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Blue Mountains Biodiversity Project (BMBP) has asked that we pass on a series of timber sale field checking opportunities that volunteers are needed for. Give them a call at 541-385-9167 to express your interest. Be sure to call in advance far enough for someone to call you back, since they are in the field a lot. Also be aware that the later you come, the more likely it is we will encounter snow.
This is a great way to learn about eastern Oregon forest ecology and genuinely help stop massive timber sales in both green forest and burned areas. BMBP has a great record of busting law-breaking federal agencies and stopping destructive logging, but they really need volunteers to walk the ground and the timber sales are typically much larger than those found in western Oregon. [ Here are the dates ]
Wow . . . has anyone seen the new Nike-donated U of O marching band uniforms? The attached pic was in this morning OREGONIAN. 1950s motorcycle-type helmets, padded shoulders, leather boots . . . these guys look like BOY TOYS.
The article says that the new uniforms are meant to make the marching band look "like ferocious road warriors". The uniform includes "1940s and 50s motorcycle-style helmets . . . motorcycle-style boots . . . bad-boy wraparound sunglasses . . . green pants and jackets with lightning yellow trim . . . suspendered pants . . . denim-like exposed seams and a Nike swoosh on the right hip pocket."
Curious about what others think . . .
Earlier this year, a handful of us from NEFAC took our activity a step beyond supporting the struggles of others, and set out to organize our own workplace. For the first time in nearly seventy years anarchist militants would be at the forefront of a class struggle in the Boston area, successfully leading a campaign for unionization using explicitly anarchist strategies, tactics, and methods of organizing.
I consider my politics far to the right of most of the people on this website, but I have to admit that Kucinich has the best heath care ideas of any of the candidates running. But even he can't seem to bring himself to tell people that a National single payer system like they have in Europe won't be cheap, and everyone especially the middle class will have to spend more of their money to pay for it.
I'm believe this because every other country that has national health care system taxes their citizens at a much higher rate than does the US. And not just the rich. The EU has a 17.5 VAT or sales tax on everything (except food in some countries). Most have a minimum income tax of 35%, and it goes all the way up to over 80%. Not to mention $5 a gallon gas. Plus, there is not million dollar law suits by people for medical malpractice. If you become disabled due to negligence you get a pension that is about 90% plus of your original salary, and the doctor may have to find another line of work, but there is no such thing has "Pain and Suffering" money.
I believe that if some politician just stood up one time and said "I will work with congress to allow you to have a national health care system, but you get what you pay for, and its not going to be cheap, but it will be affordable, and it will be better than what you have now, because everyone will be covered, and nobody will be treated any better or any worse, because of their financial status." People would respect that and vote for that person.
It seems to me that every politician (republican/democrat/green, etc) in this country wants to promise the moon, but tell you he is going to stick it to someone else to pay for it. Usually the target the politician says he will hang the bill on is always widely unpopular with the politician's audience. And that is a pretty childish and unrealistic way of looking at things when you think about it.
I realize that politicians spend a lot of time talking to their core audiences and throw them "Red Meat", but for once I would like to hear one just be honest. Even if I don't like what I hear, I would respect them a lot more.
I'm will to pay my 17.5% sales tax, my 50% income tax, and my $5 for gas, if I can get the same benefits as the EU countries have.
The other night I got the thrill of hearing Michael Moore live. Portland was the 25th city in a 39 city tour to promote his new book "Dude, Where's My Country?" I, along with 10,000 other folks cheered this unlikely hero onto the stage. I'll share just a few of the themes he talked about, but first let me quash a report being put out by the local media and by Lars Larson (an ultra conservative talk show host here in Portland Oregon)....
What is being reported is that Michael Moore gave Lars Larson's cell phone number to the audience and that Lars has been being harassed and receiving "death threats" from anonymous callers. The reality is that Mr. Moore did not give out Larson's cell phone number (at least not all of it), and that somone in the audience actually gave the cell phone number to Moore. To the best of my memory having witnessed the whole thing, Michael Moore stated the area code, the prefix and (inadvertantly I believe) the last digit of the phone number. If people are calling and threatening Larson, it is NOT because Michael Moore gave them the number.
He talked at some length about the US being the only nation in a long list of nations that "pisses" on their poor. He argued that one of the fundamental differences between the US and Canada is that Canadians have drilled into their bones that all Canadians are Canadian - they are in the same boat. What happens to one of them is perceived as happening to all of them. Therefore it is unthinkable to let people "fall through the cracks." This is far different that the individualistic , "me me me" of the US.
Michael Moore argued that the Democratic party keeps edging to the right because that is where they seem to think that the public is; however, that the public is actually very liberal on social issues (from aid for the poor, to a woman's right to choose, to concerns about the environment).
He argued that "the right" is aware of this shift in the masses and that is why they are so angry... He argued that the angry roar from the right was the roar of a "dying dinosaur." It is in this context that Lars Larson received a phone message from the 10,000 assembled to hear Moore.
Overall, Michael Moore pushed the crowd to engage in our democratic process and to reclaim the country. He feels that it is critical that we do so, and that we need to act now - not wait until after the Democrats have chosen which "horse" they will run. He did say that all of us should be running for office from precinct captains up...The evening was much more than a book tour presentation by a popular author. It was a call to arms
Susan Detlefsen to prosecute the state for its incompetent, abusive handling of her daughter's child welfare case. Detlefsen's teenage daughter was taken into involuntary state custody because of an aspirin overdose. After the daughter was taken into custody, allegations of child abuse and neglect were fabricated by the state against Ms. Detlefsen with the apparent intention of keeping the daughter in custody and qualifying for federal dependency funding. Susan Detlefsen has been prosecuting the state since she discovered the fraud and abuse. On October 27 she will reveal how the mental health community is collaborating with SOSCF to destroy families in Oregon.
Rally and demonstration following Detlefsen hearing. Exposure of widespread and ongoing child welfare fraud and abuse in Oregon, and elsewhere. Music by entertainer and government abuse victim Patsy Child, featured speakers, miscellaneous family abuse stories.
Jafar Saidi, a political prisoner in Huntington Maximum Security Prison in Pennsylvania.
3-30-03: Since we live in an age in which silence is not only criminal but suicidal, we have been making as much noise as we can here in the "belly of the beast." Others are quick to remind us that probably any sound is an exercise in futility, yet we must let no opportunity pass. We must speak out and speak the truth. In fact imprisonment and conditions in prison, including the constant reminder of our isolation, are intended to drive a political prisoner into a position where he or she feels that they are completely forgotten; reducing us to a position where we finally say: "The people have forsaken me, why should I sacrifice myself for them?" For political prisoners, the act of breaking through the walls of grey silence and attempting a symbolic link with the outside world is an act of resistance. And resistance, even at the level of asserting one's rights, of maintaining one's ideological beliefs in the face of any systematic onslaught, is in fact the only way a political prisoner can maintain his or her sanity and humanity. Resistance is the only means of survival for those of us who are here because of our struggle against the injustice. But this is not an easy task, since the primary purpose of our jailers is to silence us and keep us forgotten, isolated and away from the struggles in this society.
So here I sit in the Huntingdon State Prisons Maximum Security isolation unit resisting the only way I can... As I write, the people of Iraq are being subjected to intense bombing and a military invasion by King George's "coalition of the willing." Of course in a few years the truth will come out, ...but by then, thousands, possibly hundreds of thousands more Iraqis will have been killed, and the truth, once again, will be irrelevant.
Or maybe not. Possibly the increasing numbers of people who have lived through the surreal events of the last few months, and witnessed the brutal realities of this war, will remember them despite the weight of dis-information. Perhaps many (the next time America is attacked as it was on September 11th) will understand why some people are driven to such a desperate act against a global and hegemonic rogue state.
Our determined principled opposition is encouraging and is the clearest, best sign of this nation's potential health. And though we prisoners are prevented by our chains from joining with you physically, we are nonetheless with you in spirit and applaud your efforts. For as long as we allow millions to be slaughtered in our name, we will never feel sufficiently human, sufficiently worthwhile, to become responsible for ourselves, our leaders, our country, our children, or our fate, we will die as our fathers and mothers have died, in their delusions.
Likewise only a handful of you in this vast country are aware that the fate intended for us political prisoners and for the numberless prisoners in this country's concentration camps is a fate, which is about to engulf you, too. We are the victims of a system whose only fuel is greed, whose only god is profit... And if we know, and do nothing, we are worse than the murderers hired in our names. And as victims of this country's fascist terror we need to arm ourselves with unity, which is the greatest menace to bigotry and fascism.
--POWER TO THE PEOPLE--
By Mumia Abu-Jamal
- Wednesday, 22 October 2003 - What everybody knows, after the mass protests that were held in cities around the earth over a year ago, is that the forces of the U.S. government could care less about the popular protests that shook the planet.
They could care less because they do not serve the interests of the people, but the privileged; they do not serve the many; they serve the few. They serve Wall Street; Petroleum Row; Haarken Oil and Halliburton. In their heart of hearts, 'democracy' is a dirty word. Those who dared to lie to the American people to start a needless war, could care less that there are millions of people who oppose it. That's why they chose the vehicle of fear, the spectre of 'terrorism', to justify the Iraq attack, when every schoolchild now knows that the Baghdad government had nothing to do with the events of 9-11.
But the Bush Regime has used that fear; that anxiety; that sense of being under attack, to stoke the fires of war, and now the U.S. is involved in building and protecting a colony in the heart of the Middle East. That's why it isn't enough to simply say, "Bring the Troops Home", as some have said. For to do so only means, 'bring them home today, to unleash them on some other unsuspecting people tomorrow.'
That is a recipe for postponing war, not ending it.
War is indeed, big business, but it is more than that; it is a social tool by which governments have always mobilized larger social forces for their political ends. The ends of government? What it has always been -- power
I arrived at the South Park by Salmon Street at about 3:45. Michael D. and company were just setting up tables and a couple of speakers. As I was I walking up the steps. Michael was talking to Commander Sizer, and Officer Meyers. I sat down to wait. It was raining slightly. Not too many people were around yet. I was talking to a friend as people began to arrive. The police began to accumulate too; first it was just Sizer, Meyers, and a bicycle cop. More black clad people began to arrive. The rain increased. The police accumulated. By 4:10 PM there were about 50 black clad citizens waiting. I saw mounted police, bycycle police and the truck with the robocops swung by once.
Michael introduced the first speaker, I didn't catch his name. He taunted the police, making remarks about "Good cop, bad cop." He spoke of his problems with police overreaction during the august 21st visit By George II, and how he was arrested by police in a related protest later that month. He joked about how a Christian fundamentalist had tried to convince him that Christians needed to "form and alliance" with anarchists. [ Read more... ]
Poem about oct22 anti police brutality march by Stew Albert
previous reporting/commentary: "heavily guarded march up main?"
I was enjoying what I consider the perfect Portland night--a late night jaunt up Mt. Tabor on my single speed bike. On the way home I was cruising down Hawthorne, through a green light at 50th, when Radio City cab #24 jumped out into Hawthorne, almost hitting me. The driver was, surprise surprise, gabbing on his cell phone. I gave him a disapproving look. No finger; no yelling (an amazing demonstration of self-restraint for someone who grew up on the East Coast). Anyway, he then barreled out into Hawthorne and swerved into my path, almost hitting me again (and raving into his rear view mirror as only an unbalanced white man behind the wheel of a car can do).
Anyway, I called the cab company and registered a complaint, though I said I was not asking for him to be fired (as I am a working man myself), but only asked that they explain to him that bikes are vehicles that merit the same rights as any other vehicles on the road. Will it make any difference? Shit, I don't know.
At the micheal Moore speaking thing, the crowd of 10,000 person's called Lars, hoping to get him on the phone...sadly, lars did not answer in person, but his home answerring machine message gave out his personal cell phone #... please call and pester his stupid ass. 503-351-8886
One commenter stated: This episode shows what a gutless, classless piece of garbage Michael Moore is. Ditto for some of his followers. Hey Suave, how would you like it if we posted your phone # for all the right-wingers to harass you? One of the callers actually phoned in a death threat. He will soon be getting a visit from the cops. Why? Because Lars has caller ID, that's why! You have put yourself in the same cesspool as Randall Terry and Operation Rescue. Proud of yourself? You want a torrent of obscene phone calls at 2 in the morning? Don't worry. Lars isn't going to publish your home phone number. He has more class than that.
But another commenter added: Lars Larson is one of the untouchable icons of the local slough of conservative facists, and he finally got what he deserved... After years of sexist, racist, elitist mud slinging, I think suffering through a night of prank calls is the least he deserves... I can only recommend that people continue to harass this hate-monger, and hopefully, one day, he'll go away... As Moore said, Portland is revered around the country for being a haven for liberals/progressives/socialists/anarchists, and we all need to let these oilguzzling/treechopping/psycho/hillbilly/nazis know that their city sanctioned, police protected, reign of terror will no longer go without consequence...
For over a decade, NW citizens have insisted that the U.S. Government build a facility to safely remove and treat the 53 million gallons of nuclear waste currently stored in decaying underground tanks at Hanford. Now, progress is being made on construction of a "vitrification plant" to turn the liquid waste into glass - - and PROTECT THE COLUMBIA RIVER. It is very important for those of us who live downstream of Hanford to attend tomorrow's roundtable and voice our concerns about what will be happening at this plant that presently houses 53 million gallons of waste.
Hanford Watch & Hanford Information Network sponsor their annual forum on cleaning up Hanford's underground nuclear waste tanks -- the most critical cleanup issue at Hanford.
Yesterday (Oct. 22nd) three defendants in the Borg timber sale protests that occurred August 30th 2002, were found "not guilty" on all charges. With the decision made by federal district judge Garr King proclaiming that the u.s.f.s. had violated regulations in accordance with the National Forest Policy Act, the acquittal of these three seems even more appropriate.
Lesley Krueger-McElhatton and John Felsner, who were both charged with "Interference with agricultural operations", were found not guilty by Judge Van Dyke in Clackamas county court. Kruegers and Felsners charges had been reduced from criminal misdeameanors to criminal violations earlier this year during their arraignments. Due to the reductions in their charges, neither were entitled to a jury trial in which the state would have to prove its case "beyond a reasonable doubt". Stu Sugarman, the defendants attorney, attempted to file a motion which would grant the defendants a jury trial or acquittal. Mr. Sugarman's arguement was because Krueger and Felsner had been arrested, read Miranda Rights, booked and detained in Clackamas county jail, they were still entitled to the same rights as someone charged with a criminal misdeameanor, regardless of the subsequent reduction. Mr. Sugarman cited statutes and past cases which supported his arguement , all to no avail.
Matthew Ritzinger was charged with "Interference with agricultural operations" and "Disorderly conduct". If he'd been convicted on both counts, Ritzinger could have done up to 18 months in Clackamas county jail. Drew Chilton, who was representing Ritzinger, elected to not call any witnesses, implying that the states case was to weak to get a conviction. The tactic proved to be the right one! [ Read more... ]
background: [ Forest Activist Legal Update (23 dec. 2002) | URGENT-Forest Activists Under Attack!! (27 sept. 2002) | New Road Blockades at Borg Timber Sale (30 aug. 2002) | Photos of Borg | info on borg timber sale from BARK | cascadia forest alliance ]
Something about this story isn't right. Here is another black person killed during a "routine traffic stop". The corporate media story says the officer couldn't have fired the deadly shot to the mans head. Did they see the autopsy report? The investigators say a gun may have discharged when the car crashed, or Homsombath took his own life. And the bullet just went into his head and killed him? I think the community should definite ask some questions about this incident.
A comment posted to this story:
They are probably lying now about murdering this man in North Portland. It just seems to be what they do in this city LIE LIE LIE. Until I hear and see real evidence that this man shot himself in the head or that he fired shots at the police I will continue to believe that the police murdered this man. My guess is that there is no such evidence.
I do not trust one word they say. They have a lot to gain by this cover up. The community has everything to lose.
Documents are publicly available that detail vulnerabilities in electronic voting machines manufactured by the Diebold Corporation. Diebold has been sending cease and desist letters to internet service providers (ISPs) that host the documents or links to them. Numerous Indymedia servers have been targeted by Diebold in its campaign to suppress this critical information.
Indymedia will defend its right to post internal memos and documents detailing vulnerabilities in electronic voting machines manufactured by the Diebold Corporation. The documents were made publicly available, and subsequently reported by writer Bev Harris on her websites blackboxvoting.com and blackboxvoting.org.
The vast information contained in these documents is still being investigated by top computer scientists and researchers, but a set of widely circulated internal memos detail Diebold's flippant disregard of test runs, accuracy audits, and security for its voting machines. System tests (much like a dress rehearsal) are often required by local election laws--Diebold memos mention how they simply changed the name "memory test" to "***System Test Passed***" as if the machine performed a self audit. The memos also say how Diebold installed new versions of the voting software that were left untested.
Their election results are not secure, as evidenced by this comment in one email regarding the "contents" (i.e. the votes) of the e-voting machines: "Now, where the perception comes in is that its right now very *easy* to change the contents. Double click the .mdb file." Diebold's Republican executives have touted e-voting as a solution to the punchcard voting systems that scandalized Florida in 2000. In fact, this evidence of security and reliability flaws raises serious questions about this "solution" to election woes in the US.
Anyone who thinks that delaying a decision until after the election is in the best interests of Multnomah County voters is either a "Citizen Against The Government Takeover" or deluded. A clarification would have helped voters better understand the actual ramifications of weighing in on the measures in question. Opponents of the measures, who continue to air misleading and damaging commercials, don't want you to understand that one of these measures has absolutely NO tax ramifications and the other, only a small one-time fee and not a continuing property tax burden.
Portland Communique, in a message posted on its site (October 20) reported:
At that point, Woloshin (in legal parlance termed an "intervenor" -- the other intervenor in the case being the State of Oregon) filed an appeal. More or less concurrently, the County -- the actual defendant in the case -- also filed an appeal and asked for an emergency stay of Haggerty's order.
Woloshin is a professional, accomplished, high-profile PR flak for the "Citizens". Real citizens with a conscience don't mind the truth; PGE and Pacific Power realize that the court-ordered clarification does not serve as well as innuendo. They are all about saving themselves (which is understandable) at all costs and nothing more. Woloshin is, no doubt, being well paid for her efforts.
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On October 12th, folks went with BARK to visit the Juncrock Timber Sale in the Mt. Hood National Forest. We went to see first hand what healthy stands of forest the Barlow Ranger District wants to log in the name of eradicating Indian Paint fungus and other natural diseases. It is critical that the Forest Service hear from as many of us as possible that we don't want this splendid eastside forest logged. When the comment period is over, the Forest Service will render a final decision, so now is your chance to make a difference!
COMMENT DEADLINE: MONDAY, OCT. 27!
Your calls are urgently needed into the Senate as the deal on HR 1904, the so-called "Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003" is soon to be brought to the Senate floor (Call in script below). This call-in day is perfectly timed, and we hope that everyone can make calls. It is critical that every Senator be educated on the issue and hears from us! We need to keep the pressure on our Senators so that they continue to oppose Bush's HR 1904, or to change their minds if they are currently a supporter of Bush's plan. The Senators are listening, and even starting to question the new version of the bad bill.
Let your Senator know that the negotiated Senate deal would still implement the Bush Administration's "Healthy Forests Initiative" and is strikingly similar to the House passed version of HR 1904. Although the language in parts of the Senate version has been changed, there are many loopholes in the deal that render the negotiated changes hollow.
You can call your Senator toll-free to DC at: 1-800-648-3516 OR 1-800-839-5276 OR (202) 224-3121
Still No PUD Ballot Clarification Ads - Write Steve Duin!
ime is running out. PUD ballots have been in the hands of voters for four days now and the federally mandated advertising correcting misleading wording has not yet appeared, although it should have been published beginning on Sunday. Let's get to the bottom of this and make some noise. Write Steve Duin at the OREGONIAN! [ Read more... ]
Recall The Ballots . . . Federal Court Ad Directive Isn't Enough
Anybody who cares about their power bill (and reliability) ought to get some "door-hangers" and canvas their neighborhood
Go down to 232 NE 9th (9th and Everett). (It's being run out of the democratic party HQ) between 2-6 pm tomorrow. Get yourself a map and 250-500 flyers. Then go meet the neighbors. You will find 80% of folks to be very supportive. But we've got to remind them to vote!
For your own sake get off the couch! [ Read more... ]
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We left about the usual time. As we headed North on Broadway, I noticed a man across the street was giving us the good old thumbs-down sign. I was carrying a "He lied, they died sign" I held it up just in case he hadn't quite gotten the idea yet.
A little later, a man with a "Support Israel" sign started following the group. There was some discussion back and forth, but nothing serious. We turned up toward Nike for our usual stop.
A man approached me as we crossed one intersection. He asked me "How do you know?" and pointed toward my sign ("He lied, They died".)
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