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Join the Portland Community for an inspirational and fun evening of Spoken Word, Music & Art with Julia Butterfly Hill of Circle of Life*, & Friends on Friday, July 30th, 7-Midnight, at Liberty Hall, 311 N. Ivy St., in Portland, OR. This special event is a benefit for the Tre Arrow Legal Defense Fund (TALDF).
Other speakers include: Tim Ream, long-time forest protector; Josh Harper, long-time animal protector and Sandi Scheinberg, Executive Director of BARK, an area network of volunteer forest advocates who recreate in, enjoy, and work to preserve the Mt. Hood National Forest.
Musical guests include a Portland appearance by well-known Timothy Hull, NW environmental songwriter & singer; Jenn Rawling, Portlands own expressive songwriter/singer; and Myshkins Ruby Warblers playing gypsy torch rock. There will be an Affordable Silent Art Auction & Display with art by Tre Arrow & primarily West Coast artists including Portland.
VP Dick Cheney is going to be in Yakima on Friday July 30 at Noon at Eisenhower High School.
If you are unhappy with this Administration's policies at home and abroad meet us at 11:30 am in the East Parking Lot (across from the golf course) at Ike.
Bring a sign, bring a friend, bring your voice! Let George Bush, Dick Cheney and Doc Hastings know that there are Patriots and People of Conscience in Yakima who do not support their policies.1 | 2 | 3 | 4 ]
July 2004 Cheney Protests
As I watch all the money and energy being put into the RNC protests in NYC this year, I have begun to be repulsed. Why haven't these troops of protesters been called out like this for the issue of "homelessness," or "hunger?" Why is it that tens of thousands of Americans are willing to put this much time, money and energy into one national convention protest, but not willing to do the same for the poor and hungry? Yeah, the concept is the GOP keeps us hungry via their policies, but really, so do the democrats. There is bipartisan support for screwing the poor at every turn. Why is it that so many white activists are willing to participate so fully in this RNC protest, but not as voraciously, and not in such numbers, for housing for the homeless? Not as voraciously for police accountability? I think the reason is the RNC protests have become "trendy," and NYC has become the "place to be seen" for this party, I mean, protest.
A treesit village has been constructed in defense of old-growth forest in the Mattole River Watershed. This announcement comes hot on the heels of yesterday's two roadblocks of logging roads leading to active Timber Harvest Plans where old-growth forest continues to be razed by Maxxam's Pacific Lumber.
"We can't afford to wait for legislation which takes effect after the forests are gone," one treesitter yelled down from her perch in an old-growth Douglas Fir, referring to Senate Bill 754 - The Heritage Tree Preservation Act - which, if passed, will protect some species of old-growth on non-federal lands. "We support the Heritage Tree Bill, but need to protect the old-growth that is being cut today."
Monday, Oregon Circuit Court Judge Michael Marcus ordered the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to modify the U.S. Army's permit for the Umatilla Chemical Weapons incinerators, providing additional provisions to protect workers rights to raise safety and environmental issues. In today's ruling, Judge Marcus also found there was compelling evidence that the facility may produce many tons of pollutants, including toxic indstrial chemicals, known and unknown, including dioxin, dioxin-like compounds, lead, mercury, by products of agent degradation, and particles of incomplete combustion that could increease the risks of cancer, adverse neurological conseqeunces, and other injuries to the humans, the environment, and to wildlife.
Attorney Stu Sugarman stated "This decision is nationally significant becaue it strengthens workers' rights at chemical weapons facilities specifically and hazardous waste facilities generally. Workers no longer need to fear retaliation for simply telling the truth. This decision marks the beginning of the end of the era of management by intimidation at Army chemical weapons facilities."
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Word from down south is that the road blockade erected monday (see http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/07/293362.shtml) at the Indi sale in the Biscuit timber sale complex is being evicted at this very moment!
Call Forest Service Supervisor for the Siskiyou National Forest: Scott Conroy 541-858-2200
Let them know what you think about that!
Stay tuned for more details as they emerge......
Forest activist Tre Arrow was confident he would be released from maximum security at his monthly detention review hearing in Vancouver today. After more than five hours of discussion and deliberation, the adjudicator determined Tre can be released on bail - if certain conditions are met.
Lawyer Rudi Kischer, who is representing Tre at the hearing, said the authorities want to see more incentives that would compel Tre not to flee once he's released. Specifically, higher bail and a closer relationship with the person posting his bond.
A bond of $2500 Cdn is offered by a friend in Halifax, Kischer said. The adjudicator may demand four times that amount, and also require the bondsperson to be a local individual with close ties to Tre. "It's a half-hearted decision," Kischer said. "At least there's some light at the end of the tunnel."
Tre was in great spirits, calling this "the best day ever" even though he was still being detained. He was thrilled to be out of the North Fraser Pre-Trial Detention Center and enjoying organic raw vegan food for the first time since last month's hearing.
the best part of the whole affair was when one protester asked the police to ARREST Dick Cheny, having indicted him for the crimes of perjury to Congress and Manslaughter against Oregon National Guardsmen.
The demonstrator reminded the police of the numerous lies told by "that man", saying that there were no WMD, there were no Chemical weapons on 45 minute standby, there were no unmanned aerial vehicles with bio-weapons, there was no Niger yellow cake uranium, there was no aluminum tubes for ultra-centrifuges and that ther was no al-Q'aida link.
Then an organizer played over the same loudspeaker Martin Luther King's anti-Viatnam speach at the reflecting pond in Washington, D.C.
All of which caused the individual officers in the riot fitted police line all to drop their heads and begin examining their shoes. I only wish that one of them would have had the courage to upuhold the law and protect the citizes by ARRESTING Dick Cheny.1 | 2 | 3 | 4 ]
July 2004 Cheney Protests
My sister Edain continues to send updates. Monday there were massive solar flares which scrambles some communications between us. Edain is attending Kucinich camp meetings trying to sort out what will happen in the coming days with Kucinich's message of nowar, jobs with justice, stop NAFTA and the FTTA, reinstall social programs and safeguard social security (just to name a few). She is also attending workshops, meetings etc. from other camps trying to get an idea of who is in Boston, and what the issues are.
EDAIN: The March on Sunday: The crowds were not I large as I expected, probably about 2,000, but it didn't take many people to see how diverse the problems are that the US has or has caused. There were dozens of people from Haiti ask for the safe & quick return of their President Aristide (who the US took out in a coup d'etat) There were also people from Venezuela, Columbia, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Palestine, Cuba, Iraq (of course), Korea, and many other countries being threatened or attacked and, it was mentioned that the people of these countries are hoping and praying that those of us "who live in the belly of the beast" will do what we can to help them. Those most effected are the women & children, especially when the men die, and they are not making it through their struggles for justice.
Update on the Draft: I also got an update on the proposed draft. The bill is already in the Congress & Senate. It is expected to pass in January. My understanding is that there will be no educational deferrments, the age has expanded to 18 to 34 (not the previous 25). I thought I was marching in the street for others sons and daughters. Now I am marching in the streets for my own 27 year old son! Rumor is the Canadian borders began tightening up about 2 months ago and it will be hard to get out of the country, although I spoke to someone here who is from Toronto and he said it is not tightening up. He said just go to the border on game day dressed in the team logo and say you are going to the game or say you are a tourist ready to spend lots of money for the day. Whatever it takes to get across there will be help on the other side, if it comes to that. Canadians are preparing to help people dissapear. Two soldiers have already defected to Canada and are going through the legal system. You can probably find out news on them by searching the internet. My friend told me I could hide my son in her attic (like Anne Frank). What a Country we live in! [ Read More | Read Day Two | Read Day One ]
Using an intricate web of ropes and clips, a young woman is putting her body in the way of logging ancient forests in the Biscuit burn. She is suspended on a platform 75 feet above US Forest Service road 2308-150 to stop the logging of the Indi timber sale.
The Indi timber sale area in Curry County, is a healthy ancient forest inside the Biscuit fire perimeter. The sale include 5' diameter green trees and 7' diameter snags. Many units include more green than burned trees, despite a promise by the US Forest Service that only dead trees would be salvaged. Where burned, conifer seedlings are now in their third year of natural recovery.
East Fork Lumber Company paid nearly $2 million to log this ancient forest above Indigo Creek. East Fork intends to sell half the logs to the highest bidder and mill the rest for import to Asian markets like Japan and Taiwan.
"Logging is not restoration," said Kay Pittwald from her hanging platform. "The future of this remote area is healthy salmon, clean water and a thriving tourist economy. It is not a place for an out-of-country timber grab to ship wood products to Asia."
Word was just recieved from comrades in the kansas mutual aid collective that several anarchists from the midwest have been issued subpeanas to appear in front of a federal grand jury in st. lious. This escalation of repression follows a week of two homes being raided, as well as harrasment and questioning of anarchists including visits to the home, work, family, and neighbors by the FBI. This FBI campaign has extended into three states with repression in colorado(denver), kansas (lawrence and topeka), and missouri (kansas city, kirksville and columbia). Comrades are in desperate need of legal funds for lawyers as we see a new very serious level of repression as elections near.
The schedule is out for this weekends action camp and skill share at the Straw Devil timber sale in the Willamette National Forest. Tons of workshops Friday afternoon through Monday afternoon. Rides available (and more always needed) from Portland on Thursday and Friday. 4 days of free food, camping, and community resistance: everybody is invited!
Portland Indymedia Web Radio will be re-streaming the audio from the events at the DNC in Boston. Here are the important links to stay informed
My sister Edain is in Boston. I am in Portland. She is attending the Boston Social Forum, the Veterans for Peace meetup, and then she will be part of the people of the US who will boycott the Democratic Party Convention because they are still Prowar and still not representing the lives of Americans.
For you who don't know what is going on in Boston, the Democratic Convenion is about to be held. There are hundreds of thousands of people in Boston organizing to boycott it. When it is over thousands will walk from Boston to New York City to boycott the Repbublican convention. I'll give an update on organizing that walk at a later date. I called my sister and asked her some questions about how many people were there and about the infamous crowd control pen built to keep the people of America away from thier elected representatives.
EDAIN: There are thousands of people here. I cannot begin to count how many people are here. Every event I attended was filled to capacity. You could barely get in the rooms. People are very helpful and very excited to be here. The crowds are very diverse in their politcal orientation. What is shameful is that there are no Kerry people here. No one one person I have seen or met is supporting Kerry. There is no information from Kerry's campaign either. He just does not care about what we think. There are contingents of Black Bloc - Anarchists, and Internation Answer, Code Pink, Women in Black and many people who represent social justice and anti-war contingents...but nothing from the Kerry Campaign. I am about ready to join the Anarchist groups. It is clear that the two dominate political parties do not represent the people. The Pen: I have not gone down to where the pen is. Everyone I have talked to are just staying away from them. Why would you want to go there. Where we are going is to mass protests and rallies set up for the people by the people. This is what one person wrote about the internment pen: "How do I describe the sense of dread that crawled under my skin as I observed that there were only two entrance/exits to this long narrow cage enclosed with two chain link fences, covered with a mesh net, topped with two rolls of razor wire" hell no we won't go ...Tommorrow, Sunday we march! [ Read More | Read Day One (The Road to Boston: Communique from my sister) ] 1, 2
Blackberries grow like weeds all over the Pacific Northwest, where I live, and the berries are finally getting ripe. Could you spend a few hours berry picking, and then processing and donating them to food banks? Berries rot on vines all over, but if you spend the time to pick them, and freeze, dry or can them, you can use that abundant wild food source for months to come. My kid laughed at me when I packed the freezer with blackberries last summer. But he was really thankful later, and said so, when we had berry smoothies, berry pies, etc. all winter long. You can pick blackberries daily, and do all kinds of things with them. Make jam, wine, tea, ink, dyes, fruit leather, medicine...
Fossil evidence shows humans have been eating blackberries since ancient times. For over 2000 years, Europeans have been using blackberries as food and medicine. In ancient times, people chewed blackberry leaves, or made tea out of boiled blackberry shoots, to relieve mouth ailments, cancer sores, and bleeding gums. It is suspected that the property that relieves the mouth ailments is probably the astringent quality of blackberry plants. Blackberry plants have been used medicinally, by American Indians to Greek doctors, most commonly to stop diarrhea and for mouth ailments. It is said blackberries used to be dried once picked, then pulverized into a powder, then stored as a medicine. The dried powder would be mixed with a little water and used to treat diarrhea when needed. Blackberries contain a high amount of Vitamin C, so they were "prescribed" for scurvy in the past. And cosmetically, blackberry leaves can be added to bath water to enliven skin. Put a handful of dried leaves in a cotton/muslin tea bag, and drop into a bath. And teas from blackberry leaves can be found in grocery stores all over America, including in Celestial Seasonings' "Sleepytime Tea."
Hip Hop benefit show Sunday July 25th at Liberty Hall, 311 N. Ivy featuring Local emcees Madgestiq, Ms. Suad, Fern Capella, Kay-Kay, and Contajus will be performing Sunday, July 25th at Liberty Hall. There will be a barbeque potluck pre-party at 6pm, show starts at 8. Refreshments by Capured by Porches. Admission is $4-$10 requested donation. All proceeds go to send a local human rights activist to Palestine. All Ages.
Deeply concerned by the threat that biotechnology poses on our planet, a group of activists followed in the tradition of Gandhi and Martin Luther King by participating in nonviolent civil disobedience during the recent Reclaim the Commons mobilization in San Francisco. They were arrested for not leaving the street when ordered by police.
The San Francisco District Attorney, Kamala Harris, is prosecuting these activists far more harshly than is normal for San Francisco after having told the National Lawyers Guild that she would only prosecute vandalism and assaults in association with protests. They could face up to one year in jail and hundreds of dollars in fines, which could severely suppress the San Francisco protest climate, making others more afraid to stand up for what they believe in. The SFPD is pressuring Harris to be tougher after her brave decision not to seek the death penalty for a man found guilty of murdering a police officer, and it seems she is going after activists. [ learn how you can help ]
Four years of the Bush regime with its assault on our rights. Four years of Democrats ignoring pleas to take a stand against Bush's voracious militarism. Four years of lies from all sides of government. You've had enough; you've decided to protest at one or both parties' conventions. How can you be most effective?
Certainly the corporate media seems to be framing the debate on how you should behave. But, will you be heard? If you've ever been to a protest, you know how the corporate media will misrepresent, or even ignore your message and efforts. If you haven't, you may be in for a big surprise when you're awakened to the corporate media's credibility gap. [ read more ]
Recent DNC stories: [ John Ashcroft Named "Person of Interest" in Boston Media Terror Hoax | John Ashcroft Wanted For Terror Hoax | Anti-Media Terrorism at the DNC? | Need Housing During The DNC? | Ride to Boston? ]
Part One Paranoia: Traditionalist Christians frequently use metaphors of violent assault to describe 'the day they accepted the Lord.' This experience is frequently equated with a 'near death experience' and such dangerous experiences are known to be the cause of Traumatic Stress Disorders...this would mean that many obviously disturbed Christians are actually suffering from a combination of personality disorders, triggered by the violence and dangerous threats of the Christian Conversion experience (which means then that these individuals are sick, rather than sinful). This leads us to ask how something which is so harmful in its effects can ever be considered a good thing. read more >>
Part Two Sin: The doctrine of sin is so irrational when considered as a philosophy, riven with internal contradictions, that it must have been that case that such an unworthy doctrine was ever accepted in the first place is a testament to just how difficult it was to obscure the political meaning of the cross symbol, and just how desperate was the attempt to obscure this meaning, in that a philosophy so irrational and inconsistent was the final resort, apparently nothing better ever having come along that would do the job. read more >>
Part Three Enlightenment: In part one of this discussion I made the case that the violence and threats of the Christian conversion experience leads to a traumatic stress disorder common to victims of violence, which then evolves into a Paranoid Personality Disorder. In part two I discussed the origins of the doctrine of sin, since it is the fear inculcated by this doctrine that creates the disorder. This disorder is regarded as very difficult to treat, but the treatment involves the gradual introduction of doubt. Given the harmful effect of the doctrine of sin (paranoia) and the irrational inconsistency of the doctrine (it is reactionary) a satisfactory conclusion can be drawn the revolutionary doctrine of Gnosticism was the original Christian doctrine in that, unlike the doctrine of sin, its revolutionary philosophy is match (rather than a hindrance) to the cross symbol. read more >>
Statement from Kansas Mutual Aid Legal Collective July 22, 2004
Today we received news from friends and activists in Denver, Colorado pertaining to incidents involving the Federal Bureau of Investigation and possibly local law enforcement agencies.
It was communicated to us, that two houses in Denver had been raided by the FBI and that at least two people had been arrested. Their charges and situations are not at this time known to us. We do know that they were asked questions about the upcoming election events including the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, as well as questions about "ABC"...
This comes on the heels of repeated harrasment at the hands of state agencies of activists in New York and Boston, as well as more locally in Kirksville, Missouri, where activists were questioned by FBI and local agencies about upcoming events surrounding the DNC and RNC.
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