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Judge Sets Date for Fairness Hearing on Portland Police

JoAnn Hardesty

U.S. Federal Court Judge Michael Simon set a date Dec. 19 for a fairness hearing on the Department of Justice Settlement Agreement with the City of Portland. The fairness hearing will open at 9 a.m. Feb. 18, 2014 in the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse, 1000 Southwest 3rd Ave.

The Albina Ministerial Alliance supports the settlement agreement, which was approved by Portland City Council at a hearing Dec. However Dan Handelman of Portland Copwatch believes the changes in the Agreement, and in the police contract, don’t go far enough.

“Community testimony at that Fairness Hearing, expected to be held sometime in February, could prompt the judge to order changes to the DOJ Agreement that better fix Portland's troubled oversight system and clarify issues around use of force,” Handelman said in a statement.

You can find the “Notice of Fairness Hearing” and the “Testimony Form,” online at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/64070 Members of the public are invited to testify, in writing or orally, on the following topics:

Is the Agreement fair to everyone affected?

Is the Agreement reasonable? s the Agreement adequate to solve the problems identified in the Complaint?

You must submit the Testimony Form or a similar written submission no later than January 31, 2014 to the Clerk of the Court in person or via first class mail, or via email to Mary_Austad@ord.uscourts.gov.

If members of the public wish to make comment to the court, they should follow the instructions on the testimony form. If anyone is unable to attend the scheduled hearing and wishes to provide oral testimony, he or she may do so by video and submit a DVD.

Submissions will be retained by the Court until the close of the case, but will not be part of the public record unless the Court orders otherwise.

The Portland Police Bureau website includes information regarding the Department of Justice investigation into the Bureau: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/62044

 

S. Renee Mitchell and Blaque Butterfly Headline Groundwork Portland Fundraiser

Groundwork Portland is holding its Annual Fundraiser and Network Social Thursday, Dec. 12. 

“Groundwork Portland's strength and vitality is grown through community support, so please join us in our celebration.,” the group says in its email.

Groundwork’s projects have included creating the Emerson Street  Community Garden, which brings together youth and elders in events that honor the history and diversity of the neighborhood. Groundwork’s green team program offers internships to youth, and its brownfields program seeks to bring the benefits of green spaces to underserved communities in North, Northeast and East Portland.

Spoken word artist S. Renee Mitchell and Blacque Butterfly, are among the headline entertainers for the event, which also features music from Tito Amaya and DJ Doc Rock.

Enjoy delicious food, raffle, silent auction and the opportunity to meet fellow community members, Groundwork Portland board, staff and volunteers, and other environmental, community and social justice activists.

  

What: Groundwork Portland 4th Annual Fundraiser & Network Social 

Time: Thursday, December 12, 2013, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Location: 700 N Killingsworth Street, Portland, OR 97217

Details: Raffle includes 2 tickets (with great seats) to a Wynton Marsalis show
RSVP Online

OMSI Opens Renovated Theater

The new Empirical Theater is open at Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. The theater, whose name means knowledge through scientific observation, has been renovated to include live satellite feeds, blu-ray technology and a state-of-the-art Dolby surround sound system.

Extra legroom, a table for food and drinks, will add comfort to the giant-screen experience, says Russ Repp, OMSI's associate vice president of marketing, retail and sales.

“In keeping with our mission of making science exciting and relevant, The Empirical provides audiences the opportunity to experience firsthand some of the most recent developments in cinema technology,” Repp says.

This month The Empirical's screenings include Man of Steel, Polar Express, Elf and A Christmas Story. And the theater is also showing 50-minute daytime documentaries, which include:

Great White Shark
Unraveling the mystery of a creature that haunts our imaginations, Great White Shark explores this iconic predator's much maligned reputation as it takes viewers around the world to tell the true story of the great white's threatened role atop the oceanic food chain.

Jerusalem
Jerusalem is a thrilling immersive experience about one of the world's most beloved cities. Discover why this tiny piece of land is sacred to billions of people and how archaeology is revolutionizing our understanding of Jerusalem's past.

Mysteries of the Unseen World
In the National Geographic tradition of powerful natural-history imagery and storytelling, Mysteries of the Unseen World reveals once-invisible dimensions of nature that are filled with beauty and wonder--and hold secrets crucial to our survival.

In January, The Empirical will launch Reel Science, a monthly program that which combines the fun of movie night with OMSI Science Pub's reputation for expert speakers.

Perfect for science and film lovers alike, the first event will be January 15 when Laika studios will take the audience inside the magic--and science--of  the popular children’s film Coraline.

For more information, visit omsi.edu/empirical-theater.

Jefferson-Roosevelt Wrestling Dec. 18

A wrestling competition that pits Jefferson High School against Roosevelt High School will support families in need this holiday season. Two cans of food wins you entry to the youth wrestling event at Jefferson High School, 5:30 pm Dec. 18. The event is organized by the Police Sunshine Division.  

Leadership Forum Meets Dec. 11

Please join PAALF for the next intergenerational forum in our quarterly series.

Topic: Bringing together generations to explore community strength and resiliency within the cycle of displacement and gentrification

Date: Wednesday, December 11 
Time: 6:00-9:00 PM
Location: Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs (OAME)
                4134 N. Vancouver Avenue, Portland, OR 97217
                (Parking available. Bus and Bike friendly)

TO RSVP, please click here.

Questions? Please contact Rachel Gilmer at Rachel@aalfnw.org or ph. 503.249.1721 Ext. 230.

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