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Sunday, 22 June 2014
Zapatista Solidarity Rally
Mood:  energetic
Now Playing: Rally at the Mexican Consulate in Portland June 19 2014
Topic: Justice





This Solidarity rally was held in front of the Mexican Consulate in downtown Portland Oregon.


[11 min video]  

Recent attacks in Chiapas that left an unarmed teacher dead and many other unarmed Zapatistas wounded need an immediate response to stop possible future attacks by paramilitaries with ties to the state government.
Solidarity events are being held across the nation.

"This RALLY WILL CONTINUE same place and same time on JUNE 27th"

The Mexican Consulate in Portland Email contact is: portland@sre.gob.mx
The Mexican Consulate in Portland phone number is; 503-274-1442

More information on this tragic attack can be found here:

Posted by individuals4justice at 5:53 PM PDT
Updated: Sunday, 22 June 2014 6:09 PM PDT
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Thursday, 27 March 2014
Well, Roberto and I went to see the DOJ judge
Mood:  quizzical
Now Playing: We LEft Disappointed
Topic: Justice

Well, Roberto and I went to see the judge. We were expecting a decision on the settlement between the city and DOJ. What we got was another two week delay in the process but enough information not to be happy. The judge, it would seem, is going to put the case in abeyance and watch how things go and keep some type of pressure on the parties. It is not what we hoped for, but it is not what the cops or city wanted either. We left disappointed but knowing that the judge’s o...ptions were limited and to expect him to help us may be a little naive. We were there and that is important, we were present and got to smile and mingle with the principles and that is also of some import. The judge, DOJ, cops, and the city know we are watching and will show up, that has value, but we did not see Judge Michael Simon rise to the heights of a Judge John Serrica, maybe he is just another cog in the wheel of “NO JUSTICE HERE.” The trip home was quiet; our thoughts were private, for me sad. There is one thought that did stick with me today, the deal does not matter that much, it is the people who will implement it and the people who will come in later; for this issue is not over. We, as a people, must vote in new and brave people to office, we must clean up our own mess. Today I found out Portland is on the top of the list of racist cities, another gift from our leaders. We have much work to do and no time to sit and weep over injustice, get off your asses and do something each day that makes your parents proud. I WILL!

“Watson, the game is afoot.”

Posted by individuals4justice at 8:23 PM PDT
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Wednesday, 1 January 2014
Holiday Report 2013
Mood:  cheeky
Now Playing: Holiday Report From IFJ
Topic: Justice

Holiday Report

Individuals For Justice

Week ending 12/29/2012

- The Lone Vet

I had to go to the Mall. This is a place I usually avoid with great happiness; I don't like any Mall. Patty my companion on this crazy journey called living wanted dark chocolate candies from See's and the Mall is the place to go. The sales staff were nice to me and they gave me a piece of what looked and tasted like dark chocolate, as I paid the price for a pound of wonderful looking sweet things that would have sent my diabetes reading off the charts. I was glad to get back on the Max and out of the den of capitalism. I did find this wonderful woman who was selling ear warmers from Nepal, and I bought one for Patty to keep her ears warm. The woman looked happy and that made the trip worthwhile. Wednesday was coming and I had gifts to wrap, decorations to put up as the kids, and grandkids would be over on Christmas Eve to open their gifts. I like having young people around to open gifts; their eyes are always wide, even when they are teenagers. Wednesday was going to be fun, instead of hanging around City Hall, I would be laughing and being jolly at home. Christmas is a day of giving for the Walshs and that always makes me smile. I did get a new and fancy backpack with supports around the waist. I had requested one because my old one was causing some shoulder pain. I got lots of art stuff to make posters and T-shirts; the 4+1 S---s are not going to be happy. Christmas Eve and Christmas was full of love for family and that always makes this world a better place. Friday was our Chapman Park hour and this time I had a Thermos, another gift from Patty, to hold about 15-20 cups of hot chocolate or coffee. My grandson had offered to go and that made me have a big smile. Off we went, Roberto was good enough to pick us up. With Kathy and Brendon, I felt like Santa going with gifts and hot chocolate for all who needed them. It was once again great fun as Jose, Donna, and others were at the Park. We had a time, laughing, playing and I tried to sing but people moved away from me as I tried. We had much fun but it was cold. My wish for the New Year is that politicians will start to listen to the people on the streets when it comes to how to solve this terrible problem of people living very precarious lives. We shall continue to pressure City Hall, the County and now the governor to get off their asses and think outside the box.

There was no meeting of the County Board, they were with their families and enjoying themselves, and that is good. We also attended a meeting called by Denis Rivers and it was wonderful.

I read about it on line and it peaked my interest because I do want to be more relaxed when confronting politicians and this concept just might be the ticket to harmony for me. There were only a few of us who came together but we did leave with great hope and joy in our hearts, at least I did. Thanks you Barbara Baker and all who shared and explained their struggles in life. I have much work to do, it would be so good not to feel spiritually and emotionally exhausted after a City Council meeting. I do try to laugh when I am in their den of corruption but it does wear me down to see such blatant hypocrisy in one place. I like the idea of sharing my journey with a special person who is willing to walk along side of me. There is much to learn and I should begin.

Thursday, January 2 the City Council will gather again, and we have two noble souls who will be allowed to address the "Rubber Stamp Gang" for 90 seconds. Jose Serrica and Michael Withey are willing to sit in the hot seat, at least we must support them, come before 0930 and let them know you care about what is happening to our citizens who find themselves on the streets with no place to go. A six month waiting list to get help is not good enough, something new has to happen. These are two people who know what they are talking about; they have been on the streets and are not just using fancy language to let you know they have a degree or PHD. Listen carefully Commission Saltzman, because after you waste 1.7 million dollars people will want to know why?

We will return to Chapman Park this Friday, but we are thinking of moving around town to other camp sites, Jose is working on some concepts and we shall see. There are many things you can do to help:
1. From your home, call the City Council each Monday and ask what they are doing new to get people off our streets, here is what our neighbor to the north is trying:  http://www.theolympian.com/2013/12/24/2901222/a-christmas-eve-to-remember-as.html
2. Come to the City Hall meeting and sit with us who monitor what they are doing week in week out, the more who take the time to be present the better.
3. Jose, Mark, Mike and others are trying to help the houseless, give what you can in money or clothes until we get through the cold weather. The emergency shelters are full and people are cold.
4. If you are religious, say a prayer that we don't lose too many souls to the cold weather this year and that the cops and ODOT will stop their punishing ways.
5. Call the Business Alliance and ask them to help us and not just yell at city hall to do something about the people living on our streets. We share our limited resources, why can't they?

"That's all Folks" Don't give up, this could be a wonderful place to live for all of us, we just need to try harder and stop patting ourselves on the back, as long as one person is cold and/or hungry we have failed.

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Posted by individuals4justice at 11:14 AM PST
Updated: Wednesday, 1 January 2014 11:24 AM PST
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Sunday, 15 December 2013
Individuals For Justice Report for week ending 12/14/2013
Mood:  sharp
Topic: Justice


reminds of me

This was all copied from:


WEDNESDAY: December 11, 0930-CITY HALL

I thought the City Council meeting would be boring; wrong. I decided to pull two items off the Consent Agenda because they both were really hidden items that should be discussed but the 4+1 s---s wanted to move alone, nothing to see here. The first item was listed as 1167 and of course, "It was an emergency."


Acting City Attorney was asking for ten thousand more to be given Black Helterline LLP for outside legal counsel. This caught my eye because we have about *30-35 lawyers in the City Attorney's office and I could not figure out why we are not using them in place of an outside contractor? So I asked. I was taken back when the Mayor told me that we have no attorneys who have experience in Immigration law and the reason was we have no immigration problems in the city of Portland. I laughed but don't think the mayor got it. Immigration is one of the biggest issues on the west coast and here in Portland we have people being picked up by ICE and the police department. There was just a protest about the Sheriff arresting people and turning them over to ICE for deportation. Here is some info on H-18 and other immigration issues, but this firm seems to get 50 grand for filling out forms: "City required the services of outside legal counsel to work on immigration issues related to H-18 and other immigration forms."

More on this issue:
 link to www.forbes.com

The rubber stamp council voted for this extra money, well hell not their money it is yours.
The second item was 1169, which create a new represented classification of information Security Architect and establish an interim compensation rate for this classification. "It was an Emergency."
I argued against this because we are laying-off **firefighters and creating new classification at the same time, seem psychotic to me. The fact that we have firefighters pissed because they are concerned that they can't do their job and answer calls with all due dispatch is freighting to this old veteran. Do one or the other, cut and try to save money or keep our firefighters and get rid of this nonsense of reclassifying position and paying people more. This is more of the same crap that happens when politicians think they are smarter than the people who put them in office.

 link to www.kptv.com

** Firefighters cuts have now been postponed for at least two years as of Friday----I like it!

There was one more issue that we spoke on that the rubber stamp council ignored our pleas and passed it unanimously: Item 1165.
This was not an emergency; it only had to do with a report from the Bureau of Emergency Management Strategic Plan 2014-2016. Our questions had to do with how would people get lifesaving drugs or how would people who are on oxygen be assured they would get those lifesaving things they have today. Commissioner Novick answered, it is the County's responsibility to get you your meds and if you are on oxygen call the county. We were not impressed with this answer and will ask the county about how they plan on doing this. I hate it when politicians pass the buck to another government body; it is like they don't know we live in the city of Portland. Once again the rubber stamp council, (RSC) voted unanimously for this report. So at the end of a fun day the score was RSC-3 us-0. But we made them think!
•34 listed Asst. City Attorneys, (includes management)

Thursday was a full day; it started out with meeting Lightning at the County Board Meeting and ended with a vigil for Fred Bryant and Keaton Otis. In the afternoon I spent some time with the people who were arrested over two years ago and have been battling for justice.

The County Board meeting was interesting because the sheriff was coming in to explain why and how his department managed to violate state law. Seems like it should a big thing when the law enforcement department does not live up to expectations in following the law when it comes to paying their employees; apparently it is not so.

 link to www.oregonlive.com

Lightning took on the sheriff after the Commissioners ask a few questions but nothing like Lightning. He went after the overtime hard; he was not interested in being nice, just fair. I laughed when he completed his evaluation of the problem, it was priceless! Commissioner Smith came over to talk to Lightning and her staff said they would send us the copy of the audit, and they did. We never get this type of response from the city with one exception and that is Commissioner Fritz. Even when she is annoyed she does respond and that is honorable. So, we departed the county building feeling good and I was off to the courthouse to lend support to those radicals who wanted justice and to keep our post office going. They took the question of the "right" to a jury trial all the way to the State Supreme Court. I did not count the defendants and lawyers but the courtroom was packed. I loved it. The judge seemed to be trying to get all the pre-trail stuff in some kind of order. Many people were being represented Pro Bono, and the lawyers all wanted to represent more and more people. It was amazing to watch and support. I left just before a major fight with the judge by one of the defendants, had to do with his refusal to sign or fill out paper work. He wanted to represent himself and the judge said, "OK, but you have to fill out the paper work saying you will represent yourself." The guy said no! This was happening before I left, I understand the judge called for the marshals or sheriffs to the courtroom. I missed that part. I wanted to stop at my home to pick up pictures of Fred and Keaton for the vigil. After eating something I was off again this time to 6th and Halsey.

The vigil for Fred and his son Keaton was good, we had family members with us and that makes me smile. There were about 20 of us and we talk some about Fred and I ask all present to keep the pressure on. We had a few sign up to help us work on the presentation to the Federal Judge coming in February. (est.) We will have people go before this judge and request/demand a totally independent body to investigate police misconduct. We need to believe in what these investigations produce and the only way that will happen is when the people investigating have no connection to city hall or the cops. Friday would also be busy; we had our third Friday of, find homes for some lonely clothes, propane, hats, gloves, stoves, sweaters, socks, coasts, some food, and hot coffee. It is getting to be a fun gathering, you should come next week if for no other reason but to share a cup of coffee with some really cool folks. Steve joined us at Chapman and among other items he had a clock with a picture of a DODO bird. I stole it and you will see it appear at City Hall during one of our 3 minute speeches to the 4+1 s---s. I just love of idea of timing them----ha ha! Roberto and I ran out on the group to go visit Hayseed who is in OSHU and has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. He was in good spirits and wide awake, both Roberto and I were pleased that he seem in touch with what the docs were saying and is looking forward to assisted living which may happen next week.

Life sometimes is just cruel, I remember when my oldest sister was told she had terminal cancer, it was very hard.
Hayseed was worried about how we were taking the news, he was concern for us that is the kind of guy I want to be some day. If you want to call him please do, I have his phone number and if you email me I will send it to you or just call the Hospital, his full name is Joe Deevers and is in Rm. 18 on 5A. I am over my allowed time and must begone, until next week!

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Posted by individuals4justice at 8:06 PM PST
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Sunday, 1 December 2013
Indivuals For Justice - Report on December 1 2013
Mood:  cool
Now Playing: City Council and a Kosh Brothers Insult - Dead Homeless & Bad Santa
Topic: Justice


I am the body covered with the black cloth.
IFJ Report on 12.1.13

Written by: Joe Walsh "The Lone Vet"

Wednesday, November 27, 2013 during a city council meeting Commissioner Steve Novick suggested that I was in the employ of the Koch Brothers. To understand how this was such a cheap shot by this sell-out, one has to know two things one, who the Koch Brothers are and two, who Joe Walsh is and what his long journey for "Justice" looks like. First, to the Brothers of Corruption.

Not only would I never be associated with these monsters of industry, I believe if they were not so rich and powerful they would be in federal prison. For Brutus, AKA Comm. Novick to suggest that I am in the influence of these two political manipulators stems from his annoyance of our objection concerning agenda item #1127 which was introduced by him under the secret blanket of the consent agenda. The consent agenda is a group of proposals that are routine and do not need any discussion; so says the council. We, as the people who will be affected by this action, can do a parliamentary move and request that any item in the consent agenda be pulled out for discussion. We did that on this item because the council once again was going to rubber stamp a request to give a position of Asst. Director about a $50,000.00 per year raise. Here is what the request says:

Financial Impact
"There is no direct cost to create the new classification. One fulltime regular position will be reclassified from an Assistant to the Bureau Director with a maximum rate of $103,355 to the new classification which has a maximum rate of $151, 798-an annual increase of $48,443."

Brutus, AKA Commissioner Novick, is defending giving the person who fills this position a $48,443 raise using your money. I think when he was looking in the mirror he saw the Koch brothers in the background and decided to use them to counter our objection to this terrible misuse of government funds. I think the Koch Brother would be on Brutus' side and not ours; we wanted the rubber stamp gang of five to stop this but even Commissioner Fritz went with the four suits, it was disgraceful. We raised our objections to this waste of your money, will you at least call the mayor's office and register your views on this pay raise. I remember the union going before the council and trying to break an impasse and believe me they were not asking for a $48,443 raise.
Mayor's phone number 503-823-4120
My background, the short version:

In 1970 I was in the Navy and stationed at the Naval Amphibian Base in Coronado. After 8 years in the Navy I filed as a Conscientious Objector against the war in Vietnam; The Navy was not happy. After going to college and receiving a BA, I went to work at Long Beach Naval Shipyard as a Boilermaker. I ended up becoming a utility dispatcher which included switching electrical equipment. I was covered by the IBEW and became a local Vice President and Chief Union steward. About 4 years before retirement I finally accepted an offer to go into management and became a supervisor. I always acted in some capacity to help people. Since coming to Portland I have worked to make life a little better and speak up for people who do not have a voice in this city. So, for politicians to connect me and the Koch brothers in the same sentence are hurtful and will not go without me yelling from the high heavens. So, Commissioner Novick is back being called Brutus, who was the last person to stab Caesar, and the famous legendary line, "Et tu Brute."

There was no meeting of the County Board because of Thanksgiving. This is a tough holiday for me; I have wonderful memories of our family getting together but am very aware what this time means to the "People." Most of my friends are vegetarians and will not eat meat; most of my friends also struggle with this day of thanks at the expense of millions of the people who were massacred at the hands of the white settlers and occupiers. The state of Israel has learned much from our way of life and genocide is on the top of the lesson plan.

I need a positive story and I have many but let me offer these. I hope it puts a smile on your face; sometimes it is hard to remember how wonderful we can be:
 link to www.huffingtonpost.com

Friday, November 29 was a day to remember; we tried to be good and I think we succeeded in a small way. Roberto, Patty and I joined with Jose and friends at Chapman for our first meeting of people who need things and things that are lonely. We spent about 90 minutes and had a great time and the word is getting out that we will try with all our might to keep this up during the cold periods. If you want to help let us know or just stop by Chapman and have a cup of coffee with us. (Rumor has it you can get anything out of me if you give me cup of Jo.) Roberto and I went to the Hawthorne Bridge for about an hour to protest wars, NSA, and the teachers having a hard time with reasonable negotiations. We love being on the bridge and most of the regulars who pass us on Fridays are friendly. Saturday was a strange day.

We decided to go and hang out with the rich people from the Pearl. We also would do some kind of action in the face of the people who were gathered for a sing along about a homeless man who wandered around a place called Jerusalem about 2000 years ago. We had a die-in and there will be some great pictures, but my face is covered, as I volunteered to be a covered corpse.

This was a first for me, not only did I have to keep my mouth shut, (Novick & Hales would love that news) but I had to remain still. I was a dead head—ha! From all the reports it went well and to add to our joy, we had a bad Santa in the Pearl. There was this guy dressed in a Santa suit who told us to be quiet, and when the answer came back in laughter he said he called the cops. There was a young child who saw and heard the Santa telling us he called the cops and the child asked the question of the day, "Mom, why is Santa calling the cops on the homeless people?" It was a precious moment. The police did not come into to the park and all went peaceful and merry, a bad Santa in the Pearl, "fancy that." Sunday will be a day of rest, I am tired and must rest up after my death, (make believe death.) I know I left some stuff out, but that is just me and this is now very long. The coming weeks are just as busy for us.

Into the streets!

Posted on Portland Indymedia: http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2013/12/425933.shtml

Posted by individuals4justice at 9:56 AM PST
Updated: Sunday, 1 December 2013 10:08 AM PST
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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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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


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.

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


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”


* 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


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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    



Posted by individuals4justice at 11:28 PM PST
Updated: Tuesday, 19 February 2013 11:38 PM PST
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Sunday, 5 August 2012
The Lone Vet on the Two Party Sysytem
Mood:  amorous
Now Playing: republicans & democrates
Topic: Justice
I never have voted for a republican, I believe unless you are a millionaire you should never vote for the “Goppie.”  I spent forty years of my life voting, working for the democrats.  I like to kid my friends by saying some people take longer to learn.  I was so angry at my democratic house member that I ran against him in the primary.  I know what Nader and others have said about the two parties being two faces of evil.  Obama brags about his accomplishments but also kills at will.  He has the final say when sending in a drone to kill his enemies that he and only he decides should die; and cocktail liberals will vote for him.

I left the democratic party back in 2008 just after the primary because I could not look in the mirror anymore.  I want this country to be a beacon of good and not a war loving group of jerks.  Secretary of Defense, (or as one of my close friends calls WAR) Leon Panetta has turned out to be as bad as that Rummy Guy under Cheney/Bush.  Secretary Clinton’s legacy is enshrined by her actions or lack of action when a hero of mine stood up during one of her lying speeches and turned his back to her, letting her know what she was saying was a lie.  She was talking about freedom of speech and watched as a 70+ year old man by the name of Ray McGovern was dragged out of the room and beaten.  She never missed a word in her speech.  She represents exactly where we are as a nation; corrupt.

President Obama wants to have another four years in office and the cocktail liberals are lined up to give it to him.  You can hear people like Randy Rhodes, Ed Schultz and Carl Wolfson here in Portland tell you how it is most important that you vote against Romney and for Obama---it is mind boggling.  There are other people of a noble nature who are running.  I just heard that Roseanne Barr and Cindy Sheehan will be running on the Peace and Freedom Party.  I just love the idea of these two strong woman running.  The Justice Party has nominated another progressive by the name of Rocky Anderson who would make you proud to be an American again and not hang your head in shame.  The Greens have nominated Dr. Jill Stein to be their leader and run for the presidency.  You have many choices of good people but you want to vote for a man who has done more damage to our constitutional rights than Cheney/bush ever thought about.  If you vote for Obama you are selling out, if you vote for the Mitt man you may be just crazy and need some professional help.  Vote for honorable people, it will make you feel better.  We have very little time left, if we don’t change we will all perish, end of story.  The next few elections will tell the story of this nation that we all call home; will you finally step up or just go along and watch as we commit mass suicide?

Some say no to voting as a principle of protest, for me that is not worthy of consideration, you’ve got to fight hard to keep this republic, you cannot sit on the fence and wonder why we are so screwed up.  Get into the streets, vote, work for good people and we have them, they are not Mitt Romney nor Barack Obama.     

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”

* 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  

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