Wednesday, June 3, 2015

The Portland Alliance Vol. XXXV, Number 6 June 2015

The Portland Alliance  Vol. XXXV, Number 6    June 2015
Speaking Truth to Power Since 1981
Republicans work for the Fortune 500 and brag about it.  Democrats work for the Fortune 500 and lie about it.

The “Justice for All” annual dinner/fundraiser for JOBS WITH JUSTICE was a great success and fully attended by several hundred people.
Greg Margolis (at left) a Portland activist with deep roots in this and other organizations, was fondly remembered for his too brief life of 66 years.
(Picture courtesy of JWJ)
Activists associated with partner organizations
were also honored — with the collective positive
energy of the gathering serving to boost my spirit
and encourage many others who are seeking to
make this world a better place.
by Michael Sonnleitner             who took the picture above

“What happens to a dream deferred?”
asked the poet Langston Hughes over
sixty years ago in a poem simply entitled: “Harlem.”

More than a half century later the dream is still deferred, the site is Baltimore and the prophetic voice of the poet still asks what happens when another generation of dreams becomes deferred, “does it sag like a heavy load” or “does it explode?” These are extreme times during which the growing disparity in terms of wealth and opportunity adds fuel to the fires of despair every day.

Laws and rules may tell us how to live; but a person must have a why to live. In the soul of America, the why to live has best been imagined as a dream. Not the simple “American dream” of blind materialism; but the wild complexity of dreams trying to live through the great diversity of souls that makes up the America that has not been yet.

Read all:
at the Mosaic Multicultural Foundation Portland Alliance Portal!

June Vigil for Keaton Otis

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 6:00 PM
NE 6th and Halsey
Portland, Oregon
Event Information:
Keaton Otis was a young Black man murdered by the Portland police three years ago. The police admitted they stopped him for “looking like a gangster.” His father, Fred Bryant, has held a monthly vigil every month on the 12 since his son’s murder in his struggle for justice for three years, on the spot where Keaton’s life was taken.
Please join that struggle this month and help to spread the word.
– See more at:

A Portal to
United organizations against violence
We come to mark it on our calendar every year.
It comes as the annual chance to bring issues together,
meet and greet and have an action that is often more about
getting re-energized than about getting something done.
This has gotten many May Day actions locally criticized for taking a huge amount of time, energy, and money, yet not resulting in movements that are any stronger. However, the last two years have really started to buck this trend, with last year really drawing issues of immigration together with the high profile fight between the ILWU and United Grain. This year Portland joined with cities around the country in identifying an overarching theme that effectively dominated the messaging: Black Lives Matter.

A Portland Policeman’s Memoir

“Behind the Badge in River City” by Don Dupay.
Depicting the aura of the Police department
from the early 60’s to the late 70’…
Checkout this interview

And there is much, much more at: