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I had written last year that the reason the Bush regime allowed the Shiite population of Baghdad to loot Baghdad and allowed Shiite lawlessness in other parts of the country immediately after the Hussain regime retreated was simply because the Bush regime wanted to give an advantage to the consolidation and growth of a Shiite political bubble that would at some point begin to interfere with the Bush regime's publicly stated plans for the reconstruction and the bringing of democracy to Iraq. I also wrote that the Bush regime would then blame Iran for the interference. With the Ayatollah Sistani emerging as the key political and spiritual leader of the Iraqi Shiite (who is leading the charge against U.S. plans to hand power in Iraq to the U.S. puppet government of Ahmed Chalabi) and being an Iranian Shiite at the same time, the bubble I wrote about last year has become increasingly pregnant and ready to give birth.
NW Resistance Against Genetic Engineering (NW RAGE) invites you to the 2004 Genetic Engineering Action Network (GEAN) Conference to be held March 12-14 at the University of California at Berkeley. In our view, GE represents the most serious threat to our health, the health of the environment, and the safety of our food supply. Stop corporate takeover of our food! Representatives from NW RAGE will be attending the conference, and you are invited too! We are planning to fly down, but if enough people are interested, we can organize a car pool down to the conference. Call or email NW RAGE for more info. A limited number of scholarships are available from GEAN for folks who want to go but don't have the cash.
The 2004 GEAN Conference will include speakers Percy Schmeiser, a Canadian farmer whose Canola fields were contaminated with Monsanto's Round-Up Ready Canola, and is currently being sued by Monsanto for patent infringement; and Jeffrey Smith, the author of the recently published book, Seeds of Deception. The conference will feature workshops from over 30 issue experts and leaders from the movement; a public forum hosted by Californians for GE-Free Agriculture; activist skill-building workshops; information and strategy sessions (including strategies for Biodev 2004), and more.
1 year since the illegal invasion and occupation of Iraq officially began.
1 year since brutal police repression of anti-war protesters in portland, throughout the united states, and around the world.
2 marches have been announced:
400 people protested in the streets, and in the stores today at Powell's and Safeway, in a show of solidarity to support workers fighting for decent health care.
The action started at the North Park Blocks with the No War Drum Corps and a Jobs with Justice banner leading a march to Powell's front door. Meanwhile, dozens of activists started their Valentine's Day program inside the store. After a few love songs, with some new verses about Powell's, a very large valentine was presented to Powell's workers. Another much smaller and not-so-nice valentine was presented to Ann Smith, Powell's CEO... People then did a conga-line march through the store, while dozens of Powell's workers simultaneously walked off the job! After a brief rally in front of the main entrance, the crowd (now at 400) marched down 11th to Safeway.
Please join the Coalition to Abolish Animal Testing and In Defense of Animals this Sunday [Feb 15 @ 9:30am] at 5428 NE 30 (30th and Killingsworth) to spread some love for the animals in OHSU's labs. We'll be meeting at the IDA office and then teaming up to hang door hangers in Northeast Portland to educate the public about how their tax dollars are being wasted on unreliable, cruel research on animals. Call 503-249-9996 for more info. [ Read More ] [ BoycottOHSU.com | Coalition to Abolish Animal Testing | In Defense of Animals ]
Teens and Protests. Do we owe it to teens, as an activist community, to offer them protest tactic and street medicine training against their parents' will? What is the liability in that? Are street protests age-rated? And what about parents bringing their kids to protests? Should a street medic treat a minor without parental consent? Teens and protests are as thorny an issue as teens and sex education...
Teens and Protests. It is a touchy subject. Responsible sex education for teens is often painted by Republicans as "irresponsible promotion of premarital sex." And I could see basic nonviolent protest training for teens having a "terrorist training" spin put on them, by America's crazed Homeland Security Department. Just as it is cutting-edge work to get safer sex information out to teens, it is also controversial to train teens in nonviolent protest tactics, in direct action protocol, in street medicine, etc. What responsibility do adults in the activist community have to our activist teens, whose views may differ from their parents'? [ Read More ]
I think too much credit has been given, in the defeat of Measure 30, to rightwing money. Money may have put M30 on the ballot, but I didn't see any signs that money defeated it -- no visible TV ad campaign, etc. We need to look at what else is going on.
State legislators should have known that their budget balancing bill would be referred to the voters and defeated. The defeat of M28 last January should have told them that. Their plan was way too complicated for most voters to understand...Nor did the coalition which tried to pass M30 do a very good job of explaining to people how much M30 would cost them... You have to tell people exactly, as close as you can, what it will cost them. There should have been a simple table on the flyer, telling people what the average tax would be for a given income range. The state Legislative Revenue Office had something like that on their website.
If the legislature can't produce a fairer system, and they probably won't, we should start thinking about an initiative for 2006. At a recent Eugene workshop on the state budget and taxes I found out that 52 cents out of every tax dollar is never collected because of tax credits. We should think about an initiative to abolish all the tax credits that go to business. People will not support any tax increase they have to pay, but I think they would vote to cut out business tax "loopholes."
To start learning about the Oregon tax system, check out the website for Citizens for Oregon's Future at http://www.fororegon.org/. They are available to do nonpartisan workshops and presentations. [ Read More ]
Corportate media reports of violence by pro-Aristide supporters in Haiti, coupled with statement's from Washington supporting regime change, bring to mind the April 11, 2002 failed coup attempt against Venezuelan President, Hugo Chavez. Different circumstances, same imperialist power behind the curtain.
Excerpt from Haitiprogres.com: ...in one of the largest mobilizations in recent years, hundreds of thousands of Haitians marched and rallied in Port-au-Prince on Feb. 7, the anniversary of the 1986 fall of the Duvalier dictatorship, to demand that Aristide fulfill his five-year term, which ends Feb. 6, 2006. Thousands more held similar anti-coup demonstrations in provincial cities. Pro-government popular organizations have begun setting up barricades and taking up arms in the capital and other cities like Jacmel, Cayes and Cap Ha├»tien to prevent the spread of the armed opposition's attacks.
The offensive began on the morning of Feb. 5 when the newly constituted Front of Revolutionary Resistance of Gona├»ves (FRRG) attacked that city's police headquarters with automatic weapons fire and grenades. Many civilians and several policemen were killed in the five-hour gun battle that ensued, although it is not clear how many from numerous conflicting reports. Eventually the police withdrew. The attackers overran the station and freed all the prisoners in jail, "among them lots of criminals whom courts had convicted," said a Feb. 7 police communique. [ Read More ] [ Haitiprogres.com ]
Today is the third anniversary of my first full day in Portland, and I thought to myself, "What better way to start it than by protesting the awful plans for that Starbucks in my neighborhood!" So I got up at the crack of dawn, biked over, and joined a few other folks on SE Division in front of the Ladd's Meat Building. I had downloaded and made copies of some flyers made expressly for this event and posted here on indymedia. The flyers are geared toward drivers sitting at the long light there, and warned thta if the Starbucks goes in, traffic and waits will be even worse. "Outreach to the Commuting Community", I guess you'd call this. ;-)
Portland Indymedia will be breaking new ground in the coming months as we continue to reclaim the media, this time through tv. This weekly show will cover local, national, and international news stories from a perspective that the corporate media has done its best to spin, censor, and bury.
While incorporating familiar elements - newscasters, street reporters, and commentary - Indymedia news will go a step farther to challenge the paradigm of tv news as a one-way channel of ideas. Viewers will be encouraged to think critically about the issues, examine the ways the mainstream media crafts "our reality," and look at how and why the corporate media maintains an audience of passive and disengaged spectators.
Workers at Mother Kali's Books in Eugene, Oregon (one of the oldest longstanding feminist bookstores in the United States) were locked out of the shop on January 29th, following an unfair labor practices filing with the National Labor Relations Board. Mother Kali's workers are members of IWW Industrial Union 660, and have been pursuing contract negotioation with the Mother Kali's Board of Directors for several months with no response. [ Read more... ]
Tonight managers at the Sellwood New Seasons expressed their commitment to the community by rejecting the wishes of a local Street Roots vender to sell the paper in front of their store. Vendors had sold the paper outside Sellwood New Seasons previously and been treated with respect and enthusiasm by their customers. Many folks who were not used to seeing Street Roots outside of downtown were happy to see the Roots growing to Southeast Portland. They will no longer have access to the community voice of the homeless population without leaving their neighborhood.
When asked why New Seasons had this policy the managers response was that the company does not own the location, but leases it from "...some big company that owns a lot of stuff other places and is headquartered somewhere."
Mix love and resistance with the Midnight Special Law Collective. Formed in the wake of the 1999 WTO protests in Seattle, the Midnight Special Law Collective is a non-lawyer collective dedicated to providing legal trainings and accessible, relevant, democratic and accountable legal support to a wide range of activists participating in the struggle for social change.
They've done legal support in Quebec, New York, DC, LA, Miami, and San Francisco. And now they're here. Learn how to protect your files, cover your tracks, and demand your rights from those who believe you have none. Then squaredance your fiery little heart out. And there's beer. Did we mention there's beer?
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 14 - starting @ 4pm
Liberty Hall, 311 N. Ivy Street, 503-249-8888
Benefit for the General Defense Committee of the IWW
Co-sponsored by the Lewis & Clark Law School chapter of the National Lawyers Guild
~ 4:00p-6:00p - Computer Security training for non-computer experts.
~ 6:15p-8:00p - Know-Your-Rights Training.
~ 8:00 pm - ? - Squaredance, with caller Paul Silveria
$5/$8 per couple - Donation requested; no one turned away for lack of funds. Family & Queer Friendly.
[ Read More ] [ Midnight Special Law Collective | General Defense Committee of the IW | National Lawyers Guild ]
Members of IWW Industrial Union 660 continued their job action today in front of Mother Kali's Books on 13th avenue in Eugene. The crowd today was smaller than at Monday's rally when 30 supporters marched and picketed the former worker's cooperative. Organizers seemed equally pleased with the coninuing effort and with the sunny weather.
The four workers who were terminated without notice and had their medical benefits illegally discontinued were present and spoke with several customers coming out of the store. One customer said that the store's sole visible employee had told him that the picketers out front were not really part of a labor union. This prompted several of the fired workers to go and hold their IWW red cards up against the glass of the front window.
The UPS deliveryman was obviously of a different mind than the clerk concerning the nature of the job action. After a call to his union steward he told the picket line that he would not cross the line if they didn't want him to, and did not take his packages into the store.
The Umpqua National Forest decided on Alternative No. 6, one of the worst.
A record of decision is expected in April 2004.
Log approx. 42 mmbf (8,500 log trucks full), burnt mature & old growth forests
Leave as little as 4 trees per acre in 900 acres of salvage units,
Build 1.27 miles of new roads and reconstruct 1.05 miles of closed roads,
Use 39 landings for helicopters (about 1 acre each of permanent deforestation).
This project will salvage dead trees from the 2002 arson Apple fire in the North Umpqua Ranger District of the Umpqua National Forest. alternative 6 will salvage log mature and old-growth forests, mostly dead trees killed in the fire. (The only live trees logged will be "incidental", that is, cut when they stand in the way of building new roads or yarding corridors).
On most of the units (and on all of the big Douglas fir old-growth units), only four (4) trees per acre will be left. Two of those trees will be cut down to provide soil nutrients, and two (2) will be left standing for wildlife. Just two.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINA - The Earth Liberation Front has taken credit for its second known action of 2004 with an attack on equipment at a building site in Charlottesville, Virginia. The site, a 30-acre clearcut slated for the development of 300 duplex-apartment units, a bank, a Target store and some restaurants, was targeted as part of the ELF's ongoing actions against large-scale developments going up at the expense of what little green space is left in North America.
A group of thirty members and supporters of the Industrial Workers of the World marched up 13th avenue in Eugene chanting "Union bust, lose our truxst!" and kept themselves warm by vigorous sign waving and singing on a gray and cold Monday, February 9. Mother Kali's bookstore has illegally locked out the four employees, all members of IWW Industrial Union 660 in a blatant attempt to bust the union.
PCUN, la union de campesinos de Oregon, tendra una celebracion el 15 de febrero para reconocer la entrada en vigor de esta nueva regla administrativa, y para reconocer a los que ayudaron a lograr esta victoria.
La regla administrativa que emitio el comisionado de labor Dan Gardner, entro en vigor el 15 de febrero y les da a los campesinos el derecho legal a los descansos pagados y una media hora de tiempo para almorzar. Oregon es el quinto estado de los cincuenta que garantiza los descansos pagados para los campesinos, y es uno de dieciseis estados que garantiza los tiempos de almuerzo. Para los trabajadores que tienen una rutina de trabajar muchas horas y realizar labores dificiles y extenuantes, la garantia de descansos pagados y tiempos de almuerzo es una victoria importante.
Quien: El comisionado del trabajo Dan Gardner, legisladores de Oregon, lideres sindicales, y lideres campesinos
Que: Una celebracion para reconocer el logro de la nueva regla que garantiza los descansos pagados y tiempos de almuerzo a los campesinos.
Donde: Centro Educativo Cipriano Ferrel 1274 Fifth Street, Woodburn
Cuando: domingo, 15 de febrero. 4:00- 6:00 PM
PCUN, BOLI Celebrate ruling on paid breaks and lunch periods for farmworkers
PCUN, Oregon's farmworker union, will host the Feb. 15th celebration to recognize the issuance of this administrative rule and to honor those who made this achievement possible. The administrative rule, issued by Commissioner of Labor Dan Gardner, went into effect on February 1st and gives farmworkers the legal right to paid breaks and unpaid lunch periods.
Oregon is the fifth state to guarantee paid breaks to farmworkers and the sixteenth to guarantee lunch periods. For workers who routinely log long hours doing hard, physical labor, the guarantee of paid breaks and lunch periods is an important victory.
Who: Labor Commissioner Dan Gardner, Oregon legislators, labor leaders, and farmworker leaders. Invited guests include Senate President Peter Courtney, Senator Avel Gordly, and Oregon AFL-CIO President Tim Nesbitt.
Portland indymedia activists have recognized the necessity of topical indymedia sites, and would like to make that widely known. Portland IMC will be updating its "global imc network" list to include both the Biotech IMC and the FTAA IMC, under the new header "Topics".
There has been long debate in the Global Indymedia Network about this issue. Some would like to keep indymedia strictly based on cities, others would like to branch out with topic imc's. These sites collect articles about a specific topic throughout the imc network so they are all in one place. These sites create their own features and offer very detailed information on that topic, from an independant perspective. These sites are also dedicated to multilinguality because their scope covers more than one language.
I had the misfortune to read the recent article in the Tribune titled "Activist indulges capitalistic cravings". It was written by Jim Redden. Now I have heard a couple people claim that Redden is something of a progressive, but this article is just another example of useless trash pushed out by for-profit commercial media which offers nothing of value to the reader.
Here is an entire page wasted on a story about an activist who opened a restaurant, and wrote a book, which apparently some people disagree with. Redden claims in a bold photo caption that "critics both liberal and conservative call him (Rosebraugh) two-faced." However, reading through the article you will only find the single conservative critic doing so. Redden relies entirely on an anonymous posting from Indymedia, which is itself most likely from a right wing critic, to back-up his claim. In fact, there isn't a single interview with any activist to provide another viewpoint. Beyond that, the article does not give much interesting information about the restaurant. It does not review the book. It does not attempt any discussion of some of the issues that might be of value to inform readers about and at least in some part, redeem itself. No, this entire page is a complete waste of people's time. Particularly in light of other serious issues that could use more public attention. For contrast I will mention just one. Hanford. Here, just miles away, is a vast repository of radioactive and chemical toxic waste. There are 172 building sized buried tanks, some 70 of which have already leaked millions of gallons of high level radioactive waste. Waste which is leaking into aquifers that eventually feed into the Columbia river. Now that is something to be terrified of.
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