[pjw] REPORT BACK: Friday rally #30 under stay-at-home orders
Peace and Justice Works
pjw at pjw.info
Sat Oct 17 16:14:28 EDT 2020
Wow that's amazing, a full 30 weeks since we took over the Friday Rallies
for Peace and Justice from Portland Peaceful Response Coalition. That
means this week's was the 990th rally since November 2001.
Before I get to this week's recap, please check out the video from our
October 2 rally showing the Ann Huntwork Memorial Sign in action.
While it happened to be scrolling on the "Justice 4" (police
accountability) message rather than the two antiwar messages that were
present at the time, it gives you a good idea of how the sign looks when
it's in motion.
We had five people at yesterday's rally and four on the march, all masked
up and socially distanced. There was the usual amount of foot and vehicle
traffic with many supportive expressions. One person yelled something
about Donald Trump (we weren't sure if they were saying they like or
dislike him since their car went by so quickly). I did not report to my
co-demonstrators that a woman who saw the wagon as I was rolling it out of
the parking garage flipped me off as she drove away. Nice!
Here's some of the news we shared.
While Trump tweeted that all US troops will be out of Afghanistan by
Christmas, the White House is saying they will reduce the number to 2500
by early next year, countering the military's skepticism about any
Trump also says he wants to take US troops out of Somalia.
I mentioned that this is interesting since the military just last month
sought approval (and Congress expressed concern about continuing to use
the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force) to expand operations
from Somalia into Kenya.
I'm not clear what the outcome of that effort is. However I noted that
does not mean for any of these countries that the US will necessarily stop
using drone strikes to attack/kill people.
I noted the ongoing shenanigans involving voter suppression. For example
because a federal appeals court and state court made different rulings on
the "one drop box per county" in Texas, "Nobody Knows How Many Drop Boxes
I also mentioned how President Trump seems to be on track to use the
hurried census to get more representatives in states that might favor his
(I had also meant to talk about the rushed process of trying to install a
new conservative Supreme Court Justice but I'm sure people are aware of
Turning to local news, I noted that the Compliance Officer who found the
PPB is out of compliance with the US Dept of Justice Settlement Agreement
(see last week's report) used his analysis to push for pumping more money
into the Bureau. Despite his lip service to listening to the Black Lives
Matter movement, such a call shows he is not supportive of the de-fund
message of the people who are on the streets and connecting to City Hall.
For example, he said that because the span of control of Sergeants went
down from about 5 officers per Sergeant to about 4, that shows the PPB
needs more officers. Actually, it shows they need __fewer Sergeants.___ Am
Later on during the march when talking about redirecting military and
police funds to human needs, I also noted that the compliance report cited
an article saying Portland spends the 49th highest percentage of 50 large
cities on the police-- 4.4%. But that likely doesn't take into account
that, for instance, the City of Portland does the billing for water and
sewage, a huge chunk of non-discretionary funds. Like those who lump in
Social Security to make the US military budget seem smaller, that total is
misleading. The same article shows Portland spends the 31st highest of
those cities in raw numbers, $245 million.
Meanwhile, Israel is planning to build more settlements in the West Bank
to celebrate the UAE recognizing its statehood.
This despite the UAE stating at the UN that they still support the
Back to the scrolling sign-- it conked out 1/2 block earlier than usual,
just as we turned from 4th Ave onto Yamhill this week. Who knows what's up
with all that. FYI when I describe the sign "freezing up" I mean it stops
scrolling temporarily due to whatever electromagnetic pulses it (and we)
are being subjected to, but everywhere else works fine.
Finally another reminder that the state limit on public gatherings is
currently 25 people (though it could go back down to 10) so if you want to
join us please RSVP so we know to expect you.
Peace and Justice Works
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PO Box 42456
Portland, OR 97242
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