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breaking news - November 25
9:54PM: PIMC: police arrest at least 2 at PGE - crowd dispersed around 8:30 - cops show up in force. Bike cops made the arrests.
7:50PM: PIMC: 300 walking west on SW Washington to PGE park Chanting WHAT DO WE WANT .. JUSTICE! 8:03 PM
7:36PM: PIMC: 300+ back downtown walking west on SW Washington and 5th 7:49PM
7:17PM: PIMC 100s of marchers are along freeway on NE Side LOS OF POPO 7:30 PM
7:03PM: March is crpssed over to NE side MLK Morrison heading west - popo following 7:15PM
6:46PM: PIMC: Estimated 300 protesters near Burnside bridge 6:55 PM
6:28PM: PIMC March is close to Burnside & 2nd w/ popo following 6:40 PM
6:13PM: PIMC: rally march over - 200+ start second march n. on 3rd 6:25 PM
3:57PM: PIMC: STREET IS BLOCKED [w/ over 1,00 people]
3:45PM: PIMC: hundreds are here -sidewalk packed - low police visibility

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actions & protests | imperialism & war 10-Nov-2014 10:41

Armistice Day, November 11

From the open publishing newswire: Gather at Pioneer Courthouse Square between 10:45 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Short ceremony, including the ringing of bells at 11:11
(Bring a bell if you wish.)
Armistice Day, November 11 2014 (this coming Tuesday)
Ring out War; ring in Peace!
Gather at Pioneer Courthouse Square between 10:45 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Short ceremony, including the ringing of bells at 11:11
(Bring a bell if you wish.)

More commonly known as "Veterans Day" in the United States and as "Remembrance Day" in Great Britain, many in the world peace movement prefer to remember November 11 as "Armistice Day," a day that was to commemorate the end of war.

The day marks the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiegne, France, calling for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I, which took effect on the eleventh day and on the eleventh month in 1918. The World War I Christmas Truce, which centenary Veterans for Peace plans to celebrate this December, happened in the first year of the War.

RELATED VIDEO POST FROM THIS EVENT:  http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2014/11/428509.shtml#437282

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updated: 11.14 | 11.21 10-Nov-2014 10:36

The Shortwave Report 11/7/14 Listen Globally!

From the open publishing newswire:

Updated Posts: 11.14.14 | 11.21.14

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.

The latest Shortwave Report (November 7) is up at the website http://www.outfarpress.com/shortwave.shtml in 3 forms- (new) HIGHEST QUALITY (128kb)(27MB), broadcast quality (16MB), and quickdownload or streaming form (6MB) (28:59)

This week's show features stories from Radio Havana Cuba, the Voice of Russia, NHK World Radio Japan, and Radio Deutsche-Welle.

From CUBA- The UN Climate Panel issued its most urgent appeal to date on the need to stop global warming. Mexican police captured the fugitive former mayor wanted for his role in the abduction of 43 missing students. French police fought with people protesting police brutality in several cities, following the death of a 21 year old environmental activist. This week saw new targeted assassinations by US drones in Yemen. According to the New York Times, in 2003 the Bush administration concealed the discovery of chemical weapons in Iraq that had been developed with US support in the 1980s, and then denied medical care to the wounded American soldiers involved.
From RUSSIA- In the UK, the Green party has been gaining popularity along with the new UKIP political party. A discussion on the shift in political parties while the Greens are still excluded from televised debates.
From JAPAN- The lower house of Parliament in Japan passed a bill governing the storage of radioactive waste in Fukushima- it will remain there for 30 years. 44 countries are holding military exercises in the Persian Gulf led by the US Navy, which is also training 100 sea lions to find suspicious persons at sea. Doctors Without Borders reported that there is a rapid increase in Ebola in Sierra Leone. Russia has criticized Japan for joining Western countries in imposing sanctions on Russia in connection with the situation in Ukraine.
From GERMANY- 3 reports on the situation in Ukraine- elections were held in eastern Ukraine which the West will not recognize. Britain threatened to leave the EU over the freedom of movement policy, Germany said the EU would be fine without them, and Britain is now trying to calm tensions. The Canadian military began dropping bombs on Islamic State positions in Iraq. Two suspected Palestinian drivers killed pedestrians in Jerusalem and the West Bank after Israeli police entered the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem. In Burkina Faso, western Africa, an agreement was reached Wednesday to stabilize the country following a military coup.

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actions & protests | imperialism & war 02-Nov-2014 10:40

My Daughter and I Were Arrested Today By Military Police Guarding Worlds Most Hated Weapon

Father and daughter being handcuffed From the open publishing newswire: A California family puts their bodies on the line, forcing the arrest of a father and daughter who can no longer tolerate US murdering of innocent people with Drone terrorism. [...] I was there with My daughter Mahai'a, not quite 18, and we were the new faces on the line. We are no strangers to protest- my daughter' s conciencious objector file goes back to her crib and stroller.

Soon, after light chat, we all said our good nights and a handful of us retreated to a makeshift campsite just yards away in the shadows of the desert vegetation.

Barry Binks, a Veterans For Peace foot soldier, has been religiously showing up here at Beale Air Force base, east of Sacramento, month after month. With him is an incredible affinity group of mostly Elder citizens, who have been setting up information outlets, banners, signage and even blockading the entrance to the base, triggering their arrest by the MPs. The dedicated dozen seasoned peace activists there with us this morning, I learned later, collectively had many arrests from Washington DC to California.

The primary issue that brings them and us together is drone assassinations but all the activists make no bones about the war machine in general. Beale is the site where Global Hawk reconnaissance drones are piloted from. The drone itself is near it's target, most notably the Mid East through Pakistan where hundreds of well publicized strikes have blown to pieces children and entire families. We recognized these drone pilots by their black eagle patches displayed on their shoulders as they pass through the gate of the base. [...]

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actions & protests | imperialism & war 22-Oct-2014 08:02

Video: Protesting the 13 years of USA occupation in Afghanistan 10.7.14 in Portland

From the open publishing newswire: Portland anti war folks gathered on Oct 7th on the east end of the Burnside bridge to bring awareness to the 13 years of Occupation in Afghanistan. Hundreds of flyers were handed out and rush time traffic had a reminder and a chance to reflect on this 13 years failed war in Afghanistan.

Over a dozen Portland folks gather on 10.7.14 to hold signs and hand out information on the 13 years of USA occupation in Afghanistan.

The protest was on the east end of the Burnside bridge in Portland Oregon, it was organized by the Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group

The video from the protest is online here:  http://youtu.be/vqh6JPC9jxg (20 minute video)

To this day over 10,000 troops still remain in Afghanistan.

To this day the Oregon National Guard still has enlisted folks there as well.

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environment | forest defense 16-Oct-2014 19:07

URGENT: Olympic Nat'l Forest at risk from USN "Electronic Warfare Range" PLEASE COMMENT as

From the open publishing newswire: The Olympic National Forest (and even greater areas of eastern Washington) are slated to be converted to be used as the "Pacific Northwest Electronic Warfare Range" by the US Navy. The deadline to do something to save this precious fragile place is Oct. 10th. This is a big, permanent, expanding, military project that will change the Peninsula forever. The Forest Service can still say No.

Please go to the link (US Forest Service) in the forwarded message below from nbeety and send a comment objecting. People were not informed the way they should have been, and most locals are still unaware of this. We should demand a much longer comment period and public forums for local inhabitants of the areas, including Native American reservations.

The "emitters" the Navy wants to deploy, some mobile and some permanent, surround the Quinalt Indian reservation and impinge on other Native American land.

In order to find inspiration for comment writing, I went through all the public comments that had been posted as of 10/5 at the Forest Service site (see links below) . This is very laborious and time-consuming, so in order to save others that trouble, I put a collection of them into one text file that you can see at
 http://soula.org/files/OlympicForestComments.txt

DEMAND PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD EXTENSION! At least 30 more days. People in eastern Washington received zero notice, and those on the Peninsula had a piece of paper stuck on the post office window for a week or two.

To ask for extension, write to Greg Wahl at  gtwahl@fs.fed.us or call (360) 956-2375.

Always mention negative effect on TOURISM!
--Navy did its own Environmental Assessment, how sound is that? [...]

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Video: Michael Withey Tiny Houses presentation to Human Rights Commission 16-Oct-2014 18:23

Video: Tiny Houses for the Homeless

From the open publishing newswire: Housing should be a human right and yet is often subverted by the right to speculation. This video of Opportunity Village in Eugene Oregon shows what citizens like Pastor Bryant of the First Christian Church can do. Arnold Kunzli is an emeritus Swiss professor and author of Housing as a Human Right
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2003/06/266635.shtml

The cost comes down to three dollars a night per person, and one of those three dollars is paid by the villagers themselves. They all pay thirty dollars a month for their utilities, for the water, and electricity and Internet service even. So we are running this facility for two bucks a head a night.

 link to www.pbs.org


A presentation on a "small house community" in Portland was given to the Portland Human Rights Commission in April 2014 by Michael Withey.

The presentation was recorded and is viewable on YouTube here:
 http://youtu.be/pawRPWfW-f4 (31 minute video)

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updated 10.13 - 10.16 - 10.24 -10.31. 04-Oct-2014 13:38

The Shortwave Report 10/03/14 Listen Globally!

From the open publishing newswire:

Updated Posts: 10.10.14 | 10.16.14 | 10.24.14 | 10.31.14

Dear Radio Friend,
The latest Shortwave Report (October 3) is up at the website http://www.outfarpress.com/shortwave.shtml in 3 forms- (new) HIGHEST QUALITY (128kb)(27MB), broadcast quality (16MB), and quickdownload or streaming form (6MB) (28:59) Links at page bottom (If you have access to Audioport there is a highest quality version posted up there {35MB} http://www.audioport.org/index.php?op=producer-info&uid=904&nav=&)

NEW PODCAST!!!- feed: http://www.outfarpress.com/podcast.xml (128kb Highest Quality)

From JAPAN- A volcano is erupting in central Japan land has killed at least 47, making it the worst eruption in post-war Japan. Japan has added new requirements for nuclear disposal sites- there are currently no permanent sites. The 2 nuclear power plants that meet new requirements for restart will not do so before the end of the year. In eastern Ukraine pro-Russian separatists discovered mass graves which appears to contain 400 executed citizens. Following that report some fighting erupted in Donetsk despite the ongoing ceasefire. Two reports on the Occupy protests in Hong Kong, including one stating that China is blocking media reports of the situation to its citizens.
From CHINA- The Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Lee has been visiting President Obama and told him the Hong Kong protests are an internal affair and that Chinese sovereignty must be respected. UN Secretary General Ban ki Moon has condemned a deadly bombing near a school in Syria. Denmark has decided to send F-16 fighter jets and troops to aid in the war on Islamic State in Iraq, but not Syria.
From CUBA- With the assistance of Britain, the US led airstrikes in Iraq and Syria have increased in number, and the US has officially relaxed standards aimed at preventing civilian deaths in the current raids. British anti-war activists are staging protests against British involvement in airstrikes this coming weekend. The new Afghani President signed a pact to retain US military in the country after this year's formal end to combat operations. The US is set to send 1400 troops to Liberia to help fight the spread of the Ebola virus.
From SPAIN- Spanish National Radio (or RTVE) plans to cease shortwave transmission, leading to a work stoppage. The Spanish government filed a legal appeal to stop the upcoming referendum on independence for Catalonia- campaigning has halted for now.
From GERMANY- The Australian government has passed the first in a series of new anti-terrorism laws which extend the powers of the secret intelligence services. A Somali-American was sentenced to 30 years in prison for attempting to set off a fake bomb supplied by the FBI in Portland. A Brussels court has given permission for a prisoner to be voluntarily euthanized for psychiatric reasons. More than 3000 migrants have died crossing the Mediterranean this year. The WorldWideFund for Nature says that the global wildlife has more than halved in the past 40 years, while human population has doubled.

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actions & protests | energy & nuclear | environment 22-Sep-2014 22:00

Video and Photographs: Portland People's Climate Rally

From the open publishing newswire: Native American elder speaks at the beginning of the Portland People's Climate Rally [and] addresses the crowd accompanied by Steve Lane on flute. Following her remarks she sings a song for Mother Earth.

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alternative media | community building 18-Sep-2014 18:27

Final schedule for the Cascade Media Convergence

From the open publishing newswire: Final schedule announced for the Cascade Media Convergence, a regional gathering of community based media organizations, journalists and artists taking place September 19th-21st at the University of Oregon, Turnbull Center in Portland, OR. The CMC will be a series of workshops, facilitated strategy sessions, and public events aimed at bringing together alternative and community media makers to network, share knowledge and skills, and discuss ways to continue collaboration and build toward a regional media coalition.

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human & civil rights | police / legal 18-Sep-2014 18:22

The Gruesome Murder of James Chasse - 8 Yrs Ago

From the open publishing newswire: James P. Chasse Jr. was murdered by three bastard-ass cops on Sept. 17th 2006. Eight years later, the monsters responsible for Chasse's death have YET to have been indicted for murder. These criminals continue to walk the streets. They are as much a public threat as they ever were!

James P. Chasse Jr. was murdered by three bastard-ass cops on September 17th 2006. Chasse, whome had dealt with mental illness for most of his adult life, was chased after, ran down like a dog, beaten, kicked, bludgeoned, and stomped bloody until he stopped screaming and fell unconscious. He was denied medical care. He was cuffed and thrown in a cell. A jailhouse nurse claimed that Chasse was "fine", even though he had more than a dozen broken ribs and blood was pouring out of his face. He was later taken to the hospital, more than and hour later... except he never made it. He died from blood loss and severe internal injuries in the back of a Portland police patrol car. Chasse NEVER committed a crime. [...]

homepage:  http://targetingcops.blogspot.com/2014/09/the-gruesome-police-murder-of-james.html

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actions & protests | environment 18-Sep-2014 18:10

Wolf Patrol enters Yellowstone backcountry to document and protest Montana wolf hunt

From the open publishing newswire: Americans outraged with the killing of wolves from Yellowstone
National Park (YNP) have organized the YELLOWSTONE WOLF PATROL, whose members have entered the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness to monitor and document Montana's wolf hunt which begins September 15th.

Nine members of the Wolf Patrol are currently trailing hunters, who in the last two years, have killed wolves belonging to packs originating from YNP where hunting is prohibited. Wolf Patrol members are opposed to the sport hunting of wolves in Wolf Management Units (WMU) 313 & 316, and are asking Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (MFWP) to immediately stop the hunt before more wolves are killed.

homepage:  http://www.facebook.com/teamwolfpatrol

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actions & protests | community building | human & civil rights 13-Sep-2014 12:20

Peace and Justice Fair in Vancouver

From the open publishing newswire: The 11th annual Vancouver Peace and Justice Fair on Saturday Sept 13, 2014 at Esther Short Park will showcase the hard work and creative spirit of individuals, social justice groups, peace organizations, faith communities, performers, artists, businesses, and environmental activists who are making the world a better place.

Admission is free! Bring the family! During the day, there will be many activities going on at the same time. At the stage, there will be a series of events including music, dance and poetry. Around the park, groups will have exhibit spaces for tables. Children's activities will be happening throughout the day.



Ester Short Park is a great venue in downtown Vancover with a stage and bandshell. The park is well-shaded and beside the farmer's market.

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actions & protests | economic justice 13-Sep-2014 12:10

Picket line diary from Block the Boat

From the open publishing newswire: a day by day account from the picket lines in the Port of Oakland, blockading the Israeli ship ZIM Piraeus for 4 days in August, finally chasing it back to see only partially unloaded. Most of the goods bound for Oakland wound up in Asia.
 http://english.al-akhbar.com/content/unpublicized-impact-successful-bds-action
BLOCKING THE BOAT DIARY - Aug 16 to Aug 20, 2014
 http://danielborgstrom.blogspot.com/

by Daniel Borgström

Our one-day protest became a four-day blockade of an Israeli cargo ship in the Port of Oakland. This was during the Israeli assault on Gaza, in which over 2,000 Palestinians were slaughtered. We were responding to Israel's war crimes, taking this action to very graphically show the world that Israeli ships and goods are not welcome here in the San Francisco Bay Area. I was one of the many people who walked the picket lines at the docks; this is my day-to-day account of events from the 16th to the 20th of August, 2014.


SATURDAY, AUGUST 16, 2014

We were going to march into the Port of Oakland this morning at 5 a.m. and "Block the Boat." That is, we'd set up picket lines, asking the dockworkers not to cross, not to go and unload the Israeli ship ZIM Piraeus. However, the ship changed its arrival time, presumably to avoid the picketing, so the demonstration was rescheduled for 3 p.m. This was the second time this event was rescheduled, and that was annoying. Nevertheless, I really hate getting up in the morning and so do a lot of people. It's hard to get a large number of people -- critical mass -- to come down to the port at such an hour, and in the pre-dawn darkness. There'd be a lot more people in the afternoon.

The gathering place was at the West Oakland BART Station.

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