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Video: Lac-Mégantic commemoration in Portland Oregon - Train Wreck Kills 47
From the open publishing newswire: An event was held around noon time in Pioneer Square, Portland Oregon on July 6th.
This was the third year that Portland has honored those that have lost their lives at the tragic oil train accident in 2013 in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec. This event was in memory of those 47 people and also served as a reminder to what danger lies in having oil trains in our communities.
https://youtu.be/C6TLRq4IxvM (Video 46:25 minutes)
"Tragedy struck in the wee hours of July 6, 2013, when a train transporting crude oil derailed and exploded, causing 47 deaths and the destruction of much of Lac-Megantic's downtown core."
#DontshootPDX organizers children's march, briefly blocks intersections
From the open publishing newswire: Around 200 people marched in the streets of North/Northeast Portland to demand police accountability
Around 200 people met at North Portland's Dawson Park to take part in a march organized by Don't Shoot Portland. The march briefly, blocking intersections along the way, traveled east to NE MLK Jr. Blvd and then back to Dawson Park via N. Vancouver Ave. Don't Shoot Portland organizer Teressa Raiford said before the march that police in riot gear were spotted nearby, though they did not appear during the march.
Some tweets of the event.
Dennis Mahon and auntie racist
From the open publishing newswire: Federal prisoner Dennis Mahon and Auntie Racist writings on free speech, resistance and the consequences thereof. This ain't heaven, this is America. We're not equal, we're not free and we're not happy. Yes we believe in the value of those things, but we haven't got there yet.
We all have our freedom of speech and assembly and the right to bear arms and all that. But it's not free. In order to keep even the right to continue seeking them we have to beat down our enemies, the government and our own greed and bad habits of thinking. [...]
I have stopped writing under the name Auntie Racist. A lot of my writings are still out there in cyberspace, but they are in general out dated. I will include some of them on this site, or links to some. I got into resistance and protest because I wanted to make the world a decent place for my children to live. Sadly they grew up before I was finished. [...]
Video: Race Talks - PDX Makes Me Wanna Holla 6.14.16
From the open publishing newswire: "PDX MAKES ME WANNA 'Holla':
Challenging the Narrative for Kids of Color in America's Whitest City". A film and discussion with Eric Knox, Featured Star of the Film and Sebastian Rogers, Director.
Filmed on June 14 2016 at Kennedy School
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNbgROqSsmU [video 47 minutes]
Following the film, (which is not shown in this video) there is a Question & Answer session with the Producer, attorney Barbara Diamond and small group discussions facilitated by trained volunteers from Resolutions Northwest [...]
U.S. flags burned in downtown Portland during Fourth of July firework display
From the open publishing newswire: Here are a few pics of last night's Waterfront fight for the flag. Several flags were captured before a flag was eventually burned. One of the people trying to stop the flag burning apparently got clubbed with a flashlight, resulting in a bloody mess on his face. Multiple people were pepper-sprayed by the flag burners. I was hit by the pepper-spray but not directly (thank goodness! Although my eyes were burning bad for awhile).
Twitter and YouTube links:
Report from premier screening of Paying the Price for Peace
From the open publishing newswire: Report from premier screening at Clinton Street Theater July 3rd, 2016: Paying the Price for Peace, overview of film and event.
Tonight a documentary biopic of Anti-war activist and veteran, and Portlander, Bill Wilson filled the Clinton Street Theater in SE Portland. This new film covers the context and history of direct action that lead up to Bill Wilson's brutal and meaningful assault by train that amputated his legs while protesting the movement of arms to the Contras in Nicaragua from Concord military base, in California in 1988. Well-produced and thoughtful, with lots of archival footage and information, at times harrowing, the film covers many moments and situations along Wilson's path working as veteran against War, including testimonies from various anti-war activists, many of them veterans active in revealing the lies surrounding war and the real devastation it produces.
Highlights include a biographical overview of Wilson's war experience, his return home as a veteran against the war, his campaign in DC fasting with other vets to remove funding to Contras, several vets of all eras sharing their stories of becoming peace activists, a tour of solidarity in Nicaragua at the height of the conflict, interview footage with Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortega about Wilson's work, his assault, footage of the amazing call to action the assault against him produced and more.
The film was followed by an at-first reluctant Q and A with Wilson, the director Bo Boudart and associate producer Frank Dorrel.
The Shortwave Report 06/24/16 Listen Globally!
From the open publishing newswire: 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. Spanish National Radio, Radio Deutsche-Welle, Radio Havana Cuba, NHK World Radio Japan, and Sputnik Radio.
The latest Shortwave Report (June 24) 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)
Video: Janitors Rally in Portland for Good Pay, Health Care and Good Jobs 6 15 16
From the open publishing newswire: Janitors Rally in Portland at Terry Shrunk park for 15$ Now...Health Care and Good Jobs... then they march through downtown with their message. SEIU Local 49 drove 2 school buses full of workers to the rally. #Raise America. Portland Mayor and a a member of city council was at the rally as well as a few Oregon Congress members.
200 or more Janitors and supporters held a rally for good jobs and health care for portland Janitors
https://youtu.be/X6BbN95YjtM (video 50 minutes)
Veterans for Peace Golden Rule Speaker
From the open publishing newswire: Helen Jaccard, crew member on the Golden Rule speaking at a Portland event, detailing a little of the history of the ship, as well as announcing current and upcoming events during the Portland Rose Festival.
This event was part of a few days of anti war activities sponsored by Veterans for Peace.
The original peace ship, the Golden Rule, that set sail in 1958 to stop nuclear testing in the atmosphere, inspired many of the subsequent peace makers and peace ships that followed. The reborn Golden Rule is voyaging once more, to show that nuclear abolition is possible, and that bravery and tenacity can overcome militarism. http://www.vfpgoldenruleproject.org:
COAB/CLCO And Your Money
From the open publishing newswire: The Community Oversight Advisory Board, known as COAB is back in business apparently without Kathleen Saadat or Dr. Capula; they have resigned. The committee is scheduled to meet on 9 June 2016 at the Portland Building at about 5:30 PM. There will be a delegation from the city of Portland to greet the new committee. A representative group will not leave until the listed demands are dealt with and Bud Fueless is told to leave the COAB meeting.
FDR's First 100 Days (Local Translation from German)
From the open publishing newswire: This reading sample of "A History of the US" is translated from the German by a local translator. The Works Progress Administration created 651K miles of highway, 124K bridges, 8K parks and 125K public buildings including 41K schools. In the US of Amnesia, keeping the washrooms open at community centers is like walking on water! The financial sector should be shriveled and the public sector expanded.
[Workerbee Note: Although not local reporting, this translation is done locally]
Earth First! Northwest Rendezvous June 10-13
From the open publishing newswire: We Want to Spend the End of the World with You
Cascadia Forest Defenders and the League of Extra-Ornery Cascadians are
pleased to announce the Earth First! Northwest Rendezvous, from June
10-13, 2016, in the heart of the southern Cascades. [...]
So, you wanna get up in the old-growth, trying to halt a roadless area
timber sale, or get acquainted with the kayak mob and the oil
blockaders? Come out to the woods and check us out. Stick around Monday
for a kick-ass action(s). Heck, why not just make a summer of it?
For more information, check out the Cascadia Forest Defenders at
Summer Volunteer Opportunities with Portland Fruit Tree Project
From the open publishing newswire: An opportunity to get involved with the Portland Fruit Tree Project
East Portland Tree Scouting Days!
Join Portland Fruit Tree Project for our 5th annual East Portland Tree Scouting Days! We will be holding events on Saturday, July 16th and Saturday, July 30th. Volunteers will be scouting fruit trees in East Portland neighborhoods in hopes of registering lots of new trees in East Portland, to be harvested in 2016 and beyond.
Check out the link to our website for more information
Please RSVP by Thursday July 14th