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 Take Back Armistice Day: on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018 Biggest Peace March in American history


Veterans For Peace: No Troops to the Border!

Veterans For Peace strongly condemns the recent announcement that up to 15,000 active duty military personnel may be sent to the U.S. southern border

We have updated or created as many  pages as possible before publication of the Online November 2018 Issue of the Portland Alliance...

including:   Active CommunityArts and Culture, AFL-CIO, Community Calendar, Copwatch, Green Party,
Homeless, Jobs with JusticePeace Voice,
Police Accountability, Popular Resistance,  Marijuana News, Veterans, and Veterans for Peace

Columns: Ellen Brown, Engelhardt / Munk / Myers / Greg Palast / Norman Solomon / SBrianWillson

Any editors, writers and/or organizers who want something included in the next issue, please send articles, letters, pictures etc. to: at least 10 days before our target date for the next publication on January 1st, 2019  

New Pages!

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Tom Engelhardt Portal:  

The War Anniversary You Forgot to Mark

The media have forgotten about America’s longest war.

Munk's Musings: 
ID politics, torture and Kavanaugh:  

In recent US politics, the rule is that identity politics trumps all other critical issues. The Kavanaugh trial just ended is another example

Homeless in America:  


Portland auctions never-used $216k building One of four sections of the modular building for sale by the city of Portland
which was bought for the homeless

One of four sections of the modular building for sale by the city of Portland (City of Portland)

By Gordon R. Friedman


Justice for Keaton Otis Portal   

"... Audio evidence has Keaton Otis screaming, his are hands up. An officer shouts, “Let’s do it!”
and three members of Portland's anti-gang HEAT Team open fire..."

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War, What Is It Good For? Absolutely Nothing.

And no kidding, that’s the literal truth when it comes to war, American-style

Tom Engelhardt

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“Modernizing” the Opportunities for Nuclear War

By Lawrence S. Wittner

A fight now underway over newly-designed U.S. nuclear weapons highlights how far the
Obama administration has strayed from its commitment to build a nuclear-free world.

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Joe Walsh won an Injunction against city hall which prevents them from excluding him!

Update on the Sandra Bland Murder: 
Nobody is held accountable for the death of Sandra Bland:
And we all lose!

Cannon Lambert, a lawyer for the Bland family, called the grand jury proceedings a “sham of a process,” and that family members first learned there was no indictment through news reports.

“We would like very much to know what in the heck they’re doing, who they’re targeting and if it has anything to do with Sandy and her circumstances,” Lambert told The New York Times Monday night.


ail; the trial is scheduled for January 2017.

more info:

Peace Journalism
by Don Dupay

        Peace Journalism is the Answer for Writers and for Nations

At this time in history, war rages in numerous countries across the globe. Many people wonder what they can do to create any kind of positive difference to change the war machine that wastes so many resources and takes so many lives. How can we spread peace, when so much of war is reconstituted propaganda and stereotypes instead of truth? When the war machine rages with energy and fervor, we need an alternative that can produce a more positive effect. That alternative is peace journalism.             
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From a Nigerian TV station Can't vouch for authenticity-MM
                                     Gaddafi’s Last Speech

In the name of Allah, the …beneficent, the merciful…

For 40 years, or was it longer, I can’t remember, I did all I could to give people houses, hospitals, schools, and when they were hungry, I gave them food. I even made Benghazi into farmland from the desert, I stood up to attacks from that cowboy Ronald Reagan, when he killed my adopted orphaned daughter, he was trying to kill me, instead he killed that poor innocent child. Then I helped my brothers and sisters from Africa with money for the African Union.
Gaddafi captured and tortured to death by US-assisted jihadists
"I did all I could to help people Understand the concept of real democracy, where people’s committees ran our country. But that was never enough, as some told me, even people who had 10 room homes, new suits and furniture, were never satisfied, as selfish as they were they wanted more. They told Americans and other visitors, that they needed “democracy” and “freedom” never realizing it was a cut throat system, where the biggest dog eats the rest, but they were enchanted with those words, never realizing that in America, there was no free medicine, no free hospitals, no free housing, no free education and no free food, except when people had to beg or go to long lines to get soup.

 No, no matter what I did, it was never enough for some, but for others, they knew I was the son of Gamal Abdel Nasser, the only true Arab and Muslim leader we’ve had since Salah-al-Deen, when he claimed the Suez Canal for his people, as I claimed Libya, for my people, it was his footsteps I tried to follow, to keep my people free from colonial domination – from thieves who would steal from us."

more info:  Munk's Musings:

The Art of Misdirection

Oregon AFL-CIO President Tom Chamberlain wrote an article featured in The Oregonian this week which explains how the art of misdirection is being used by those who oppose raising Oregon’s minimum wage:

“When you know you don't have logic or public opinion on your side, you try to divert the audience's attention. As the 2016 legislative session quickly approaches, this is exactly the tactic that opponents of raising the minimum wage are relying on. Instead of making an honest defense why it's okay for full-time workers to live in poverty, they're attempting to change the subject by conjuring confusing claims about inflation and poverty reduction.”

Trusting a Rat, by Don Dupay 

Trusting a rat:  The Police and the Dilemma of Confidential Informants
           Snitch, rat, and cheese-eater. These are all words that describe people who have betrayed a confidence. The police call these folks “confidential reliable informants” which has always seemed like an oxymoron to me. Informants are people who are looking for a favor from the police, a shorter sentence, or a pass on prosecution for a serious offense that might earn them a long stint in prison. Or they’re just looking to get revenge on a former criminal companion they feel did them wrong. The idea with many informants is, “if you let me off this time officer I’ll tell you what you want to know, for that case you’re working on. I’ll snitch on John/Jane/Joe and tell you what they may or may not have told me.” Then the cop can go and happily arrest them, claiming the “pinch” for themselves.

Published on Tuesday, September 08, 2015 by Tom Dispatch

Mantra for 9/11:
Exceptional Pain Dispensed
by the Indispensable Nation

Fourteen Years Later, Improbable World... by Tom Engelhardt

Fourteen years later, the 9/11 attacks and the thousands of innocents killed represent international criminality and immorality of the first order.  On that, Americans are clear, but -- most improbable of all -- no one in Washington has yet taken the slightest responsibility for blowing a hole through the Middle East, loosing mayhem across significant swathes of the planet, or helping release the forces that would create the first true terrorist state of modern history; nor has anyone in any official capacity taken responsibility for creating the conditions that led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands, possibly a million or more people...
here is the rest of the story.   at The Portland Alliance Tom Engelhardt Portal  ,


Portland Activists say No to Shell Drilling:  see more: at the 
Bette Lee Portal


  Unions are Tools for Economic Mobility

"When we talk about rebuilding the middle class, we’re talking about economic mobility. The dream for so many hardworking parents is to be able to give their children a prosperous future, but in today’s economy where recovery has not been a certainty, that dream can be all too elusive.

A study released today from the Center for American Policy dug deep into the issue of economic mobility, showing that the dream of children finding prosperity is hard to reach for many in our country. “A U.S. child born in the bottom 20 percent of the income distribution, for example, has a 7.5 percent probability of reaching the top 20 percent as an adult, compared to 11.7 percent in Denmark and 13.4 percent in Canada.”

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cuba_DONE_01[2]  Shannon Wheeler's Cuba Expedition:



"Nothing better illustrates the bankruptcy of the Obama administration's foreign policy than funding groups that turn on the
U.S. again and again, a neo-con fueled cycle of profits for war makers and destruction of ever-shifting "enemies."

  The fact can't be refuted:

ISIS was born of Western intervention in Iraq and covert action in Syria.

This Frankenstein-like experiment of arming the alleged freedom-seeking Syrian opposition created the monster that roams the region. ISIS and the U.S. have a curious relationship -- mortal enemies that, at the same time, benefit from some of the same events:

a) Ousting former Iraqi President Nouri al Maliki for his refusal to consent to the continued presence of U.S. troops in his country.
b) Regime change in Syria.

c) Arming the Kurds so they can separate from Iraq, a preliminary move to partitioning Iraq.

What a coincidence for war-profiteering neo-cons and the war industry, which has seen its stock rise since last week's congressional vote to fund the rapid expansion of war. We have met the enemy and he isn't only ISIS, he is us.

Phase two of the war against Syria is the introduction of 5,000 "moderate" mercenaries (as opposed to immoderate ones), who were trained in Saudi Arabia, the hotbed of Wahhabism, at an initial installment cost of $15 billion. These new "moderates" will replace the old "moderates," who became ISIS, just in time for Halloween.

The administration, in the belief that you can buy, rent, or lease friends where they otherwise do not exist, labor under the vain assumption that our newfound comrades-in-arms will remain in place during their three-year employment period, ignoring the inevitability that those "friends" you hire today could be firing at you tomorrow.

One wonders if Saudi training of these moderate mercenaries will include methods of beheading which were popularized by the Saudi government long before their ISIS progeny took up the grisly practice.

The U.S. is being played. Checkout The Kucinich Korner at The Alliance


Missoula Magic  Music, Writing & Creative Arts: 
"The Cutting Edge of Social Change"

101 unarmed people killed by police in 2014. Checkout their stories...

101 unarmed people killed by police in 2014.

checkout this list!  It is a list of people (most people of color, many unarmed and some mentally ill) who were killed by cops in 2014. darrian
Some cases are more clear-cut than others, but all of them raise questions about the use of force — like shooting to kill — in policing. They also prompt scrutiny of how cops confront people with mental illnesses:

1. Darrien Hunt; Saratoga Springs, UT: Hunt was shot six times and killed after someone reported a man with a suspicious sword. Hunt, who had a fascination with Japanese anime characters, was carrying a toy sword. A recent autopsy report found the shots hit him in the back, suggesting he was running away from police on the scene.


America's war on black girls:

"But Black girls are never deemed feminine enough for their sexual and adolescent vulnerability to register for white people. They are frequently viewed as aggressors by both police and regular citizens alike, even for doing very adolescent things like mouthing off to those in authority. This is the reason why education scholars suggest that Black girls are suspended from school six times as often as white girls, because even simple adolescent forms of testing boundaries are perceived as far more aggressive based on race."

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Edward Snowden has been charged by the Justice Department with communicating national-defense information without authorization, and revealing classified information -- under the World War I Espionage Act.

If he came back now, that is, he would be tried as a spy -- though if he was a spy, it's clear who he was spying for: us, the American people.

find out more:  at The Portland Alliance Tom Engelhardt Portal 


Wars in Afghanistan, Algeria, Iraq, Libya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia, & Yemen.

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An interview with Michael Munk:

The Truth About Diego Garcia: 
50 Years of
Fiction About an American Military Base

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Police Body Cameras: A Tool for or against the People

BannerCams-Final01-622x390Oregon legislators to put video evidence from body-worn cameras SOLELY in the hands of police. Were this a police accountability tool, you’d expect broad access to the evidence.  Broadcasters and the press are the only voices in opposition.  Please consider this information and contact your representatives, senators and community leaders.

Find out more... It's getting tougher to ignore the numbers:
Morris Dees says, "Victims are piling up around us."

"African Americans are incarcerated at six times the rate of white people … cities have revived debtors’ prisons that punish and exploit the poorest, most
vulnerable among us. While perhaps its most visible and horrifying signpost, the criminal justice system is merely one part of a larger, structural problem."  

the whole story:  A Portal to Consult Hardesty

  Clyde List Portal

Northwest Writers & Publishers Association
Every time we pick up our pens, we’re haunted by our teachers and editors and colleagues and supposed friends, regaling us with countless rules designed to keep our writing in check and prose on the straight and narrow. But literature is chock-full of examples that subvert the laws of writing to bring the printed word to life and in the process force those ghosts to eat their thesaurus-thumping words. Join author and editor R. H. Sheldon as he takes us down the forbidden path to discover why writers break the rules when they do and what they hope to achieve by doing so. rest of story-

US Presidential Elections 2016:!

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United organizations against violence

We come to mark it on our calendar every year.  It comes as the annual chance to bring issues together, meet and greet and have an action that is often more about
getting re-energized than about getting something done.

This has gotten many May Day actions locally criticized for taking a huge amount of time, energy, and money, yet not resulting in movements that are any stronger. However, the last two years have really started to buck this trend, with last year really drawing issues of immigration together with the high profile fight between the ILWU and United Grain. This year Portland joined with cities around the country in identifying an overarching theme that effectively dominated the messaging: Black Lives Matter.

"Behind the Badge in River City: A Police Memoir"

by Don DuPay

"Behind the Badge in River City:  A Police Memoir, is a revealing, unique and important book."

Most days, most people just take cops for granted. They assume the police are more or less like everyone else, putting in their hours and doing their jobs. At one level this is true. 

Some of us may say hello to officers we happen across or we might encounter them briefly when getting a ticket or asking for directions. Regardless of these brief glimpses, few of us know a great deal about the men and women who serve as peace officers with The Portland Police Bureau. Perhaps it's time we found out.

Don Dupay served with the bureau from 1961-1978 as an officer and detective. After resigning from his position in 1978, Mr. Dupay worked as Director of Security for a well-known hotel in Portland, co-hosted a cable access TV show, "Cannibus Common Sense," and he still lives and writes in Portland, Oregon.

Checkout the review of his book:
and this interview with Don:

Netanyahu’s Day, and Israel’s Future

       Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s election victory will keep an extreme 

right-wing government in power in Israel. Having crushed the hopes for an open-minded, enlightened, peace-inclined alternative to his government, days of darkness lie ahead, as promised by his rejectionist and fear-inducing expressions during the campaign.

       The small, fanatical settlements beyond the security fence not only prevent the Palestinians from building a viable national home (well, their leadership is not exactly angelic itself), but they also prevent the creative and industrious young Israelis from building their homes as well (unless they join the bandwagon to the settlements, or leave the country). 

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Missing the point
on Professor BeemanIran’s nuclear breakout time

Analysis: Five common misperceptions on the metric that has dominated debate over a nuclear deal with Tehran
  Bill Beeman Portal


Working families across Oregon and throughout America share some common goals.
We want to protect advances in worker health and safety, environmental protection and tackle
major issues like low wages and economic inequality.  The looming Trans-Pacific Partnership
TPP) trade agreement threatens to move every one of those priorities in the wrong direction.  
By Karly Edwards   more info:  


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