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SOLIDARITY 14.08.2004 02:26
"Witnesses needed from Southridge High School. I was hit in the face by a Bush supporter."
I just got home from the protest at the high school. I was hit in the face by a Bush supporter and am wanting to know if anyone saw this or has photos. The police say they have people who say I hit her and that she did nothing; I never touched her. So they are pointing fingers at me. Not one officer would tell me how to get information about this woman or my rihts as her victim. So if any one can help me with this problem, I would be grateful. [ Help ]

related: [ GDC requsting information regarding arrests | bush/kerry Aug. 13: full coverage ]


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LITTLE BEIRUT VS. BUSH, ROUND 4 13.08.2004 16:57
Report backs from the Bush protest in Beaverton
Before showing up on the scene, I saw a local TV broadcast with a claim that the line to get in to see Bush goes "on and on and on and on" though the TV showed a few dozen people. Shortly afterwards I was there in person and the line was gone. Beaverton's Southridge High holds hundreds, not thousands of people.

Even with short notice in this moderate to conservative neighborhood, protests far overshadowed support on the streets. And, as usual, the local media chose camera angles with the few supporters in the foreground, protesters in the background, leaving the impression that the entire crowd was supporting Bush. [ Read More ]

related articles: [ jack booted thugs in Beaverton | Thanks to Medical Marijuana Protesters | What Gives With Clueless KBOO Commentators?? ]
photos: [ 1 | 2 ]

Full coverage: [ bush/kerry Aug. 13 ]


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ORIGINAL REPORTING 13.08.2004 14:45
Report backs from Kerry rally
Yes, I got there at 10AM and it was very crowded and very canned, and very boring except the part where the cops protect the bushites free speech...that was bad JuJU nausating! You were not allowed to carry your own sign into the area. You had to have Kerry campaign official badges, pins, bumper stickers etc, which you mostly had to buy. Except they did hand out these stickers that had the "official" slogan and pictures. Probably between 25,000 and 35,000 people when I left and they were still comin'. [ Read More ]

kerry portland event
Coming into work today saw that there's a huge scene at the Kerry rally at the end of Hawthorne bridge. People started filing in and I'd say the venue will fill up easily... Already the line of people looking from outside the edge goes all the way around and 1/3 of the way down the south side of the hawthorne bridge (or is that the line to get in?), blocking the right lane and on-ramp. There's a cluster of media trucks at the northwest end of the bridge and the bomb squad is at 2nd and Salmon by the federal courthouse. Misc groups of bike cops here and there. [ Read more... ]

Kerry Rally at Waterfront Park
John Kerry, in his speach to the crowd, estimated attendence at between fifty and sixty thousand. Being an experience politician, Kerry is probably pretty good at estimating the size of a crowd. These numbers suggest that more people could have decided to attend the Bush protests without putting a noticable dent in the swelling of support for Kerry. [ Read more... ]

Kerry, arrives
Arriving at the Hawthorn Br. I parked and locked my bike at the top of the x-it ramp to Old Front avenue. (I'm an Oldtimer) I make my way down to the park and jump in line. I arrived at about 9:00 AM and the crowds are building fast. As I stand in line for at least an hour & 1/2 with a Veterans ticket, I finally entered and was frisked. I was directed to a cordonned off area behind the podium platform. [ Read more... ]

Full coverage: [ bush/kerry Aug. 13 ]


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13.08.2004 14:42
Second-hand account from Bush protest at Terminal 6
i didn't go to this event. i was downtown lending my support to the folks protesting war-mongerin', "free trade"-lovin', Patriot Act votin' John Kerry. But at the Red & Black afterwards, i ran into someone who was at Terminal 6 and here's what she said happened.

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FAILING TO PREPARING = PREPARING TO FAIL 12.08.2004 22:42
Report-back from video/legal training for Aug. 13 Kerry/Bush protests
This was a well-attended event, held at It's A Beautiful Pizza (which also hosts Videos from the Resistance showings). No one knows what's going to happen tomorrow (if anything), but the information was of a general type useful for any street protest you might attend. Some folks started planning specific places/times to protest Bush, and hopefully they'll announce something here as appropriate. Here's a quick summary of the evening....

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12.08.2004 11:29
Willamette Electric PUD hearing on August 13th
On Friday, August 13, Attorney Tom Nelson, regarded as one of the top utility lawyers in Oregon and recently profiled in the Willamette Week, will represent the Willamette Electric People's Utility District campaign in a hearing to return the PUD vote to the November 2004 ballot. The hearing will take place at 3 p.m. in the chambers of Judge Janice Wilson on the fifth floor of the Multnomah County Courthouse, 1021 SW 4th Avenue. The public is welcome to attend.

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12.08.2004 07:29
Seattle’s Mayor Nickels: Slithering Sidewinder
Boy, do we have some slick talkers in high places in Seattle's city government. I am stunned at how Seattle's Mayor and Police Chief avoid really important questions, smiling their toothy grins for the public. I called in to a show called "Ask The Mayor" last night...

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F*** THE CORPORATE MEDIA 11.08.2004 16:06
The Bush A13 Visit: Portland mainstream news outlets engaging in "shameless political-news-reporting-by-press-release a go-go"
Why does the public not know the location of Bush's Friday the 13th appearance less than 48 hours before the event? Don't ask the local press. Though it's not surprising, this whole last-minute secret location information scenario is certainly a victory for Little Beirut, and another in a series of journalistic black eyes for the entire local media scene.

I mean, here it is, less than 48 hours until the Resident of the United States comes to Portland, and NOT ONE media outlet -- not The Waregonian, WillyWeek, Portland Tribune, or any TV or radio station -- has the interest or resources or integrity to come forward with the location of the event.

These so-called news outlets are absolutely doing Shrub and his war crimes buddies a huge favor by not asking the obvious question and not digging around for the answer. Are they honestly going to tell us with a straight face that because the campaign has not released the information that they have nothing to report?

[ Bush/Kerry Friday the 13th Visit ]


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11.08.2004 16:01
CIA gathered in Chile plotting to overthrow Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez
Venezuela: Interventions 'r' US El Mundo de Madrid (Spain) is reporting that the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is set to put a contingency plan in motion in the (likely)event that President Hugo Chavez Frias wins next weekend's Recall Referendum.

The Madrid newspaper says that the White House strategy is to avoid a regional expansion of the President Hugo Chavez Frias 'Bolivarian Revolution' which is seen by Washington D.C. as a direct step into the kind of socialism espoused by many European nations and envisaged in the United States if John Kerry wrests control of the White House from the Bush 2 administration this coming fall.

El Mundo says the CIA plan appears to concede a Chavez Frias victory next weekend "for good or bad" and that Langley spooks are already working on a strategy to "neutralize" Chavez Frias by fair means or foul. [ read more ]

Related articles: [ VENEZUELA FLORIDATED | Venezuela Watch: Revolution and referendum | Loathed by the rich ]

More resources: [ VHeadline Referendum 2004 coverage ]


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11.08.2004 15:57
Bike Polo back in action!
Everything has been wrapped up just like a sitcom. The results of the meeting on Friday, 6 August were, I suppose, positive, but were no different than the results of the Meeting earlier this summer. Fortunately, this time there is something in writing. This documentation will be made public as soon as it is finalized, and we will stand by it. The agreement states that Bicycle polo is to be allowed in certain designated areas of certain Portland parks, and that PP&R will help polo-ers to find suitable and agreeable areas to play. Polo will be treated equally with all other informal (pickup) sports played in Portland parks, but in turn must agree to follow all laws and regulations governing said parks. Specifically included is city code 20.12.140 in re: alcoholic beverages in the parks. We will be allowed to host large events, but will be required to secure permits for crowd and alcohol. If, like some of our friends, you went out of town for a few weeks, you would be hard pressed to realise that anything had ever happened. At least some folks justified their salaries.

previous story: [ Bicycle Polo Banned - come out to support it this Sunday ]


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10.08.2004 14:13
Liberty Hall opens its doors for activities
Liberty Hall opens its doors for activities thursday and friday.
10am to 6pm - thursday
10-?-FRIDAY
FOR MEETINGS/TRAININGS/SIGN & PUPPET MAKING
YOU NEED SOME SPACE SHOW-UP AND USE IT TO PRE-PARE FOR THE ROYAL VISITS.

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10.08.2004 13:19
My Nightmare.
Here it is, the outline of how you can throw away your entire world. I am not blaming anyone but myself for this because had I NOT done so many things I wouldnt have lost the only thing in the world that I have and means anything.

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10.08.2004 12:34
First hand report: Resistance in Brazil
This first hand report on the revolution being fought in the Cochabamba/Brazil/revolution. It came to me via a network of activists. The war on the world continues all over the world. Take heed. Daily violence continues around the Chapare where police and soldiers with automatic weapons raid small coca farms, terrorizing families and burning down homes. In a very real way this is the front line of the war against terrorism -- poor people fighting back against the terror of our empire with rocks, road blockades, strikes, and mass demonstrations. [ Read More ]

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10.08.2004 12:33
Ticketmaster given forest reservation monopoly
Today's announcement marks a black day for those millions of Americans who've long loved lands that were wild and free. Today's announcement represents a major win for those who favor the Corporate Takeover of Nature and the Disneyfication of the Wild. The appended news release issued by the corporate owners of Ticketmaster marks another milestone in the privatization of public lands. And as you would expect, the American Recreation Coalition is once again, right in the middle of it. When you read their new release be aware that ReserveAmerica's Brock Weatherup is a member of ARC's Recreation Roundtable, a cabal of 25 or so recreation and tourism industry executives. The Recreation Roundtable is today the single most powerful force shaping recreation policy upon America's federally managed public lands. [ Read More ] [ www.funoutdoors.com/recroundtable ]

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10.08.2004 12:29
Consumer Spookware vs. Your Castle
This is a repost of a 2600 article. I'm transcribing it here because I feel it deserves a wider audience, I feel that people here need to hear this information, nobody has made it available online yet, and I can't find any copyrights on it, so it's fair game. Anything writen [in bold face between brackets] is me; everything else is wideband dreamer's (a.k.a. dark spectrum). BTW I can't remember what I dreamed last night; I think the government is sucking my dreams out of my head.

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SELECTION 2004 09.08.2004 13:27
Ralph Nader demands that Democrats quit telling lies about Republican support of his campaign

From a letter to Democratic Party chairman, Terry McAuliffe:
"[Y]our false claims about inappropriate Republican support should not cloud the actions of your Party, its lobbyists, law firms and underlings... [W]e are very concerned about this nationwide effort to prevent voters from having a real choice. When I announced my candidacy, John Kerry said he would take my voters by taking my issues. Do you lack confidence in Senator Kerry? If you were confident in him, you would not be harassing, litigating and dirty tricking us from being on the ballot. You would not be trying to deny voters from making their own choices.

"Your letter fails to disavow these actions. Do you support these dirty tricks?"


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09.08.2004 11:48
World without Bosses Bike Tour!!
Is your boss a jerk? Do you believe there's a better way to do things? See how some Portlanders are running their businesses collectively, with NO BOSSES! Stops on this bike tour will include the Back to Back Cafe, City Bikes, Redwing Coffee & Baking, Gallery Co7, Laughing Horse Books, Free Geek, Stumptown Printers, the Red & Black Cafe, Q is for Choir, and People's Food Co-op. There'll be free refreshments, prizes and lotsa fun folks! Everyone's invited -- Bring the baby in the Burley. First aid, water & a bike mechanic will ride along. Sponsored by the Portland Alliance of Worker Collectives.

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09.08.2004 11:34
The Inner Workings of Alternative Media
By Kirsten Anderberg I wanted to see what motivated people working in alternative media, as well as what they needed to help support their efforts, to ensure a healthy alternative to mainstream media for us all. In the second part of this continuing article, I continue with interviews about alternative media with some of the folks that produce it.

I interviewed Bradley Allen (Free Radio Santa Cruz and the Santa Cruz Independent Media Center (IMC)), Lance Scott (Co-founder of Eat the State! (ETS!)), Christa Donner (Ladyfriend and Free Advice Zines), an editor from a prisoner newsletter that goes out with prisoner book deliveries who wanted to remain anonymous, Chuck Munson (Coordinating webmaster for Infoshop.org and librarian), and via phone, Tim Walker (campaigns manager for Adbusters Magazine). [ Part I | Part II | Part III ]

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09.08.2004 10:48
Psychiatric Survivors Against Animal Testing
Both people and animals are force medicated by the pharmaceutical corporations with psychiatric medications. Here is common ground to tell the profit driven Pharma to back off and stop putting petrochemical residue into the bodies of helpless animals and institutionalized people..

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08.08.2004 11:08
Social Activist Dies in Nevada
Sometimes, greatness is not measured in celebrity status or grand acts. It can be quieter than that, deeper than that. A woman who has left the world recently reminds me of the greatness one can achieve in the simple act of the way one lives one's life.

Probably, you've never heard of Brenda Mendiola. Her work was quiet and often uncelebrated, but the world will be a little bit colder without her. Brenda was a social worker form the Old School, the way it was before it became a "profession." She was a deeply spiritual woman with a quiet faith in God and humanity that I often found as inspiring as it was baffling. She did her praxis in the world face to face, one person at a time.

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