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Cocaine use contributes to coffers of the mafias. Especially the right-wing mafias in Colombia. That would be one of the most brutal killing machines in the world, the "Auto-Defensas Unidos de Colombia" the AUC. This is a group that is run by Carlos Castano and Salvatore Mancuso leaders of an ideologically extremist coalition of cattle ranchers and businessmen, narco-traffickers, regional politicians, and retired, cashiered, and active service army officers.
These are the bastards are responsible for most all the killing in Colombia, that would be something like 20 people a day. Even Colombian officials admit that the AUC are responsible for 80% of all political murders and massacres.
Mirador, a kitchen and home supply store, and the Red and Black Cafe, a worker- owned coffee shop, have announced their opposition to plans by Portland-based Urban Works Real Estate to develop a new Starbucks in the historic Ladd's Meat building on SE Division at 21st Avenue.
"We are in favor of a locally-owned, community-based business opening shop in the Ladd's building," said Lynn Hanrahan, co-owner of Mirador. "A Starbucks would be sending money outside the neighborhood, and -- if their record in other neighborhoods is any measure -- would not be the best neighbors to the residents and other businesses here."
Urban Works, the manager of the property, and the siter for Starbucks stores in the Portland metro area, has until recently been less than fully honest in communication with the community on the subject of whether it plans to put a Starbucks on the property.
"Now that their intentions have been revealed through media stories," said Sole, a Red and Black employee and co-owner, "there are people who feel they were decieved."
"I called [Urban Works] and asked them if a Starbucks was going in and they said, 'No'," said Steve Hanrahan, co-owner of Mirador. [ Read more... ]
related:[ Starbucks to open store in SE Portland? | Channel 6 filming story on Starbucks in Red&Black right now - Vive la indymedia! | Community urged to call Ladd's Meat bldg owner to tell him "NO to Starbucks in 7 Corners!" | Willamette Week publishes an article on Starbucks in Seven Corners struggle ]
Organizing meeting to oppose this Starbucks, 1/27, 7:00pm. @People's Co-op: [ Details & downloadable posters ]
Bush's speech to the nation was a combination of platitudes, exaggerations, half-truths and downright lies. Afghans would be curious to hear that their country is now free and prosperous, not a dangerous, fractured nation governed by warlords and fueled by opium. Iraqis would be surprised to know that they are assuming more and more responsibility for their own future, while the Bush administration is dishing out their oil money to its cronies in Halliburton and Bechtel, and passing privatization laws favoring foreign corporations that will distort the Iraqi economy for decades to come.
Bush insists that we Americans are safer because we invaded Afghanistan and Iraq. The truth is that these invasions unleashed a new wave of anti-American sentiment, making us MORE vulnerable, not less. In fact, global opinion says the entire world is less safe now that the Bush administration decided to launch a pre-emptive war, thumb its nose at the United Nations, break critical treaties such as the ABM treaty, and violate the UN mandate to stop the scourge of war.
It's telling that the two most repeated words in George Bush's State of the Union address were "America" and "terrorism"Â—a continuation of the administration's politics of fear. Bush also continued to make connections between terrorism, America and Iraq, connections that never existed until, of course, the US invaded Iraq and attracted jihadists from around the world. It's also interesting that the name "Osama bin Laden" never came up in the speech.
UPCOMING CODE PINK EVENT IN PORTLAND, 1/22: [ Code Pink back on Portland streets! ]
Portland Anti-Capitalist Action would like to thank community members and organizations for participating in Cafe Revolution this past Saturday. We had a great turnout, everyone had a fantastic time watching the bands, eating good food and talking to organizations. Folks who were interested in plugging into some of the great work being done in this city got the opportunity to met and discuss with organizations and individuals, it was wonderful to see community members inspiring and educating one another. Thank you to Liberty Hall for the use of the space and special thanks to all the collectives who came and presented their work.
On January 16, employees on strike from Vons and Ralphs were picketing in front of the Vons on Pacific Coast Highway in Pacific Palisades. While traveling along the Pacific Coast Highway (near Sunset Blvd. and Topanga Cyn.) in Southern California, I came across people that were picketing in front of the Vons in Pacific Palisades. Employees of the Ralphs in Malibu were picketing on PCH near the entrance to Vons, while employees of Vons were picketing in front of the store where they normally go to work.
When I first arrived, most of the picketers appeared to be pretty worn out, both mentally and physically. Most of the striking employees have been picketing about 6 hours a day, and their union funds, from which they are collecting money, are running dry. It has been demoralizing to see some of their co-workers cross the line and go back to work, as well as customers crossing the line daily. However, business has been pretty slow at Vons and many people are very supportive of the strike by totally avoiding Vons or conciously spending less money at Vons. Solidarity came in many forms. And, as the striking employees witnessed the acts of solidarity, the mood of the employees began to transform and they were again bosterious and full of energy. [ Read More ]
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Known as Port Orford on the inside and Jack Rose on the outside, this 20 year old Portlander has been in Palestine for about a week. He's a activist intent on doing everything possible to make his voice heard as a Jew against the occupation. Enclosed is the first installment of his experiences as he e-mailed them from the frontlines.
I, Kevin Cooper, am writing this from death row at San Quentin Prison. I am scheduled to be the next Black man executed by the state of California on February 10th, 2004.
While I am an innocent man about to be murdered by this state, I realize that innocence makes no difference to the people who control the criminal justice system, including this prison. This is the same system that has historically and systematically executed men, women and children who look just like me, if only because they can.
While it is my life that will be taken, and my body filled with poison, I will not say that this is my execution! That's because it is not, it is just a continuation of the historic system of capital punishment that all poor people all over this world have been and are subjected to.
To personalize this crime against humanity as "my execution" would be to ignore the universal plight, struggle and murder of poor people all over this planet we call Earth. This I cannot and will not do!
If I must be murdered by the state, then I will do so with my dignity in tact. This guilt that the criminal justice system has put on me will be questioned by anyone and everyone who finds out the whole truth of this case.
Kevin Zimmerman killed by State of Texas today.
On January 13, 2003, Dick Cheney struck Portland a glancing blow and made off with close to half a million dollars. Those attending the event to protest the policies of the Bush adminstration were crowded in to a small "protest zone," barely within shouting distance to the Embassy Suite Hotel where Dick was fleecing his constituency.
All who attended were peaceful, though legitimately angered over the diminishment of their right to voice their grievences to an elected official and the ludicrous show of force by local law enforcement. And too, the corporate media were not herded into the same area, but were outside the "zone," enjoying freedom of movement and access to interviews with the protesters through the chain link fence.
What is Dick Cheney so afraid of?
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This certainly isn't the worst article that's ever appeared in the WW (especially by its notorious author, Nick Budnick). Factually, it's on-base (which with the corporate media cannot by any means be assumed), but the style of Budnick and the WW (and most city weeklies across the country) continutes to be grating. His "hip" (or is it "post-hip"?) oh-so-clever tone (seen here in the descriptions of the R&B and its customers) has a tendency to trivialize whatever subject it touches, especially when that subject is activists and their concerns; note, in contrast, his straight-up quoting of the Starbucks corporate line with no irony whatsoever. Is this nit-picking (or maybe, "Nick-picking")? No. It's important to be a careful reader if you're going to expose yourself to the slick corporate media, and form is just as important as content. In the case of the WW (and, as I said, most weeklies across the country), that form is usually fairly cloying, with the result that its subjects are often cast more tritely than they deserve.
Still, with a campaign like this one, there's some truth to the adage that any coverage is good coverage. This article will bring the struggle to keep Starbucks out of Seven Corners to the attention of more people, many of whom will see through the fluffy veneer and who might lend their energy to the fight, and that's great. I'll stop short of thanking Budnick for his effort though -- it is, after all, just his job. ;-)
related:[ Starbucks to open store in SE Portland? | Channel 6 filming story on Starbucks in Red&Black right now - Vive la indymedia! | Community urged to call Ladd's Meat bldg owner to tell him "NO to Starbucks in 7 Corners!" | Posters/flyers for NO STARBUCKS meeting (1/27, 7:00 @ People's) ]
As usual, I stood before the TV screen for the State of the Union address with a small pile of wadded up balls of paper, the better to throw at the screen when an outrageous or simplistic statement was made. Suffice it to say, my arm is now very tired.
First surprise . . . nothing about sending men to the Moon or Mars. But then again, nothing ever came of the hydrogen car chatter either, so perhaps it's not surprising that Mr. Bush avoided bringing up an expensive proposed budget item, particularly when he went to great lengths to chide the Congress about responsible spending. Good thing I wasn't swallowing anything when he announced, with perfect confidence, that such responsible spending could "reduce the budget deficit by 1/2 in five years!" I would surely have choked. This amazing statement was made after the announcement of his intention to introduce several new large request in his proposed budget, and before the announcement of several more.
Local community members have joined together to form the Cascadia Education Collective (CEC), housed in the Cascadia Rising Infoshop at 16th and Clinton in S.E. Portland. A non-profit volunteer organization, they offer the community a library of over 1000 books, many of which are from the liberation collective.
Wild Oats is a popular store in Portland. With a variety of locations and catering to the trendy eating habits of the middle-class left, the chain has grown far from its start in Boulder CO. Up to now, the chain has incorporated local products into its stores. Now, the word on the street is that that is about to change.
First, they downsized their pick-up crews. The people who drove the trucks to pick up the local goods were suddenly out of their jobs. For many this came as a big suprise. Many had been doing the job for more than a decade and had house mortgages and such resting on their income. This has been happening incrementally since Natures was bought out by the chain. Along with slowly fazing out contracts with local manufacturers, growers, and producers, Wild Oats also apparently has a fierce animosity for competition- it dropped one local organic produce distibuter's contract after learning that the distributer also sold goods to a local health food chain.
Now, Wild Oats is making it impossible for small local businesses to participate in the chain's distribution by demanding that products carry millions of dollars in insurance, that manufactueres deliver their goods to the stores, etc. It is all done in the coporate model of centralization. It is making its "health food" into an economy of scale: the more centralized and mass produced the product, the cheaper the production, and the cheaper the production, the larger the the profit margin. The larger the profit margin- the larger the chain.
Biopiracy and genetic engineering by pharma/GE corporations represents an attack on biodiversity and human autonomy. The attack on the villagers of Tlalnepantla, Morelos by the Mexican government is the forefront of the Plan Puebla Panama agenda that seeks to control the Lacandon rainforest with genetically engineered trees from Grupo Pulsar, Mexican biotech corporation.
Genetic engineering corporations are becoming more aggressive in their attempts to control the global food supply and patent biodiversity. The collaboration of pharmaceutical (Novartis, Syngenta) and biotech (Monsanto, Grupo Pulsar) corporations is an assault on biodiversity wordwide. Farmers and indigenous people are chased off their land by WTO controlled governments, the pharma/GE corporations are right on their heels engaging in biopiracy and spreading GE seeds of destruction..
The imc-women's-list has existed since summer 2001 and consists of women active in indymedias in Latin America, North America, Europe, the Middle East and Australia. For two years, we have discussed in many facets the depressing situation of patriarchal repression in society which unfortunately doesn't stop at the doorstep of leftist groups.
Many concrete situations came up, in which women were discriminated against in their local group. In most cases we were able to support the women emotionally and to give advice. But we feel that this is not enough.
Women are a small minorty within many indymedia groups, some groups consist only of men. This may be due to the fact that people perceive indymedia mainly as a website and don't realize how much work needs to be done concerning building politcal relationships, outreach, editorial work etc. Therefore indymedia attracts relatively more people who are interested in computing than people who are not. Accordingly, the underrepresentation of women within indymedia reflects the underrepresentation of women in Information Technology related fields.
It has been almost 3 years since the killing of Mexican immigrant Jose Mejia Poot at the hands of Portland police. The Latino community has been trying that whole time to get some accountability from the Portland police for their racist and violent behavior. The police Citizen Review Committee TRIED to hear this case last year, and were prevented from doing so by City officials who sabotaged the process--this incident led to the resignation of the majority of CRC members, who denounced the entire "citizen review" process as a sham. Now the ex-CRC members are trying to carry out their responsibility as private citizens to make sure this case is not forgotten. Let's all be there to support them, and support our Latino brothers and sisters!
From the open publishing newswire: You've probably seen the stories here on Portland IMC about how Starbucks wants to put a new store in SE Portland, in the area known as 7 Corners. Obviously, a lot of people are against it. That's an area of local businesses for the most part, and a lot of liberal or radical people who don't like Starbucks live there. I hear there's a meeting coming up to organize a campaign, but in the meantime, you could call the owner of the property, Peter Perrin, at (503) 890-7291 and tell him not to do it!
The following article appeared on the front page of last Thursday's PORTLAND TRIBUNE, accompanied by three photographs . . . one of a protestor standing behind a high chain link fence topped by razor wire and emblazoned with "police line - do not cross" banners . . . one of an overkill number of riot police and police on horseback, standing between about 80 peaceful protestors in the "free speech" area and the Embassy Suites hotel where Cheney was speaking to about 65 donors . . . and a beaming portrait of Mr. Cheney himself.
The Bush administration's jaunts among the common people resemble, more and more, the movements of the world's dictators. Encased in bulletproof vehicles, isolated from the general public, and with any protest or demonstration of a differing view ushered into an isolated area where it cannot be seen or heard.
This is the policy of preemption carried to further extremes. If differing views are isolated and made insignificant, they need not be considered by an administration with its own agenda. All protestors are treated like nuts and terrorists, and their right to peacefully protest and make their point nullified by an administration that simply does not care what they think while paying lip service to "free speech."
This turn of events horrifies other free nations such as England and Australia which refused to make concessions for Bush that would have limited the rights of citizens to peacefully protest when he traveled there. The really horrifying thing is that -- here in the United States, the land of the free and the home of the brave -- a majority of citizens are simply accepting this bizarre turn of events in exchanged for perceived by largely non-existent "security."
Well it will be official by Tuesday folks... I am running for Mayor of Eugene under the name Eric G. Sephiroth, and this will be an awesome race! Right now it looks like Kitty Pierce (sp?) is going to be a progressive candidate as well, running against Nancy Nathanson who is a right wing nutcase like the current mayor Jim Torrey. But this year Torrey is resigning so I decided, why not? That's what you get for listening to too much Jello Biafra.
I decided to also include some of the ideas from the 1934 Upton Sinclair, and 2003 Linda Averill campaigns for CA Governor and Seattle City council, respectively. The platform is still sketchy but here are some positions:
Bike paths on both sides of every single Eugene street.
A 50-cent gas tax.
Bus services available 24-7.
No "research lab" along the Willamette.
No gentrification of low income housing.
Portland's Sisters of the Road Cafe will hold its 12th Annual Martin Luther King Day March for Peace and Justice on Monday, January 19th, gathering at two different locations at 5:30 p.m.
As in past years, marchers will gather either at the Sisters of the Road Cafe (133 NW Sixth Avenue, at corner with NW Davis) or at the Lorenzen Conference Center of the Legacy Emanuel Hospital (N. Graham Avenue at N. Gantenbein Avenue, just West of N. Vancouver Avenue).
Both marches will converge on the Oregon Convention Center at the Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial. For more information, please call Sisters of the Road Cafe at (503) 222-5694. Check their website at www.sistersoftheroadcafe.org for updates.
PDX- MLK Jr. Commemoration at Lewis & Clark College all day.
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It is easy to see that we exist, the pent up fear about it is obvious to us. The problem seems to be that we can only get help from that which frightens us. Our minds are full of tools, gadgets and an undeniable lack of knowledge and self-reliance. Money is a crutch that keeps us divided. We surround ourselves with what it buys while it zooms around the world through bank computers and out the ends of our lacking in compassionate fingers. We can't remember how to live without money. We have to encourage a violent system to get it and then encourage the system again just to receive our basic needs. Because of fear and a lack of patience. But it is ok because as you are reading this, know that a part of you wrote it and a part of you is reading.
The fear of ourselves will deny the violence we perpetrate everyday and consider someone crazy for suggesting that we stop using money. With patience one will consider. We live on a planet (our home). We act alien and destroy it everyday. Based on the belief that money is a requirement. An object worth nothing more than faith and most often just numbers on a screen.
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