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Portland Anti-Capitalist Action's website is now up and running. There are a few sections still needing to be added, but we have most of our information about what ACA has done and is doing and what we can offer others. We hope this website will spread mutual aid, solidarity, communication, and revolution. Check it out, send us an email if you find something we can do of use to you and your group(s). See you in the schools, workplaces, community, and on the barricades!!!
Anti-Capitalist Action seeks to legitimize the politics of anti-capitalism within the greater community. We view capitalism as a system dependently linked to all forms of oppression, therefore we commit to confronting capitalism head-on through organization and resistance, as well as promoting mutual aid alternatives to capitalist culture. We work in solidarity and support of communities struggling to defend themselves against capitalist advances (war, globalization, gentrification, police brutality, eviction, environmental racism, etc.)worldwide. We engage in campaigns and efforts to undermine the influence of capitalism on our lives. And we seek to build a sustainable anti-authoritarian movement through education and building alliances locally, nationally and globally.
On Tuesday July 22nd, 2003 at 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Superintendent Jim Scherzinger will be holding a public "outreach and comment" forum concerning Vocational Village High School. It is well known by now that the school district here in Portland will stop at nothing to line the pockets of administrational staff employees at the expense of our children. This meeting will discussing weather or not to sell off Vocational Village High school by declaring it "surplus property" and in doing so the school district would be able "except bids" on the property, selling it off to the highest bidder (which they already have lined up to most likely replace the current site of the school with condos).
What makes Vocational Village Unique is that it is the only alternative high school in the Portland Metro Area. A safety net have you for students who have all either dropped out of the "factory model" high schools that have been failing district wide in meeting students needs, that have pretty much given up on them. With small class sizes, shorter terms (but same length of a school year) so teachers, students, and parents alike can see progress being made faster then your "average" high school. Work has to be of a 3.0 average or better to pass and earn credit (which is broken down into quarters and half's to give students more options while learning more at the same time).
The school pretty much pays for itself and then some being the only high school here in Portland that actually makes the district money as an alternative school receiving or any school. Federal funding for Vocational Village is $800,000 a year for being alternative. Over $460,000 (which varies based on how many students are at the school but averages out to about that figure) each year in total students, and about $100,000 to $200,000 in total grants for alternative education here in Oregon. This school which costs $1.4 million each year to run shows that this it is a sustainable school already running and effective in providing youth a means of true quality education while basically paying for itself. [ Read More ] [ Vocational Village High School ]
Public Comment Meeting with Superintendent Scherzinger
July 22, 2003 - Tuesday
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Vocational Village Cafeteria
8020 NE Tillamook St.
Who: You What: Videos from the Resistance Where: It'sa Beautiful Pizza When: 7pm Why: Because it's there
Looking for something to do on a Monday night? Come down to It's a Beautiful Pizza for tonite's showing of Videos of the Resistance. Have a short edited piece you want to show? Bring it! If we have time, we'll show it.
On Saturday, July 19, 2003, citizens of Oregon and Washington gathered at the First Unitarian Church in downtown Portland to discuss and decide what kind of trade policy will work best for the Northwest. This was a well organized and attended event, lasting from 1:00-4:00, with a one hour break out session afterwards, featuring 5 workshops on various related subjects, from preparing for the next WTO protest to the "connection between globalized trade and what is at our dinner table." [ Read More ] [ www.PhilosopherSeed.org ]
Hey folks! Thanks to open audio publishers, perhaps like yourself, PDX web radio now has a lot of new content. Go to the Radio Page and check out the live stream and programs you get on demand. If you have content or suggestions you can write to PDX Radio
Presidential hopeful, and US Congressman, Dennis Kucinich visited Portland, Oregon today. Here is my impression. Dennis Kucinich was clearly pumped up and pleasantly surprised, when he appeared before an overflowing crowd today. Just after 11 AM, around 100 people lined the walls in a stuffy, narrow hallway of the Oregon Pioneer Building, as an animated Dennis Kucinich squeezed thru the crowd, shaking hands, and receiving a warm Portland welcome. [ Read More ] [ Audio: KUCINICH IN PORTLAND ]
Barb's report: Dennis Kucinich arrived to a packed conference room and a packed hallway at 11 am this morning. He spoke to the crowd from the perch of a chair about his platform for about half an hour and then answered questions. After about 45 minutes, he suggested that the crowd relocate outside, and he stood on a newspaper box and answered questions for another 25 minutes or so. The crowd was estimated at about 350 people, and Kucinich energized the crowd and challenged each person to be active in his campaign and to make the grass roots difference to put him into the Presidency. There was a lot of optimism and enthusiasm and energy in his address and he gave that same energy to the crowd. The good news is that a Kucinich campaign office will be opening here soon. The web site is www.kucinich.us.
Man's report: I went to meet Mr Kucinich this morning and was NOT dissapointed in the least. It was wonderful to hear a politician talking about the things that are important to me.
Call to Protest Kucinich's visit Why should we support Kucinich? Because he is anti-war? Bullshit. He may not have supported the war on Iraq, but he would still support the wars in Palestine, Colombia, and the economic warfare of global capitalism decimating the world's population. He still supports the systematic racism in this country which keeps people of color oppressed every second of every day. He is a capitalist. He will not solve any of our problems.
From June 8-10 of 2004, a G-8 summit will be held in Sea Island, Georgia, a remote, gated island of resorts and million-dollar houses with two military bases nearby. Maybe we should start thinking about changing our tactics to local or regional convergences?
police represtion--we're not gonna take it!! Hola Compeneros:
As most of you know I have been facing Felony charges under the acussation that I broke a window in a state building, I also face a slue of misdominors. If convicted I will be imprisoned for 2-5 years. Currently, the District attorney is dragging out my enditment. Also, my lawyer fears that the Da is working on "urban terrorist" charges.
I am asking you, members of our commmunity, my friends to contact the Da office and demand that my charges be dropped. As time goes by evidence is tampered with and witnesses silenced. There is great political pressure to persue this fraudulant case because of the glutanus spending Sac County used to beef up there police force. I have become the token Anarchist, the one that didn't get away. I am fighting the strong arm of a corupt and devious institution, one that holds a strong hatred for anyone not inclined to be another consumer heard member. I am an anti-statist, and now is the time for our face to face battle. With my community standing beside me these charges will be defeated.
It's no secret that the US educational system doesn't do a very good job. Like clockwork, studies show that America's schoolkids lag behind their peers in pretty much every industrialized nation. We hear shocking statistics about the percentage of high-school seniors who can't find the US on an unmarked map of the world or who don't know who Abraham Lincoln was.
Fingers are pointed at various aspects of the schooling systemovercrowded classrooms, lack of funding, teachers who can't pass competency exams in their fields, etc. But these are just secondary problems. Even if they were cleared up, schools would still suck. Why? Because they were designed to.
Ashcroft in town, a peaceful protest in Portland, and no pepper spray wafting through the air? I actually saw babies who got past the riot cops without being blasted with a little CS. What gives?
I couldn't understand it at first. Lately, no police riot seems complete without watery eyes, gasping breath, and a little burning skin. And yet, here they had every opportunity to spray not only babies, but senior citizens and women without shirts on. Think of the burns! Imagine how impressed Mr. Ashcroft would have been if he could have seen The People kept at bay by chemical weapons and assault rifles. But it didn't happen, at least not before I left. (And I left right after Ashcroft went fleeing off in an SUV being driven at breakneck speed.) [ Read more... ]
Another poster writes: " however, as peaceful as the demonstration seemed, the city of pdx overzealous police force had salvia and testosrone buildup's with the potential opportunity to ponce, spray, taser, and illegally arrest peaceful protestors desenting against the number one terrorist facing our civil rights...John AshHole. Maybe flattop Rowley was hidden away, but several other pdx terrorists were there. There were many comical reliefs to the day however...my favorite was the swat team dressed to the full in charcol black, with stocking face mittens, helmets and full body armour to defend against cardboard carrying citizens and partially nude participants. We were cool and liberated while they sweated under the embarrassment of their military like actions. Come on Rosie/Krocker/Vera....your a disgrace to the taxpaying voters who were out in your park for some noon time banter. It's OVERKILL!!!" [ Read more... ]
Ashcroft Protest: words from participants and observers
I met RT in the street as traffic was blocked by about 75 folks who marched from the South Park Blocks to the courthouse. He rode a groovy bicycle: "This country is run by an industrial sector who know no other way of controlling the economy except by fascist means. You see, I have trouble describing what I mean, but I know this country's in trouble. I blame the automobile. [ Read more... ]
[PHOTOS | Code Pink report and photos | Ashcroft vs. Lady Liberty | More Protest Photos | Late Protest Photos ]
Yesterday, about 25 people gathered at the Eugene branch of Umpqua Bank to protest their connection to the timber industry.
While police and security guards stood watch from inside the bank and outside, about 25 activists surrounded the bank's 2 entrances holding large banners and signs, including one "Allyn Ford is an Ecocidal Maniac".
Materials were handed out to customers and passers-by explaining why Umpqua Bank should be boycotted.
One woman gained access though the bank's locked doors and was able to pass out a letter to all the employees explaining why we were there and urging them to take a stand, before she was kicked out.
What: Town Hall Meeting featuring political and community leaders
When: Saturday, July 19, 1-4 p.m.
Where: First Unitarian Church of Portland (corner SW Main & 12th)
From: the General Defense Committee of the IWW Jail support for Ashcroft visit 3/18/03 The General Defense Committee of the IWW will staff the phone on Friday 7/18/03 beginning @ 11:am. WRITE THIS NUMBER ON YOUR PERSON IN INDELIBLE INK (503) 231-5488 Please note that this is on very short notice and our level of support will be limited to what volunteer commitment we can get ASAP. We are not expecting major trouble with the authorities but one never knows what antisocial behavior they may indulge in. If you are arrested, or witness an arrest, get to a phone, borrow a cell phone, or call collect (503) 231-5488 and we will do what we can. If the line is busy, call back.
Additionally, you may call the Belmont Law Center at (503) 234-2694. Their phone number is listed near the phones in the (Multnomah Co.) jail under thier names Stewart Sugarman and Paul Loney. Since they are criminal defense attorneys IT IS NOT A COLLECT CALL. You may have to leave a message. [ Read More ]
Please spread the word! Time is of very short supply! Please, please people spread the word about the emergency planning meeting tonight at 7pm at the N park blocks. This means call everyone that you know. This means emailing everyone that you know.
[ Jail Support for Ashcroft visit protest | Please spread the word! Emergency planning meeting! | EMERGENCY PLANNING MEETING | Another Protest Opportunity: War Parade Saturday, 11am, Broadway | Oregon Death with Dignity plans Ashcroft protest | When and Where for Asscroft Protest? | Bored? John Ashcroft is Coming to Portland on Friday, July 18 | Protest Attorney General Ashcroft | Itinerary -- Press Release | Call out for affinity groups ]
[ Things to note about the Fourth Reich: Fuck Rum$feld--We're Here For Brown + Root! | Ye of little faith ]
The action at Umpqua Bank today, to protest against the replacement-volume program, has been postponed. In lieu of it, people who are concerned about saving the ancient forests of Cascadia are urged to CALL Umpqua Bank. Details on the replacement volume program and a sample script follow below.
The replacement volume program was created by the Forest SerVice to supply trees to timber companies when a timber sale is taken off the block because of environmental concerns. The program is supposed to replace the original sale with another of "like kind and volume". Here in Cascadia, timber companies -- including Roseburg Forest Products -- recieved old growth sales in the Cascades after second-growth sales they had acquired the right to cut in the Coast Range were cancelled due to the presence of the endangered marbled murulet. The new sales were not of "like kind and volume" in any sense of that phrase, as they usually contained more board feet and higher priced wood, to say nothing of the inestimatable value of an untouched old growth ecosystem, which, when cut, can never be "replaced". [ Read More ] [ Flawed Report Advocates Massive "Salvage" Logging ]
Police paid another unannounced, but not unexpected, 4am visit to the Portland Peace Encampment Thursday morning, seizing several sleeping bags, backpacks, signs, paintings, and other personal belongings, as well as two more human beings. A sergeant on the scene supervising the arresting officers said the two men would probably be charged with interfering with a police officer or failure to obey a lawful order. He said the men would not be charged with violating the anti-camping ordinance, despite the fact that they were both sleeping bags when police arrived, and both still occupied their sleeping bags when physically removed by the officers and arrested.
Many homeless and homeless advocates in Portland have called the anti-camping ordinance unlawful, preventing people with nowhere else to go from peacefully sleeping in public. Members of Crossroads, a group advocating for the rights of the poor and homeless, sponsored a giveaway of dozens of sleeping bags at a demonstration in front of City Hall, across the street from the longstanding encampment, in June. When asked why the men arrested Thursday would not be charged with violating the anti-camping ordinance, an officer said, "You can look at the arrest report when they get out to see what they were charged with." [One commentator speculates: "Peace encampment will probably be harassed bigtime today and tomorrow since Asscroft is coming to town and will be at the Hatfield courthouse late morning." ] [ Read More ]
Logging interests released a report today advocating for massive "salvage" logging, widespread pesticide use, and the creation of expensive, flammable tree plantations across Siskiyou wildlands affected by the 2002 Biscuit fire. This proposal would come at tremendous tax-payer expense without providing an ounce of needed fire protection to at-risk communities in southwestern Oregon.
In an attempt to keep protests small, Ashcroft allegedly only alerted the city of his visit on Tuesday and only now is the public hearing about it. But what else would one expect from an individual that has orchestrated what is possibly the largest repeal of civil liberties in the history of this country. Ashcroft will be meeting with the gestapo, I mean, the Portland Joint Terrorism Task Force and others of their ilk. There will be a press conference at the the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse at 11:30am. Oregon Death with Dignity has planned a protest and other individuals have reported the events and called for protests. People are also discussing the logistics of the protest.
David Potter has an ongoing lawsuit against the police in Seattle for pepperspraying journalists outside the Independent Media Center at the WTO protests in 1999. The pictured videographer may have footage of David Potter being pepper-sprayed, footage which will improve his case immensely, resulting in a much improved settlement. Do you have any idea who this person is? There is reason to believe this person is from Portland (he looks familiar to a Portland activist who thinks she has seen him around Portland). If you know who this is, or have even a guess, please contact David Potter immediately. Thank you. [ Read More ] [ www.papertiger.org ]
This is an update on the status of the legal cases against the suspects in the killings of three cyclists and the severe injuries of another that occurred in the last week of last month. Please make your voice heard to ensure the vigorous prosecution of the suspects to protect our community from reckless and drunken drivers. See here for earlier articles related to these cases.
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