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Individuals For Justice Blog
Sunday, 5 February 2012
2.1.12 Out and About with Individuals For Justice and Oregon Progressive Party.
Mood:  chatty
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

2.1.12


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 

http://www.portlandonline.com/auditor/index.cfm?c=26646

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

 http://individualsforjustice.com

Proud member of Oregon Progressive Party, 

 http://progparty.org/

War is failure, occupation a disgrace!

"Funding these wars is killing our troops"
 http://www.mfso.org/

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

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

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

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

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

"I have no country to fight for; my country is the earth,
and I am a citizen of the world."
Eugene V. Debs

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:
 
http://www.portlandonline.com/humanrelations/index.cfm?c=57719


Posted by individuals4justice at 9:14 AM PST
Updated: Sunday, 5 February 2012 9:27 AM PST
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Sunday, 11 December 2011
Santa Clause is coming to Stop The F-ing Wars protest
Mood:  celebratory
Now Playing: Who has been naughty or nice - Friday at 12/16/11 @4-5:30PM
Topic: STOP THE WARS PROTEST

www.IndividualsForJustice.com

 

 

 


Posted by individuals4justice at 7:37 PM PST
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Tuesday, 9 August 2011
News from Portland, Oregon
Mood:  chillin'
Now Playing: City Hall with a smile
Topic: STOP THE WARS PROTEST

 

 

 

 

We are in the streets in Portland, Oregon. There are small demonstrations in a number of places on Fridays and Saturdays and sometimes during the week. We stand the watch for all those who can’t or are too fearful to hold a sign saying something about War and Peace. Most protest/vigils are quiet but a few are noisy, to the annoyance of the business community. One protest on the Hawthorne Bridge now has a running battle with a restaurant that complains because we ring cow bells and the management of the restaurant does not want their outside customers disturbed while drinking and eating. I wonder what these people do with their heads when they hear that we are bombing over six countries and murdering civilians at alarming rates. How do they sleep at night knowing that America is the arms dealer of the world. We sell to anyone who has the money to buy war planes, tanks or ships. Sometimes we have a special sale on Wednesdays, buy one war plane, get your choice of free bombs or rockets. Is it not special that we rank number one in killing children and 34th in successful *child births? As we stand on our bridge each Friday and watch people drive by in their gas guzzling machines, mostly alone, we wonder what it will take to get them to join us, just stop for a few moments and hold a sign that says something like, “Stop these F-Wars.” I know that some are offended by me using F-Wars, you tell me it turns people off; we must be polite. I don’t agree, I think it is now time to be angry. The world is on fire and you worry about offending people, sorry but we are way past being nice. President Obama is nice, Pelosi is nice, Reid is nice and all three should be run out of office. I don’t want to be nice. There is a story about a guy Roberto and I saw on the Hawthorne Bridge who was standing alone in the middle of the bridge with a sign that said something like “Fuck Your Wars.” We first saw him as we were driving across the bridge one Friday and I smiled, “Roberto, did you see that guy with a small sign that said “Fuck Your Wars?” We were impressed because I preach to all who will listen, get off your asses and do something. Don’t wait for someone to invite you to a march, protest, vigil or gathering, just do it yourself and here was a guy doing just that--I was happy.

A week or so later he came near where we were but kept a respectable distance from our position, he was not with us but seemed to support what we were saying, I went over and said hello. He seemed shy to me so I just thanked him for having the guts to hold a sign and said he was welcome to stand with us if he wanted to. He seemed nervous but was happy that I acknowledged his presence on the bridge. Well, not all are accepting in the peace movement, what happened next is an indictment to our cause. One of our occasional protestors who was annoyed with my sign that says F-Wars was outraged with a sign that said “Fuck Your Wars.” He had the audacity to come down on the guy for his sign and that is a big no/no with me; if you want to judge, please do it someplace else and not during a demonstration that I called. I told the person who was upset by the language that we only ask people to be proud of what they write on their signs and do not criticize what others end up writing. I was not happy. So please, if you are offended by what people put on their signs just leave. I am so tired of people who will come to a protest and want to be nice, just go away! I don’t want to argue the point, just go away. There are lots and lots of protests where you will be among nice people, one that I call is not one of those. I have gotten into arguments over this issue a number of times, but now just tell people if you are offended by direct action or yelling back at people who call us terrible names, or by someone who has a sign that you don’t like--go, we will miss you, but go! I once told Commissioner Fritz that when I come into a hearing to testify I don’t want people to say, there is the Lone Vet, I am so glad he made it; I want them to say, “OH Shit!”

We/I will be on the bridge again this Friday, don’t come for me or anyone else; come because you are pissed and want these Fucking Wars to end! We will be celebrating the October Event in DC which will be the most important event to take place in years. There will be mass arrests and many will put their lives on the line one more time and not just parade around on a Saturday and go home; it will be a time!

* http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_infant_mortality_rate

We/I will continue my vigil at City Hall to replace all three members of the council. We have been there for months each and every Wednesday just before the Council meets and so we have two down and one to go, Commissioner Fritz is the only remaining member who has not announced a sudden urge to spend more time with their family. I would not lose any sleep if she was reelected but you have an opportunity to send a strong message to Commissar Salzman and the Fish by voting out Amanda. We call our vigil, “Run the Rascals Out” and that is exactly what we mean, all five should eventually be defeat because they collectively are not worth spit. We intend to be in front of City Hall until the election in 2012 and about the city with our signs. Join us if you can, wish us well if you see us, or just sit on your ass and do nothing--lots of choices!

Some of you have asked why we stopped our protest in front of the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; the reason is simple, we can’t win. For the War Criminal Judge Jay Bybee to be impeached it must start in the House of Representatives and with this group of bandits in the House that will never happen. We will return anytime we hear Judge Bybee is coming to our city, or there is another reason to protest. We spent over two years in front of the 9th and let lots of people know that we have a War Criminal on the court. There is some news on the anti-torture front, read here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-14453895 (Thanks Joe R)

That’s all Folks!

 

 

 

 

 


Posted by individuals4justice at 8:18 AM PDT
Updated: Tuesday, 9 August 2011 8:23 AM PDT
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Monday, 1 August 2011
The Battles Continues To Stop The Madness
Mood:  not sure
Topic: STOP THE WARS PROTEST

 

 

 

 

Press Statement

 

INDIAN ARTISTS BOYCOTT TEL AVIV MUSEUM SHOW

 

The first major show of Indian art “Deconstructing India” is planned for Spring 2012 in the new wing of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art in Israel.

 

We, the undersigned artists, who have been invited by the curators to participate in this show, have declined to exhibit our work, in solidarity with the International Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel called by Palestinian intellectuals and artists, and the India Campaign. The Boycott, inspired by the earlier successful international boycott against Apartheid South Africa, is a peaceful, non-violent Gandhian campaign, which is directed at mainstream institutions and not at individuals, to pressurize Israel to recognize the rights of the Palestine people.

 

The newly built Amir Wing of the Tel Aviv Museum designed by American architect Preston Scott Cohen is planned to be a showpiece for the discredited Israeli Government to increase its status and prestige internationally at a time when the country’s image is at its lowest ebb.

 

By declining to participate in this show, we refuse to legitimize the illegal racist and apartheid policies of the Israeli Government against the people of Palestine and to become a part of “Brand Israel”.

 

Signatures :

 

Nalini Malani

Anita Dube

Amar Kanwar

Sakshi Gupta

Pushpamala N

 

 

In solidarity with the Boycott:

 


Posted by individuals4justice at 10:16 AM PDT
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3 videos from Stop The War Protest July 29 2011
Mood:  chatty
Now Playing: July 29th 3 video clips from the Hawthorne Bridge in Portland Oregon
Topic: STOP THE WARS PROTEST

STOP THE * WARS

PROTEST VIDEOS FROM July 29 2011

Part 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60acavHfvJQ

 

Part 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PX_rTEeoCB4

 

Part 3 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LHCBuMgpOo

Posted by Joe Anybody 8/1/11

http://www.joeanybody.com/id28.html


Posted by individuals4justice at 6:00 AM PDT
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