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We keep hoping that the employees in Powell's will finally get a contract, but the process is slow. Patience runs thin. Today we decided to do something visual and we went to the store armed with our book lists. We picked out the books we would have bought, took them to the checkout and left them with this flyer as a bookmark. Seems to me that other customers who want to shop in Powell's but will not until a contract is signed, could do the same. Carts of books containing the "Books Not Purchased" flyer just might make a good showing for solidarity.
TEXT OF SOLIDARITY LETTER: Book not purchased Because, Powell's Books is refusing to negotiate in good faith. All the employees are asking for is a fair shake. The Employees are the reason that Powell's is so successful. I am distressed at not being able to shop here, so I have Decided that it will be ok to shop, as long as I do not Purchase. That way, I may read, visit with great employees, And go to a more enlightened book store to make my Purchases. These are the books that I would have purchased On THIS day. YOU do the math, Mr. Powell.
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The Alaska legislation has allowed citizens to kill wolves from aircraft in an effort to increase moose and caribou numbers for out of state hunting interests. Alaska voters REJECTED such an act TWICE (1996 & 2000), however the Governor has ignored them. The flash presentation by the Alaska Wildlife Alliance sums it all up.
Unfortunately, hunting wolves is not our only problem. The Alaska legislature ignored the voters (and 500,000 Americans) by allowing people to shoot wolves from passing aircraft. This results in wounded animals left to freezeor suffer in the snow. The wolves' tracks are followed into the open tundra of Interior Alaska, where they have no where to hide. Then they are chased to exhaustion and blasted.
In addition to this asinine practice, people are allowed to chase wolves with snowmachines (snowmobiles) until they are exhaused, and then killed. People also set whats called 'saturation snares' which is basically a very large amount of traps in a certain area, usually around bait. They can take out an entire pack of wolves, who are then left to die of starvation, shock, or the elements.
The Portland Peace Encampment was forcefully disbanded in August from the space between City Hall and the Green-Wyatt Federal Building. The Encampment had been alternately occupying the sidewalk and part of the grounds of Terry Schrunk Park on SW 4th Avenue since bombs began falling on Baghdad March 19, 2003.
On January 21, 2004, two members of the Peace Encampment visited the Mayor and City Council during the open 'Communications' period prior to the start of official council business at that day's meeting. The campers brought with them some video of police brutality on the streets of Portland, a couple of quotes in honor of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and one or two questions for the Mayor in her role as commissioner of police. [ READ MORE... ]
Previous stories about the Peace Camp on portland indymedia (most recent first): [ Call to attend trials for Peace Camp victims of police abuse/conspiracy | Peace Camp WE MISS YOU | Portland Police Arrest Sit-Lie Protesters in front of City Hall | Peace Emcampment raided and cleared; Activists vow to continue | City Council Changed the Law to Get Rid of the Peace Encampment | Peace Encampment Rousted | Portland Peace Encampment scheduled to be terminated with-in next 14 hours. | Peace Camp News. Peace camp blues. | City Commissioners Threaten to 'Escalate' City Tactics Against Portland Peace Encampment - Violent Police Raid Predicted | Two More Arrested at Portland Peace Encampment | Portland Police and Homeland Security Raid Peace Camp | Stopped by the Portland Peace Encampment Tuesday | Portland Peace Encampment Update - I'm out!!! | Peace Camp Under Attack | Peace Encampment Busted Again Today | Monday, June 30 - Portland Peace Encampment Gets Their Stuff Back! Police Try To Clear Peace Camp | PDXPE ART 'OPENING' | Portland Peace Encampment speaks to City Council | Handicap Assault at Peace Camp | Police Send Disabled Peace Protestor to Hospital | City turns up the heat on Portland Peace Encampment | May 4th Update on peace camp | City turns up the heat on Portland Peace Encampment | Peace Camp Raid Pictures | Apr 14 Police Raid Portland Peace Encampment | Peace Encampment Needs Well Rested Volunteers | The Latest Police Tactic at Peace Camp | Friday April 11 update -- Encampment still there! | Portland Peace Encampment Given 24 hours Notice by Police | Day 22 - Peace Encampment | 24 hour eviction served (sort of) | Portland Peace Encampment needs YOU! | Portland Peace Encampment Update day 19 | Photos of Closed Terry Shrunk Park | Homeland Security Evicts Portland Peace Encampment | Peace Camp still needs support | Shots Fired Near Portland Peace Encampment | Update: Pictures and report of hit and run | Hit and run at Peace Camp | Kitchen to cook meals for peace campers | peace camp is looking for donations | Peace Park Legalities. Strong Free Speech Right U.S. / Oregon Const. Some Traps | Peace Camp Action Alert! | PEACE PARK LIVES! MAJOR VICTORY! SUPPORT NOW .... TARPS, BLANKETS, SCRABBLE | Portland Peace Encampment releases statement of purpose | Peace Encampment carries on without tents; Shelters forbidden by Homeland Security | peace camp asks for help | Peace Camp update: Still there despite Homeland Security Threats | Peace March to Terry Schrunk Plaza in Solidarity with Peace Encampment | Portland Peace Camp may be evicted ]
The state Elections Division has proposed a civil penalty of $1,100 against John Belgarde, treasurer of recallvera.com, one of two groups that last summer sought to recall Mayor Vera Katz. The penalty notices, mailed late last week, are for failure to file timely and sufficient reports of contributions and expenditures as required by state law.
The fines are the outcome of a complaint filed last July by Marvin Moore of the Recall Vera Katz Committee, the competing recall group, after recallvera.com, formerly known as the Better Portland Alliance, filed a report with its prospective recall petition on June 6 that failed to disclose contributions and expenditures. This complaint came only two weeks after the Elections Division had acted on an earlier complaint by Moore and had discontinued the BPA as a political committee because it was not properly formed under state law.
artwork by arturo commando: In a previous life I was a snowman and I lived in the desert. I was the last of my kind so I was ruthless, I had to be. I had a large army of jack rabbits and under my control we ruled the desert.
Prometheus Radio: Sunday, Feb.1 @ Liberty Hall - 7 pm
Pete Tridish, media activist from the Prometheus Radio Project, will be in Portland to talk about the most recent skirmisheds in the battle for the airwaves. Just finished with putting a new Low pOwer radio station on the air for the Confederated tribes of the Umatilla in Eastern Oregon, he will be talking about some of the successful new community radio stations that have been built in the past year. For every successful low power applicant, there are dozens of groups that want to build stations that are still stuck in the process or not even allowed to apply. He will also talk about the upcoming lawsuit that Prometheus has filed against the FCC, which will decide the fate of dozens of multi-milliondollar media mergers that the major corporations are now pushing for. A techinical session will follow for those interested learning more about technical aspects of building community radio stations.
Yesterday, a crowd of about 50 rallied at the Safeway at 1100 NE Broadway in Portland to support the 70,000 workers who have been locked out of Southern California supermarkets for insisting on keeping hard-fought health benefits in the face of austerity plans being imposed by the big supermarket chains. See here for previous feature.
Supporters marched into the store, up and down the aisles, chanting "Boycott Safeway!" and demanding fairness for workers and affordable health care for all...
I grew up on a farm in the Willamette Valley. We had an apple orchard and raised beans and strawberries. Much of it we canned into the 500 canning jars my mother kept on the shelves in our pantry. In the fall we sold apple cider and dried and fresh apples. We used this money to buy school clothes for the many children in my family. My family did not use chemicals on our farm. In the 50's when the local university started pushing the "new" chemically laden farm technology, my father said it was disgraceful. He believed that a person who works the land, should be close to the land, paying attention to the wildlife and striving to be a good steward. The chemical companies and their agents did not know a thing about the throngs of honeybees that visited our orchards each spring. They could not explain how the chemicals they pushed would not kill those bees while also killing other insects and organisms. My father would have nothing to do with the new agriculture. So I learned from a master. And, I leaned to farm with love of the land and all the species that lived there.
I started out as an organic gardener trying to learn more about my craft. In the 1970's the organic grower's movement on the West Coast took off. Local communities held monthly potlucks to bring would be organic gardeners and farmers together. They teach each other how to grow food without chemicals and with sustainable farming practices. Each major area of Washington and Oregon held these monthly potlucks to try to get growers together. It was fun and interesting to meet other growers. And there was a plan to make sure that what produce or farm products farmers and gardeners had after feeding their own families, would go to a local market.
At first the prices for organic food were very reasonable. No one was "certified" organic. People just showed up at the local markets and told customers they did not use chemicals on their food. Soon there was a competitive edge added to the markets and some growers said they were "more" organic than other growers were. There was also accusations that some growers were using all sorts of chemicals on their crops. Prices for "pure" foods went up. Read More>>>
by Political Prisoner Ray Luc Levasseur
In 1985, the first of many trials began for seven long time activists and revolutionaries. Collectively known as the Ohio 7, the first group trial stemmed from resistance actions attributed to the UFF, including the bombings of U.S. military facilities. This trial resulted in numerous convictions. I was a defendant in both cases as was Richard Williams and Thomas Manning.
Between the earlier UFF trial and the Sedition case, there was a New Jersey state trial in which Tom and Richard were tried for the 1981 shooting death of a state trooper [who had] tried to kill him with his .357 Magnum. During the court proceedings it was determined that the trooper had fired a minimum of 6 shots; carried an unregistered, unlicensed "drop gun" concealed on his person, and was previously involved in shooting incidents.
Tom testified that Richard Williams was not present at the shooting.
At trial's conclusion, Tom Manning was convicted of felony murder. The jury failed to reach a verdict on Richard, with the majority for acquittal. A retrial 5 years later September 30, 1991, ended with Richard's conviction. A year earlier, a Special Tribunal on the violation of the human rights of political prisoners/POW's in U.S. prisons and jails was held in New York City. Hundreds of activists attended the event. The Tribunal drew numerous conclusions based on the evidence. Among these findings: U.S. prisons hold substantial numbers of political prisoner/POW's, including "white north american opponents of U.S. government policies." The Tribunal then issued the following call to actions--"It is of critical importance that the international human rights community as well as all freedom loving people to bring worldwide attention to the plight of U.S. political prisoners."
How is it that one year after the Tribunal's findings, the New Jersey trial of Richard Williams elicited no moral or political support from those who organized, sponsored, endorsed and attended this event? How did circumstances and attitudes evolve to the point of adding insult to injury by abandoning Richard Williams to a relentless attack by the State?
Nelson Mandela symbolizes antiapartheid resistance and the defiant spirit of political prisoners. Disturbing, that at no time prior, during, or after did anyone acknowledge the reality of U.S. political prisoners in prison for years, and still in prison today, for anti-apartheid actions. Few prisoners, including anti-imperialist prisoners, receive organizational support. This is not a criticism of the entire Left. Most of the Left doesn't even know we exist. Read More>>>
Tonite's event was well attended, with around 25 or 30 people in and out and mouthwatering homemade bread with flavors of herbs throughout... The opening performance was Sid with gritty commentary on life the universe and everything along with the mandolin player, Shakey... unusual to have a mandolin be the harmony, and the guitar providing the rhythm... nice eclectic feel to their musical harmonizing...
Misunderstanding was my personal favorite of the evening. It is a product of a protest that the videographer attended, where pro-Bush people were claiming to love God and our country, in a fevered frenzy of patriotic religious insanity. This film ties together the meaning of this videographer's take on what it means to pledge allegiance blindly to this country and ALL it stands for... the horrors of war, class war, and oppression of all peoples worldwide. And how surreal it is to see people who truly believe that God would be in favor of this evil that has been unleashed.
Solstice also was an interesting take, from a cynical videographer's viewpoint of where we are going from here, what the purpose of all the protesting is... at least I think that was what it was about... an amazing array of riot porn, superimposed on images of .... too much stuff to capture in words.
I went with some friends today and ate brunch. I am glad that theres a vegan fine dining establishment. I'm glad that Craig Rosebraugh pays his dishwashers better than the paradox. That he gives the staff benefits. I have traveled this country a few times. Every time I go to a new city I search out thier vegan restraunts. I'm not alone. Practicly every vegan I know that lives on more than a food not bombs income does this. Hell its one of the first things we talk about when we meet. I'm glad that the calendula has taken up the financially risky proposition of bieng an organic reastruant. To my knowledge there is NO other reastruant in town that has a higher comitment to the quality of thier ingredients. Just as thier is NO other VEGAN restruant in town. That Craig Rosebraugh has risked his ass financially to revitalize a historic building in this neighborhood should be commended. I have recently moved from a below poverty income to a down right middle class career as a carpenter. I work hard. I like to go out. I get tired of going to a greasy punk dive to get some inconsistant food. I want a place I'd feel proud to take my family to. I'm glad there's a restraunt i can take my friends to that says this is what a vegan can do. If Craig can do it. So can I.
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In accordance with their resolution to work for a fairer tax structure in Oregon, the Pacific Green Party voted at convention January 10 to endorse a "Yes" vote for Measure 30. "We wanted to send a clear message to the community that the Pacific Green Party values responsible government," said Jeff Cropp, co-chair of the Portland Metro Chapter of the PGP. "The people behind the 'No on 30' campaign don't really care about Oregon; they are political opportunists who want to limit government regulation of the marketplace."
"We think it is important to make a formal endorsement expressing solidarity with those who support Measure 30," said Joanne Cvar, PGP co-chair. "A 'Yes' vote on the measure upholds the surprisingly progressive bi-partisan attempt of the state legislature to balance the Oregon budget for the next biennium without making further cuts in essential public services such as education, human services, and public safety. This is a first step in the direction of a fair tax structure for Oregon, but we must continue to look for long-term solutions."
With the World Social Forum underway I have once again heard the slogan, often repeated, that states that 'another world is possible.' And the Zapitista's have been heard to say, 'Vive le Resistance.' I hear of 'Videos from the Resistance.' You see this world we live in is what we might call 'the real world', and those who stand in opposition to the real world are 'the resistance', and our task is to work towards building a new world, for 'another world is possible'.
The task is daunting. First the foundations must be laid for another world, and then, with great effort and much labor a new world must be built brick by brick. Of course, before the structure can rise first the foundations must be laid, and the long and grueling struggle to break ground and pour concrete to lay a foundation for the building of a new world is the task of the resistance. For even the saying 'another world is possible' indicates that the struggle to begin breaking ground and laying the foundations remains to be completed. The statement 'another world is possible' is a rallying cry to break ground and begin to lay the foundation...
Now why lay foundations, and why expend effort laying bricks when another world already exists. Many, many times I have tried to share some knowledge of this fact that another world already exists, and my efforts up to now have been hampered by the blocking schemes of the resistance. You see the real resistance is hard at work hiding the fact that another world already exists. Indeed the real work of the resistance is to protect the false notion that this world we see is the world that really exists, when in fact, this world in which live is the real fiction. It does not exist and therefore the really hard work consists of laboring to convince people that no other world exists, that this world is the only world that does exist, that it is inevitable, unavoidable, and that no other world is possible.
This Sunday, Jan 25th at 7 pm the Cascadia Education Collective [at SE 16th Ave. & Clinton] hosts the Justice For Mumia Coalition. A speaker will come and help us understand how we can help prevent the execution of one of the greatest contributors to the consciousness raising of this generation. These films and discussion will happen at the Cascadia Rising Infoshop at 1540 SE Clinton. This is a benefit for the Cascadia Rising Education Collective, and book donations for Books to Prisoners would be greatly appreciated.
As a journalist, Mumia Abu Jamal helped expose the atrocities committed by our government to the MOVE organization. As a Black Panther member, he helped create the journalistic environment for people to understand the impetus behind that movement. As a prisoner on death row, Mumia has provided insightful analysis on many important issues we have struggled with throughout these 2+ decades of increasing militarism and oppression. [ Read More ] [ freemumia.org | Mumia Abu-Jamal's Freedom Diary ]
So writes the CEO of SCO Computing, Darl McBride, in a letter to the US Congress. He bases his case on the strength of recent legislation such as the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and court rulings by the current ultraright US Supreme Court that have been almost universally reviled among the ranks of online civil libertarians.
Did the community need another reason to oppose Starbucks moving into the Seven Corners? North West Resistance Against Genetic Engineering (NWRage), Organic Consumers Association and other anti GE groups around the world have had an ongoing campaign against Starbucks. Since February 2001, the anti genetic engineering activists in the US, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and other countries have protested and leafleted outside of nearly one thousand Starbucks cafes, demanding that the company
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I'd like to share information about a great opportunity for people who live in Clackamas County and are interested in working on affordable housing advocacy. Frree workshops and trainings available over the next few months as a new coalition building efforts gets rolling. The first activity is next week! This is first in a six part series of training sessions to help us expand our affordable housing resources. This training will cover strategies to expand our coalition, identify allies and build an action plan to obtain endorsements and official support. We will identify supporters and develop an action plan to contact them and build relationships with them. This training will help us develop a plan of action and the necessary skills to reach out to Clackamas County residents, organizations, and leaders to secure their involvement. Much of this session will become the workplan for the new part-time organizer.
"To fight the Empire is to be infected by its derangement; this is a paradox; whoever defeats a segment of the Empire becomes the Empire; it proliferates like a virus, imposing its form on its enemies. Thereby it becomes its enemies." -Philip K. Dick, Valis, 1983
Breaking away from linearity I want to outline what I saw at the very last PPRC Friday rally I attended before I tell you about the first one. I went to this last rally in late August of 2003 because I was called out, emailed an invitation to show solidarity with the Friday afternoon marchers. Two weeks earlier the protest had been attacked by a group of about eight young thugs. PPRC was moved to sound the alarm by a physical assault that included one of the protesters being momentarily choked in the crook of a thug's arm.
There was a chance that the thugs were sent by the government. [ Read more... ]
The lockout of supermarket workers in California is the biggest labor dispute in the United States in the last twenty years, affecting some 70,000 workers. In many ways this is a watershed event for the US labor movement, on a par with other historic challenges to US workers, such as the PATCO strike in the 1980s, which President Ronald Reagan crushed, with such important and destructive implications for the vitality of organized labor and collective bargaining rights in this country.
This time, the issues at stake are perhaps even more fundamental. Workers are being locked out for insisting on retaining employer-paid health care benefits that they struggled to win years ago. If employers win this battle, it will mark a major turning point in the health care crisis in this country, as it will almost certainly strengthen the resolve of bosses nationwide to strip workers everywhere of these benefits.
Your support is urgently needed to defend the interests of these workers, and workers everywhere who will be affected by the outcome of this struggle. Please come and show your support.
Below is a letter I sent to Eugene Weekly, another letter, and EW's position on M30. Which side are you on?
YES ON 30
There are no safe sidelines in this war. Everyone has to decide which side they're on. You're either part of the solution or part of the problem.
To volunteer to help pass Measure 30, call 968-8965 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Everyone should have their ballots by now for Measure 30 and the deadline for voting is Tuesday, Feb. 3. We urge a "yes" vote on this very important measure. If you're unclear about the issues, get educated, and if you don't have time to get educated, trust the moderate lawmakers who put this package together with bipartisan support. In brief, here's why we think Measure 30 deserves our support.
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