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Portland State University's administration, without consulting with the student body, has signed a contract with a private bank that will replace student identification cards with privately operated debit cards. The student body is angered by this decision, and is taking action to stop the contract.
A presentation by Michael Parenti at PSU on Wednesday, October 6, 2004. I have broken the 70 minute or so talk into three unequal portions. Parenti begins, "there is an enormous disparity between what Empires actually do and the way they are represented in history by their leaders and their apologists and their chroniclers."
Parenti then enumerate an incomplete list of the victories of the United States Empire, since World War 2. "...over the last 50 years the U.S. national security state has been a key force in overthrowing reformist, democratic governments in Guatemala; Guiana; the Dominican Republic; Brazil; Chile; Uruguay; Syria; Indonesia, under Sukarno; Greece twice; Argentina, twice; Haiti, twice, Haiti three times if you count a couple months ago; Bolivia; and other countries. And replaced them in each instance with pro capitalist military regimes, that open their resources, their markets and cheap labor to US corporate investors, on terms completely favorable to the investors..."
Measure 34 is critical for the survival of our coastal fisheries and for the continued supply of clean water to 300,000 Oregon Families. Every year, every stream that runs through the Tillamook and Clatsop State Forest is ranked by the Department of Environmental Quality as too warm for the succesful spawning and rearing of wild salmon. Five of Seven of our coastal fisheries have already been reduced to levels that disallow consumption. The number one reason cited by the DEQ for these troubles: the removal of trees and other shade-producing woody vegetation from stream banks.
The current department of forestry plan for these forests leaves only 25-ft no-cut buffer zones along these streams and rivers--less than Washington State and California require on private land--yet the Tillaomok is a public,state forest that is supposed to be managed according to "the greatest permanenent value" of all Oregonians.
These weak protections don't just affect fish, either. Over 300,000 Oregonians, including most of Washington County, recieve their drinking water from the Tillamook State Forest.
Basically, the point of the Measure is to have areas in the forest that are not managed for the purpose of commercial timber production--but instead for other values that Oregonians care deeply about--clean water, salmon habitat, and abundant recreational opportunities.
Mike D has been found guilty of disorderly conduct, but the failure to appear charges have been dismissed because, as the judge stated, "I've had enough of your circus." By "circus," she meant that he was attempting to exercise his rights as an American citizen in the courtroom, rather than kissing judicial ass in awe. The state had deigned to reduce the failure to appear charges to a violation with a $200 fine, but none of us believed he would go for that. In the end, he wanted to maintain his right to a jury trial, which is what brought on the judge's outburst. It all worked out, though, because as I said, the failure to appear charge was dismissed.
As for the DisCon charge, it remains to be seen what will happen. He has been found guilty, but has not yet been sentenced. The state requested that he receive 18 months of probation and 40 hours of community service. Mike D asked what the equivalent time would be, as, "I have no interest in probation." Judge Miller announced at that point that if she gives him probation, he will do probation. She then asked whether he was ready to be sentenced and would waive his right to 48 hours before sentencing. He refused to wave the right. This brought about another outburst from the judge, who pointed out that he would be in jail until Monday then, expecting him to buckle at that word. Clearly, she does not know Mike D.
Liberty Hall presents a Free Palestine Film Night Thursday Oct. 21st at 7pm. Featuring the acclaimed documentary Gaza Strip plus short works by Palestinian filmmaker Jackie Salloum. Guest speakers Aaron Kuller and Phil Donofrio will talk about their recent activism in the West Bank with the International Solidarity Movement. Donations will be accepted to benefit a local activist going to Palestine to work with the International Solidarity Movement. 7pm at Liberty Hall 311 N Ivy. 1 block south of Fremont, 2 blocks west of N. Vancouver Ave.
Court opened late because of some behind the scenes wrangling over recently-discovered video evidence found by the defense, Mike D brought a bunch of motions before the court himself, since he hasn't had access to a writing instrument in jail, there was some "concern" on the part of the bailiff's about the "danger" that Mike D. posed to the court room. They agreed to unshackle his right hand so he could formulate his motions on paper before bringing them before the court. Many of the motions went nowhere, some were deferred until after the evidence is evaluated, and others are just establishing points for a potential appeal down the road.
One witness, Deputy William Behan, was questioned by the prosecutor for approximately an hour and a half (included in the questioning was the showing of a video of the Solo protest taken by forest service officers, which ran 30 minutes).
Approximately 20 folk showed up to support Mike, and the presence of these people packed the courtroom. Judge Miller stated this was the first time there weren't any extra seats for a case in her court. More people waited outside, unable to get any seating.
No verdict was reached, Mike's case begins again tomorrow at 9 am. Please come and show your support at the Clackamas County Courthouse in Oregon City. If you can't make it directly to the court, carpool with people from the Cascadia Rising Infoshop at 1540 SE Clinton. We'll be meeting at 8am.
My name is Kathleen Juergens, and this article consists of my response to an online "Nader Voter Survey" conducted by Greg Bates of Common Courage Press. I am posting it as a contribution to the public discourse around the election, not as an attack on anybody who is voting for Kerry, a decision which is their right to make. I request that anybody who is forwarding or republishing these remarks do so in their entirety, and not quote me out of context. Blessed be!
Protesters stormed the Victoria Secret around 12:30 pm Wednesday, virtually shutting down business operations for more than an hour.
The activists upon entering the store stripped down to lingerie and night gowns announcing their presence with a bull horn and informing the bemused shoppers of VS's tremendous contribution to forest destuction.
Not only are VS's catalogs non-recycled, they are primarily sourced from Northern Canada's boreal wilderness, the largest intact wildlands in North America. Amongst grizzly bears and herds of caribou, hundreds of rare migratory birds make the Boreal their home. Many of them pass through Chicago on their way to the tropics for the winter. With over 395 million catalogs published annually, VS is one of the leading contributors to forest destruction in the world.
Months in the works, Portland Books to Prisoners is now publicly announcing our newest fundraising project, a raffle. We have received a large number of donations from mostly local businesses. The drawing will be held at a yet-to-be-decided Portland Books to Prisoners sponsored event the first week of November. Tickets are available for purchase online and at upcoming Portland Books to Prisoners sponsored events.
For those who haven't yet heard about Portland Books To Prisoners, we are an all-volunteer project dedicated to assisting in the education and literacy of people who are incarcerated. We are one of over a dozen not-for-profit groups around the country focused on this form of prisoner support.
All books that we mail are donated. All funding for packaging materials and postage come from donations and fundraisers. We feel that the prison industrial complex is a flawed system, which needs to be changed. One thing we can do to remediate its negative effects is to reach out in a human way to people being held prisoner in this system by providing resources they can use to educate themselves.
The following is a list of prizes that you can win in our raffle:
Did you know you can observe the elections process right here in SouthEast Portland? According to mainstream media reports yesterday the Democrats have charged "that Republicans are out to suppress turnout in Oregon, pointing to a nine-page GOP instruction manual that calls on volunteers to show up at ballot drop-off sites at 7:45 p.m. on election night, 15 minutes before the voting deadline, armed with video cameras and cell phones." There could be Republican Election Observers right here is SE Portland at this very minute working to get ballots rejected.
Just show up 1040 SE Morrison St. and tell them you would like to observe the election process.
Repubicans Election Observers in Oregon will use a very strict interpretation of Oregon Election Laws to get as many ballots in Multnomah County Rejected as possible (and thus increase Bush's chances of winning Oregon). They know Multnomah county with it's high population and strong Democratic leaning could cost them Oregon.
They will be down at the Elections Office every day to challenge ballots under ORS 253.700 or 254.415 and making sure elections staff and volunteers strictly follow Oregon election laws. I'm not saying that following the law is a bad thing, just saying that if they are there we should be there too.
To see the red and black IWW banners, flags and balloons flying above the gathering of Wobblies on October 17 at the base of the Lincoln Memorial, you'd think you had stepped back in time. Considering the efforts undertaken by bosses and the state to crush the Industrial Workers of the World in the first half of the twentieth century, this was perhaps the largest showing of Wobs in 70 years.
Close to 100 Wobblies joined several thousand other workers, students and activists for the Million Worker March in Washington, DC as an organized contingent. The rally and march itself was initiated by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, or ILWU. While the overall turn-out for the rally itself was disappointing, numbering perhaps 5,000 or less due to a de facto ban by the AFL-CIO leadership, police interference with union buses and internal labor coalition shortfalls, it was inspiring to meet, sing and march in a large and visible presence.
MWM: A First Gathering of Militants for Labor and PeaceThe sun shined brightly amidst trees with leaves of red at the Lincoln Center in Washington DC for the Million Worker March, Sunday Oct. 17. I first heard it was forthcoming during the Boston DNC protests. It was conceived earlier this year by co-chair Trent Willis of the ILW whose local endorsed it unanimously. They said it couldn't be done! But it happened!
Tabling was rampant featuring bumperstickers, flyers, buttons, and handmade jewelry. Groups for labor and anti-war were numerous and I was in a feverish pitch to be with my people! The MWM was an all-day rally. Some speakers were Dick Gregory, Danny Glover and a real dynamo, Brenda Stokely, who spoke of "blood, sweat, and tears" to pull together. We must not take the plans and trash them when we return. We must work in the communities to take back our voice because neither of the 2 parties will do it for us.
The AFL-CIO contributed nothing for the event. They give all labor's money to the Democrat Party.
This is the audio from a video I received from No On 36. It is in a talk show format, produced by Allied Video Productions. Measure 36 would ban gay marriage in Oregon.
The program is hosted by Gwen Baldwin, who states at the beginning that "marriage may seem simple on the surface, but I think that we will find.....that it's not so simple. In fact, it's much more complicated than it appears.
In just over one weeks time, on the 26th of October, 2004, a young man will go on trial accused of Earth Liberation Front activity. If found guilty of all the charges placed against him, this young man faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 35 years imprisonment.
Earlier in the year the same young man was threatened with additional charges which would of meant, if found guilty on all charges, he risked a mandatory minimum sentence of Life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. Happily these additional charges have not yet materialised.
The young man in question is Billy Cottrell, a PhD student from Caltech university. The following article is written in the hope of explaining how an innocent man has ended up behind bars and faces the possibility of such a horrific sentence.
NW RAGE's GE Creeping Bentgrass Comment Campaign
Right here in Oregon, experimental Round Up Ready Franken-Grass is being tested for release into the marketplace. Although an 11,000 acre buffer zone was established around this experiment, it escaped. Pollen from Monsanto's bentgrass was found up to 14 miles from the designated site, well outside of the protected area.
A recent study released by the EPA found GE bentgrass up to 14 miles from the test site, far outside of the buffer zones set by the Department of Agriculture. Contamination followed wind patterns and included both plants set specifically to be tests for cross-pollination and wild species that just happened to be in the neighborhood. Overall, the study found a significant number of new Round-Up Ready plants outside of the buffer zone. It also called for future studies to see if the ambitious, law-breaking grass will persist in the wild.
On 7 October, 2004, hard drives from two Indymedia servers were seized from the London office of a U.S.-owned web hosting company, Rackspace, at the request of the U.S. Justice Department, apparently in collaboration with Italian and Swiss authorities.
MEDIA DEMOCRACY DAY CELEBRATION:
Take action on 18 October, Media Democracy Day, or later that week. Collect a pile of junk hard drives and deposit them on the steps of intelligence agencies, consulates and other symbols of media repression. (Similar actions have already taken place in the Netherlands and San Francisco, California.) Consider pasting a large graphic on the hardware and/or holding a press conference to register our concern over this egregious intergovernmental violation of communication rights.
Could somebody please tell me how this alternate reality appeared totally blotting out the well-documented history of election 2000. The alternate reality I am speaking of is the one that seems to have taken over the minds of the Democratic Party and their party hacks like Paul Bagala a host on CNN's Croosfire who up until Nader announced his candidacy to run for the presidency in 2004 claimed over and over and over again on the air that George Bush and the Republican dominated Supreme Court stole the presidential election in 2000. All across America Democrats screamed about the theft of the election over over and over again.
Mike D (Michael McMullin), an Animal Rights and Forest Activist, is being charged with Disorderly Conduct, Menacing, and Failure To Appear, stemming from the Solo Timber Sale Protest July 30, 2002. His Jury Trial will be on Oct.20th, 9:00am at the Clackamas County Courthouse where 3 USFS officials and 2 policeman will be testifying against him.
Around 200 people gathered in Jacksonville to protest the arrival of George Bush. The crowd included lots of families including babies and a numerous highschool students. People gathered at 5:30 in Griffin Park while others went strait out to Main Street including members of the Yurok Tribe who were there to protest Bush's impact on salmon.
Soon everyone was out on Main Street to see the president leave his respite for his speech in Central Point. The protest included a march through downtown and the rolling out of a long red "carpet" upon which people had writted their grievances about the Bush Administration. All was peaceful and no riot police were even seen until 7:30 or 8:00 when they began to emerge. Pro and anti Bush citizens were somewhat intermixed and struggled to chant louder than the other side, but no physical confrontations occured between them to my knowledge.
The riot police formed a line across Main Street and began to push the crowd, telling them to move back. People began to slowly, but reluctantly move back when suddenly the sound of a weapon was heard and pepper spray filled the air. This allegedly occured when the police pushed a 65 year old man to the ground. Another man placed his body in front of the elderly man to protect him. The police allegedly fired pepper spray projectiles at his back at point blank range. I saw severaly wounds on the man's back that were noticeably bruised.
San Francisco, CA - Rackspace Managed Hosting, the San Antonio-based company that manages two Indymedia servers seized by the US government last Thursday, said yesterday that the servers have been returned and are now available to go back online. Immediate access to the servers, which host Indymedia's Internet radio station and more than 20 Indymedia websites, will be delayed so that the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) can ensure that the servers are secure and take steps to preserve evidence for future legal action.
Now that the servers have been returned, the question still remains: who took them, and under what authority? Citing a gag order, Rackspace would not comment on what had happened both in the original seizure of the servers or their return. All that is known at this point is that the subpoena that resulted in the seizure was issued at the request of a foreign government, most likely with the assistance of the United States Attorney's Office in San Antonio. Although initial reports suggested that the FBI had taken the servers, the FBI has now denied any involvement.
previous coverage: [ FBI Seizes IMC Servers In The UK (Oct. 8) | Indymedia to U.S., U.K., Swiss and Italian Authorities: "Hands Off Our Websites" (Oct. 11) ]
I thought that Karl Rove would have made his adjustments by now, but tonight Bush got his butt kicked even worse than in debate #1. Like his Dad, W has gone globetrotting in tanks and destroyers, and his domestic agenda is pathetic. George W. Bush put in another lame performance on national TV. It's no wonder that his dad once supported not having presidential debates, because the apple never falls far from the tree, as Tony Blair praised W. Ear pieces and dirty politics can disguise stupidity and deception in a candidate, but on live TV, may the better man win.
It makes it even more difficult to believe how Al Gore could have blown it so bad in 2000...
related: [ Transcript of the Third Presidential Debate ]
previous debate coverage: [ Posters to indymedia share their thoughts on the pResidential Debate (Sept. 30) | Edwards survives--and that's saying something (Oct. 6) | Some Hits in Debate, but a Big MISS (Oct. 8) | Candidates Badnarik (Libertarian) and Cobb (Green) arrested attempting to enter pResidential Debate in St. Louis (Oct. 8) | Report-back from October 8th pResidential Debate Protest (Oct. 9) | Corporate media picks up on internet speculation that Bush was "wired" during debates (Oct. 11) ]
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