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CALL TO ACTION...
We, at the Clackamas County PUD campaign, are looking for people to help with campaign visibility! Folks of all abilities are welcome and invited. The other day, we had a very abled-bodied individual in a wheel chair volunteer with us on a street corner... HIS SERVICES WERE ABSOLUTELY VALUABLE. ALSO!!! We are tAbLiNg An EvEnT in Oregon City and need volunteers to help throughout the weekend.
ATTENTION: RADICAL CHEERLEADERS!!! I do not know how I would get in touch with you in such short notice, but... if you are out there... and you get this message... WE COULD USE YOUR SUPPORT! Lets make some noise and get the mainstream corporate media to cover this.
Fighting the good fight has its pleasures. Of course! Sure! Certainly! But... Don't we need a win?!? Don't we deserve a win?!?
THIS IS OUR LAST WEEKEND for this before election day. Let's make some noise!
The defense of Cuba against US-Policy toward CUBA is quickly becoming a crucial issue !!! Bush's recently approved tough measures against Cuba mark a new phase of agressive efforts to overthrow the CubaÂ´s legitimate Government. Steps that will lead to an invasion -- as Bush and his accomplices have done with Afghanistan, Iraq and Haiti !!!
The "Commission for Assistance to a Free Cuba" has issued a 50 page report -- the Bush administration has chosen to administer the policies outlined in this report. A report that details abuses by Cuba -- this report is Orwellian in that it could actually be the condemation of the current Bush administration -- not Cuba !!!
Quoting directly from this report, "The United States rejects the continuation of a communist dictatorship in Cuba ..."
For eight days in May, the Port of Oakland was virtually shut down by truckers striking for better conditions. The same port had been closed down by antiwar protesters just three weeks before, so a small contingent of us from Direct Action to Stop the War (DASW) joined them as a community support group and reported their struggle on Indymedia.
The strike actually began in central and also in southern California as a one-day protest, but on reaching Oakland it lasted from April 30th to May 7th. Movement of cargo was reduced to 25 percent of normal and on some days to only 10 percent.
Several hundred of the striking drivers occupied the gate area of the APL terminal along Middle Harbor Road. They'd moved in and made themselves to home. Some were also spending the nights there. Most of these truckers were immigrants, coming from all over the world, some from the Punjab, others from Haiti, and a good many from the various countries of Latin America. Nevertheless, these diverse ethnic groups had gotten together for this action.
June 5-6 Portland Actions and Organizing Workshops!
Meet 10:30-11am at S.E. 39th and Ankeny
Laurelhurst Park, 11am-5pm (each day)
Self-serve lunch and snacks will be provided.
ACTION and ORGANIZING 101 Longstanding action oriented groups like the Cascadia Forest Alliance and others are no longer active in Portland - please come and join others interested in revitalizing Portland's tradition of active, radical, grassroots resistance! Beyond letter writing and changing our consumer habits there is a world of grassroots organizing and resistance--from meeting bulldozers in the forests to CEOs in their boardrooms. Come learn basic skills for creating successful actions to help save the little that remains of ancient forests. Meet others that share concerns about the corporate domination of public lands. Turn your concerns into ACTION. Topics will include: group building, know your rights, strategy, tactics, nonviolence, consensus, media, outreach, anti-oppression & the environmental movement, the Northwest Forest Plan, Mt. Hood timber sales, First Aid and more... [M]any of these workshops would be useful to a variety of groups and situations and we welcome all levels of experience. Read More
Come to the open planning meeting for the Anti-Capitalist Queer Pride March. All GLBTQ and allies welcome. Bring ideas to People's Co-op 3029 SE 21st Ave @ 7pm on Tues. May 18th! As the queer community enters into a nascent consumer status, so too Pride becomes a celebration of this newly acquired market power. Pride is transformed into a vehicle for capitalist appropriation and identity consolidation, rather than serving the important function of promoting the continuing struggles of Queer people and their historical role in challenging power.
We demand a new queer activism. We are not interested in "brand loyalty" to those "brave" corporations who first bid to divest us of our money. We will not drink a Bud Light, Absolut or Gay Fuel beverage to support the commercial assimilation of our community. We deny a government who within the last year has "legitimized" our right to sex or offered us a tentative grasp on the dubious contract of marriage. In place of a festival of new consumerism we will celebrate a community historically maintained by mutual aid and the veritable need to resist. We will interrogate an increasingly homogenized, commodified, bourgeois disinterested queer identity, and uplift our communities with manifestations of queer fabulousless. Read More
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Activists in Utah have done several demonstration against NorthWest Toxicology, located in Salt Lake City. NorthWest Toxicology, has shown some interest in making a public statement saying that they will no longer do business with HLS. We ask our supporters to contact NorthWest Toxicology's parent company LabOne, located in Kansas.
[And, remember:] The terrorists are the ones with blood on their hands.
Dignity Village has started construction on 10 new dwelling spaces. The houses feature natural and green building features such as light-straw-clay insulation, passive solar elements and rainwater catchment.
Saturday May 8th found Dignity Village kicking off the construction of 10 new light-straw-clay structures at the Village. Five of the new dwelling spaces will be constructed during the Village Building Convergence 4 (May 21-30, see cityrepair.org). The structures are framed with salvaged recycled building materials and feature natural light straw clay insulation, as well as passive solar features and rooftop rainwater harvesting.
Come on down to the Village this Sunday (May 16th) 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. or during the VBC4 to lend a hand or simply observe this unique construction technique. [ read the full article... ]
Protest. To rail against, to not be "for", to stand up to injustice, to take back our rights, etc etc. What exactly does protest look like now? I havent been to a PPRC rally for quite some time, but I would imagine they are about thirty people marching on the sidewalk still, with the police quite present.
I have been to some recent protests that were to be more "radical." But how radical can a protest be? It seems that the accepted view of a protest is to walk in circles around the city while the cops shove you and laugh. It just doesnt seem to add up that the way we protest and how we protest will EVER actually change things.
On Saturday afternoon, May 8, 2004, Amy Goodman, award winning journalist and host of Democracy Now! appeared at the Bagdhad Theatre in Portland Oregon as part of an 80 city book tour for her first book, "The ExceptioDemocracy Now! is aired over numerous community radio stations and Public Access television stations nationwide.
Portland Community Media
Multnomah Community Television
Amy spoke for an hour, about the importance of alternative media, concluding with her first hand experience of the massacre in East Timor, where over 250 people, men women and children, were murdered by the Indonesian army.
She is an engaging, eloquent and inspiring speaker.
n to the Rulers," co authored by her brother, David Goodman.
Mother's Day greetings were delivered early this year to three local moms... with love from the federal government. In lieu of cards, FBI agents hand-delivered subpoenas—demanding that the women comply with the most coercive of judicial investigations: the grand jury. Jennifer Woodruff, Heather Whitney and Twiga May-Whittier define themselves as hard-working, single moms who have planted their roots and raise their children in the Whiteaker neighborhood. Amid all the daily trials of being moms, they've also found ways to be active in their community — supporting coop housing, gardening projects and cooperative childcare.
"I feel like an iron fist is coming down on me," says Jennifer, who works at a local bakery and cares for her 9-year old son. "There is only fear, depression, anxiety and righteous anger to interfere with already taxing daily responsibilities." "It's really frightening because I don't feel like I have any control over my own destiny, it feels like I'm being penalized for being a part of a progressive, radical community," Heather adds.
Oak trees are exceptional living beings that could be considered both nature and food. The first peoples of the Sacramento River Valley relied on the oak's acorns for baking flour. The great Valley Oaks (Quercus lobata) that live along the floodplain of the river drop thousands of protein packed acorns every fall. The bitter tannins (also medicinal astringent and coloring dye) in the acorn are leached out and after a few times the acorn becomes edible, usually ground into flour for bread. The Pomo make bread by adding a little red powdered clay and baking the 2" leaf wrapped loaves in coals overnight. Acorn bread would last throughout winter, giving the people strength and health. Oaks are indigenous to their habitat, adapted to the wet winters and hot dry summers of the Sac Valley. As part of nature, oaks support diverse ecosystems on their branches, many types of moss, beneficial insects, lizards, lichens, birds and small mammals. On a cold windy night, there's nothing like having the nook of a stout oak branch to curl up in. For permaculture gardens, oaks can provide greater benefits if left standing alive... Read More
GNN: So what's a lefty or progressive or just a mildly skeptical person to do?
Palast: Dance all night. I think the Left is too fucking stiff. The Left hasn't had an erection in years. We are not approaching people in a normal manner. I mean, these weird words like "imperialism." You go to the corner bodega, the average asshole in America isn't an "imperialist." They're just scared like everyone else, or they don't give a shit. In America we run between falling asleep, going to Disneyworld, and fear. Read More | Audio file of Greg's most recent visit to Portland | Antonio Juhasz | PhilosopherSeed.org
A listing of meetings, hearings, and trainings, etc. related to housing advocacy issues in the Metro area. Affordable housing may not be as sexy as some issues but everybody needs a roof over their heads! The high cost of housing hurts many in our communities, particularly low income families, seniors and the disabled. Lack of affordable housing pushes people into hunger and homelessness, and has negative impacts on the environment, the economy and the educational system. People throughout the region are getting active around this basic need. Here's a partial list of upcoming ways to get involved & show support.
Please join other Kucinich supporters tomorrow, Tuesday May 11 at the old office (now the Majority Visibility Project office), 1420 SE 37th Ave, Portland. We will be meeting at 4:40 pm to do visibility up and down Hawthorne.
A federal judge has overturned a jury verdict in the death of Damon Lowery, ruling that six Portland police officers used excessive force when they killed the 29-year old Seattle resident in December 1999.
Lowery was visiting friends in Portland when he ingested hallucinogenic mushrooms and began acting strangely. After police were called, Lowery leapt from a second story glass window, seriously injuring himself and bleeding from a deep neck wound. Laying prone on the ground and twitching as if he were having a seizure, Lowery, who suffered from 80 percent hearing loss, did not respond to an officer's commands to put his hands out, palms up, and cross his ankles.
Not much needs to be said here. The police will as always be donning their Darth Vader gear...this includes objects of OFFENSE, and objects of defense. During street blockades, marches, etc., we must have with us a slew of PROTECTIVE, DEFENSIVE instruments with us. This includes shields, whether they be plexi-glass or anything that will not shatter. This also includes inflatable tires (or something to that effect), anything that will help defend us from the sweeping blows of the militarized police force that will be out protecting their masters during the RNC. We, as could-be revolutionaries must show that we are serious and to be TAKEN seriously...
From a commentor: Shields are an excellent and crucial part of street self-defense. is the trick getting yourself into the mix all armoured up without drawing the attention of the cops? sure, in alot of situations. we are looking into stuff that could be used like paintball supplies. there is chest protection, (there is gear for our sisters too!) shin/knee guards, forearm guards, armoured gloves, shorts w/ a built in soft cup, etc. paintball masks could offer face protection against rubber bullets but are too vented to offer anything against chemicals... Read More
The latest pictures are in, the latest horror stories. Children raped and brutalized in front of helpless parents. People attacked with dogs, with broom handles, with unimaginable physical and psychological assaults. Sadistic sexual tortures right out of the sickest x rated snuff film. SOMEBODY FUCKING DO SOMETHING.
We can no longer plead ignorance. We can no longer pretend we didn't know what was really going on behind the walls of US torture camps in Cuba, Iraq, Afghanistan, and let's be frank, here in the US as well. It's all right there, in lurid color detail, complete with horrific narratives. And the worst part: Those who are leading this nation knew about it all along. They knew, but they did not care. Human rights observers screamed the truth at them, but they did not listen, because it didn't matter to them. And we didn't listen, because there were no pictures and it was too horrific to believe. [ read the full article... ]
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Painter, philosopher, clown, politician, nudist, and cable access firebrand James Spagnola, much better known as Jim Spagg, died in his Portland home Saturday. Spagg's long-running late-night cable television show had a loyal cult following in Portland for years. Thousands of Portlanders of all types stumbled across intimate videotape of Spagg's genitalia while flipping through the channels late at night. His show also featured a never-ending supply of young women who danced naked while Spagg played air guitar on a piece of plywood in the rough shape of a guitar. Canned phrases such as "jumping geehorsey farts" and "yowza! wowza! bowza!" danced across the screen in random order and rainbow colors.
Fascism rose in the US in a different way then it did in Germany: The Italians and Germans designed their fascism from the top down. Our system, slowly came into effect through the merging and networking of the multinational corporations. Now, in the area of Globalization they are identical: most goods, services, and labor channeled through a system of netowrked corporations that control the significant parts of the state.
With the rise of Bush, we see a even more desparate situation: one that mirrors the rise of hitler more then the rise of Mussolini.
Scolars describe the difference between a fascism and a hitlerism to be that in the former, it is still possible to have a democratically ellected executive, judicial, and legislative. Because the separations of powers is still present, it can be possible for the people to check the power of the corporations. Under a Hitlerism, thought, the executive has rendered the check system irrelivent (in hitlers case, through an enless search for the "terrorists" who blew up the reichstag- which he had blown up,) and has seized control of the armed forces and the internal police.
My friends, this is where we are RIGHT NOW! [ read the full article... ]
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