well be part of the staff of the two newest major plants in town: Pacific Ethanol (2007) and the ZeroChem cellulosic ethanol complex (2010) touted recently (2-18-13) in an Oregonian op-ed).


We counted only about four residents who were aware that a coal storage terminal was in the offing for barging it down the Gorge. They certainly had no idea that Morrow County officials/Port Commissioners were supporting a coal terminal at one of the two sites that’s near a railroad (the rendering of the small, covered plant suggests a spur off the present set of tracks will be carrying the coal to its conveyor belts).


One man, a pedestrian, took 2 fliers. He was super knowledgeable about the terminal deal and the most vocally opposed to the project. “Whatever Gene wants, Gene gets, “ he said. “ We were never asked about those two plants that came in here.” This “Gene” is not listed by google as either the mayor or member of City Council or Chamber of Commerce.  He said he was told that Ambre was going to bring in a special coal-fire team. That has to be news to the fire fighters, of course.


In almost all instances, we were greeted warmly and well. Everyone took the fliers except one lady going to her car at the supermarket.


The intention of this project was to make townspeople aware of the coal-fire dangers inherent of this proposed Boardman terminal—and to force the issue into the public eye in Ambre having to reveal how it plans to han! dle this all-too-common hazard.


The architectural rendering shows a covered terminal and Ambre has sent letters of intent to two Portland  companies (Vigor Industries, Gundersons) to build 15 covered coal barges. However, east of the Mississippi River, no coal barges/trains/terminals are covered seemingly because of the danger of spontaneous combustion setting off explosions and unquenchable fires. Because most coal fires are started by oxygen, enclosing coal suggests even greater danger of explosions/fires.


Too, considering that the coal Ambre plans to store at a Boardman terminal is sub-bituminous and, therefore, twice as volatile as from other eastern coal fields, it would appear that the fire hazard is twice as likely to happen as at eastern terminals.    -posted here on 3.2.13


Posted by individuals4justice at 4:19 PM PST
Updated: Saturday, 2 March 2013 4:53 PM PST
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Tuesday, 19 February 2013
DOJ: Dept Of Justice - Report Back from The Lone Vet
Mood:  bright
Now Playing: went to see the judge again
Topic: Justice

What happen on the 13th floor

There was a hearing today dealing with police accountability. These are my own thoughts and could be off the mark, feel free to critique this report. The hearing was in Federal Judge Michael Simon’s court and lasted about 1 hour or so.

Going to the federal courts is always an adventure in patience; security is almost a phobia. This time was not bad, the bus ride was longer than I expected but I did get to the courthouse on time. Judge Simon’s court is on the 13th floor, I was surprised that building even had a 13th floor, never mind holding hearings there. The judge did most of the talking and I will attempt to give you some idea of what happened. I was under the impression we would be given a scheduled date for public input on the settlement that was made behind closed doors. During a previous city council hearing the public did get about 90 seconds to comment, the last few were cut down to 60 seconds. We did not get to say anything today. The settlement will now go to a mediator as soon as one is selected. The problem is that the four groups who will have some say on what is the final settlement do not get along. The groups are:

1. Department of Justice,

2. The city of Portland,

3. The union representing the cops, 

4. The Albina Ministerial Alliance, made up of 125 Portland area churches. The AMA has less influence than the other three. I was surprised by this as I thought the AMA requested the investigation of Po Po in the first place. The judge decided that the AMA will have a place at the table, but they may have to wash the dishes after each meeting and will be sitting on shorter stools. (My thoughts.)

The judge started off good, announcing his desire to have this exercise open to the public but ended up closing most meetings down. The public can/maybe give testimony but will have to go to the courthouse during normal working hours and go through security. I was asked for a picture ID today and gather that will be the norm. JoAnn asked that a place be selected away from the cops and held on a Saturday or after work hours---Nope!

The AMA wanted the Justice Department to investigate race profiling, how the cops deal with homeless and in general a police department accountable to the people of Portland---Nope!

Where are we now?

The next step will be for the four groups to pick a mediator or, if they cannot agree on one, to submit 3 names to the judge and he will pick one. After that it gets very fuzzy, we may never see a police department that is concerned about killing a person. We just experienced another shooting in the last few days, a man was already a patient at Adventist Hospital and the reports so far say he had a gun and was threatening security at the hospital. There will be more on this in the coming days as the man was shot and killed. My impressions were mixed, Judge Simon seems to care about resolving this settlement and in the coming weeks and months it may get interesting. I was glad that I went, got to see some friends and let them know they do have support from Individuals For Justice. I will continue to monitor

Back to City Hall tomorrow and on Friday back to the Hawthorne Bridge, busy week for me.

author: Lone Vet    

 

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Posted by individuals4justice at 11:28 PM PST
Updated: Tuesday, 19 February 2013 11:38 PM PST
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