Empathy is the imagination necessary to put yourself in someone else’s shoes.
U.S. District Court of Oregon, Judge Anna Brown, killed my client. With a ferocious mien and verbal bullets.
Imagine yourself in front of that judge, that certain judge........holding your immediate life and future in that particular judge’s hands. Some judges have empathy, some don’t. How do you know whether this one does? In half of the states in the U.S. there is a tool; and in half there isn’t. Half of the states in the U.S. have a formal statewide judicial performance evaluation program and half don’t. Oregon doesn’t. Therefore, there is no accountability in Oregon for judges who do wrong day after day.
My client was a proud short-order grill cook at a local college. A sturdy, tough-looking woman made less handsome because of a noticeable front tooth missing. Otherwise, she was just a nice person hardened by rough times. You could just tell.
Her boss had an office immediately adjacent to where she had to stand every day filling the clueless student lunch bills-of-fare. The trouble was, her boss and employed hangers-on went into his office everyday to watch porno. Within sight and hearing of Jessie (nom de guerre) at her work station. The students could have noticed, but didn’t. Finally, after months and months of this, Jessie marched into his office and complained. And immediately got fired.
Filing a civil rights complaint is no easy venture. First, one must file a state or federal notice so the appropriate agency can look into the matter. (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) at the federal level or the Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) at the state level. Next, there is, what they call, an investigation. Depending on what investigator one gets depends on whether your case goes any further. Unfortunately, the Portland, Oregon office of the Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) was undergoing a management change and was poorly run. People like Jessie got nowhere. If BOLI finds discrimination then they have to prosecute the employer or wrongdoer. That takes people power. The more cases they take the more people they need. Thus, many cases are filtered out.
Jessie wound up at my door. We filed the appropriate lawsuit and wound up in front of Judge Anna Brown on a routine hearing. Judge Brown, usually even-tempered and even-handed must have been having a bad day. Jessie was unusually intimidated by the austere and august federal court surroundings. Judge Brown laced into her because she was stammering and stuttering in trying to answer the good judges’s questions.
At last it was over. But, not before Judge Brown accused her of passive resistance in Jessie’s response to the questioning. In essence, calling her a 'liar'.?? I could see that Jessie was devastated in these intimidating surroundings by a more-than-necessary, intimidating Judge Brown, sitting on high.
Jessie was proud of her job as a short-order grill cook. I think she got a certain amount of pleasure in handing up her fare to the students; kinda-like taking care of them. Jessie had a supportive boyfriend living with her in a suburban motel turned into apartments. Jessie’s family lived in Oklahoma.
Jessie disappeared the next day. Never to be heard from again. Her boyfriend had no clue where or why she left. Her relatives in Oklahoma heard nothing. She had no employer to notify. Gone.
No one, but Jessie knows what it was like having to work adjacent to such male dominated lasciviousness. No one, but Jessie knows what it is like to appear before a non-empathetic Judge. Except all those that know, who have been there; before Judge Dread.......
Lifetime Judge Anna Brown killed Jessie and no one cares. This is happening everyday in a courthouse near you. Our leaders don’t care.
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A RIGHT REUNION
SHE HAD NEVER REALLY LEFT MY THOUGHTS YOU SEE---
ABOUT EVERY FIVE YEARS I MEANT TO LOOK HER UP
IT IS EASIER NOW WITH ELECTRONIC MEANS
NOW IT IS FIFTY (50) YEARS SINCE THEN.
IN CELEBRATION A WEB SITE IS WOVEN BY THOSE THAT DO
OF REUNIONS I WAS NOT COMPLETELY THROUGH.
TERRY, ONE OF THOSE ADMIRED HONOR STUDENTS INTERVENED
WITH DOGGEDNESS OF THOSE THAT KNEW
WHERE TO FIND HER -----MRS MALCOLM
THE HOPE GIVER FOR ME
FOR ALL THOSE INTERCEDING YEARS YOU SEE
IN MY 1962 ANNUAL, WROTE SHE:
“I HAVE HIGH HOPES FOR YOU LAUREN”
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ALL ROADS LEAD TO NEWPORT, OREGON THIS LAST WEEK
.........For Oregon Veterans at the Annual American Legion Convention
Highway 20 starts at the Pacific Ocean in Newport and extends all the way to Corvallis and cities beyond. Newport’s handsome American Legion building sits on Olive Street not far from the Ocean. The building got a fresh coat of paint in preparation of the arrival of the National Commander of the American Legion, James E. Koutz.
National Commander, James E Koutz met with local legionnaires at the first break of the first day of the 2013 Oregon American Legion convention at Newport’s Shilo Inn. Mr. Koutz was the keynote speaker for the four-day convention and kicked things off on this last Wednesday.
The occasion is the annual state American Legion Convention held at various posts around the state each year. The mission is to craft issues to convey to the National American Legion Headquarters for consideration at the national meeting.
It is fitting with the recognition of women at all levels of public participation that Newport’s American Legion has chosen, as their Commander, Shirley Gilmore.
Shirley is the first female Post Commander of the Newport American Legion.
Shirley joined the Air Force in 1954 fresh out of Seaside High School. She served for four years and met her present husband of 57 years at Eglin AFB in Florida. Her military job was an air traffic controller.
Shirley is not alone. The American Legion also has a large program for the wives and children of veterans through the American Legion Auxiliary and the Sons of American Legion known as SAL. Their program at the annual conclave is as ambitious as the veteran men’s program. Their patriotism too.
When asked, why American Legion; two words reoccurred: Support Veterans.
Newport has many programs to do just that. Active at this convention is veteran Jerry Flores and his wife. Jerry is the Disabled Veterans Outreach Program Specialist for the State of Oregon Employment Department.
Many veterans are reluctant to reach out to the various resources for them because they are raising a family and creating a career for themselves. Moreover, they may just be tired of the military environment of whatever shade. So, says T. Les Galloway a WW II veteran and past commander of the Oregon American Legion from 1975 to 1976 from Clatskanie, Oregon. Les served in the South Pacific beginning in 1943. He observes that the current majority of people in the Legion are Vietnam Veterans who entered a black hole after their overseas service. Now, all veterans organizations are trying to make up for this gap. Les encourages all veterans to get involved in their local Legion programs, with are extensive.
As with any such statewide meeting there are local veterans who gave their all to put it together; a task of a thousand details. David Bowman, Vice Commander of Newport’s Post #116 together with food mavens, Ralph Janes and Tracey Hubbard worked tirelessly to be sure the veteran’s insides were as warm, satisfied and cozy as their treatment of all veterans on the outside.
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Edward Snowden has just disrupted the rest of his life. As I watch Julian Assange and Bradley Manning, I wonder about my own courage quotient.
I have admired the daily courage of news mavens Amy Goodman and Rachel Maddow. There are stunning recordings of Amy facing off against murderous police actions in East Timor, at the Republican Convention and Vancouver, B.C. I have recorded on other ‘Impact Women’. Rachel backs down from nobody. Medgar Evers knew the price of his protests.
If you haven’t participated in a protest downtown then you don’t know how intimidating the Ninja cops are with their battle gear on, truncheons, mounted on horses, helmets and visors making each menacing figure anonymous. They moonlight during the day at Bank of America.
Such a protest is going on downtown right now by a magnificent man, S.Brian Willson. Brian gave up his legs to resist Reagan’s illegal actions in Central America also known as the Iran-Contra scandal. Eleven of his cabinet members were convicted of major crimes.
There is magnificent courage going on out there. After you?