[pjw] RSVP/ PJW UPDATE: Our June newsletter & July 24 quarterly meeting
Peace and Justice Works
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Wed Jun 15 16:02:34 EDT 2022
Hello again PJW supporters
Below is the text of the June 2 PJW UPDATE, our twice-a-year newsletter
that many of you should have received via snail mail recently.
You'll see a big piece of news is that on July 1, our allies at Flying
Focus Video Collective will be "merging" into PJW as a project group!
There's also info about Monday's livestream with Ann Wright, the annual
Hiroshima Day event and things Portland Copwatch has been up to.
Our summer quarterly meeting is coming up in just over a month, on
Sunday July 24 via conference call. Please write back if you would like
the call in information. We'll send a follow up reminder as the date
gets closer, so you can decide later if you want to attend.
Project group participants, general PJW members/supporters and the board
meet at these events to share information. We will begin with an informal
discussion at noon with a meeting from 12:30-2:15 PM.
You can find the laid out version online
It has been password protected with the phrase
(note the capital letters).
Please let us know if you have any questions, and if you plan to attend
peace and justice works
Peace and Justice Works UPDATE
June 2, 2022
Peace and Justice Works members, volunteers, and supporters:
Join us for the
PJW SUMMER QUARTERLY MEETING
Sunday, July 24, 2022
12 noon (conversation); 12:30 PM (meeting)
*Conference call- contact us for info*
We welcome you to join Peace and Justice Works for our 31st summer
quarterly meeting on Sunday, July 24. Due to the on-again, off-again
nature of the ongoing COVID pandemic, we will hold this meeting as a
conference call. We're hoping our Fall meeting will be in person! We will
start with casual conversation at 12 noon (people can eat lunch in their
respective spaces), followed by the business meeting from 12:30-2:15 PM.
Please RSVP to get the conference call information.
The proposed agenda includes:
--updates on Affinity Group work (Copwatch,
Iraq, Flying Focus--see below!, other);
--financial and office update, fund-raising,
--set Fall Quarterly meeting.
Membership is not required to attend a quarterly meeting... call in to get
up to speed on PJW!
Flying Focus to Join Peace and Justice Works as an Affinity Group!
Exciting news: starting on July 1, our allies at Flying Focus Video
Collective (FFVC) will be more than allies-- they will be an official
project group of Peace and Justice Works! FFVC has produced over 1000
programs on peace, justice, environmental and other issues since 1991
including covering many of PJW's events and actions. They will maintain
their independent website at https://www.flyingfocus.org . If you want to
help out or get on FFVC's mailing list, write ffvc at flyingfocus.org!
Iraq Affinity Group Plans Livestream w/ Col. Ann Wright, Continues Friday
The Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group (IAG) continues to educate
around US policies enforced through implied or actual military violence.
On Monday, June 20 (the same day Juneteenth is recognized as a holiday) we
are hosting retired Army Col. Ann Wright, who resigned her State
Department job in 2003 in protest of the Iraq war. The event's title is
"The US and NATO's 'Pivot to Asia' and Other Threats to Peace." It will
stream at https://youtube.com/peaceandjusticeworks starting at 7 PM
Pacific Time. Please join us!
The IAG has also continued to host the Friday Rally for Peace and Justice
each week at 5 PM at SW Yamhill and Broadway for over two years since the
pandemic struck. The Rally, originally hosted by Portland Peaceful
Response Coalition, has been ongoing since November 2001. As we have done
frequently in the past, we held a special event in March to mark 19 years
since the US invasion of Iraq.
We're also plugged into the planning for this year's Hiroshima/Nagasaki
memorial, being organized as usual by Oregon Physicians for Social
Responsibility ( https://www.oregonpsr.org ). This year's event will be on
Monday, August 8 at 6 PM live at the Japanese American Historical Plaza in
On May 20 the IAG released a position statement on the Russian invasion of
Ukraine, calling for nonviolent resolution and acknowledgment of the US
and NATO's role in the conflict. Read it at
In April, the Iraq Affinity Group posted the answers from eight people
running for governor (of 36) who replied to a Peace Questionnaire. The IAG
usually meets each month on the second Tuesday-- join us!
Portland Copwatch Monitors and Participates in Advisory Groups
Our police accountability project group Portland Copwatch (PCW) continues
to seek a Police Bureau free of corruption, brutality and racism. In
addition to ongoing attendance at meetings of the Portland Committee on
Community Engaged Policing, the Behavioral Health Unit Advisory Committee,
the Citizen Review Committee and the Training Advisory Council, PCW member
Dan Handelman continues his work as a member of the Police Accountability
Commission (PAC). The PAC is designing the new oversight system voted into
the City's Charter in 2020; its work is expected to continue until or past
In late April, three members of PCW testified before federal Judge Michael
Simon about amendments to the US Department of Justice Settlement
Agreement meant to remedy the violations of that Agreement committed by
police in the summer of 2020. Though most of the remedies are technical in
nature, the concepts are there to hold officers accountable for past and
future improper use of force. One item of great concern is whether the DOJ
will prevail in ensuring the policy for newly required body-worn cameras
prevents officers from reviewing footage before writing their reports.
That issue was not resolved when the Portland Police Association's
contract was finalized in February.
PCW also does much of the work coordinating community opposition to police
participation in the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF). In early
February, the annual report on the JTTF was pushed back by a week thanks
to community organizing, with problematic language removed and more
details included. There was public input at the hearing for the first time
in years thanks to the policy change by Council made in November (see the
Dec. 2021 PJW Update*).
Copwatch also runs an incident report line (503-321-5120), publishes the
People's Police Report three times a year, and tracks officer uses of
deadly force. More at https://www.portlandcopwatch.org .
You Make Peace Possible
Peace and Justice Works was formed 30 years ago this past March in the
aftermath of the "Gulf War," the uprising against the Rodney King verdict
in Los Angeles, and local Portland Police shootings. While every day
brings more news of mayhem around the world-- including Ukraine, the West
Bank, Syria, etc.-- we comfort ourselves by wondering "what would it be
like if there were nobody speaking out?" Probably far, far worse.
Many of you on this list have actively participated in PJW events,
volunteered with us or donated funds to keep the work going. We're so
grateful for the continued support. If you are able, please donate by
mailing a check/money order to PO Box 42456/Portland, OR 97242 or donate
online via Network for Good (which has options for recurring donations).
You can also become a voting member by donating a $20-45 sliding scale
fee, or by giving 4 hours of volunteer time per year. Though we're
continuing to have limited attendance in the office due to COVID
restrictions, our all-volunteer group has kept everything running. If you
want to help out or if you have any questions, call or text us at
503-235-3065; information including links to donate can be found at
As always, we appreciate all you to do promote nonviolent conflict
* December newsletter has password NoMoreWar! and is at
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