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Individuals For Justice Blog
Thursday, 2 August 2012
Call To Action - August 3 2012
Mood:  don't ask
Now Playing: We are in deep, deep shit today!
Topic: Justice
 A call to action
This post was originally on Portland Indymedia here:
We are in deep, deep shit today!
We are in deep, deep shit today!

"We like to think of the drone war as something far away, fought in the deserts of Yemen or the mountains of Afghanistan. But we now know it's closer than we thought. There are 64 drone bases on American soil. That includes 12 locations housing Predator and Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles, which can be armed."

More on this:

We will protest this on the Hawthorne Bridge at 1st and Madison on the west-side at 3:30 PM on Fridays until we pass some regulations against the use of drones. Obama joking about the use of drones is not funny to the 60 children who have been torn apart by our drone action since he took office.

We will join the Police Protest at 6:00 PM 187th and Stark.

Joe Walsh 8/2/12

PS Both actions are non-violent.

Posted by individuals4justice at 6:30 PM PDT
Updated: Thursday, 2 August 2012 6:32 PM PDT
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Thursday, 5 July 2012
call to action - Justice for the Homeless of Portland
Mood:  don't ask
Now Playing: Next Wednesday just before our 5 shits meet and call it a City Council ...
Topic: Justice

A call to action

Let's make some noise
my wonderful colleagues and friends
My wonderful colleagues and friends flags

  Next Wednesday just before our 5 shits meet and call it a City Council will you join me in flying the flags of justice and peace.

I will bring the Vietnam Veterans Flag, will you bring your peace flags to let the City Council know that they our representatives and not the Business Alliance Reps. Cameron has extended his fast past the 30 days and that has me concerned. He has upped the ante and so should we. Will you join me or just stay home and do nothing? Many of you cannot take time off from work but some of you can, join us for one hour of hell raising. Pots and pans, drums, horns and mega phones are the order of the day.

I will go into the Council at 0930 and sit up front with a t-shirt that reads "RESIGN SAM, FISH." If you want me to make a shirt let me know what 4 or 5 words you want on it and I will try to make one up. I do have a few colored ones so let me know. Time to make some noise, want to take a ride on the Justice side? Meet up at 0830 7/11/2012 in front of City Hall.


PS can't come, call the council and tell them to house the people who are on the streets, when they tell you how much they are doing, tell them to do more!!!!


General Information

Phone: (503) 823-4000
City/County Information Center
City Hall @ 1221 SW 4th Avenue Room 110, 97204


TTY: (503) 823-6868

E-mail:  cityinfo@portlandoregon.gov
City/County Information Pocket Phone Directory pdf document 149 KB
Elected Officials

Elected Officials Portfolios and Liaison Responsibilities

Sam Adams, Mayor
Commissioner of Finance and Administration
City Hall @ 1221 SW 4th Avenue, Room 340, 97204
Phone: (503) 823-4120

E-mail:  mayorsam@portlandoregon.gov

Amanda Fritz
Commissioner of Public Utilities, Position Number 1
City Hall @ 1221 SW 4th Avenue, Room 220, 97204
Phone: (503) 823-3008
E-mail:  amanda@portlandoregon.gov

Nick Fish
Commissioner of Public Works, Position Number 2
City Hall @ 1221 SW 4th Ave, Room 240, 97204
(503) 823-3589
e-mail:  Nick@portlandoregon.gov

Randy Leonard

Commissioner of Public Safety, Position Number 4
City Hall @ 1221 SW 4th Avenue, Room 210, 97204
Phone: (503) 823-4682
E-mail:  randy@portlandoregon.gov

Dan Saltzman
Commissioner of Public Affairs, Position Number 3
City Hall @ 1221 SW 4th Avenue, Room 230, 97204
Phone: (503) 823-4151
E-mail:  dan@portlandoregon.gov

homepage: homepage: http://IndividualsForJustice.com

Posted by individuals4justice at 12:47 PM PDT
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Friday, 9 September 2011
Video: Bradley Manning "Spilled The Beans" Protest in Portland
Mood:  energetic
Now Playing: Free Bradley Manning - Individuals For Justice & The PPRC Rally on 9/2/11
Topic: Justice





 Bradley Manning Spilled The Beans Protest 



Posted by individuals4justice at 8:09 AM PDT
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Wednesday, 24 August 2011
J Street--The Activist--The Congressman
Mood:  don't ask
Now Playing: Smoke and Mirrors
Topic: Justice

I received a strange e-mail inviting me to a personal meeting with Congressman *earl blumenauer and **J Street (founded in 2008) members at the congressman’s office in Portland, Oregon. There were two reasons I laughed at the invitation, the last time I saw the congressman face to face, he ran away. I was a volunteer at ***Fish on Hawthorne Street and the congressman was scheduled to come and thank the volunteers for their work. I was at the desk that faced the rear of the building when earl came into the main room, took one look at me and departed without saying anything to the volunteers, it was a strange moment. This invitation was weird but not just on that level, there was another reason that it was curious to me; I don’t support J Street. I sent in my RSVP and told my friends in the protest community that I would go. I was not going to protest, I was going to listen and watch the interaction between powerful lobbyists and the earlman. The meeting was fascinating for me; the expression on blumenauer’s face when he saw me in this group was worth the trip there. Willie Smith, a senior staff member, was gracious but seemed nervous that I was there. Our group of Individuals For Justice had protested in front of earl’s den for over two years every Thursday during the noon hour to get him to call for the impeachment of cheney the dick and george the bush. blumenauer never even requested an investigation into why we went to war in Afghanistan and Iraq. We stopped our protest the day obama took over as our president. There was great hope that he would have his Justice department investigate war crimes by the criminals who held the White House for eight long years, it never happened. I was ten feet away from this man who tells all who will listen he is a progressive. I kept my word to Willie, I did not embarrass the gathering by yelling out questions or take my shirt off to reveal a message underneath to the earlman or J Street. I just wanted to observe this group of lobbyists at work and the congressman’s reaction. It was fascinating.

In one conversation the possibility of “my” congressman going to Israel came up. Through a staffer I was congratulating blumenauer for not going with the 81 members of the House who are going this summer on AIPAC’s dime when I heard there was a possibility that he would go under J Street’s dime. I was red in the face but what the hell, to make a scene would be foolish because this group of groupies were falling all over the earlman. I was given a political button that said “ Pro-Israel, Pro Peace” which was confusing for me because if one stands for peace in the Middle East it seemed to me the message must read “Pro-Israel, Pro-Palestine, Pro-Peace.” I asked why the Palestinians were not included on the button. The answer I got was so convoluted that I almost laughed. It seems that if J Street made such a comment they would be totally rejected by the Jewish community. Wow, they cannot even mention the other side of the conflict! blumenauer was surrounded by signs with the same message on them. The staffer I was talking to during the picture taking, (I was not invited to be in the picture) seemed to be convinced that J Street are the good guys, not like AIPAC. I did not laugh at this because I felt sick to my stomach.

The history of AIPAC comes out of another group that was called, American Zionist Committee for Public Affairs, things got so hot for this group that Israel had to create a new gang called American Israel Public Affairs Committee. The question for me is J Street just another change in image because AIPAC is in so much heat? J Street’s image seems to show a better side of Israel than AIPAC, it is almost good cop bad cop except the good cop here is masked and just as corrupt as the bad cop.

The American Jewish community is against the occupation of Gaza, the slaughter of Palestinians and says it wants a two state solution, sounds good? When I asked them how they feel about the leadership of the Palestinians going to the UN and asking to be recognized as a member of the UN, their answer was they take no position on that question. I pointed out that if you are calling for a two state solution and one combatant is a recognized state, it is logical to believe if the other side is asking to be recognized as a nation you would cheer--no! Can’t touch that one. So what is the difference in AIPAC and J Street? Smoke and Mirrors come to mind. J Street allows good people to join and support an organization that sounds like they support peace in the Middle East but make the conditions so difficult that it will never happen. There needs to be one country and all must be treated equally. I did point out that it seemed to me that what J Street is saying to the Palestinians is “Stop whining, we know you want to be up front on the bus, but we do let you on the bus, so be quiet, after all we don’t make you walk.” This organization is full of good people who are being scammed again by the Israeli government and they don’t even know it; so sad! I could like these people and some I recognized from other actions, but like the T-baggers they are being manipulated by their leadership and don’t want to know the truth. There is a true story told by a long ago friend that went something like this:

“One day my mother came into my room and saw a prescription for birth control on my dresser”

“Who owns this medicine?” asked her mother,

Carol, (not her real name) told her mother that the medicine was hers.

“Don’t tell me you have a prescription for birth control.”

“Mom, my name is on the prescription.”

“Don’t tell me that.”

“OK, they are not mine.”

“Good, let us never speak of this again.”

J Street does not want to talk about being “Pro-Israel, Pro Palestine, Pro-Peace; they want peace on Israeli terms and that will never happen. The back of the bus remains over crowded, the front has lots of seats.

*will not cap due to disrespect and/or disgust

** http://mondoweiss.net/2011/07/j-street-official-takes-care-not-to-mention-occupation-till-after-the-speech.html


*** Fish, an emergency food outlet who helps people in Portland.


Posted by individuals4justice at 2:39 PM PDT
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Tuesday, 16 August 2011
The Gathering in DC in October
Mood:  cool
Topic: Justice

Just talked to my money lady Patty, I cannot go to DC for the October 6th gathering because of health reasons, but can help another go. I will have $100 set aside by September 15th to assist with transportation for a person who wants to go but cannot afford the trip. Will you join me in trying to get people there who can go but don’t have enough money? I cannot afford more but it may help; will you? You can e-mail me and let’s talk. I have volunteered to be the Oregon representative to get people to DC. The reason I volunteered is there was nobody listed for all of Oregon and I think I can put the time and effort in; I do believe, “It Is Time.” In a conference call yesterday it was clear that they want people in DC and support protest around the country are secondary, there will be mass arrest and they also need people to act as support people for food, bail etc. etc. I will be on the Hawthorne Bridge this Friday at 4:00 PM and if you want to talk that is a good place to do it. Please help in anyway you can, this seems like a big deal. You can go to http://October2011.org for more info.



Posted by individuals4justice at 8:41 PM PDT
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Friday, 5 August 2011
Where Do We Go Now
Mood:  don't ask
Topic: Justice

 I had a dream and in that dream I asked the question:

It seems to me the only thing left to do is form a government in exile.  It would not have a lot of legal basis but would embarrass the hell out of this administration.  First a people's congress then a government in exile.  Anyone ready to go back to Philadelphia? 


Posted by individuals4justice at 9:36 AM PDT
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Wednesday, 3 August 2011
Obama Blows a Judas Kiss to the Poor
Mood:  happy
Now Playing: It Is All About Politics Son
Topic: Justice

By Ray McGovern - Posted on 03 August 2011

(Study the Picture)

The unconscionable result of the manufactured crisis over the debt ceiling shows that the political Right knows how to play hardball, and that President Obama and his hapless party know how to get rolled. There are other options; and we, the people, need to press them home.

The Obama-brokered deal on debt and spending was certainly what the Germans call eine schwere Geburt (a difficult birth); this one should have been aborted.

The Obama surrender reminds me of a sermon that Dr. Martin Luther King gave during the turbulent 1950s, in which he peered into the future and issued a prescient warning:

"A nation or a civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on an installment plan."

In promoting and then signing yesterday the so-called "deficit reduction" legislation, President Barack Obama has placed himself squarely in the ranks of those spiritual-death-dealing, "soft-minded" men about whom Dr. King warned so ominously.



Posted by individuals4justice at 4:03 PM PDT
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Mood:  bright
Now Playing: We must learn to be more peaceful when fighting for Justice
Topic: Justice

The Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers

By Margaret Flowers


Posted by individuals4justice at 8:08 AM PDT
Updated: Friday, 5 August 2011 11:11 PM PDT
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Sunday, 31 July 2011
Good Video About Manning
Mood:  incredulous
Topic: Justice




Posted by individuals4justice at 12:27 PM PDT
Updated: Sunday, 31 July 2011 12:35 PM PDT
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