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A brief report on the last two month's Beaverton Mass. This ride is alive and fun. Because of it's diminutive size, this ride offers a totally different experience to the Portland Mass.
Highlights from the December ride:
Going faster than the cars on 26 east bound, due to some construction or something somewhere. It's terribly satisfying going faster than cars on a normally high speed freeway. And the shoulder of 26 is comfortably wide enough for two riders abreast. The enthusiasm for the ride was high, with much shrieking, whistling, ringing of bells, and joyous cries of "We are the traffic!".
After a bit of representing, we turned tires east for a ride over the hills back to P-town proper. A beautiful and fortunate window in the rain, exquisite riding conditions. Coming up from Beaverton leaves one without decent shoulders in places, but nothing CM can't beat.
Just for kicks I thought it might be fun, and educational to do some un-Eracism. This post is a transcript of Nurse Leornards statements as the appear in a long out of print book titled FREE HUEY.
Nurse corrine leornard was in charge of the emergency room in kaiser hospital. In the hours before sunrise on october 28 1967, nurse leonards duty station was a desk near the emergency entrance. Shortly after 5:30 am she heard a car drive up, doors open and then slam shut. Then she heard a car drive off, making sounds as if it had a cracked muffler.
Then she heard moaning and groaning. Someone was saying, "I want to see a doctor". A young man came in. In the doorway stood HUEY NEWTON. He staggered in and came close to nurse Leonards desk. "I want to see a doctor right now", he said. "I've been shot in the stomach".
Nurse Leonard did nothing. Neither did she say anything. She merley looked up at NEWTON. NEWTON went on. "As you can see i'm bleeding to death." Nurse Leonard thought he was belligerent. This attitude annoyed her, so she continued her silence. Finally NEWTON blurted out, " God dammit, get a doctor out here right now".
Incidently this months Black Panther Party history class lecture will be on this incidend, as well as the trial, and also the FREE HUEY movement. This nifty FREE SCHOOL class takes place the last saturday of every month from 7 to 9pm at laughing horse books.
should be easy to print two-sided, black and white. Should make quite a statement to show any of the skeptics how evil these people are, and how we can certainly disagree on politics, though how we are all on the same side against them because they want to institute a depoliticized totalitarian police state and relegate democracy to the dumpster. Make paper airplanes and launch them out of the damnable unConstitutional 'free speech zones.' Drop them from planes, drop them from windows, get the message out that none of these internationalist corporate fascists are wanted. [ Flyers ]
To follow up on the news about homeless people out in this snow, I have contacted several shelters only to find out that they are all full and doing what they can, but there are still people left to the elements in our city and outlying areas. The "news" persists in telling us that it is snowing, it might snow, it is windy, it might freeze later and asking us to "stay home". Those of us watching, are lucky to be doing just that. I still wonder why we have left so many others in the cold and do not care to mention them.
Are there any plans to open temporary shelters to help folks through this storm?
1) we need a location--Does anyone know of a warehouse with a heater and a bathroom?
2) is anyone else interested in this? I am interested in calling places to see if they will open up a place for temporary use. maybe we can get donated foam for the floor. maybe we could get some donated hot soup and coffee/tea. email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
We need your help. The Washington state Parks and Recreation Commission will be hearing the Suquamish Tribe's request for the return of Old Man Park on January 22, and they need to hear from you before that date. This park, a small part of the historic home of the Suquamish people and of Chief Seattle, is a vital cultural and historic resource for the Tribe. The Tribe has made clear that the land will continue to function as a park, accessible to all.
The Suquamish Tribe and Suquamish Olalla Neighbors have spent months eliciting community input and drafting a management plan for the park. This plan, which incorporated hundreds of comments, is now available on the Suquamish Olalla website, along with more background information and other letters of support.
Unfortunately, there continues to be opposition from anti-Indian activists across the state and others who oppose this transfer and are circulating a petition opposing the transfer. We need to make sure the state Parks Commission hears from those who are seeking healing and seeking to right an historic wrong.
I'm a recent graduate who grew up in P-town and I've come back to the dismal economic climate: that would be fine with me- capitalism is institutionalized violence- but it is a major game in our lives and the act of spending less then you make brings you a savings that you can redirect to good things.
But in the current situation, I'm having trouble even covering rent. I am sure that there are many like me that want to be giving their energy to the Revolution, but are struggling even to keep a house. DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY ADVICE?
SOME ADVICE (from comments): "...stay out of stores as much as possible, and to find noncommercial pleasures such as conversation, walking, library books and working less. Also helps to hang out with other people who are trying to be frugal and don't think that's a dirty word." | "Get food stamps if you qualify. They use a debit card now, so it's not so embarrassing. This also gets you a reduction on your phone bill." | "As a way to save money (especially on food) you could take up the act of dumpster diving. It sounds gross and not worth it, but there are great food resources that are regarded as trash by food stores." | Dont drive, ride a bike, walk or use public transportation.
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As voting time draws near on whether or not Ballot Measure 30 will pass or fail I can't help but think of the implications if it does not pass. After the defeat of Measure 28 I personally lost just about all coverage the state had to offer me including my medical spend down program which paid for my medications, some of which I must pay for out of pocket soon as my patient assist program will run out due to one of the drugs going generic.
I have always felt that the people of Oregon were making an investment in me and that investment included me becoming stable and returning to work. This is not to say that all medically needy people will return to work, but to further cut programs in the area of human services would be disastrous for those who are truly in need.
The issue goes beyond human services though, it cuts across the board in education, public safety and other services that we all use and depend on as residents of this state. The proposed budget cuts caused by a failure of measure 30 would no longer be cuts, they would be amputations and jeopardize our state's infrastructure. I urge you to think carefully on this issue, and how it will effect your community as a whole. This is a long term investment in our future and for all Oregonians, choose wisely.
Kulongoski worries about 800 million budget hole | Legislative Report Provides Perspective | Would Mannix's Plan Shorten School Year? | Mannix Counterproposal | Legislators Defend Decision for 3 year Tax Increase | Measure 30 Tax is Balanced | What You Don't Know Can Hurt You | Cuts to State Health Care if Measure 30 fails | Thousands Could Lose Aid Organize die-ins to protest human services cuts? | Measure 30 Volunteers Needed in Lane County | Volunteer in Portland & Statewide | sample letter & talking points
Your awareness and help for Nablus under siege: January 4th and 5th Nablus has been under siege for the last 10 days while Balata refugee camp has been under siege for the last 18 consecutive days. We have just heard that every single entrance/exit to Balata has been sealed off completely. No food or medicine is allowed in.
Medical relief teams are being obstructed and at times completely prevented from passing through. Activists from ISM were attacked while carrying out their missions to observe and bear witness on what the Israeli occupation authorities are brutalizing the Palestinian population. Beit Foreek has been completely sealed off; its mayor reports that there are signs of starvation.
The siege of the old city of Nablus and its neighborhoods (Yasmeeneh, Qaryoun, Habaleh) has been intensified since December 30, 2003. No one can get into the old city, but Dr. Ghassan Hamdan of the Union of Palestinian Medical Relief Committee, who is in the old city has called on the whole world to immediately intervene to support the people of Nablus.
We have just heard explosions in the old city. It was in Qaryoun neighborhood inside the Abdelhadi Palace that houses 75 people. The Palace, built 400 years ago, is a waqf, endowed by Mahmoud Abdelhadi for the use of Abdelhadi women who have no place to live and no sources of income. The Israeli military has ordered the 75 people to vacate the palace at 3:30 in the mooring and left them out in the cold.
Budrus Jan 2: 15 Wounded & Member of Sweden's Parliament Arrested | Palestinian lives count for less; Media ignores Israeli atrocities | In Buddrus, actions against building apartheid wall result in injury & arrests | Why Is This Story NOT Reported or Reported Correctly?
During live television 'team coverage' of the weather, an ironic thing occurred on Portland's KPTV-12. One local reporter had staked out her spot on a Portland freeway overpass with a cameraperson, a satellite feed to the broadcast room, and a stack of pre-made snowballs, which she continually threatened to unleash on any ne'er-do-wells who might happen by.
As one man passed the reporter's spot on the bridge, she jabbed the microphone in his face and breathlessly inquired what the man thought of the snow.
"I'm homeless!" he responded, before adding that, "You people in Portland don't know what snow IS!"
The casual observer of this exhange may not have noticed the blood rushing from the reporter's face as she realized her bad luck at having inadvertently uncovered a real story, and how urgently she realized she had to get herself out of reporting it.
Greetings from the Prometheus Radio Project! We are planning a roadtrip across Oregon to visit some new low power stations and check out possible locations for a radio barnraising in Oregon this spring. A radio barnraising is where we gather everyone from the Oregon region who wants to learn radio skills and we all build a station from scratch over the course of a weekend. These events not only build radio stations, but build solidarity among the new groups who will be running them. The last station was built with the Coalition of Immokalee Farm Workers. [AUDIO]
We will be on the road during the last week of January, visiting low power radio applicants and community radio supporters around Oregon. We will visit as many of you as we can manage, bringing tips about equipment, fundraising, programming the licensing process and so on. We can look over your application and check your status, evaluate your station sites, and generally get your group revved up for the work ahead.
Barely 5 minutes after ringing in the new year, two police officers at the Morrison St. exit from the Pioneer Square (on Morrison just north of the Nordstrom's building between Broadway and Park) manhandled and arrested an Asian man estimated to be in his early 20's. The man stopped in the exit to look back into the fenced off area, as if looking for a friend, and was immediately confronted by a officer who told him angrily (as according to one bystander) "This is an exit. Get out of here, Happy New Years, now go THAT way" At this point he began to push the man and declaring "What's your problem?!"
He eventually grabbed the man and forced him out to the street, where a heated debate followed (no one was close enough to hear what they were saying). Eventually another officer approached to assist, and suddenly both officers grabbed him. The one who had just approached kneed him repeatedly in the stomach and threw him to the curb, where a good 5 more cops jumped on him and manhandled him while handcuffing him.
The Forest Service has released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for salvage logging in the Biscuit fire. The preferred alternative would take out more than 500 million board feet of timber. This is the largest proposed timber sale in modern U.S. history and the Forest Service has given the public 45 days (the statutory minimum) to review the document and make substantive comments. We urge you to write the Forest Service and request a time extension. A sample letter is below.
Scott Conroy, Supervisor
Kimberley Anne Gray
Frederick Batzler and Gustav Fridolin International Womens Peace Service:
We suspect that deportation is imminent for the four internationals arrested yesterday in Budrus. They are still counting on international support; calls from overseas can make a difference!! Please contact the Ministry of Interior at +972 (0) 26 70 14 00 and ask to speak to Raz Godelnik, who is in charge of such matters. If he is not in (which is likely) you can speak to his secretary, Dorit, to voice your concerns. She will be in starting at noon today (5am EST [US], 10am GMT).
The four international activists that were arrested earlier today in Budrus are all facing deportation. They were originally told they would be sent to their home countries tonight but now are told they will be allowed to stay in the country for 24 hours. Katheryn Raphael and Kimberley Anne Gray (both with IWPS) have been sent to Hadera. Frederick Batzler and Gustav Fridolin are being held in Ariel. The four internationals have been charged with entering an area that was declared a closed military zone, and until now have had no proper legal representation.
The activists are counting on international support to appeal their deportation tomorrow. Please refer to the following numbers and emails to voice your support for the activists and fight the deportation orders.
Make your appeals personal, saying your relationship to the activist, and perhaps mentioning the following: Full Story, Talking Points and Phone Numbers to Call
Donations for their legal funds are welcome.
Palestine IMC coverage | Beirut Indymedia coverage | A-infos coverage of Buddrus Actions | Israel Police Shuts Down Indymedia-Israel | Israel Media: A Little Bit of Anarchy Won't Hurt | Palestinian Lives Count for Less; Media Ignores Israeili Atrocities | Budrus Update: 15 wounded and Member of Sweden's Parliament Arrested.
On this tenth anniversary of the emergence of the Zapatistas from the Lacandon jungle, we call for the formation of a continental anti-authoritarian anti-capitalist network for North America. Our movements for liberation and freedom have met many challenges and our resistance continues to grow. It is now time to organize ourselves better through a de-centralized continental network of anti-capitalists.
We are everywhere, and yet we remain alienated from each other. Confined to the margins of our communities, we live our daily lives without evidence of daily resistance. We know that we are everywhere. In the margins of cyberspace, we constantly communicate. On the city's walls, we scrawl our slogans. At the barricades, we lock eyes, knowing exactly why we are there: social revolution. We want a world free from capitalism and institutional hierarchy.
We see that the class war being waged against the working class and the poor is growing ever more intense. The U.S. Empire is literally destroying the planet. The Empire has made it clear that they will use endless amounts of capital to finance war regardless of the costs to working people. Not only are these wars for Empire being waged with the lives of the working class, but the Empire is conducting blatant assaults on the working class via cuts in the social safety net, tax cuts, downsizing, outsourcing, and the corporate defrauding of workers' retirement, health care, and other benefits. The recent events in Miami showed us that the regime will pursue economic empire and neocolonialism by assaulting not just the working class and people of color in other countries, but very much also here in the U.S. using military might and violence to do so. The U.S. Empire speaks hollow words about terrorism, yet fails to act against white supremacy in our police departments, the continued use of the racist death penalty, the criminalization of drugs, institutional racism in distribution of wealth, terrorism against the homeless and people without papers, and violence against women and lesbian-gay-bi-transgendered folks. The U.S. Empire continues to build its police state complete with PATRIOT Acts, the militarization of the police in major cities, COINTELPRO programs against dissenters, constant surveillance, Orange Alert fear-mongering--all leading to greater public awareness of the true nature of the State and growing discontent with it.
We have no choice but to fight back, and by putting forward an anti-imperialist, anti-capitalist analysis and making our resistance visible, more and more people will join the struggle.
Have you ever felt expendable? As someone from a middle class home I never did. But, after 9-11, I felt more than expendable, I felt persecuted. Without any personal pressure, without any justification other than the national mood as it was depicted on the television screen and in newspapers, I fell into paranoia. I was sick with fear, too worried to speak my mind even in restaurants, worried about what neighbors or colleagues might hear.
In the emotion of the moment, feeling out of step and threatened, I imagined that I identified with the downtrodden. After all, the homeless people asking for change could reliably be trusted, and the men and women selling Street Roots, an activist newspaper for the homeless, were even to be admired.
Outside of Powell's Books about a week before I attended my first PPRC meeting I remember opening up to a Street Roots vendor, telling him that his was one of the only newspapers worth reading and asking him for his take on the present scene.
He didn't talk about the war, or terrorists, but talked about Dignity Village and the paper; about what Street Roots had meant to him.
"They taught me how to read," he said. [ Read more... ]
Cuba is on the verge of modernity--but not if GW can help it In October, Bush announced that his administration was looking into "bringing democracy to Cuba." He also announced a tightening of restrictions for American travelers going to Cuba, to stop money, tourists, or business from going to Cuba. He claims that any money that goes to Cuba ends up in Castro's hands, but just as in the case of Iraq, the economic sanctions that have been in place in Cuba since Eisenhower was president have only starved and crippled the people of that country.
Yet, Cuba has survived.
A big part of that reason is that the entire world ignores Americas embargo, and trades freely with Cuba. The rest of the world, and now even senators and congressman, are seeing more clearly how the policy on Cuba is ridiculous and failed.
My interest in Cuba comes from reading Chomsky, but also I had a friend from Cuba. She had really mixed feelings about Cuba, and Castro. She was glad to be out of there, but she also couldn't understand America's intense focus on that country. I'm sure alot of Cuban-Americans feel the same way, but Bush and Colin Powell would have you believe that all Cubans are "freedom loving exiles who love America and hate Castro with a passion." It's just not true.
Its my time to remember the casualty's of our times in 2003
This third part of the Travel Journal series concerns some general thoughts on Traveling and Resistance. This section also being a surmise on the idea of Travel contradicting the practice of Travel, after thirteen months of journeying around the Earth; in addition to visiting and experiencing so many different cultures.
New York was more than a final stopover: I was born here and lived here most of my young life. I stayed with old friends, and with some distant relatives that I ignored for so many years, especially while living in Europe. New York City became a further extension of my travels. I was discovering it again, and living a charmed life of telling travel stories; having people buy me beers and taking me out to meals. My last couch surfing gig was at a friend's flat in Brooklyn who I met earlier in Portland before this great traveling period. It was time to buy the final ticket. After around 13 months of Travel, I returned; and I did it: a 360 degree trip circumfrence around the Earth. I still had a little money (although in credit card debt) my bags, my sore backpacked back and my precious health intact; all my sense organs were overloaded and fondled at many turns, and I felt so wonderful about it. I was embraced by the pure ideas of Culture and Humanity - in every region that I explored. I was different from before, and still so much the same. A strange power and travel phantom was upon me - was I more alive? [ Read more... ]
With the banning of Ma Huang (Ephedra) a Traditional Chinese Medicinal herb without any real medical evidence of harm to the public and against the recommendations of an independent medical and scientific body, the Bush administration is committing an act of medical racism against the Chinese American community that relies on Ma Huang as a part of highly effective medical patent herbal remedies.
Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson actually had the gall to quote anecdotal nonscientific evidence as the very reason Health and Human Services and the Food and Drug Administration came to their obviously corrupt decision. The ban against Ma Huang can only be seen as the Trojan horse the pharmaceutical industry in America has been demanding for decades to do away with their highly effective competition. So far the U.S. government has only been able to musel the "dietary supplement industry" by removing that industries free-speech rights in the form of censuring the ability of legitimate herbal remedy companies from placing health claims on product labeling.
Portland Native Youth Movement raised funds locally to support the Canadian chapter of NYM in their struggle against Sun Peaks Resort and the invasion of the Canadian government on their native land. There was a meeting held with various chapters and elders to discuss the the spirit of the movement and the vision of defending our lands. War stories and songs were shared and an inspiring time was had by all. The last day of the gathering ending with a spirited march around Sun Peaks resort to let the people know that they are trespassing on this sacred land.
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