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The gender of babies is being determined while the babies are still inside the womb nowadays, due to technology. Parents decide what color clothing, toys, and furniture to buy, for instance, based on sex determination by doctors, pre-birth. And studies consistently show that male and female babies are handled differently. In hospital delivery rooms, for instance, baby girls are handled more gently and talked to more softly, while male babies are usually handled with more swift motions, and with more tension. So how and why is gender determined? And how are sex and gender different?
...The first problem we encounter around gender studies is much of the research done in this area for generations was done by biased men who were on a mission to prove men were superior, basically. The bias' of male "scientists" in the area of gender has been very blatant.
Find out more about what happened in NYC this Saturday September 18th at 7pm at the IWW hall at 617 E. Burnside at the report back from the Republican National Convention. Including the: NY police tactics, arrests, legal proceedings, jail support, etc.
It was one of the most bizarre meetings I've ever been to. The public testimony featured a self-described "libertarian" who supported the ordinance, a wacky "gun rights" lobbyist who supporting outlawing slingshots and water bottles, and a video by Dave Jenest's Citizen's Community Watch /Patriot Watch that showed the "evils" of black bloc anarchists at the Sacramento Ag Expo last year. The video was so bad that It was almost like a self parody of right wing stereotypes and jargon about anti-globalization and anti--war activists.
I, like much of the audience, was rolling in laughter throughout much of the video. It was much better than Reality TV could ever be.
I thought I had heard that the criminalization of poverty had been declared unconstitutional in this country. Guess I was wrong. Well...it's a good thing soldiers are "fighting for our freedom" over there in Iraq. Maybe that'll help. Other kids told equally terrifying stories, but did not want to be filmed. I couldn't believe the magnitude of the suffering they've been asked to go through by the police in this city. Are we really paying the cops to beat up children and homeless people in the streets? What kind of society is this?
One person pointedly told me, "Every summer, they start rounding up the street kids to clear the streets for the rich tourists." My mind flashed back to an outrageous story from Brazil a few years back, where it became publically known that the police had hunted and slaughtered homeless children to keep the streets "clean" for tourists there. It's a short jump from the social belief that these kids are expendable, to the belief that they are vermin, to the belief that it's acceptable to "dispose" of them. Could that happen here? After what I've seen recently, I honestly wonder.
You may think these were just stories the people told me, because I had a camera. Even if you know the violence of the Portland police, even if you're aware of the shootings of unarmed people of color every year here, even if you saw their outrageous behavior on A22, you still might not want to believe they could be so cold and evil as to hound poor kids living on the streets.
Think again. We caught some if it on film.
We have some rough, crazy and really useful stuff to sell. The sale starts at 10:00 AM and goes until 6:00 PM. AND GUESS WHAT...the Alberta Street Fair will be going on at the same time! A two fer one deal.
4926 NE 17th...from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM then it is all free!!! (No capitalism after 6:00 PM).
And hey if it does not rain we will show revolutionary videos in the street after dark...!
Local activists joined PETA today (Wed.) to hold a demonstration (in) downtown Portland (Or.) protesting the arrival of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus. They (Both) will be at the Rose Garden September 22nd - 26th. Come out and help us protest the extreme animal cruelty that goes on everyday under the big top.
A shackled activist with "lacerations" on her back represented the real wounds suffered by animals at the hands of Ringling Bros. circus.
Naked and Chained: Report BackPeople for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) staged a bizarre protest down on Front and Ankeny today. In an effort to bring attention to the cruelty inflicted upon animals by the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey circus, they stripped a woman naked, shackled her arms and legs, affixed faux scars to her back, and laid her on the sidewalk in the rain in the hopes that, as one woman told me, "men might look at her, and then maybe learn about the issue."
I had heard they were planning to do this, and went down to see it for myself. I wanted to ask why they would do such a thing. How could otherwise well-meaning individuals with the noble goal of ending the oppression of animals not understand the connection between the objectification and exploitation of women and that of animals? How did they imagine that this act of sexualization of violence would alleviate the brutality meted out against animals at the circus?
This is not meant to be a condemnation of PETA. Indeed, I had very mixed feelings about this event, which is why I made it a point to attend.
PETA protest announcement article: [ NAKED WOMANCHAINED AND 'BEATEN'PROTESTS RINGLING'S ARRIVAL IN PORTLAND ]
Show Your Support While Motions Are Pending!
I talked to Gina's attorney and wanted to let folks know the status of her
pending motions. Her lawyer had filed an appeal with the Ninth District
Court right after her jailing arguing that the contempt charge was without
legal basis. This motion must be heard by September 26th at the latest.
Please join us:
WHEN: Friday, September 17; 11:30am
WHERE: 700 Stewart St., Seattle, WA
The credibility of the Bush Administration has plunged, as new euphemisms for lying are tested by the mainstream press to explain their failure to describe reality in a timely fashion. Cheney believes what Napoleon once articulated, "You don't have to suppress the truth forever, just until it doesn't matter anymore."
9-11 is the defining crime of the century, a crime used as a pretext for imperial wars, the gutting of the Constitution, the attack on the Bill of Rights, to kickstart a "Shadow Government," and that is being used now to rush through sweeping legislation designed to expand "the National Security State,"( the CIA established in 1947) into a "Global Security State."
The official narrative of what happened on September 11th, 2001 has been reinforced and rarely questioned by the media. Those who weren't surprised, shocked, terrified, traumatized, by the events that day, however, found the official narrative difficult to believe, and a 9-11 truth movement was born, dispersed in the seeds of questions, in skeptical minds scattered across the planet. Some had even predicted or warned that the attacks would occur, and were certain that the events were "an inside job," "a false flag operation," designed to gain public support for an attack by the world's richest country upon the world's poorest country, Afghanistan, for geopolitical reasons, including control over the flow of oil and drugs.
The Project for a New American Century stated their desire for imperial world hegemony and said, "The process of transformation is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event -- like a new Pearl Harbor."
For almost a month now I have been woken up every few nights to the sounds of gun shots. I hear the shots, then I hear the car squealing out of sight. It is always within a few blocks of my house, between Alberta and Killingsworth and between 15th and 20th.
The first time it happened I heard about five shots in succession and I jumped out of my bed and ran to the window. I was half asleep and not thinking. I saw a large light colored older car, like a cadilac speed up Alberta.
I heard people yelling. Then the neighbors slowly came out of their houses to check things out. No one called the cops. We have a saying in North Portland: cops kill kids. We don't want anymore youth killed by cops, but the youth may be trying to kill each other.
When I hear the shots now, I jump down on the floor. Then I go and find my roommates to see if they heard them. I don't know what it is all about.
What: Protest against Texas Pacific Group purchase of PGE
Where: Arlington Club, 811 SW Salmon
When: 6 - 7:30 p.m.
David Bonderman, founder of the Texas Pacific Group, will be at the Arlington Club (811 SW Salmon) starting at 6:30 pm Wednesday evening, attempting to woo local business owners to support TPG's purchase of Portland General Electric. The Central Portland People's Utility District campaign is calling for concerned citizens to show up and demonstrate their opposition to the TPG buyout. PGE customers need public power, not another fly-by-night corporate predator.
The TPG purchase will provide little public benefit for ratepayers (savings of about $0.10 per month) and lots of potential problems. It's a highly leveraged buyout which might result in a financial collapes and raise rates even more than their current ridiculous level. TPG only plans to own PGE for 5-7 years before selling it off again, and will do everything possible to maximize their profit in that short term period. It's possible that TPG won't turn into another Enron, but it's conceivable that the next private entity that they sell it off to could turn into Enron Part II.
PGE's customers need to end the uncertainty and adverse effects which have accompanied the Enron collapse and private utility ownership in general. We need public power in order to provide long-term stability, lower rates, local control and more investment in renewable energy. Let's shut down PGE's coal-fired power plants and start builidng more wind farms! It's time to provide serious rate reductions to relieve the stress on working families and help struggling small businesses. You can do your part by joining us tomorrow night at 6 pm!
[ Read More ] [ Basic overview of TPG and major players | Analysis of TPG's filings I & II ]
The National Alliance of Black Panthers is reaching out to local activist to help establish a Panther Youth Brigade in their city. A revolutionary program for ALL youth ages 12 to 18.
The National Alliance of Black Panthers was formed as a result of a secret meeting on May 29th of this year. Former Black Panthers from across the nation came together to discuss re-uniting for serious community impact through revolutionary social change. From this meeting social change has erupted in Washington, DC; New Orleans, Louisiana; Fayettville, North Carolina; East Orange, New Jersey; Pritchard, Alabama and Augusta, Georgia.
The National Alliance of Black Panthers is looking for bold aggresive individual actists to join its forces and implement a Panther Youth Brigade in their community. The Panther Youth Brigade program will teach youth survival skills, revolutionary history, goal setting and foster better self-esteem. If you want to help save our youth and be a part of a revolutionary team join these efforts today!
Every once and a while a moment arises in a campaign where the simple efforts of average citizens can mean a lot. Today that situation has arisen in the Biscuit campaign. Two (or a few) phone calls to Senators Smith and Wyden are urgently needed to protect this ecosystem.
Yesterday Senator Gordon Smith (R-OR) announced that he intends to throw out environmental law and the recent order from a panel of judges stopping logging at Biscuit while environmental law is reviewed. He is threatening (and threatening is the proper word) to tack an amendment onto his already dangerous "reforestation" bill. The amendment would demand the logging of 19,000 acres at Biscuit and prevent any court in the US, including the Supreme Court from finding Biscuit logging illegal.
He has made this announcement two days before court-ordered mediation on Biscuit; a clear attempt to intimidate environmentalists into a compromise. If he doesn't get his way at mediation, he has threatened a rider on an appropriations bill this month or next. All of the work we have done could be down the drain with one vote. A bad decision in DC could leave the greater Kalmiopsis in ruins.
Further, Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR)has not publicly renounced Smith's underhanded threats.
Barely six months old, members of the Portland 9/11 Truth Alliance had its first public display last Saturday. The Multnomah County Central Library [was holding an] event, "The September Project: A Communitywide Conversation on Patriotism and Dissent" and included groups, Oregon Council for the Humanities and City Club of Portland. Author Barry Lopez was the keynote speaker.
The independent Portland 9/11 Truth Alliance held a demonstation in front of the Central Library with their Dot Questions signs, a dozen different unanswered questions concerning the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
In an unusual gesture for their event, library officials allowed the demonstrators to display their signs to the capacity crowd on the 3rd floor of the library.
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Walking through my southeast PDX neighborhood on Saturday, pushing my two-year-old in his stroller, I heard loud yelling, some of which sounded like it was mechanically amplified. Decided to check it out. I ran into a mass of people - I'd guess a couple of hundred - gathered at 14th and Clinton. Most were dressed like extras from Mad Max. They seemed to be gathered around a corral made of orange plastic fencing. Inside the corral were two guys riding modified bicycles being pelted by the crowd with empty beer cans. My son couldn't deal with all the noise and throwing and started to cry, so we left. I asked someone on the outskirts of the crowd what was going on. She smiled and said "Chunkathlon."
Rather than draw my own conclusions about what I saw, I'm hoping someone can expain it to me. Is this some sort of new cultural phenomenon?
Organizing a working-class resistance to the bipartisan class offensive of the bourgeoisie is as much an issue today as it was during the months of imperialist flag-waving in late 2001.
Who all was behind the Sept. 11 terrorist atrocities, how was the criminal act carried out, etc., is a question that has been vigorously debated these past 3 years. And, according to one poll, about half of New Yorkers now believe that the Bush Administration "knew in advance that attacks were planned on or around September 11, 2001, and that they consciously failed to act". This represents a healthy skepticism toward the government, and the military and intelligence establishments---proven liars, all of them. Yet the question of what really happened re: the 9/11 attack itself can be a diversion away from dealing with the broader political questions: The American bourgeoisie used 9/11 as pretext for militarily settling accounts with bourgeois rivals and would-be rivals such as Saddam Hussein, and bin Laden and the pan-Islamic capitalists he represents, AND for stepping up it's imperialist crusade against the workers and other oppressed people both abroad and at home
i never thought i'd say this, but i read an article in the Oregonian that actually hit the target in the bullseye, or very close to it. The article, Full view of city's urban renewal lacking, by Randy Gregg, appeared in Sunday's paper. It's a review of the American Institute of Architects exhibit "Good Citizens Are the Riches of a City" showing in town. The exhibit was put together by the Portland Development Commission (PDC), and its theme is the history of Urban Planning in the city. Naturally, as Gregg points out, the PDC assembled what is essentially "a commercial for itself" with claimed successes highlighted and obvious failures mostly excised. Urban renewal in the United States is usually a racist and classist enterprise; for decades, targets of demolition across the country have been black neighborhoods and money-poor ethnic enclaves to make room for ugly "development", parking lots, or freeways. Urban renewal projects have destroyed many precious, vital places with a thoroughness that could only otherwise be accomplished through war-time bombing. The perpetrators have been, as Gregg points out, "a bunch of white guys".
Gregg does not shy away from any of these truths about the effects of urban renewal in Portland or the classism and racism at its roots. Most surprisingly, at the end of his column -- in describing a sculpture submitted for a proposed restoration of Ross Island -- Gregg raises an artist's question of what history will view as the greater crime: Ross Island Sand & Gravel's ravaging of the natural environment, or the act of burning trucks belonging to them in protest of their ecocidal activities. Whoah! With this last paragraph, Gregg gives that famous arson the most balanced and least hysterical treatment that has ever appeared in the Oregonian to my knowledge. This is where the discussion should have started in the first place, and it's too late now for the people since jailed.
Of course, this article by Randy Gregg is one of those exceptions that proves the rule; the rest of the paper remains dismally shallow and biased, and shows no signs of changing.
In 1492, Columbus began the genocidal massacre of the Indigenous Population of the Americas. This massacre continued and was made policy by Andrew Jackson after America became an institution. It continues on today as the Native peoples remain oppressed and targetted by the American government and ruthless corporations.
Indigenous Day is more than a denouncement of Columbus Day, a day which blindly celebrates the Native holocaust. Indigenous Day is about the awareness and condemnation of the ongoing oppression of the Native peoples that is still occurring in the world today...
On Indigenous Day, we must be silent no more about the ongoing oppression and attempted assimilation of the Native culture. We will look this destructive force in the eye, even if that means looking in the mirror.
The Pacific Northwest is a hotbed of cop watch activity. With a vocal anarchist community, eco-defense alliances, and a growing boldness due to organization on the part of activists, places like Eugene and Portland, Oregon, are spawning a strength of *Independent Media* that is placing them among the leaders in this field. From the high quality news website produced by Portland's Independent Media Center (IMC) to Portland's Indy Media Web Radio Collective and their Video Collective, to the Cascadia Media Collective, radicals are learning how to produce professional quality media that rivals, if not outperforms, the mainstream press. The "Guerrilla Video Primer," produced by Eugene's Cascadia Media Collective, is a perfect example of the high quality, community-based, media coming out of this region. The primer is packed with practical, cutting-edge information that is useful to all who participate in protests and direct actions, not just video journalists. The "Guerrilla Video Primer" goes far beyond being a video primer. It is a guerrilla primer. It offers clear and concise instructions, and I think it should be required viewing in all classrooms. Full of inspirational footage of anarchist actions, with a great soundtrack, this video is also perfect for community viewings. The footage of violent cop behavior is educational for those who have not experienced this behavior firsthand.
From the very beginning, the events of Sept. 11, 2001, have been mysterious. Who hijacked the planes? Where did all the missing planes end up? How did such small impacts bring down such huge buildings? What hit the Pentagon? "Abyssmal" is the best word to describe both the official government commission and the media's efforts to answer these, or any of the other many questions surounding the events of that day. The mainstream left media has been most disappointing of all for many of us wanting to know what happened, and bring the true criminals to justice. Publications like the Nation, the Progressive, Common Dreams, etc., etc., and well-respected figures like Noam Chomsky, who are normally quite critical of the government's explanations for anything, have refused to go anywhere near the topic of Sept. 11. Even though these leftist voices have pointed out continually how the government lies about nearly everything most of the time, suddenly, all questions stopped, and the official story (a ridiculous conspiracy theory about 19 Arabs with box-cutters) became somehow sacrosanct, beyond doubt, and not to be inspected at all.
When 50% of New Yorkers believe the Bush administration consciously allowed Sept. 11 to happen, and want a real investigation to happen, how can the left continue its bizzare avoidance? Alas, with this central question of our day, the Left has proven (once again) its moral and intellectual bankruptcy.
50% of NYC Residents Think BushCo. Consciously Let 911 HappenHalf of New Yorkers Believe US Leaders Had Foreknowledge of Impending 9-11 Attacks and "Consciously Failed" To Act; 66% Call For New Probe of Unanswered Questions by Congress or New York's Attorney General, New Zogby International Poll Reveals
FIRST Portland 9/11 Truth Demo Will Ask the Taboo QuestionsPortland, OR - September 11, 2004 - In observance of the 9/11 anniversary this Saturday, the Portland chapter of the 9/11 Truth Alliance will gather downtown to advertise some questions that official commissions and media seem afraid to ask.
This is the first Portland demonstration on the issue. The demonstration begins at the Multnomah County Central Library at 3:00 PM, and will move to Pioneer Courthouse Square at 5:00 PM. Later the group will move about town to visit other September Eleventh gatherings
Sometimes it seems to me that people have been misled by climate modeling computer software and consequently believe that climate change and global warming are problems that will develop over 50 or 100 years (and so you sometimes hear people talking about our 'responsibility to our grand children' and there are frequently stories going around about how the climate will be different in about one hundred years). What strikes me as conservative, overly cautious computer programming would then be the source of a mythology that allows climate change to rapidly advance while many people remain unaware of the scope of the developing problems.
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