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Wednesday's Events (1/28/2015)
media criticism | political theory 25-Jan-2015 14:23

Simon Says

From the open publishing newswire: Organized Snitch programs like Tip Submit and Community Alerts are manipulating communities to target progressive writers and Activists.

In the new millennium, we have seen trends in group behavior: Flash mobs, Smart mobs, Zombie races, Zombie this, that and whatever. (One has to wonder about the popularity of the Zombie, a creature who cannot think, but only destroy.) These trends appeal to people's desire to be accepted and have fun as a group, but also show their desire to conform. We have seen many follow group behavior in a fun and entertaining way, however, a very negative form of group behavior has evolved over the last ten years. [...]

Even real Law Enforcement can be manipulated by an angry mob who constantly call in to report on someone they have been manipulated into hating. The Tip Submit Program to anonymously report on someone can be used against innocent people by the unscrupulous or even by an overzealous Neighborhood Watch. In 2005 a female colleague (a very bad bully) bragged to me that she had reported on me to some high-ranking security official, but refused to tell me what she had said. I never saw her again after that and have no idea about the accusation.

This organized snitch system is horribly wrong. Also, the snitches appear to be hounding innocent people. They don't question anything. They do not ask the person if whatever has been said, is true. Instead, they merely follow. Simon says, "Don't ask questions." [...]

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actions & protests | police / legal 25-Jan-2015 14:07

Video: Hands Up - Dont Shoot Portland - MLK 2015 March 1.18.15

From the open publishing newswire: Hands Up PDX march on Jan 18 2015
Hundred + show up in the rain to bring awareness to the police shooting people of color ...and to make the public aware that we citizens say; Black Lives Matters, and we do care about these concerns.

Tiny URL link to the YouTube video:  http://tinyurl.com/py57zdy (1 hour 34 min video)

Hands Up (Don't Shoot) PDX held a march on the day before Martin Luther King's Birthday. The march was in unity with "Black Lives Matter, and police accountability, it was in Solidarity with struggles in Ferguson, NY, Portland and around the US. The march was a unified voice of the community to end racism and violence. And to gather in the streets on Dr Martin Luther Kings birthday in memory of his fight for justice as we still face the current struggles today in our own communities. [...]

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media criticism | political theory 25-Jan-2015 14:05

10 Strategies of Manipulation Revisited

From the open publishing newswire: Sylvain Timsit shows how society is influenced and what information is deemed relevant. Since information always leads to perception and perception is the basis of all action, information also explains the social reality and the change of social reality. Society can be manipulated without a critical mass of people realizing this. link to libyaagainstsuperpowermedia.org

"10 STRATEGIES OF MANIPULATION" REVISITED

How whole populations can be guided

By Jascha Jaworski

[This article published on 8/10/2013 is translated abridged from the German on the Internet,  http://www.heise.de/tp/druck/mb/artikel/39/39675/1.html.]

A list of "10 Strategies of Manipulation" [1] circulates on the Internet. These are strategies for steering whole populations. Sylvain Timsit is named in several places. Elsewhere a search ends with the French-speaking interdisciplinary journal Les cahiers psychologie politique [2] and Noam Chomsky is wrongly identified as the author. [...]

actions & protests | human & civil rights 15-Jan-2015 18:26

Martin Luther King Celebrations in Portland 2015

From the open publishing newswire: Commemorate Martin Luther King Jr's campaign against poverty with this day of action and celebration!

Homeless Bill of Rights & MLK Action

1/18 @ 1:00PM - VFP ch 72 march w Hands Up Don't Shoot PDX

MLK DAY: The Skanner Breakfast 8:30 AM

Highland Church - Martin Luther King Day - Keep the dream alive (12 noon)

What to do On Jan 21st - MLK Jr. Holiday

[Lots More] [...]

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actions & protests | imperialism & war 15-Jan-2015 18:24

Video: GITMO 13 Years - Protest and March at Pioneer Square 1 9 15

From the open publishing newswire: Every Friday at 5:00 PM a rally & march happens near pioneer Square in Portland. This video was filmed on 1.9.15 on the 13th year of GITMO operating in Cuba. This weekly gathering is organized by PPRC every Friday 5:00 PM.

The 5:00 PM peace and justice rally and march by Portland Peaceful Response Coalition (PPRC) [  http://www.pprc-news.org ]

GITMO 13 years Pioneer Square 1 9 15
 http://tinyurl.com/nra9exj (tiny URL to YouTube video)
[7:35 min video]

Dan Handelman from Peace and Justice Works (PJW) [  http://www.pjw.info ] spoke about the importance of closing GITMO and some information on what is happening with that shut down process and the National Defense Authorization Act which prohibits the president from using money for changing anything at GITMO (including closing it)!

After the speech the group headed north on Broadway caring signs to "SHUT down GITMO, Stop the wars, US out of everywhere, US out of Afghanistan".

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environment | forest defense 10-Jan-2015 15:12

Federal Government Releases Environmental Activist Eric McDavid From Prison

From the open publishing newswire: Federal Government Releases Environmental Activist Eric McDavid From Prison

 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2015/01/428910.shtml

On Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, United States District Judge Morrison C. England granted a joint request by defense attorneys and the Dept. of Justice and ordered Eric McDavid released from prison with time served, because the government withheld documents from the defense at trial. [...] - Earth First! Newswire 1/8/15

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Local Translations 10-Jan-2015 13:47

Local Translations by marc

From the open publishing newswire:

Local Portland activist and indymedia supporter [marc] recent posts to Portland Indymedia Center [PIMC] newswire are featured below. These nine links are to articles from around the world. Many of the articles were translated and then reposted here on PIMC newswire by marc.

His website is: http://www.freembtranslations.net
Featured below you will find his most current work on PIMC.

1.10.15. Uncover (428927)

1.8.15. Piketty Puts Capitalism in the Crosshairs and Angry Yoga (428890)

1.5.15. How Economists Change the World (428878)

1.4.15. Global Shale Gas and the Anti-Fracking Movement (428858)

12.31.14. Thomas Piketty and the Growing Inequality in Capitalism (428842)

12.29.14. Ways out of Capitalism (428818)

12.23. Unconditional Basic Income and Solidarity Economics (428787)

12.22.14. When Robots pay Taxes (428778)

12.20.14. Free Internet Book: After Neoliberalism: The Kilburn Manifesto (428767)

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Updated posts on 1.9 1.16 1.22 01-Jan-2015 18:07

The Shortwave Report 01/02/15 Listen Globally!

shortwave report From the open publishing newswire:

Updated Posts: 1.9.15. | 1.16.15. | 1.22.15.

A weekly 30 minute review of international news and opinion, recorded from a shortwave radio and the internet. With times, frequencies, and websites for listening at home. A weekly 30 minute review of international news and opinion, recorded from a shortwave radio and the internet. With times, frequencies, and websites for listening at home. 3 files- Highest quality broadcast, regular broadcast, and slow-modem streaming. Radio Deutsche-Welle, Sputnik Radio, NHK World Radio Japan, and Radio Havana Cuba.

The latest Shortwave Report (January 2) is up at the website http://www.outfarpress.com/shortwave.shtml in 3 forms- (new) HIGHEST QUALITY (160kb)(33MB), broadcast quality (13MB), and quickdownload or streaming form (6MB) (28:59) Links at page bottom [...]

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29-Dec-2014 15:16

Video: One Billion Rising

From the open publishing newswire: One Billion Rising:
Global campaign to end to violence against women.
Today 1 out of 3 women in the world -- more than 1 billion women -- will be raped or beaten.
Music video is by Goudarz Eghtedari.

"One Billion Rising"

Goudarz Eghtedari [Winter 2013]
Some footage in this video is from Portland.

 https://vimeo.com/115297508 [5 min video]

One Billion Rising is a global campaign to end to violence against women, rise for justice and promote gender equality. It was started in 2012 as part of the V-Day movement. The "billion" refers to the UN statistic that one in three women will be raped or beaten in their lifetime, or about one billion. In 2012, the One Billion Rising campaign culminated in the biggest mass global action to end violence against women ever with tens of thousands of events held in more than 190 countries.
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community building | sustainability 29-Dec-2014 15:11

Community Orchards & Tree Care Internship with Portland Fruit Tree Project

From the open publishing newswire: An announcement about an internship opportunity with a local non-profit, Portland Fruit Tree Project.

Portland Fruit Tree Project is currently accepting applications for our Community Orchards & Tree Care Internship! The 2015 Community Orchards & Tree Care Intern will aid in the implementation of Portland Fruit Tree Project's Community Orchards & Fruit Tree Stewardship programs. Time commitment: 12-20 hours per week, for 26 weeks (schedule is somewhat flexible, 315 total hours minimum) January 12th - July 12th, 2015. Location: You would be working primarily out of PFTP headquarters in NE Portland, but will be traveling throughout the City of Portland for site visits and tree care events. This internship is unpaid, but the rewards are many - including a great learning experience and the unique opportunity to be a part of a vibrant and growing organization. You will gain great event coordination and volunteer coordination experience; connections in the local food & urban agriculture movement, and the fulfillment of knowing that your efforts will make a positive impact for hundreds of people in the Portland area!

 http://portlandfruit.org/community-orchards-and-tree-care

The application deadline is Monday January 5th

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Updated post on 1.10 29-Dec-2014 03:46

(A-Radio) Art and Anarchism

From the open publishing newswire:

Updated Post: 1.10.15.

As Anarchist Radio Berlin we made an interview on Art and Anarchism. This little exchange of ideas with a local comrade was made in Slovenia's capital Ljubljana in September 2013 on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the autonomous, cultural and political center Metelkova.

Length: 10:32 min You'll find the audio (to listen online or download in different sizes) here: http://aradio.blogsport.de/2014/12/19/a-radio-in-english-art-and-anarchism/

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actions & protests | police / legal 11-Dec-2014 22:55

An Open Letter To Mayor Charlie Hales

From the open publishing newswire: An Open Letter To Portland Mayor Charlie Hales:

Charlie,

Last week you released a statement addressing the Ferguson protests in Portland. Of the several concerns you have for future demonstrations you seem fixated on demonstrators blocking streets, intersections and highways. You add that blocking highways is "foolish and dangerous." There seems to be some confusion on your end in this regard. Blocking traffic is a sign of civil disobedience. It is illegal and it can also be dangerous but the reason demonstrators are doing it, and have been since the struggle for civil rights, is because it brings attention to your everyday, perhaps apathetic, citizens. It inconveniences them and therefore gets their attention. Many people standing on a highway making it clear they will not be moved easily could be seen as dangerous because motorists could decide to run them over or hit them with their vehicles. But which is more dangerous, standing with many citizens on a highway making a statement or allowing citizens to continue to live a country where police kill without reason or impunity? Is it more dangerous to jaywalk or be charged at by bicycles, motorcycles and horses for standing on a sidewalk?

I think you're relinquishing, yet again, your responsibility for keeping your citizens safe. When thousands of Portlanders are taking to the streets and highways without laying a finger on police or personal property, the statement is clear: You will see to it that demonstrations will be violently suppressed by police outfitted in military wear and equipment. You will see to it that "those who do not disperse immediately will be subject to [internationally banned] chemical or less lethal weapons." [...]

One of the other concerns expressed in your statement is about vandalism. Where is this coming from? What property has been damaged during the Ferguson protests? The answer again seems clear: You are vilifying those engaged in civil disobedience to serve your own agenda. Your reasons for doing so are publicly evident. The citizens of Portland have known you are more concerned with rampant commercial development then protecting the people.

Here's the evidence: [...]

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alternative media | homelessness | youth 10-Dec-2014 09:07

PROJECT VIEWFINDER SCREENING - 12/10/14 - Wednesday 5pm

From the open publishing newswire: 2014 PROJECT VIEWFINDER SCREENING PORTLAND

Wed, Dec 10, 2014

5:30 PM -- FREE
Whitsell Auditorium
Portland Art Museum
1219 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR 97205

Homelessness is, and is not, what you think. This series of poignant short films, created by local young adults transitioning from struggle to hope and self-sufficiency, uses personal experience to reveal some of the causes and possible solutions to this important problem in our community. The youth are participants in the School of Film's Project Viewfinder, now in its second year, which partners with area community organizations to teach the tools of filmmaking to disadvantaged populations. Join us for this uplifting testimony to the power of filmmaking to change young lives, and for film to spark a collective sense of community compassion. Thanks to New Avenues for Youth, Outside In, p:ear, SMYRC, BCCTV and the Wheeler Foundation for helping to make this project possible. (100 mins.) [...]

"Project Viewfinder gives youth a chance to draw out their individual talents. They are motivated to believe in themselves after so many others have given up on them."
- Sue Hays, New Avenues for Youth

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