End Political Repression

The Progressive Party opposes political repression, whether by foreign governments or the Obama Administration or the FBI. Locally, we oppose the City of Portland joining the FBI's "Joint Terrorism Task Force" (JTTF). For information, see these articles:

FBI Violations of Rights\

WiliLeaks says Egyptian Torturers Trained by FBI

Portland the the JTTF

Portland Human Rights Commission Weighs In on JTTF

To get involved, contact civilrights@progparty.org.

Shame: Portland rejoins FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF)

Shame on Mayor Hales and the Portland City Council for Rejoining the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF)

The Progressive Party applauds Commissioners Fritz and Novick for voting against rejoining the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF)

Progressive Party members Jason Kafoury and David Hess spoke against the City of Portland rejoining the JTTF agreement at the February 5, 2015, City Council meeting. Only Police Chief Larry O’Dea, U.S. Attorney Amanda Marshall and a representative from the Portland Business Alliance supported rejoining the JTTF. Over 35 activists, including Brandon Mayfield, spoke against rejoining the agreement. Over a hundred citizens attended. Please watch the videos at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/article/518464.

Progressive Party Leaders Oppose Portland Involvement with JTTF

Portland City Council to consider withdrawing from FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force

Alaina Melville at City HallBrad Schmidt

December 2, 2014

The Portland City Council, led by Mayor Charlie Hales, is considering withdrawing city police officers from the federal Joint Terrorism Task Force.

Hales on Monday scheduled a Dec. 18 meeting where the City Council will consider "withdrawal from JTTF involvement." The 2 p.m. meeting is scheduled to run 90 minutes.

The move from Hales, a long-time skeptic of task force involvement, may have the political support in City Hall to dissolve the Police Bureau's hazy relationship with the group. Commissioners Amanda Fritz and Steve Novick have questioned involvement and have criticized the city's skimpy annual reports about the partnership.   Read Article at Oregonian.

Press Coverage of Protest against JTTF

April 28, 2011

The Oregon Progressive Party along with many local community groups oppose rejoining the Joint Terrorist Task Force by protesting at Portland City Hall Thursday afternoon.

Dozens of protesters opposed to the city working with FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force rallied outside City Hall early Thursday afternoon before the City Council took up the issue.

Alaina Melville of the Oregon Progressive Party said the group was opposed to the most recent resolution by Mayor Sam Adams, calling it vague and predicting that it would not prevent the task force from spying on law-abiding citizens because of their political or religious beliefs. "It seems to have even few civil rights protections than some of the earlier versions," said Melville, operation director for the independent political party.

Signs carried by some of the protesters accused the FBI of targeting anti-war protesters. The council hearing began at 2 p.m. and was supposed to last about four hours.

JTTF: Ask the City Commissioners to Say NO!

We have composed messages to the city commissioners, asking them to VOTE NO on Portland rejoining the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF). You can use these as models for your own messages to the commissioners. Each message includes the email address for that commissioner.

Message to Commissioner Saltzman

Message to Commissioner Fish

Message to Commissioner Fritz

Message to Mayor Adams

We have not included Commissioner Randy Leonard, as he has already stated his opposition to rejoining the JTTF.to Portland City Council members

Oregonian Article on Our JTTF Protest

Joint Terrorism Task Force debate captures Portland's idiosyncratic attitude
March 10, 2011
by Brad Schmidt, The Oregonian

jttfprotest.JPGProtesters stormed into Portland City Hall on Thursday to deliver petitions to policymakers' offices opposing involvement in the federal Joint Terrorism Task Force. When the group couldn't get beyond a lobby security point, protesters began shouting "City Council, Come on Down!" Only Commissioner Randy Leonard appeared, helping a representative deliver the petitions and talking the group into moving back outside, where the demonstration began.

For confirmation of "Keep Portland Weird"-ness, look no further than the decade-old debate about the Joint Terrorism Task Force.

Nowhere else have city leaders limited their relationship with the FBI over civil liberties.

Nowhere else have activists protested involvement of a handful of police officers.

Nowhere else have discussions come up again and again, with packed City Hall galleries, flipflopping politicians and onlookers who jeer cooperative agreements with the feds.

And now the debate is back.

Big Turnout at Rally Against JTTF

Protesters Rally Against Portland's Participation in the JTTF

by Rebecca Jacobson
Willamette Week
March 10, 2011
Attorney Greg Kafoury speaks at today's anti-JTTF rally  = = =>

Despite the cancellation of today’s City Council hearing on whether Portland should rejoin the federal Joint Terrorism Task Force, about 70 protesters still turned out at City Hall this afternoon to oppose the city’s participation in the JTTF.

Chanting “No secrets, no spies, we want our civil rights” and carrying signs reading “Stop FBI Harassment,” protesters said participation in the JTTF could jeopardize Americans’ civil liberties. They voiced particular fears about FBI infiltration of advocacy and minority groups, including peace and environmental activists and Muslim communities.

Protesters also expressed frustration at City Council repeatedly delaying a vote on whether Portland should rejoin the JTTF.

“They moved it in order to spread out the opposition,” said Philip Kaufman of the Oregon Progressive Party, one of the rally's sponsors. “They’re trying to disorganize us."

Protesters also circulated petitions vowing to campaign against any city commissioners who vote to rejoin the JTTF. The demonstrators entered City Hall at 1:30 pm—about an hour in to the rally—with the aim of hand-delivering these petitions. There, they were met by city Commissioner Randy Leonard, who told them the public hearing had been delayed after increased signs of cooperation from the FBI on finding a solution that would not require Portland rejoining the JTTF.

Leonard, who has opposed Portland’s participation in the JTTF, then gave the protesters some advice—perhaps in an attempt to dispel the crowd.

“We’ve received hundreds of very thoughtful emails,” he said. “We encourage thoughtful emails.”

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