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Spirituality and the Environment
– the Dalai Lama, a Priest, a Rabbi, an Imam, and a Native American Elder
by Larry Cwik
On May 9, 2013, the Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, revered by Tibetan Buddhists the world over, visited Portland and spoke on Spirituality and the Environment. He spoke to a capacity crowd of almost 5,000 people at the University of Portland’s Chiles Center and captivated the audience.
Laural Porter of Portland’s KGW television moderated a panel which
included the Dalai Lama, representatives of the Christian, Jewish, and
Muslim religions, and a practitioner of Native American spirituality.
Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein, two veteran centrists who
disdain partisan labels, finally said what nearly everyone knows to
be true. In April, they penned a Washington Post article
entitled, “Let’s just say it, the Republicans are the problem.”
Yet, the GOP “problem” goes even deeper, says Beverly Bandler.By Beverly Bandler (News Bytes: http://www.ThePortlandAlliance.org/newsbytes
U.S. Military ‘Power Grab’
Pentagon Unilaterally Grants Itself
by Jed Morey on May 14, 2013
Authority Over ‘Civil Disturbances’
"Eric Freedman, a constitutional law professor from Hofstra University,
also calls the ruling “an unauthorized power grab.” According to
Freedman, “The Department of Defense does not have the authority to
grant itself by regulation any more authority than Congress has granted
it by statute.” Yet that’s precisely what it did."
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Federal lawsuit demands Portland Officer ... Portland Police Officer Dane Reister should lose his job for suddenly firing a beanbag shotgun that he mistakenly loaded with lethal rounds at a man obviously suffering from a mental illness, a federal lawsuit filed Thursday says.
Dane Reister be terminated for a 2011 shooting!
The attorney for William Kyle Monroe, wounded by Reister on June 30, 2011, accuses the officer, Police Chief Mike Reese and the city of Portland of violating Monroe's civil rights through false arrest, assault and negligence.
The suit seeks more than $11 million in damages.
Monroe, who was 20 at the time and diagnosed with bipolar disorder, narrowly escaped bleeding to death only because OHSU Hospital was near the shooting scene, but he's permanently disabled, his lawyer said.
The suit alleges that the police chief could have prevented such a mistake by prohibiting officers from mixing lethal ammunition with less-lethal munitions in their duty bags, as Reister did. Further, the suit contends, the bureau has failed to adequately discipline officers who are "pre-disposed'' to using excessive force.
"Defendant Reister's conduct was so extreme that it goes beyond all possible bounds of decency, and it constituted conduct that a reasonable person would regard as intolerable in a civilized community," Monroe's attorney Thane Tienson wrote in the suit.
Monroe assured police he hadn't done anything wrong as he backed away and then began running and yelled for help. Without warning, the suit says, Reister fired five times, emptying his clip. The fifth round jammed because of Reister's "excessively rapid firing," the suit says.
The shots fractured Monroe's pelvis, punctured his bladder, abdomen and colon. The fourth shot, fired from less than 15 feet away, left a "softball-size hole in his left leg," and severed the sciatic nerve, the suit says.
The next day, then-Mayor Sam Adams and Reese called the shooting a "tragic mistake." The president of the Portland Police Association said the union would "stand by" Reister through the judicial process.
--By Maxine Bernstein, The Oregonian
Oregon PeaceWorks to Close Its Doors
But this is "far from an Ending"
26 years of statewide advocacy for peace, justice and sustainability,
Oregon PeaceWorks (OPW) will close its doors, but refuse to alter its agenda. The office at 104 Commercial Street in Salem, barring a miracle, will close on April 30.
The organization's all-volunteer board made the decision as a response to financial
Birthed in 1987, Oregon PeaceWorks immediately
played an important role in achieving a moratorium on U.S. nuclear
weapons testing - a moratorium which is still being observed. OPW also
led statewide opposition to the invasion of Iraq in 1991 and to the Iraq
war which began in 2003.
...Recently, OPW produced a
PowerPoint presentation and a 41-minute video entitled "The
Militarization of America" addressing this issue. The video can be
viewed on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqugzBpDDeY.
In 1988, OPW began publication of The PeaceWorker,
a peace newspaper that circulated statewide, as well as in Northern
California and Southern Washington. It was published monthly until
spring 2010 when it became an Internet-only publication, in response to
the rising cost of print publication and in an attempt to fulfill its
mission in a greener way.
...All board and
staff members will continue pursuing social change and public service. The Board
has established a fund that will match, dollar for dollar up to $5,000,
all contributions toward discharging the organization's debts.
Contributions can be sent to Oregon PeaceWorks, 104 Commercial Street
NE, Salem, OR 97301 or submitted securely through OPW's website
Director and former Executive Director Peter Bergel concluded:
According to Kerry
Fox, OPW's current Executive Director, the organization will hold a
going-out-of-business sale on April 19-20 from 10-5 at the
organization's downtown Salem office at 104 Commercial St. NE, "Visit
our website (www.oregonpeaceworks.org) for information about the sale, or call us at 503-585-2767," she said.
Obama's Social Security Cut Proposal Sparks Backlash, Reaction is not good when Obama betrays his base....Again! RESIST!
How to Legally Resist an Illegal, Unconstitutional, Checkpoint...
When stopped by officers and asked to produce id:
I have the right to travel. It is my right to film you. I refuse to exit
the vehicle. No thank you. Respectfully, I choose not to answer any
more questions. I do not have to answer you. No thank you, I intend to
proceed. I have the freedom to travel unmolested. I want to freely
travel down the road. I
have every right to
travel. I have every right to film you. You are not getting in this
vehicle without a warrant. I plead the fifth amendment. No.
Do I have to get out of the car? What is the purpose of this stop? What
is your probable cause? What is your reasonable suspicion? What is your
name? Am I being detained? Do you have probable cause? What is the
purpose of this stop? Am I free to go? Are you refusing to allow me to
go? Do you have an id?
Published on Thursday, April 11, 2013 by Common Dreams
Two Obamas, Two Classes of Children
"Behind the Badge in River City: A Police Memoir"
by Don DuPay
Retired officer tells truth, names names, and holds fellow officers
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Hugo Chávez is dead:
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A poet, writer, and former board member of the Northwest Alliance for Alternative Media & Education, Max Linden Levy, passed away in the fall of 2012. Max meant a lot to us here at the Alliance. He was a wonderful man whose poetry and writing will endure.
Here is a small sample of his poetry.
For all we can know
The Universe begins and ends
in each of us,
in the reach of our own hands.
~From Time on Our Hands, by Max Linden Levy
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