[pjw] PJW UPDATE: Summer Quarterly Meeting/Viet Nam Event 7/10, Hiroshima/Nagasaki memorial and more
Peace and Justice Works
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Mon Jun 27 19:18:20 EDT 2016
Greetings Peace and Justice Works supporters
Those of you on our snail mail list should have received a paper copy of
our semi-annual newsletter, the PJW UPDATE, dated June 23. Below is the
email version of the newsletter, which gives you details on our upcoming
summer quarterly meeting (and the event after it featuring Brian Willson
we mentioned the other day), other upcoming events, and the ongiong work
of PJW. The events and posters for some of them can also be found on our
website at <http://www.pjw.info>.
If you're not on the snail mail list and want to be added let us know.
peace and justice works
Dear Peace and Justice Works supporters:
PJW SUMMER QUARTERLY MEETING & POTLUCK
+ BRIAN WILLSON'S VIET NAM
Sunday, July 10, 2016
12:00 noon (potluck) / 12:30 PM (meeting)
2:30 PM presentation
Unite Oregon (formerly CIO) office,
700 N Killingsworth (near Albina)
Please come to Peace and Justice Works (PJW)'s 24th summer quarterly
meeting on Sunday, July 10 at 12:00 noon at the Unite Oregon (formerly
CIO) office, at 700 N Killingsworth (about 11 blocks west of MLK/2 blocks
east of Albina). We begin with a vegetarian potluck (bring vegetarian food
and non-alcoholic drink to share). The meeting goes from 12:30 to 2:00 PM;
it will be followed at 2:30 PM at the same location by the presentation
"Viet Nam Revisited with S. Brian Willson," with the famous
veteran/activist describing how this year's trip was his first "voluntary"
return to that country. It is OK to come to the presentation and skip the
meeting, but we welcome your presence at both parts.
--updates on Affinity Group work (Copwatch, Iraq Affinity Group);
--September 11, 15 years later;
--financial update, fund-raising, volunteer outreach;
--set fall quarterly meeting.
Iraq Affinity Group Pushes to Keep Guard from Undeclared Wars,
Supports Hiroshima/Nagasaki Memorial
PJW's Iraq Affinity Group (IAG) has worked and is working on a number of
projects to educate the public and to end the undeclared wars in the
"Middle East." The IAG is circulating a letter to groups around the state
who participated in the 2009 Campaign to Keep Oregon's Guard in Oregon.
The letter (which as of now has at least 14 signatories) will go to the
gubernatorial candidates of all parties asking them not to deploy the
Guard into conflict zones without congressional authorization. In January,
the IAG held a demonstration remembering 25 years since "Gulf War part I"
began in 1991. And we're gearing up for a demonstration on Friday,
September 9 at 5 PM at Pioneer Courthouse Square to mark 15 years since
9/11, exploring the "Casualties of Endless Wars." We will focus on, among
other things, the impacts of post-9/11 US policy on lost lives, damaged
economy, increases in xenophobia/Islamophobia, increased surveillance, and
damage to the climate.
The IAG is also co-sponsoring the annual Hiroshima and Nagasaki memorial
event on Tuesday, August 9 at 6 PM at the Japanese-American Historical
Plaza, NW Naito Parkway/Davis. The event is once again being coordinated
by Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility. The title for the event is
"Remembering Hiroshima & Nagasaki: Creating a Nuclear-Free Future." For
more information go to <oregonpsr.org>.
We also will have a table at the Vancouver Peace and Justice Fair on
Saturday, September 10, and likely will undertake other efforts to remind
people of the anniversaries of the ongoing wars in Iraq (August 8, 2014),
Syria (September 23, 2014) and Afghanistan (October 7, 2001). Come to a
meeting sometime and help us stop these wars!
Portland Copwatch Focuses on Policies, Education, Police Shootings
Portland Copwatch (PCW), which promotes police accountability, continues
to examine Portland Police Bureau policies, making its own recommendations
as well as examining those made by the Community Oversight Advisory Board
(COAB). The COAB was set up to ensure Portland complies with the 2012
Department of Justice (DOJ) Settlement Agreement. Their efforts should be
leading the Bureau to use less force. However, since the DOJ came to town,
the majority of civilians shot and killed by the police have been those in
mental health crisis, the main focus of the Agreement. Making matters
worse, in June the Bureau gave Police Medals to two officers who killed a
man in crisis last November. In January we updated the list of statewide
shootings and sent them to the Oregon Attorney General, who was supposed
to start publishing information on those killed by the police in 2009 but
hasn't done so as of June 2016.
In May, PCW was invited (back) to give a Your Rights and the Police
seminar to the multicultural center at Portland Community College/Sylvania
campus. PCW continues its work with the Albina Ministerial Alliance
Coalition for Justice and Police Reform, advocating for a stronger and
more streamlined oversight system, and fielding calls to our incident
report line (503-321-5120) about incidents with Portland Police or
Multnomah deputies. We also continue to publish the People's Police Report
(PPR) three times a year (subscriptions are $15/year). Most every issue
dating back to 2003 is now online at <portlandcopwatch.org>. PPR #69 is
due out in September.
Every few months PCW goes out on the street to copwatch-- in February we
were in Old Town and in May we observed the very calm goings-on at the May
Day rally. It was a relief to see the police not using the violent tactics
they used in 2015.
Doing a Lot with a Little-- How You Can Help Peace and Justice Works
Peace and Justice Works continues to work on issues around global
conflicts, local paramilitary force (police accountability), the death
penalty, and more using a mere $12,000 per year to coordinate our
activities. As an all-volunteer group, we rely on your support both in the
form of time and energy and/or financial donations. At our February annual
meeting we went over the "Year in Review" handout listing 8
demonstrations, 2 community forums, 5 Copwatch trainings, and at least 12
other events we coordinated or co-sponsored during calendar year 2015.
Because we have no paid staff, all of your money goes to helping us
operate our office space, maintain our internet presence, and produce
events/fact sheets/educational programs. If you can volunteer time to work
in the office, distribute flyers, set up events and help with mailings
that is just as valuable as donating money, though every dollar is crucial
to our efforts to make the world more peaceful. You can become a voting
member by volunteering four (4) hours or sending a sliding scale of
$15-$40. Mail us at PO Box 42456/Portland, OR 97242, call us at
503-236-3065 or use Network for Good <http://pjw.info/donate.html> to
We can't keep going without your support, and appreciate all you do to end
wars, offer alternatives to violence, and seek justice.
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