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MOBILIZATION 08.07.2003 13:26
Feminists for Kucinich
We are feminists who consider the Bush administration a danger to our country and the world, and see a regime change in 2004 as the highest political priority. Rather than waiting to hear what all the Democratic candidates have to say, then jumping on the bandwagon of the least offensive, we decided to make our own list of priorities and see who agrees with us. Here's our list:

We want a candidate who will stop the war on the poor. Though an estimated 20 -29 percent of Americans live in poverty, the Republicans' new tax code penalizes the poor and rewards the rich. Women on welfare are forced into low-paid jobs, even in the absence of childcare. Food pantries can no longer meet the demand of the millions of the poor, both employed and unemployed. When anyone mentions these facts, the Republicans accuse them of inciting a "class war," but they are the ones who have started this war, whose victims are disproportionately women, children and people of color. [ Read More ] [ Feminists For Kucinich Petition | Kucinich in New Mexico: The people are waking up | For those with courage | Kucinich - tools to help you make up your own mind ]

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LABOR | PICNIC 08.07.2003 13:07
Anne Feeney and Chris Chandler at IWW Picnic
Come enjoy music and a picnic with union members and friends. Bring your own food, drink and a chair. Folk musicians and rabble rousers Anne Feeney and Chris Chandler* are taking time out of their West Coast tour to support the Lane County Branch of the IWW. Celebrate the recent organizing victories at Eugene Free Net, Sexual Assault Support Services, and Mother Kali's. WHAT: The Bread and Roses Review WHEN: Wednesday, July 9, 7-11 p.m. WHERE: 660 W. 20th St, Eugene (just west of Washington Park) The concert is a benefit to support on-going local IWW labor organizing. The cost is a sliding scale, $7 - $12. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. [ Read More ] [ Lane IWW ]

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FOREST DEFENSE 08.07.2003 12:54
Small Victory at Straw Devil Timber Sale
Unit 2 of the Straw Devil Timber Sale has been reduced to 6 acres thanks to tireless efforts by activists. After months of working to defend unit 2 (among others) of the Straw Devil Timber Sale and the red tree voles that reside there, the Forest Service finally acted to remove 24 acres from the sale. Unit 2 was originally 30 acres and is now 6 acres due to buffers provided for 14 red tree vole nests located by activists last summer. In spring of this year, Cascadia Forest Defenders erected two tree-sits in the unit in order to protect the vole nests and to defend the sacred forests of their deceased comrade known as Sparrow. (see www.forestdefenders.org for more info about Sparrow)

The remaining forests of unit 2 include ancient incense cedars, madrones and pacific yews. Straw Devil is comprised of mostly ancient trees 400+ years old (separated into 6 different timber sale units) in an area surrounded by clearcuts. Protecting what remains in this watershed is critical to the entire ecosystem and all life that depends on it for survivial. Recently another tree-sit was erected at the sale in unit 6 by an all-womyn's group. Activists associated with Cascadia Forest Defenders will be actively working to defend this sale throughout the logging season and continuing until the entire sale is cancelled!! [ Read More ] [ Recent 6-womyn tree-sit | Forest Defenders ]

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LABOR | SOLIDARITY 08.07.2003 11:56
Florida Farm Workers Unite!

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TAKE ACTION to help students at the University of Florida (UF) pass a resolution in support of farmworkers and the Taco Bell boycott! These farmworkers in FL have not had a raise for over 20 YEARS! and are not allowed to organize a union.

Tomorrow, Tuesday July 8, at 7PM EST, UF Student Government will vote on a resolution in support of the Taco Bell boycott. This resolution is the latest step in the efforts of the UF chapter of the Student / Farmworker Alliance [SFA] to Boot the Bell from their campus. Your help is crucial in persuading the Student Government to confront the reality of exploitation in Florida's farming industry.

How important is this resolution? Important enough for Taco Bell to send a representative to the school twice in the past three weeks in an attempt to discredit the testimony that farmworkers from Immokalee will be presenting tomorrow night. This is the first time in the two years of the boycott that Taco Bell has felt pressured enough to resort to this kind of desperate ploy.

What students at UF are asking is that you, our allies, write brief letters in support of the resolution to the following two Student Government representatives: Jamal Sowell, jsowell@ufl.edu and Joe Goldberg, jjggator@ufl.edu

Please CC all messages to the following local SFA representative: Lauren Sonis, laurensoni@aol.com

[ Read More ] [ Coalition of Immokalee Workers(CIW) ]

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RESISTANCE & OUTREACH 08.07.2003 11:40
Sleepless In The 'Couve
On Thursday, a few of us Vancouver activists appeared during evening rush on Evergreen Bl overpass, showing Peace & Justice banner & flags to I-5 traffic, continuing a now-six-month weekly effort. On Friday, members of Vancouver for Peace & the local ACLU chapter wandered the Fort for seven hours before the fireworks, handing out copies of the Bill of Rights & offering petitions at a table, for City & County to not cooperate with "Patriot" Act. Later, a few of us went to Portland to join the P-Square march. On Saturday, both Vancouver for Peace & Green Party Clark County set up tables at Vancouver Farmers' Market. Again, we had petitions for signing, & we distributed info about progressive topics, & had raffle tickets in support of NW RAGE action expenses in Sac'to, where several of us had also joined the protests. When our congressman, Brian Baird, appeared for an informal "town hall", we met him with signs & notes urging congressional investigation of White House manipulation of facts prior to the Iraq invasion. I'm posting, to let all know that we're doing our best in the 'Couve, doing our best to contribute to what people are doing everywhere, standing up for Justice, Peace, & Earth. Onward. [ Read More ] [ Bill of Rights Defense Committee ]

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COMMUNITY BUILDING | SUSTAINABILITY 08.07.2003 11:16
COB CLASSROOM Music Jam Potluck Fundraiser
The New Day School is hosting an open Music Jam, Potluck, and Fundraiser for our current Cob Sanctuary project. This 120sq ft. earthen building will serve as classroom, meditation, and sacred space for the ananda marga preschool. During the day we will cooperate working on the structure as a group. Donations will be accepted to help this progressive school complete this amazing structure. Where: Between 18th and 19th st. on SE Clinton. When: Sunday, July 13th, from about 12:00pm until people want to go home. What to Bring: Musical Instruments to play together, small bar-B-Q, some food, and the whole family. [ Read More ] [ What is COB? ]

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FOREST SURVEYING 07.07.2003 20:15
Ponderosa Pete visits the Hipo Timber Sale
Barlow District - Ponderosa Pete spent most of his day in Hipo Unit 7 reminiscing his puppy years when he rounded-up cattle in the forests of Eastern Oregon. Unit 7, an old fenced-off cattle-grazing area, contains ancient douglas firs 3 to about 4 feet in diameter. Unlike Hipo Unit 4 where the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) selected only western hemlocks to be cut; in Hipo Unit 7, USFS left all the western hemlocks marked as leave trees. This leaves only these massive douglas firs to be cut.

Noises of vehicles drive by on U.S. 26 as Ponderosa Pete measures the buffer distance from the highway to the timber sale boundary. "I got a distance that ranges 50 to 100 human feet from the boundary to the highway," says Pete. "With a slope facing the highway and a 150-foot douglas firs that will potentially be cut, I am concerned about driver's safety on U.S. 26." Another oddity of Unit 7 is that the leaves trees are marked half the circumference in blue. Leaves trees are usually marked in orange. Ponderosa Pete has an assumption USFS used this color to make the unit not look like a timber sale for motorist driving by it on U.S. 26. [ Read More ] [ Virtual Hike the Hipo Timber Sale ]

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FOREST DEFENSE | BIKES 07.07.2003 18:13
Trek for Trees - ride your bike to benefit the forests!!
The Cascadia Forest Defenders invites you to participate in the 5th Annual Trek for Trees pledge bike ride fundraiser August 2nd and 3rd. We will be leaving from EWEB Plaza along the bike path on the Willamette River in Eugene at 9am on August 2nd and biking to Winberry Creek. A support vehicle will carry your camping gear and all food is provided. We will bike back to Eugene the following morning to complete the 75 mile round trip. For those that aren't hard-core bicyclists -- no worries!! This is an EASY ride. Folks have even been known to do this ride on their old cruisers with no problems. Pledge forms are available from the Cascadia Forest Defenders and will soon be available at local bike shops and cafes. For more information on forest defense, check out www.forestdefenders.org and www.cascadiasummer.org Your support is greatly needed, so even if you can't participate in the ride, consider sponsoring someone who can!!! contact us for more information! [ Read More ] [ Cascadia Forest Defenders ]

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BIKES|CRITICAL MASS 07.07.2003 16:51
Defending Critical Mass from cops-how it worked in DC
In response to the police assaults on Critical Mass, here are some ideas I have had good luck with in my town. Defense is based on a combination of street and political tactics. In the street, we rode clunkers to reduce the value to the cops of attempts to confiscate or damage bikes. I prefer old road bikes for speed and cheapness.If the cops managed to get on top, we usually made them pay for it later by some political process or another.

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2004 sELECTION 07.07.2003 00:27
WHEN WILL PROGRESSIVES START TO FACE THE HARD TRUTH?
...and realize that it is the entire American system that is bankrupt to the core. Instead of focusing on Party politics or personalities, activists need to focus their energy on ISSUES. Make your activism an ISSUE-BASED activism rather than getting suckered into the scam of American Electoral politics or of wasting your time which Capitalist Politician and which Capitalist Political Party you should support..

This commentary is in response to the article "Dean vs. Kucinich" which many people here have responsed to. Judging from the comments made by some people, it seems that many so-called "progressives" still hold out the illusion that the "Democrats are the lesser Evil," that "Anybody but Bush" should be supported, that the entire charade called American Democracy is NOT a scam to begin with.

To repeat for the Trillionith time, the Democrats are part of the problem. The Democratic Party has ALWAYS HISTORICALLY PLAYED THE ROLE OF A POLITICAL GOOD COP--in opposition to the Right Wing Bad Cop. Regardless of the phony Populist rhetoric the Demo-rats like to spew, they represent the same bloodthirsty American interests that the Republicans represent, only in a more camoflaged form. [ Read More ] [ Dean vs. Kucinich | Willie Nelson Endorses Kucinich ]

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CRASH CLEAR CHANNEL PARTY 06.07.2003 22:29
No such thing as a "free" lunch, MASS MOBILIZATION!!!
Clear Channel/Comcast is having a promotional "free" bbq and lunch in Wa Co. The address is 8405 SW Nimbus Avenue, Beaverton , OR 97008. This is part of a series of promotional lunches throughout the pdx region. Please come to protest/rally/just plain eat on the [Wednesday] 23rd of July from 11:30-1:30pm [ Read More ]

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FILM | LABOR | PROTEST | POLICE 06.07.2003 19:22
Shots On the Docks film & talk with Jack Heyman
[Monday July 14 - 8pm
@ Clinton St. Theatre
SE 26th & Clinton ]

Tuesday July 15 - 7pm
at ILWU local 8 union hall
2435 NW Front Ave

Shots On the Docks is a short film about the Police riot and repression of a peaceful Anti-war protest and picket at the port of Oakland on April 7th, 2003.

Jack Heyman is an officer of ILWu local 10 in San Francisco, and was arrested at the action. Local 8 is one of several ILWU Locals to establish a Jack Heyman Defense Fund.

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WAR AND MORALITY 06.07.2003 10:25
Go Ahead and Hit Him, Son
After the recent Cruise Missile pyrotechnics in Bagdad, but before Dufur School buses disgorged its young charges for another summer of blissful obliviousness and impulse gratification, my 9 year-old son, not unaware of some of the implications of what he viewed on CNN, asked me rhetorical question.

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CLEANSING RITUAL 04.07.2003 16:15
4th of July Flag Washing Ceremony
video documentary of flag washing ritual held in front of federal building in Portland at noon July 4th. Gabriel and Thomas Chavez of Christ the Healer Peace Church held a flag washing ceremony today, July 4th, in front of the Edith Wyatt federal building in downtown Portland. The purpose was to cleanse and purify the symbol of our liberty which has been sullied by years of corruption and war. This seven minute video is a documentation of that event. [ Video ]

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BUBBLE BURSTING 04.07.2003 15:43
Patriotic incendiary devices: Toxic for health, manufactured in sweatshops
Thinking about going down to the River to watch the fireworks tonight? Think again. Turns out those beautiful showers of colorful sparks can be carrying any of the following chemicals: potassium nitrate, barium chlorate, arsenic, strontium nitrate, potassium perchlorate, copper oxide, sodium bicarbonate, carbon, sulphur, perchlorate, aluminium powder...

Thinking about buying a load of aerials, spinners, fountains, roman candles, and lady fingers and setting them off in your driveway? Think again. The number one manufacturer of firecrackers in the world is China; incendiary devices are produced in dangerous sweatshops there, often by children...


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RUMINATIONS ON FREEDOM 04.07.2003 13:26
Freedom - Nothing Left to Lose
Our perceptions of freedom imprison us. Freedom. Today, on July the fourth, america is saturated with that word. It'll be tossed around in a boastful manner while denigrating the likes of Saddam and Osama and Al-Queda and the Iraqi's. They'll be talk about how we have our freedom thanks to the military; you've seen the bumper stickers: "If you love your freedom thank a Vet". And the day will be topped off with a grandiose display of fireworks designated to represent our freedom.

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WRITING OUR FUTURE 04.07.2003 09:01
The Declaration of Interdependence
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all beings are created unique, each with their own role to play within the diverse interwoven web of life, Each endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, cooperation and balance is instituted among Societies and Nature, deriving their just powers from the consent of the people, and all our relations --That whenever any Form of Societal Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right and Duty of the People to alter or abolish it, and to create new Societies, laying their foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness... [ Read More ]

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FEAR, RACISM & IGNORANCE GREAT MONEY-MAKER! 03.07.2003 23:49
Shameless Exploitation of 9-11 Tragedy for Fun & Profit - forced flag-waving in NE P-town
A local real estate broker decided to litter EVERY SINGLE HOME in my neighborhood with a flag that represents a murdering, racist, sexist, gay-bashing government. Cheap little plastic USA flags adorned with the broker's business card proclaimed her allegience to the fascist white patriarchy, and were placed in people's property without permission, like spam or junk mail. [ Read More ]

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SLIDE SHOW 03.07.2003 22:47
SPEAKER ON IRAQ
Who is this person ? Please visit the couve


Joel Preston Smith, a photojournalist based in Portland, Oregon, will present a slide show titled "Living with the Enemy: A Portrait of Daily Life in Iraq." Smith's show will discuss common misperceptions of the Iraqi people, and presents a rare image of the lives of the Iraqis prior to the onset of the war.


Funds from this presentation will be used to help him continue working in Iraq.

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911 03.07.2003 20:20
Culture of Mass Denial Encounters Cognitive Dissonance
Why are most Americans unwilling to question the US Government's shabby cover story for Sept. 11th? The short answer: because denial of the truth is easier than confrontation. In the Culture of Mass Denial crafted by the US Government the sleepers, or sheep, will sometimes lash out violently when presented with facts that contradict their carefully preserved worldview (1). In a one-to-one situation confrontation is ill advised. You must carefully asses whether or not the subject is willing to question what they've been taught. Listening is important. Round about conversation is the first step. [ Read More ]

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