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Like the rest of you, I am a part of the activist community. As a member of this community I mean the following article as a self-reflection and a challenge- not as a critism of people, affinity groups, etc. However, I am harboring concerns about the state of our community.
While Portland is a very creative, progressive, and radical community, I have NOT been inspired by the local radicals' ability to network, develop common vision, outreach, and support the general public in their resistance. This has meant that the media has been able to take avantage of weaknesses and make much of the general public reluctant to participate in direct action. I am also worried that "acitivst-only" protests and general police repression have left too many of us burnt out, tierd, and ineffective
Wednesday, August 13, 7:00 pm
Raleigh West Neighborhood Association meeting
12350 SW 5th, Suite 100, Beaverton
(Across form the Beaverton Library)
If we continue to do little to oppose the lab, we stand a good chance of getting it. The NIH is supposedly taking into consideration community reaction in their granting decision. The NIH wants to build one of these new BSL-4 labs on the west coast. OHSU and the University of California, Davis are the only west coast contenders. Davis is not looking good to the NIH because of the huge public outcry which forced the Davis mayor and city council to officially oppose the project. Here is a sad comment from the April 2nd issue of Scientist, "The calm in Oregon stands in sharp contrast to the continued furor in California."
People will not oppose the lab if they don't know about it. Please come to the upcoming public meeting and please help us distribute information. We need help alerting other community and activist groups about this issue and we need people to distribute flyers. We can provide copies or a flyer can be downloaded and copied at: http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2003/08/269548.shtml and a reminder: sidewalk chalk is an easy, legal way to get out your message. Folks walking into OHSU's clinics deserve to know what is going on. Another public meeting about the proposed BSL-4 Bio-terror lab is coming up and we need to be there! Once again Matt Rossell will be presenting. [ Read More ] [ OHSU Bio-Terrorism Labs: Hold Hillsboro Mayor Tom Hughes to his word | Public Meeting on OHSU's Proposed Bio-Terrorism Lab ]
WTO CANCUN - latest updates author: Starhawk and Lisa Fithian The next ministerial meeting of the World Trade Organization will take place in Cancun, Mexico on September 10-15. From the 8th on, a huge mobilization will greet the meeting with creative protest and visions of alternatives. Below is our report on some of the preliminary organizing we did last week in Cancun and Mexico City.
Lisa Fithian and Starhawk from RANT went to Mexico from July 27 August 7th where we met with organizers and local activists in Cancun and with campesino organizers in Felipe Carillo Puerto, three hours south. We went to Mexico City on Aug. 1st and spent the weekend with students at an encampment focused on the WTO and then attend a three day gathering meeting of Via Campesino. We also met with lawyers coordinating the legal support for the September mobilization. Our primary interest was plans for nonviolent direct action. Here is a quick summary of what we learned...
The Wild Spirit Gathering is only days away! Come join us for a weekend of rejuventation, invigoration, magic, and action! Contact Serena at firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP or to ask any questions, and email email@example.com if you need a ride.
Bands Against Bush is an event being organized throughout the United States and internationally on the 20th anniversary of Rock Against Reagan. The Portland Chapter of the Bands Against Bush is looking for people with the desire to create a community within art and activism. The involvement of Bands Against Bush is open to all who wish to participate in making Portland become a part of this worldwide event.
Last night in Portland I saw a large truck driving downtown with a short film playing on screens on three sides. The scenes were actual footage of the brutal killings and slaughter process of kangaroos. Many of the films show children (presumably of the hunters) learning this gruesome trade "on the job", participating in tasks such as stomping an infant joey to death and beating other kid kangaroos to death by their feet. These hunters, participating in an unregulated hunting industry, are using these methods to supply the kangaroo leather to the sport shoe industry.
Portland city officials annd police will unleash an aggressive new enforcement regime for the city's 'Obstructions as Nuisances' law, commonly known as the "Sit-Lie Ordinance". In an August 11 email to Marc Jolin of the Oregon Law Center, Deputy City Attorney David Woboril wrote that 'Mayor Katz has asked me to make available to you revised sidewalk obstruction guidelines which will become effective this week.' Woboril also delivered a draft copy of the revised guidelines, hatched in the corridors of city power without input from the public.
Tuesday & Wednesday August 12 & 13 6:30 - 9:00 pm
IFCC Theatre 5340 N. Interstate PDX OR 97217 Dr. Rev. LeRoy Haynes and the Allen Temple Commission on Social Justice present: It's About Time, a Photo History of the Black Panther Party
Lecture by Bill Jenning, editor, Black Panther Party Alumni Newspaper
Photographs and Lecture Free
This Wednesday at-- new time-- 6PM at the Red and Black Cafe (22nd/ SE Division), there will be a New Seasons related land use informational meeting. If you want to learn how to best articulate your voice into oral or written testimony for the upcoming New Seasons Land Use hearing next week, you are welcome to attend. If you want to learn how to best articulate your voice into oral or written testimony for the upcoming New Seasons Land Use hearing next week, you are welcome to attend.
Your state legislators need to hear from you now. Republicans control the state House. The state Senate is split 15-15 between the Democrats and the Republicans. The governor is a Democrat and has the veto. Nothing can pass unless the Democrats allow it to, so they are equally responsible for the next budget.
Tell them that funding human services required for survival should be their highest priority. Say that if the state legislature passes a budget for the next two years that cuts essential human services you will hold both parties equally responsible, and will vote against all incumbents in the next election.
They need to hear from you. Please contact your state legislators at: http://www.leg.state.or.us/writelegsltr/writeset.htm . This is quick and easy, just fill out a form on their website, and you don't have to know who your legislators are - they'll look it up for you based on your zip code.
Cascadia Summer Action Camp August 11th thru the end of logging season. Starting in the Willamette National Forest outside of Eugene
Set in the middle of imminently threatened National forests at the edge of the Warner Wilderness near the headwaters of the Willamette southeast of Eugene.
Come to learn, to defend and to stand in solidarity for the preservation of wild places, critters, and salmon of Cascadia. In the forest workshops/hikes every day.
On Tuesday June 24th, three forest defenders locked themselves down to a 4 story DNA schulpture in the Life Sciences building of at UC Davis to bring attention to the GE tree testing that happens there. The activists were charged with felonies and are refused to give their names. This is a first-hand account of that civil disobedience.
Banner , Sign and Puppet Making happening to get ready for rally and march . As part of an International Day of Action Against Globalization there will be a Rally and March in Portland on Saturday, September 13th.
WHEN: Monday, August 11th & August 25th From 5 to 9pm.
Bring your creative minds and come help stop the movement towards globalization. Any art supplies and sign making equipment is much appreciated. For more information call NW RAGE at 503-239-6841.
PORTLAND says NO to BUSH - CONVERGENCE AND MARCH August 21
Converge Thursday morning, August 21, 2003
Who's behind all of this? You, if you're willing to say NO to BUSH! Organize an affinity group or just grab some friends, relatives, or neighbors and come to Columbia Park before 10 am the morning of the 21st.
Further information will be posted as the date nears. Please add the TIME (10 am) and LOCATION (Columbia Park @ Lombard) to your posters... let's get the word out!
Monday, August 11, 2003, at Noon
Board of Directors of School District No. 1, Multnomah County
Blanchard Education Service Center
501 N. Dixon - in the Board Auditorium
Banfield, The Pet Hospital has made a proposal to the City and Portland Public Schools. They want to buy the land currently occupied by Vocational Village School , at NE 82nd and Tillamook, to develop a multi-use site, including condos and a dog park. Rationale for moving the School rests primarily on a cost benefit analysis done by engineers assessing the cost of completing a seismic update on Glenhaven, the old school that houses Vocational Village.
They say it's not worth it. But it's unclear what that means or how the determination was made since there has been absolutely no real assessment of the cost of moving Vocational Village to another location suitable to its purpose and needs... Portland Public Schools seems to be pushing the deal. They've declared Glenhaven "surplus property" under Portland Public School policy 8.7.040-P for surplussing "real property which is owned by the district but is no longer used, needed for, or suited to the programs of the Portland Public Schools."
Vocational Village School teachers and students are fighting hard to keep their school. The powers that be seem to want to railroad this through. This is our chance to stop them in their tracks. Please consider reading more about this issue and attending the School Board meeting *tomorrow at noon*, or the meetings scheduled for August 18th and 25th. [ Read More ] [ Background: July 20 HELP SUPPORT PORTLAND PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOLS! | July 25 No Building, No Plan, No Clue - Report on July 22 meeting | Other resources: Vocational Village School | Portland Public School Board Agenda - August 11 | August 11 School Board Meeting Announcement & Location ]
Thursday, August 14, 7pm
at Red & Black Cafe
2138 SE Division
In preparation for the A21 Bush visit, the General Defense Committee of the IWW, in conjunction with the National Lawyers Guild will host a fundraiser video screening and videography workshop "How to Shoot Litigation Quality Video." We will screen the A22 Bush video from last year, and maybe some of the Day X video. There will be a $3 cover, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Statement from NLG: This is a city wide call for all activist owners of camcorders and cameras!! In preparation for the upcoming visit of the Resident on August 21, 2003, the NLG will do a training session for all videographers and photographers on how to videotape and photograph a demonstration for use in suing the cops and defending protesters. [ Read More ]
Sherman Austin is about to become the latest political prisoner in the USA, essentially for the crime of running an anarchist web site (an analysis of how this is the case, written by a conservative college professor nonetheless, can be found here. He's been railroaded to prison on politically-motivated charges; don't let the US government muzzle his raisethefist.com web site as well! If you have lots of storage and a fast Internet connection, you can help by storing backup copies of the site.
Here's a correspondence between a resident of this neighborhood and Brian Rohter ceo of New Seasons. The person writes to him about rent hikes and concerns about gentrification resulting directly from the New Seasons store going in and he writes back(putting what's called "spin" on her message) to defend his products and talk about how wonderful they are and to make sure that she feels alone in her fight. Well she's NOT alone! Petitioners are gathering 50 signatures a day to say NO to New Seasons Corporate "health" food market! That sure beats the "dozens" he claims to have. By the way who considers coca-cola products health food anyways? This place is just a Fred Meyers in whole food's clothing.
PPRC can use your help, and comment on Peace Camp
The BLM is proposing to clearcut 900 acres of old growth trees, some over 400 years old in the Coquille river watershed, in Southwest Oregon. Comments are due 8/8/03.
East Fork Coquille Timber Sale:
The oldest forest to be clearcut has trees over 425 years old.
Comments should be sent before August 8th to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Maps and scoping announcement are on Coos Bay BLM's web site. For more info go to: http://www.umpqua-watersheds.org/blm/CoosBay_BLM/east_fork_coquille_ts.html
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