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Here Are Emails & Flyers Showing Portland, Oregon Teachers & Administrators Organized ‘Student’ Anti-Gun Walk Outs & Why Parents Are Now Suing in Federal Court.

The Portland Public Schools and Superintendent Guadalupe Guerrero are being sued in federal court for using tax money to orchestrate a mass anti-gun mass walk-out by students.

The civil rights lawsuit, brought by two sets of Portland parents, allege that Portland Public Schools went to great lengths to produce the 2018 demonstrations which saw thousands of students leave classrooms and take pictures of themselves with anti Second Amendment, anti NRA and anti-gun signs.

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The parents’ attorney, James Buchal, a civil rights attorney and head of the Multnomah County Republican Party, said the lawsuit “demonstrates the extraordinary degree to which PPS officials have misused scarce educational resources for narrowly partisan and political objectives.”

The 31-page complaint included emails and photos demonstrating what Buchal said was collusion between administrators and school officials to work with anti-gun groups to “groom” students into ‘leading’ the walk outs.

The complaint reads in part:

“A continuous disinformation effort was made by defendants to portray demonstration efforts as student-led. For example, an Assistant Principal at Laurelhurst School reported on February 27th: “We just got off the phone with our Sr. Director and his guidance was to keep this as student centered as possible.” He suggested that teachers identify useful studentproxies so that he and another school official could have lunch with them for event planning, though phrasing his request as “see[ing] what they want to do” (See Exhibit 26). Offering young students who took one side of a controversial political issue private lunches with senior school officials is and was intended to be seductive, to groom, recruit and motivate students to the political cause favored by defendants, in order to reinforce and achieve the political goals of the defendants. Upon information and belief, no PPS administrator or teacher invited pro-Second- Amendment students to have lunch with them to see what they wanted to do, and PPS offered no school resources to pro-gun students similar to those PPS provided to anti-gun students.”

Such efforts at the very least defied the District’s own policies.

In fact, the lawsuit shows memos, flyers, emails (using official PPS email system and contacts) and other examples of teachers and administrators plotting to, not only organize the advertised “student led” walk outs, but providing helpful maps on walk out map routes around schools, lesson plans, and the official color students should wear:

A teacher provided students with how to write and lobby elected officials for gun control:

The lawsuit also alleges that developmentally disabled students were used by organizers to hold signs even though they couldn’t understand them:

“Even younger, or developmentally disabled students, incapable of reasoned choice as to participation, were pressed into service as pawns and props by defendants. Oneparent complained: “Our special needs 5th grader doesn’t understand why he had to wear a sign around his neck and march around the school….” (Exhibit 29) (Nextdoor posting)).”

It was so obviously a school-led event that parents had to opt out their children or they’d be required to participate in the walk out.

Schools changed their bell schedules to add an extra period so students breaking the district’s own policies wouldn’t be marked absent.

The walk outs were an orchestrated commemoration of the 17 students murdered at the Majory Stoneman High School in Parkland, Florida in 2017 by a mentally deranged gunman and former student.

The shooting was horrible enough of course, but Buchal provided proof that students were “emotionally manipulat[ed]” by “misleading propaganda” to “create political theater designed to manipulate public opinion and pressure elected officials to ban guns.”

Buchal says there was never mention of the Parkland school’s own complicity in the violence, beginning with the PROMISE program that refused to arrest and treat the mentally ill student, to the armed school resource officer who cowered outside while students were being shot inside the school.

Buchal, a Harvard educated and Yale trained lawyer, argues that by forcing parents to subsidize the political activities of teachers and administrators, it “… violates their First Amendment rights, and that the pervasive climate of indoctrination and intimidation within the Portland schools also unconstitutionally interferes with the free speech rights of students.  The suit also seeks to compel PPS to complete its long-overdue response to the Public Records Act request, pointing out that the Multnomah County District Attorney previously ordered PPS to complete the production by December 6th

I would have posted this last Thursday when I heard about it, but family commitments prevented it. However, the later timing allowed me to see the ‘coverage’ this important story got.

Willamette Week headlined its story “Multnomah County GOP Chairman Sues Portland Public Schools Over Gun Control Protests,” intentionally leaving the impression that it was the GOP bringing the lawsuit. Nothing wrong with that if it were the truth, but it’s not.

It was also amusing to see the AP story about it, which included a quote from the District spokesman calling the lawsuit “baseless.”

Former Oregonian political-writer-turned “director of strategic communications and outreach” for PPS, Harry Esteve, sees it as “baseless” I suppose because to see it otherwise might encourage citizens to look at Buchal’s legal exhibits revealing Esteve’s latent and overt fingerprints all over this manufactured event.

Rees Lloyd: Was America once a Christian nation?

christian nation Bible flagOne of America’s most brilliant public intellectuals, William J. Federer, author of more than a dozen outstanding  books on America’s history  with  an emphasis on its religious heritage, including “America’s God And Country; An Encyclopedia of Quotations,” which I believe is the best  single resource for what the Founding Fathers said and wrote about their beliefs, has written an erudite but very readable essay on on the question, “Was America Once A Christian Nation?”

Federer’s inspiration for addressing this question is the contention of President Barack Hussein Obama that: “Whatever we once were, we are no longer a Christian nation.”           ChristianNation01

Federer’s inspiration for addressing this question is the contention of President Barack Hussein Obama that: “Whatever we once were, we are no longer a Christian nation.”              

Why is “was America once a Christian nation” an important question? 

One reason is that in carrying out his campaign promise to “transform America,” Barack Hussein Obama is also “transforming” history, including America’s heritage as a “Christian nation.” 

 Obama is, himself, of course, a self-identified “Christian,” who came to Christianity only as an adult as an adherent to the Black Liberation Theology doctrines espoused by Rev. Jeremiah Wright, by way of the manifestly racist writings of Black Liberation Theologian James H. Cone. (See, e.g., Cone’s “A Black Theology Of Liberation” and learn how tossing “Molotov cocktails” into White-owned buildings and possibly incinerating White Americans is acceptable Christian conduct — if not a Christian duty — on Cone’s teaching that: “We know, of course, that getting rid of evil takes something more than burning down buildings, but one has to start somewhere.” [40th Anniversary Edition, page 26.]

Aside from his 2006 assertion that even if America once was  a “Christian nation” – which Obama does not concede — it no longer is, Obama became the first U.S. President in history to endorse a particular religion in his official capacity as President, in Obama’s 2009 “Cairo Speech,” where he became also the first U.S. President to grovel and bow to totalitarian Muslim dictators in the Middle East.

The particular religion Obama endorsed in his capacity as President of the U.S. in his “Cairo Speech”? Islam. 

The progressive liberal social engineers of  ACLU have yet to sue President Obama for what appears to be an “endorsement of a particular religion,” Islam, in his official governmental capacity, in violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the Constitution. ACLU Obama adoring liberal progressives have probably been too busy suing to destroy Crosses honoring veterans at veterans  memorials as violations of the Establishment Clause. 

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Obama’s  questioning if America was ever a “Christian nation” and his assertion that it definitely is not now, bring to mind Soviet Communist Dictator Joseph Stalin’s famous “transformation” of the history of the Soviet Union. 

 In the first “official” history of the founding of the U.S.S.R. (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics), a photo appeared showing Founding Father Lenin, along with Stalin, Leon Trotsky and other “Founding Fathers” of the Soviet Revolution.  After Stalin had Trotsky driven out of the U.S.S.R and assassinated in exile in Mexico with an axe in his head, the “official” history books were recalled and a retouched photo appeared with Trotsky wiped out of that photo.  

trotsky removed from pictureAs Stalin proceeded to  purge his political enemies one after another, “official” history books were serially recalled and new ones issued, with the Founding Fathers being systematically wiped out of the famous photo, and history, until only Lenin and Stalin were left. It was that “transformed” history that the children of Soviet socialism were taught in the government schools, until the soviet union collapsed.

Obama appears to be attempting to achieve rhetorically what Stalin achieved photographically.

But what is the truth of whether America was founded as a “Christian nation”? 

And can that truth be transformed by Obama and the progressive liberal teachers in government schools, teaching the children to chant “Barack, Hussein, Obama–Mmm, Mmm, Mmm,” and  following Obama as socialists once followed Stalin so adoringly as savior of the nation, their Dear Leader, right into the serfdom of secular, atheistic, socialism?

 Barack Hussein Obama questions whether the nation he now leads was once or ever a “Christian nation.” I will concede that no State in America  was once or ever a “Christian” State  in the nature of the Christianity of  Black Liberation Theology.   But as to Christianity as commonly understood by the more than a billion Christians not adhering to the  Black Liberation Theology of James Cone, Jeremiah Wright, and Barak Obama, William J. Federer in his important essay examines the facts evidencing whether the American States and nation believed America to be a Christian nation.  He details the fundamental founding documents of the States which establish whether they intended to, and did, establish themselves expressly as Christian States forming a Christian nation.

Read the detailed research of William J. Federer into our history, and our religious heritage at WND (here). You decide. 

(Rees Lloyd is a longtime California civil rights lawyer and veterans activist, and a member of the Victoria Taft Blogforce.)

Why You Should Never Talk To A Cop.

I’ve had this post sitting in the queue for a long time thinking that eventually I’d roll it out, but a conversation I had yesterday with a Citizen Journalist after an encounter with a cop convinced me I need to post it.  Stat.

Make sure you have time to sit down and watch this 48 minute video. Then share it. 

I like cops, but you should know where the guardrails are in your encounters with them. The idea is you’re innocent until proven guilty, but, as this video shows, your actual innocence doesn’t matter to a cop or a prosecutor.



Zimmerman Attorney: This Verdict STILL Has Nothing to do With Civil Rights

zimmerman don west mark omaraGeorge Zimmerman defense attorneys Mark O’Mara and Don West both contend that the shooting of Trayvon Martin had everything to do with self defense and nothing to do with civil rights violations. In fact, O’Mara contends that using the Zimmerman case to try and make a civil rights cause celebre out of it will backfire on Martin supporters. 

In the post verdict news conference O’Mara claimed that Zimmerman was never “guilty of anything except protecting himself in self defense.” West added that he thought the prosecution of Zimmerman was in itself “disgraceful.”

O’Mara predicted problems for civil rights activists if they used this case as a rallying cry (see it at 20:56) during his news conference last night, 

I kept saying a year ago that I really hope that they don’t. I kept suggesting to Mr. Crump on three separate occasions that we not make this the civil rights case of the century because it’s just not. It’s just not. Did it bring to the forefront the conversation that young black males are treated a certain way in the criminal justice system? Absolutely! Is that positive? Absolutely! Do we need to have that conversation? Absolutely! However, if portending that conversation on top of the Zimmerman verdict is going to affect that ability to have that conversation then shame on them because that conversation needs to be had and now it may not be had because we have sort of artificially separated the two camps, if you will, over this verdict. This verdict still has nothing to do with civil rights.