Tag Archives: Portland

Trump Defends Feds’ Authoritarian Abuses In Portland

The Independent reports: Donald Trump said he is trying to “help” the city of Portland amid controversy over a decision to send federal agents to crack down on protests there. Local lawmakers accused the Trump administration of an “abuse of power” for deploying masked, militarised federal agents to the city, ostensibly to protect federal buildings. The officers have been accused …

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PORTLAND: US Attorney Demands DHS Investigation Into Arrests Of Protesters By “Secret Police” [VIDEO]

CNN reports: The US Attorney for the Oregon District today requested an investigation into the masked, camouflaged federal authorities without identification badges who are arresting protesters in Portland. The request is aimed specifically at DHS personnel who have been captured on various videos arresting protesters and putting them in unmarked SUVs. Demonstrators in Portland have been protesting racial inequality and …

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Extremists Claim Point Of Portland Rally Was To “Waste Millions In Police Resources,” Will Do It Again [VIDEO]

Courthouse News reports: Several hundred were part of a right wing rally organized by former Infowars reporter and Florida radio host Joe Biggs [photo]. That group included the often violent Proud Boys, an “extremist conservative group,” according to the Anti Defamation League. Also present were members of the anti-government militia group the Three Percenters and the American Guard, “hardcore white …

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Portland Cops Accused Of Colluding With Extremists

Williamette Week reports: Hundreds of texts between Portland police and right-wing organizer Joey Gibson [screen grab above] reveal the extent to which law enforcement officers talked to and even coordinated with right-wing activists in order to police protests in 2017 and 2018. The texts, obtained by WW through a public records request, show that Portland Police Lt. Jeff Niiya had …

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Portland Mayor Gets Ominous Threat From Proud Boys

The Guardian reports: Right wing activists in Portland, Oregon, appear to have shifted tactics in their ongoing confrontation with left wing groups and city authorities, attempting forced “demaskings” of opponents and picketing union venues and events. One activist has threatened the city’s mayor, Ted Wheeler. Last week, Reggie Axtell, a member of the “western chauvinist” Proud Boys group and a …

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PORTLAND: Homocon Organizer Cancels Anti-Muslim Rally, Claims Mayor’s Pleas Endangered His Group

The Oregonian reports: Organizers of an anti-Muslim demonstration planned for June 10 announced Wednesday that they’ve canceled the event. Organizer Scott Presler [photo] cited Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler’s “inflammatory” requests to cancel other protests, which he said endangered people who might attend them. Wheeler this week asked that federal officials revoke the permit for a separate pro-Trump free speech rally …

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Portland Killer Rants In Court: You Call It Terrorism, I Call It Patriotism, You Hear Me? Die! [VIDEO]

ABC News reports: Jeremy Joseph Christian began yelling when he walked into the courtroom Tuesday. “Get out if you don’t like free speech,” he said, and, “You call it terrorism, I call it patriotism. You hear me? Die.” Christian, 35, is accused of fatally stabbing two men who defended a 16-year-old and her Muslim friend on a Portland, Oregon, train …

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PORTLAND: Mayor Calls For Cancellation Of “Trump Free Speech Rally” In Wake Of Hate Crime Murders [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: The mayor of Portland, Oregon, on Monday urged U.S. officials and organizers to cancel a “Trump Free Speech Rally” and other similar events, saying they are inappropriate and could be dangerous after two men were stabbed to death on a train as they tried to help a pair of young women targeted by an anti-Muslim tirade. …

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REPORT: More Than Half Of Those Arrested In Portland’s Anti-Trump Protest Didn’t Vote For Anyone At All

Idealism always fails. Always. Portland’s NBC affiliate reports: More than half of the anti-Trump protesters arrested in Portland didn’t vote in Oregon, according to state election records. At least sixty-nine demonstrators either didn’t turn in a ballot or weren’t registered to vote in the state. KGW compiled a list of the 112 people arrested by the Portland Police Bureau during …

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MAINE: Portland’s Only Gay Bar To Close [VIDEO]

Portland’s NBC affiliate reports: The only gay nightclub in Portland is closing. The owner calls it a bittersweet sign of the times. “We don’t have the crowd we used to,” said Joshua Moody, who has owned Styxx for 12 years. It’s in line with a nationwide trend: as more members of the gay community branch out and feel welcomed and …

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PORTLAND: Trump Supporter Charged With 10 Felony Counts For Menacing Protesters With A Firearm

Last month I reported that a Trump supporter named Michael Strickland had been arrested after brandishing a gun at Black Lives Matter protesters in Portland, Oregon. Yesterday a grand jury returned a 21-count indictment against Strickland, including ten felony counts. Oregon Live reports: Each unlawful use of a weapon charge accuses Strickland of attempting to use, and possessing with intent to …

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PORTLAND: Trump Supporter Faces 40 Years In Prison After Threatening Protesters With Gun [VIDEO]

Raw Story reports: Michael Strickland, the right-wing agitator and Trump supporter seen in this video brandishing a gun at a peaceful Black Lives Matter rally, has been charged with two class A felonies after being arrested and initially released Friday morning on his own recognizance without bail. At his arraignment today at the Multnomah County Courthouse in downtown Portland Strickland …

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MAINE: Portland City Council Votes Unanimously To Ban Travel To North Carolina And Mississippi

And the list just keeps getting longer. From Portland’s NBC affiliate: The Portland City Council voted unanimously in favor of restricting travel by city employees to states with laws that discriminate against the LGBT community. All eight councilors had already publicly backed Mayor Ethan Strimling’s proposal before Monday night’s meeting. They don’t want the city spending money for city employees …

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OREGON: Navy To Commission New Ship In Portland After Mayor Refuses To Travel To Mississippi

From Portland’s ABC affiliate: After Portland Mayor Charlie Hales announced he refuses to travel to Mississippi next month to commission the USS Portland over the state’s anti-gay laws, the Navy has announced the commissioning will take place in Portland. The law signed by the Mississippi governor earlier this month allows churches, religious charities and privately held businesses to decline services …

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OREGON: Court Of Appeals Upholds $400K Fine For Nightclub That Banned Trans Patrons

The Associated Press reports: The Oregon Court of Appeals affirmed a ruling that a Portland bar owner must pay about $400,000 in damages to patrons he told to stay away. The state investigated a bar formerly known as the P Club after the owner left a voice message for one of the Rose City T-Girls, a group of transgender customers …

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Former “Ex-Gay” Poster Boy John Paulk Competes On Cooking Reality Show

Last night former “ex-gay” poster boy John Paulk competed on the cooking reality show Cutthroat Kitchen. The show was promoted by Go Local PDX on Friday: “The fast-paced energy I experienced while taping the episode last summer was exhilarating,” said Paulk. “I’ve never had more fun in my life competing with other talented chefs.” This in not Paulk’s first appearance …

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MAINE: Gay Gubernatorial Candidate Grand Marshal’s Portland Pride Parade

Via the Associated Press: A Democratic candidate who reluctantly made public his homosexuality last year found himself serving as the grand marshal of Maine’s biggest gay pride parade and festival Saturday and urged activists to continue fighting to eliminate discrimination and promote equality. Mike Michaud, who would become the nation’s first openly gay person to be elected governor if he …

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Headline Of The Day

“The Portland Trail Blazers are in support of the Freedom to Marry and Religious Protection ballot initiative. We do so as believers in individual choice as a fundamental right of all people.” Source. (Tipped by JMG reader Glenn)

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OREGON: Portland Timbers Pro Soccer Fan Club Display Denounces Homophobia

On Sunday the fan club for the Portland Timbers pro soccer team created the above display in support of the International Day Against Homophobia, which is this Friday. From the Major League Soccer site: Sometimes, supporters groups’ tifo displays are designed to look really cool, to recognize a player’s career-long contributions to the club or even to intimidate that day’s …

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Ex-Gay Poster Boy John Paulk Apologizes: I No Longer Support Ex-Gay Movement

John Paulk, the man many “credit” with launching the “ex-gay” movement in the United States, has apologized for his past and denounced the “ex-gay” industry.  From an interview with Portland’s PQ Monthly: “Until recently, I have struggled all my life in feeling unloved and unaccepted,” Paulk said. “I have been on a journey during the last few years in trying …

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