[pjw] EVENT: Joint Terrorism Task Force community response Tue 1/26 1:30 PM

Peace and Justice Works pjw at pjw.info
Tue Jan 26 00:52:58 EST 2021

PJW supporter

MANY apologies for a late night and last minute email-- we sent this to 
the Portland Copwatch list on Friday and I was planning to send it to you 
all on Sunday. But so many things are going on that didn't happen.

ANyway, below is the announcement about two events related to the Joint 
Terrorism Task Force report that the City posted on Friday. Since I wrote 
the original I found that the Council packet containing the Bureau's 
report also has the "People's Report" with, let's say, less than adequate 
answers, but answers nonetheless.

OK, here's the information.



For immediate release      January 22, 2021

        Community Groups to Hold News Conference Tuesday,
                       Watch Party Wednesday
              Around City's Joint Terrorism Task Force Report

News Conference: Tuesday, January 26 1:30 PM 
Watch Party: Wednesday, January 27, 9:30 AM
   both events will stream at:


Organizations focused on keeping the Portland Police from violating 
civil rights by cooperating with the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force 
will respond to the Bureau's annual report (posted today at 
https://www.portlandoregon.gov/auditor/article/780400 ) at a virtual 
news conference on Tuesday, January 26 at 1:30 PM. The news conference 
will be livestreamed at https://youtube.com/peaceandjusticeworks . 
Groups involved include Peace and Justice Works/Portland Copwatch, 
Portland Democratic Socialists of America, Portland JACL (Japanese 
American Citizens League), 350 PDX, Jewish Voice for Peace-Portland and 
League of Women Voters of Portland. Also joining is the survivor of 
improper FBI investigation and arrest Brandon Mayfield.

Most of the organizations will also be involved in a "watch party" 
during the Council hearing on the PPB report at 9:30 AM on Wednesday, 
January 27. The video of that event-- which will feature live commentary 
during the Council hearing-- will also stream at 
https://youtube.com/peaceandjusticeworks .

The City of Portland pulled its part-time officers out of the Joint 
Terrorism Task Force for the second time in early 2019. The cities of 
San Francisco and Oakland also have kept their officers from working 
with the FBI's secretive task force for similar reasons to Portland: The 
FBI's standards to open investigations on people is far too lax to 
prevent improper surveillance of people's political, religious and 
social affiliations without suspicion of criminal conduct.

Those responding to the City's report were all signators to a "People's 
Report" on the JTTF which was released in early January.


For more information about the news conference and/or the watch party, 
contact Peace and Justice Works at 503-236-3065, or contact Portland 
Copwatch by email at copwatch at portlandcopwatch.org .

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