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Please Check out these events Tues, Weds, Thurs Please Come to 1, 2 or all 3 of these Events!
TUES August 19th 10:30 am - 12:30pm
WED August 20th 11:45 am - 2pm
THURS 10am - ???? August 21st - JOIN PORTLAND IN SAYING: "NO TO BUSH!" Meet at 10am at Columbia Park on North Lombard Avenue University of Portland, Corner of Portsmouth and Willamette
Portland Anti Capitalist Action, Queer Revolution and the Portland General Organizing Group of the Federation of Northwest Anarchist Communists (FNAC) endorses, supports and calls on everyone to attend the demonstrations coming up the 21st of this month to protest George W. Bush. We feel that this demonstration is crucial towards illustrating the resistance to his regime, but also to draw attention to the bigger picture of what the system Bush is upholding is all about.
Portland residents have not been in agreement about the proposed New Seasons store on SE 20th Avenue between Division and Clinton. Some are flat-out against it, others wish to see the chain compromise on its zoning requests, and some are welcoming and unquestioning. Over a 24 hour period last week, a letter to the city about the proposed zoning changes was circulated in the neighborhood for signatures. The letter does not ask that New Seasons not be allowed to build; rather, it states concerns with the proposal as it currently stands. 71 people signed the letter, which was mailed to the city's Bureau of Development Services; to Brian Rohter, president of New Seasons; and to the local neighborhood associations and business group. While one point in the letter (the placement of the dumpsters) has since been revealed to be factually incorrect, the remainder contains some fairly solid critiques of the New Seasons proposal that should give the city some food for thought. These are points that could be raised in person at the zoning hearing, which is taking place on Monday, August 18, at 9:00 a.m., in the third floor hearing room of the Bureau of Development Services at 1900 SW Fourth Avenue. Rohter has gone on record saying "dozens of people" in the neighborhood want his store. Here are dozens more who are not in full agreement with him.
The text of the letter follows:
Hardly the brightest bulb you never did see George Dubya Bush is coming back to Portland on August 21 almost a year to the day that he came to Portland last time. As he looks forward to his warm reception this time you can, now for the first time on cable TV, see what the welcome wagon looked like last year on the Video Collective's A22 protest video. Portland cable access will be showing the A22 and Day X protest video six times between 08/16/2003 and 08/31/2003. Be sure to set your VCR (or a friend's) so you can tape it.
U.S. Drug Czar, John P. Walters of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, visited Portland today [14 August] as part of the White House's "25 Cities Initiative" National Tour, seeking to reduce substance abuse in America's largest cities.
The News Conference was hosted by Judy Cushing, president of the Oregon Partnership, a state wide non profit. After introducing Portland Police Chief Mark Kroeker for a few brief comments, she then expounded a little on the "25 Cities Initiative," which is a local approach to a national problem. "In Portland leaders have meet over the last month to look at the most salient issues facing the community. They have addressed and identified three local initiatives they will focus their attention on." The first is Meth education, which has to do with pre cursor chemicals; the second "has everthing to do with the education of the public, schools and parents and community leaders about the angers associated with marijuana. Marijuana today is much different the marijuana of yesterday, and young people are being harmed; the third initiative has to do with parents, and the fact that parents are the most powerful influencing factor in childrens lives."
At this point John Walters gave his remarks for about 5 minutes and then opened the floor for questions from the media. [ Read more... ]
More independent audio and video coverage of events in Cascadia can be found at PhilosopherSeed.org.
I visited the Hanford Site on Tuesday, touring the building-in-progress of the Waste Treatment Vitrification facility. Wow, what a sight/site to see. The workers have my deepest respect and gratitude--I think in order for progress to continue and to be of high quality, the workers who go the extra mile and put themselves at risk need to be honored. To me, the vit facility is the key to getting 53 million gallons of waste out of the tanks and into a more stable form.
Some of us believe that every company that does business at any DOE site is corrupt and not doing all it should do. If we were to totally go with that belief, we may as well say, let the contaminants flow and do nothing. You can't paint everyone with the same brush stroke. Yes, we need to remain vigilant and get as much inside information as possible. Yes we need to raise hell when it seems called for. We think the public process sucks. We think we are being ushered secretively back into the era of secrecy. And we feel especially these days that the DOE, I.e., the Bush administration has absolutely no use for public interest or opinion. So, do we pull out of the process and bitch among ourselves? I don't find that productive. I like the "in your face" approach.
The Portland Police arrested approximately six protesters in front of City Hall at approximately 8:45 PM this evening for violation of Portland's Obstructions as Nuisances Ordinance. The protesters were arrested under new enforcement guidelines that went into effect last Tuesday. The new guidelines altered certain exemptions in the previous set of guidelines. These exemption prevented enforcement of the ordinance against participant in a public event or anyone not sitting in the "through pedestrian zone of the sidewalk." Under the new guidelines the exemption for participation in an event is limited to event not lasting more than eight hours. Enforcement this evening and at a sit-in event held at noon earlier today suggests that the police are interpreting the new enforcement guidelines to mean that sitting on any portion of the sidewalk in the downtown area is now illegal. At no point during the noon time protest or this evening did protesters obstruct pedestrians attempting to pass on the sidewalk in front of City Hall. Participants in the Portland Peace Camp report that the police cited the new enforcement guidelines when they raided and broke up the camp last Wednesday morning. [ read more ]
Following a lead provided by a local business owner, two indymedia activists went to the Seven Corners area of SE Portland this morning to investigate reports of a sloppy rehab job taking place at the former Ladd's meat building on SE Division at 20th Ave, which has been purchased by Starbucks. They were greeted by the acrid odor of an old building getting torn up, and bits of fiberglass rolling down the sidewalk in the wind. Clouds of dust billowed up from the parking lot of the meat building where a large piece of machinery was dumping smashed building parts into a dumptruck. Despite the bad odor, dust, and loose fiberglass, none of the workers were wearing masks. Whether or not asbestos is being released during this process -- as is likely with a building of this age -- is unknown at this time.
A Sit-In protest at City Hall that began at 12pm Friday is growing rapidly, according to a caller from the patio and sidewalk on the 4th Avenue side of the building. At 12:45 pm, over 70 people had gathered there to protest a new enforcement regime of Portland's despised 'Obstructions as Nuisance', or 'Sit-Lie', law. [ read more ]
Peace Campers, Alan Graf, Code Pink and many other people are exercising the right to assemble in front of City Hall. They have been issued a warning. Presumably that the clock has started ticking for the eight hours of protest that they are now permitted under Portland's City Code. [ read more ]
The anarchist gardening and gleaning collective is looking for urban fruit and nut trees! No more apples rotting on the ground! No more walnuts derailing you on your bike! No more mushy rotten fig mess on the sidewalk! If you've got information on where to find trees in public spaces that aren't being picked, send us the information so we can compile a handy map for summer fruit gorging! pie! pie! pie! The anarchist gardening and gleaning collective wants to feed YOU!
The General Defense Committee of Industrial Workers of the World and local civil rights activists are preparing for the upcoming visit by President Bush to the University of Portland on August 21, 2003. Motivated by last year's outrageous police behavior towards peaceful, legal demonstrators, we are hosting the following events:
Civil Disobedience Workshop:
This event is open to all ages and the general public. Our goal is to promote awareness of resources and skills available to effectively exercise our freedom of assembly and speech.
HA! serves them right, the fuckers. they made their bed, they can lie six feet deep in it for all i care. they died the day they signed up, they didn't have to go. hell, they deserve it, you reap what you sow, consciously a part of the monster that is US imperialism, spilling civilian blood to secure access to oil to make some white men who've never seen a battlefield that much richer?
when i heard that local portland kids were killed in iraq, i didn't flinch. i smiled. the human faces looking at me from the front page of the oregonian meant nothing to me against the backdrop of old glory, smartly dressed in military uniforms. one less trigger finger with an iraqi civilian in the sights, i'd think. monsters, killers all of them.
...when i came home for vacation and learned that my buddy had been killed in baghdad, a lot of things started to look different to me...
City council changed the enforcement guidelines of the sit/lie ordinance on August 11. The changed guidelines went into effect on August 12 at midnight. 8 hours later, as soon as legally possible, the police raided the camp, arrested people and confiscated property. The newly penned enforcement guidelines would cover the restriction of pickets/demonstrations/gatherings of people for festivals (anything without a permit from the city that lasts for more than eight hours). This change was done secretly - there was no comment period and no notice given to the public. Believe it or not this is within their legal rulemaking power.
Changing laws to get rid of specific kinds of protest is unconstitutional and must be vigorously opposed. City Council and the mayor are fascists - beware.
Judge Rules CADA Violated State Law in Planning Development Project On Tuesday, August 5, 2003, the Superior Court of California, in the County of Sacramento, ruled in favor of the Ron Mandella Community Garden, in a lawsuit charging that the Capitol Area Development Authority (CADA) had failed to comply with regulations specified under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) in the planning of the proposed Fremont MEWS project. This is the development project that would replace the 30 year old Mandella Community Garden with 119 high end condominiums. The ruling, issued by Judge Gail Ohanesian, states that "section 21090 of the public resources code does not excuse respondent CADA from completing a further environmental review of the subject project." This ruling essentially requires CADA to perform a site specific environmental impact report that assesses the impact of the proposed condominium build at 15th and Q Streets, the site of the current Mandella Community Garden.
The ruling will legally halt any construction until CADA performs an EIR, and is determined to be in compliance with the law established by CEQA. The ruling culminates just one part of a legal struggle that is ongoing and has lasted several months.
Heather Ajani of Phoenix Ruckus (as well as Anarchist People of Color and Phoenix Copwatch) will be speaking in Portland, Oregon on Thursday, August 14th at 7 PM. Ajani, as well as Clayton Szczech of Portland Ruckus (and Rose City Copwatch) will be talking at the Ainsworth United Church of Christ, 2941 N.E. Ainsworth (near the #10 bus lines).
The Bring the Ruckus speaking tour Fight the Power, Build the Power has just finished several East Coast engagements where members of Ruckus (which is not associated with the Ruckus Society), discussed revolutionary strategy and revolutionary movements for the 21st Century. Confronting white supremacy, male supremacy and the state are the starting points of Ruckus politics.
Members of Bring the Ruckus are veterans of anti-war organizing, police accountability and Copwatch organizing, workplace organizing as well as the anti-globalization movement, among other work. As well, they are writers for Earth First, Clamor, Z magazine and other journals of autonomist, anarchist and activist thought. We welcome anyone at this meeting who wishes to discuss the direction of our movements.
Ajani and Szczech will address the political outlook of Bring the Ruckus and our current work. This is a dialogue, not a lecture. The event is free, all are welcome. Please bring questions, comments and your friends. http://www.agitatorindex.org
Tell the Bush Administration you oppose their plans to exempt the Tongass and Chugach National Forests in Alaska from the Roadless Rule.
There are two separate comment periods occurring simultaneously: one on the proposed temporary exemption of the Tongass National Forest from the Roadless Rule and another on the proposal to permanently exempt the Tongass from the Roadless Rule and extend the exemption to include the Chugach National Forest. Be sure to send copies of your letters to each address listed below so that it will be counted for both commentperiods! If you send your comments online through www.akrain.org, Alaska Rainforest Campaign will make sure your letters are delivered for both proposals.
About a dozen people showed up at the Red and Black Cafe to talk about the upcoming City hearing on the zoning changes being requested by the New Seasons market, which wants to open a new store in SE Portland. The hearing will be at 9:00 am on Monday, August 18, and many people in the neighborhood have expressed interest in going. A surprise (at least to me) guest there was Brian Rohter, president of New Seasons, who has been reading about the opposition to his plans on portland indymedia. He described the website as being "full of lies". While it seems that some of the information about the proposed store that has appeared on the site has been technically incorrect, Rohter offered no substantive responses to the deeper concerns that many people have. Indeed, he came off as a typical politician -- slick and disengenous. His words aimed to please, and for those people who would rather be pleased than face the reality of modern existence, I'm sure they would be very convincing. However, I and others there were able to see through his veil.
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Brew Bloc is a collective that encourages and educates people to work outside of corporate structure and to empower individuals to be more self-sustainable. We are a skill sharing collective working in a non-hierarchial environment. Our main objective is to abolish the need for money to sustain us. Using DIY tactics we will subvert corporate and capitalist structures, specifically the corporate beverage industry.
At about 8 a.m. Pacific Daylight saving Time (PDT) in Portland, Oregon, USA, the Peace Encampment was apparently visited by officers of the Portland Police Bureau and Federal Protection Service Officers. Supposedly arresting individuals for "obstructions as nuisances". 3 vigilers were arrested for allegely being in violation of some city sit/lie ordinance. [ Read more... ]
I just called City Hall, who referred me to Oregon Partnership, who confirmed that this is happening tomorrow morning. John Walters, Bush's "Drug Czar" will be in Portland this week. He will be having a news conference at Portland's City Hall at 9am Thursday, August 14th, to, among other things, discuss the "myth" of medical marijuana.
This will be an opportunity for Oregon's patients to demonstrate the importance of medical marijuana to their lives and families by showing up in front of City Hall and in front of the reporters gathered there for the "Drug Czar's" visit. Patients in wheel chairs can be the most persuasive of all (a picture is worth a thousand words). A successful demonstration of patient and activist unity may change the minds of many, if not those of this administration's "lap dogs". So get out there early and bring lots of friends.
Where: Portland City Hall When: 8:30am Thursday, August 14, 2003
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