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TELL THE PORTLAND MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL TO WITHDRAW FROM THE JOINT TERRORISM TASK FORCE
In 2015, Portland rejoined the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF). Portlanders have long expressed concerns with the JTTF as it entangles local officers in surveillance and police practices that violate the state laws that protect Oregonians from being targeted based on our political, religious, or social views, or based on our real or perceived immigration status.
Now, under a president who targets people based on their religion (Muslims), national origin (immigrants), and political beliefs (protesters, Black Lives Matter), it is more important than ever to stop participating in the federal government’s dragnet surveillance and spy program.
The FBI and ICE, the biggest players in the Joint Terrorism Task Force, regularly engage in profiling and surveillance that is prohibited under Oregon law. Portland Police officers simply cannot comply with Oregon law while also operating as deputized JTTF agents. Furthermore, these officers operate without local oversight, as neither their supervisors, the city attorney, nor the mayor have the security clearance needed to monitor their work.
Labor History for Labor Activists Class
Portland Rising, a committee of Portland Jobs with Justice, is excited to announce its second Labor History for Labor Activists class!
The class will meet six consecutive Monday evenings, from 7-9 pm, starting April 1, 2019, and will explore US labor history through the choices and dilemmas faced by past labor activists with the aim of strengthening our current understandings and practice.
The class size will be limited to 15 in order to promote active engagement among participants and with the material. Therefore, we ask those who wish to take the class to complete a short, on-line application. Class selection will begin February 17, 2019, and end once the class limit is reached.
For more information and to access the application visit the class webpage.