Frustrated by the recent presidential election, Jeannette Wallis is walking from Seattle to Washington, D.C. Along the way, she's been collecting complaints from ordinary citizens on everything from gun control to campaign reform--grievances she plans to drop at the White House's doorstep. But Wallis, a former psychiatric counselor barely made it one time zone before twisting her ankle.
After covering 500 miles and collecting 200 complaints along the way, Wallis was teaching a couple of young boys in Boise how to fence when she mis-stepped. She spent the past week recouping with friends in Portland and, back on her feet, has resumed walking from Boise, Idaho. She plans to reach D.C. next spring.
But meeting President Bush isn't really the goal. "I expect that I will be roundly ignored," she explained. Instead, she says, it is the process of talking with ordinary citizens and venting complaints. "I just want people's voices to be heard."
So far, she's talked with hundreds of people from the Northwest, everyone from longshoremen to conservative ranchers. Their complaints--and Wallis' updates--are available at thewalkfordemocracy.org. PHIL BUSSE
Do you have good communication skills? Are you objective? Do you want a more direct hand in how the police operate around here? Then you should apply for the Citizen Review Committee. Formed by the Independent Police Review Division (IPR) of the Portland City Auditor's office, the nine-person committee will participate in citizen appeals process for police misconduct, advise on complaint intake, recommend policy changes, and hear the community's general concerns.
Application questions include, "What can you say about your activities, personal attitudes and life experience that would demonstrate you can make objective decisions about complaints against the police?"
My question to the police is, "What can you say about your activities, personal attitudes and life experience that would demonstrate you can make objective decisions about complaints against citizens?"
I probably won't make the cut. But you should apply. Call Michael Hess, IPR Investigator, at 823-4126, for an application. They're due by five pm on August 1. JULIANNE SHEPHERD