Volunteers for Rose City Copwatch—a more radical offshoot of Portland Copwatch—posted 250 fliers around North and Northeast Portland this weekend, urging people to refuse consent when asked to be searched by police.
The group, which says it's aiming to "build a community culture of resistance to police incursion, surveillance, and bullying," says it sees non-cooperation as "equally important whether or not one has 'something to hide,'" according to the flyers. Sara Libby, a member of the group, says the fliers are not related to recent high-profile incidents—like the Chasse case, which inspired other posters in N and NE Portland—but the result of a long-term strategy to educate people about their legal rights.
"They appear to be an organization that opposes law enforcement," says police spokesperson Brian Schmautz. "But I think this is counterproductive to the community having a good discussion about the role of the police." MATT DAVIS
On Friday, November 17, Secretary of State Bill Bradbury declared that Measure 47—which would have placed strict limits on campaign contributions—is unenforceable.
The reason: Without Measure 46—the constitutional amendment that would allow such restrictions, which failed at the ballot box—the entirety of M47 will have to stay dormant. Bradbury—along with staff in the attorney general's office—interpreted one section of the measure (which says that if M46 didn't pass, M47 would stay on the books but not be effective) to mean that the entire law would remain in a legal coma.
Dan Meek, the public interest lawyer who wrote and backed both M46 and 47, disagrees with the ruling, and believes that some sections of the law—like stricter disclosure laws—should survive.
In January, the state legislature will have the option of addressing the conflict—possibly by repealing M47 and creating a new set of campaign finance rules. SCOTT MOORE
Good luck navigating downtown Portland on Friday, November 24. First of all, it's Buy Nothing Day—a national protest against consumption on the busiest shopping day of the year. Locally, there have been protests at Lloyd Center Mall and downtown in years past.
It's also Fur-Free Friday. Animal rights activists—the folks who've been protesting outside of Schumacher Fur Company every weekend for the past year—will kick off their annual march at Schumacher Fur at noon, before winding through downtown. AMY JENNIGES