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Wed Jul 29, 2020, 06:38 AM

Update on Portland federal occupation from Portland City Commissioner Eudaly.

This is a thread rollup from her Twitter page:




From: https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1288163833974906880.html

Dear Portland,

I want to update you on our federal occupation, explain the steps that we have taken as a city, and share what our state legislature and federal delegation are doing to address this unconstitutional federal aggression against our city.

At a time when tensions were starting to decrease on our streets, Trump sent federal agents from two of the most politicized and controversial agencies—@CBP and @DHSgov—without Congressional authorization or notification, or local elected officials' consent, into our city.

While we work to counteract their presence, we face an uphill battle in a process designed to usurp not just our local authority, but the authority of our federal representatives. We are doing everything we can—our recourse may be limited, but we're not giving up the fight.

Last Wednesday, I introduced two resolutions that were passed unanimously by City Council. One to stop the Portland Police Bureau from cooperating with the federal occupiers, and another to affirm the rights of members of the press and legal observers.

On Thursday, I directed @PBOTinfo to enforce on the federal occupiers for erecting a fence in our public right of way. PBOT filed a cease and desist demand on behalf of the City—we have not received a response.

We are assessing the maximum fine of $500 for every 15 minutes the fence obstructs our street, & we are investigating other legal remedies. Typically, we would send a maintenance crew or contractor to remove such an obstruction, but I will not send workers into harm's way.

Yes, I am afraid to direct workers to do their job and enforce our laws against the federal government—I hope that gives everyone reading this pause.

As of yesterday, the federal government owes us $192,000 and counting. We intend to collect.

On Monday, despite demands from elected representatives across our region and our state and multiple lawsuits, the Trump administration announced they were sending additional federal agents to our city.

Mayor @tedwheeler & Commissioner @JoAnnPDX, who are in charge of our public safety bureaus, called for a meeting with DHS leadership on the ground in Portland to discuss a "ceasefire and the removal of heightened federal forces from Portland." They await a response.

In the Oregon State Legislature, our representatives are advocating for a tear gas ban, munitions limitations, and legislation to require officers to prominently display their names and ID numbers in the upcoming special session.

Our federal delegation has pushed for DOJ and DHS Inspectors General to investigate Trump's lawless actions in Portland—they are also working to defund this action in Congress.

@mentions has demanded the resignation of Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf, stating, "Any person who oversees the kidnapping of protesters and the violent occupation of American cities has no place in our government." I couldn't agree more.

We'll be closely monitoring state and federal action and providing support wherever we can.

I know how challenging this is for Portlanders. I am committed to doing everything in my power to end this federal occupation and move forward with our community's reckoning with racial injustice and our efforts to transform our approach to policing and public safety.

Each and every one of you has a constitutional right to exercise your freedom of speech and to peacefully assemble. The actions of a few should not negate these rights, and the response of law enforcement should be proportional to the infractions.

Indiscriminately tear-gassing and firing impact munitions at thousands of peaceful protesters is not a proportionate response.

Whether you're able to join the protests or not, there are many ways to support the #BlackLivesMatter movement:
• Educate yourself about the issues
• Write your local, state, and Congressional representatives
• Volunteer your time
• Donate to racial justice organizations
• Shop at Black-owned businesses
• Show solidarity on social media
• Keep listening and learning

And finally, don’t forget to vote in November. We can’t afford four more years of disregard for our Constitution and all the hard won rights and protections we’ve fought for over the past 65 years.

Keep loving, keep fighting, and stay safe out there.

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KY..........

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Cha Jul 29 #4

Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Original post)

Wed Jul 29, 2020, 06:52 AM

1. I would be very pleased

to have this person as an elected representative for me in my local government.
I hope the moves she has made are implemented and effective.

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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Original post)

Wed Jul 29, 2020, 07:00 AM

2. Mahalo for this very encouraing statement from Portland Commissioner Eudaly, KY

And, heartwarming message here..

And finally, don’t forget to vote in November. We can’t afford four more years of disregard for our Constitution and all the hard won rights and protections we’ve fought for over the past 65 years.

Keep loving, keep fighting, and stay safe out there.

Rt~

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Response to Cha (Reply #2)

Wed Jul 29, 2020, 07:29 AM

3. These little rays of hope keep me going, Cha.

This Commissioner is precise and professional and bold. Doing the right things for Portland and America.

As an aside, this series of Tweets on the recent House Judiciary Committee grilling of AG Barr gave me a lift as well:

https://twitter.com/HouseJudiciary

I'm so very proud of each and every one of those Dem committee members.

KY........

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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Reply #3)

Wed Jul 29, 2020, 06:30 PM

4. Good way to put it, KY.. "These little rays of hope.."..

me too.

Mahalo for the twitter link to the House Judiciary Dems

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