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How are you doing George? I'm back. But then when I wrote the last letter (part 1) I told you I'd be writing again. If you ember when I closed the last letter I asked you what your definition of freedom and democracy were. Never did get a response, but then I never really expected to get one either, so no real disappointment there. Besides, judging by your speeches and your press secretaries news conferences, I have a pretty good idea of what they are.
At any rate, on with the letter. Some of this might not make sense to you George. And you might not understand some of this either. It would have been a lot easier for you to understand and relate to if you would have been willing to meet your obligations when in the Texas Air National Guard; if you would have gone to Vietnam when your unit was called up instead of going AWOL for over a year. But, here goes anyway.
Tuesday Dec. 9 at 7pm at the Red and Black Cafe (2138 SE Division).
A night of acoustics with:
$4.00 donation requested at the door
for more info e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
This thursday hear a report back from a Portland Anarchist person of Color who went to miami.
Many APOCs came together in Miami to protest the FTAA. Many were brutalized and arrested. Come participate in discussion in what happened and why, as well as how do we look to the Future.
THIS THURSDAY. December 11th. 7PM
The Israeli company who provided us with space on their server (Actcom) has recieved very threatening phone calls to their homes and offices in regard to a cartoon by Brazilian cartoonist Latuff showing Sharon and Hitler kissing. Further, a police investigation has been started against us in regard to this cartoon, accusing us of incitement.
Actcom, who provides the server became fearful and pleaded/demanded that we close the website. We are in the process of re-programming/improving the website design anyway, so we have shut the site for at least a couple of weeks and we are looking for a server outside of Israel so that we aren't as suseptible to being shut down.
I believe that the left's heavy use of zionist/nazi equations in general is politically ineffective. When Israelis (and for that matter most Jewish people) see/hear the equation, they immediately reject/ignore the content of the critique, regardless of its merit.
Instead, the use of the Apartheid analogy is much harder for Israelis to reject and therefore a much more effective tactic. Other than that, to plainly state something along the lines, "The Jews have be oppressed for thousands of years, Inquisition, pogroms, the Holocaust...now how can the Israelis be so blind and careless to their own occupation and oppression of others...don't you have any ability to self reflect on your own suffering and not do it to others?"
UPDATE "Oregon Department of Corrections Punishes Those Who Challenge it " reposted plus newly posted Dispatch from Brian. These words were lost in the mail but the situation is still timely to aid in Brian's defense. Things move so slow in prison and not much really changes so the time lapse doesn't apply -as much!
"COMBAT FIGHT CONTEND: To struggle against: OPPOSE
I am informed that the Oregon Department of Corrections Director has been answering letters inquiring why I am not getting medical treatment with letters stating that I am receiving adequate medical treatment. Nothing could be further from the truth. I have two major problems with my back: (1) a wedged (slipped) disk, that pinches my spinal cord and (2) arthritis of the spine due to old fractures..."
Help save the Siskiyou National Forest in Oregon from the LARGEST FOREST SERVICE LOGGING PROJECT IN MODERN HISTORY.
The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) "preferred alternative" proposes logging 518 million board feet of trees on 30,000 acres, or 46 square miles! That's enough trees to fill log trucks lined up end to end for nearly 900 miles!! In response to the massive logging proposal from the Forest Service, conservation groups have developed a common-sense restoration proposal called the Siskiyou Wild Rivers Conservation Alternative:
Post-fire logging will retard the recovery of the Biscuit area and could severely damage the environment. Any logging should be confined to Matrix forestlands where it is allowed under the Northwest Forest Plan. The Siskiyou Wild Rivers Conservation Alternative relies on guidelines from the . It recommends there be no post-fire logging on unstable areas and trees over 20 inches in diameter be left standing. Full Story & Sample Letter>>>
Oregon Dept. of Corrections retaliates against the whole Death Row population because over twenty prisoners signed a petitition complaining about mistreatment of the prisoners at the Intensive Management Unit. Why are we fighting a war in Iraq when we have a Police State here in Oregon?
Three folks have refused bond conditions and are locked up in a county jail in southern Georgia after being arrested for climbing over the fence onto Ft. Benning as part of a resistance action calling for the closure of the School of the Americas/WHISC.
Write them letters!
Their bond conditions include money, and a promise that they will not violate the law or go back onto Ft. Benning. These three are refusing to agree to those terms.
The three, Ben Jiminez, Mike O'Grady and Gary Ashbeck are all being prosecuted wth an unlawful entry charge, along with about 40 other people who were arrested two weeks ago for acting to close the SOA. They will likely recieve three to six months in prison once they go to trial on Jan. 26th, in federal court in Columus GA. Jiminez and O'Grady are also Jesuit priests.
At least one person from Oregon is being prosecuted this year, and is out on bond and at home pending trial Jan. 26. There have been 6 Oregonians sent to prison for 3-6 month sentences each for previous resistance actions at the SOA.
End US Imperialism and Militarism!
Then we showed "Skwelkwekwelt Protection Center" a sort of introduction to theintroduction to the fight and "Take Back The Land" (a very self explainatory title) in which the Secwepemc people use direct action and build a home on their land. The RCMPs try to do what they can to stop them at every turn but they just can't hold down the Secwepemc people(especially the womyn!!!!!!!!!) and their spirit of resistance! The jar was passed to ask for funding to support the Skwelkwekwelt Protection Center through the winter and provide tapes for Chris to cover an action at the Protection center coming up December 21st. People gave as generously as they could, the supportive energy was beautiful.
If you missed it, we'll be showing again at It's a Beautiful Pizza (34th & Belmont) this Saturday 6th at 8pm and at the Red & Black Cafe (22nd & Division) next Friday 12th at 5-7pm. These events are free, but we are asking for donations of funds and/or supplies for the Protection center to make it through the winter. Wish list: candles, fire wood, camouflage clothing, wool clothing, or any other snowy weather camping supplies are GREATLY appreciated!
In May 2003, white supremacists in Texas were caught with a sodium cyanide bomb, other bombs, illegal weapons, hate literature, fake I.D., and chemicals, including hydrochloric acid and nitric acid. In mid-November, three people pleaded guilty to related charges, while seized documents indicate that there are other co-conspirators at large. The feds have served "hundreds of subpoenas across the country," and the plot has been included in the President's daily intelligence briefings.
But most of us have never heard about it. The only media that saw fit to report about this terrorist plot within the US were a few newspapers and TV stations in Texas. The Web-based news outlet WorldNetDaily ran a story about it, but Google News shows that there hasn't been a word in the New York Times, Washington Post, LA Times, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, or any other big media outlet. Why have the media decided that this is a non-story? It's hard to say, but we can say with certainty that if Muslims had been caught with these weapons of mass destruction, fake I.D., gas masks, and books on making explosives, it would've been front-page news for days.
I took these photos on Wednesday the 3rd. Whoever did the work is pretty good at matching paint colors.
more about Clear Channel: [ Code Pink Targets Clear Channel ]
On two consecutive days, Dean's campaign refused to respond to press requests from Connecticut and Vermont newspapers about his corrupt behavior concerning his conflict of interest with William Sorrell, Vermont Attorney General, related to a police shooting and how that conflict tainted his decision relating to the appointment of a special prosecutor. No comment. Couldn't be reached. Wouldn't return calls. See articles below.
Two years ago, Dean was petitioned by grieving friends of a slain Vermont man (Justice for Woody) to appoint a special prosecutor/investigator to look into the police shooting. The group strongly objected to the results of an investigation conducted by William Sorrell, Vermont Attorney General. Dean accepted the request to look at the matter and take appropriate action if he deemed it appropriate.
When Dean accepted the report from the Justice for Woody people he failed to disclose to the group that he had an enormous conflict of interest with William Sorrell and he would never undermine his friend's report on the shooting. To do so would usurp his friends authority and put into question Sorrell's abilities and judgment.
background: [ Cronies v. Qualifications, Howard Dean's Dilemma ]
"No army can hold back a thought, no fence can chain the sea."
Thursday, November 20
The day starts at 7am at Government Center, perhaps as many as 1,000 people are gathered for an early morning march/parade to the fence that surrounds the Intercontinental Hotel. The police presence is large, but they stand back from the edge of the crowd, blocking the entrance to the MetroRail station and standing across the intersection. Marching through downtown Miami is eerie: buildings are boarded up, offices are closed, there are no workers or shoppers. It's like a ghost town. Naturally, folks want to challenge the 9 foot fence, to take down the symbol of the state's attempt to silence us. But here we are singing and dancing through the streets with puppets, drums, flag twirlers, and radical cheerleaders. We are a vibrant, colorful, pageant flowing through the empty streets of downtown. Some of us wonder if we'd be better off marching through the neighborhoods where our audience would be more than the riot cops who are armed and ready to pounce.
One poster asked: "I heard that there was a free store starting up here in portland and I wonder if anyone has any information. Please post to the site.?"
Answer: yes, there is a freestore once a week at n mississippi ave & albina conjunction (just north of skidmore) which is sort of like an open air free-box fleamarket. People are encouraged to bring their household/neighborhood freebox to the site and donate it there, in lieu of contributing to corporate charity such as goodwill, salvation army, value villiage, etc. instead of attatching a pricetag to something donated, it remains free until someone leaves with it. The Groundscore (north portland's freestore) typically stays open between 12noon and 5pm on sundays (except when its pouring rain, as no one has the will to operate it) bring books you dont need anymore because we are now taking donations for portland Books to Prisoners, a terrific group that mails books all over the country to inmates in need. email the freestore at email@example.com GET FREE!
November 24 marked the quasi-official fourth anniversary of the Independent Media Center, the date of the first message posted to www.indymedia.org (now seattle.indymedia.org). "The resistance is global," wrote tech/media volunteers Matthew Arnison and Manse Jacobi on the eve of the 1999 Seattle WTO Ministerial. "Prepare to be swamped by the tide of activist media makers on the ground in Seattle and around the world..." The energetic greeting heralded a new era of local-cum- international grassroots media activism which has grown far beyond what anyone could have imagined four years ago. Today's global Indymedia network includes well over 120 regional sites around the world, featuring self-published news in at least twenty-one languages.
In Seattle, the IMC's original office space at 1415 Third Ave. has served not only as the home of the Seattle Indymedia organization, but also as a community resource with a large screening room and public computers, and even as a tourist destination for activists remembering the 1999 protests which made "WTO" and "Seattle" buzzwords around the world.
So it will come as sad news to people far and wide to learn that the Seattle IMC may soon close down its original space.
When you present documented charges of official treachery behind the greatest national security disaster in modern history and the press doesn't show, doesn't listen, doesn't write - just what in fact is really being communicated?
That news will now be what the corporate media say it will be, so drink your infotainment Kool-Aid and kindly shut up?
And what news have we seen of the thousands of Depleted Uranium deaths and birth defects now desolating Afghanis, Iraqis and our own Gulf War troops?
And whose looking into the $1.2 trillion the Pentagon admits is "missing" or the half trillion in laundered funds now propping up our banks?
And how many times have you seen it reported that unbid Iraq contracts have pushed the worth of VP Cheney's 433,333 Halliburton stock options to $26 million plus? But to return to 9/11, [ the funny business has just begun ].
"Come on Ladies, no talking allowed... Eat faster, Ladies or lose your food... Midnight, Ladies get out of your beds and in line for count... Ladies, if you are found with more then one blanket you will be disciplined... Ladies, it's four in the morning: time for count and then breakfast. I said 'WAKE UP!' Ladies. You don't want to see me angry!"
Who are these "Ladies"? They are the women inmates of the Miami-Dade County Corrections and Rehabilitation Department. Don't be fooled. Many of these women (65%) have not been convicted of crimes. They are merely too poor to secure the funds necessary to free themselves with bail and obtain legal counsel other than a public defender.
Ninety-two percent of these women have incomes of less then $10,000 per year with which they must support themselves as well as their families. They may spend more then five days in jail before a magistrate reviews their case. Then they are often given a difficult choice. They can plead guilty and go free on the spot with a mark on their record. This option leaves them less likely to get a job and more likely to get jailed again. Or they may "choose" to remain in jail, for weeks and sometimes months, if they can't raise their bail money, before their court date. For these women, innocent before proven guilty has become a joke. [ Read more... ]
related: I remember in Seattle N30 1999 when I was in jail and I heard all of the people in the streets outside using "Repeat after me!" to send messages inside! What would it be like to hear thousands of people sending their support to you while you are inside your cubicle, factory, and so on...? [ Expanding Jail Solidarity ]
SInce September 11th, or more to the point, since October 7th, 2001 and the bombing of Afghanistan, I've been involved with what I tend to call "the movement." The Twin Towers falling, the Anthrax scare, the indiscriminate bombing of a starving country while the terrorist culprits scrammed, all of it moved me to act. I wanted to act in concert with others to expose the lies, and to eventually build something better than the corporate doomsday world I'd found myself in.
But here's what happened. I found out that the movement wasn't really there. It seemed to be there, I could watch it on television, or read about it in various magazines, but in my real life all I could find was a nonprofit organization called PPRC.
This organization had an interesting beginning, and through my involvement with the organization I learned both about how difficult it is to build an open and democratic organization, and that there are some seemingly built-in constraints muzzling most peace groups.
Primarily, however, the story of my involvement with PPRC is a story of burnout, alienation, and a growing sense of hopelessness. Still if I am going to find a way out of this abyss this story is one that I have to write. A story I have to examine, come to terms with, and eventually transcend.
A PRISONER OF THE Oregon Department of Corrections (ODOC), Brian McCarvill recently filed suit against the ODOC because they continually denied Brian reading materials of a radical/anarchist nature. Brian contended that free speech rights were being stifled and the ODOC was mistakenly labeling those with radical politics as "gang related". After settling the lawsuit, the ODOC chose to punish Brian for his challenge by transferring him out of the Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem to the Twin Rivers Correctional Facility in Umatilla.
Due to this retaliatory transfer, Brian has lost his job, many of his belongings, access to dental care he was about to receive, and, as he has no money or way of making any now, he can't afford Advil to help control his back pain. Brian has for years suffered serious back pain (from two slipped disks, and calcium build-ups over fracture trauma). He has been sent to a prison where there are no chairs in the dayroom with back-supports. ODOC has, in Brian's words, "full knowledge" of this situation. Brian is also attempting to get dentures - he hasn't had any teeth at all since November 2002. Work was scheduled begin on these dentures late May at Oregon State Penitentiary. No work on dentures is done at TRCI, so it is possible that the authorities will move him yet again. It is imperative that Brian is transferred back to Oregon State Penitentiary. [ Read more... | Newly posted dispatch from Brian ]
Dispatch from Jeff 'Free' Luers
Lately, I've been thinking about my future a lot. It is driving me nuts, to be frank. I have this good/bad habit of dreaming the impossible-bottomline, I'm a romantic at heart and a realist in mind. It makes for a very confusing life at times. I have some great dreams I'd love to have come true and I hold on to them because all I have to get me through the day is my dreams.
But, it devastates me to think they may be 19 years away because with each passing year, they are less likely to come true. And I become a little colder inside, a little harder and a little more resolved to tough it out and hold my head up high. That's where I'm at right now. I'm pissed off and determined to make my imprisonment as hard on the state as it is on me- harder if possible.
I'm working on several different projects and many have a long term range and goal. One of these projects is fighting for political prisoner status. This presents a unique challenge as the United States has never acknowledged that it has political prisoners. [ Read more... ]
The Klamath National Forest Service is proposing to log 744 acres in the spectacular Salmon River watershed, threatening ancient forests, Riparian Reserves, and Wild and Scenic River corridors.
The Salmon River is a key migration route between the Marble Mountain, Trinity Alps, Russian, and Siskiyou Wilderness Areas. This is one of the wildest places in the lower 48 states and is currently threatened with thousands of acres of logging. Through the Knob and Glassups Timber Sales - and now the Meteor - the Klamath National Forest aims to liquidate much of the remaining low elevation ancient forest on both forks of the Salmon River.
EPIC, the Klamath Forest Alliance, and Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center are challenging the Knob Timber Sale in federal court, and need your help to block the disastrous Meteor. The majestic Salmon River is much too precious to lose, and the Forest Service must know that citizens from across the state and nation demand its protection. Please write the Klamath National Forest today and urge them to deny the Meteor Timber Sale and to protect the Salmon River and these ancient forests. Key issues on the logging sale are [ below ].
related: [ Meteor Timber sale elicits protests ]
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