[pjw] PJW UPDATE: Our December 30 newsletter and upcoming events
Peace and Justice Works
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Sat Jan 4 18:15:03 EST 2020
Hello PJW folks!
Below is the text of the December 30 PJW UPDATE, our twice yearly
newsletter which you may have received via snail mail in the last few
days. It includes information on the Iraq Affinity Group's January 10
Guantanamo event coming up Friday and the PJW annual meeting on February
22, among other things.
I saw a lot of folks I recognized last night at the DSA's emergency rally
around the threat of war with Iran-- my guess is 600-700 people were
there, quite amazing for such short notice and by my count the largest
Portland antiwar mobilization since the Obama administration came in back
in 2009. About a dozen of us marched over from PPRC's Friday rally. We'll
keep you posted if we plan, help plan, or hear about other actions.
peace and justice works
PEACE AND JUSTICE WORKS UPDATE
December 30, 2019
Dear Peace and Justice Works members, volunteers, and supporters:
PEACE AND JUSTICE WORKS' 28th ANNUAL MEETING
Saturday, February 22, 2020
12 noon (potluck); 12:30 PM (meeting)
Augustana Lutheran Church (upstairs)
2710 NE 14th, Portland
Join Peace and Justice Works for our 28th annual meeting at the Augustana
Lutheran Church, 2710 NE 14th (corner of 15th and Knott) on Saturday, Feb.
22. Our meeting begins with a 12 noon vegetarian potluck (bring vegetarian
food and non-alcoholic drink to share), followed by the business meeting
from 12:30-2:15 PM. We will be upstairs in the "big classroom."
The proposed agenda includes:
--updates on 2019/2020 activities from Affinity Groups (Iraq, Copwatch,
--election of board of directors and officers*(Nominees: Shelley Bedell,
President/Authorized Check Signer [ACS]; Dan Handelman, Secretary/ACS;
Desiree Hellegers, ACS; Linda Tomassi, ACS; and Jocelyn McAuley, ACS);
--financial report, office updates, volunteer outreach.
Our quarterly meetings are generally good places to get information and
find a way to plug in if you haven't participated in PJW in the past.
*- if you are unsure if your membership is current please contact PJW or
check the label if you received this newsletter in the mail.
Iraq Affinity Group to Protest 18 Years of Guantanamo
PJW's Iraq Affinity Group (IAG) continues to educate the public on the
effects of US policy in the "Middle East" and elsewhere. On September 11,
we held a visibility action noting that new military recruits can now
fight in wars that began before they were born 18 years ago. We carried
that message forward to an October 4 Portland Peaceful Response Coalition
(PPRC) Friday Rally marking 18 years since the Afghan war began, asking
why the US is still there. The "Afghanistan Papers" from the Washington
Post recently proved we have been right to keep asking that question. In
August, we co-sponsored the annual Hiroshima and Nagasaki memorial event.
In early November, we organized a forum connecting climate change and war,
particularly focusing on Iran, Venezuela and Yemen. The following week,
City Council passed a resolution opposing US war and sanctions in Iran.
Coming up soon on January 10, we are again co-sponsoring the PPRC Friday
rally to mark 18 years since the opening of the US detention (and torture)
camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The local Amnesty International chapter is
co-sponsoring this year's event, "18 years and 8 Convictions: Time to Shut
Guantanamo." The event starts at 4:30 PM at Pioneer Courthouse Square, SW
Yamhill and Broadway.
We're also co-sponsoring the PPRC rally on Friday March 15 to mark 17
years since the invasion of Iraq. **
Get involved-- come to our monthly IAG meetings, usually held the 2nd
Monday each month!
Portland Copwatch Graphic Shows 208 Officers Who've Used Deadly Force
Portland Copwatch (PCW), our police accountability affinity group, has
been busy. In December, a few days after the Portland Police Bureau (PPB)
shot and killed their fifth victim of 2019, we published an informational
graphic showing 208 Portland officers who have been involved in deadly
force incidents since 1992. We also continued to track deadly force in
Oregon, where there have been at least 34 such incidents this year (close
to 2018's high number of 37). In August and September we coordinated
events with community partners, kicking off a campaign to improve the
city's labor contract with the police "union."
We also continued our work with the Albina Ministerial Alliance Coalition
for Justice and Police Reform around the lawsuit by the US Department of
Justice (DOJ) demanding the Bureau reduce the amount of force used in
Portland. We expect to testify on February 25 when the case goes back to
federal court. The DOJ is expected to argue (despite ongoing issues) that
Portland has met all requirements under the Settlement Agreement. PCW
continues to attend meetings of the Portland Committee for Community
Engaged Policing, which in 2018 replaced the previous group to oversee the
changes made through the Agreement.
We offered comments on the Bureau's policy on their "case by case"
participation with the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) after we
succeeded in getting them to pull out of a permanent agreement in
February. In January 2020 we expect to see the first annual report letting
the public know whether the PPB worked with the JTTF.
In September and November, copwatchers walked around the Old Town area to
hear from houseless folks and look out for police activity. In December,
we added the ability for people to text about encounters with police to
our incident report line, 503-321-5120.
PCW continued summarizing the twice yearly Police Review Board reports,
attending Citizen Review Committee appeals on misconduct complaints, and
publishing three issues of our newsletter, the People's Police Report. We
sped up the process of posting the PPR online. To support PCW, subscribe
to the PPR for $20/year. More info at http://www.portlandcopwatch.org .
Stop War, Help the Environment: Support Peace and Justice Works
The military is the world's #1 polluting entity. Supporting our work to
end war is a good way to end violence while helping the environment. Our
local work includes ongoing statewide requests to Governor Brown not to
deploy Oregon's national guard to war zones, as well as calling for an end
to the death penalty.
Several people have donated for special projects this year, including
Copwatch's text-to-voicemail, some needed office equipment, and repairs to
our office due to vandalism. All of the work listed in this newsletter
(and more) happens through volunteer time and a budget of about $12,000 a
year. Your support is so important! We hope you can donate and/or pay for
an annual membership ($20-45 sliding scale). If you want to become a
voting member but can't donate, you can get a membership with four hours
of volunteer time. Send checks/ money orders and/or items from our wish
list ( http://www.portlandcopwatch.org/wishlist.html ) to PO Box 42456,
Portland, OR 97242. If you received this newsletter in the mail, the date
of your last donation should be on your mailing label as "LD." You can
also make a one-time or recurring (which helps us a lot!) donation at
Network for Good (see the Donate tab at http://www.pjw.info ).
Volunteer tasks include mailings, distributing flyers, setting up at
events, tabling and more. Thank you so much for your ongoing support as we
strive to end local, national and international conflicts!
**- a typo in the print version put this at 16 years since the Iraq
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