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WORKING WITHIN THE SYSTEM 31.08.2003 19:05
We need a candidate for Sheriff!
There seems to be a lot of support for the idea of us lefty activist types stealing the next sheriff election. We have about a year to get someone in office, and need 80,000 Multnomah county votes to do it. Just think how much better things would be if we RAN a policing agency here, rather than having some powerless "citizen oversight board" or other neutered group of people. The problem? We have to chose a candidate! So line up the nominations.

One commenter suggested:
Have you thought about running yourself? Sometimes the best candidates are the ones taking up a call for action like this. In any case, the Green Party is running a Campaign School this weekend, for candidates, campaign staff and volunteers. It might be a good chance to figure out if you could do it yourself and how, or how to go about recruiting a candidate and planning their campaign. You can go to http://www.pdxgreens.org/campaignschool.html for the info.


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LEGAL UPDATE 31.08.2003 01:10
Results of Infernal Noise Brigade Trial
The trial of three members of the INB began Tuesday Aug. 26th, and lasted until Friday Aug. 29th. The jury found:
  • Drum Major charged with Criminal Treaspass II- NOT GUILTY
  • Flag bearer charged with Resisting arrest and Interfering with a "Peace" Officer- NOT GUILTY (This couldn't have been better- the state dropped two more charges against this member just before the trial began. She could have been looking at a Felony and 5 years in the can.)
  • Parade Rifle bearer charged with Interfering with a "Peace" Officer- GUILTY.

Sentencing for the one member found guilty will be September 19th at the county courthouse. Overall, while not a total victory for the people, the verdicts have set a precident for future protesters.

[ Background: Earth First! shuts down Umpqua Holdings building for two hours/ four arrested (July 8, 2002) | VIDEO available of action ]


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LETS GO RIDE A BIKE 30.08.2003 17:16
Join the Portland Ride to Trek for Trees
Trek for Trees is a benefit ride out of Eugene. Eugene is about 110 miles away. The benefit ride is about 40 miles each way. Do you like to ride bikes a lot? Join us on a ride down to Eugene, out to the cancelled Winberry Creek timber sale where we'd camp out with Eugene forest activists and supporters, ride back to Eugene, and back up to Portland. We'd also camp somewhere halfway between Portland and Eugene. A novel experiment in connecting activist communities by bike, staying close to the Willamette River which connects these two cites. The ride should average 50 miles a day, which most people should be able to handle. Trek for Trees is a fundraiser for Eugene forest defense, and it works through the pledge system. Get a pledge form, find some sponsors, and do the ride. Cascadia Forest Defense then asks the pledgee for the donation to support their awesome forest defense campaign. If enough Portlanders go on this ride, they could probably patch some proceeds back to the local Cascadia Forest Alliance office. I'll put pledge forms in the CFA office at 16th and Clinton, or get them from me in North Portland. With such a long trip, we want plenty of bike repairing skill, and food donations would be welcome. Please contact me if you're interested or want to help. Anyone who lives between should feel free to join us partway.

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WHO'S A LIAR? 30.08.2003 17:00
The Kids Left Behind
He was going to be the education president, and during the campaign in 2000 he hugged kids from coast to coast, crowing about the education miracle in Texas and promising to spread the Texas model nationwide.

He said he was a different kind of Republican, a man of honor and compassion who would look out for the kids. It was all smoke, of course — photo-ops in a cynical campaign. You knew it was smoke when the "compassionate" George W. Bush put Dick Cheney on the ticket, a former congressman who had voted against funding for Head Start, against subsidizing school lunches and against federal aid for college students. In other words, against kids.

Next week the Senate will take up the education budget proposed for next year by the White House and Senate Republicans. From the perspective of those who are pro-children, it's loaded with bad news. Not only does the bill fall far short of the photo-op promises Mr. Bush made to provide funding for programs to improve public education, but it would actually cut $200 million from the president's very own (and relentlessly touted) No Child Left Behind Act.


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PORTLAND POLICE STATE 29.08.2003 23:27
Ding Dong Kroeker's gone!
text of the letter sent to the mayor: "With profound regret, I am resigning my position as Chief of Police of the Portland Police Bureau. This resignation will be effective October 17, 2003. Although, through your intermediaries, you have asked me for this resignation, I do not feel walking away from the current leadership challenges is best for Portland or the Police Bureau. Had I been given the opportunity to explore this in person with you, I believe we could have collectively produced a positive strategy for addressing the substantial improvements that need to be made to the organization." [ Read more... ]

One down, so many more to go. After more than a year watching the rising police state take over our little town as well as the rest of the nation, we have one small victory. Kroeker, the man who allowed officers to rampage through this city, is finally gone. Yes, we can celebrate for a moment. But let us not be deluded into thinking this is enough. First, consider why he is gone. Why, after all this time? He awarded medals to the officers who murdered Jose Mejia Poot, and he was not asked to resign. (Well, not by Vera, anyway.) Unarmed people were beaten and tortured on his watch. People died in custody under mysterious circumstances. Babies were pepper sprayed by his minions. And still he was not asked to resign. Why now? [ Read more... ]

I wouldn't get too excited about this. Yes, Kroeker is a fascist and his departure is long overdue. Hoorah! But keep in mind that a big reason that he is resigning because his officers think he shouldn't have suspended Kedra James' murderer. They think he is too tough on them if you can believe it. That does not speak well of Portland police officers or police union's concern for addressing the problems in the Police bureau. Also, Vera gets to hire the new police chief, and that is definitely a reason for concern. [ Read more... ]


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FIRST-HAND ACCOUNT 29.08.2003 23:09
Where Critical Mass Goes, Police Harrasment Follows
As we all in a group turned the corner the horn sounded again and a man on a speaker said, "you in the black sweatshirt and backpack stop," so we all did as the police officer seemed to be paying special attention to me.

he got out of his unmarked dark blue car and turn on his lights parking somewhat on the side of the street and pointed at me... "You, come here," so I got off my bicycle and walked over to the officer.

"Am I being detained officer Johnson?" I said name-tag now visible.

"Yes."

"Why am I being detained?"

"Because you failed to stop at a stop sign," said the officer.

"Well why am I the only one being stopped when there are all these people who were riding with me and are not being questioned?" [ Full story ]

[ Original announcement for this Critical Mass ]


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CASCADIA SUMMER 29.08.2003 07:14
The Slice leaves on Healthy Forest Reality Tour
Two guys, a truck and a 440-year-old tree stump set off across the country Aug. 28 on a roadtour to show Americans the growing threats against their National Forests. The tour has been dubbed the "Healthy Forests Reality Tour."

The massive 6-foot diameter stump is all that remains of an ancient tree that was logged at the Mr. Wilson timber sale on the Medford BLM. Such projects could become the norm under the Bush administration, which is pushing the so-called "Healthy Forest Initiative" that would allow damaging logging under the guise of promoting forest health and fire prevention. But it is, in fact, these large old-growth trees that are the most resistant to fire and disease, and that are a critical part of the forest ecosystem and wildlife habitat.

The tree, dubbed the "Shakespeare Tree" because it dated back to the time of Shakespeare during the 1560s, was cut down earlier this year on public land controlled by the Bureau of Land Management.

"It took over four centuries for the tree to reach that size," said Joseph Vaile, one of the drivers taking the stump on the cross-country tour. "It took 20 minutes to cut it down."


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NO WAR BUT THE CLASS WAR 29.08.2003 07:13
Working class vs. middle class
I consider the middle class to be the enemy of the working class because of their general smug indifference and total noncomprehension, as I have experienced it, of working-class problems and issues. I get crap from them like, "Well gee, there are plumbers making $50 an hour." Yes, and plumbers are not working-class, for the simple reason that they make too much money.

Middle-class people, even "progressives," are most often not our allies, because they focus on everything but economic justice. It seems to be a huge blind spot. At its core, politics has always been about the distribution of income in society. If you refuse to make that your main issue, then your politics is impoverished and unreal. "Progressives" and "liberals" have this little bag of issues: environmentalism, abortion, campaign finance reform, minority rights, civil liberties, capital punishment, public education, gun control. I agree with them on all those issues, and have sometimes worked on them, but when I find my life threatened by lack of medical care I get very sick and tired of middle-class progressives and liberals who seem to think that money is somehow irrelevant.
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See also "Working class -- a definition".

"SHOPPING TOWN" - poetry for the class-less
Take a walk through the dying world
every step in step
with every breath
breathing in
signs and symptoms
say what's allowed
On a slow bus
with many stops you see
how small the carrion baggage has become
I work I poor I crazy I whore
Look over there
at all that's left of Poet Town


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FARMWORKERS UNITE! 28.08.2003 21:09
Legislative session ends, farmworkers' rights upheld
During the 2003 legislative session, PCUN worked with numerous allies to defeat a long list of anti-farmworker, anti-immigrant bills, that could have severely limited farmworkers' right to organize, required a valid social security number to get a drivers' license, and allowed police officers to act as immigration officials.

As the legislative session concluded with a last-minute attempt by growers to push a farmworker collective bargaining bill through the legislature, we responded with a quickly organized mobilization on Thursday, August 28, the day after the session ended, holding a press conference and rally to call attention to the failures of the session and the wrongness of using such means to push a bill through the legislature.


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RESISTANCE 28.08.2003 09:03
Peace Camp WE MISS YOU
Props in a huge way to Peace Camp for speaking truth to power, keeping it in the face of the complacent bozos inhabitting that marble shithole known as Vera's palac. Those cretins were too timid (or bought off?) to pass an anti-Iraq war resolution! Like the Argentines said: All of them out!

Peace Camp, though diminished from 5 months of continuous cop harrassment was still holding forth on the sidewalk at City Hall on August 21 when Bush II imposed his vile presence on Cascadia. Thereafter little evidence of its existence is to be found. Where are you Peace Campers? Certainly not jailed? Let us know you are o.k.! Thank you for having infinitely more guts than the clowns inside! And for reminding the beloved public that the war is not over nor is the empire building, and for putting logic on the line against the unconstitutional "sit-lie" criminalization of the poor! Down but not out! Viva Peace Camp! Hip hip hooray! [ Read more... ]

Previous stories about the Peace Camp on portland indymedia (most recent first): [ Portland Police Arrest Sit-Lie Protesters in front of City Hall | Peace Emcampment raided and cleared; Activists vow to continue | City Council Changed the Law to Get Rid of the Peace Encampment | Peace Encampment Rousted | Portland Peace Encampment scheduled to be terminated with-in next 14 hours. | Peace Camp News. Peace camp blues. | City Commissioners Threaten to 'Escalate' City Tactics Against Portland Peace Encampment - Violent Police Raid Predicted | Two More Arrested at Portland Peace Encampment | Portland Police and Homeland Security Raid Peace Camp | Stopped by the Portland Peace Encampment Tuesday | Portland Peace Encampment Update - I'm out!!! | Peace Camp Under Attack | Peace Encampment Busted Again Today | Monday, June 30 - Portland Peace Encampment Gets Their Stuff Back! Police Try To Clear Peace Camp | PDXPE ART 'OPENING' | Portland Peace Encampment speaks to City Council | Handicap Assault at Peace Camp | Police Send Disabled Peace Protestor to Hospital | City turns up the heat on Portland Peace Encampment | May 4th Update on peace camp | City turns up the heat on Portland Peace Encampment | Peace Camp Raid Pictures | Apr 14 Police Raid Portland Peace Encampment | Peace Encampment Needs Well Rested Volunteers | The Latest Police Tactic at Peace Camp | Friday April 11 update -- Encampment still there! | Portland Peace Encampment Given 24 hours Notice by Police | Day 22 - Peace Encampment | 24 hour eviction served (sort of) | Portland Peace Encampment needs YOU! | Portland Peace Encampment Update day 19 | Photos of Closed Terry Shrunk Park | Homeland Security Evicts Portland Peace Encampment | Peace Camp still needs support | Shots Fired Near Portland Peace Encampment | Update: Pictures and report of hit and run | Hit and run at Peace Camp | Kitchen to cook meals for peace campers | peace camp is looking for donations | Peace Park Legalities. Strong Free Speech Right U.S. / Oregon Const. Some Traps | Peace Camp Action Alert! | PEACE PARK LIVES! MAJOR VICTORY! SUPPORT NOW .... TARPS, BLANKETS, SCRABBLE | Portland Peace Encampment releases statement of purpose | Peace Encampment carries on without tents; Shelters forbidden by Homeland Security | peace camp asks for help | Peace Camp update: Still there despite Homeland Security Threats | Peace March to Terry Schrunk Plaza in Solidarity with Peace Encampment | Portland Peace Camp may be evicted ]


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THE TROUBLE WITH LIBERALS, PART XXVIII 28.08.2003 02:23
Response To Norman Solomon - Now is the Time to Say No
My Response To Norman Solomon - "I'm a green. But these days, in the battle for the presidency, I'm not a Green." And what will you be tomorrow, Norman? We can only imagine what we'll all need to become tomorrow if we've already lost hope for today. Solomon does a great job exposing Dean in what he calls Part I of his article posted to Common Dreams today. But then, perhaps he realized that none of the 'progressive' left media would run his negative story on Dean - their idol - if he didn't also add on something to ensure the protection of the Democrats: the trashing of the Green Party.

To Solmon, since Bush is running, it's time to shut down Democracy in order to 'win.' Why? Because Democracy is a threat. But, you might ask, to who? To Bush? No. Democracy is a threat to the Democrats. They can't win on their own, so they need to shut down the Greens and anyone else who is an option besides themselves. Solomon tries to rationalize this by describing it as the problem of the electoral structure in the US. God forbid we shoud look at THAT instead of the small but determined band of individuals in the US who refuse to take corporate money and want to run for office.

And this is interesting, because Solomon also tries to claim that the Greens are no threat to the Democrats. Imagine it. No threat. Guess all those Nader haters were wrong. So why all the fuss then,


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CORPORATE DOMINANCE 28.08.2003 02:15
At the Edge of Chaos. Is Globalization the Root of all Evil?
This article is translated abridged from the German on the World Wide Web. Peter Boelke, 67, is a journalist living in Hamburg. He was economics editor of the weekly Der Spiegel from 1974 to 2001.

What a fantastic world! Thanks to modern communication technology, people are united across all borders. Satellites at a height of 36,000 miles hover over the Equator enabling everyone even in the last corner of the earth to have access to the Internet. Businesses are in contact worldwide with their branches, customers and partners and settle their affairs over the Internet. Employees no longer need to be in the office but can finish their work at home on the computer. The unemployed find a job on the Internet. Everyone can access the total knowledge of the world with a few mouse clicks. The global village opens up unsuspected chances to people. The global marketplace allows the economy to flourish.

This fantastic world is a vision. Everything could be this way. The presuppositions exist. Many national borders, particularly in Europe, fall away or become increasingly permeable. The stream of goods and services often flows more easily. The incredible progress in communication technology has brought people, their institutions and businesses close together in a worldwide network. However the reality doesn't match the vision.

More translations of topical subjects, by local translator Marc Batko: [ Marc Batko Translations ]


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UP FROM THE SKIES 27.08.2003 23:55
painting the sky with mars
i don't know about the rest of you but i've really been feeling mars, though it probably didn't help that i slept out in and under it a few nights ago. and there are sources that feel that it (as well as other planetary alignments) is having an impact on a lot of the stuff that is going on in the world. heres some info that i got in an e-mail on it that is pretty interesting:

MARS PERIHELION AND PERIGEE
At some point during its 25 1/2 month orbit around the zodiac, Mars reaches its minimum distance to the Sun (called "perihelion") and its closest approach to Earth (called "perigee"). The average distance between Mars and Earth is 48 million miles. On August 27th, 2003, Mars will achieve its perigee only 34 million miles away from us, which is nearer to Earth than at any time in the past 60,000 years. Yes, you read that correctly---sixty thousand years! That's long before the dawn of civilization and fully twice as far back as the birth of agriculture, when homo sapiens were still hunter-gatherers living on the grassland savannahs of Africa and in the caves of Europe.

This event qualifies as a Very Big Deal. After this month, Mars won't get closer to Earth until the year 2287, nearly three centuries down the road.


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BIKE FOR TREES 26.08.2003 10:38
Trek for Trees - Sept. 13 & 14
The 5th annual Trek for Trees pledge bike ride is now scheduled for September 13 & 14 (saturday/sunday) leaving at 9:00am. This years ride is called the "Winberry Victory Ride" in honor of the recent success at Winberry following a 4+ year tree-sit and public outreach campaign! We are now focused on defending Straw Devil where we are maintaining multiple tree-sits, as well as Pryor, East Devil, and the Upper North/Warm Springs timber sales.

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BUILDING REVOLUTION 25.08.2003 20:21
EXPANDING STUDENT ACTIVIST PROJECT
The Youth of today [are] our leaders for tomorow, when the monsters of today Kill our planet, someone is going to have to stand up and get up and get organized!
Its up to us.
CALL OUT TO HIGH SCHOOL AND MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS INTERESTED.
FOR MORE INFO
COME TO POTLUCK AT EMS (enviormentle Middle School) THURSDAY THE 28th at 5 pm.

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25.08.2003 15:43
Protest the City's plans for the reservoirs!

3 agenda items are being heard this Wed., 8/27, at 9:30 a.m. at City Hall, related to the City's plan's for destruction and burial of the reservoirs, all of which should be protested. If not attending, you can submit in writing. Submit copies either way, to get them placed on the record. The main message: stop this travesty.


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GRANNY D ROCKS! 24.08.2003 21:24
Granny D speech
Well, you've heard that wonderful Margaret Mead quote about how you should never doubt that a small group of dedicated people can change the world, and that, indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. Well, I think it's time we stopped repeating that quotation and came to some agreement about what we happy few might do over the next five years or so. That is the purpose of my remarks today.

You know, there are two kinds of politics in the world: the politics of love and the politics of fear. Love is about cooperation, sharing and inclusion. It is about the elevation of each individual to a life neither supressed nor exploited, but instead nourished to rise to its full potential--a life for its own sake and so that we may all benefit by the gift of that life. Fear and the politics of fear is about narrow ideologies that separate us, militarize us, imprison us, exploit us, control us, overcharge us, demean us, bury us alive in debt and anxiety and then bury us dead in cancers and wars. The politics of love and the politics of fear are now pitted against each other in a naked struggle that will define not only the 21st Century but centuries to come.

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POLICE STATE 24.08.2003 21:18
redred is free!~~thank-you so much!
Here is the latest statement from redred (Lori Chavez), a Portland anarcha-feminist who was facing felony charges following the Mobilization to Shut Down the Ministers of Agriculture and WTO (Sacramento, CA, mid-June). redred was initially accused of using a slingshot to shoot out the window of a state building during this protest. This translated into a felony Malicious Destruction of Property charge, carrying with it the possibility of up to five years in prison. Thanks to the support of her community and the pressure brought to bear against the District Attorney, redred's lawyer Dean Johansen was able to engineer a deal far more favorable than expected on Friday, August 22nd. Here are redred's comments on the latest developments:

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CASCADIA SUMMER 23.08.2003 18:38
Cascadians investigate Clark Fire at Fall Creek, discover "horrifying" Forest Service 'fire supression' techniques
Last week Cascadians paid a visit to the Clark Fire which burned 5,000 acres near Fall Creek earlier this summer. The area is still off-limits to the public, but we wanted to get a first-hand account of just how bad it was... ...so we quietly hiked in after crossing the stream a ways before the road-block. The forest looked amazingly beautiful... stark contrast to the lush green forests we were used to seeing along Fall Creek, but beautiful nonetheless. Ferns had already begun sprouting back up through the ash. Scorched Doug Firs and cedars sparkled in the sunlight. Many trees were not burned at all, others were lightly blackened by the flames. Some had obviously been swallowed up by the flames, but appeared to be alive. Insects and birds were thriving in the disturbance.

However, in true Forest Service fashion the fire suppression techniques used at Fall Creek were horrifying to say the least. The most depressing scene was an 800-year-old completely healthy Douglas Fir, 7 feet in diameter, felled for no reason - with sap dripping from it like blood. Even trees near water were felled. Scattered throughout the burn area are trees marked with orange flagging, printed with skulls and crossbones and the words "Killer Tree". The tags were often found on large ancient trees that survived the fire. Loggers will be deployed to murder these "killer trees" so they can be "salvaged" for the insatiable appetite of the timber industry.

[ Cascadia Summer ]


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F*** THE CORPORATE MEDIA 23.08.2003 15:44
A21: Who pays for our public services, streets and why doesn't the media tell the truth?
Independent media first given Secret Service Clearance to attend Dubya soriee and then denied access by Portland Police. Portland's KGW/NBC Channel 8 Steve Redin assaults indy videographer, because he had to get his prise-winning shot through a chainlink fence. What does the real media look like? You, me or NBC? Who paid for this propaganza fundraiser and who owns the streets? Lane County Commissioner Peter Sorenson and other elected officials want a true healthy forest and safe communities, while Bush wants old growth timber for his timber wealthy donors.

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