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US Rep Blumenauer birddogged for AIPAC support

The keynote speaker at the 2011 University of Oregon Public Interest Environmental Law Conference , US Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), caused controversy as members from the audience protested his involvement in both the acclaimed environmental law conference and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Oregon chapter meeting. Congressman Blumenauer served as the keynote speaker for both organizations in the same weekend.
banner being floated AIPAC <--  Enviro Justice -->
banner being floated AIPAC <-- Enviro Justice -->
Halfway through Congressmen Blumenauer's speech promoting Portland's bicycle culture, protesters floated a 5 x 10 foot banner to the ceiling of the University of Oregon ballroom. The banner read "AIPAC" with an arrow pointing backwards and "Enviro Justice" with an arrow pointing forward. The group claims that being in lockstep with AIPAC contradicts environmental values.

Literature distributed by the protesters cited the environmental impacts of the occupation including the number of Palestinian olive trees uprooted by the Israeli military since the second intifada (over 500,000) and information about the Israeli bombing of the sewage treatment plant in Gaza resulting in raw sewage contaminating the Mediterranean Sea.

Suspended over the audience with 23 helium balloons, the banner remained throughout the presentation and onto the next day until it floated down on its own. The conference organizers censured audience questions during the Q & A to prevent protesters from addressing what they call "social and environmental justice contradictions."

Congressmen Blumenauer received further protest when he arrived at the AIPAC meeting on Sunday in Portland. Over three dozen protesters held signs protesting Israeli actions in the West Bank and Gaza and constructed a mock separation wall.

What about Obama? 07.Mar.2011 14:53

notabigot

Unlike those who merely protest "zionists" and Jewish-dominated organizations, these folks have clearly articulated the relationship between imperialism, environmentalism and faux-progressivism by hypocrites like Blumenauer (who last year suddenly became a member of the "progressive caucus").

Now it's time to similarly call out Obama for even worse crimes and even worse environmental destruction, e.g., the U.S. military (not Israel's) is the greatest polluter on the face of the Earth. Do you not see the overlap between Obama's war and occupation policies and the destruction of the environment?

The choir hears that 07.Mar.2011 23:17

Joe Anybody iam@joe-anybody.com

Notabigot, Do you think indymedia is a 'pro-obama site'?

I say.... F(orget) Obama !!

I think we all seen it or knew it long before it happened

Just sayin

_meanwhile back out on the front lines_ Good job protesting Blumenauer

"He just loves a circus" (wink) haha

The balloon idea is fricken creative!


Earl was not at AIPAC 08.Mar.2011 10:08

Willie Smith

As Congressman Blumenauer's district director, I want to clear up that Earl not only did not keynote the AIPAC dinner he was not even in attendance.

"Forget Obama"? 08.Mar.2011 14:42

notaposer

He's just the president of the U.S., the most powerful politician on Earth. A stroke of his pen would save more Palestinians than would complete dissolution of the Israel Lobby. Of course, I don't think you or your crowd gives two shits for Palestinians. You get your rocks off attacking Jewish dominated organizations and then posing as heroes. Look at me in the video!

I might remind you that your "Individuals for Justice" group has been screaming about Bush Administration crimes for years, and you wanted Bush and Cheney to be impeached for their crimes, but you don't want the same justice for Democrats.

Why is that? And why didn't you say, "Forget Bush" instead of wasting your time outside of Blumenauer's office all those days when you thought the president (when he was a Republican) was a relevant target?

Is it that you guys want to focus on Jewish dominated organizations because you think Obama is forced by them to commit his crimes? If so, then give us some evidence for that. If not, why is AIPAC a more important target for you than a guy who's daily slaughtering and torturing innocents in your name?

one for notabigotposer 09.Mar.2011 00:02

j. a.

Will this help you sleep at night?

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFzKZmcCX88

I think 90% of the Individuals for Justice I know are not in the 2 party system

The people in the videos your complaining about, are not the point, ...the *point....is "Their Message"

You should share some good things your doing?

If you and your allies had any guts, you'd answer my questions 09.Mar.2011 14:39

notabigotoraposer

Of course, by not answering my questions, you really have answered them, at least for anyone who can read or think critically.

You guys don't think that what I'm doing (e.g., exposing the lies and crimes of Obama and his apologists) is valuable, just as I don't think that your bigoted posing is valuable. You may think that blaming AIPAC for arrests of protesters or for U.S. crimes around the globe is "a good thing that you're doing", but no one except an anti-Semite will agree.

Notabigot - MY ASS 09.Mar.2011 15:12

F orget you

Your not exposing anything

You are being an armchair jerk and indymedia pest

Name one thing beside "putting Portland activists down" that your doing or have done?

PS - you dint tell other "activists what to do" - you lead, you organize, and you stop attacking local peace activist.

Hell people dint take orders from you ... HAHAHA (what a poser)

Not a bigot - well definitely an idiot!!!

Now answer my question "what have you done?" (and prove it)

Thats what I thought