Anonymous artist – January 23, 2007 – N Vancouver @ Fremont, SE Corner. A paper application with wheat paste of a man reading a newspaper, with a red stencil etching “Remain Silent” replacing the headline.

Political speech, protected by the first amendment of the US Constitution.
January 27, 2007 – this artwork has been painted over by either the building’s owner (unlikely – but the City can fine building owners who do not remove unauthorized markings within ten days) or more likely a band of roving art vandals, aka the City’s graffiti abatement squad.

Fascinating how the graffiti abater skipped the paper applications with wheat paste on the switch box on the SW corner. The lower poster references the killing of James Chasse by Portland Police officer Christopher Humphrey, Sergeant Kyle Nice and Multnomah County Sheriff’s deputy Bret Burton, September 17, 2006. These posters and many others went up all around Portland and many – if not most – are still up four months later. The upper poster references the tasering of Tim Grant by Portland Police officer Paul Park. Grant died after being tased four times in the back.

Political speech, protected by the first amendment of the US Constitution.

The speech about James Chasse to date has been all hot air. Humphrey, Nice and Burton are all back on duty. The city and county have promised to not do it again. Just like they promised after Mari Lynn Sandoz, Patricia Sweany, Joyce Staudenmaier, Janet Smith, Bryan French, Michael Henry, Dickie Dow, Jose Santos Victor Mejia Poot, Kendra James, James Jahar Perez, Fouad Kaady, Lukas Glenn, and others.

Basically a better wheat paste job and the abater doesn’t have the paint to blot this point. Appreciate though the effort made with a knife – or perhaps fingernails?

14B.80.030 Definitions.

A. Graffiti: Any unauthorized markings of paint, ink, chalk, dye or other similar substance which is visible from premises open to the public, and that have been placed upon any real or personal property such as buildings, fences, structures, or the unauthorized etching or scratching of such described surfaces where the markings are visible from premises open to the public, such as public rights of way or other publicly owned property.

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