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In the slow, slow run-up to the 2004 presidential election, the Bush admin. carried out a 'coup d'etat' propaganda victory by capturing the elusive former dictator Saddam Hussein. Guns were fired in Baghdad and elsewhere in Iraq, and in this country the Democratic candidates fired off words of praise for the Bush admin. Joe Lieberman said that Hussein should not be tried by the International Tribunal at The Hague because they will not sentence anyone to death. This guy almost became the vice president in 2000. Dean said that Bush should celebrate, and Clark said something similar.
The capture of Saddam will likely boost Bush's ratings in the polls, and will be especially useful if his "trial" can be timed to coincide with the last few months of the election. The chances that Saddam would be handed over to the Iraqis to face trial for his crimes, which except for the Kuwaiti invasion were exclusively against the Iraqis, are probably slim to none. Remember: this is an American problem.
Join us Wednesday, December 17th at the Hollywood Library [corner of NE Tillamook & 41st Ave] at 7pm for the viewing of this hard-hitting documentary. Hollywood Neighbors For Peace is showing the controversial film documenting the lies and distortion presented to the American people about the Iraq.
PLEASE JOIN US FOR "UNCOVERED: THE WHOLE TRUTH ABOUT THE IRAQ WAR"
"The film will present interviews with more than 20 experts, all of who have informed opinions about the reasons we were given for war and the evidence presented to support those reasons. Some supported the war itself, but are deeply concerned about the way the information was misused. All believe it is their duty to speak up."
Former spokesperson for the Earth Liberation front, Craig Rosebraugh had a book release this past Friday night to a packed room at Laughing horse books for his new book "The Logic of Political Violence: Lessons in Reform and Revolution".
Rosebraugh resigned his spokesperson position in 2001 after believing that more directed and extreme action was need against the political system in the United States. In 2003, Rosebraugh co-formed Arissa, an effort to build a revolutionary movement in the United States.
Somewhat reminisant of Malcolm X and the Black Panthers, Craig sat at a small desk with two standing body guards on both sides. At times Craig raised his voice and pounded his fist on the table as he outlined the need for revolutionary change.
In one of the more telling moments of the evening, Craig stated that you could not find one book that advocated the revolutionary overthrow of the United States government in any library anywhere in the United States.
While "The Logic of Political Violence: Lessons in Reform and Revolution" outlined Craigs truely unique and well documented indepth studies of history and the role of political violence in bringing about social and political change, he seemed to leave little hope for future generations short of a complete revolution.
On one very important wide eyed look at the reality we live in, it would seem hard to disagree with Craig's conclusions, but on another, it revealed a man who has given up and resigned himself to promoting a revolution whose time may not come about in our lifetime.
I moved to Southern Oregon almost 6 months ago. My work takes me into Southern Oregon and Northern California from the ocean to the borders of Nevada and Idaho. What has happened to the diverse voice of America? It has been coopted by Clear Channel.
My work allows me to slowly pass through the communties of Southern Oregon and Northern California. I search for a voice of reason and diversity on the radio channel. Even the Public Radio channel out of Ashland is mostly filled with opera and classical music. While the music is a nice filling to an early morning view of Mt. Shasta, I am filled with a longing for discussion of what is truly happening to and in America.
The only diverse talk shows are on Jefferson Public Radio. This information programing is often held at a time when working class folks are not listening. Some folks have told me that they are not allowed to listen to liberal news and information at work. Instead, they say...they are assaulted with the likes of Rush Limbaugh and other Clear Channel hate radio programing.
You have been warned, many many times, that this is unacceptable. We have told you through this site, through our actions and through countless letters to various local publications.
You are cooperating with the enemy here, you are allowing him to use OUR police, OUR streets and OUR city to raise cash to feed their hunger for power. You are helping the enemy take away our right, you are helping the enemy ruin our cities, you are helping the enemy kill innocents.
Things will get bad. People who oppose the enemy will begin to target the enemy's supporters. In other words, the city of Portland, the businesses that own the city councilmembers and the rich and the powerful who run rampant within our city yet decline to live here. They will target the suburbanite cowards who try to fight against our MAX lines, clog our streets with Hummers, send our cops to attack us, lobby to inflict their Sprawl-Marts on us and then when the damage is done, slink off to Lake Oswego, Beaverton and Vancouver.
More to the point, they will target the businesses run by these people. PBA members may expect a sharp rise in shoplifting and vandalism, Greshamite-owned businesses may find their stores boycotted and Hummers might as well get used to keymarks down their side.
The article is in the west sylvan newspaper. However, very edited and censored. Corporate KGW channel 8 news saw the story on this website and called my house and told me they were going to interview me at lunch at my school and put me on TV. I said ok. I know it was corporate news, but it will still get the point across and more people would know about it and it would make my school's administration look bad. However, the principal of the school found out, and pulled me out of 1st period and said "i want to be in the interview with u," knowing i would say something that would make her look bad using the excuse "it can be intimidating." The next period, she says to me..."they;re not doing the interview" the first thing i say to her is "WHY?" she answers "I CALLED them"
BULLSHIT.she called them and said You can't do the interview.my voice was silenced once again. SHe's a little scared i would say something that would cause her to have angry parents call her and complain about the school. Here is the final article that was in the newspaper. I am, for the most part, not happy with the censorship. [ HERE IT IS... ]
indy volunteer writes:
original feature: [ West Sylvan Middle School newspaper refuses to print student's article about marijuana; Read it here on indymedia (9 Dec. 2003)
On December 7, 2003 at the Portland First Unitarian Church members of the community gathered to witness a multi media report back from the Free Trade of the Americas protests in Miami Florida which took place in late November. The program was introduced by Kate Lore, Social Justice Director of the First Unitarian Church, who, along with many other members of her congregation, were in Miami. The program began with an overview of the FTAA and the significance of what happened behind the closed doors in Miami by Barbara Dudley. Following Barbara, six people who were in Miami addressed different aspects of the Convergence: a lawyer, Brenna Bell talked about the arrests, the police abuse and disregard for civil rights; Chris Ferlazo of Cross Border Labor Organizing Coalition spoke about the labor organizing; Will Levin and Djen Whitney spoke about the direct actions; M2, of Portland Indymedia and Bette Lee, an independent photographer and journalist, spoke about media perspectives.
Following an 11 minute slide show and 2 minute excerpt from a 1 hour indymedia rough cut video, three people spoke briefly about where to go from here. At this point people either broke into groups for spontaneous discussions, or watched the 1 hour Indymedia rough cut video of the Convergence. This a 1 hour and 6 minute audio file of those presentations.
To all of you who haven't heard, Dick Cheney is coming to P-Town on January 13th. It isn't confermed where or when he will be here but that doesn't mean its too early to start planning protests. I strongly urge all of you involved with any organization, club, chruch, political party, etc. who organized previous protests to get to work. Let's show Dick that he isn't welcome.
At least sixteen people, including children, stood with rather aggressive anti-military and anti-W-regime signs and PEACE and Justice flags 3:30-4:30pm today at NE 13th and Broadway. Auto traffic Honked for Peace like crazy, well beyond our expectations. Half todays demonstraters were people new to us, including Vancouver WA, who responded to announcements in portland.indymedia and on KBOO.
Food Not bombs Saturdays needs some help with getting from where we prepare food to the serving sight in the North Park Blocks. If you can help with this we would appreciate the aid, please contact me via e-mail to tell me whether you could help us out. We cook on the SE side of town closer to downtown. We usually serve around 5:30pm. We would appreciate someone who could commit to helping us with transportation in at least a semipermanent basis. [ Contact ]
Too loud to ignore and fun for the whole animal-loving family! This year's Fur Free Friday March in downtown Portland had something for everyone—an exuberant faux-furred wolf for the kids, an angry fur store proprietor for the cops, more than 100 raucous marchers to educate the gridlocked shoppers, and even a couple of pooches showing off their beautiful (original owner) fur coats.
The animals had loud voice as 115 traffic-stopping activists of all ages took over Yamhill Street, forcing shoppers to consider the 41 million fur bearing animals brutalized by the fur trapping and farming industries for fashion and greed in the U.S. every year. [ Read More ]
Please join us downtown to educate shoppers about the horrors of the fur trade. We will be handing out educational materials along with showing video footage of this cruel trade on the fauna vision.
When: Friday, December 19th
Nature lost a warrior. Earth First! lost a hero. I lost a friend. We all gained perspective. Last week, Craig Beneville accidentally fell to his death from an Ancient Tree in a grove itself slated for death by the Bureau of Land Management's tireless efforts to, as they themselves put it, "implement the Clinton Northwest Forest Plan."
Y'all remember the 1994 Forest Plan? The Big Greens said this, "our greatest victory," had ended Ancient Forest logging and saved the forests, the spotted owls and other species that depend on it.
Well, of course, it did none of that. That's why Craig was risking and giving it all in the canopy that fateful day...
One of the requirements of the Forest Plan is that the agencies involved have to do biological surveys of species dependent on the forests before any logging can take place. Of course, the agencies have botched it. Lawsuits have been won forcing them to comply. Even then, they have always come up short. So, folks like Craig and Mick have been climbing the trees looking for active nests of the Red Tree Vole, a rodent that spends almost its entire life living hundreds of feet up in the tree tops and is a major food source for the endangered Northern spotted owls--the Indicator Species for the health of this majestic ecosystem. It was while conducting this worthy work that the accident took place...
To find out more information on Craig's work and how you can help end Ancient Forest logging, contact James johnston at: email@example.com
Attached you will find an action alert regarding a murder that took place in Barrancabermeja, Colombia last Wednesday night [December 3, 2003]. The man that was murdered, Jose Rojas Castaneda, a member of the teachers union, is the brother-in-law to Juan Carlos Galvis, the man that was here in Portland in October speaking about the atrocities that Coca-Cola has committed, and continues to commit, in Colombia. Juan Carlos and his fellow workers are asking people to contact the U.S. Embassy in Colombia, as well as the Coca-Cola Company to urge them to take the appropriate actions in investigating this murder and protecting the family members involved. This attack was very clearly targeted and the lives of union leaders and their families are greatly at risk.
Juan Carlos visited Portland on a national tour and in doing so was greatly putting his own life at risk upon returning, luckily he is still safe but times are unpredictable and taking a moment to send e-mails to the necessary individuals could very well make a big difference for peoples lives in the Global South. En Solidaridad~
Comment: What can we do? I just saw the video from the resistance on the coke wars in columbia. Yeh, coca cola, not cocaine. Juan Carlos Galvis speaks eloquently in this video. I knew coke was bad, and have boycotted it for years. But I guess I just had no idea they were actually killing people, right in the factories.
I was also shocked to see all the many products manufactured by Coke that I had no idea were even connected. Odwalla! Nestle, which should be boycotted anyway, for the fact that they killed babies in the third world with their baby formulas being pedaled by fake "nurses." Dasani. Danon yogurt! Geez, and that's one of the few yogurts that's made with pectin and not gelatin, so vegetarians can eat it. Seagrams. There was a long list on the video.
But surely there must be more we could do? Is there a coke plant nearby, or are they all "conveniently" located in the 3rd world? Where are their corporate headquarters? I'd like to plan an action to bring more attention to this.
My school is starting a newpaper. I have my own colum in it...and was told i could write whatever i want.The topic i chose to write was a re-occuring "problem" in middle school, marijauana. That was the summary for 'PT.1' I rewrote the article and here it is. I am still sadly trying to get it in the newspaper. The person who is stopping it is the teacher, of course. PLEASE COMMENT. [ Here it is... ]
original feature: [ West Sylvan Middle School newspaper refuses to print student's article about marijuana; Read it here on indymedia (9 Dec. 2003)
This morning, as I meditated on the meaning of the "Bi-Mart Winter Wonderland, Powered by Comcast," I realized we've all been wrong about corporate america. Obviously, giant, faceless corporations have our best interests at heart. How else explain their desire to co-opt meaningful events of cultural and spiritual significance like Christmas, by attaching their names and logos? I mean, why would Bi-Mart and Comcast sponsor a heartwarming event like this, if not for altruistic reasons? What could be more in line with the spirit of Christmas than 20 or 30 huge plastic cartoon characters festooned with colored lights, circling the Portland International Raceway, where families can drive around in a slow circle for around $10 a carload? Forget a walk around your neighborhood, get out there and drive around PIR and soak up a little of the capitalist take on the holiday season. And afterwards, why not head downtown, where you can participate in an endless gauntlet of sales schemes designed to make you feel all warm and fuzzy about spending, spending, spending. After all, that's what Christmas is all about, right?
Do you remember placing yourhand upon your beating heart, and speaking the words, " I pledge alliegence, to the flag, of the United States of America... ". Do you remember not knowing what those words meant, or even how to pronounce them? In fourth grade, I looked up the words in the dictionary, and from that day on I couldn't bring myself to say the words. It was during a time when my community was under attack from racist developers who were stealing our land and water, and who were always backed by the police. That became the red,white and blue for me. It was later that the Department of Energy tore my village apart by shipping nuclear waste through, and inducing a climate of fear and mistrust. The red, white and blue shone from the emergency lights. It is deadening to pledge alliegence to an abuser. To someone or something that will hurt you for their own benefit. I could no longer speak it, but I just had to stand there, because I couldn't physically withdraw from the political aggression I saw around me, and I was not mentally or physically equipped to fight back.
In late September of 2001, maybe a week or two before the US bombing of Afghanistan, while millions of Afghan refugees were fleeing to the Pakistan border, while the aid agencies were begging the US to reconsider, I went to my first PPRC peace protest. I joined it midway through, abandoning my outside table at a corporate coffee shop near work, and catching up to the marchers, glad to see their unambiguous peace signs, their open defiance.
This was, I later learned, PPRC's third rally. It was also the last major demonstration that PPRC would put together. With about a thousand participants, it was certainly the largest war protest that Portland would see until April 20th of 2002, and the A20 event would be a non-PPRC event. By the time the big demos against the invasion of Iraq came together a new group had formed (the Coalition for Peace and Justice), and while this group would consist mostly of PPRC leadership, it would be a separate organization with an entirely different (and even less democratic) structure. In many ways this third rally in 2001 was the last time PPRC would be relevant.
My school is starting a newpaper. I have my own colum in it...and was told i could write whatever i want.The topic i chose to write was a re-occuring "problem" in middle school, marijauana. It turned out to be rejected by the teacher and the 2 perfect editors who are the only fellow middle schoolers who did not like it. It was too much for all of them to take. I admit, marijuana is a very senstive subject in middle school. However, the comments they had were pretty much 'I don't agree with your opinion'. Please just comment on what you think about this... [ and here's the article ]
The US Department of Energy is ignoring contaminated groundwater in their rush to clean up Hanford faster/cheaper; DOE is not fulfilling its cleanup obligations or agreements. Now is your chance to tell the DOE that it needs to make safe and timely cleanup a reality! Your participation in public meetings on the future of Hanford is important. This is our opportunity to insist on our vision of a quality cleanup of Hanford that is protective of us, the environment, the river and of future generations. Come to the Hanford Advisory Board meeting tonight, December 9, at 7PM.
First Killer Coke was shown, about Coca-Cola's crimes in Colombia and elsewhere. Colombian Union Activist, Juan Carlos Galvis spoke here in Portland at the Musician's Union Hall October 17th, 2003. He asks that we boycott all coca cola products, sign the petition at killercoke.org, flyer/sticker and protest to raise awareness of the union busting tactics and criminal acts committed by Coca Cola worldwide, and put pressure on our legislators to stop funding murder. The article covering that event can be found here.
Then the Code Pink Protest (firstname.lastname@example.org)of the Diebold Voting Machines advocating to go back to paper ballots. It was mentioned afterward that even though we in Oregon use paper ballots, they are fed into electronic machines to be counted. These machines are owned by Sequoia Corporation, which are owned by Republicans and contracted through the state. The states are being given federal funding to hire private corporations to "upgrade" voting systems nationwide.
Humour was interjected with the next one: Preserves For People, Not For Profit... Urban wildcrafted preserves and veges were traded, not sold, with special appearances by gov't agents and the black bloc!
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