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A Day of Tears: Report from the "sHell No!" Action in Portland
From the open publishing newswire: A report from Thursday's "sHell No!" actions at Cathedral Park, with analysis.
As has been well-documented, Royal Dutch Shell has plans to drill for oil in the Arctic, despite their knowledge that such extraction will exacerbate Climate Change [...] President Obama has given these plans his blessing, as could be expected of a politician beholden to the extraction industries. In order to commit such an ecocidal act, Shell has to transport many different resources to the area by ship, and activists have attempted to slow the process by blocking, if only temporarily, a couple of these key transports. In Seattle, kayakers delayed the departure of a Shell oil rig in June.
In Portland, the Fennica, a Shell ship carrying a key piece that is required on site before¬ drilling can legally begin, docked for repairs about ten days ago, giving local activists some time to put together a response. Another kayak blockade was quickly planned, and to the surprise of most locals, Greenpeace pulled a surprise action a little after 3:00 a.m., early on the morning of July 29th. Thirteen people with climbing equipment lowered themselves off the St. John's Bridge, downriver from the Fennica, and positioned themselves in harnesses about a third of the way down, with ropes strung between themselves. This simple, even elegant, set-up made passage of the Fennica impossible without injuring the climbers. They were provisioned with enough food and water to stay there for days.
This bold action quickly caught the attention of the media, as Greenpeace actions are designed to do [...]
The Shortwave Report 7/31/15 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, NHK World Radio Japan, Sputnik Radio, Radio Havana Cuba, and Radio Deutsche-Welle.
The latest Shortwave Report (July 31) is up at the website http://www.outfarpress.com/shortwave.shtml in 3 forms [...]
NEW ARTICLE about the Shortwave Report in the Boulder Weekly by Gavin Dahl-
Activists Hang from Bridge in Portland to Block Shellís Arctic vessel
From the open publishing newswire: A group of environmental activists have rappelled off a bridge in Portland, Oregon, in a bid to block a key vessel in Shell's Arctic drilling fleet leaving the city's port.
"Our goal is to basically demonstrate as much community resistance to Shell's plans to drill for oil and secure new oil reserves in the Arctic," Meredith Cocks, of local green group Portland Rising Tide, told Reuters.
link to earthfirstjournal.org
Police Accountability Discussions - Portland Public Invited to Share on July 29th
From the open publishing newswire: July 29th *today the "Independent" Police Review Division will hold its third community outreach meeting to hear from the public what kind of oversight system YOU would like to see in Portland. This time it will be at the Q Center in N Portland at 5:30 PM
City Auditor's Independent Police Review
Information and Community Engagement Session
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
5:30pm - 7:30pm
4115 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97217
Copwatch [June Meeting] Analysis
The June meeting wasn't as well attended as the May one, and the IPR and
CRC took way too much of the time explaining how the "Byzantine" system
works. The professional facilitator they hired ended up cutting off one
person who was trying to tell her story. I expect this time will be better
organized as a result.
Here again are some suggestions we (Portland Copwatch) put out before; lots more ideas can be
found in the Stakeholders report from 2010 and the original Mayor's Work
Group report from 2000 (which led to IPR being created)[...]
Semi-annual PDX Police Review Board report shows amazing misconduct
From the open publishing newswire: ANALYSIS: Semi-annual Police Review Board report shows amazing misconduct, mixed discipline, little about shootings (July 2015)
After reading the January 2015 Police Review Board (PRB) report posted sometime about July 16, Portland Copwatch finds that the range of misconduct identified is astounding. We also are left with the impression that while some of the application of discipline was appropriate, others seemed to minimize very serious matters.
This article is posted at http://www.portlandcopwatch.org/PRBanalysis0715.html
January 27, 2015
Mr. Paille and Chief O'Dea:
After reading the January 2015 Police Review Board (PRB) report (posted sometime about July 16 at ), we find that the range of misconduct identified is astounding. We also are left with the impression that while some of the application of discipline was appropriate, others seemed to minimize very serious matters [...]
Code Pink Portland Peace Calendar PDX. July - August
From the open publishing newswire: Upcoming Events in Portland Oregon - July and August 2015.
This (email) list is for women in Portland Oregon to organize Code Pink gatherings in favor of peace and justice. The (email) list is moderated, and is limited to actions directly involving Code Pink Portland.
Code Pink Portland Peace
Calendar for the Week of
July 25th 2015
In this digest
July 25th Peace Park Cleanup 9:30am
July 25th VFP Summertime Garden Party with David Rovics 2pm
July 26th Jobs More Justice Performing 10am
July 27th HCAO Forum: Universal Health Care, Why Oregon Won't Be First 6pm
July 28th NW Interfaith Peace Walkers 9am
July 30th Medicare 50th Anniversary Rally Noon
August 2nd 5th Annual Arab Festival
August 2nd Willamette River Revival Festival
August 5th This War We Are Living 1pm Film
August 6th Hiroshima/Nagasaki Vigil 6pm
August 7 Iraq War III One Year Later March and Rally 5pm
Videos: Justice for Janitors and the Fight for $15! - June 17 2015 in PDX
From the open publishing newswire: Here on portland indymedia are two videos from the June 17 "Justice for Janitors and the Fight for $15!" event. A protest and rally with speeches and interviews on the steps of Portland City Hall, then the march to the Pittock Building on 10th street. This was a march and rally to demand a just wage for janitors, city workers and laborers in the city of Portland.
On Justice for Janitors Day 2015 (June 17), Janitors joined Portland City Workers, striking workers at Instafab and the fight for $15 in an exciting day of action. The day began with a rally for $15 at Portland City Hall and marched to other locations from there, finishing with the Justice for Janitors rally at 921 SW Washington Street.
(1) Rally at City Hall before the march:
https://youtu.be/e\_zC0Y2em2g [26:49 min video]
(2) 10th street march & rally:
https://vimeo.com/131067381 [2:34 min video]
The end of capitalism
From the open publishing newswire: Without us noticing, we are entering the postcapitalist era. At the heart of further change to come is information technology, new ways of working and the sharing economy. The old ways will take a long while to disappear, but it's time to be utopian.
www.openculture.com gives us 700 free movies, 700 free E-books and 450 free audio books. The information economy is an economy of abundance that challenges the past economy of scarcity.
to read Paul Mason's "The end of capitalism" published on July 16, 2015 in The Guardian, click on
Why should we not form a picture of the ideal life, built out of abundant information, non-hierarchical work and the dissociation of work from wages\?
Video: Baldock 1.75-megawatt Solar Station - Wilsonville Oregon
From the open publishing newswire: Baldock Solar Highway Project - In January 2012, PGE and the Oregon Department of Transportation brought their second joint solar highway project online ó the nation's largest solar highway project!
With farm fields on one side and a safety rest area on the other, the Baldock Solar Highway Project is a 1.75-megawatt solar array at the Baldock Safety Rest Area, south of Wilsonville on Interstate 5. The 6,994 panel array sits on approximately seven acres at the northbound rest area, producing about 1.97 million kilowatt-hours of renewable energy annually.
Tallest trees in Eastmoreland could be cut down ; Three 150 foot Sequoias
From the open publishing newswire: These are the tallest trees in Eastmoreland, and probably the oldest. (based on my Google Earth canopy height survey project). I measured the foremost of the 3 giants, at 153- 154 ft with inclinometer from 4 different angles. This matches the Google Earth 3D model of 147 -150 ft. They are approx. 60 feet ins spread, and range from 78 to 83 inches DBH, diameter. No trees in Eastmoreland match or exceed 150 feet, based on my survey. You have to go out 1 to 2 miles radius to find taller trees than this in South East Portland.
Neighbors have raised $50,000 to protect the giant trees, but this only delays their harvest. Neighbors are trying to raise an additional $900,000 to to puchase the property from the developer and possibly turn it into a small park or green space.
Open Meeting Laws & Portland Human Rights Commission - violations mentioned
From the open publishing newswire: This is an out-take video clip from the public comment & discussion from the last Portland Human Rights Commission Meeting (July 1st 2015) The out take centers around my concern (mentioned during public comment) of the HRC staff's lack of following of the Public Meeting Laws and not providing community access to their meeting minutes or announcing their proposed agenda and meetings times.
COUNTER RALLY IN SALEM SHERIFF ARPAIO 6/27/15
From the open publishing newswire: Demo to counter the presence of AZ Sheriff Joe Arpaio
PCUN and Accion Politica PCUNIsta invite you to a counter-rally we are organizing against Sheriff Joe Arpaio who will be the feature speaker for a fundraiser hosted by the Oregon Republican Party and sponsored by OFIR in front of the Capitol this Saturday at 3 p.m.
Among other topics, Arpaio will be talking in support English Only and E-Verify.
For those who don't know who Sheriff Arpaio is, looking him up. He is " The Anti-Immigrant".
See you there at the State Capital Water Fountain at 2:30.
Questions: 503-302-6549 | http://www.pcun.org
Float the Pipe! June 19-20
From the open publishing newswire: To help publicize the proposed LNG pipeline in SW Oregon, the Cascadia Forest Defenders and are doing a publicity float starting at where the pipeline is proposed to cross the South Umpqua River.
Cascadia Forest Defenders launches "Float the Pipe", a floating protest of the Pacific Connector LNG pipeline, at the precise location the pipe would cross the South Umpqua river.
With the fight against the LNG pipeline and export terminal heating up in Oregon, CFD has decided to lead a flotilla of activists down a threatenend stretch of the South Umpqua. They will stretch a banner across the point where the pipeline would be bored underneath the river, then set off on their 12 mile, 2 day float through the waters that would flow downstream of the pipe. They will document the watershed they see along the way.
What: Press conference at the launch of Float the Pipe
Who: Cascadia Forest Defenders and friends
When: Friday, June 19 at 10am
Where: The proposed location that the pipeline would cross underneath the South Umpqua river. Just south of the Rivers West South Umpqua campground, 1-5 exit #112, on the east side of I-5. We will be putting boats in the water on Booth Ranch Rd. Myrtle, OR 97457
Why: To protest the Pacific Connector Pipeline and Jordan Cove energy terminal and to get to know a threatened section of the South Umpqua river.