Northwest Alliance News
and The Portland Alliance Newspaper
Editorials, Commentary ~:~ Thinking Globally, Acting Locally
A Few Words from Dave Mazza, on his current battle...
During steroid-induced insomnia last night, I started thinking about how for many of us,
cancer is now treated as a chronic illness. It will be ten years in December that I was
diagnosed and treated for advanced prostate cancer. Over the course of those years,
my treatment included surgery, radiation, hormone therapy, and now chemotherapy.
After surgery and radiation failed to catch all the errant cancer cells, "cure" was taken
off the table and replaced with "management" of a chronic condition. From a physical
standpoint, this has worked well. I have enjoyed relatively good quality of life and even
with the chemo continue to do so. My cancer has been kept low enough that I have
thus far evaded the severe bone pain that can come with metastasized prostate cancer.
Emotionally, making the acute to chronic shift in perspective has been more difficult.
As a society, we are drawn to cures - resolutions to health problems that expunge those problem.
The idea that there are health problems like cancer - so long considered a death sentence -
can remain inside of us and be managed for long periods of time in ways that sustain a good
quality of life doesn't come easily. And while our culture is beginning to change around this,
much of the support of cancer patients is till centered on being a warrior who will defeat
whatever cancer has taken up residence in your body.
These expressions of support are important to many of us, even if they don't reflect the reality
of our own cancer experience. I don't have a clear grasp of what that reality is, but I do know that
it doesn't serve me well when I focus too much on one piece of it - like a bad PSA reading -
and fail to pull back and look at the bigger landscape (my doctor at this point would remind
me a "single data point does not a trend make.")
The trail is full of curves and limited views of what lays ahead. Those places where the trail
is washed out or less steep than anticipated are single data points that may call for attention
and may or may not signify serious change. They do not define the condition of the entire trail
or the quality of the entire journey. The chronic cancer experience requires living with too much
of our map taken up with terra incognito and few well marked trails.
I deeply appreciate all the support I've received from my friends. And I appreciate those who have
used the warrior/cure language. Sometimes a warrior is needed in this crazy fight. It helps fill in
those empty spaces on the map. But I'm trying to remember that I still win if I lead a good life
regardless if I have cancer going along for the ride.
Dave Mazza, former editor of the Alliance
A few words
There is no difference between the corporate parties.
Republicans work for the corporate elite and brag about it.
Democrats work for the corporate elite and lie about it.
“A hard look at Sanders on foreign policy issues shows that he is a progressive poseur,
a phony, a conservative Democrat, and not a socialist by any means.”
But we have another better option.
And believing their propaganda is what keeps us in a box. If the 40 millions students whose debts will be eliminated would bother to vote for Stein, she would win. She needs 39% of the vote in a three way race. (Clinton and Bush vs Stein) If the 75% of the voting public who are considering third parties are convinced when Dr. Stein beats the pants off of Clinton and Bush in the debates, she will be on 85-88% of the ballots and could win in a landslide. We must unite to take back the nation, but surrendering your vote is not a viable tactic.
There is a reason the corporate cons steal votes and lie to keep people in their box.
But we do not have to take it anymore...
Revolution and Liberation… ~OO~
At home, American police bureaus,
militarized and armed with machine-
guns, have been provided a license to
kill at will and our president claims a
“right” to kill anyone, anywhere, any
time, for any reason or without providing
any reason at all. This amoral and
extralegal extortion has been extended
abroad in more than 25 corporate wars of
choice. And what is most terrifying is
that the American people have surrendered
to this betrayal and treason. With innocents
executed at home and abroad, we are
under attack and must stand up and fight back.
The revolution has begun.
rest of story:
Ronnie Reagan, George Herbert Walker Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Jon Ellis (JEB) Bush and Bernie Sanders are ALL on the same page when it comes to Gaza, wars of choice, capitalism and the military-industrial complex.
If you want more war, then vote for the corporate core:
Republicans support the Fortune 500 and brag about it…
and the Democrats support the same cons and used to lie about it.
But this week, Obama and the Democrats threw us under the bus.
Green Party candidate Jill Stein in Roxbury, Massachusetts on July 5, 2012.
Our leaders murder prisoners at home and innocents abroad
while civil rights disappear: .
When there is no justice there can be no peace.
We must find the courage not to surrender our values.
There can be no compromise with the corporate cons.
We don’t have to take it any more."
Fortunately some of us remember. When this nation's corrupt leaders were doubling down on French losses in South Vietnam and we had become the newest occupier of that nation... real journalists, videographers and photographers inspired an uprising in America and across the globe.
We shut down that war on the Vietnamese and Cambodian people. The carnage was disastrous: more than 58 thousand American lives, many of them forced into service... and two to three million indigenous people.
People who stand up and speak out can and do make a difference.
Don't buy the lies, lesser evil or trickle-down theories.
We have been too patient and waited too long.
“America is the first country…
that can actually have a bloodless revolution.”
Unarmed citizens are being executed by sociopaths for jaywalking, wearing a hoodie, running or driving away, stealing cigars, selling cigarettes, walking while black, refusing to provide ID, demonstrating against injustice, expressing grievances… or sometimes harmless unarmed citizens are in the wrong placed at the wrong time and a trigger-happy thug guns them down for looking suspicious or for no apparent reason at all.
“Revolution is about the need to re-evolve political, economic and
social justice and power back into the hands of the people, preferably
through legislation and policies that make human sense. That’s what
revolution is about. Revolution is not about shootouts.”
“No real social change has ever been brought about without a revolution… revolution is but thought carried into action.”
“A revolution is not a bed of roses. A revolution is a struggle between the future and the past.”
― Fidel Castro
“A revolution is coming – a revolution which will be peaceful if we
are wise enough; compassionate if we care enough; successful if we are fortunate enough – but a revolution which is coming whether we will it or not. We can affect its character; we cannot alter its inevitability.”
― Robert F. Kennedy
“America is the first country…
that can actually have a bloodless revolution.”
Currently, our so-called Police Commissioner is our Mayor. At his discretion another council member can hold the title. But whether the commissioner, another council member or a newly designated official is appointed, the council remains in charge. But nobody on the council is willing to step up and deal with the issues.
The PDX city council members continue to allow police officers to beat and murder citizens (some unarmed) without accountability. The council's refusal to insist that officers comply with the law is what brought in federal investigators. And now the council is not cooperating with those investigators, nor are they cooperating with the people of the city of Portland. The council remains stubbornly opposed to reasonable oversight and accountability. This must not stand.
We need to consider removing the current council members for malfeasance and installing a council willing to hold officers and the department accountable. We have laws on the books against assault and murder. It is time police officers in Portland are held personally responsible when rogue officers break the law.
When cops do the crime, they should do the time...
just like anyone else.
"The murders of Aaron Campbell, Keaton Otis and James Chasse, Jr. have never been resolved. None of the officers who broke the law and violated Police Department Procedures have been charged, tried, or prosecuted for these crimes. The citizens of Portland, Oregon have paid millions for crimes committed by PDX police officers, yet none of these officers have been disciplined. They continue to serve in spite of their disregard for the rule of law. The shootings of James Jahar Perez and Kendra James may have been forgotten by some, but we
have yet to see accountability or justice. This must change."
When Barack Obama took office we were at war in 2 nations.
The US is currently waging war in at least 27 nations: Afghanistan, Algeria, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Iraq, Liberia, Libya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria, Uganda, and Yemen.
Most of these wars are violations of constitutional mandates and US and International Law. These multiple violations of the War Powers Act are lethal, illegal, immoral, counterproductive and dangerous. When we kill an average of 50 innocent people per drone strike and refer to this as 'collateral damage" what have we become? How many more enemies have we created? The cost of corporate wars of choice is too dear.
Instead of securing the peace so we can build bridges to a future, our leaders have surrendered to endless wars of choice about oil, economics and greed. We have better options.
We can secure the peace by bringing home our soldiers. And we must implement universal nonprofit health care at home. With these savings, we can fix our schools, rebuild our infrastructure and begin exporting agricultural technology, education, peace and justice.
The corporate cons can hire mercenaries, but we should not allow
them to misuse our troops for corporate ambitions abroad.
Associate editor at the Alliance
Ferguson Is 60 Percent Black. Virtually All Its Cops Are White.
We do not need martial law, we need law enforcement. When police officers
or citizens break the law, they should be arrested and tried for their crimes.
A declaration of martial law because a thug cop murdered a teenager and
other rogue cops beat and arrested journalists is wrong.
This declaration of martial law sounds more like collective punishment of
everyday people in a city because of a series of crimes committed by their
This is what should be done. Restore the rule of law. Arrest the killer cop,
arrest officers who beat and arrested journalists and arrest the looters
who took advantage of a bad situation.
The police are the problem. Putting them in charge under martial law is
no solution. If our president had any gumption, he would restore the rule
of law, remove the rogue cops and send in federal troops to protect the
citizens of Ferguson. Human rights are civil rights.
Curfews and brute force is no solution.
best regards, Tim Flanagan,
associate editor at The Portland Alliance
2228 S. Kent Ave. West / Missoula, MT 59801
503-697-1670 / email@example.com
writer, editor, organizer, tutor, & activist
NW Alliance for Alt. Media & Education
(NAAME) dba The Portland Alliance:
Mail C/O The Wordsmith Collection at
2228 West Kent in Missoula, MT
or contact B-Media on Kilingsworth in Portland
So the world is falling apart and we must do something... What is that something?
Shut down the wars. Not rocket science. Stop misusing US troops for corporate ambition: aggression, invasion, profiteering, neocolonialism and war crimes. Stop murdering prisoners.
We can rebuild infrastructure instead of exporting munitions. Investing these funds instead of handing them out as corporate welfare is the only solution. It is time to stop exporting jobs to line the pockets of corporate elite. And too many lives have been lost in economic wars of choice.
We can create jobs with justice at home. It's been done. We have been there and done that. It beats killing off our young to enrich corporations.
With peace we can have both justice and freedom. Obama wants to sell munitions to both sides of several wars. If he had it his way, we would be in Syria as well as the other seven. He surrendered.
When a president declares on international television that invasion, attack, extralegal assassination squads, the execution of unarmed "targets," and dumping one body in the ocean is "justice"... where does this leave the rule of law?
And while we murder prisoners, hold prisoners indefinitely... and render people overseas for for torture, rape and murder, our president targets mostly innocent peasants with illegal drones. An act of war.
This leaves law suspended, like habeas corpus. Exporting murder is illegal, immoral, extra-constitutional, an act of war, and a war crime.
Seven wars later... we need to fix this error before it gets worse...
Remove this misguided zealot and shut down seven wars of choice.
Tell defense contractors to reinvest in peace, infrastructure, and a future.
~Tim Flanagan, associate editor
The Members of the Board of Directors of NAAME are:
Chairman Tim Rice
Secretary Nat Needham
Agent Tim Flanagan
Board Member Celeste Soles (previously was secretary)
Board Member Bruce Wilkinson of Media Island in Olympia
Board Member Matt Fu of Hollow Earth Radio in Seattle.
Board Member Stephanie (Rio) Collier
Board Member Kathryn (Kat) Garcia
There can be up to eleven. More is better.
(The eleven is not written in stone, if need be there could be more)
We need to find someone to maintain the online Alliance.
We still need funds for future newspapers, and/or other Alternative Media & Education: films, videos, flyers, newsletters, events, speakers, workshops, etc.
Our online resources are with Acornhost, a PDX ISP owned by women!
We need a grant writer or two, a treasurer, and a quickbooks and filemaker person. Eventually will also need a website person, blog person, etc.
The huge database is at the B-Media office.
The Adobe stuff for printing will require some funding to recover the hard drive on the I-Mac. ($750-2000) There is a way to do this sooner, but would require grants from Tech Soup.
Several more computers, printers, scanners, and the Alliance Archives are in Missoula. It will take months to sort everything out. (31 years worth) (around 6000 pounds of stuff: photos, files, papers, etc... ) Some of the old papers can be used for fund raising, and a full collection of original papers needs to be housed at some foundation or library.
Still have the tabling stuff isolated.
We do not currently have funds for a print edition, but some print format could emerge Only a matter of applying for grants. It would take around 30-50K per year to support a monthly or a even a quarterly paper. (This is what the Alliance had when it was funded by six to eight nonprofits and foundations plus special event check writing parties. There are several income streams, but these need managers.
(Subscribers, Progressive Directory Members, Classified Ads, Print and/or Online advertisng)
We use a mail server provided by The Wordsmith Collection, on the Powweb Server.
in solidarity and with best regards,
editor, writer, educator, tutor, & gardener...
December 2013: About the Alliance, Alternative Media and where we are going...
The Portland Alliance published the last five issues online. We would rather publish print issues, but this may take some time. For many years the KBOO and the Alliance were the primary vehicles for speaking truth to power. KBOO had some difficult times in the past few years, but this vital nonprofit continues to provide critical resources... and has done so since 1968. And KBOO is on the mend.
But The Northwest Alliance for Alternative Media and Education (NAAME) Board has had more complex issues. Newspapers are an especially difficult medium during this economic crisis. And nonprofits are all at risk.
The NW Alliance is expanding to serve as a nonprofit umbrella for a variety of media. But publishing a print newspaper will require 30-60 thousand dollars in resources or some energetic people ambitious enough to write the necessary grants. The incoming board members at the Alliance are enthusiastic about video production and
a host of new opportunities. They intend to expand the Alliance umbrella and develop resources and contacts all over the Pacific Northwest. It would not be unexpected for fine print publications to emerge.
As editor of the Alliance, I have enjoyed providing support and resources to facilitate publishing the last dozen print issues of the Alliance and making certain that the extant 31 years of the Alliance find a good home. A great deal of sorting and filing remain to put the collection in proper order for storage and retrieval. I'll follow up on having historic Alliance materials registered with the Library of Congress. But there are limits to how much more I can personally do. Although I plan to resign from the board of NAAME in the summer of 2014, I will continue to provide editorial guidance, collaboration, and assistance until enthusiastic replacements can be found.
I am currently working on maintenance and upkeep for the International Peace Resource Library in Missoula, Montana. (Where the Alliance archives are now stored) I will teach through the University of Montana at Missoula, host a writers group and help publish a local magazine for writing. organizing and creative arts: The Wordsmith Collection. This publication will remain connected with the NW Alliance as a partner organization.
In the next several online issues of the Alliance, NAAME will solicit writers, editors, and web-page administrators for the online resource. Hopefully the PDX Alliance Online will continue in collaboration with B-Media, PCASC and other venues and partners, speaking truth to power (through media and creative arts)
for another 31 years.
in solidarity and with best regards,
Tim Flanagan: associate editor at The Alliance
Look for the January Issue. It will include details from the last NAAME board meeting and include an online index which reflects the traditional print Alliance
so you can more easily find the columns and writers you follow.
Happy Holidays, New Year, and Festivus for the rest of us!
A brief History. As told by George Costanza of the NBC Show Seinfeld.
Habeas Corpus, which dates back more than 600 years to the Magna Carta, remains currently suspended.
People who are arrested, at the discretion of the DHS, NSA, or other operatives in the executive branch of
the US government, have no right to know the charges against them.
Indiscriminate wiretapping of innocent Americans is ongoing, with nobody proposing that it end. Indefinite arrest and incarceration are now "legal," regardless of the Bill of Rights. Rendering American citizens for torture, rape and murder abroad is "legal."
Our president has declared a new executive power which is not a part of the US constitution and may contradict the Bill of Rights. Barack Obama reserves what he considers his "right" to murd er anyone, anywhere, anytime, anyhow, for any reason or without providing any reason at all.
He prepares kill lists, orders extralegal assassinations and attacks his targets in sovereign nations without the approval of congress. This is an extra-constitutional act of war. A simple fact.
The leader of the United States is a war criminal. His actions, at home and abroad, demand impeachment. It is time to remove this criminal, shut down Gitmo, bring the troops home, restore the rule of law and reinstate civil rights in America.
We could rebuild American infrastructure so all ships rise, but Obama is a right-wing war-hawk invested in endless war. We are in serious trouble.
“Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.”
― Franklin D. Roosevelt
Instead of dropping bombs on the suffering people of Syria, we must work with our allies to declare, implement and enforce a ceasefire. Tell your elected officials:
Portland, OR Mayor Targets Union Instead of Rogue Cops
Portland, Oregon Mayor Charlie Hale's proposal to eliminate the Portland Police Bureau union is a reason for concern.
Police officers have a right to organize and police management should not be eligible to join the union. But a primary concern is that the mayor has no authority to simply dispense with a union because he chooses to.
The way to solve the systemic problems we have with violent officers who feel they are above the law, is to arrest officers who break the law and hold them accountable for the crimes they have committed.
The problem we have is not just with rank and file officers. And the problem is not the union. The mayor, city council, and police chief need to do their jobs. When cops take the law into their own hands, they must be fired. The union cannot contradict the rule of law. Officers who murder citizens should be fired. Officers who beat up citizens, after two warnings and mandatory retraining, should also be fired. We do not need bullies on the force. This has had fatal consequences and cost Portland citizens millions of dollars.
Blaming poor management on the union is not a solution. The solution is better training and management. And the article in the Oregonian is far from objective. This statement is a flat lie. "Our dedicated lieutenants and captains overseeing the rank and file, as well as the chief and mayor overseeing them all, are accountable every day."
If our police management team, the mayor, and the chief WERE accountable, we would not have cops beating up and murdering citizens at will.
Tim Flanagan, contributing editor with The Portland Alliance
"Hales' proposal to eliminate the top-tier police union makes sense" (NOT)
America is in the grip of a societal economic crisis and they want us to panic.
Lawmakers cry “We’re Broke!” as they slash budgets, lay off schoolteachers, police, and fire-fighters, crumbling our country’s social fabric and leaving many Americans scrambling to survive. Meanwhile, multi billion-dollar American corporations like Exxon, Google and Bank of America are making record profits. And while the deficit climbs and the cuts go deeper, these corporations—with intimate ties to our political leaders—are concealing colossal profits overseas to avoid paying their share of U.S. income tax.
WE’RE NOT BROKE is the story of how U.S. corporations have been able to hide over a trillion dollars from Uncle Sam, and how fed-up Americans from across the country are taking their frustration to the streets,
and vowing to make corporate profiteers pay their fair share.
We're Not Broke's event: streaming FREE Jan. 15 on HULU! -Share- Invite Everyone You Know!
January 15 at Everywhere in America! https://www.facebook.com/werenotbroke
We must conserve our constitutional foundations, the environment, the rule of law, and the common good by removing corrupt politicians and prosecuting profiteers and con men. We can have peace by ending wars of choice and refusing to base our economy on munitions sales. We can find justice by restoring habeas corpus and human rights in this nation. No president should be allowed to start wars, send out assassination squads, launch drones, or hand over our health care delivery system to private insurance companies. Wire-tapping and "rendering" people for torture, rape, and murder overseas must end. Courage is the cure. No fear, no compromise, and no surrender.
We have been working for peace, universal healthcare, effective education, and jobs with justice for more than fifty years. And now the revolution has arrived. We will finally abolish judicial homicide and base our decisions on what is best for everyday people. The revolutionary impact of net communication and education has created a growing global force which is inevitable. In Spain, Mexico, Greece, and all over the world, we are taking it back.
Tim Flanagan, editor and writer
“Freedom is not something that anybody can be given.
Freedom is something people take, and people are as free as they want to be”
― James Baldwin
“I think it only makes sense to seek out and identify structures of authority, hierarchy, and domination in every aspect of life, and to challenge them; unless a justification for them can be given, they are illegitimate, and should be dismantled, to increase the scope of human freedom.”
― Noam Chomsky
“A revolution is coming – a revolution which will be peaceful if we are wise enough; compassionate if we care enough; successful if we are fortunate enough – but a revolution which is coming whether we will it or not. We can affect its character; we cannot alter its inevitability.”
― John F. Kennedy, Profiles in Courage
Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence.”
“During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.”
Life is fine! Fine as wine! Life is fine!
“Remember to live”
― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
No Fear, No Compromise, and No Surrender This Fall
Some Reasons Why I Cannot Vote for Obama
I refuse to surrender to fear and compromise with evil.
by Tim Flanagan,
contributing editor of The Portland Alliance
This editorial piece does not necessarily reflect the views
of NAAME, Inc. This information based on public records.
1. He did not even propose the public option healthcare system:
he campaigned on that system, promising to propose it.
Instead he orchestrated putting insurance cartels in charge of
our health care delivery system, with mandated payments
according to rates determined by this industry. A sellout,
pure and simple. He took universal nonprofit heatlh care off
the table, instead of taking the transnational insurance cartel
profiteers off the table.
2. He has appointed countless Wall Street Insiders to his top
economic team and failed to appoint labor voices and/or
3. He bailed out Wall Street instead of Main Street: remember
TARP? And then the banks dispensed $6 billion in bonuses in
that year to their executives. Americans are losing their homes,
often due to outrageous medical expenses and corporate fraud.
Where is our bail out? We got sold out.
4. He failed to attack the mortgage crisis, leaving an elephant
still in our “room”, with one-third of home mortgages now
underwater and no relief in sight.
5. He failed to veto the National Defense Authorization Act, and
made no effort to restore habeas corpus. Instead of closing
Gitmo, ending indiscriminate wiretapping, and banning
"rendering," Obama has endorsed government arrests and
indefinite prison without a trial or hearing, including the
possibility of rendering Americans to be tortured, raped, or
6. He agreed to an extension of the Bush tax cuts for the rich,
and on top of this, he agreed to an egregious reduction of estate
taxes on the rich, exempting as much as $10 million from any
estate taxes and lowering the overall estate tax rate.
7. He failed to indict and imprison any of the banksters involved
in all of that fraud on Wall Street from the subprime mortgage,
including robo-signing, and selling shit-backed mortgage
securities known to be worthless. And he has refused to
prosecute war profiteers who cost us trillions of dollars in
resources and millions of lives. Hold them accountable!
8. He appointed Jeffrey Immelt to head his Jobs Council when GE
has been selling us up the Yangste river and shipping jobs over-
seas while closing plants here in the US. It is time for jobs with
justice on American soil. We must inveset in rebuilding our
infrastructure as a matter of job security and national security.
9. President Obama is now considering and proposing to lower the
corporate tax rate to 26%, when corporations are not only at a
low-time rate of paying taxes but getting billions in tax
subsidies from our government and opening up offices on the
19th floor of one building on the Cayman Islands to avoid taxes
altogether. The corporate elite should pay their fair share.
Currently the average Fortune 500 corporation pays 8.4%
in taxes. (If they pay any at all.)
10. President Obama spoke in favor of PIPA and SOPA, when the
internet is the last vestige of free speech and the availability of
free information to the general public.
11. There were no indictments by President Obama of all the con-
tractor fraud reported by Bernie Sanders and Ron Paul in a
Congressional Report released over a year ago. Whenever the
rich and big corporations are caught in fraud, Eric Holder adopts
a policy of “looking forward”, instead of holding them account-
able. So they smile, take it to the bank, and do it again.
12. President Obama agreed to a “grand bargain” t) to cut over $2
trillion in spending, including social security, medicare, medicaid,
and other social safety-net programs merely in return for
hypothetical “revenue increases” of $800 billion relying on
“dynamic scoring”. And he endorsed continuing corporate
wars of aggression and exploitation whose expense continues
to suck us dry.
13. President Obama has done nothing to level the trade treaties,
where corporations are shipping labor to Cambodia and to
China, the Philippines, etc., where labor is paid 25 cents or less
per hour. This is exporting slavery to other countries. Where is
the level playing field for Americans? We need fair trade not
14. President Obama in 2009 only proposed $140 billion in infra-
structure spending when Paul Krugman and other economists
predicted that $1.5 trillion was needed for our economy to
recover. And last year only proposed a paltry $108 billion in
infrastructure spending. If we ended the corporate wars of
exploitation abroad, we could bring home the troops and begin
rebuilding America. These project would create jobs with justice
and all ships would rise.
15. President Obama praised the recent JOBS Act, which allows
corporations to go public and raise capital without audited
financial information in their public presentations for the first 5
years, allowing them to present fictitious numbers and defraud
investors. He is not on our side.
16. President Obama has failed to propose the return of Glass-
Steagall, separating commercial and investment banking, which
will soon plunge us back into another mega-bailout of Wall Street.
17. President Obama has failed to propose the break up of the big
banks and corporations. Whatever happened to the Sherman
Anti-Trust Act? We need responsible remediation and regulation
so that deep pocket transnationals don't call the shots and hurt
most American taxpayers.
18. President Obama touted a $25 billion robo-signing settlement
when a trillion dollars of our pension and retirement funds were
stolen. Instead we should hold them accountable, put the
profiteers in jail, and demand full reparations.
19. While campaigning, President Obama promised to put on his
walking shoes for labor, but failed to even show up in Wisconsin
and walk the picket line against Governor Walker.
20. President Obama has not declared war on the Supreme Court,
as President Roosevelt did, to oppose the corporate/rich posture
of Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas, Alito, and Roberts. Why not take
21. President Obama has arrested and raided more marijuana users
in less than four years than George Bush did in eight years. Why
is President Obama proposing cuts to social security, medicare,
and medicaid while spending more on marijuana arrests and
raids, especially when a majority of Americans are for legalization
of pot and for the open sale of marijuana for medical use?
22. Obama endorses the murder of US prisoners. This results in
innocent deaths and does not deter crime. This posture is in
violation of international law and treaties we have signed.
23. Obama embraces the Bush Doctrine: he claims we have a "right"
to attack anyone, anywhere, anytime, for any reason, or without
providing any reason at all. This is dangerous, short-sighted, and
puts this nation and our troops overseas at avoidable risk.
24. Obama support offshore drilling and drilling in protected habitats.
24. Obama has not adequately addressed our failing schools. We
need to put teachers back in charge and get untrained school
board members out of the classroom. Trained professional
educators can to a better job than local untrained business owners.
25. Obama has betrayed those who voted for him on every issue
at every turn. He has governed like a right-wing hawk. He plays
fast and loose with human lives and embraces corporatism, even
when this posture costs trillions of dollars in profiteering and
corruption while making us less safe. This bad judgement has
crippled this nation and made us less effective in negotiations
around the globe. Instead of a rising tide we have sinking ships.
We need effective, principled, progressive leadership to build
bridges to a more prosperous and promising future.
26. Obama has not even bothered to address our economic crisis.
He has not addressed homelessness, declining wages, hunger,
joblessness, and critical infrastructure: housing, parks, highways,
bridges, ports, electrical grids, schools, libraries, research facilities,
and so much more.
27. Obama sends drones overseas to bomb sovereign nations (an
act of war). This aggression costs innocent lives and creates
more enemies. It is also illegal according to US law,
constitutional mandates, and international law.
Moving Forward with the Northwest Alliance!
The Portland Alliance has not published a print issue since May of 2011. Although we do not have enough funding or volunteers to publish, we have created two online issues and have been creating, updating, and maintaining our web resources to deliver real news for our community partners. We help produce radio broadcasts and work with KBOO, Occupy, Jobs with Justice, Labor Radio Collective, and other progressive partners to organize and promote local actions for justice. If you like, we can include you or your organization in our on-line Progressive Directory for a small annual fee.
The Alliance is at an important turning point. An old friend of the Alliance paid our rent for August and will be providing us with a new base of operations. We will be moving the last week of August. Sometime this fall we will open a public access office downtown. In the meantime we are replacing our IMAC and getting an Adobe Creative Suites with Indesign so that we can publish an October print issue. We have several community meetings during the coming month and we have ten workstations, two scanners, three printers, two fax, and three phone lines at 5926 N. Albina. (by PCC Cascade)
Northwest Alliance for Alternative Media and Education provides critical resources for PDX Progressives. We need your help to restart print publication this fall after we move. We must apply for grants and pay the current bills. In the longer term we must digitize 12 years of Alliance Newspapers we and the Wisconsin Historical Society can all all thirty years of the Portland Alliance to the Library of Congress so that organizers, activists, researchers, and everyday people can use this resource.
If you want to see the Alliance back on the streets, please encourage your local organization, union, association, non-profit, or foundation to send support. You can click on the Donate button below at left, or send donations to P.O. Box 14162 / Portland, OR 97293-0162.