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Saturday, 16 November 2013
Mood:  crushed out
Now Playing: Speaking at Portland City Council and the Mult. County Board
Topic: City Hall

Is it possible to cry and laugh at the same time?







Written by: The Lone Vet & copied from Portland Indymedia

[This picture is from a previous meeting in 2013] 

When I am speaking to the Portland City Council I am in crisis mode and as I smile at them tears are flooding my body. These local politicians are the worst of the worst; they operate in a parallel universe. Wednesday, I went to take my regular seat and was greeted by Jim who was sitting there and that made me smile. I like Jim, we disagree on some things but he is a man who worries about our future and the future of our kids, I love that. I sat down feeling good, happy and there was nothing on the agenda that perked much interest, it looked boring; I was very wrong. Commissioner Fish started the action after my passionate plea about how they were going to use money to help the homeless. After my 3 minutes he used my name and speaking in a very condescending voice about their intention of spending 1.7 million dollars and not one cent of that for the people who are on our streets. They are going to once again waste money by giving it to the same people who have failed us for so long. My "Irish" hit an all-time high level of anger and I shouted out, that is a lie! Mayor Char-lie ordered me to be quiet then ordered me to get out, I said no! The fish man used my name from his perch and that is a violation of protocol and I called the would-be representative out. Security came to get me but the mayor in his anger made a mistake by giving me a choice, get out or shut up. I said I would be silent, and that caused some confusion, I was not going to make it easy on them, they are defective human beings and I just cannot stand the hypocrisy of it all. If the people of Portland reelect Nick Fish and Dan Saltzman they will get more and more mediocre responses to their requests. We must say goodbye to these "Abbott and Costello" wannabes, it is just too much. Thursday is always a better day.


I like Thursdays because I go to the County Board and the people there may be problematic but I always have the feeling they care, all five of them. This visit was going to be hard for me because I was hurt during last Thursday's, (11/07/2013) meeting and I wanted to take them on but did not want to alienate them; it was hard but Patty said I did not come across hostile, just hurt. What happened was last Thursday the board wanted to celebrate Veterans Day and the way they decide to do it caused me a lot of pain and I needed to tell them why. They had ROTC from PSU march in with the American flag and the flag from Oregon in formation. They were in uniform and marched in military style, all stood and then proceeded to the front of the auditorium and did another military maneuver. They stood at attention while the national anthem was played. Everyone in the room stood and had their hand over their hearts except me. Since I was sitting alone it was very hard to not get up, but I was not going to celebrate Veterans Day, once known as Armistice Day, by an exercise in super patriotic nonsense. Veterans Day by law is a day to honor the peace after World War 1 with the hope never to go to war again, not saluting flags, not playing the Star Spangled Banner, not telling lies about soldiers defending our freedoms, not getting big savings on mattresses, or cars; we celebrate the end of war and those who gave so much to end it. Europe still rings the bells and at the 11th month, 11th day, 11th hour there is silence for two minutes to celebrate ending a war. As much as I like the 5 ladies, if I were to stand, I would have to live with the fact that I sold out for acceptance, and my legs would not let me do that, not at my age. So I told them about Armistice Day 1918 and the great celebration around the world. I also asked if they would join me in my task to get the churches to ring their bells next year throughout the city in celebration of peace and no more wars. That would be a good thing.


The rest of today's meeting, 11/14/2013, was good. There were many wonderful people trying to help the human condition. We do have much to applaud but more to do in our efforts to end the shameful and hurtful reality of having families and others living in the rain and cold on the Portland Streets. As long as there is "No room at the Inn" for one human being, we are all guilty of neglect and will have to answer for it someday. If there is a God, Commissioner Fish, I do not want to try to explain that New York had more people on their streets than Portland. You can do that sir, and let us all know what hell is like. Friday we will be back on the streets near the Hawthorne Bridge to raise our voice against drones, Gitmo, torture, ODOT, homelessness/houselessness, NSA spying, police accountability. Bring a sign and meet us at SW 1st and Madison, about 4:00PM. We be the two old guys looking lonely but steady.

Posted by individuals4justice at 11:20 AM PST
Updated: Saturday, 16 November 2013 11:40 AM PST
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Thursday, 31 October 2013
Can Good People Be Hypocrites?
Mood:  sharp
Now Playing: “Why are there no homeless at this table?”
Topic: City Hall
Can Good People Be Hypocrites?



By: The Lone Vet
I was walking around trying to figure out where everyone was, when from across 4th Avenue I saw the man, the chief of police, the one and only Mike Reese. The thought came easily, just follow the chief and he will lead you to the gathering of people who wanted to spend 1.7 million bucks on helping the people who had camped outside city hall for about two years. I followed him but he said he was late and left me at the elevators, sometimes I get the feeling he does not like me very much. After checking with the mayor’s office I found myself in the council chambers and there in real life was Commissioner Dan Saltzman with about 15-20 suits sitting around the table in a square. I tried not to laugh.

As I was putting down my stuff, coat, cane, and oxygen carrying backpack, I looked around and the homeless were in the peanut-gallery and the suits took up all the seats at the table. I was not amused; I thought they were actually going to do something this time around. We spend 10s of millions of dollars on the homeless and we have more people on the streets than when we started; why is that mr. mayor?

I yelled out to Commissioner Saltzman, “Why are there no homeless at this table?” They ignored me, so I yelled as loud as my lungs would allow, “Where are the people that know about being homeless?” The comish in a very stern voice said, “I am running this meeting.” My reply was that I did not want to run it because it was a fraud. We have done this crap hundreds of times and keep wanting the outcome to be different, it never will. The people around the table actually think that they know about homelessness, they don’t. The only people at the table who might know something about being cold and alone would be Marc Jolin from Join or Israel Bayer from Street Roots, but I was sad seeing them in this group of, “Let’s play house.” I did not interrupt any more, but they did know I was pissed for whatever that was worth. The meeting lasted about 90 minutes and all departed in good cheer to feel like they are trying to do something about the poor people who are on the streets. Why, even Chief Reese made the statement that seeing a child on the streets, hungry and cold is heart breaking.” First Chief, you got to have a heart in order for it to break, you and the dick Cheney do not qualify. As they left not one stopped to talk to any of the people who were homeless outside of City Hall, not one! They scurried away not to be contaminated by this thing called homeless. I don’t like these creeps, guess you get that feeling by now. Two people I cannot stand, one, a thief, (who steals from the poor) and the other a hypocrite; both were here this evening. They will waste this 1.7 million because that is what they do, one member of this panel is Nick Christensen. You say you don’t know Nicky? He represents the now famous Lents Neighborhood Asses who had Oregon Department of Transportation, (ODOT) deliver large sharp-edged boulders to a place where people were resting; they wanted the homeless to move on, the homeless did; Fancy That. We should get his ass off this committee and replace him with Jose. We have Chief Reese on this committee, let’s get him off and replace him with Lightning. Deborah Kafoury is now a candidate and should not be on this committee, we like her and would not lose any sleep if she stayed, but we need replacement slots. She could be replaced by Tequila or Joel, or any of the other two to five thousand people we find on our streets. Point is you must have people who can tell you what it is like when you are cold, and it is raining and a cop tells you to get your stuff and move now! This panel is a sham and our tax money will once again be wasted. Bye-bye!

On Wednesday we were back in the City Council Meeting and my t-shirt said “Danny Wants To Be In Charge” on the back, “Screw Up Coming.” Not sure if Saltzman read it, he is not talking to me. Dan Handelman from Cop Watch was there and we both signed up to offer our advice to the 5 shi-s about reappointing 10 members to the Independent Police/review/cover up Board. I was not sure what Dan would say, but for me they should not just rubber stamp these appointments and to do 10 at once, may be part of the reason the Dept. of Justice thinks that our police depart is so screwed up. Well, Dan was logical, I was pissed and we both once again got shot down. Comm. Novick seemed particularly annoyed with me this day and did go after me. He suggested in his smug way that I compile a list of all the people from Cop Watch, ACLU, Lawyers Guild, or any other organization that has been rejected. I answered him by saying, “What are you talking about, my advice/suggestion is for you to get off your ass and recruit new blood for these committees.” I really am getting to not trust this opportunist.

Thursday morning for me is always a fun day, I go and monitor the County Meeting and get to see people I know, usually sneak in a mocha, (don’t tell Patty) and enjoy the morning. The Sheriff was there with a request to get more money for overtime; it was a sham, but what the hell, the damn budget is so complicated no one in the room could understand the big picture. I did offer my 3 minutes of wisdom and restricted it to Fred and his son Keaton and a limited report about what happened at the gathering of hypocrites. (See above.) There was going to be some discussion about the coming cold and the homeless, I could not stay for that as I was not feeling 100%. Tomorrow we will return to the Hawthorne Bridge and hold our weekly protest about wars and peace, hot local issues, and this week the NSA looking at you baby. The Obama administration has been such a disappointment we may have gone backwards instead of moving forward. I pray that I am wrong, but almost can hear the answer.

Keep fighting, it is better to fight and fail than to watch and wonder what the hell happened.

Posted by individuals4justice at 6:51 PM PDT
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Sunday, 27 October 2013
LET THEM EAT ROCKS - (Houseless get rocks tossed at them)
Mood:  crushed out
Now Playing: "Storm The Bastille, with calls and pickets"
Topic: Houseless
We must fight this with all our might, "Storm The Bastille, with calls and pickets."


A few days ago I got an email about Oregon’s Department of Transportation delivering large rocks to an area in the Lents neighborhood. This was a place where people, human beings, set up a camp under the 405 Freeway. The solution is the s...ame as Marie Antoinette came up with when she remarked that let the people eat the crumbs from the bread, or as the more common use of the legend is, “Let them eat cake.” ODOT goes one better by saying, “Let them eat rocks.”
I want to get to a place where I am calm, logical, and persuasive, but these jackasses just will not let me do it. Every time I feel calm and happy that the world is good, some idiot from the city, county or now this new entry into stupidity does something that sends me into the overhead and I want to scream; and I will---very loudly.

 We must attack this shit straight on, I have sent e-mails to the city and county, I have made some phone calls and will make some more on Monday to everyone I can think of up to and including that guy in Salem we call our governor. People, unless you make this a big issue, then you can expect this kind of shit everywhere. ODOT thinks they got the answer to homelessness, well let’s show them that the homeless/houseless may be vulnerable but we who live inside will not let this stand. I will ask you to pass this on, let’s get together and do something that will knock their socks off.

 Let’s call for the first meeting at City Hall this Wednesday, 10/30/2013 and meet at the food carts, get some lunch and take over the courtyard. I got a few bucks, “want to take a ride?” Individuals For Justice will be there for the council meeting and when we come out during lunch it would be good to see lots of homeless there to meet and decide on a date and action against the Lents Neighborhood Association and ODOT. I know there is a meeting tomorrow, 10/28/2013 at City Hall and we will attend that one. The Musketeers had a saying, All for one, one for all; we are in this together and fight we must.
Monday---3:00 PM at City Hall—Michael Withey—Six Points and more
Wednesday 0930 for Council meeting—Individuals For Justice
1100 for lunch meeting – Individuals For Justice, start to coordinate actions against ODOT & Lents Neighborhood Association and the city. Please get this out to your list and let us show that we who care about others will fight these greedy, short sighted jerks.
The Lone Vet    10.25.13  (originally posted on FaceBook)


Posted by individuals4justice at 8:02 PM PDT
Updated: Sunday, 27 October 2013 8:43 PM PDT
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Saturday, 12 October 2013
Lone Vet Report Back on October 10 2013
Mood:  amorous
Now Playing: There are times that make me smile, that happened during Monday the 7th of October
Topic: ACTIONS !

 {Report was copied from Facebook}

Joseph Walsh-Lone Vet

There are times that make me smile, that happened during Monday the 7th of October when we were at City Hall about 0745 with a big sign saying, “Nick Fish got to go” and I was wearing a shirt with a picture of Comm. Fish sucking milk from the corporations. I was having fun when I saw “The Fishman” and he was coming straight at me. He walked up to me, said good morning and put his hand out, we shook hands and we both smiled. I wondered what he was thinking as he went into the building---it was very strange.
The next day, Tuesday, was taken up by going to the County building for a protest against the policy or lack of a policy of the sheriff’s department concerning holds put on prisoners by the county cops. There are about 350+ inmates who have ICE holds on them and only about 10% are or have been released. The County Commissioners thought that the sheriff was going to alleviate some of the over-crowding in our jail system—Nope!
Wednesday morning it was back to see the 3 S---s. I used to call city council members the 5 S---s but two of them have been taken off the list for good behavior and/or actions. The City Council is getting harder to speak during communications due to the number of people who want to tell the city something. I was not signed up officially but there were a few items I wanted to say something about. I ended up speaking on three different items and was doing ok until the last one and man did I hit an open nerve with Fish, Novick and even the Mayor having a go at me. It had to do with a mobile home that was up at the Butte. The city had to move it and get rid of it; Fish wanted to just sell it off and Individuals For Justice recommended they try to utilize it during the R2D2 move, maybe put it under the Broadway Bridge for use by the people who may live there someday. My suggestion fell on deaf ears; one of the things I have become aware of during my monitoring of the city council hearings is that our perception of reality is very different. I don’t mean a little, I mean a lot. I still think they do something to their brains and souls when they take the oath of office or they secretly drink water with fluoride in it and their ability to deal with reality is diminished. They went off on tangents about the PUD for god sakes; they compared the criticism of building a million dollar house and now putting it on the market for around $400,000 and taking a $600,000 loss to saving a $13,000 mobile home and use it for the houseless? My mind just can’t make this stuff up. The thing I notice the most, their anger at the idea of losing the water department. Hey, guys---I am not the power behind this move, I may support it, but I am not the instigator for this project.
Thursday would be more fun, the county is always more pleasant than the city, the commissioners there know how to treat an old guy who may be a pain, but is worried about our country. Thursday was good. Lightning and I monitor the Board almost every week now and we have been joined by Charlie Johnson and that is a compliment to both of us. Lightning and I do not always agree on everything and that is interesting during the meetings, so far we have kept our friendship intact and I hope that continues. Well, we have our Friday on the Bridge Day tomorrow and Saturday we have two events we want to attend, one a celebration of R2D2 two years of existence, 12-5 PM and the other, The Fred Otis memorial for his son who was shot down by the Portland PD.

Fred is in the hospital and has asked his family and friends to do the vigil and we will. It is on 6th and Glison at 6:00 PM.
So, many things to do and we are busier than ever, feel free to join us on our journey to do good. I have a new shirt that I wore to the County Board meeting, “My Country is the World and,( on the back) My Religion is to do good” Thomas Paine. He is my favorite of the founding fathers, always honest and did not change with the blowing of the winds. That’s all folks!
See ya in the streets---soon I hope.
PS Did you see where 6 Congressional Representatives gave up some of their liberty so we could have more. Wow! That will keep me going for another month or so!

Posted by individuals4justice at 11:59 PM PDT
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Friday, 4 October 2013
There are times I am argumentative, arrogant,
Mood:  on fire
Now Playing: October 1 was one of those times
Topic: Justice
74x50-1856549.jpg  "Trying to Relax" 


[copied from Facebook]

There are times I am argumentative, arrogant, and really angry, October 1 was one of those times. I did spend some time on the #4 bus trying to relax because I knew I was going to a meeting of the evil empire, something called “Civilized and Safe.” The directions to this gathering of the evil ones, said it was going to be held at PSU Student Union Hall; that was just sad to me. I was not sure what the hell this was about but knew it was not something that I would support. I went and wore one of my t-shirts that said on the front “56 humans died on our streets in 2012” on the back a picture of a cemetery and the question, “How many must die before you notice.” I arrived and went to the front of the room because I like my evil in front of me at all times. I looked at the panel and hoped I was wrong. In the back of the room there was some noticeable movement and I recognized Commissioner Kafoury from the County, I was sad she was there, why? I went up to get some coffee and recognized some people but they were not friendlies, they were people who I no longer trust, or just dislike. I thought, “This is hostile territory,” and it was. The program began. I was also tired as this was the second event I attended on that Tuesday, the first being a wonderful debate on the pros and cons of the coming initiative about taking the Water Department and BES away from the city council. (More on this later.)
The opening remarks were what I feared; they were antidotal, stories of bad behavior by the people on the street. The cop, Robert Day, who told his story about being at City Hall and one of the homeless lit up a crack pipe! I thought, “My god, a crack pipe, that is just bad manners. He went on to indict the subject of his story and of course implied that all people who live on the street light up crack pipes. That is the problem with generalizations; they make all people involved who are forced onto the streets, but never saying it. I was angry with this presentation and wanted to leave but I wanted to be around when the questions were allowed from the audience; I had much to say to these people who call themselves human and are not.
Here is some of policeman Robert Day, what a piece of work this guy is:
Marvin Mitchell, Julia West House was just as bad, his claim to fame was to tell a story about how he, almost without support from his staff, got those street people to stop using bad language and they were sleeping in the recreation room---my god have they no shame? I was more depressed than angry with this person, he was supposed to help and he was using his authority to pound a very vulnerable section of our society into his image/ shape or they were told to leave. What a guy!

Marvin did come up to me and tell me that the 56 humans who had died alone on the streets of Portland in 2012 died because they did not want to come inside. I went ballistic, told him to get away from me and stop talking as he was a defective human being and I did not want to spend any time with him, ever! He did not know what to do, he left and the blond lady who seemed to be in charge came up to me and that did not go well either; she was another monster, I felt like a Grimm.
She said something about her feelings being hurt because somewhere in my rant at the people on the stage I told them they were all insane. She wanted me to apologize and I told her she was insane, she was running a con on the people and blaming everything on the people who were forced onto the streets and that pissed me off to no end. She threatened to have me removed and I said, “Go ahead, have me thrown out that should be a good show for your guests.” She went away, and other women in the back of the room told me I was too loud, Ha! I was sad to see the mayor, Commissioner Fritz and Commissioner Kafoury were there, I went to challenge this group, not sure why the leading politicians were there. When I did ask a staffer why his boss was there the answer was they wanted to listen to what this group had to say; made me sad. I walked from PSU back down to city hall to cool off and think about what just happened, I was glad that I challenged this evil group but I was exhausted and looked forward to the ride home and some rest.
I had trouble sleeping but needed to get up at 0600 to go to the city council meeting the next day. I was very tired when I went in and Commissioner Fritz looked worn out also; the meeting would perk me up a bit and Commissioner Novick did something that startled me. He took on Wal-Mart. This is going to be interesting, this company does not like people to take them on and for an official to do it, and well we will watch this one. Commissioner Novick with support from Amanda and some of the rest actually named Wal-Mart as a company the city should not invest in, big fight coming on this one for sure. Went to the County meeting and gave my 3 minutes of testimony and talked about the event on Monday night and how sad I was that 3 politicians were there. Commissioner Kafoury came down to talk to me and let me know her and her staff left in the middle and could not stand what this group was saying, that was impressive. I accepted her explanation of why she was there. I was off for the 2:00 PM hearing on R2D2 by the city.

There seems to be a preliminary agreement between R2D2 and the city to allow the people to leave Chinatown and move under the Broadway Bridge. During the discussion I felt like I was watching an old movie about Moses and the movement of the Israelites out of Egypt. The Pearl sent their lawyers and their builders, reminded me of Edward G. Robinson character in the movie, a very sleazy kind of guy who causes all kinds of problem for the people. The testimony of R2D2 was wonderful, telling, and full of pleas for help for the first time in two years. The decision to grant the program the ok was put off, but I think this is going to happen in a few weeks. R2D2 wants this and we fully support their wishes, they have earned our support and we stand with them and all people who want a safe place to put their head down. I was, and said so publicly, proud to support the city council on this issue. The people of the Pearl need to rethink their values or they will all just dry up and blow away in the dust of corruption. There is another meeting with the city today, Friday, 10/4/2013 at 2:00 PM and we are not invited.

Today, there will be a historic meeting that Individuals For Justice has pushed for years, a meeting between the homeless/housless and the city officials and/or senior staff to try to figure out how to resolve people being forced to sleep on the street. We are happy about not being invited because we feel it is important to talk to the people who are suffering, not professionals or activists, but real people who just want a safe place to be. Our hopes are high for this meeting and will be present after the meeting to lend any support we can. So, things are-a-happening and I am tired but smiling at the possibilities; we are hoping for the best, but do realize these are tough issues and the fact the city seems to be trying is wonderful. I am saying so many nice things about politicians lately, it makes me nervous.
Stay safe and we will see ya in the streets. Oh, I forgot!
Dear Mr. Policeman,
If you beat or mace a human or an animal know that there is a special place in hell, very deep into the pit that is reserved for you. You may think you are getting away with something, but you are not. Fear your God and know that someday she will ask you why you acted so badly to the least among us when she said, in so many ways, “Treat the poor with love and I will love you; fu-k with them and I will fu-k with You!” “I am the Lord thy God and I have a temper.” book 1 c 1


Posted by individuals4justice at 11:37 PM PDT
Updated: Friday, 4 October 2013 11:47 PM PDT
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Tuesday, 1 October 2013
Week of 22ND of SEPTEMBER
Mood:  on fire
Now Playing: Report from the Lone Vet
Topic: City Hall



[Originally posted on Facebook by Joe Walsh] 10.1.13

This week, Individuals For Justice were out and about. We were at the City Council meeting on the 25th and fought alongside of Cop Watch, Charlie Johnson from KBOO and the ACLU over a report concerning the actions of the police. The report, like everything else that is directed or influenced by the police, was a sham. They found that over 80% of people being subjected to exclusion orders are African- Americans. They don’t see a problem with this number and defended the police for outstanding work. (African-Americans make up about 6-7% of our population)
We pointed out that hotspots are violations in themselves because if you go into an area that has been labeled a “Hotspot” you are going to treat people very different than say in front of the Justice Center. It would seem once again the council had reservations about this report but voted to accept it. We were not happy when we left the council. The next morning it was off to see our friends at the County. The County Board is working well with no Cogen. We did not offer any testimony because we had nothing to say. The Hotel that metro wants is a done deal and we hope it fulfills all the hype offered by the President of Metro; we hope but have grave doubts. We called for all who we know to help out Jose Serrica who has requested we support his effort to assist those who are on the streets with things they may need. He has been doing this for a while now and knows what he is doing. He asked for a $100.00 a month and Individuals For Justice will cover half and asked the people we know to help. That is what we do, we fight, we yell, we compliment, we assists others in their quest to do good. We also write some!
I forgot to tell you about a wonderful presentation by Mr. Thomas Linzey. He talked about thinking outside, under, alongside the box; never inside. He told us about communities that would not give up even when they were beaten by the corporations. They said, hell no! Read his book called, “Be The Change.” I will! David Delk, Alliance for Democracy, gets the credit for this one, it was great. Thank you Thomas and David, you make me smile.
Went back to the Hawthorne Bridge with the winds and rains, I was hoping for the sympathy vote, standing in the rain always gets you some horns blasting, it was fun but very windy. I just held my sign thanking people for calling, emailing or talking about not bombing Syria---it worked, we have not bombed those poor people who are suffering and don’t need us to bomb them in order to save them. We hope the UN succeeds in its effort to stop the violence.
We went to a press conference on the 14 floor of the Justice Center. Sarah Hobbs asked for our support and Malcolm, Charlie Johnson and I showed up and had a ball. The press conference had to do with an analysis of completed suicides. The period of study was April 2011-June 2013. We asked questions and met with the unit called Behavioral Health Unit, there was a VA rep. and other people who work in the health field who are all concerned about our standing in the nation; we are among the highest cities to have suicides every four days. There are other issues we would have loved to have examined but we were cut off. We did get to talk to some of the professionals and asked them to come and talk to our groups, they seemed ready to do something like that; we shall see.
Yea, a busy week and we have another one this week but what the hell, we do laugh a lot and we get to do all this stuff for free---ha!
Most of you know that I am not a republican or democrat; I belong to the Oregon Progressive Party. I mention this so you know I do not like ether of these “Two gang of thieves”. But I gotta tell ya, the leadership of the GOP has all gone mad. They will shut down this government in order to hurt this president, which is outrageous and should be rejected by every voter. I know it will not happen, the rejection part, but I just got to say it. Take care and stay safe, we all have much work to do. We must learn to support all those people who are doing good for others and get rid of those who enrich themselves. “Storm The Bastille, with votes and calls.”

Posted by individuals4justice at 12:20 PM PDT
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Sunday, 15 September 2013
Coffee Codes and Donations for Hot Cups of Joe
Mood:  special
Now Playing: Let me know what you think?
Topic: Peacemakers

A person will go in and ask for a “code word” coffee and the owner or clerk will give him/her one and not charge them because it is prepaid.  Our account has money in it for this very reason, the people who are living on the street have a backup so they always have coffee available to them. 

The problem is that we are running out of money and that is where you come in, I am asking you to help in the following way.  When you are downtown, stop at Bento Coffee & Cookie, 431 SW Madison and put some loot on the account.  It is located across from city hall next to the day care in the Portland Building. 

Ask the owner to credit the account and that way more people can use our “Coffee Friendship.” 

Roberto and I have been doing this and other things for a time now, but our loot is getting low so I thought you might want to help.  Please do not send me any money, you must do this on your own or not.  We will keep it going because it is a neat idea and the people who are "houseless" like it.  The name of the account is under my first name, Joe. 

Let me know what you think?



Posted by individuals4justice at 10:44 PM PDT
Updated: Tuesday, 1 October 2013 1:07 PM PDT
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Wednesday, 11 September 2013
Sitting on the lobby floor at Oregon Senator Merkleys hideout
Mood:  energetic
Topic: ACTIONS !


Report of the Adventures of Individuals For Justice and Noble Friends      


Barbara, Malcolm and I met Tuesday at 2:45 PM at The World Trades building. It was going to be an interesting meeting with the staff of Senator Merkley.


The day before, I, Judith, and José were also refused entrance to his office to drop off a letter telling the Senator what we Individuals For Justice wanted him to do concerning a pending vote on using air/missiles to attack Syria.  The security guard told me the same thing he told Robert, Pam, and Barbara last Friday when they wanted to drop off a Pam’s letter to the Senator.


I told the security guard that I would be, “over-there,” pointing to the middle of the lobby.  I sat down in the middle of the lobby and started to hand out copies of the Constitution I had picked up from Rep. Blumenauer’s office just before going to Merkley’s office to see what the hell was going on with access.


After about 30 minutes, Merkley’s constituent-service director Joel Corcoran came down and tried to tell me that they were glad to see us, but we needed an appointment to go upstairs.  I said that was unacceptable and was prepared to remain on the floor handing out copies of the Constitution.  Joel arranged a conference room off the lobby and offered to meet with us for about 20 minutes. After a vote with José and Judith, Judith and I went into the conference room where he and I got into a screaming match about access with Joel telling me not to scream at him.


We got almost nowhere except on Monday, Joel emailed me and said that if we wanted to, they would be willing to meet on Tuesday and they would make the arrangements.  How many would be there and they needed our names. I polled everyone and nobody would agree to that.


So there we were Tuesday at 3 in Merkley’s conference room, the three of us, Joel, and a staffer in charge of access, Merkley’s state director Jeanne Atkins. Because I’d emailed Joel our agenda about access and Syria, they’d arranged for us to skype with Merkley’s senior foreign relations adviser, William L. White to tell us how the Senator Merkley would vote on attacking Syria.


We were not prepared to present our arguments about Syria because we were there mostly to protest access to the Senator’s office and that his staff in Portland were hiding, (in our view) from his constituents.  We did a good job presenting what has been our opposition to President Obama’s insistence that the way to peace is bombing.  We told White that bombing was foolish and would cost more lives and get us in the middle of a civil war.  That the opposition to Assad was worse than he is.  And the fact that Senator Merkley was saying he was undecided was most distressing.


We also told Joel and Jeanne  and White in DC that we want leadership from Merkley and not some person who tests the wind before making up his mind.  We have Senator Wyden, we said, and do not need another one. 


Bottom line, did we accomplish anything by spending an hour with the staff.  Yes!


Barbara suggested that because building security isn’t going to change its policy, that the office be moved out of the WTC. And we talked about moving to the Federal building where once people go through the metal detectors, that’s it. We also reminded them about how open Rep. Blumenauer’s office is and how constituent friendly the staff is.  I don’t know of any Congressional office that is like going to see the President.  Security must serve more than just keeping people safe, we kept emphasizing. It must include a way for constituents to stop and get something, to ask a question, drop something off, or just visit the office.  We shall see.


Malcolm got in his concern about what is happening in Japan with its leaking reactor at Fukushima.  White seemed up-to-date and shared our concern.  When we departed the office we felt OK. Not great. But OK.  I have not met this staff and meeting them was good in itself. They now know who we are and how we think.  There will be follow ups by Individuals For Justice to see how they are doing.  Life is so strange sometimes, but as I told the staff of Senator Merkley, you cannot just hide, or protect other staff members 24/7. 


We have had very little contact with this staff, so it may take some time for them to change any access policy.  We will watch and keep an eye on things and let you know.  Meanwhile, please call their office (503-326-3386) and ask that easy and immediate access to the office be open. Tell them they should not be hiding behind some security guard who will tell constituents that they need to make an appointment and cannot go upstairs to drop off anything or just visit to say hello.


I was tired, so off we went home. I was scheduled next day to attend the City Council meeting and a high noon protest about drones. So, we had some fun, took some knocks, laughed a bit and enjoyed every minute of the last few days.


The  Council meeting was cool. They acted like human beings and even passed a resolution to send a letter to the FDA about their regulations excluding some people from donating blood.  Here’s the URL about it:




We came out of the Council feeling good. Did not yell at anyone and had that high-noon drone protest.  I saw José and Cheeto so went over to say hello. But from across the street a guy started yelling at José.  Thing were looking OK until this guy came over and went face to face with José.  José turned away. I thought the guy was going to sucker punch Jose because he twisted his body to hit hard.


 I got in between them and yelled, “Stop!”


The guy picked me up and slammed me down on the concrete. Unfortunately, the first part of my body to hit was the back of my head.  I reached back to feel my head and came back with a hand full of blood.  I said “shit” a lot.


I asked David who works for the city attorney to call for an ambulance. The bleeding continued until the ambulance arrived along with the fire department and lots of cops.  Everyone was concerned because I had a head injury and that is not something to mess with.


But I did not want two things: one, no arrest; two, no hospital unless I had to go.  We sat for a time. The ambulance paramedics put me though some memory exercises and left it up to me.  I did not go and feel OK, and will watch myself very carefully.  Thanks to Charlie for escorting me to the car so I could be driven home by a kind and noble lady.       


Tomorrow I fully expect to go to the County meeting and ask them to join our City Council in this wonderful resolution to allow people who are gay to donate blood.


Keep the pressure on concerning the new war they want to get us into, laugh and enjoy life. It is a lot shorter than you think.  Thanks, Barbara, Malcolm, Judith, José, the staff of Senator Merkley, the City Council for making me proud to know ya.  Thanks David for being so concerned and calling 911 and, yes, I am still an Assho--  Ha!



Posted by individuals4justice at 12:01 AM PDT
Updated: Sunday, 15 September 2013 10:23 PM PDT
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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)


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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