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I have no idea how Wheeler got re-elected. He's unpopular (so I thought) among Portlanders of all stripes. Guess he has a lot of "shy" supporters.
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sebby wrote: November 6th, 2020, 8:18 am I have no idea how Wheeler got re-elected. He's unpopular (so I thought) among Portlanders of all stripes. Guess he has a lot of "shy" supporters.
or maybe dead trump supporters voted repeaTEDly?
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Anarchistnews.org tries to answer the existential quandry of "WHY WE BREAK ALL THE WINDOWS". I've struggled with the logic and this is one place I actually read and recommend reading the comments. Also, this is the first I've run across this website - not sure of the quality, but since anarchist generally refuse to talk with other media, it's impossible to get a feeling for what they are thinking.

Anyway, thought someone might be interested. :lol:
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In keeping with themes presented in the link above^, it appears anarchists hit the Mexican consulate in Portland tonight (among other places) in the city.

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Activists, journalists targeted in ‘kill list,’ one of several racist notes sent to public figures this week
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At least 20 community activists and independent journalists associated with Portland protests for racial justice were targeted this week by a “kill list,” anonymous letters that contained their names and a racist screed.

The note, scrawled on a sheet of notebook paper, listed several activists and journalists who have been prominent figures at protests the last several months, as well as active in local politics. Most of those listed are people of color, including many Black Portlanders.

The note warned people not to organize any more protests in Vancouver, the site of recent demonstrations over the shooting of Kevin Peterson Jr., a 21-year-old Black man killed by Clark County sheriff’s deputies in late October.

Candace Avalos, an activist and former candidate for Portland city council, posted the note on Twitter on Wednesday. It was the second racist note she had received in a week. The two notes appeared to be sent by the same person, as the second one referred to comments made by local activist and independent journalist Mac Smiff regarding the writer of the first letter.

The note went on to make several direct threats against Smiff, who said he’s received death threats before.

“When the letter was first read to me, I definitely felt a physical reaction,” Smiff said. “But at the end of the day, for me, it seems like this is a person desperate for attention. The fact that I would skyrocket to number one on their hit list based on a Twitter comment tells me I don’t need to be too worried about this. And over here, we stay ready.”

KOIN-TV news anchor Ken Boddie also received a racist note earlier this week, which he addressed directly in a message to the public. It’s not clear whether the note to Boddie, who is Black, was sent by the same person.

Avalos said in a phone call with The Oregonian/OregonLive that her first reaction was fear, then anger.

“I do not deserve this. People do not deserve this,” she said. “I know that what I’m trying to do is create a community that is safe and progressive for all. To be targeted in this way for doing this work is infuriating.”

Avalos, who is Black and Latina, said she has always been aware that being a public figure, especially a woman of color, she may be subjected to such attacks — but it’s jarring when it really happens.

She reported the messages to the police, as well as the Department of Justice bias crimes reporting process, Portland United Against Hate, and the U.S. Postal Service’s inspection service.

Gregory McKelvey, a Portland activist who managed the campaign of mayoral candidate Sarah Iannarone, was among the people named in the note. He said it’s one of many threats he’s received over the past few years. He echoed Avalos’ concerns that the work of community activists is difficult and risky — especially for people who are Black, brown or queer.

He blamed incendiary rhetoric from national and local leaders for creating an environment where racist attacks flourish.

Olivia Katbi Smith, the co-chair of the Portland Democratic Socialists of America, was also identified on the list.

“These escalating threats of violence from the far right are unfortunately exactly what we expected as a result of the election, and this is exactly why the work doesn’t start or end at the ballot box,” she said. “Their threats will not deter us from working towards a better world, but instead only serve to strengthen our sense of resolve and community.”

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler’s office said Thursday that the Portland Police Bureau was working with the FBI to investigate the threat.

Robert King, the police liaison for the mayor’s office, said they were investigating two letters. Police are trying to contact all those listed to alert them.

“We want to make sure the community knows it’s being taken extremely seriously and investigated thoroughly,” he said.

But for some of the people who received the threat, the involvement of the police is cause for more alarm.

“I obviously understand there’s mistrust,” Avalos said. “I reached out to as many people as I could, and wanted to make sure they knew. I said, I reported it, if you want me to, or if you want a connection, I’m happy to offer that.”

Avalos is the chair of the Citizen Review Committee, a group that advises the city’s Independent Police Review (IPR) on cases of reported misconduct and other police matters. She said members of IPR reached out to her after she received the threats to offer her their support.

But she said she realizes not everyone who was targeted is comfortable with police involvement.

“I’m really less concerned with how they’ve treated us, and more concerned with how they’ve treated folks who are allegedly on their side,” Smiff said, noting that the list contained some fairly high-ranking public officials. “I’ve had pipe bombs thrown at me in the street, been pepper sprayed, maced in full view of the police. I’m assuming they’re not going to help here, either.”

Not everyone got the note mailed directly to them. Demetria Hester, who leads the group Moms United for Black Lives, only found out about it after Avalos contacted them to let her know she was identified on the list.

Hester said she has already been taking several precautions for her own safety, and said the involvement of police is even more unsettling to her, given their history with protesters.

“It would be different if they did what they’re supposed to — protect and serve,” she said. “They’re not going to protect us — we’re going to protect ourselves.”

Smiff said that includes taking security precautions and doing their own investigations to figure out who’s making threats.

McKelvey said he would feel just as unsafe seeing the person who wrote the letter at his door as he would seeing an armed police officer.

He also placed partial responsibility on the mayor and police.

“The mayor has demonized protesters both in his capacity as mayor and in his campaign,” he said. “Portland police have beaten these very same people. Many of these people are in lawsuits against the police bureau or the city of Portland.”

In a written note to The Oregonian/OregonLive, Wheeler said he had been consistent in his condemnation of all kinds of violence, and that he had assigned a staff member to look into the “outrageous and disturbing threats.”

“I understand that many people do not feel safe working with law enforcement,” he said. “That’s why I co-championed the recently-passed police accountability measure, banned the use of tear gas for crowd control demanded recorded consent for searches and why I continue to work hard on additional reforms. I have reached out and my team has reached out. I respect everyone’s right to peacefully protest and to decide for themselves whether or not to report threats.”

Wheeler announced the tear gas ban after more than 100 days of protests, in which police repeatedly deployed CS gas on crowds of demonstrators.

Avalos said the desire and right to be protected has nothing to do with a person’s views on policing — protesters, including many targeted in the note, have called for defunding or drastic reform to the Portland Police Bureau.

“People who are trolling, saying ‘oh, now you want to call the police,’ I want people to understand,” Avalos said. “We’re not saying that when we need help, we don’t want someone on the other end of the phone. We deserve that when we call the police, they don’t escalate the situation and we end up dead.”

“We are over-policed and under-protected as a community,” she said. “That’s what hurts.”

Avalos said the impact of the letter is still sinking in for her.

“I’m still processing what this means for my future,” she said. “I want to be safe. Everyone wants to be safe. But it’s so upsetting that we continue to experience such hatred and threats to our lives for wanting our lives to matter. That is not an unreasonable request.”
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When people on the left go bananas they break windows, throw cans of beans, and spray paint shit. When people on the right go bananas they gas you, beat you half to death, shoot you, run you over and make plans to abduct and or murder you.

Totally seems like there are just good and bad people on both sides!
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well, they both seem to like to burn things: one side like garbage cans and piles of carboard; the other, churches.

I don't understand why you fail to see the equivalency! :lol:
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This is one of the best articles I've seen in terms of really addressing the protests in Portland and how they have morphed.
In America’s whitest city, Black activists struggle to separate themselves from anarchists
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More than six months later, the long promised NYC Department of Investigation report on the protests and police riots of May/June is out. I've just spent the last two hours reading the entire report. For those who quite reasonably don't want to read such a long document, here's an effective summary. There are some problems (it consistently uses terms like "excessive enforcement" instead of "police brutality" or "criminal assault), but the report is excellent for the most part. It is highly damning of the NYPD, which is surprising only to the extent that a city agency is willing to publicly criticize the city's largest criminal gang.

Notably, Mayor De Blasio released a mealy-mouthed, rambling statement in response that did a lot of deflecting and blame-shifting. But he did admit two things: He messed up and the police messed up. Given that he's spent the past six months describing the NYPD's performance during its weeklong fit of rage as excellent work, I guess that's progress.

All that being said, this is just a report. It matters only to the extent it influences the public. What's most important are the upcoming mayoral and city council elections. They are the only route to real reform.
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blocho wrote: December 19th, 2020, 3:28 am What's most important are the upcoming mayoral and city council elections. They are the only route to real reform.
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You got to hand it to the NYPD. They really don't understand irony.

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MLK Jr Day = the one day each year when bad cops spend a bit less time harassing people of color
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Things have been relatively quiet though now that spring's coming ... the weekend was busy with a myriad of protesting activity over the weekend in Portland, so I expect this is the beginning of another unpleasant summer protest season. Yes, if you missed it, it got kinda ugly with the PPD 'ketteling' everyone at the protest and someone from PPD on record saying something to the effect that everyone there had committed some criminal act. However, of the over 100 ketteled - all of whom had to have their name and birthdate written on tape which had to be applied to their chest for photographs, only about 10% actually ended up being arrested and the number charged always goes down from there.

Another sore spot - in the defund wave of early summer, Portland finally acted to remove a small fraction of funding for certain controversial programs, one of which was the gun violence team. Of course gun violence has seen a surge like the rest of the country, so now the Mayor (who runs the police in Portland's unusual bureau system) wants to refund and reconstitute such a group. IDK how I feel as I see issues all around the table on this one, but one thing I've got no trouble saying - the defund movement is currently stalled. I never expected it to actually do much and so was probably more successful than I expected but it appears the pendulum is heading towards "re-fund" less than a year later. I've not seen any actual evidence that the most ballyhooed promises to defund, Minneapolis and Seattle, are actually going anywhere. Could it be because 'the establishment' and the 'center' just aren't convinced there is a way forward without police? Still, Portland finally got a street team up and running that will respond to mental health calls (and I believe they're also tasked with some nuisance complaints related to homeless campers): if nothing else, this is a good sign.

The horror of the young man shot just north of the Columbia River in Washington state continues to unfold with a judge now under fire for his hot mic bias slip. Everything about this case pisses me off. 😠 But it's not just the cops: the whole criminal justice system needs to be cleansed.
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I agree completely. Politicians have almost completely jumped ship on the police reform movement (I far prefer that term over the "defund movement"). It hangs on only in certain cities (like NYC) where politicians still think there's enthusiasm for it among the electorate. But even here, most of the current mayoral candidates are paying lip service -- they all talk about reforming criminal justice, but they rely on empty platitudes. Where they make specific promises, it's always for policies that are minor or impossible to implement through city government. It's just too easy for politicians to opt for the status quo.

Given that we've seen increases in police funding (often to increase "community policing") and widespread legislative proposals to limit the rights of protestors or even legalize attacks on protestors (Florida), I think this era in the police reform movement may ultimately be a net negative. At least on a national level. I'm still hopeful that some local governments may make progress. Take this story. A year ago, this incident would have been swept under the rug. Even now, I'm flabbergasted that there were actual consequences for police brutality. It can only be the result of constant public pressure. Police leadership will almost never do the right thing when it comes to holding cops accountable, but they may make concessions like this to handle the pressure.
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Yes, it does seem that certain jurisdictions are more willing to listen to citizens when there is widespread polling data supporting reform. (I used the term "defund" loosely to match current rhetoric and set it apart from the never-ending promise of change and improvement that never seems to come - but we're essentially talking the same thing at this point.) I'm still disheartened every time I see a grand jury passing on filing charges since I know this is when the system isn't working. But the bright spot - if we can look at it that way - is many more cops have actually faced internal justice (like in the article you linked) than I ever remember. Maybe it's just getting headlines. Maybe something has finally started to change. Does it matter as long as bad cops are held accountable for their horrible actions? Maybe, maybe, someday we'll get to a place where they face murder charges: I'm afraid that's what it will take. 34 shots at a fleeing suspect for a low-level drug sting? Clearly most of America considered that acceptable 20 years ago. Hell, maybe even two. That's definitely changing.

And then there's the mess the London Met has landed itself in. Talk about stupid!
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@blocho (and any lurkers): you might get a kick out of this latest policing scandal. Short story, someone called to report that a city commissioner (guess what race) hit her and fled. The president of police association released that information publicly. After minimal investigation, the police have ruled out the commissioner as a suspect and the president of the union has resigned and there are calls for a wider investigation.
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Interesting story. The head of one of the NYPD unions did this a few years ago and received no punishment. He's currently under investigation for illegally releasing the arrest record (including home address and other personal details) of the mayor's daughter within hours of her being arrested during a protest last summer.

I consider myself a staunch union supporter, but I increasingly think that the police has to be treated like the military in certain areas. Members of the military do not have the right to form a union and they cannot publicly participate in political campaigning. Those are severe restrictions, but they make sense because we need the most powerful armed organization in the world to remain non-partisan and under the control of elected officials. The same should be true of the police.
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agreed
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well, when I read about the Duante Wright shooting yesterday I pretty much knew, "here we go again." 😢 Things got ugly both last night (Sunday) and tonight (Monday). The police are responding much more robustly now though the current plan seems to stop the property damage by basically pushing protestors back. That's what I'm reading, but will have to see what people are writing about it tomorrow. I'm guessing it's going to be a very long, miserable dry season.

There has been some movement to change policing in the current legislative session - we'll just have to wait and see what the sausage factory ends up producing. It seemed relatively hopeful as "baby steps". But one step backward, the gang interdiction team that Portland cancelled last year in response to the BLM movement is being reintroduced as gun violence team. No word how many of the former members will be tasked to the team. They also don't have anything like their old budget, at least initially, and a good bit of funding has been dedicated to policing alternatives. So that feels like two steps forward, one step back, but then again, gun violence has been a real problem like most larger cities. I've not seen any breakdown though on how much of that is gang related and please note, this isn't a racial issue in my mind - we have Black, Latino, Asian, Aryan, and other gangs so it's absolutely "all of the above" in my mind, but we don't know how this team will see it. There has also been an increase in domestic violence, so I'm not clear if that will be part of their mandate as well or what, but the announcement came with a warning that will will mean less response to all the other things police are supposed to do. My only hope is that the alternatives to police start ramping up.
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from https://wgntv.com/news/chicago-news/chi ... by-police/
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The cop that killed George Floyd was found guilty

https://nationalpost.com/news/world/jur ... inneapolis
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Fuck Derek Chauvin, all my homies hate Derek Chauvin.
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now we await sentencing and the likely appeal
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It's hilarious that we live in a world where we're like "wow a guy who killed someone on camera got guilty what a huge surprise"
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Yeah, but we like live in a world where a person gets killed by a cop and it's a surprise that the cop is even charged, let alone convicted. I can't imagine there are many countries where cops are held to much scrutiny, especially when their targets are minorities.

This is quite telling, not because something has changed, but it shows the egregiousness needed as well as the pile of fairly incontrovertible proof that is required to say, legally, that a member of law enforcement has overstepped the bounds.

But gee, what's the score? Like a handful (of convictions) against a sandy beach of lives wrongly ended by sworn upholders of the law around the planet?

Sad commentary? Yes. A surprise? Hardly.
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