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A cool lovely Portland evening's bike ride was again interfered with by some fun-hating Portland Police. Officers Balzer and Smith offered up no less than 3 traffic citations to the bike community at the Pedalpalooza Kickoff parade Thursday night.
"Three pedestrians were jaywalking at the time I was ticketed" said the very jaunty Jane. "Of course it was safe to pass though the intersection. They were just singling me out because I was on a tall bike and had an exciting DIY cheerleader costume on. They threatened to cite me for operating an unsafe vehicle. They want to crush all the beauty in this world... I pity them."
"Still the parade was great" said Jane. "There were lots of people, about 2 blocks worth. Family's, singing ladies, road-kill sculptures, faux-surfers, and a mess of silly hats."
Yesterday evening a group of anarchists in Moscow wrote "FREE JEFF LUERS!" with huge letters on the wall of the US Embassy in Moscow. Protesting this way against imperial "justice", radical activists gave moral support to their comrade Jeffrey Luers. All participators of the action successfully escaped, so security of one of the tightest guarded buildings in Moscow was put in shame.
Tre Arrow mentioned in NPR Morning Edition article today.
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A small victory to empower people and neighborhoods was won yesterday at the city council. The Brooklyn Neighborhood (inner SE area south of Powell) won an appeal to the city council against the building of a new Cell Phone Tower on Milwaukie Ave. The vote was unanimous - Francesconi, Leonard, Sten and Saltzman all voted in favor of the neighborhood! This appeal and battle was seen as having a potential impact in other neighborhoods across the city who also may face Cell Phone tower issues in the very near future (such as HAND). Putting the tower in or near residential areas was one of the issues raised, Brooklyn has other towers in industrial areas - but this would have been very near several houses and apartments.
Ralph Nader will hold a nominating convention to place his name on the Oregon ballot for President. It will occur on Saturday, June 26, 2004, 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Benson High School Auditorium. 1000 registered Oregon voters need to attend before the convention will be empowered to place Nader on the Oregon ballot. An attempt to place Nader on the ballot by convention in April fell short by more than 200 voters.
"Last time Ralph's schedule was bringing him to town, so we decided to try to do a quick effort to pull a convention together and get him on the ballot," said Greg Kafoury, a Portland lawyer and an architect of the Nader Super Rallies. "Many people assumed it would be easy to gather 1000 people, so they did not feel their attendance was necessary. Our organizational efforts were inadequate, and we have had to live with the knowledge that we embarrassed Mr. Nader. We will not make the same mistakes again. Everyone will know how important it is that they be there for Ralph."
The news coverage on this has given people the impression that the cuts are inevitable. This is not so. The Health Plan (OMAP) is estimating the number of people they can drop. How? By making it really difficult to comply. So, if you or anyone you know is on OHP-Standard, has been dropped for not paying premiums, or has any questions at all, call your local legal aid , or email me. I will try to help you figure it out. If you are not on the Health Plan, and think you might be eligible, you have to call the toll free enrollment number 1-800-359-9517 before June 30th and request that an application be mailed to you.
Bottom line is, the state HOPES they can screw 20,000+ people out of health care benefits, so let's make that harder for them to do. Please try to talk to neighbors, co-workers, people at the bus stop, etc. before time runs out. The state legislature and OMAP bureaucracy is counting on lack of information sharing and lack of community cooperation to pull this off. Let's show them how much we do care about each other. I am available by email, please contact me with any questions, I want to help.
We are sad to announce that the Mural at Mirador, (located at 2106 S.E. Division St. In Portland Oregon) is being partially boarded up/covered on Thursday, The 10th of June, at 2:00PM PST to meet with city code.
You are Invited to join us to make this an occasion of celebration of the beleaguered 1st Amendment. Please come down and voice your opinion, and have a wee rant and howl to honor art, and the community spirit of South East Portland (The Peoples Autonomous Republic of Portland)
We want you to know that resistance is not ending. We are pursuing several different options, including a possible legal challenge if need be. You can help!
Hi folks, this is Mike Dee in Clackamas County Jail urging you to do what you can to continue saving the forests. I will be here until my June 23rd trial because I stood up with others for the forests at the solo timber sale, and Judge Thom ordered that I remain in custody until trial, even though by that time I will have likely more than served any sentence that might be imposed.
My trial is at 9:00 am on that date in the Clackamas Cty courthouse, 807 Main Street, Oregon City, and I hope to see you then. Please don't bail me out or put money on my books. Look for CR 03-11198, State v. McMullin for the court assignment on that day.
It seems that every other day we're hearing about "Hooters" from the corporate media. Every time Hooters opens a new dive, they're on it. With everything happening in the world, they somehow find the time to cover this "story." Today, I'm hearing about a Hooters airline where men "get what they want" (snicker snicker nudge nudge).
"Wild in the Streets" took place between June 2nd to June 6th and included two movie nights, an anarchist punk show, a picnic/potluck, and an anti-police action. On the last day, three people were arrested during an anarchist march against the recent police "crackdown" on Commercial Drive, the Community Policing Centre in Grandview Park, and the "Police State" in general.
Amidst convention-goers and lines of riot police, hundreds of protesters disrupted the Biotechnology Industry Organization's (BIO) annual convention this morning in San Francisco, USA. Among the large variety of messages demonstrators brought to the conference, many demanded an end to corporate control of genetic code as "intellectual property". Protesters also held up wealth distribution, poverty and lack of access to basic medical care and nutrition as problems not being solved by Big Biotech's expensive products and R&D. Others railed against the loss of biodiversity, genetic contamination, unsafe food, and cancer-causing chemicals produced by the biotech industry, and the lack of labeling, safeguards or accountability in many sectors of the industry.
Protesters locked down in the street, formed a gauntlet outside the convention center, debated convention attendees, and in one case even darted under a bus of attendees, where the heavier-set officers were unable to extricate them. Attendees were escorted into the halls by riot cops who pushed and shoved activists out of their way. As police gave protesters free rein in the streets, demonstrators danced and chalked their messages for biotech junior executives peering down from the windowed convention hall. 32 arrests have been reported so far today, with 5 arrests in the previous days.
The neoliberal policies of the G8 have faced popular protest ever since US President Clinton instigated its formation in 1997. This year's summit on Sea Island, Georgia, was accompanied by state-imposed martial law, including a federal takeover of security throughout coastal Georgia. These orders are probably the reason protests were so small, but still activists came together in Brunswick, Savannah, and St. Simon's Island.
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On the other coast, in San Francisco, there was a massive display of multi-agency overtime, city, state and federal police forces effectively shutdown the West Coast anti-G8 message and reasserted their hold on SF's main thoroughfares, at least for today. SF Reclaim the Streets had called for a mutant-themed anti-G8 RTS action in San Francisco. The sound system and costumed mutants gathered at UN Plaza, threw a stationary street party and then took to Market Street. Within a few blocks, however, a sizeable portion of the mass was encircled by SF Police, California Highway Patrol and Federal Protective Services. Officers reportedly offered the corralled demonstrators a chance to be either "cited and released" or arrested -- although when a Freak Radio Santa Cruz correspondent attempted to leave the encirclement, he was beaten by police. Police ended up making around 165 arrests at 5th and Market Streets. Meanwhile, police attacked and beat with sticks a number of protesters, bystanders and a homeless man outside the encirclement. Several protesters were grabbed off the sidewalk and arrested for no reason at all, including several who had been photographing police violence.
The FBI made a co-ordinated sweep across the country a few weeks ago to arrest 7 activists involved in a legal campaign against multi-nationals involved with Huntingdon Life Sciences, a CRO who tests, petro-chemicals, GMO's, weapons, and such life saving medications as Viagra on animals. Here is one of the indicted activists take on the arrests.
Summer Forest Defense Heating Up...
Field Surveys @ Major New Healthy Forest Initiative Sale June 18-20
Southwest of Wickiup Reservoir and east of Odell Lake, Five Buttes Interface is the first "Healthy Forest Restoration Act" timber sale on the Deschutes and is in the Crescent Ranger District. With 7,110 acres of planned commercial logging (in a 160,000 acre planning area), there's quite a bit of ground to cover. Logging is proposed in Northern spotted owl habitat, Late-successional Reserves, riparian areas, and Wild and Scenic River corridors; this one looks like trouble...
This evening's news aired a segment in which the company that builds the 20+ major floats for the Grand Floral Parade appealed for more volunteers to help decorate them. It warned that, if these volunteers did not materialize, the floats would not be completed in time for the parade. There's something I don't understand here... If the company contracts to provide a certain number of finished floats, built to specification, shouldn't they be able to guarantee that the floats will be ready on time and that their completion should not be contingent upon the work of volunteers? With the amount they are being paid, can't they factor in salary for workers to do the job?
In today's Rose Festival environment, floats have become larger and more complicated with each year that passes. This has pretty much made the "home built" float of community groups and small businesses a thing of the past. Small, home-built floats can't compete with the McFloats fielded by large corporations and professionally built. The small groups and businesses either do not enter a float because they can't afford it, or if they manage to get in, they cannot compete. This is directly comparable to other aspects of increasingly commercialized American life where money equals power and accessibility with no apologies. Today's politics does not welcome the average citizen without immense financial resources and backing.
This is about a twenty minute interview with Jeffery Luers. Free is a political prisoner being held on domestic/environmental terrorism charges for firebombing some SUV's. He was sentenced for 22 years. Find out more from the interview!
Eating is a sacred act. Food is love; our first primordial memory of our connection to our mother. The umbilicus of the earth mother provides us with lifelong nourishment. Many of us have forgotten this sacred connection - that we come from the land and are nourished by the
land - and therefore we do not see the value in holding the earth in deep reverence.
The further removed we are from nature the less consciousness we have regarding food. In today's world of fabricated foodstuffs, many people believe that what we eat comes from a nippled bottle, a box or a can. Paul Stitt, an outspoken food scientist, tells us in his book Fighting the Food Giants, that "An ever increasing proportion of the food we eat is no longer even food but is now a conglomerate of high-priced chemistry experiments designed to simulate food".
A lack of consciousness in what we feed our bodies affects us on many levels. Vegetarianism and Organic Food, two issues that have significant impact on the earth, will be the primary focus of this discourse, with an attempt to convey the importance that our food choices have, both personally and globally.
Don't miss this round of Videos from the Resistance! It'll include a hot new video about the fall of the president of Bolivia in 2003. See the aftermath of the peoples' uprising, and talk to the videographer who documented it.
The biggest myth that developers and corporate leaders have brainclogged most Oregonians with, including progressives, is that growth is natural phenomenon. It is, in fact, carefully engineered. The rapid growth of the late eighties and nineties occurred as a result of very intense efforts led by Neil Goldschmidt and industry leaders, who all put their heads and money together to get more businesses and people to move here, through national and international PR campaigns, through giant tax breaks to large corporations such as Intel and Nike, and through laws that continue to this day to give huge subsidies to growth.
The game is to siphon as much natural wealth from the earth and as much fiscal wealth from the pockets of the poor and middle class as possible. The way to do this is to constantly feed the fire of demand, artificial demand then fulfilled with jacked-up supply. The way to generate demand is by putting in place the businesses that create the jobs that attract workers from other states and countries. While a few of the jobs provide middle to upper income wages, the vast majority of them are low-paying.
According to the film The Corporation, a corporation is simply a psychopath: Lying, harming others and not caring about it, unable to learn from mistakes, and more. Biotech croporations are just that: harming and threatening farmers around the world, destroying biodiversity - and yet they describe themselves as selling "Food, Health, Hope". ( interviews)
Some 17,000 people from biotech companies from about 60 countries are meeting behind closed doors to set up more contacts, to sell their ideas, to raise venture capitalism - and to convince journalists and the public that biotech is just great. To spin pro-biotech PR, corporate journalists were provided with story ideas already a week before the conference started, while Indymedia journalists were denied press credentials due to writing from an "activist point of view".
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