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20.06.2003 23:23
Voices From the South Debunk GE Myths
June 20, 2003

A new report, Voices From the South, systematically refutes a number of widely promoted myths
about genetically engineered (GE) food.

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SOLSTICE BENEFIT 20.06.2003 23:02
Solstice Marimba Dance Party Saturday June 21st, 7 - 9 PM
Come celebrate solstice and help out the Zimbabwe Artists Project at the same time!

Solstice Marimba Dance Party featuring Kukuva + artwork from the Zimbabwe Artists Project. All proceeds from the sale of the art benefit the Zibwabwe Artists Project. It is being held at the Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, Oregon.

Zimbabwe Artists Project (ZAP) celebrates the artistry and accomplishments of women from rural Weya in eastern Zimbabwe. Through education, sale of their art in the U.S., and special projects, ZAP helps women become economically self-sufficient. Women of Weya are subsistence farmers, mothers, and householders as well as artists. Most women live on their own, providing for families. Some are widowed, others are single heads of households, since throughout Zimbabwe, men leave the rural areas to seek work in cities. Women's income from agriculture is unpredictable and limited. Sales of their art helps women afford food, clothing, school fees, medicines, transport, seeds and fertilizer. Since the market for Weya art in Zimbabwe is extremely limited, sales in the U.S. are critical. In addition, ZAP pays more than twice as much per piece as any other buyer, delivering cash at the time of purchase.


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SACRAMENTO MINISTERIAL 20.06.2003 21:03
Welcome to Sacramento: Diverse people, diverse plants
It is amazing to be in this place. This is a community of diverse people. There is a merging of many worlds here. There is a merging of north and south biospheres. Just a little information about Sacramento.

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ANIMAL RIGHTS | POLICE STATE 20.06.2003 14:41
Help Activist Jailed by the FBI
California activist Lindsay Parme has been arrested for failing to appear before a grand jury in NJ. (This is the same grand jury that allowed the FBI to burglarize the SHAC USA office.) She will be moved to a transfer faclity in Oklahoma on June 27th and then to Newark about a week later.
Grand juries have been used historically to persecute activists and stifle free speech. Individuals called before a grand jury are interrogated about activists they know and their political beliefs - and are not allowed to remain silent. Lindsay follows in a long line of resistance to these modern day witch hunts in her refusal to participate.
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<b>VISIT: <a href=" link to www.shacamerica.net </a> for more information.</b>

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ANARCHISM 20.06.2003 09:36
YARD SALE to benefit Anarchist Community Autonomy Network
We're a A-can! A local network of Anarchist DIY collectives commited to learning and teaching skills in a non hierarchical enviroment. We're working twards the aim of revolutionary self sufficiency- We're fundraising to afford light industrial canning equipment, tools for propoganda, funds needed to license and expand our brewbloc, a cordless drill or sawzall, mechanics and machinists tools, 5gallon+ pots, and gardening equipment. Saturday, [June 21] 30th and salmon, at 10 am it's the -A- can yard sale!

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POLICE ABUSE OF POWER 20.06.2003 07:28
Oregon's Photo Radar program is tackled again...Judge rules in favor of State.
Pro Tem Judge Throws Oregon Law Out Window

Today a Multnomah County Pro Tem Judge with the Gresham Circuit Court heard a case involving the Portland Police Bureau's controversial Photo Radar enforcement program. Pro Tem Judge, Julia Philbrook, heard the case today against an Oregon motorist and Portland Police Officer Ronald Hosely.

Photo Radar programs in other states have been found to be unconstitutional or illegal. Many courts have outlawed the use of this technology the way the laws read now. There are issues about violation of the 6th Ammendment to Due Process of Law that have been successfully argued before other courts as well. Who can issue the citation is also at issue, both here locally and in other states.

The City of Portland contracts with a private company, ACS State & Local Solutions (formerly Lockheed Martin IMS) to provide the equipment, training and processing of the film AND the citations themselves. ACS has access to DMV records to "verify" a license plate that photo radar captures on film.

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BIOTECH 20.06.2003 02:28
U.N. Treaty on Biotech Crops To Become Law
June 13, 2003, Washington, US -- An international treaty that seeks to protect the environment from the potential risks of Genetically Modified (GM) organisms will officially become law in 90 days from today.

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19.06.2003 23:29
Senate Commerce Committee passes S1046 re-regulating media ownership
One small victory, many more to go. I'm interested to see how Gordy Smith voted. WASHINGTON — A bipartisan majority of the Senate Commerce Committee on Thursday approved a bill that would reinstate key media-ownership rules that were loosened by regulators less than three weeks ago.

If approved by Congress, the bill would restore a tighter national-television ownership cap, reinstate a ban on newspaper/television cross-ownership and force divestitures by both the radio and television industries.

However, it would ease cross-ownership in the nation's smallest media markets, markets that were excluded from deregulation enacted by the Federal Communications Commission on June 2.

... critics of the bill said it was unfair that Congress would force companies like Clear Channel Communications Inc. to divest combinations that it acquired legally under existing FCC rules.

The committee passed the radio divestiture provision anyway by a narrow 12-to-11 vote.


homepage: http://www.mediareform.net/news.php?id=366


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FOREST DEFENSE | PUBLIC FORUM 19.06.2003 22:40
Saturday June 21- Ask Senator Wyden to Take a Stand for Our Forests!
Town Hall Meetings will be held in Wasco Oregon and Hood River, Washington-- a great chance to talk about your concerns about Senator Wyden's silence about the legislative assaults from the Bush Administration that are still not yet finalized... The meetings will be held at the following locations and times:
2:15- 4 pm, Hood River County Courthouse, 309 State Street, Hood River.
11:30 am - 1 pm, North Sherman Elementary School, 1 Barnett Street, Wasco, OR

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SACRAMENTO WTO MOBILIZATION 19.06.2003 20:34
pig parade in sacto
i was riding my bike alone in downtown sacramento, dressed in black (like an idiot, lookin' hella sketchy) when a police officer came up and asked me to pull over. he got out and asked me, "are you here for the ministers of agriculture thing?" i told him that i wasn't going to divulge that information. "i don't have to fucking tell you anything!" that was the start of a two-hour experience.

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RESISTANCE 19.06.2003 16:00
A Prayer from Sacramento
Sunlight and lush green on the morning of hte 19th, in this city in a hot valley. I have green tea and nettles in my cup. Commuters on their way to run the state's apparatus drive and walk down the street to play their cog parts. The roar of hte highway -- not at all like the wind in the trees -- is constant. I sip my tea for mental acuity and protection, and raise up my best wishes for the day with each sip.

I and many others are here to oppose the machine, the machine that would block the light and choke the green. We are the few representing the many, including the displaced-to-maquilladoras farmers of Mexico, the villagers made homeless by dams in China and India, and the indigenous tribes of South America, whose secrets are being stolen for patented profit. We stand here in Sacramento not for them, but with them; around the world, a web of joined hands is forming.

<b>[ <a href=" http://www.sacmobilization.org" target="_blank">www.sacmobilization.org</a> | <a href=" http://www.biotech.org</a> ]</b>

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SACRAMENTO WTO MINISTERIAL 19.06.2003 14:30
Genetically Engineered Trees Protest Kicks off Mobilization in Sacramento
<i>The showdown in Sac will kick-off with an action against Frakentrees. </i>
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Today it was announced that a coalition of national and regional organizations will launch a grassroots campaign against International Paper (IP) with a protest at IP subsidiary, Xpedex Paper on Saturday, 9:15 a.m. ,June 21. The Xpedx Paper and Graphics store is located at 1059 Vine St, Sacramento, CA. (Driving directions: from 16th St go left onto Sproule Ave, right onto Sunbeam Ave, left onto Richards Blvd and right onto Vine St.) Reportedly, the protest "will include a roving grove of old growth trees, banners, signs, chants and speakers from coalition groups. " Organizers say: "The demonstration is the first of many expected throughout the weekend and into next week as people from around the nation come to Sacramento to protest the US Agricultural Science and Technology Expo. "
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IP is a major promoter of GE tree technology, sometimes referred to as Frankentrees, in the world today. Activists say "The coalition is asking International Paper to end its research and development of GE trees because of the danger they pose to the environment." The protest comes at the start of a 5-day mobilization in Sacramento against the US agenda to export industrial agriculture, including genetically modified organisms, around the world. <p>


For more info contact:

<br>Brad Hash, Action for Social and Ecological Justice cell 802-598-8373
<br>Martin Stephan, on site for <a href=" http://www.ran.org/" target="_blank">Rainforest Action Network, cell 415-720-3020

<b>[ <a href=" http://www.sacmobilization.org" target="_blank">www.sacmobilization.org</a> | <a href=" http://www.biotech.org</a> ]</b>

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POLICE STATE 19.06.2003 08:42
Heavy Police Presence in Sacto
There is a noticeable police presence on the streets of Downtown Sacramento, and outskirts, and it is only Wednesday. I have seen "progressive" looking vehicles pulled over by Sacramento City Police earlier this evening, and have been followed for extended periods twice myself. Caution is the word that goes out to all of those converging on the Capitol City.
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It is probably true that my own sense of awareness is high as the weekend draws near. However, it should be noted that local authorities have pledged to be fully prepared for the upcoming Sacramento Convergence. This means that anyone entering the Sacramento area to participate, will be wise to keep vehicles inspection-ready at all times, be prepared for "routine traffic stops" and open to friendly conversation with the authorities..
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<b>[ <a href=" http://www.sacmobilization.org" target="_blank">www.sacmobilization.org</a> | <a href=" http://www.biotech.org</a> ]</b>

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COMMUNITY BUILDING 19.06.2003 08:40
Some Portland Events Today & tomorrow

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POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY 18.06.2003 16:04
Forum on Portland Police "Citizen Review" system, Thurs. June 19, 6pm, City Hall
This is a forwarded post from Copwatch about a hearing on the current police oversight structure in Portland. Read on for some suggested talking points...

If you have been to a meeting, been through the process, or been sitting on the sidelines waiting to tell people that you want a fully independent review board, now is the time to come forward...


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POLITICAL PRISONER SUPPORT 18.06.2003 14:10
Rob 'Los Ricos' Thaxton still imprisoned for June 18th, 1999 Eugene Reclaim the Streets
On June 18, 1999 activists from over 150 cities participated in the first 'International Day of Action Against the Global Economy'. In Eugene, a reclaim the streets action turned into a riot-one in which the cops gassed themselves in the infamous "Battle of Washington-Jefferson Park". Unfortunately, we lost a comrade that day to the state, anarchist Rob Thaxton who was slammed with a seven year sentence...

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COMMUNITY BUILDING 18.06.2003 13:52
Bicycle Scavenger Hunt/Race on Friday
SHIFT and ZOOBOMB....Bicycle Scav Hunt / Race for FUN for FREE!
Never mind the WW, join us 7pm June 20th
Costumes and decorate Bikes ENCOURAGED
35th and Oak (Laurelhurst Park)
ENTERTAINMENT, FUN, and SOME PINK!
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homepage: <a href=" http://www.shift2bikes.org" target="_blank"> http://www.shift2bikes.org</a>

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ANTI-RACISM 18.06.2003 13:47
Muslim Community of Portland to Protest Oregonian Thursday June 19
Muslim Community of Portland Oregon to protest the Oregonian Newspaper for racist journalism against Arabs and Muslims 11:30 am to 12:30 pm June 19, 2003 at the Oregonian press offices in Downtown Portland

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POLITICAL PRISONER SUPPORT 18.06.2003 13:43
Oregon Political Prisoner Sent to “The Hole”
On Friday, June 13th political prisoner Free (Jeffrey Luers) was transferred to Disciplinary Segregation, commonly known as "the Hole", at Oregon State
Penitentiary (OSP).

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WOMYN DEFENDING THE FORESTS 18.06.2003 09:58
Womyn's Forest Action Camp Benefit Show!
Political folk show. Join us for Mount Hood Womyn's Action Camp benefit show, Thursday (tomorrow) June 19th. The show will be at It's a Beautiful Pizza on Belmont and 33 (SE) at 7:00, lasting until around 10:00 PM.

Performers include local artist Desert Rat, Ryan Harvey (riot folk from Baltimore), and other local musicians.

Please come out and support our effort to save the forest and create safe spaces for womyn!!!

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