Friday, December 28, 2012

Donate to Save Alternative Media!

Right now the Alliance Servers are down


The Portland Alliance has been struggling. But last year we published 5 print issues and 2 online issues. We upgraded our online resources through the efforts of dedicated volunteers. And thanks to Free Geek, we have a nine server network base for the newspaper and nonprofit.


Even during these hard times, the Alliance endorsed Occupy last August and continues to support the 99% movement. We brought Greg Palast to town, sponsored the Human Rights Film Festival, assisted with MayDay, and have continued to help produce Labor Radio while working closely with Jobs with Justice. We promote Laughing Horse Books, PCASC, Voz, B-Media, and many other members of the Alliance Progressive Directory. We still have multiple writers, seven editors, three cartoonists, and multiple columnists and artists who help deliver real news and speak truth to power.

But we need your help. If you care about Alternative Media and Education, help us to keep the Alliance alive. If you can help us with any amount, please donate what you can so we can survive. We can also use more volunteers. No fear, no surrender, and no compromise. Make a difference!
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Friday, September 21, 2012



Currently The Portland Alliance and KBOO Radio are sponsoring Voices in Action:  Human Rights on Film.  This exciting International Film Festival runs from October 4 through October 7. These nine films, collected and presented by the NW Film Center, will be showing at Whitsell Auditorium in the Portland Art Museum.
Thurs. Oct. 4 @ 7pm. / "Radio Unnameable,"
Wed. Oct. 10 @ 8:30pm / "Five Broken Cameras,"
Thurs. Oct. 11 @ 7pm. / "Raising Resistance,"
Tues. Oct. 23 @ 7pm. / "Words of Witness." 
Wed. Oct. 24 @ 7pm. / "Bidder 70,"
Tues. Oct. 30 @ 7pm / "Brothers on the Line,"
Wed. Oct. 31 @ 7pm. / "The World Before Her," 
Thurs. Nov. 1 @ 7pm. / "Escape Fire:  The Fight to Rescue American Health Care," 
Wed. Nov. 7 @ 7pm. / "The Invisible War.") 

Admission is $9 or $8 for students & Seniors
       http://www.ThePortlandAlliance.org/humanrightsfilms

The Northwest Alliance for Alternative Media & Education (NAAME) is moving out of their production offices at 5926 N. Albina Avenue.
      
We must be entirely moved by the end of September.  At this point in time, we are still looking for a place to rent an office.  We need less than 500 square foot.  We can setup shop in an unused garage, a basement, an attic etc.  We can afford to pay up to 500 per month including utilities. 

During this period of transition, the Alliance will continue publishing online and sponsoring and/or endorsing progressive events and actions. Besides the Film Series above, the Alliance is sponsoring "Genocide in Portland" a new public television series on incipient racism in our hometown.  We are sponsoring
a Fifth Monday Labor Radio Special from 6-7pm on Monday, October 29.  (Tim Flanagan, Michael Morrow, and Lane Poncey will co-host this show featuring Third Party Alternatives for Election 2012.

The Alliance will continue (in print, radio, television, and community meetings) to make certain that Alternative Media is provided a voice during these critical and revolutionary times.  We have been speaking truth to power for more than 31 years and we will continue to stand up for Peace, Justice, and Freedom. If you want to help us deliver critical information, please show up to help us move at 10 am Sat. Sept. 22nd, Sun. Sept. 23, and Sun. Sept. 29.  We will provide coffee, music, and inspiration!

If you cannot help us with the move, let us know if you are aware of a place we can rent!  And if you can do neither, please go online at http://www.ThePortlandAlliance.org and click on the Donate Button in the top left corner of the screen.  Send us $1, $5, $50, $500, or whatever you can afford to help insure that the Alliance endures, survives and prevails.
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Friday, July 13, 2012


The Constitutional Crimes of Barack Obama
by DAVE LINDORFF

As we slog towards another vapid, largely meaningless exercise in pretend democracy with the selection of a new president and Congress this November, it is time to make it clear that the current president, elected four years ago by so many people with such inflated expectations four years ago (myself included, as I had hoped, vainly it turned out, that those who elected him would then press him to act in progressive ways), is not only a betrayer of those hopes, but is a serial violator of his oath of office. He is, in truth, a war criminal easily the equal of his predecessor, George W. Bush, and perhaps even of Bush’s regent, former Vice President Dick Cheney.

Let me count the ways:

* For starters, in vowing to “preserve, protect and defend the US Constitution of the United States,” President Obama, upon taking office, had a sacred obligation to prosecute the people who had gravely wounded that document prior to his assuming office. It was clear, as I wrote in my book The Case for Impeachment: The Legal Argument for Removing President George W. Bush from Office (St. Martin’s Press, 2006), that Bush and Cheney had ordered and condoned and covered up torture of captives in their so-called “War” on Terror, as well as in the very real wars against Iraq and Afghanistan, committing grievous war crimes that are not only violations of international law, but of the US Criminal Code, given that the US is a leading author and signatory of the Geneva Accords). They also were war criminals of the first degree for orchestrating, through lies to both the UN Security Council and the US Congress and the American people, about the alleged threat and imminence of any threat by Iraq to the US or its allies. President Obama, under the UN Charter and under US law, as the president, commander in chief and top law officer in the nation, was bound to investigate and prosecute those crimes. Instead, he ordered that there would be no prosecutions.

* A federal court also ruled that President Bush had committed a felony in using the National Security Agency and several complicit telecommunications companies to spy on massive numbers of Americans with no warrants. Again, instead of prosecuting the president once he replaced him, President Obama said there would be no prosecution, and he went on to expand that spying program exponentially, effectively shredding beyond recognition the Fourth Amendment against unreasonable searches and seizures, which had been a leading rallying issue for the revolutionists of 1776.

* President Obama, on his own initiative, has moved beyond the illegal wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, launching illegal wars against Libya, Yemen and Pakistan, largely through the use of American military aircraft, cruise missiles and especially pilotless drones. In addition to being illegal acts of war against nations that pose no imminent threat to the US, these clear acts of war have caused vastly disproportionate civilian deaths — reportedly as many as 40 civilians, including many children, are being killed by drone strikes inside Pakistan for each of the supposed targeted “terrorists.” Jist the disproportionality of such “collateral damage” is a heinous war crime, even leaving aside the illegality of such strikes being conducted by the US within the border of a sovereign nation not at war with the US.

* The president and his surrogates, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, have committed one of the gravest of crimes in the world, a Crime Against Peace under the UN Charter (which as a signed and Senate-ratified treaty is the law of the land under our Constitution), by threatening a war of aggression against the nation of Iran. Under the Charter’s terms, it is the number one war crime to attack a nation that does not pose an imminent threat to the attacker, and a nearly equally grievous crime to threaten such a crime, as the president and his secretary of state have done on multiple occasions, warning Iran that “all options are on the table” should Iran not halt its (totally legal) nuclear fuel enrichment program. Beyond just words, the President as Commander in Chief has moved several fully armed, Tomahawk Cruise-missile-equipped aircraft battle groups to positions off the coast of Iran, sent squadrons of new F22 stealth fighter bombers to airfields directly across the Persian Gulf from Iran, and positioned troops and missile-equipped submarines in invasion-ready locations, as well as providing specialized bombs and refueling aerial tankers to Israel, which itself is preparing for an attack on Iran. Yet even the most hawkish Israeli and US military and intelligence experts concede that Iran is years away from having an operational nuclear weapon even if it were to begin a bomb-development program, which there is no evidence of at present. Obama has already ordered an ongoing campaign of terrorist attacks and bombings inside of Iran, which has led to the deaths of many Iranians, including civilians.

* President George W. Bush committed an impeachable crime when he had Jose Padilla, an American citizen born in New York, arrested, held without charge on a military base in South Carolina a for years and tortured mercilessly to the point of madness, before he was finally ordered released to a civilian prison where he faced trial in a civilian court. But President Obama has moved well beyond that travesty by issuing, in April 2010, and then acting on an Executive Order that he claims allows him, on his sole authority, to declare American citizens to be “terrorists” and to have them killed anywhere in the world. Under this clearly unconstitutional order, there is no trial, no judicial ruling. Just an execution order. At least two citizens have been killed in this way, including the wholly innocent young son of an American-born target, Anwar al-Awlaki, killed by a Predator drone in Yemen. President Obama has also, short of killing them, signed an order authorizing the arrest and secret detention indefinitely of American citizens, again on his own authority, without trial or legal recourse.

* He has also continued to claim the right to rendition and to torture captives that he on his own authority declares to be terrorists.

* President Obama, as president, is responsible for a program organized out of his Department of Homeland Security last year, to coordinate and help finance a nationwide violent crackdown on the Occupy Movement which swept the country in a wave of popular anger at the crimes of the US financial industry and the massive corruption of the political process. Hundreds if not thousands of people who were peacefully exercising their First Amendment rights to assemble, speak and seek redress were battered, shot, gassed, pepper-sprayed, beaten, arrested and jailed by local, state and sometimes federal police urged on by the central government’s internal security agencies. Participants in these legitimate protests have been photographed, investigated, spied on, subjected to the deceits of agents provocateur, and now are in data bases in federal, state and local computer systems, where they are classified as national security threats, making a mockery of the claim that America is still a free, democratic society.

* As a special category of crime, this repression, orchestrated by the White House through its Homeland Security (sic) and Justice (sic) Departments, targeted the press, with clearly identified reporters, even including those from major corporate news organizations, being subjected to arrest, having their cameras snatched or destroyed, or at a minimum being forcibly removed from the scene of repressive police actions against demonstrators.

* The president, initially lying to the American public about the goals of the raid, ordered the slaying –not the capture — of Osama Bin Laden, the alleged mastermind behind the 9-11 attacks on the World Trade Center Towers and the Pentagon in 2001, thus continuing the cover-up of the truth about that event which precipitated the current crisis of American democracy. With Bin Laden located and easily trapped within his compound in Pakistan, the president sent a US Navy Seal team in under cloak of night with the express goal of killing Bin Laden, thereby assuring that he would never be interrogated or put on the stand where he could potentially have revealed what really happened on 9-11, who knew about the plans, and how he was able to pull off such an improbable attack on the most powerful nation in the history of the world.

* Corruption: There is so much corruption in this administration that it can hardly be tallied up. There is clear evidence that officials appointed by the administration from the banking industry, including Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, presidential economic advisor Lawrence Summers, and “Jobs Czar” Jeffrey Immelt, are guilty of frauds, crimes and coverups in the financial crisis that since 2008 have allowed them and their financial industry patrons and compatriots to steal literally trillions of dollars from American citizens and the US treasury. Only criminal prosecutions or a no-holds-barred Congressional investigation could lay out these crimes, but neither is remotely likely. There is similar corruption, on a smaller scale in dollars, but perhaps more devastating in its long-term impact, in the Education Department, where the private charter school industry is gradually taking over education policy with the connivance of Obama Education Secretary Arne Duncan.

* President Obama has violated the Posse Comitatus Act barring the use of federal troops on American soil, creating a domestic military command and using federal troops to bar the media and environmental activists from inspecting the damage from the BP Gulf oil spill, and later helping to try to break a strike at port facilities at Pacific coast ports by the International Longshoremen and Warehouse Union.

* There has been an abject failure by President Obama to protect the United States from the terrible looming threat of climate change. Although his own Pentagon has declared that climate change poses far greater threats to US national security than terrorism, the president has over four years in office not only done almost nothing to try and combat this threat; he has actively undermined diplomatic efforts to achieve some kind of international coordinated action, even punishing those countries, like Bolivia and the Maldives, that have sought to do something concrete, and has adopted policies domestically, like approving more offshore oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean, that only make the crisis worse.

When I was writing my book about the impeachable crimes of the Bush/Cheney administration, there was at least a hope that Congress, then in the hands of the Democratic Party, might actually act and impanel an Impeachment Committee in the House. In the end, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) nixed that idea and strong-armed Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) into never seriously investigating that administration’s crimes, much less impaneling an impeachment committee.

I have no illusions that the current even more craven and spineless Congress, even with the House in the hands of Republicans, would seek to impeach this president. Indeed, many of the crimes listed above involve activities that the Republicans in Congress themselves actively support and are thus also guilty of, such as threatening Iran with war, supporting the ongoing theft of the nation’s wealth by the financial industry, or ignoring the threat of climate change.

It is nonetheless important, I believe, to publicly announce this bill of particulars, so that it is clear that we continue in the United States to be led by a gang of thieves and sociopaths.

The election of 2008 proved yet again that voting in the US is simply for show, at least as long as the public continues to be suckered into accepting the fake limitation of choice to the two parties, which actually compete only for the right to the patronage and financial spoils that come with winning. The real politics must be in our communities and in the street.

Dave Lindorff is a founder of This Can’t Be Happening and a contributor to Hopeless: Barack Obama and the Politics of Illusion, forthcoming from AK Press. He lives in Philadelphia.

____________________________________________

Note: Anyone who votes for either of these corrupt corporate clowns, Obama or Romney, is wasting their vote and putting this nation at risk. Now, during this revolutionary crisis, we must reach out to third parties and put real progressives in office who support peace, constitutional integrity, restoration of human rights, universal non-profit health care, effective schools, and jobs with justice. No fear, no compromise, and no surrender.
in solidarity, Tim Flanagan

“People have only as much liberty as they have the intelligence to want and the courage to take.”
― Emma Goldman

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

No Fear, No Compromise, No Surrender... Occupy the Waterfront! Bring a food donation!

 
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Celebration Our 25th Anniversary! July 4th - 8th 2012

Tim "Too Slim" Langford with Duffy Bishop at the 2011 Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival.

Information to help you plan your festival experience

Festival dates and hours
Wednesday, July 4:
Gates - 11 a.m. Music - noon to 10:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 5: Gates - 2 p.m. Music 3 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Friday, July 6: Gates - 2 p.m. Music 3 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 7: Gates - 11 a.m. Music - noon to 10:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 8: Gates - 11 a.m. Music - noon to 9 p.m.

Questions: Call Oregon Food Bank at 503-383-0555. Please note that OFB will be closed Saturday and Sunday. Staff members will be working at the festival and unable to take calls.

Questions about tickets or passes: Call Ticket Tomato at 503-432-9477.

Helpful links

General info about the festival * Festival rulesDirections to the festivalFestival site mapPerformance scheduleFireworks * Vistor info

Get special access to the festival's 25th anniversary!  

DME Blues Cruise tickets and special festival passes still available

DME Blues Cruises: Cruise the beautiful Willamette River and hear the blues in an intimate setting on the Portland Spirit on one of the 2012 festival's six DME Blues Cruises.

Festival Passes: Get the best seat in the house or other special perks by purchasing a Festival Pass. Benefactor passes are already sold out, and others are going quickly. Like us on Facebook for an early-bird discount promo code for Blues Buddy and Five-Day passes.

After Hours All-Stars: See some of the festival's biggest acts at After Hours All-Stars concerts at the Marriott Hotel Ballroom, across the street from the festival.

Issues purchasing tickets or passes? Please contact Ticket Tomato at 1-800-820-9884.
  Festival vendors fight hunger

Oregon Food BankThe Waterfront Blues Festival is Oregon Food Bank's most powerful fundraiser. A number of festival vendors make donations to OFB to provide additional support.

Dave's Killer Bread will donate a portion of its bread sales at the festival to OFB, up to $3,000.

Ceramic and Glass art sales at the Empty Bowls booth benefit OFB. Empty Bowls is located on the walkway near the festival's main gate.

Bridge City Massage has pledged to donate half of its proceeds to Oregon Food Bank. Bridge City offers chair and table massages at the festival for just $1 per minute. You'll find them at the Health Net Pavilion.

Commemorate the festival's 25th anniversary with special festival merchandise, including T-shirts, sweatshirts, buttons and more. All proceeds from festival merchandise sales benefit Oregon Food Bank.
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Celebration Our 25th Anniversary! July 4th - 8th 2012

Tim "Too Slim" Langford with Duffy Bishop at the 2011 Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival.

Information to help you plan your festival experience

Festival dates and hours
Wednesday, July 4:
Gates - 11 a.m. Music - noon to 10:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 5: Gates - 2 p.m. Music 3 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Friday, July 6: Gates - 2 p.m. Music 3 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 7: Gates - 11 a.m. Music - noon to 10:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 8: Gates - 11 a.m. Music - noon to 9 p.m.

Questions: Call Oregon Food Bank at 503-383-0555. Please note that OFB will be closed Saturday and Sunday. Staff members will be working at the festival and unable to take calls.

Questions about tickets or passes: Call Ticket Tomato at 503-432-9477.

Helpful links

General info about the festival * Festival rulesDirections to the festivalFestival site mapPerformance scheduleFireworks * Vistor info

Get special access to the festival's 25th anniversary!  

DME Blues Cruise tickets and special festival passes still available

DME Blues Cruises: Cruise the beautiful Willamette River and hear the blues in an intimate setting on the Portland Spirit on one of the 2012 festival's six DME Blues Cruises.

Festival Passes: Get the best seat in the house or other special perks by purchasing a Festival Pass. Benefactor passes are already sold out, and others are going quickly. Like us on Facebook for an early-bird discount promo code for Blues Buddy and Five-Day passes.

After Hours All-Stars: See some of the festival's biggest acts at After Hours All-Stars concerts at the Marriott Hotel Ballroom, across the street from the festival.

Issues purchasing tickets or passes? Please contact Ticket Tomato at 1-800-820-9884.
  Festival vendors fight hunger

Oregon Food BankThe Waterfront Blues Festival is Oregon Food Bank's most powerful fundraiser. A number of festival vendors make donations to OFB to provide additional support.

Dave's Killer Bread will donate a portion of its bread sales at the festival to OFB, up to $3,000.

Ceramic and Glass art sales at the Empty Bowls booth benefit OFB. Empty Bowls is located on the walkway near the festival's main gate.

Bridge City Massage has pledged to donate half of its proceeds to Oregon Food Bank. Bridge City offers chair and table massages at the festival for just $1 per minute. You'll find them at the Health Net Pavilion.

Commemorate the festival's 25th anniversary with special festival merchandise, including T-shirts, sweatshirts, buttons and more. All proceeds from festival merchandise sales benefit Oregon Food Bank.
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Sunday, June 17, 2012


The Portland Alliance BBQ!
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Photographers, Artists, Activists,

Organizers, & Creative sorts!

Free Food, Hot Coffee, and Friends!

Steaks, Burgers, & Home-made potato soup...
Sunday June 17, from 3pm to 7pm or later!
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We light the grill at 1pm!
Stop on by... we are two blocks north of PCC Cascade!

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Friday, May 4, 2012

Donate to Save Alternative Media!


The Portland Alliance is in a period of regeneration and growth.  We published 5 print issues and 2 online issues last year.  We hope to improve on this output in 2012.  With your help, we can be back in print and distribution in September.  We need dedicated volunteers to expand our resources, update our pages, write, edit, create and distribute flyers, and much more. 

Thanks to Free Geek, we now have a nine server network base for the newspaper and nonprofit. Our production computer (The I-Mac, is in data recovery)  but we are following a parallel course by seeking to obtain an Indesign package which operates on Obuntu.  If anyone can assist, let us know.

We've been at 5926 N. Albina Avenue for one year, but must move due to a rent increase and are actively looking for a new place. We have to be out by July 18th.  This may be a fortunate move if we can find at least a 600 square foot place... This will lower our overhead and allow us to more easily create, publish, and mail our next issue.  We have a couple of options we are working on, but if you have ideas drop us a line.... or just donate!

http://www.theportlandalliance.org/donateEven during these hard times, the Alliance endorsed Occupy last August and continues to support the 99% movement. We brought Greg Palast to town, sponsored the Human Rights Film Festival, assisted with MayDay, and have continued to help produce Labor Radio while working closely with Jobs with Justice. We promote Laughing Horse Books, PCASC, Voz, B-Media, and many other members of the Alliance Progressive Directory. We still have multiple writers, seven editors, three cartoonists, and multiple columnists and artists who help deliver real news and speak truth to power.

We are working on several grants and hope to secure enough funding to relaunch the print edition as early as mid summer or as late as this fall. But we need your help. If you care about Alternative Media and Education, help us to keep the Alliance alive. If you can help us with any amount, please donate what you can so we can survive. We can also use more volunteers. No fear, no surrender, and no compromise. Make a difference! Keep the Alliance Community Calendar coming...

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Sunday, April 1, 2012

Police Murders of Unarmed Citizens Must Stop

~~ Ron Frashour has been reinstated. Ron recklessly shot Aaron Campbell in the back.
Aaron was unarmed. The arbitration ruling was not a recommendation, it was an order.
It has been put into effect, make no mistake. And there is no consensus among city officials
|to appeal. In fact, there is some question as to whether or not the city can appeal.

"The city is reviewing whether it can appeal the ruling, and whether state law would allow
the judgment to stand. The Portland Police Association, in noting that a grand jury ruled
earlier that Frashour wasn't at fault in the shooting, praised Wilkinson's decision."

~~We need thousands of people in the streets to make certain that all city officials understand
this situation is untenable. This officer is dangerous. He has an itchy trigger finger. At a time
when prudence would have demanded he check with the officers who arrived before him,
he recklessly shot an unarmed man in the back.

"The chief agreed that it was unreasonable for Frashour, a nine-year Portland officer, to believe
that Campbell posed an immediate threat of death or physical injury. Frashour seemed to only
focus on his AR-15 rifle without noticing what was going on around him, the board found.
The chief further found Frashour's answers to internal affairs' questions troubling. Frashour
refused to acknowledge that the six beanbag shotgun rounds that struck Campbell before
the fatal shot could have caused a pain reaction, such as running away, and said he never
considered the possibility that Campbell was unarmed."

~~Unless we show up, stand up, and speak out... loud and clear, this officer will remain
on the streets, putting citizens lives at risk. The vast majority of PDX officers who have been
fired or suspended have been reinstated... even when their conduct cost innocent lives.
Do not assume the city of Portland will do the right thing. Please show up at City Hall,
between 11:30 and 12 noon. For the picket line and news conference.
(If it's during your lunch hour, be there!) We need all the support we
can get if we hope to keep our streets safe.

Killed by police

Larry McKinney, 2012
Brad Morgan, 2012
Elias Angel Ruiz, 2012
Jimmy Georgeson, 2012
Anthony McDowell, 2011
Darryel Ferguson - 2010
Aaron Campbell, 2010
Jack Collins, 2010
Keaton Otis, 2010
Derek Coady, 2008
Jason Spoor, 2008
Andrew Hanlon, 2008
Steven Bolen, 2007
Timothy Grant, 2007
Songseumsack Tanovan, 2007
James Chasse, 2006
Lukas Glenn, 2006
Jordan Case, 2006
Fouad Kaady, 2006
Raymond Gwerder, 2005
Dwayne Novak, 2005
James Jahar Perez, 2004
Warren Sercombe, 2004
Joyce Staudenmaier, 2004
Eddie Homsombath, 2003
Kendra James, 2003
Jeremy Shellbe, 2002
Daniel Flannigan, 2002
Anthony Utah-Zona Beck, 2002
Dickie Dow, 1998
Patricia Sweany, 1997
Tom Graves, 1995
Gale Moody, 1994
Michael Lee Henry, 1991
Mari Lyn Sandoz, 1990
Jeff Chilson, 1989
Daniel Ynosente Reyes, 1987
Timothy Baumel, 1987
Jose Carlos Echeagary, 1986
Frank Bearcub, 1985
Mark Roy Stomps, 1984
Lawrence L Stacey, 1981
Jose Mejia Poot,
Janet Marilyn Smith,

~~~We must be vigilant and take it to the streets to let our city
officials know we will not accept having dangerous officers on
the street. Not today, not tomorrow, not next week.
One life lost is one too many. We must put an end to the killing.

most sincerely,
Tim Flanagan,
associate editor of The Portland Alliance
Northwest Alliance for Alternative Media & Education
5926 N. Albina Ave.
Portland, Oregon 97217-2210
Tim@theportlandalliance.org
503-327-8377