Tag: Mayor Sam Adams

U.S. Department of Justice Finds Portland Police Guilty of Using Excessive Force Against People With Mental Illness

Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division Thomas E. Perez speaks to an audience of reporters and Portland Police Bureau command staff.  To the right is U.S. Attorney for Oregon Amanda Marshall, Police Chief Michael Reese, and Mayor Sam Adams.

Chief Reese Deletes “I disagree with the Department of Justice’s findings” From His Online Statement   Story by Pete Shaw At a crowded press conference on the 14th floor of the Portland Justice Center on Thursday, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) announced its findings of an investigation, launched on June 8, 2011.  The…

Transition from “Listening” to Action on Coal

By Nicholas Caleb Senator Ron Wyden held a “listening session” in Portland on Monday to discuss the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, the latest in a line of sneaky, corporate, anti-democratic policymaking. Although the US Trade Representative is currently keeping all the details of negotiation secret from the public and most of Congress, we know (from leaks)…

A Letter to Mayor Sam Adams and his Portland Police

by The Organizers To Mayor Sam Adams, Portland Police: People of the City of Portland, representing all walks of life, will gather in Pioneer Square at 7:00pm on June 11, 2012 to express solidarité with people in Québec and around the world who are asserting their rights to education without lifelong debt-slavery. This event will…

M1: Striking Students Provide a Lesson in Democracy

This story is part of our feature about the many protest events on May 1, 2012. Visit the feature page to see more. by Vargus Pike Since the Great Recession began as a result of the avarice and criminal behavior exhibited by those in the banking and mortgage sectors, one of the vital segments of…

Open Letter to Mayor Adams

by Kip Silverman Mayor Adams, In response to your recent tweet referencing Occupy Portland being in Chapman Square stating: “I gave it a try. Not safe,” I would just like to say that this comment is ridiculous. The “safety” issues raised by yourself and your chief of staff Jennifer Yocum and others were addressed when…

The Downside of Spontaneity When the Police Plan to Act Up

by Adam Rothstein On the night of Saturday, April 21, a group of Occupy Portland activists briefly “re-occupied” Chapman Square, spurred by a Facebook post sent that very evening. The media, the city, and the Police have, as usual, engaged in their own misguided interpretation of events, attempting to spin it as a trash-talking, beer-drinking…

A Corporate Budget or a People’s Budget?

Photo by Paul

By Shamus Cooke How are government budgets created, and in whose interests? In Portland, Oregon, the city recently held the second and last of its public budget forums, where the community could offer feedback to help craft the city’s budget. Over two hundred people attended the Wednesday evening meeting at Cleveland High School, many more…