Now Playing: A Report from the Lone Vet on February 1 2012
Topic: STOP THE WARS PROTEST
Out and About with
Individuals For Justice & Oregon Progressive Party
Going back in time, Roberto and I had some fun meeting good people and continued our protest on the Hawthorne Bridge each Friday. We will be there until we get worn out or the wars in the Middle East are over and done. Last Friday we flew our VVAW flag for the first time and our friend and fellow fighter for Justice, Joe-Anybody did take some video. We stand each Friday from 1530 until about 1700 on the west side at 1st and Madison to remind people that we continue to murder in Iraq, Afghanistan, Gaza, Yemen, Pakistan, Syria, and any nation we "Think" will hurt us or one of our friends. We have become the bully of the world and there is no end in sight.
We are now in the process of preparing for war with Syria, all the name calling is done, the only thing left is convincing you that Syria is a bad nation and must be invaded. We and Israel are also planning on bombing Iran, the same argument is being used against Iran as Iraq; weapons of mass destruction. Iran wants to have nuclear weapons and that will not be allowed by the US and Israel. Having nuclear weapons should be banned by all nations and the USA should start to destroy ours first because we have the most. Russia, China, Israel, Great Britain, India, Pakistan, and so on should follow suit.
Our foreign policy needs to look for justice and stop looking for new markets for our military goodies. So, we continue to tell people keep the pressure on for Justice and Peace will follow.
After coming off the HB, we attended a candidate's forum that was less than outstanding, in how it was put together. I think the sponsors were the Greens, Occupy and my party, the Oregon Progressives.
The candidates were ok, but the format was a combination of how Occupy runs their GA, and how the Portland Green Party runs its meetings. This way of doing things may work well at General Assemblies but for a political event it sucks. The moderator has way too much power and wastes too much time deciding if the question is a rebuttal, direct question or asking for more information. Just let the people ask a question and get an answer.
I love Occupy but this format does not work and should be modified to make it more simple. All of the candidates answered the questions with direct responses. I would be ok with any of them winning the election.
There was one funny moment when Jefferson Smith was answering a question and said something like, "And as your governor... ... " he is running for mayor. Jefferson is starting to change my mind about him becoming our mayor. I like many of his ideas.
Amanda Fritz was there and again the more I see her in the race the more I like her. She has always been my favorite on the counsel, but her vote for JTTF and Sit-Lie ordinance were deal breakers for me, I wanted her to stand with most of the groups who testified against both measures. I will watch this race and vote for the person who comes close to what I believe.
I got to see my friend and sister in the battle for Police accountability JoAnn, and that always makes me smile. She made her presence known by asking good questions and making announcements at the end of the meeting of upcoming events. The night was a success but I still think that the format was annoying.
There are many things to be done, if you sit on your ass and don't get involved with our city government you will feel helpless and that is not good for our city. I know we are all busy but do something each day and we may get a government that tries to do the right thing. You don't have to be right all the time, but you must try all of the time to be a good citizen and learn something each day. I am the little old guy with egg on his face from time to time; eggs are good.
There are lots of commissions and groups that try to help, join one. There is a sub-committee looking over the Charter now that could use some support, the group is lead by JoAnn A. Hardesty and is looking at police accountability. The next meeting is Wednesday at City Hall, about 6:00 PM in the Rose Room on the third floor.
The other meeting was with the CRC, Citizen Review Committee. This committee was established to listen to citizens concerned about our police force. This was a scheduled meeting that just happened to follow another deadly shooting by two of our cops.
The meeting was intense and included how the police were directed or not directed during the eviction of Occupy from the parks. I was impressed with the volunteers who sit on this committee and wish they had more power to resolve problems concerning the citizens of Portland and our police department.
The question of the shooting was brought up but little is known about the event and will take some time to answer the questions raised. This is a public meeting and more people should attend and let your feelings be heard by a group of good citizens, listen to your encounters with the police. This group needs more power to investigate any complaints but now it is a good idea to bring the actions to the Independent Police Review Division and follow what is being done.
Finding a lawyer to fight for you is important and should be done. One complaint may get lost, but many will put the offending police officer in the light of "Something must be done."
link to www.archive.org
You can find lots of info on the City's website
Comments from Roberto:
Joe, I think that most of the folks attending the CRC had fear of the police and negative experiences with the Portland police. Also, I asked the candidates at the forum, if elected would they support taking us out of JTTF? And there was not enough time to get an answer from them because of the wasted format time. Also, there was good audience testimony from those attending the CRC.
Roberto Lovato www.progparty.org
For Justice,Peace and *Laughter,
Joe Walsh-Lone Vet
Individuals for Justice
Proud member of Oregon Progressive Party,
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.
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
From Joe Anybody:
Here is the link to the VIDEO from the January 4 2012 HRC
(Human Rights Commission) meeting link: http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2012/02/413704.shtml
To see the HRC Agendas for January and Febuary 2012 click here: