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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
since the article is behind a paywall
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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