JOIN THE CAMPAIGN TO END PORTLAND’S COOPERATION WITH THE FBI’S TERRORISM TASK FORCE! (AGAIN)
On November 8, 2017, a letter signed by 23 organizations* and a prominent Portland area survivor of unwarranted spying was presented to Portland City Council asking to get the Portland Police out of the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF).
Since the late 1990s, Portland Police have been working with the JTTF, an FBI-led coalition of law enforcement which includes Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the IRS, Homeland Security and local police agencies.
The FBI and partner agencies have been targeting Muslims, immigrants, the Black Lives Matter movement and other activists .–Between 2000-2004, Portlanders organized to get the PPB to remove its two full-time officers from of the Joint Terrorism Task Force, succeeding in 2005. Between 2011 and 2015, the PPB semi-rejoined the JTTF, only assigning officers to work with the FBI part time, and requiring annual reports which were extremely vague about the JTTF’s activities. In 2015, the PPB re-assigned two members full time after a 3-2 Council vote led by then-Mayor Charlie Hales.
–Times have changed and there is reason to believe the targeting of people for their First Amendment activities will only ramp up.
–We need you to contact City Council today and tell them to get the Portland Police out of the Joint Terrorism Task Force.
Contact information is below, or you can use the ACLU’s action alert site to fill in a pre-written email:
Mayor Ted Wheeler <firstname.lastname@example.org> 503-823-4120
Commissioner Carmen Rubio email@example.com
Commissioner Dan Ryan firstname.lastname@example.org
Commissioner JoAnn Hardest hardestyMedia@portlandoregon.gov
Commissioner Mingus Mapps email@example.com