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Sherman Austin, the young man who was railroaded and sentenced to a year in federal prison for having a link to information about making bombs on a website he administrated, needs help from people who care about civil liberties and human rights.
California Senator Dianne Feinstein, author of the sinister legislation under which Austin was prosecuted, has written a misguided letter cheerleading the US DoJ to bring on more such prosecutions.
In the wake of death threats against him by neonazi prison gangs, Austin's supporters are calling on people to denounce Feinstein's coldblooded, ignorant political demagoguery and to demand Austin's transfer to a minimum security facility in his home state, in keeping with his nonviolent record and lack of any prior criminal history. Your letters, faxes, and phone calls are crucial at this time.
Alan Graf said that as a result of a case he's working on [the A22 Bush protest police brutality lawsuit], he's received a death threat. Today on his radio program, Voices from the Edge, which airs on KBOO, Alan Graf told his listeners that he was threatened by a man in a car in his neighborhood. The man told him that he was a liar and that he would be "blown away". Graf said that he was so rattled by the incident that he pondered buying a firearm. He said he wanted to make the incident public, so that everyone would know.
[ hippielawyer.com ]
The US Senate is preparing to vote on misguided wildfire legislation as early as this week! Please contact Senator Wyden after reading the following alert, and share with other concerned citizens as well. HR 1904, the so-called 'Healthy Forests Restoration Act' which was cosponsored by Oregon's Greg Walden (R-Hood River), passed the US House of Representatives last May. Now, the US Senate is poised to take a vote on the bill sometime in September. However, provisions of the destructive logging legislation very likely could appear as amendments to the Senate Interior Approriations bill as early as THIS WEEK
Senator Wyden has been party to the talks with the Administration and sources say a deal may be cut with Wyden, other Democrats and the White House by the end of the week. Please contact Senator Wyden to oppose HR 1904, the so called 'Healthy Forests Restoration Act' and backroom deals to get it passed via the Interior Appropriations bill. Call his offices at 202-224-5244, (Washington, DC), 503-326-7525 (Portland), 503-589-4555 (Salem),541-431-0229 (Eugene), 541-330-9142 (Bend).
Many environmental groups are supporting an alternative: S. 1453, the Forestry and Community Assistance Act of 2003. Sponsored by Senators Leahy and Boxer this bill provides a better approach for responsible fuel reduction around communities.
one thing i must remind everyone... forest fires are NEEDED FOR THE FOREST TO MAINTAIN HEALTH, trying to stop forest fires is basically the worst thing you could do for the long term health of a forest, besides of course cutting it and polluting it... there is NO potential gain from attempting to control fires. Fires help to work nutrients back into the soil, and certain types of trees seeds will not sprout until after a forest fire.. firs and such... So even though the administration is just using (forest fires) as an excuse to try and log the public lands, it is infact a horrible excuse.
Scathing Government Accounting Office Report finds FS budgetary diversions fail to prevent fires and exposes flawed reporting practices | American Lands Alliance | Center for Biological Diversity | www.tidepool.org | Oregon Natural Resources Council | National Call-In Day--start calling NOW!!>>>
I was just informed that my 6th grade Social Studies class' letter about the ZooBomber bike theft incident will be this week's "Letter of the Week" winner in the "Portland Mercury." Also, based on their "news tip," the paper will run a story about the jackboot we're living under. And in addition to this, the "Mercury's" Managing Editor, Mayoral candidate and sympathetic to "The Cause" ace writer Phil Busse has offered to come to my class to talk about local government and city issues.
Will the WWeek follow suit? Of course, it's an "alternative" paper only in the same sense that Wild Oats is an "alternative" food store. In fact, every city in the country has a paper exactly like it; in fact, most are owned by a small group of corporate conglomerates that put out nearly identical products all over the country... (gee, doesn't that sound familiar?).
See also: [ Zoobomber harassment gets press coverage ]
previous stories: [ Letters to editor by 6th graders re: Zoobomber bike theft incident | Update on police theft of ZooBomb bicycles | Followup on ZooBomber's Bike Theft | Portland Police STEAL ZooBomb Bikes ]
The effects of human induced climate change is an area of scientific investigation embroiled in controversy. Some of this controversy is due to the efforts of powerful special interest groups. Some of the controversy is due to the lack of concrete scientific data, which makes the predictions of possible impacts subject to controversy and somewhat speculative. Research into the global warming phenomena reveals only one thing for certain, and that is that the climate is warming (in that temperature has increased about one degree) and that the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere has increased by 30 per cent since the beginning of the industrial revolution, with the biggest increase in temperature and CO2 taking place over the last decades of the twentieth century. These two pieces of data emerge from the controversial debate about climate change as two indisputable facts, and attempts to debunk this data (propaganda that is currently making the rounds that states that 'global cooling is taking place' is found to be based on deliberate falsification of data - the governments of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait are two well known culprits when it comes to funding and propagating misinformation surrounding the issue of global warming and climate change).
An alliance of faith communities and peace and justice groups has been adding cosponsors and endorsers for the next mass action for peace. The theme for their next mobilization against war and occupation is "March and Rally for Peace in the Middle East: Bring the Troops Home!", and will take place on Sunday, September 21st, at 2:00 p.m., starting off at Terry Schrunk Plaza at S.W. 4th and Madison in downtown Portland. While the march route has not yet been finalized, organizers say that they'll be stopping along the way to talk about the different subthemes adopted for this latest demonstration for peace. Issues to be addressed by the event include ending the US military and corporate occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan, ending US support for Israel's occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, protecting civil liberties at home and abroad, and calling for an end to pre-emptive war. For more information, please call Peace and Justice Works at (503) 236-3065.
Event: March and Rally for Peace in the Middle East: Bring the Troops Home!
Date: Sunday, September 21st, 2003
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Place: Terry Schrunk Plaza, S.W. 4th & Madison, downtown Portland
Downloadable flyer at: http://www.rdrop.com/~pjw/sept2103flyer.pdf
In what some would consider an uncharacteristic lapse of judgement, filmmaker Michael Moore is urging General Wesley Clark to run for president on the Democratic ticket [ story ]. Posters to Portland Indymedia were quick to provide Mr. Moore and Indymedia readers with an education on Clark's abyssmal record, and posted a series of comments (in the same story) exposing Clark for what he is: a war criminal and opportunistic careerist. In response to this investigative work, one commenter wrote: "if the above was true Moore would not be urging Clark to run". But another commenter replies, "...Or... Michael Moore didn't do his homework. Portland Indymedia did."
Independent journalist Lloyd Hart posted an article in which he called Clark "Clinton's Wrecking Ball" and wrote: "There's absolutely no possible way General Wesley Clark can unite the Democratic big tent while operating out of the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC) pup tent that Bill Clinton pitched with his presidency and win the election for the simple fact that this man used the Powell doctrine on Kosovo." Hart also criticizes presidential contender Howard Dean for ignoring the reality of the race as it is being molded by the corporate media: "The corporate media allowed Governor Dean immense amounts of positive media coverage in the set up in which the corporate media plans to knock Governor Dean down to the corporate media's predetermined size, setting up a right wing democratic candidate to lose against Bush." [ story ]
On Sept. 16, Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting put out a press release that spells out and documents the corporate media's mischaracterization of Clark: "[W]hile recent coverage of Clark often claims that he opposed the war with Iraq, the various opinions he has expressed on the issue suggest the media's 'anti-war' label is inaccurate." [ story ] (Now if only they would give this much attention to the 9/11 cover-up!)
Weighing in at the radical infoshop.org, Marko takes Michael Moore to task point-by-point. Marko writes: "The Moore argument then becomes this; only Wesley Clark, because he is a "GENERAL", can (supposedly) beat Bush therefore he must be supported. In other words the peace movement must vote for a Bush clone because only the Bush clone can beat Bush... It will be very interesting to see which sectors of the peace movement will fall behind this shameful policy. For instance Michael Albert of Znet has already called for the support of whoever is the Democratic candidate in marginal areas. If it is the objective of the peace movement to oppose and end the unjust occupation of Iraq, then how can it support a candidate that seeks to escalate the occupation?" [ pdx indy post | infoshop post ]
Last, but not least, DJ Shadow writes that Moore only "wants your money", and lists the cost of attending Moore's upcoming speech in Portland: "Individual tickets are just $29, or $20, or $15 for the crappy seats. Tables [for activist groups wanting to table] cost anywhere from $100 to $250." [ story ]
The hyperactive but vacuous coverage of the race for the presidency we have been witnessing lately -- from the artificial elevation of Dean to the breathless speculation around Clark -- reveals once again the shallowness of Democratic Party politics and the uselessness of U.S. corporate media. Presidential politics have become a game to be followed like the World Series or the spring basketball play-offs; at least in sports some honest skill is often required to win.
See also: [ Short Memories: Wesley Clark, War Criminal ]
One of the members of the Infernal Noise Brigade was convicted in our recent trial in Portland. Jenna Barrett's sentencing is this Friday at the Multanomah County Courthouse. Due to the very recent trial and our attendance of the actions in Cancun against the WTO, very few Brigadeer's will be able to be there to support her in person. Although we greatly apprectiate the attendance by the few PDX'ers who were there for the trial, we were somewhat disappointed by the lack of turnout by Portland's community. Especially, as we supposedly have a large fan base/support for what we do down there. I fear that the band's decisions as to whether or not to play future events in PDX will be affected by the apparent lack of support for us down there. Please turn that opinion and our string of bad experiences in your fine city around by coming out to show your support!
Cat And Mouse on The Streets Of CancunAt 1pm on the final day of WTO talks... a group of about twelve stepped out onto the road insisting that they were going to walk through the zone to various bars and cafes on the other side of the Conference Centre. Merely stepping into the road alerted the security services and the police that something was up... after half an hour or so they finally penned all activists into cages surrounded by police [image] on the road and negotiations for their release began - to be quickly interrupted by another small group of activists lying in the road blocking more traffic... And then the announcement came: The Kenyans had walked out of the talks and the 5th ministerial of the WTO had collapsed! The Kenyan delegate had only good things to say about the street actions including "If it was not for the protestors outside on the street, we would not have been able to shut down these talks"... Cancun News and Analysis from Inter Press Service / Analisís y noticias desde Cancún por Servicio InterPress After five days of squabbling, world trade talks in Mexico collapsed abruptly on Sunday amid demands by poor countries that agricultural subsidies in the EU and the U.S. should be eliminated. Learn about what went wrong and what next in IPS. Developing Countries Pull Out, WTO Talks Collapse Social movements celebrated victory Sunday afternoon as the 5th Ministerial meeting of the WTO collapsed when the developing countries, led by Afican delegates, walked out. Through an unprecedented alliance, backed by worldwide protests, developing countries achieved near equal footing in this week´s meeting while rich countries failed to impose their will.
I started thinking about writing this piece of work when I was, as I often do, pondering the failings of the British anarchist movement. I was brought up on a council estate In Oldham. I had an intense class-consciousness and plenty of class hatred. My early beliefs were directly based on my experiences, not what I read in books. I could see what work did to my parents. My dad was an engineer fitter. My mum did several shop assistant jobs. From an early age I could calculate just how many unpleasant hours my parents put in at work to pay for any of the commodities they bought. They are both fucked up physically before they are 65 years old because they are working class.
The Sept 11th West Beaverton Association meeting was the third small public meeting to dicuss the OHSU proposal to build a bio-terrorism lab in Hillsboro at their Primate Center. Some new information was presented.
Barbara Shadrick, NIAID's (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) Senior Contracting Officer in charge of this contract said that because BSL-4 labs are so scarce and costly, it would be NIH's policy to make the lab available to scientists from other federal agencies and departments, including the Department of Defense, to do research requiring BSL-4 facilities for their own projects. The CIA has conducted what was at the time secret bio-weapons research.
OHSU will only be managing the day to day running of the lab, while the oversight of research priorities and projects is jointly under the control of the Department of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services.
Report from the Aug 13th meeting
One person also said that: "I am very concerned that OHSU tried to brush off the fact that these actions both violated their protocol and the law. If they are going to ignore such a violation as somehow unimportant because it is only deadly to people with 'weakened immune systems', why ever should they be trusted with more deadly diseases?"
Report from the July 28th meeting
On Monday July 28, about 65 people attended a public meeting to talk about OHSU's proposals to build bio-terrorism labs. The meetings was in Hillsboro sponsored by the Citizen Participation Organization (CPO) #9
Bio-Science: To What End?
The U.S. Government has a long and fruitful history of tapping into academic expertise. The atomic bomb was a joint effort of academicians and the military. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has long had strong ties to Universities. It is through DARPA that technologies were developed that led to the M-16 rifle, the F-117 fighter, the B-2 stealth bomber and the Strategic Defense Initiative (to name but a few). Here is a quote from their web page:
"DARPA has a strategic thrust in the life sciences called "Bio-Revolution." This thrust is a comprehensive effort to harness the insights and power of biology to make U.S. warfighters and their equipment stronger, safer, and more effective. It stems from several developments:
[ nobioterrorlab.org website | 'Stop the UCD Biolab' website | Previous Feature- Website launch - No Bio-terrorism lab at OHSU | From Portland Alliance- Controversy Grows Around Proposed OHSU Bio-terrorism Lab | meeting announcement ]
At the 5th annual 9-11 Power to the Peaceful Free Concert and Social Justice Rally, over 30,000 people attended and the 9-11 activists passed out thousands of flyers, the 9-11 [investigation]table was very popular and the issues championed were finally echoed by the main speakers on stage.
That evening, the documentary by GNN- Aftermath- Unanswered Questions from 9-11 was shown at the Parkway Theatre to a full house (175 people), followed by a public dialogue with Guerrilla News Network producer, Ian Inaba, journalist Joyce Lynn, and myself [Carol Brouillet].
Most other 9-11 events- in New Hampshire, Toronto, New York, Germany, reported full houses, tremendous public interest, and there were a smattering of breakthroughs into the alternative and mainstream press. I continue to believe that 9-11 is the Achilles Heel of the Global Elite and that exposing it could bust the "War Game" once and for all, helping us to shift human energies from killing and controlling people and planet to nurturing healthy relationships between all life.
This model of suddenly reaching the threshold and then going through sudden, surprising, non-linear climate change seems to me to be the best explanation for what is currently happening to the world's climate. The forests of the United States are extremely unhealthy, and this is so obvious that trees have been moved to the top of the Republican Agenda in White House (right up there with the Iraq war, and the reason is obvious, if you look down on America from space, and study all the drought indicators). Now there is some spin doctoring occuring here, and some butt covering as well, for when devestating forest fires occur, it can be blamed on those 'damned tree huggers' who wouldn't let us 'thin the forests'. Actually forest thinning is not the solution, espcially given the enormous size of that unhealthy ecosystem (according to my back of the napkin calculation, given current stats, if you start now you might get done by the end of the century). Furthermore, tree huggers are not the source of the problem, rather climate change is the source of the problem, since if your trees were healthy they wouldn't be in danger of burning to the ground like they are now. Even a one degree warming of the Pacific results in catastrophic droughts in the American Western Forests. Even supposing you could 'thin trees' that wouldn't even come close to addressing the real problem with your unhealthy forests.
WTO Meetings collapse Almost an hour after the official announcements from the developing countries the jubilant atmosphere within the convention center is continuing. Delegates and NGO representatives are regarding this as a victory of the developing world and many can be found embracing each other with teary eyes. Manifestaciones Cancun contra la OMC / Cancun WTO Protests News From The Streets in Cancun / Noticias desde las calles de Cancun Inside Castle Gray Skull, Last Minute Fights Over WTO Ministerial Text The draft text that was released yesterday has been strongly condemned by third world countries and NGO's. Late last night a number of countries were brought in to a late night green room meeting which started sometime after midnight and lasted about 5 hours. The US and EU are trying to break down the G21's resistance and tear apart the coalition which has been keeping the negotiations focused on Ag and Development issues. Unidad para derribar la fortaleza / Unity Brings Down the Fortress La OMC a punto de colapsar / WTO talks on verge of collapse El vocero de la OMC Keith Rockwell esta realizando una conferencia de prensa en donde ha confirmado que solamente un acuerdo de ultimo momento puede salvar la conferencia ministerial. WTO spokesperson Keith Rockwell is currently holding a press conference during which he confirmed that only a last minute compromise can save the Ministerial Conference.
That should get the attention of the Joint Terrorism Task Force. No revolution here, just riding real fast (bombing) down-hill into Downtown Portland from the top of the hill near the Zoo. Tonight let's try to set another record for the most riders participating in a ZooBomb! Can we get more than 120?
[We will] need trucks to haul bikes up the hill because there are not enough Max trains to get us all up there without breaking the rules about # of bicycles allowed on each train? Want to show that you are not afraid of having your bike stolen because a police officer "found" it. "The day I quit riding my bike will be the day they pry my cold, dead hands from the handlebars"
Remember, we meet at Rocco's Pizza (pronounced rocko's, by the way) the corner of 10th and SW Oak at 8 PM and then start leaving in "waves". [ Read More ] [ http://www.zoobomb.org ]
The grassroots supporters of Dennis Kucinich have opened an office in Portland. Northern Oregon supporters of presidential candidate Dennis J. Kucinich (D-Ohio) are moving their internet-enabled, grassroots campaign into a Portland office and volunteer center effective September 13. The address is 1420 SE 37th Ave., a half block North of Hawthorne. The campaign volunteers can be reached at 503 232-8201. The new office will be staffed by volunteers on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Wednesdays from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Expanded hours will be announced soon.
Congressman Kucinich is running for president on a platform that includes universal healthcare through a single-payer, jobs creation, reduced Pentagon spending, opposition to the "Patriot Act" and an exit strategy from the unilateral occupation of Iraq. [ Read More ] [ Background information: Kucinich on the issues | Kucinich on jobs | Meetup | Northern Oregon Campaign ]
Saturday, September 13, 2003 people gathered at Holladay Park near Lloyd Center to express their dissatisfaction with the World Trade Organization and show support for those protesting the WTO MInisterial happening this week end in Cancun Mexico. This report consists of two 6 minute audio files from that rally.
After opening remarks by Laurie King, of Portland Jobs with Justice, Barbara Dudley spoke ecstatically about what is taking place inside the conference halls in Cancun. Apparantly, 21 of the developing countries have presented an alternative proposal, focusing on Agriculture and Investments. Countries include Brazil, South Africa, Venezuala, India, China, Pakistan, the Philippines, with Egypt just recently joining. This is the first time countries other than the Developed nations have submitted proposals. Great News! Well, not maybe for George Bush and the global free trade agenda.
Join NW Resistance Against Genetic Engineering to protest GE ingredients at Safeway this Sunday [Sept 14]! We will be handing out information at the Safeway on 28th and Hawthorne from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Help us educate consumers about what's in their food and pressure Safeway to remove all GE ingredients from their store brand products (including Safeway Select and Lucerne). As part of the GE Free Markets Coalition, we were able to pressure Trader Joe's to remove GE ingredients from their store brand, and with your help we can succeed with Safeway. [ Read More ] [ NW RAGE ]
As the sun set, drums and torches gathered in the park for a raucous march through the streets of Cancun. It was fast, fun and somewhat frustrating. As more than 1,000 people approached the barricade, "leaders" steered the march away and back towards town. A Pizza Hut was tagged and smashed up along the way...but in all, it seemed like the boundless energy of the march was squandered. In the end, the day seemed an appropriate way to celebrate September 11th...in vigil for fallen comrades, no love for the USA. [ Read More ] [ Cascadia Media Collective | Cancun Indymedia | Gallery | WTO Solidarity in Portland - pics | a lost "Hopi Survival Guide" ] [ UPDATES FROM CANCUN INDYMEDIA: wto, us, cancun | CJSF Daily News Report 9/13/03 on the WTO Cancun Ministerial | Interview with Starhawk | Not in our name: Steven Shrybman speaks on GATS and the Canadian resistance to privatization - part1 / part 2 | El Huracán llega a Tijuana | Testimonio sobre l'impacto de Plan Puebla Panama en Oaxaca | Statement of the International Indigenous Peoples' Caucus | Queremos entrar a toda costa | Cancún: mujeres abriendo vallas ]
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