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As Americans begin to celebrate the 4th of July it is important in my opinion to discuss what exactly is patriotism. The Bush regime would have us believe in this time of war, the war and terrorism, the never ending war, as it is impossible to win a war on terrorism especially using military might, that we must support the president regardless of the criminal and unethical behavior of many members of the regime. That we must support the president even though the war is undeclared and illegal and not supported by the United Nations Security Council. That this support regardless of all the facts that are playing out before our very eyes to the contrary, that this support is patriotic. That in fact dissent is unpatriotic and immoral.
Well I have some very serious problems with that idea. First of all I am a Canadian living in the U.S. who will never become a citizen of the U.S. for the simple fact that I will be asked at the citizenship ceremony to pledge allegiance to a flag. I will never pledged allegiance to a flag. Let me say it again. I will never pledge allegiance to a flag. Pledging allegiance to flag is the very source of the brainwashing that many Americans suffer from. [ Read More ] [ Happy 4th of July! ]
Hundreds of bikers turned out for the Critical Mass Memorial to remember cyclists Orion Satushek and Angela Leazenby who were killed, and Caroline Buchalter who was critically injured after being hit by Lindsey Llaneza, who was driving drunk at night on June 25. The unnecessarily large police presence at the memorial garnered a negative response from cyclists, many of whom wondered aloud why it seems that the police are more concerned about bikers than people who are driving drunk. However, by the time we bikers reached the memorial site on 40th and Belmont, the focus shifted from drunk driving to other issues. People in the crowd began shouting about being police targets as bikers and political leftists.
No doubt, issues around police accountability and misconduct are important and pressing, especially in the wake of the Kendra James shooting. But was that really the issue at hand? Weren't the deaths of Satushek and Lezenby the fault of a drunk driver who shouldn't have even been on the road? We see both drunk driving and police harassment as interconnected phenomena, but we wonder why the issue of drunk driving was largely neglected in favor of issues around police conduct.
Drunk driving is just one of the symptoms of living in a capitalist society that condones and supports a culture of alcoholism. To attribute this to just Lindsey Llaneza is limiting because this way we all avoid accountability for our behavior and our participation in the often unhealthy consumption of a corporate drug.
The Kendra James Community Forum was held last night at the Mt.Olivet Baptist Church Family Center in north Portland last night. When I arrived, police chief Kroeker was already speaking to a crowd from the stage in the front of the auditorium. He invited citizen participation in the form of police ride-alongs and volunteer opportunities.
Reverend Tate of the Albina Ministerial Alliance (AMA) then introduced city District Attorney Mike Shrunk. Mr. Shrunk emphasized the point that the Grand Jury looked at the narrow issue of criminality in the case of the Kendra James shooting. . He said that all available information had been turned over to the public. He said that this is our system, and felt that he had acted in the best interest of the public.
Thursday July 3, noon, march from Pioneer Courthouse Sq. (SW corner) to Terry Shrunk Plaza, concluding at Sen. Gordon Smith's office (World Trade Center), where his staff will receive petitions asking for national health care.
Please bring a friend and , if possible, a cane, crutches, sling, bandages, or other material to make it appear that you might need health care. We will transport "Uncle Sam On a Stretcher" (symbolizing U.S. health care), chant, and hear speakers (including those with personal health care stories) at Terry Shrunk Plaza.
The rally will draw attention to our broken system and the advantages of a national health care system. Speakers will include members of Physicians for a National Health Program and of Health Care For All-Oregon. At Smith's office we will present signatures gathered at our community colleges asking for national health care. See you there!!
Bicycles are traffic. Cyclists are entitled to the same respect and rights on the roadway as automobiles. Cyclists must organize as a minority community with clarity in their vision to achieve parity of protection with automobiles, safe roads, and equity on the roadway. We cannot afford to forget this tradegy without achieving community recognition because it places every rider at greater risk and the ultimate cost is further injury to our cycling community.
Repost from LA IndyMedia: In Los Angeles, the women of CODEPINK hung a 30 foot satin 'pink slip' reading "Bush/You Lied/Your Fired" off the Century Plaza Hotel while Bush collect his booty in the ballroom below. Outside thousands of protesters cheered and demonstrated against the continuing conflicts and loss of life in Iraq. Dressed in pink the women wore sashes reading "Bush Lied", "Education, Not Occupation" and "Where are the weapons of mass destruction?"
Please send the sample letter (below this message) or your own comments about the proposed changes to the Aquatic Conservation Strategy of the Northwest Forest Plan. Please send comments by July 10th to the e-mail adddress < email@example.com> or mail a hard copy to the snail mail address (listed below this message).
The Bush Administration plans to exclude logging and road construction from the ACS, considering these land uses short-term environmental impacts.
Logging could begin in the Warm Springs and Upper North project areas this summer, including 311 acres of "regeneration" clearcut logging of high elevation, native, and old growth forests which is lynx and wolverine habitat. Roseburg Lumber has already been awarded the two most destructive sales. The huge WARM SPRINGS and UPPER NORTH timber sale projects are once again on the chopping block-- in the first week of June we lost our 3 year long lawsuit challenging these projects.
News Update from PCUN, Oregon's Farmworker Union
July 2, 2003
A message from PCUN President Ramon Ramirez: On behalf of PCUN, Oregon's farmworker union, we were saddened by the announcement of the passing of Martha Yamasaki, who was a long time supporter of PCUN and the farmworker movement. We send our sincere condolence to her family and the Eugene community on her passing. She will be missed. Martha Yamasaki, Presente!
We are pleased to announce that, as we write this email, Lindsay Parme is on a plane back to California. Lindsay was essentially kidnapped by the FBI from her home in Santa Cruz on June 12th for failing to appear before a grand jury to which she was subpoenaed in January. (Read Lindsay's statement on the reasons for her refusal here: http://www.shacamerica.net/lindsay/update.htm#25)
Went to the "Community Forum" to discuss concerns and outrage about the murder of Kendra James and all the other unjustified racial targetting, harassment and killing of people of color by Portland Police in this city historically and presently. I don't know what my white idealistic self was thinking when I went there... that we were going to be given some answers? Some idea of a plan of action the PPD is planning on taking to break this cycle of racial profiling and targetting by police? An indication that there may soon be new trainings and probationary time periods for rookies, more stringent policies surrounding "Officer-Involved Shootings".... Maybe some idea of how/whether this unjust killing and obvious cover-up will be avoided in the future. [ Read More ]
Every morning we wake up, the day is ours to create. Today we begin to create through action a world where womyn and all who were socialized as womyn no longer bear the weight of a history of rape on our minds, bodies, earth and livelihood; a history of unheard cries, a history of terror, a history of corsets and clearcuts, manufactured food and breasts, white picket fences and white corporate lies.
Today we announce the beginning of an all-womyn's action, occupation and tree-sit in defense of public land sold off to private industry. All-womyn occupied structures have been built to protect Unit 6 of the Straw Devil timber sale where Starfire Lumber (Engel Investors, Inc.) and Basco Logging in conjunction with the U.S. Forest Service will attempt to demolish this endangered ecosystem beginning in mid-July.
The emphasis of responsibility and safety is always placed back on the cyclist. Consider, for instance, that there is no bicycle safety campaign designed to raise public awareness and acceptance of bicycles as traffic. There has never been a media campaign designed to alert motorists to the rights of cyclists on the roadway. Traffic fines never double in areas where cyclists are particularly vulnerable and motorist is invariably impatient, like crossing the Steel Bridge. There is no community forum in which cyclists sit among police as community peers to discuss the needs of the rapidly growing cycling community to protect their safety in traffic. All of these failures to socially recognize the rights of the cyclist as traffic needlessly place the cyclist in greater danger.
Following the Memorial Mass (6/27) many riders have expressed a disappointment for police insensitivity because they employed typically heavy-handed tactics harassing riders rather than backing off in respect of the dead and the loss felt by the cycling community. This disappointment expressed by cyclists reflects an intrinsic regard for social civility and demonstrates higher cultural standard of social respect and human compassion. It is simply inconceivable to the minds and hearts of CM participants to entertain notions of disrupting a memorial of any kind including a motorcade for a fallen police officer. Such a notion could only bubble forth from a putrid mind as methane bubbles rising to the surface of a cesspool. Interrupting a memorial of any kind demonstrates a hostile disregard not only for a community assembled there in respect but also demonstrates a disregard or ignorance of social, cultural, and human standards for behavior
The Liberty Cabbage Theatre Revival, a collectively-run political performance troupe based in Western Massachusetts presents: Oiligarchy A Comic Tragedy about Love, Loss and Addiction. Puppetry, poetry & performance about petroleum: it's origins, alternatives and ties to war. This group just performed at the demonstrations in Sac and then in Ashland and they are phenomenal! It is a really fun, vaudeville-style show. Creative, funny, with original songs, funky homemade instruments and great "cheap art" prints for sale. Wednesday, 7/2: 8pm @Liberty Hall, 311 N. Ivy St DON"T MISS IT!!
The traveling show is comprised of three energetic activists who are traveling cross-country in their biodiesel truck. The show is definitely suitable for older kids as well as adults.
The Recall Vera Katz Committee continues its signature-gathering campaign (1) to oppose police violence and to promote the idea that the way to reform the police department is by changing the paramilitaristic structure of Katz's police bureau to one based on a civilian model, and (2) to oppose a competing right-wing recall effort that says the police aren't aggressive enough.
Six conservation groups today filed a federal court challenge to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's (FWS) approval of timber sales in southwest Oregon - old-growth timber sales that by the agency's own admission destroy critical habitat for threatened northern spotted owls.
A community forum to discuss the killing of Kendra James - mother, daughter, worker, member of the African-American community of Portland - by a Portland police officer will occur from 5-10 PM, Tuesday, July 1st at the Olivet Baptist Church Community Hall, 8725 N.Chautauqua Blvd. (#4 Fessenden bus) OR go up Martin Luther King Jr Blvd until you hit Lombard, turn left on Lombard, drive all the way past Interstate ave until you hit N Washburn, turn right on Washburn, drive up until it hits Chautauqua Blvd, turn left and you should be right there, just start looking for 8725 at this point... Police, community representatives and the public will speak during the 5 hour forum.
The event, which was organized under the auspices of the Albina Ministerial Alliance, will be the first opportunity for the general public to hear the 'official' explanation for why Kendra James was shot and killed by Portland police officer Scott McCollister. Police chief Kroeker will also have an opportunity to explain why McCollister is facing a suspension and will not be fired.
A Challenge to white activists in Portland: One writer recently asked what white activists could do to support what has been a largely African-American-led struggle, both to fire McCollister and to call for community control of the police. Here are some simple suggestions: 1. Show up. If every white anti-war activist and Critical Mass rider who has been arrested, pepper-sprayed or attacked by Portland police showed up, there would not be room for us all... 2. Show up with your friends. Make it clear that you are there to support Kendra James' family and every victim of police brutality... [ Read More ]
In conjunction with an alliance of other organizations, the Portland Bill of Rights Defense Committee will be holding a public forum on post-9/11 civil liberties. Learn how the USA PATRIOT Act changes legal rights, hear testimony on how this Act (and other rules and policies) is affecting the life in America, learn what others are doing across the country, become informed on what you can do, and take action.
Monday, June 30 @ 7:00 PM
Participants in the panel discussion to include: Retired FBI Special Agent Charles Mathews III; David Fidanque of the ACLU of Oregon; Shahriar Ahmed, president of the Bilal Mosque Association; Multnomah County Sheriff Bernie Giusto; and Hope Marston, co-organizer of the Lane County Bill of Rights Defense Committee.
Portland Bill Of Rights Defense Committee Weekly Open Meetings are held on Thursdays @ 7:00 PM, Red & Black Cafe at SE 22nd and Division. For more info on upcoming lectures in the series, go to: homepage: http://portland-or.bordc.org/
Portland Linux User Group(PDXLUG) monthly meeting this tuesday, July 1st.
PDXLUG presents: "Linux at the FireSide"
SPEAKERS: Everyone who comes
WHERE: Fireside Lodge, located at 1223 SE Powell Blvd ( http://www.firesidecoffeelodge.com/)
The women's health collective invites you to do it:
Let's talk about healthy sex.
We felt like it's time to focus on some of the more positive aspects of sex and what healthy sex really means.
The women's health collective is a monthly women's resource and discussion group to obtain and share women's health info and experiences with DIY, free and low cost health care.
Free upcoming workshop
SUNDAY JULY 6 at 4:30pm @ IWW Union Hall, 616 E. Burnside
***************** This is a free workshop and open to women and transgender community
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