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Fellow Skull & Boners Kerry and Bush protested in Portland, Aug. 13, 2004
On Friday, Aug. 13, the illegally selected pResident Bush, and pResidential hopeful John Kerry visited Portland. The crowd out to see Kerry numbered in the tens of thousands, including a dozen or so protesters. Bush visited Terminal 6 and a high school in Beaverton and was greeted by protesters in both locations. The protests against Bush were by far the smallest of any of his four visits to "Little Beirut" since he was selected pResident. See the features below and the newswire to the right for details.
Here's Your "Free-Speech Zone"
From the open publishing newswire: This is as good a picture as any I've seen to illustrate what Bush and his supporters think of your 1st Amendment right to free speech. Use it or lose it... An unidentified supporter of President Bush tries to silence protester Kendra Lloyd-Knox (right) outside Southridge High School in Beaverton. Photo was taken during Bush's visit to Oregon on Friday
Southridge Highschool follow up
pResidential Visits, and Kerry Sympathizers vs. Reality
From the open publishing newswire: I was able to attend the gatherings outside of both the Kerry campaign stop on the Waterfront, and the Bush visit to the Beaverton high school location. My main focus was gathering signatures to place Nader on the November ballot. Here are a few of my impressions and observations, as well as a look at some of the claims that the Democrats are making about the Nader campaign.
After a short pedal down to the Portland Waterfront, I arrived at the Salmon Street Fountain shortly after 10 AM. Crowds of people were streaming everywhere, and I proceeded to solicit signatures for a petition to place Ralph Nader on the Oregon ballot. I had some success with the people that were gathered in that area, but found myself mostly in conversations with people rather than collecting signatures.
"Witnesses needed from Southridge High School. I was hit in the face by a Bush supporter."
From the open publishing newswire: I just got home from the protest at the high school. I was hit in the face by a Bush supporter and am wanting to know if anyone saw this or has photos. The police say they have people who say I hit her and that she did nothing; I never touched her. So they are pointing fingers at me. Not one officer would tell me how to get information about this woman or my rihts as her victim. So if any one can help me with this problem, I would be grateful. [ Help ]
Report backs from the Bush protest in Beaverton
From the open publishing newswire: Before showing up on the scene, I saw a local TV broadcast with a claim that the line to get in to see Bush goes "on and on and on and on" though the TV showed a few dozen people. Shortly afterwards I was there in person and the line was gone. Beaverton's Southridge High holds hundreds, not thousands of people.
Even with short notice in this moderate to conservative neighborhood, protests far overshadowed support on the streets. And, as usual, the local media chose camera angles with the few supporters in the foreground, protesters in the background, leaving the impression that the entire crowd was supporting Bush. [ Read More ]
Full coverage: [ bush/kerry Aug. 13 ]
Report backs from Kerry rally
From the open publishing newswire: Yes, I got there at 10AM and it was very crowded and very canned, and very boring except the part where the cops protect the bushites free speech...that was bad JuJU nausating! You were not allowed to carry your own sign into the area. You had to have Kerry campaign official badges, pins, bumper stickers etc, which you mostly had to buy. Except they did hand out these stickers that had the "official" slogan and pictures. Probably between 25,000 and 35,000 people when I left and they were still comin'. [ Read More ]
kerry portland event
Kerry Rally at Waterfront Park
Full coverage: [ bush/kerry Aug. 13 ]
Second-hand account from Bush protest at Terminal 6
From the open publishing newswire: i didn't go to this event. i was downtown lending my support to the folks protesting war-mongerin', "free trade"-lovin', Patriot Act votin' John Kerry. But at the Red & Black afterwards, i ran into someone who was at Terminal 6 and here's what she said happened.
Report-back from video/legal training for Aug. 13 Kerry/Bush protests
From the open publishing newswire: This was a well-attended event, held at It's A Beautiful Pizza (which also hosts Videos from the Resistance showings). No one knows what's going to happen tomorrow (if anything), but the information was of a general type useful for any street protest you might attend. Some folks started planning specific places/times to protest Bush, and hopefully they'll announce something here as appropriate. Here's a quick summary of the evening....
The Bush A13 Visit: Portland mainstream news outlets engaging in "shameless political-news-reporting-by-press-release a go-go"
From the open publishing newswire: Why does the public not know the location of Bush's Friday the 13th appearance less than 48 hours before the event? Don't ask the local press. Though it's not surprising, this whole last-minute secret location information scenario is certainly a victory for Little Beirut, and another in a series of journalistic black eyes for the entire local media scene.
I mean, here it is, less than 48 hours until the Resident of the United States comes to Portland, and NOT ONE media outlet -- not The Waregonian, WillyWeek, Portland Tribune, or any TV or radio station -- has the interest or resources or integrity to come forward with the location of the event.
These so-called news outlets are absolutely doing Shrub and his war crimes buddies a huge favor by not asking the obvious question and not digging around for the answer. Are they honestly going to tell us with a straight face that because the campaign has not released the information that they have nothing to report?
The Skull & Bones Society: An investigation
From the open publishing newswire: I was reading this book. It has lots of articles you can either find on the web (which I have read before)--though it's quite a search to get them all, particluarly if you are unaware of what you are looking for and just starting to get worried or curious about Bones--or better yet, angry at their incessant snobby upper-class inbred involvement with destroying a government 'of the people, by the people, and for the people' in the United States. So, when I saw all these articles in one place in the book I was hardly disappointed, it was closer to a feeling of "yes! they included this one! and this one! and this one!"
This book is a great reference if you are unsure where to start. Pondering the idea of a 2004 presidential election being the first Bones vs. Bones election in the two (corporate) parties. Ponder on that as the book takes you back--to let you know how American elites and American democracy got so plutocratic and secretive. Skull and Bones, or The Order, as it is officially called, has been instrumentally involved in turning the United States into such a plutocratic aristocratic place. And they have been working on it for over 100 years.
Friday the 13th the terror returns! a13 Bush Protest
From the open publishing newswire: The president's campaign media contact, Tucker Bounds, has confirmed with KATU that President Bush will be in town on the same day for a Business Summit" (Friday 8/13).
pResident Bush To Visit Seattle
From the open publishing newswire: President Bush will attend a fundraiser at the Medina home of wealthy businessman William Reed Jr. on Friday, August 13th 2004. It was exactly a year ago that Bush visited this exclusive Seattle locale. Last year, it was the home of billionaire Craig Mccaw where protesters met the Bush motorcade as a small army of law enforcement looked on. [ read more ]
We (peace activists, unions, gay rights, etc, etc,) are holding a strategy session tomorrow, Friday August 6th @ 7pm at the Husky Union Blg (HUB) on the University of Washington campus. Please meet at the bus stop by the UBank ATM on Stevens Way.