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Black Thorn and Liberty Hall will be hosting Drawing Resistance from March 4th through March 14th at Liberty Hall (311 N. Ivy).
Drawing Resistance is a traveling political art show, featuring radical art by 31 different artists from all over North America. It started on September 7th, 2001, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and has since been traveling around the country, through many hands and set up in many cities across the U.S., on display for two weeks at a time. It is funded solely by the local communities that host the show and drive it to the next site. Drawing Resistance will finish the U.S., Canada and Mexico in December of 2004, in Wisconsin, the origin of the show and the home of the organizers, and will then cross the Atlantic to tour Europe in 2005. It is a unique concept and a step forward for the do-it-yourself communities of artists, activists, musicians, etc. Please come support this hard working project and give it a warm welcome and a hefty push to the next site. Here is a list of hosted events waiting for your support:
Over 400 people took to the streets for Jobs with Justice's Health Care Action Day.
We had workers come in on a fire truck as part of our declaration of a Health Care Emergency, some great theater, and a march in the streets to two buildings that should be using union janitors and providing health care for workers' children.
More background is available at the JwJ website.
A commenter reports: We had about 30 people at the rally and march in Eugene. We gathered at South Eugene high School for speeches, then marched to the nearby Safeway where we were immediately met by security people who asked us to leave their parking lot and get on the sidewalk, which we did. We marched back and forth on the sidewalk for a while, handing out leaflets, then back to the school. People in cars honked agreement at us and I guess we got some TV coverage.
Yesterday, Multonomah County sold nearly 300 marriage licenses to same-sex couples. It was the first day that same-sex couples were allowed to buy the licenses which cost $60 each. The Oregon Constitution does not define criteria for marriage outside of age. Lawyers found that it would be unlawful for the County to not issue the licenses since the constitution allows this. County Commissioner Lisa Naito said: "Multnomah County cannot deny marriage licenses to Gay or Lesbian Couples. We will not allow discrimination to continue when the Constitution of the State of Oregon grants privileges equally to all citizens."
Part of the County Attorney's opinion reads, "Refusal to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples violates Article 1, Section 20, of the Oregon Constitution... Multnomah County is required to act in accordance with the Constitution." Finding that not issuing marrriage licenses violates the State Constitution, county commissioners asked that the rest of the state follow suit and allow same-sex marriages. In Medford, people rallied in support of this, and asked for licenses to be issued in Jackson County as well. Medford Rally and March VIDEO
RELATED STORIES: [County Commissioner Lisa Naito Regarding the Issuance of Marriage Licenses | WE ARE THE REFLECTION POOL: a report from the marriage license line | The Daily Poetry Movement | Why A Defense Of Marriage Act In Oregon Is Bad | Far-right columnist compares same-sex marriage advocates to Islamic terrorists | Reasons for Marriage Equality | Multnomah County Cannot Deny Marriage Licenses To Same-Sex Couples | Just Married? Not Yet for Dozens of Gay Couples in New York | Oregon Marriage Law & The Oregon Constitution ]
Here's part of the recipe for destabilization and devastation which was applied to Haiti, concentrating on the role played by the IMF and other international financial institutions as willing accomplices to the exploitation of the nation at the hands of international capital and to the political destabilization accomplished through economic siege.
Perhaps the above sounds a little oversimplified. If you want the details to make your own judgement on the antidemocratic and callous activities of the IMF/WB in Haiti , here's the whole story in excerpts from other media, independent and otherwise: [ READ MORE ]
RELATED STORIES: [ Last seen in Port-au-Prince; whereabouts unknown | Protest US Coup in Haiti, kidnapping of President Aristide | Coup Coup: The US Media Says Aristide Fled | ACTION FOR HAITI !! | U.S.-SPONSORED REGIME CHANGE IN HAITI | Independent media reports Aristide abducted by US in coup | Q & A on Haiti ]
In an unexpected move yesterday, the Multnomah County Clerk agreed to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples today. This decision, comes on the heels of same-sex marriage licenses being issued in San Francisco, and New Paltz, NY. Ironically enough, it was NEVER ILLEGAL for same-sex couple to get married in Multnomah county, becasue marriage was never specified as "between a man and a woman."
After the story broke last night, same-sex couples and people in solidarity with them got in line for marriage licenses. A line started forming as early as 10pm last night...the licenses were to issued starting at 10 am this morning. Traditionally there is a three day waiting period between the marriage license being issued and the marriage being preformed. That waiting period has been set aside right now. Same-sex weddings have already been performed, some right outside of the Multnomah County Building.
one attendee writes: When I was there, (9:30am-10:30am) people were lined up around 3 sides of the 1-block County building to get there $60 marriage licenses. I've been to a few great weddings in my day, but this was the coolest celebration of love and commitment I have ever seen. Despite the steady rain, the mood was festive. Lots of people were coming by with flowers, donuts, coffee, umbrellas. The crowd cheered as couple after after couple came out of the building with their license in hand. A smal handful of bigots screamed obscenities about being condemned to Hell, spreading AIDS, the sanctity of their version of marriage, but people mostly ignored them. A group of younger folks started laughing at them and chanting.
WE ARE THE REFLECTION POOL: a report from the marriage license line
related: [ Why A Defense Of Marriage Act In Oregon Is Bad | A Brief History of Marriage in America | City Commissioner Stances On Gay Marriage | Lambda Project | Gay Marriages Legal | Shouldn't the Multnomah County Marriage Party Be a Feature? ]
Clear Channel previously across the country was responsible for allowing shock jocks on their stations to advocate violence against cyclists. In Cleveland where one of the instances of anti-cyclist propoganda was broadcasted, cyclists have been awarded a $10000 settlement.
Now Clear Channel wants to team up with cyclists in the Portland area to do a biking public service message. They have offered to donate $150,000 worth of adspace to a pro-cycling campaign. Personally, I don't think any of what Clear Channel is doing absolves the criminal broadcasts they aired. [ READ MORE ]
one commenter writes: "clear channel is just trying to cover their ass from major lawsuits. they just sat and watched as their pathetic excuse for hosts advocated violence against cyclists, and in all likelihood they encouraged it. of course they actively beat the drums of war leading up to gulf war 2.0, for which they should be held responsible for murder, but that is another story. irresponsible is not a strong enough word. HEY BIKE RIDERS: anyone for a class action lawsuit?"
INS hearings for both Maria Suarez and Rosario Munoz have been rescheduled, so please keep sending emails. Maria's supporters are also requesting URGENT ACTION Tuesday and Wednesday.
Rosario Munoz and Maria Suarez, who have been incarcerated in California for 15 and 22years, respectively, have been approved for parole by Gov. Schwarzenegger after Gov. Davis reversed several parole board decisions for each to be released. Both are now facing deportation to Mexico, away from their support networks here in the US. Rosario was imprisoned in 1987 for accidentally killing her husband's lover, after 14 years of being abused by her husband. Maria was imprisoned in 1981 for involvement in the murder of a man who bought her for $200 at the age of 16 and abused her for 5 years. Their hearings were set for January, but have been delayed. Rosario's is March 9 and Maria's is April 23.
Michael J. Garcia (Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement) will be reviewing Maria's case Tuesday or Wednesday of this week. His phone number and email address are not known but his fax number is 202-307-9911, so please contact him if you can!
To support Rosario Munoz, email email@example.com (her support people will keep it on file to use in her hearing). To support Maria Suarez, email Schwarzenegger at firstname.lastname@example.org and senators Boxer and Feinstein via senate.gov/~boxer and senate.gov/~feinstein
Yesterday's [Feb. 29] "Leap for Localization" was attended by over 60 people, who rallied against plans for a Starbucks in 7 Corners, and for localization and community-driven growth instead. The speakers were Richard White, an Urban Studies prof at PSU, Katherine Gray of the People's Food Co-op Board, Mark Lakeman of City Repair, Lynn Hanrahan, co-owner of Mirador, and Sophia from NW Resistance Against Genetic Engineering. Then there was a surprise speaker, Ray, a 9 year old resident of the neighborhood [pictured, at left], who likened Starbucks, fast food chains, and TV culture to "cancer". Ray's analysis was spot on, and drew loud cheers from the crowd.
People wrote messages on gold strips of paper about why they don't want a Starbucks in the location, and what they want instead, and wove them through the fence in front of the construction site. This reclaiming of the space was a powerful visual symbol of neighborhood opposition and wishes. Afterwards, a neighborhood activist led a walking tour of the surrounding 2 square blocks where not less than 6 other developments are also happening, and talked about the lack of public input into what happens in our neighborhoods. He also suggested that people become involved with their neighborhood associations and other community efforts to demand a voice. [ Read more... ]
Jean-Bertrand Aristide fled Port-Au-Prince, the capital of Haiti yesterday...or at least that is what the US government would like you to think. This morning the president of Haiti spoke from exile in Africa to congressmember Maxine Waters and Randall Robinson of TransAfrica who told Democracy Now! that the president did not resign, he was kidnapped.
Aristide said that he was threatened by US "diplomats" who forcibly removed the president. Aristide was told that if he did not leave, Guy Phillipe, leader of the rebel army, would storm the capital and kill Aristide. He was then removed by helicopter and taken to the Central African Republic. Aristide was adamant that he did not resign, however the US has completed it coup attempt.
As early as four hours after the removal of Aristede, US and French troops entered Port-Au_Prince to "help restore order". That is what some corporate media sites are saying, as they continually push the myth that Aristide resigned.
On the eve of the announcement on whether the U.S. backed opposition has enough signatures to force a Presidential recall referendum, hundreds of thousands of people turned out to support Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez Frias. In his speech, Chavez said "Here is Venezuela in the spirit of the Liberator Simon Bolivar to say NO to Yanqui interventionism, to say no to Mr. Bush, to his invading, imperialist and colonial regime ... and we will tell him that here is the people of Simon Bolivar and we will keep on telling him."
The U.S. led opposition claims to have 3.4 million signatures with 2.4 million needed. Privately some opposition leaders have admitted that they do not have enough. Many of the signatures are fake. Some are from dead people, foreigners, forged, or stolen. Preliminary statistics predict only 1.4 million verified signatures.
"I'm ready to bet in bolivares or dollars, whichever he wants, that I will be President in the Miraflores Palace longer than he (Bush) will be resident at the White House in Washington D.C." Chavez Frias said in his speech.
National Elections Council (CNE) officials have postponed any announcement on preliminary results until tomorrow, Monday, claiming that there is an overwhelming need to preserve peace after repeated threats by the radical opposition to impose a unilateral decision that would mandate a recall referendum without the constitutionally required number of verified signatures.
In April 2002, the U.S. backed a failed coup attempt. In December 2002, U.S. corporate interests were involved in an economic lockout to force the ouster of Chavez. In September 2003, Venzuelan government officials claim the CIA intended to assasinate President Chavez during a planned trip to the U.S. Now the wealthy elite, along with the U.S. backing, are trying to force the referendum.
From tomorrow, March 1, Chavez Frias says a series of campaigns will be begun in 22 countries around Latin America, Europe and in the United States itself, against the Bush 2 government's interventionism and in solidarity with Venezuela's sovereign independence.
Protests will take place in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Uruguay. Also Mexico; Washington, Los Angeles, Miami, Ohio and Boston in the USA plus protests in Spain, Berlin, Germany and France.
[ Strengthened Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez Frias tells George W. Bush to back-off; keep his nose out of Venezuela's domestic political affairs | Venezuela's National Elections Council (CNE) test statistics project only verified 1,472,200 signatures to petition a recall referendum against President Hugo Chavez Frias | LA - MARCH 1ST. WORLDWIDE SOLIDARITY MOBILIZATION WITH VENEZUELA | The revolution in Venezuela is in Danger! ]
Previous pdx indy features: [ Venezeula Has "Overwhelming Evidence" That The Cia Is Attempting To Assasinate Hugo Chavez (Sept. 23, 2003) | The Venezuelan Coup, the Commercial Media and how to stop them both (Dec. 22, 2002) | Letter to President Bush about Venezuela from Congress and You (Dec. 14, 2002) | USA intelligence agencies revealed in plot to oust Venezuela's President (Dec. 12, 2002) | Struggles Continue Amid Coup Plotting in Venezuela - an Indymedia report (Dec. 11, 2002) | The Venezuelan Revolution in Danger (Dec. 7, 2002) | More information emerging about U.S. involvement in Venezuelan coup-attempt (May 6, 2002) | Coup in Venezuela fails; Chavez returns to power (April 15, 2002) | U.S. sponsoring war in Colombia; Venezuela next? (Feb. 28, 2002) ]
From the open publishing newswire: As I'm sure you're aware, tonite's (friday) FTAA special on PBS was supposed to air last Friday nite. It did not. No one had an explanation and network geeks were NOT talking. I hope we find out soon. I think overall tonite's episode of "NOW With Bill Moyers" was highly damaging to the social justice movement. It surely wasn't asking any hardball questions. And it reeked of over a week's worth of direct government censorship if you ask me.
One commenter disagreed:Just finished watching. Thought it was extremely damning against Miami police, Timoney in particular. As someone who followed the whole business in Miami, I thought it was quite well done (even *I* learned something new in this show!) Granted, I haven't watched all the video footage, and some have been arguing with me that they could have used more or better footage to make the point. Nonetheless, I think the point comes across pretty clearly: the Miami police used gigantic overkill, and attacked large numbers of people indiscriminately with dangerous weaponry.
Another commenter added:A good friend of mine once nearly started crying to see a corporate newspaper in the indymedia center. After a week of being chased on blind alleyways, cornered, beaten gassed, harrassed, illegally arrested, when it was almost over, the delegates were going back to their coutries and then citizens of ours were gathered around the splintered picnic benches eating food not bombs, my friend looked down to see A CORpIRATE Newspaper in our news office.
All of the lives dedicated, all the mumias, all the peltiers, the Chavez, the mandelas, could be heard in his voice when he asked - WHO BROUGHT THIS HERE?
There are so many things wrong with the idea of adding an anti-gay marriage amendment to the Constitution of the United States that I can barely list them all.
Comment: "What are the advantages of marriage over civil union if any? Disadvantages? I know that marriage can be pretty tough to get out of sometimes and the palimony etc.."
Such inequities impose added costs on these families, such as increased health insurance premiums, higher tax burdens and the absence of pension benefits or Social Security benefits in the event of a partner's death.
Scientist and critic Craig Holdbridge dispels illusions about GE food. He gives a brief history of Genetically Engineered food and then moves on to critique the current models that GE scientists use. His main points are that (1) One cannot cause discrete changes through genetic engineering. That is you can't, "put a one gene in and the plant does what it's told." (2) You cannot isolate the GM plants from everything else in its environment. He goes on to answer a few good questions from the audience. The recording is one hour and 35 minutes. You can stream it live from PDX IMC Web Radio: Craig Holdbridge - GMO's - 02/27/2004
Last month, the Portland police mobilized several squad cars, motorcycle officers, and bicycle patrols, in an effort to harass a monthly bicycle celebration called Critical Mass; primarily making sure that participants' lights were functioning properly, while offering inaccurate legal advice. That same weekend, there were at least five shootings in Portland, leaving two people dead and six injured. The Portland Police force continues to demonstrate their criminal negligence and failure to curb violent crime as they repress the Constitutional rights of those that they have sworn to serve and protect. The recent Police Chief replacement of Mark Kroeker with Derrick Foxworth has resulted in no noticeable improvement of Portland Police policies.
In the wake of the flurry of local shootings, Portland Police Chief Derrick Foxworth can't understand why more people aren't stepping forth to offer information that might help local police solve these crimes. He doesn't seem to make the connection that the police executions and subsequent whitewashes of the police murders of Jose Mejia Poot, and Kendra James may be undermining public trust in local police.
In the past week at least 4000 downloads of the first 4 video files have been completed. Since the demand has been high links to 4 new videos are being provided, including the popular Day X video.
Today our national leaders are meeting to discuss decency in the corporate media. In other words, while a US-induced global conflict rages, they're talking about boobies and nasty words. And they seem to be doing it with a straight face. I didn't watch the superbowl. I never do. But if I had known Janet Jackson would be unveiling corporate media hypocracy, among other things, during the halftime show, perhaps I would have tuned in after all. Certainly the fallout (no pun intended) has been more than entertaining.
We have it all in American media. We have "reality" shows about everything from real life cops exploiting the broken pieces of people's lives to beautiful yet amazingly shallow women and men in thongs wallowing in hot tubs ala the 1970s. We have every kind of freak show. We even have pornographic "news" shows that glorify war to our children, making light of real-life terror and carnage by sanitizing it all into maudlin stories about "hometown heros." And yet, in the midst of all this, America freaked out over a breast. My God! It was just a breast!
My initial reaction to all this is to laugh. I mean, it's funny. Who would have expected such pious and puritanical outrage over a mere breast in the 21st century? But, on thinking about this more, there's something not so funny about it after all.
This is a short Public Service Announcement from the forest conservation group Bark. In this PSA, Sandi Scheinberg, executive director of Bark, requests public comments on the Solo and Borg timber sales, for which the USFS just this week released their Supplemental Environmental Asssessmentsfor five projects in the area These comments are due by March 18, 2004.
These timber sales are particulary egregious, as they seek to eliminate some of the last old growth in the Oak Grove watershed. Two other sales in the area are Batwing and Slinky.
Dear Friends of Chile:
Without the steady work of the US activists and your support, the buyers of Chilean wood products would not have not sent the "market signals" needed to initiate the process of negotiations nor arrive at the "No Conversion Agreement" signed by the Chilean companes as part of their commitment not to convert or log native forests. We even moved forward one more step: The companies committed themselves to protect and report on the current status of their native forest assets. More than 1 million acres they own will not be cut. In the past two years the support you have provided to the Chile Native Forest Campaign has made a tremendous impact and created unusual opportunities to open up the negotiations with forestry companies in our country.
[Another Organizer writes:]"In June 2002, you and many others protested the North American Wholesale Lumber Association (NAWLA) in Colorado Springs, Colorado and then again in November 2002 in Dallas, Texas. The first action put the issue of indiscriminate destruction of the forests into Chilean headlines for two straight months, forcing the logging industry to scramble for a way out of the unflattering spotlight. The Dallas NAWLA actions and protests not only garnered more media attention in Chile, they also raised concerns about Chilean wood products throughout the world. By crashing two consecutive NAWLA meetings attended by 650 of the world's worst forest destroyers, we showed these corporations that we were not going to let up on our pressure to halt the stream of unsustainably produced wood products from the Global South just to feed the greed of corporations from North America.
The NAWLA protests stigmatized companies such as BMC West and North Pacific Group, and forced them to change their policies so that the Chilean wood products they buy do not come from destruction of native forests or native peoples. Arauco, Chile's largest logging company was forced to put its 600,000 acres of native forested lands off limits to logging pending the results of an open and expensive process to identify areas that should never be logged. And the Chilean government was forced to cancel a logging project that would have destroyed 150,000 acres in the heart of the Valdivian Rainforest, one of the world's largest unprotected temperate rainforests." www.forestethics.org
CALLING ALL WARRIORS
"people of all Nations"
Demonstration in front of the Federal building,
3rd ave Terry Shrunk plaza Feb/27/04, Friday @ 5:00pm-6:00pm
Portland Oregon drum group
WHY? Because! it's the anniversary of Wounded Knee! Wounded Knee is a site where the 300 Indigenous people were massacre on December 29, 1890 by the 7th Calvary. The indigenous people wanted to pray to survive and bring the buffalo back because they wanted to simply live like indigenous people. They wanted to express their freedom of religion, even though they weren't considered at that time to be citizens of our own lands! On this day( 1973 ) AIM made a stand and occupied Wounded Knee to make a political statement about the genocide of our indigenous people ways of life. Indigenous people came from all over the country to support this cause when the movement was strong. Today we are still here to continue the struggle for fair treatment of our people all over this turtle island. Bring your voices, prayers, banners and up side down flags to make our political statement to save mother earth and it's indigenous people from the hands of the oppressors.
Native American Student and Community Center
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