floats, music and enthusiasm. Please note our valley has a plethora of
themes: Our Revolution has Summer of Progress*, * SoCan has Age of
Consequences and ORD2 has Summer of Resistance, with all these
opportunities (and more) there is no reason to sit on the sidelines. *Everyone
Can do Something*.*July 9*: General ORD2 meeting at the UU Ashland.
*July 10*: ORSO planning and advisory meeting
*July 11:* *Big Pharm,* a must see, was shown at the Medford library to a
packed house.* Democratic Party of Oregon* presented the *Neighborhood
Leader Program*, chaired by *Allen Hallmark.* The program offers training
and info on how to become a neighborhood leader. Incredible program, this
is a path to success.
*July 13:* *Rogue Climate Talent* meeting. Extremely interesting subject
new to me; Independent Public Power. Electricity is a *regulated monopoly*
Communities in Oregon have a protected right in our state constitution to
own their own infrastructure. ORS 261 is a good law supporting local
control and keeping money local. *Sharon Anderson* chaired the
Ponomareff *invited all to *SOCAN’s BLM Rally *on Sunday, Ryan Zinke
Trump’s Interior Secretary will be there. Let’s give him a Green Oregon
*July 15:* K Falls Single Payer Rally. *Wes Brain* and *Brenda
our valley and * Julie Rider RN* a local K. Falls citizen activist making a
difference for her neighbors.
Conference Call ‘Resistance Summer Canvass Kickoff’ with Congressman DeFazio
*Darby Ayers-Flood*, Talent mayor, celebrates marriage at the Pump House.
Congrats to the happy couple.
*July 16:* BLM Rally in Medford . *President Trump has launched an attack
on America’s cultural and natural heritage. On April 26, the President
issued an Executive Order to review over twenty National Monuments across
eleven states, including the newly expanded Cascade-Siskiyou National
Monument in Southern Oregon. This unprecedented order constitutes the most
aggressive anti-public lands action yet taken by Trump’s nascent
administration, and threatens to undermine decades of conservation work by
communities across the nation. *We just received word that *Trump’s
Interior Secretary, Ryan Zinke*, will be coming to S. Oregon this weekend
to visit the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. Polluting industries and
dark money political donors are driving this review to dismantle our
monuments and public lands heritage. We need to show that real people care
about our special places and want to see them protected! From *Alexander
Harris*, Public Lands Fellow, Oregon Wild
July 17 *ORD2Indivisible Social Hour* at the Roxy Ann Winery
July 18: the first *Progressive Revolutionary Crawl* met at Pfaff Park. *Wes
Brain* roused the crowd, as only he can, for a stroll and chanting through
lovely downtown Central Point. It was a beautiful day to welcome CP to the
revolution. *Dasja Dolan* has posted her pics to FB on the ORD2 Discussion
*’Now is the Time’ **Shirley Weathers*,* Bill Walsh* and *Joya
Chapman* were among those who attended the showing at the Eagle Point
library hosted by the fabulous *Three Sisters: * *Liz, Gemma *and* Mary*,
they are a force to be reckoned with. *Sandra* *Coyner* and *Joe Graf,* of
HCAO, helped facilitate the discussion.
This issues Citizen Activist is Donna Breedlove for her wonderful caricatures, bringing art and beauty to the revolution.
The Revolution at a Glance – Posted 6/27/2017
June 13: Indivisible Tuesday’s Rally at the old Medford Courthouse. The turnout was small but exuberant. Many signs supporting the camaraderie. Rallies are now held on the second Tuesday and fourth Saturday at noon.
June 14: Flag Day
June 19: Talent LNG Meeting at the Community Center. Talent, a small community leading the solar charge into a sustainable future.
June 20: ORSO Planning Meeting; Candidates and the 4th, join us on the 4th at Beech St. to march with us in the parade.
June 21: Talent City Council chooses a new member
June 22: Film, ‘Big Pharma’ at the UU in Ashland 35 folks made it
June 24: Indivisible Noon Rally at Vogel Park, see it on Facebook
Is Trump Suffering from Dementia?
This is a pivotal point in our country and the world. For too long the citizens of this nation have been silent in the comfort that allowed them to be un-involved and now the world is in flames and our very freedoms are being challenged by a despotic rule that MUST be resisted at all times. Do not stay home, do not remain mute! At the very LEAST put a sign in your yard stating what you believe in, what you want. We must stand together FOR our future.
See you at Ashland’s FOURTH of JULY Parade.
The week in Review (posted 6/12/17),
June 5: Mohamed called from Unite Oregon. He said he wanted to do something to move the revolution forward and found that Unite Oregon, in Phoenix, has a call night every Monday. It was Monday, we talked about healthcare.
June 7: Jane Sanders announced the launch of a new progressive group called the Sanders Institute. “I wanted to start an organization that would bring people together to learn from each other and discuss how to make our country and our democracy better.” (Thank you Jane)
June 8: Indivisible Live Facebook Event. (I need a tutorial to help me connect)
June 10: HCAO Lobby Day in Salem, there was a huge turnout at the Universal Unitarians in Salem. State Senator Dembrow attended as well as Richard Master who made the film Fix It. Lauri Hoagland was elected to the board.
To channel angst into political action use these links:
Blumenauer is a state rep for the 3rd district. Very knowledgeable peakers.
Date: June 5, 2017 at 12:23:27 PM PDT
This weeks Citizen Action is our own Brenda Gould’s daughter, Rebecca Gould who wrote this contemplative piece:
A Double Standard for White Terrorists
Almost immediately after it emerged that a white supremacist had stabbed three men who were trying to prevent him from attacking Muslim women in a Portland train, killing two of them, efforts at mitigation began.
“We don’t know if he’s got mental health issues,” Sgt. Pete Simpson said in the first public statement about the May 26 incident. Added the perpetrator’s childhood friend, “All I have to say is I hope this brings attention to the need for mental health facilities and more outreach.” His mother struck a similarly apologetic note: “He’s always been spouting anti-establishment stuff but he’s a nice person.”
Inevitably, those close to the perpetrator tried to explain away the hate that drove this crime. Yet what this individual did was fundamentally a political act, and in a country where politicians are increasingly wary of condemning racially motivated violence. In his trial for the Charleston shooting, another white racist, Dylann Roof, made clear the real motives for his crime: “I don’t want anybody to think I did it because I have some kind of mental problem. I wanted to increase racial tension.”
An act of terror by a self-identifying Muslim would never have been treated as apologetically as have the Portland stabbings and the Charleston massacre. Compare these reactions to those following the Boston Marathon bombing and the San Bernardino massacre. Why the double standard? Why do we excuse the racist hate that led the Portland stabbings and the Charleston shootings?
Among the most frightening aspects of the Portland stabbings is that the perpetrator, Jeremy Joseph Christian, 35, was long known to police and others as someone who endorsed murderous acts. To his Facebook followers, Christian’s willingness to kill innocent people should come as no surprise. But the authorities turned a blind eye to the threats that fill Christian’s public posts.
As his Facebook posts demonstrate, Christian made numerous appearances at white supremacist rallies in recent months. He was a well-known member of the Portland community, not an outsider, an alien, or an immigrant. He delighted in his own notoriety, noting in one post how a local reporter called him “the Lizard King.”
On May 9, Christian wrote on his Facebook page (still online as of this writing): “I want a job in Norway cutting off the heads of people that Circumcize [sic] Babies….Like if you agree!!!” More than two dozen of Christian’s Facebook followers signified their approval. One vowed to set up a fund to support “Americas newest hero Jeremy Joseph Christian.”
Christian began verbally attacking two women on a train, one of whom was wearing a hijab. Police said he “began yelling various remarks that would best be characterized as hate speech toward a variety of ethnicities and religions.” When three men tried to intervene, he stabbed them. Two of them—Ricky John Best of Happy Valley, Oregon, 53, and Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche of Southeast Portland, 23—died from their injuries.
At a court appearance this week, Christian was defiant, saying, “You call it terrorism, I call it patriotism!”
Had Christian been deploying the rhetoric of ISIS on Facebook, he would have been under FBI surveillance. Why, then, are white supremacists allowed to threaten violence against innocents while authorities look the other way? Why are people still willing to make excuses when expressions of racist hate turn into racist action?
In stark contrast, Egyptian-American Tarek Mehanna was sentenced to seventeen years in prison exclusively on the basis of his association with jihadist ideology, and not for any specific act of violence. But whereas Mehanna was immediately incarcerated for his support of violence, Christian’s threats have been ignored, or tolerated, by the authorities. Like many white supremacists, the perpetrator of the Portland stabbings was regarded prior to his murders as merely a nuisance by authorities.
Like Christian, Mehanna supported an ideology that is associated with violence. Both ideologies must be condemned. Yet the point here is that Mehanna was imprisoned for his views, while white supremacists like Christian are all too often tolerated until blood is spilled.
The fight against racism is a battle that cannot be abdicated to others. It has poisoned this country and will continue to do so until white racism is taken as seriously as the terror that clothes itself in Islamic rhetoric.
I passed much of my adolescence on Portland’s streets. I attended poetry readings in Portland cafes and volunteered in soup kitchens, and hanging out in Powell’s, the country’s biggest bookstore. The violence of the past few days does not represent the Portland I know. However, it does represent a plausible future for a country increasingly driven by an ideology that must be actively resisted rather than silently condoned.
Rebecca Ruth Gould is the author of Writers and Rebels: The Literature of Insurgency in the Caucasus (Yale University Press, 2016). Follow her on Twitter at @rrgould.