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This is a summary of things that I ran into and saw while in NYC yesterday. So, The day started early. I was up and downtown by 11 am for the Save Our Civil Liberties rally and march. The action was a theatre piece and march that would start at Columbus Park in Downtown Manhattan and go to Federal Plaza, also in Downtown. The march consisted of about 300-400 protestors with a heavy police prescense. [ PICTURES 1 I PICTURES 2 ]
On Sunday August 29th six people rescued four abandoned rabbits at Commonwealth Park in Beaverton. People using the park said the rabbits had been abandoned at the park at least five days earlier. On Saturday Bob and Jeanne Arnold-Nisbet noticed the abandoned rabbits, which are distinctive from native rabbits. Bob got ahold of the Rabbit Advocates, and a group of six persons were able to corral four rabbits on Sunday. At least three additional young rabbits remain at risk to predation by racoons or coyotes at the park.
8-31 Lo-Down on the RNC Ho-Down Breaking News from NYC, Aug. 31, archive
From PDX IMC newswire:
[ Camera Photos from 6pm PDT 18:20 Aug-31 | photo update from nyc 17:09 Aug-31 | Marco sends solidarity song from Milwaukee 19:37 Aug-31 | The Daily Poetry Movement ]
GDC Keeping track of Portlanders 21:26 Aug-31
Protester INSIDE Convention site heckles speech relayed by Philly girl 20:11 Aug-31
QuestionFundraising for NYC bail? 17:08 Aug-31
Infernal Noise Brigade arrested in NYC 16:59 Aug-31 |
breaking news nyc hearld sq pics 16:14 Aug-31 |
43rd/bway: no indication of "huge situation" 16:32 Aug-31 |
Revolutionary Reporting Live from the RNC 15:25 Aug-31 |
Guide to events being covered on Breaking News wire |
Holly from Michigan IMC, reporting from Ground Zero 13:41 Aug-31 |
Interview with a DNC to RNC marcher 12:36 Aug-31 |
Reflections on protests in NYC so far 11:27 Aug-31 |
some quick notes from this morning's events in NYC 11:23 Aug-31 |
March in Harlem: NO to DNC and RNC 10:31 Aug-31 |
breaking report from Immigrant Detention March in NYC 10:25 Aug-31 |
Breaking news from NYC, Aug. 31, as of 12:40pm EDT 10:17 Aug-31 |
August 30 Recap 01:10 Aug-31 ]
From the NYC IMC newswire
[ Department of Corrections: Bush & Cheney 2004 RNC Theme song D.O.C. A31 9:49PM |
NYC indymedia.org served with subpoena A Noise Sound Team A31 7:14PM |
A Noise Daily Roundup from the RNC - 8 30 A Noise Sound Team A31 7:04PM |
Arrests at Queer Fist Kiss-In on Times Square Vinny Lombardo A31 9:45AM |
Interviews from Still We Rise March Vinny Lombardo A31 9:39AM |
March For Our Lives Report Vinny Lombardo A31 9:02AM |
Robert Khuzami's Patriot Act DT A31 4:00AM |
Houston Indymedia News [on RNC] A31 3:21AM |
song from women's march chickpea A31 12:42AM |
Voices of the United for Peace and Justice Rally Aubrey Semple A31 12:40AM ]
A new tree-sit is being occupied within unit 5d of the Blue River Face Timber Sale in the Mckenzie Ranger District of the Willamette National Forest. Continued implementation of old-growth timber sales by the McKenzie District has demonstrated the district is not interested in halting controversial sales involving the cutting of ancient trees. Why are Cascadians occupying trees within the Blue Rver Face Timber Sale? [ Here's why ]
The DNC to RNC march was an event in which activists walked from Boston at the end of the Democratic Convention to NYC for the Republican Convention, sowing community-centered dissent along the way. i just heard a great interview on A-Noise radio with Simon Sanchez (sp?), a community organizer from Austin, TX, who was one of the participants. i typed up some notes as i listened, to share with indymedia readers. It is paraphrased on the fly, so is not a word-for-word transcript, but i believe i've gotten the facts right and stayed true to the spirit of his words.
Last Tuesday, 8/24/04, the Nader Campaign submitted more than 18K signatures, each of which had been individually validated by County Elections officials. This process included confirming that the signor was currently registered to vote in that county and comparing the actual signature on the sheet to the original signature of that voter as displayed on a computer screen.
Gina Lynn currently sits in jail for doing nothing more than refusing to testify before a federal grand jury. In fact, Gina was told by the U.S. Attorneys Office that they would drop the federal charges currently pending against a close friend hers if Gina would only cooperate with the grand jury investigation. It's painfully clear that the U.S. government is threatening one activist with prison time to coerce cooperation from another. Of course, Gina refused to be bullied by Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Friedman (Andrew.Friedman@usdoj.gov) and his federal lackeys and she now sits in jail as they attempt to coerce her testimony. [ Read More ] [ No Compromise ]
Welcome to what used to be and old-growth forest. Then it became the Batwings timber sale. Now it is just nasty. No matter the excuses, the destruction of old growth is an ugly sight.
Counterpunch has been critical of the Green Party and individually attacking Green activists here in Oregon. Here is one response about the inaccuracies in their articles.
Dear Jeffrey, Alex and Michael,
Your article ("Situational Democracy: The Show Me the Green Party", August 27, 2004) contains many factual inaccuracies...
The August 29 United for Peace and Justice rally has been gathering press for months, due to UFPJ's altercation with the City of New York over the city's refusal to issue a permit for a post-protest rally in Central Park. In the end, both the City and the state court rejected UFPJ's request to use the park. However, several thousand people convened in the park regardless, in a peaceful. festive gathering which went mostly unmolested. Meanwhile, police arrested over 150 people - many of them bystanders - in Times Square and on Broadway,as protesters attempted to converge outside the venues where Republican delegates had gone to watch Broadway shows.
Times is no Tiananmen -- Radicals stay safe trying to save the worldTimes is no Tiananmen but they are part of the same movement against oppressive forces everywhere. The U.S. government did little more than learn from the Peoples Republic of China about how to handle this uprising in NYC a little more gently and with better control of the media. So, since the leaders of America and China consort amongst themselves, why shouldn't the common people, who live in those occupied lands, act in solidarity?
From NYC Indymedia: [ August 29, 2004: Wrap Up | Bronx Cheer: Well Into Evening, GOP Delegates Unwelcomed by New Yorkers | Volunteering at the RNC; Part #2 | The Not Quite "Battle" of Central Par | 'We're Disgusted With This Man': A Half-Million Marchers Say No to the RNC | Radical People of Color Take their Messages to the Streets | Interviews from UFPJ March, Part 1 ]
The abrupt changing of seasons has brought a flood of news for Mt. Hood. Just as the rain began this weekend, Bark received word that the Forest Service is preparing renewed logging plans for the controversial Juncrock timber sale. We had hoped the Forest Service had gotten the picture when they temporarily withdrew this old growth logging project earlier this summer, following hundreds of letters and calls in opposition. Apparently they still haven't learned that the public doesn't want to see any more old growth clear-cuts!
Bark is committed to stopping Juncrock, but we need your help!
Wild Weekend for the Wild Siskiyous Oct 1-4
Join with grassroots forest activists from across the Northwest and nation for what promises to be a historic weekend! We will build upon our vision for the permanent protection of public lands. The convention will be held at the Sis-Q Meadows camp in the remarkable Siskiyou Wild Rivers area - one of the most biologically diverse forests in the world and home to the largest proposed logging project in U.S. Forest Service history (the Biscuit).
National Forest Protection Alliance
It's as if we were on a runaway train headed toward a precipice, with the mercenaries of the Republican and Democratic parties battling for control of the engine, and us, the passengers, hanging on for dear life to keep from being thrown from the train. Will we gain control of the locomotive before it's too late?
Want to help spread the message with high-powered images that will mesmerize skeptics of complicity, long enough to make an imprint and maybe redirect their skepticism towards the official story of 9/11? (These images are partisan and may be considered inflammatory, but how inflammatory are they when compared to the ruthless and very real incendiary actions of the Bush Administration?) Go here if you dare, and good luck to you:
link to www.ezarchive.com
(Hi-Res JPG & TIFF 200dpi both available) (If link doesn't work in indypost, go to blog for link)
Respect from Portland 9/11 Truth Activists (this one in particular) to those involved in exposing the truth about 9/11 in NYC, particularly during the RNC convention.
Actions are being planned for Portland, and many other cities around the globe on 9/11. Those who are not involved should do their own investigation concerning the many unanswered questions about 9/11 and if you come to your own conclusions (there are many to come to) and appreciate the magnitude of this issue help spread the truth. Important 9/11 resources after images...
Información e imagenes continuamente actualizadas, en castellano, en este enlace: http://www.lahaine.org/b2/articulo.php...
Awkward google translation: At the moment traves of THIS WEB the manifestation against the National Convention of the Republican Party can be seen that this being developed in New York (between 7ª Reconciled and street 22, concretely). By this time no longer you go away the manifestation by this camara. The head of the manifestation has arrived at Square Union, end of the route, without moment incident nor arrests have taken place - of. At brief moments it is predicted that the concentration in Power station begins Park, is possible that something traves of webcam of THIS PAGINA is seen (Click on ´Central Park Area ´) People mainly direct towards Power station Park. The general atmosphere is quite calm in spite of small isolated incidents with the policia and the provocations of a handful of against-demonstrators. Two people have been stopped in 6ª with 34 to photograph to policias of countryman. [ Read More ]
PDX indymedia is carrying information about the protests to the world. I am grateful to live here. Thanks to you all who are doing this! MSNBC and Fox carried the protests for only a few minutes when the dragon float was on fire, then quickly abandoned them. C-Span is giving great coverage. None of the mainline media is carrying the protests. Yet, you can watch it on the walls of Amsterdam. What is wrong here... folks have been calling in to the webstreaming radio from wisconsin, texas, colorado, and elsewhere. yesterday, a few FM stations were rebroadcasting the stream and a woman called who was listening in her car in florida! san diego is restreaming the pdx indy radio broadcast. [Calls have come in] from nashville... and blacksburg virginia. Another caller feels the best coverage is to listen to pdx indy radio while watching CSPAN with the sound turned down. [f*ck yeah]
Approaching from Columbus Circle, there were only 4 officers watching over people. Though they weren't wearing riot gear, they had duffle bags whose contents were unknown. Tons of people were sitting against a fence around part of the park, but were getting no hassle. So, so far it seems like the cops are not pushing any boundaries in the Park. [ Read More ]
[This from a warrior against the drug war]: I spoke for a few minutes last night on PDX WebRadio, plugging Marijuana.com as touching on topics of medical marijuana, media suppression and blackout of issues, linking the war on drugs and the war on terror through the use of media-spread lies and propaganda. Also hit upon the GOP generally-organized opposition to medical marijuana and marijuana reform efforts. Today the PDX WebRadio has been EXACTLY what the People need all the time. We didn't get to get into the cannabis/biodiesel/petroleum monopolization angles inhereent in this broader topic. I greatly appreciate the effort of PDX WebRadio - you all Rock! PS - check out my anti-war tune, Flag Draped Box. [ Read More ]
In 1968, John Carlos and Tommy Smith made Civil Rights history at the Olympics in Mexico. When they won the gold and bronze, both men wore black gloves, and raised their fists in silent protest for the world to see. Where are the brave, socially-conscious athletes of today?
Apparently a patriarchal, hierarchical, authoritarian society, such as ours, has today, and throughout history, always considered the anarchists in society to be the gravest threat of them all. This can be seen as the Republican convention comes to New York, and the media once again gets hysterical over the threat posed by that greatest of all bogeymen, as the anarchists once again bring their special brand of ruinously destructive chaos to the streets of what must be a terrified New York City. It is worthwhile to review how anarchists have always been regarded as the most dangerous of heretics, even in times long past, and so not much has ever changed and truly there is nothing new under the sun.
The operation to defend the homeland is about to swing into action as some of the most dangerous anarchists are heading for the streets of New York and once the fearful apocalyptic end of the world as New Yorkers have known it once again threatens the city.
I was one, armed with woman-made sign, because my heart is with protesters in NYC. The Bushites had a bash to honor 59 Oregonians headed for NYC to attend the Republican National Convention, and I was there in protest. I arrived at the Lincoln Center, 10250 SW Greenburg Road in Tigard, just before 10 a.m, after multiple bus transfers. My "woman-made" sign displayed my cause: "IRAQ = VIETNAM, IN SOLIDARITY WITH RNC PROTESTERS, DROP BUSH/CHENEY." (The previous evening I had dropped 2 letters in "protesters," when I was fixing a balled-up internet problem, but I repaired it mightily with peeled-off cardboard paper, sized to word, and brown sticky tape.) I held the sign and my head high as I walked up to the entrance.
A security guard, standing in front, said I couldn't go in. I replied I had no intention of doing so. Soon 2 more guards came out and said I had to leave the area and go up to Greenburg Road. Well, it has public visibility there, as I stood on the sidewalk waving to hundreds of passerbys in cars. Bush/Cheney signs were flashed at me, along with Women for Bush, Vets for Bush, a middle finger, yelling "Communist China," "insane," "fight for peace," and "How's Kerry's cancer?" To some I chanted "Out of Iraq."
Last night the police broke bones. They surrounded and arrested hundreds in Critical Mass, the giant mass bicycle ride, that took off from Union Square with two to three thousand bicycles. I wish I'd seen them leaveI was at a book party and teach-in for David Solnit's book Globalize Resistance, in which I have a piece on feminism and globalization. The book is an anthology of writings about the movement, and many of us who wrote for it were there to speak about our pieces.
The book party took place in a community garden in the Lower East Side that was an idyllic little spot among the brownstones and refurbished tenements It was full of winding paths and raised beds of small trees and flowers blooming in purples and lavenders and pale yellow. We all crowded onto a small lawn and spoke as loudly as we could after the police turned off the sound system. There was a good crowd there in spite of half a dozen competing events, and I would have liked to stay but I had to dash off to a Pagan Cluster meeting. [ Read More ] [ Starhawk.org ]
Today, starting in Brooklyn, a March for Womens Lives was scheduled, the plan was to march across the Brooklyn Bridge to make sure that issues of reproductive healthglobal family planning, real sex education, accessible, safe and legal abortion, birth control options, the right to privacy regarding sexuality, and equal access to health careare part of the national political dialogue.
Around 1pm today speakers started at Candon park in Brooklyn, the rally started small with just over 500 protesters and only about 70 police officers. There didnt seem to be much tension, with many of the cops being on bicycle. There were people there handing out water and Luna bars, to a very diverse crowd.
By 1:30, the march had begun and the crowd was up in the thousands, byt the time they started crossing the Brooklyn Bridge. Reports came in of as many as 16,000 marchers going over the bridge. By the time the march reached City Hall Park for the end rally, it was three hours into it. There were reports of good vibes and lots of support (in the form of honking) by the passing vehicles.
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