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The Battle for Portland & the Implications Nationwide
Date Friday August 07
Time 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Event Type Speaker
Organizer/AuthorCommonwealth Club
Location Details
Online via livestream
The Battle for Portland & the Implications Nationwide

Speaker: Robert Evans
Investigative Journalist, @bellingcat; author, "A Brief History of Vice"; Twitter @IwriteOK

Fri, Aug 7 / 12:00 pm PDT

RSVP (free): https://www.commonwealthclub.org/events/2020-08-07/battle-portland

The active presence of federal troops in Portland, Oregon sparked an increase in violence and protests just as the mayor said things had been calming down. Now President Donald Trump is promising to send troops to other large cities, ostensibly to put down the violence but critics say it is an election ploy designed to trigger reaction from protestors and increase support from the president's base.

Join us for a conversation with journalist Robert Evans for an on-the-scene report from Portland on the ongoing confrontations in that city—and their implications nationwide.

Robert Evans has worked as a conflict journalist in Iraq and Ukraine and reported extensively on far-right extremist groups in the United States. He's particularly interested in the ways terrorist groups recruit, radicalize and communicate through the Internet.
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DEMOCRACY NOW!

VIDEO: Paramilitary-Style Tactics in Portland Mirror Decades of U.S. Violence on the Border & Abroad

"The violent presence of federal border agents is not unfamiliar to many Black and Brown Americans, especially those who live along the border. The brutality now seen on U.S. streets is also all too recognizable to global communities who have faced the terror of U.S.-trained military forces, sometimes death squads, from Iraq to Kenya to Guatemala. The scene unfolding in Portland, Oregon, has also drawn comparisons to U.S.-backed death squads that terrorized Latin America for decades."

For the full video and complete transcript, go to: https://www.democracynow.org/2020/7/23/federal_agents_paramilitary_tactics_us_imperialism
COMMON DREAMS (July 26, 2020): Federal Crackdown in Portland Provokes Solidarity Protests Across the Country

Protest speaker in Portland: "We can't lose track of how serious and grave of a situation that could turn into: The beginnings of true fascism."

"Early Saturday evening, speakers at the Frank H. Ogawa Plaza in Oakland, California delivered remarks about systemic racism, police misconduct, and racial injustice before the crowd marched past murals of Black Americans killed by law enforcement to the city's police headquarters, according to the San Francisco Chronicle."

For the full article, go to: https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/07/26/federal-crackdown-portland-provokes-solidarity-protests-across-country
COMMON DREAMS: Citing Fears of a Defeated Trump Who Won't Go Willingly, Warren Calls on Cabinet Officials to End Deployment of Federal Agents Against Protests

Letter: "The deployment of federal paramilitary forces against civilians is a historic embarrassment for our nation, and harms the United States' standing in the world. It has also contributed to the valid concern that President Trump—with the complicity of agency heads that agree to send these personnel—is turning your departments' personnel into tools of authoritarianism."

Official letter here: https://www.warren.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/2020.07.28%20Letter%20to%20Cabinet%20Secretaries%20re%20use%20of%20force.pdf

For the full article, go to: https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/07/29/citing-fears-defeated-trump-who-wont-go-willingly-warren-calls-cabinet-officials-end
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